It’s almost time to turn another page on the calendar as February draws to a close, but we still have one more weekend full of fun before March blows in like a lion (or, in the case of this mild winter we’ve been having, a lamb).  While the Olympics are drawing to a close this Sunday, there is still some Olympic-style and other sporting fun to be had around town before you curl up with the kiddos and a popcorn bowl to watch the closing ceremonies on Sunday night. Additionally, there’s a great carnival, musical & theater events, and a very cool Polar exhibit too!  Psst moms: There’s still time to sign up forthe  PEPS Annual Luncheon next Thursday!

Better Than TV

Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Bundle up for Polar Science weekend (in it’s 5th year) which educates guests about everything involved in polar research. Activities include examining a real core of ice from Greenland, penguin crafts, build your own igloo, polar art exhibits, and demonstrations and lectures on polar bears and beluga whales. Brrrrr. Thurs – Sun, Seattle. Exhibit included with price of general admission to the Pacific Science Center. Read more.

Carnival Fun

SJCC Purim Carnival on Mercer Island Campus All sorts of carnival goodies are in store at Purim Carnival. Carnival games, inflatable sliding, and dancing are all part of the fun. Purim Land is new this year and is geared to children under age 5 with a bouncy ball room, face painting, storytelling, edible necklaces, and grogger making. Sunday, Noon to 3 p.m., Mercer Island. Costs vary for activities. Read more.

Sporty Spice

Dads & Daughters Day at UW Women’s Basketball Game, Seattle Some father/daughter bonding is in order while introducing girls to sports at the UW. Watch the Husky Women shoot hoops at Dads and Daughters Day at UW Women’s Basketball. Price includes ticket to the UW/WSU women’s b-ball game at 2 p.m. Feb. 27, a dads and daughters t-shirt, and an opportunity for post-event Q & A with athletes. Saturday, $10 Read more.


Better Than TV

Teddy Bear Clinic & Olympic Closing Ceremony at KidsQuest Museum Stop by with your favorite Teddy bear on Saturday for a Teddy Bear Clinic. You child can simulate an annual physical while checking Mr. Bear out from head to toe in their mini hospital. The perfect event for kids who are nervous to go to the doctor. Sunday, don’t miss the KidsQuest closing ceremonies at 2:30 p.m., wrapping up a few weeks of Olympic fun at the museum. Teddy Bear Clinic Sat 10 a.m.-noon, Olympics Closing Ceremony Sun 2:30 p.m.. Included with museum admission. Read more.

Music To Our Ears

Musical Olympics at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center It’s a gold medal performance in conjunction with the Seattle Symphony’s Tiny Tots series featuring musical performers from Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda—and this time they’re coming to the Eastside. The short (35 minute) performances are fun and interactive for tots and always have kids singing along and dancing in their seats. Sat., two performances at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.. $9 per person. Read more.

Life’s a Stage

James and the Giant Peach at Youth Theatre NW on Mercer Island Watch a classic story come to life on stage. Follow James on an enchanting journey (to escape his horrible aunts) when a peach tree grows and grows, sending James on quite an adventure with a bunch of oversized insects.Show starts Feb 25 and runs through March 7. $8 per person Read more.
-Angie J. Ballas