This weekend’s roundup is filled with loads of family-style song-and-dance numbers, including a sing-along, a Woody Guthrie-inspired concert, an International festival and a community dance party. Plus, the oh-so-entertaining Kratt brothers (of PBS Kratts’ Creatures and Zoboomofoo fame) are just a ferry ride away as they perform two shows on Bainbridge Island. And we know it’s only the first week in November, but if you’re looking for some Mom-time that’s mixed with pre-pre-holiday shopping opportunities, don’t miss the Magnolia Moms Shop ‘Til You Drop and Coat Drive event and the 2009 Woodinville Women’s Show.

EXPLORE: Farrel-McWhirter ParkFarrelMcW1

With a moo-moo here and a neigh-neigh there, Farrel-McWhirter Park offers a year-round farm fix, whether the little ones are into tiny bunnies or big horses. Farm and forest unite at this picturesque park located just off Avondale Road and Novelty Hill Road in Redmond. Park your car, then walk the trails among towering fir trees until you open out to the fields and farm. It’s common to find ponies and horses in various parts of the 68-acre park as well as cows, goats, bunnies, chickens, turkeys and sometimes even a pig with piglets. The park offers toddler pony classes & big-kid horse riding classes through the City of Redmond Parks department—even birthday parties. Kids love climbing up the spiral staircase to the top of the silo overlooking the farm. Picnic tables and plenty of grass fields & forested trails to roam make this park the perfect spot to spend an afternoon. Keep walking and you’ll find more treasures. At one end of the park are swings (baby and big kid) and at the other end (walk the trail past all of the horses pastures through the woods) you’ll find a tire swing. A preschool operates on the premises and themed, summer day-camps are offered for many age groups.


Festivus for the Rest of Us
Cultural Festival at Crossroads
In addition to loads of great International music and dance performances, make sure the littles check out the interactive Lego display, the Folk Art coloring activity and the amazing Dolls of the World exhibit. Fri., 5 to 10 pm; Sat. 10 am to 10 pm; Sun. 11 am to 6 pm., Free, Bellevue. Read more

Music to Our Ears, Part I
Eats and Beats
KidsQuest Museum Sunday becomes “Funday” when it includes a super-fun sing-along with entertainer extraordinaire Nancy Stewart, plus a yummy breakfast catered by Chace’s Pancake Corral. Sun., 10 am to noon, Factoria, $8 to $10 for concert; $3 for breakfast. Registration required. Read more

Community Communing
Mercer Island
Preschool Association Toy Swap Score some serious deals at this annual consignment sale of gently-used clothing, toys and equipment. Tip: Everything goes half price in the last hour, so stick around till the bitter end! Sat., 9 am to 1 (closed from 11 a.m.-noon)., Mercer Island, Free. Read more


Better Than TV
Ecstatic Family Dance
A happy family is a dancing family, so head to Wallingford for an afternoon of movin’ and groovin’ to kid-friendly adult music from around the world. Sun., 4 to 5:30 pm, Seattle, $15, Read more

Music to Our Ears, Part II
Concert for Kids, Northgate Community Center
Northwest folk singer Carl Allen delights kids and parents alike with his fabulous rendition of Woody Guthrie’s ultimate kid album 20 Grow Big Songs. Sat., 11 am, Seattle, Free. Read more

Animal Adventures
Kratt Brothers Show, Kids Discovery Museum Benefit
You know them as the fun-loving siblings who hang with the awesome lemur Zaboo on the PBS show Zoboomafoo. Come meet Chris and Martin and watch their amazing, interactive show. (Be prepared to make jungle and animal sounds!) Sat., 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, Bainbridge Island, $12. Read more