Summer is great for free family fun outside. This weekend, Puyallup and Auburn offer two kid-friendly small-town festivals: Meeker Days and Kids Day.
Kids Day happens Friday at Les Gove Park in downtown Auburn. Kicking off summer with a bang, the festival brings together all the kids’ favorites: inflatables, face painting, hands-on art, miniature golf, pony rides, helmet fittings and more than 70 activity and information booths, all for free. Electric go-carts, bungee trampolines and food concessions are also available for a small cost, and you can visit the nearby White River Valley Museum (at the west end of the park) for just $2 for adults and $1 for kids.
The festival runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at Les Gove Park, 1005 12th St. Southeast, Auburn. Go to auburnwa.gov.events or call 253-931-3043.
Also starting Friday and stretching through Sunday is the annual Meeker Days festival, which is taking over downtown Puyallup in a new way. Organizers have decided to close part of Pioneer Street so that vendors can set up their wares in the street and festival-goers can wander easily between Pioneer Park and the activities along Meridian Avenue, making the festival a true street party.
Three stages will provide non-stop live music, including soul rock singer Beverly McClellan from NBC’s “The Voice” at 8 p.m. tonight and country music all day Sunday. Four bands will compete from noon-2 p.m. Saturday in the annual Battle of the Bands. There’s a Mother Goose Farmyard kid zone with stories, magic shows and activities, and a new Teen Zone offers a lounge area with a mobile gaming theater. Bring your dog to the Dog Lounge, but stay with Fido — it’s a meet-and-greet, not a pet-sitting service. Visitors can also check out the fish in the free trout pond or help a master builder at Lego Land.
Meeker Days runs from noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, at Pioneer Street and Meridian Avenue, Puyallup. Go to puyallupmainstreet.com/events/ meeker-days or call 253-840-2631.Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/arts