It’s mid-winter break for many area schools, but if you’re among the masses that opted for a Staycation, we’ve got ideas to keep you and the youngsters busy, busy, busy.  Take a hike to see a really big tree, or do some partying while raising money for Haiti relief efforts. There’s also a fairy carnival, a benefit concert and two very entertaining story times. A sure bet for fun is watching those hoop-lovin’ Harlem Globetrotters, who visit Key Arena for a matinee on Sunday. Save on tickets by entering the promotional code MOM when buying them through Ticketmaster.


Better Than TV
Walk to the Big Cedar This awesome (short) hike at Meadowbrook Farm is great for Littles, and just wait to see how big their eyes get when they see the  gigantic, 500 year old tree, that’s 9.5 feet in diameter. Don’t forget to dress for the weather and wear hiking shoes or boots.Sat., 10 a.m. to noon, North Bend, Free. Read more.

Community Communing

Benefit For Haiti at My Gym Bellevue Bring the whole fam for a do-good afternoon of music, games, Haitian themed arts and crafts, plus free pizza and yummy New York Cupcakes.  A donation of $5 (or more!) is recommended and all proceeds go to Partners in Health for Haitian relief efforts.  Sun., 2 to 5 p.m., Bellevue, Free. Read more.

Listen Up!

Elmo Easy as 1-2-3 at Borders Celebrate Elmo’s third birthday with a special story time featuring Sesame Street tales and a fun art project. For kids ages 2 to 7.  Sat. 11 a.m., Redmond, Free. Read more.


Festivus for the Rest of Us

Moonpaper Tent’s Fairy Circus and Carnival of Wonder Come one, come all for an afternoon of wacky carnival games, silly stage acts, plus games, popcorn and prizes.  Sat., 1 to 4 p.m., Seattle, $15 for parent and child. Read more.

Music to our Ears

Brian Waite Band Concert at Phinney Neighborhood Center Nature activities and snacks are followed by a jammin’ benefit concert by the band that loves to mix rock-n-roll with reggae and bluegrass. Proceeds support environmental education programs at Homewaters Project. Sat., 10 to 11:30 a.m., $5 to $8, Read more.

Listen Up!  (Part II)

Storytime at Third Place Books Gather around for wonderful local storyteller Mrs. Wigglesworth, who dons her bi-focals and her super-fancy hat and mesmerizes little ones with her multicultural folktales.Sat., 11 a.m., Seattle, Free. Read more.

—Kavita Varma-White