Ready for another new year celebration? Celebrate Japanese-style with rice pounding and origami folding as you help usher in the Year of the Sheep this weekend with your kids. Also along the cultural tip, kids can also learn how to play the stone-throwing game of curling, or they can just jump around in inflatables while you learn about all the things at KidFest! Sportfest! Mochitsuki 2015

photo: Mochitsuki 2015

West Side

Pound Rice at Mochitsuki 
Mochitsuki is the pounding of rice into tasty, sticky rice cakes, or mochi, that symbolizes starting the New Year with a full belly in hopes of abundance in the year ahead. The 19th annual family-friendly festival offers a feast for the senses, with food, art, performances, and many exceptional hands-on cultural experiences, like drumming, flower arranging, calligraphy, card making and a tea ceremony, among others. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $4-$10/person advance; Free for kids 3 and under, All Ages. Event details.

Brooms and Stones: Kids’ Curling Class
Evergreen Curling Club is offering up a special learn-to-curl class, led by Olympic Medalist and World Champion Viktor Kjäll of Sweden and Darrell Ell of the World Curling Federation who will be visiting for an Olympic Celebration Weekend. Each student will receive approximately one hour of instruction on delivery, sweeping and strategy. During the second hour, students will play a real game. Parents are welcome to watch from Evergreen CC’s warm room. Every student will receive a free invitation to play in the Olympic Celebration Microspiel, on Sunday. Sat., 9-11 a.m., $10/child, Grades 5-12. Event details.

East Side

Be Entertained at KidFest! SportFest! 
This giant family expo features non-stop live entertainment, interactive sports demos, inflatable fun zones, laser tag and Star Wars, Frozen and Mad Science exhibits as well as a petting zoo. Local school pantries will be on-hand to collect food and other essentials for their backpack programs. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $5/person; Free for ages 3 and under; $20 Family Pass, All Ages. Event details.

Rock On with Pointed Man Band’s Super Show
Explore original tunes, make new friends, learn to beatbox and even try to catch some lightning bugs. Along the way, the band and audience will try to uncover the truth behind invisible pets, pirates and onomatopoeia. Sun., 10-11 a.m., $5/family, All Ages. Event details.

Just Dough It: Dumpling Making for Kids
This Turnip the Heat Cooking class will focus on the dumpling. Nearly every culture in the world has a version of the dumpling, delicious filling tucked into dough then steamed, boiled or fried. Come hungry and learn how to stuff, fold, cook and dip a dumpling. Register online in advance. Sun., 9:30 a.m.-noon, $35/person, Grades 4-6. Event details.

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What’s your crew up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

-Suzie Ridgway