Spring will be here soon, bringing with it warmer weather, Spring Break and opportunities for more fun outside. So grab the little ones and get ready for farm tours, exhibitions, theatre productions, kid’s movies, festivals, trolley rides and more. This is just a handful of the all the events going on, so mark your calendar for all of these fun family friendly events, too!
DOZERS AND TROLLEYS
Dozer Days: Where Kids get to Drive – March 17-18 – This is a fantastic weekend full of fun for the whole family. Kids get in the driver’s seat of real heavy construction equipment, fire engines, an ambulance and much more, while educating them about building sustainable communities, industry opportunities and public safety. This is a great event that is both fun and educational. Kids actually get to ride and operate real dozers, excavators, cranes and much more. Dozer Day also offers pipe crawls, tire crawls and tractor ride fun for all ages.
Take a Memorial Day Trolley Ride – Every weekend through summer – 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. Plan a trip on the historic 5-mile line between Yakima and Selah on one of these classic trolleys!
MUSIC AND THEATRE
Capitol Kids – Feathers of Fire: – March 11, 2:00pm – March 12, 10:00am – A Persian epic at the Capitol Theatre! Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created by Hamid Rahmanian. From the 10th century Persian epic Shahnameh (‘The Book of Kings’), the play unfolds an action-packed magical tale of star-crossed lovers who triumph at the end against all odds.
Capitol Kids – Women of the World – March 20 – 10:00 am – Women of the World is an award-winning international a cappella quartet that performs original and traditional folk music with a contemporary twist. The four singers represent Japan, Italy, India, and USA (by way of Haiti). Women of the World create music that is borderless and spirited, music that carries the undeniable message of unity and peace.
Meet the Orchestra – The first Wednesday of every month – 10:00 – The YSO joins the Yakima Valley Museum’s Story Hour so you can meet the Orchestra! They will read a story about a famous musician or composer, and teach you about music and instruments, while introducing you to members of the YSO and other musicians in our community.
S by C!RCA at the Capitol Theatre – April 14-15 – Perfect for the whole family. Since 2004, Circa has been at the frontier of new circus – creating powerful works of circus art that challenge, thrill and delight. Featuring an ensemble of multi-skilled circus artists, Circa’s award-winning works have been seen in 39 countries across six continents, and now they are coming to Yakima.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Yakima Valley Museum – April 15 – 7:00 pm – The Yakima Valley Museum will show the 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.
LEARN ABOUT TREES, ROCKS & FISHING
19th Annual Arbor Festival at the Yakima Area Arboretum! – Saturday, April 21, – 10:00am-3:00 pm – “Be a Tree Champion! Protect our Trees and Forests” will demonstrate why we need to protect our trees and forests. Bring the whole family for a free day of fun! Featuring 35 educational stations hosted by various community organizations and businesses, including the Arboretum’s very popular “Dr. Treerific Tree Clinic” that will give away 700 trees during the day.
“Parade of Gems” Mineral, Rock, Fossil, and Jewelry Show – April 27 – 29 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm – Head to the Modern Living Building and Pioneer Hall at State Fair Park to experience a “rocking” show! There will be rock, mineral and fossil dealers, jewelry and bead dealers, children’s activities, grab bags of polished stones, rock, mineral, fossil, and lapidary art displays, silent auctions and more! There are even educational opportunities, such as flint knapping classes and demonstrations, wire gem tree classes, metalsmith classes, cabochon making classes, special attractions and speakers.
Yakima Greenway Annual Kids’ Fish-In – Saturday April 22 – This annual event gives kids the opportunity to get out and experience fishing for the first time! And since it’s at the Yakima Greenway’s Sarg Hubbard Park Reflection Pond, getting there is a snap!
Plowing Bee and Horse Spectacular – April 7, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday April 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. A free event at Fullbright Park, next to the Central Washington Agriculture Museum. Enjoy free horse drawn wagon rides, free tram rides, plowing, jousting and a live cavalry demo! There is plenty of food and craft vendors as well!
Bills Berry Farm Signs of Spring Tour – Available Wednesday and Thursday mornings from the third week of May through the first full week of June. Tours are scheduled at 9:30am, 11:00am and 12:30pm – Your children will get to learn about seasons, blooms or bees and pollination, as well as have hands on experience planting a seed to take home!
Strawberry Jamboree at Bill’s Berry Farm: – Two Saturdays before and two Saturdays after Memorial Day, 9am-5pm and 11 am -5pm Memorial Day – Come get your sweet, field ripened strawberries, picked straight from the field! After picking berries, relax in the shady park with a cool lemonade and Bill’s famous Strawberry Donuts straight from the fryer! Younger kids will enjoy the farm playgrounds, animal farm, and the barnyard train ride, while the older kids will enjoy the apple slingshots. Visit the Farm Store and pick up your favorite local food products, giftware or frozen berries.
Highland Country Fair at Tieton City Park – June 1-3 – 10:00 am – The biggest annual community event in Tieton, the Highland Country Fair is a classic small town celebration that’s loads of fun. This celebration has been going on for decades, and it just gets better every year. From the Saturday morning parade, to the street dancing, food vendors and craft booths, it’s a weekend of fun for the whole family.