This weekend, we’re kicking off 2013 with a bang! For starters, we have a BIG show for the Littles, an early morning concert, and a Chinese New Year celebration. We also have an artsy activity for the whole fam, a hilarious theatre production, and a wildlife adventure! If you’ve got a lil’ monster truck fan, head down to the T Dome for Monster Jam: Rock the Dome (pictured). This family-friendly show promises lots of dirt-flyin’, car-crushin’ action along with big trucks, big tires, and big fun!

Seattle

Big Top Rock
This one-of-a-kind show designed specifically for kiddos and families will combine the best kindie rock ‘n roll in town with ZinZanni circus arts! Insider Tip: Arrive early to enjoy pre-show activities and concessions in the lobby and tent. Fri. – Sun., 10:00 am – 12:15 pm (show starts at 11:00 am). Seattle. $19 to $24. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Ridge Romp: The Not-Its!
Spend your morning with this rockin’ kindie band and enjoy lotsa singing and dancing to up-tempo, power-pop hits about gettin’ fancy, birthday parties, and intergalactic play dates! Sat., 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Seattle. $4 (babes in arms free). All ages. Event details.

Melody Institute
Explore the Chinese New Year through a variety of Chinese folk, traditional, modern, and ethnic dances at the Seattle Children’s Museum. Sun., 2:00 pm. Seattle. $6.50 to $7.50 (under 1 free). Ages 10 mos to 10. Event details.

Eastside

Free First Friday at BAM
When was the last time you visited the Bellevue Arts Museum? Take advantage of free admission and check out the new galleries. Fri., 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

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Rocket Science
In this brand new comical musical (written and acted by Village Theatre teens!), see what happens when Hal Hefner is burdened with too much family chaos and some crazy high school teachers. Fri. & Sat., 7:30 pm; Sun., 2:00 pm (through January 20). Issaquah. $16 to $18. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Juanita Bay Wildlife Tour
Put on your rain boots and raincoat and join a Juanita Bay Park volunteer ranger for a fun interpretive tour of the park. Sun., 1:00 pm. Kirkland. Free. All ages. Event details.

What do you have planned for the first weekend of 2013? Will you be enjoying any of the activities we mentioned above or will you be headed to the ski slopes? Leave us a comment below.

— Kristina Moy