This weekend, ease into the holiday season by enjoying some good ol’ family fun. On our radar: a turkey feast for the animals, an exhibit for food lovers, a concert with infectious tunes, a race for big and lil’ turkeys, a hands-on project at Pioneer Park and a lively production for the whole fam. If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off the Christmas season, take your crew to Yulefest—an authentic Nordic Christmas celebration featuring live music, traditional Nordic cuisine, holiday-themed crafts and visits with St. Nick. Or shake your tail feathers at this weekend’s Kindiependent Kids Rock Concert.

Stroum Jewish Community Center

photo: Stroum Jewish Community Center

Seattle

Turkey Toss
Watch as the jaguars, snow leopards, lions, bears and other animals devour their holiday turkey treats and learn how these enrichments promote natural animal behaviors and keep the animals mentally and physically stimulated. Sat. Event details.

Edible City Opening Day Celebration
Celebrate the opening of MOHAI’s newest exhibit, Edible City: A Delicious Journey, with a taste of the history and culture of Northwest cuisine. Tour the exhibit with notable chefs, nibble on unique offerings from local businesses and enjoy film screenings, craft activities and much more. Sat. Event details.

Raffi 40th Anniversary Tour
For four decades, children’s entertainer Raffi has been delighting successive generations of kids and their parents with his playful, exuberant personality and his irresistibly infectious songs. At this special performance, enjoy recordings from Owl Singalong—16 new songs incorporating a range of styles and a variety of instruments including strings, horns and ukulele. Sun. Event details.

Eastside

A Christmas Carol
Eastlake High School Drama presents the classic Charles Dickens’ production of A Christmas Carol, sure to delight the whole fam. This lively adaptation by Brenda Hubbard will feature students from Eastlake High School and plenty of memorable moments. Thurs.-Sat. Event details.

Shabbat Unplugged
Join the folks at SJCC to celebrate Shabbat and engage in a tikkun olam (healing the world) project. This year, the J is teaming up with Earth Corps to plant trees and shrubs in Pioneer Park. Put on your work clothes, grab a water bottle and come ready to work. Sat. Event details.

Turkey Trot
Grab your jogging stroller, lace up your tennies and join other Seattle families for this 3-mile walk/run benefiting Hopelink. After the race, enjoy goodies from participating vendors, music, hot chocolate, photos, prize drawings and other fun activities. Sun. Event details.

Will you be enjoying any of these fun activities this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below! 

— Kristina Moy