This weekend, we’re bidding farewell to 2017 and welcoming 2018 with a healthy dose of family fun!  On our party poppin’ radar: a hilarious stage production, a rockin’ kindie concert, a global celebration under the Needle and a bubble wrap extravaganza. If that’s not enough excitement for this final part of the holiday season, head to the Washington State History Museum for the 22nd Annual Model Train Festival or check out the Lantern Light Festival at the Washington State Fair Events Center. Happy New Year from all us at Red Tricycle!

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Seattle

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
This is your last weekend to catch this hilarious production at the Seattle Children’s Theatre. Mr. and Mrs. Popper are an ordinary couple in an ordinary English town…until some extraordinary Antarctic penguins come to stay! This toe-tapping, unpredictable adventure will warm your heart and fill your belly with plenty of laughs. Tues.-Sun. Event details.

Kindiependent Kids Rock Series
Kick off your Saturday morning with a set of singable, danceable high-energy songs from our favorite monkeys—Recess Monkey! This rockin’ show will include some old faves along with some new tunes from the band’s latest albums. Sat. Event details.

Celebrate New Year’s Around the World
Count down to 2018 every hour at this special daytime party at the Seattle Children’s Museum. Celebrate the new year as it arrives around the globe (think: India, Russia, Ethiopia, Greece, France, Morocco and Brazil) with a juice toast and special craft activity from the celebrating country. Plus, learn about each country’s cultural traditions. Sun. Event details.

Eastside

Garden d’Lights
This is your last weekend to enjoy the dazzling winter wonderland of twinkling lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Grab the stroller and take the Littles on a holiday journey filled with three-dimensional flowers, shrubs and animal characters. Insider Tip: Avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets online. Mon.-Sun. Event details.

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Maggiano’s Little Italy Cake Decorating Class & Early New Year’s Eve Celebration
New Year’s Eve is getting extra sweet at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Bellevue. Starting at 10 a.m., kids can learn how to decorate their very own cake with the help of Chef Andrew. Chef Andrew will demonstrate different decorating techniques and assist kids with their very own creation to take home. Then, at noon the New Year’s Eve countdown begins with a sparkling cider toast followed by a delicious buffet lunch. Sun. Event details.

New Year’s Celebration at KidsQuest Children’s Museum
Who needs fireworks when you can make some really cool popping sounds during a bubble wrap stomp—the highlight of this annual, made-for-kids daytime New Year’s Eve celebration! Sat. Event details

How will you be celebrating 2018 this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

— Kristina Moy