With Turkey Day just around the corner (and the busy holiday rush!), we have some fun ideas on how to spend time with the fam before you’re off and running. On our weekend radar: an awesome TGIF party, a production about a man and his beloved cat, a hands-on event with mammals, a musical about a flying nanny, an awesome swap in time for the holidays and a rockin’ concert with plenty of pizza and dancing. If that’s not enough excitement, catch 50 of your favorite Disney characters (from 16 different stories!) celebrate holidays and birthdays in Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate!


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Fantastic Friday Fest
If your family is in search of something awesome to do together, Fantastic Friday Fest will have it all. Music by local faves The Washover Fans with special guests The Purple House, arts and crafts, games, and a raffle for a fabulous prize. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off your TGIF. Fri., 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Seattle. $5 to $10 (babes in arms free). All ages. Event details.

Dick Whittington and His Cat
Just in time for the holiday season, SCT presents their newest musical version of the much-loved English story. Follow Dick Whittington and his beloved cat as they journey through foreign lands, past pirates and back home to good fortune and a better life. Thurs.-Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. (through Dec. 21). Seattle. $25 to $36. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Meet the Mammals
Ever wanted to touch a bat or get close to a tiger? At this annual event, meet hundreds of specimens from the Burke Museum’s extraordinary mammalogy collection, enjoy lots of hands-on activities, games and crafts, talk with mammal experts and much more. Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission (4 and under free). All ages. Event details.


Mary Poppins
Based on the timeless books of P.L. Travers and complete with all the cherished songs from the Academy award-winning Disney film, this magical stage musical tells the inspirational tale of the amazing flying nanny, who’s practically perfect in every way! Wed.-Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. (through Jan. 4, 2015). Issaquah. $35 to $72. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.


MIPA Toy Swap
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at this ginormous consignment sale of gently used toys, baby and kids clothes, and equipment. Clean out your closets and sell your unwanted items or shop the sale for tons of great bargains. Sat., 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (half-price sale 12 p.m.–1 p.m.). Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eats & Beats: Brian Waite Band
Get ready to dance your socks off at this rockin’ concert with the Brian Waite Band. Sing and dance to their silly, interactive songs as you travel under the sea, into the future and onto a pirate ship. Sat. 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Bellevue. $8 to $13 ($3 extra for pizza & lemonade). Advance tickets recommended. All ages. Event details.

Will you be enjoying any of the activities we mentioned above? Let us know in a comment below.

—Kristina Moy