March madness is in the air and we’ve got plenty of ways to help you kick off the mania this weekend. On our radar: an arctic adventure, a rockin’ kids concert, a prehistoric journey around the globe, a performance with lots of bugs, a must-see puppet show, and an annual carnival for the entire fam! If you and the kiddos need a Caspar Babypants fix, head over to the Northgate Community Center and catch a free (and very lively!) concert guaranteed to rock your socks off. Or take the fam to an Eats and Beats concert and sing and dance the night away with Eric Ode.

Seattle

Polar Science Weekend
Take your little ones on an action-packed polar adventure at the Pacific Science Center! Build an igloo, snuggle into hooded cold-weather parkas, peek into tents used in polar research camps, take the salinity taste test, and watch a spectacular smashing ice demonstration. Plus, meet scientists who work in the Arctic and Antarctic. Thurs.-Fri., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Sat.-Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. $7 to $14 (under 3 free). All ages. Event details.

Ridge Romp
This month’s Ridge Romp series will feature lots of lyrical improvisation and crowd participation with Tony Van Zeyl’s Purple House. Kiddos (and parents!) will have a rockin’ good time singing and dancing to Tony’s unique spins on kid-centric songs like the “ABCs” or “Old MacDonald” while mixing in timeless classics like “This Little Light of Mine.” Sat., 10:30 am – 11:15 am. Seattle. $3/person (babes in arms free). Tickets required. Ages 1 to 6. Event details.

Dino Day (pictured)
At this annual event, kiddos can take a fossil journey around the globe. See and touch a variety of fossils, explore prehistoric predators and their prey, meet Burke paleontologists, dig for fossils, and watch scientists prepare a 49-million-year-old giant fossil turtle. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Seattle. $7.50 (under 5 free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Bayou Bug Tales
Plenty of lively music and colorful characters make this Little Theater performance a must-see for the entire fam! Take the familiar Aesop fable about The Ant and the Grasshopper down to Cajun country, add their friends and family, and you’ve got a story about a community of bugs, frogs, and other creatures that grow and change through the seasons. Fri., 7:00 pm; Sat., 1:00 pm. Redmond. $5. All ages. Event details.

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Hanako and the Cherry Tree
This tall tale told with Bunraku, shadow, and blacklight puppets is sure to keep the kiddos entertained! Watch what happens when Mr. Yama (a wealthy penny pincher) encounters young Hanako and a bizarre series of events begin to happen, including an encounter with mythical Japanese creatures– A Tengu, an Oni and a serpent! Sat.-Sun., 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm (also March 10-11 and March 16-18). Bellevue. $8 to $9. Ages 4 to 10. Event details.

SJCC Annual Purim Carnival
This annual carnival has a little something for everyone!  Enjoy lots of music and entertainment, delicious food, a costume contest, prizes, and story time with the PJ Library. Plus, kiddos five and under can participate in special activities in “Purim Land” (think carnival games, inflatable toys, and face painting!). Sun., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Mercer Island. Free. Ages 0 to 8. Event details.

— Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Carol Swales