Thanks to President’s Day on Mon., Feb. 18, your little patriots get to enjoy the liberties of being a child for one extra day this weekend. And lucky for us, Seattle has no shortage of ways to fill the three-day weekend with fun for the whole family. Scroll down for a list of special events and activities that will make this a truly fantastic President’s Day Weekend.

1. Watch as divers swim with a gigantic octopus in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit during Octopus Week at the Seattle Aquarium. In addition to learning about one of the coolest creatures in Puget Sound—the giant Pacific octopus—participate in special hands-on activities, octopus feedings, talks and more.

2. Take advantage of all the snow in the mountains and plan a sledding or tubing day with the fam.

photo: Emily Williams

3. If you love your kids but hate boring kid shows, then you are going to love The I Hate Children Children’s Show. The show stars Paul Nathan and features live music, non-stop magic and banter and plenty of shenanigans.

4. Explore the world in miniature at the largest model show in the Northwest. See hundreds of detailed scale models, attend a free modeling seminar and build your own model to take home.

northwest scale modlers show

photo: Museum of Flight

5. Make a date to see the The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane playing at the Seattle Children’s Theatre. Psst…at last check, tickets were still available for shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

6. Break a sweat with your little patriots as you run, walk or jog the Presidents Day Weekend Run.

7. Over President’s Day Weekend, PJ MASKS LIVE! will be at The Paramount Theatre with an all new super-heroic, live musical show, featuring the heroic trio from your favorite series: The PJ MASKS! Watch Catboy, Owlette and Gekko along with their new friend PJ Robot, as they try to save the day from the sneaky villains.

photo: The PJ MASKS! 

8. Experience the cultures of the world at Movin’ Around the World: Winter. This awesome event presented by Northwest Folklife and the Seattle Center will feature family-friendly music and dance from various regions, including South America, Asia and the Middle East. Running through Feb. 22, each day will focus on a different theme or culture representing our greater Pacific Northwest communities.

9. Get up close and personal with small animals, make animal-themed arts and crafts and enjoy trailside encounters and tram tours with your critter crazy kids at Kids ‘n’ Critters Weekend at Northwest Trek. Bonus: Kids 12 & under are free during this three-day event! (Editor’s Note: due to uncertain weather conditions, this event has been rescheduled for March 9-10).

photo: Northwest Trek

10. Bundle up your crew and head to Kelsey Creek Farm to learn all about pioneer life in the Farm’s unique 19th century historic log cabin. Families will have the opportunity to try their hands at pioneer chores, create a pioneer craft and read stories about early settlers and farming.

11. Take advantage of the three-day weekend and plan an easy winter escape. We’ve handpicked 10 destinations that will not only recharge your batteries, but inspire your kids’ minds and bodies.

photo: Clipper Vacations

12. School may be out, but camp is in session. Check out these 11 boredom-busting mid-winter break camps that kick off on President’s Day.

13. Put on your swimsuit, dig out your pool noodles and head to one of our favorite indoor pools.

photo: Waterway USA 

14. If the skies are unforgiving over President’s Day Weekend, the Emerald City offers a plethora of indoor activities. From museums and aquariums, to bookstores, art studios and trampoline parks, we’ve put together a list of 35 rainy day activities to keep everyone in your crew happy and entertained.

15. Still looking for ways to keep your kids entertained over the three-day weekend and beyond? Check out our list of 50 fresh ideas for winter fun and get out and enjoy some play time together.

—Kristina Moy

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Feature photo courtesy of Northwest Trek.

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