Friday (May 29)
Coiled and ready to strike
Start here for fun
Come out for the family-friendly Puget Sound Starts Here Family Fun Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The free event brings environmental educators from the area to host hands-on activities, lessons, games and entertainment related to water quality and the environment. Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St., Tacoma. For more details go to fosswaterwayseaport.org.
Back to the blue
If you're a blues lover, head out to Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, for the Back to Beale Street Blues 2015 competition starting at 4 p.m. Sunday. The preliminary competition for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis will advance the top five bands to the local finals. Bands include Linda Myers Band, Unsupervised, King Korn Beaux, CD Woodbury Band, Julie Duke Band and S.A.S.S. Tickets are $10, $8 Blues Society member, $8 active military and children younger than 12 are free. Reservations are recommended. Go to jazzbones.com.
Friday (May 29) —Sunday
Days of dinos
Explore the mystery of prehistoric life at Discover the Dinosaurs this weekend at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. The exhibit consists of up to 40 moving and replica dinosaurs and gives participants a chance to get close and touch the dinosaurs. It also includes activities for the entire family. Hours are noon-9 p.m. Friday (May 29), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16-$22 and are available online or at the gate; discoverthedinosaurs.com.
The Devine Miss M
With three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards and two Academy Award nominations, Bette Midler has been singing, writing songs, acting and producing films for 50 years. She has sold more than 30 million records worldwide, played Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for two years and continues to tour the country. She’s coming to KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle for an 8 p.m. concert Monday. Tickets start at $42 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Friday (May 29)
I squish your head
Known for their HBO comedy series, Kids in the Hall were considered a groundbreaking five-man sketch comedy troupe originally discovered by SNL’s Lorne Michaels in the late 1980s. Come out for a night of laughs when they perform in an 8 p.m. show Friday (May 29) at The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Get your tickets —$48-$64.50— by phone or online; 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org.
Battle of the bots
Come out for one of the premier geek events in the area, the Seattle Bot Battles at Seattle Center Armory. Combat robots will battle it out for Mech Supremacy starting at noon Sunday. The 12-foot by 16-foot arena will pit regional bot makers and fighters looking for bragging rights and testing their talents in both making and fighting robots. It is free and open to the public. To find out more go to westernalliedrobotics.com,