There’s lots going down this weekend, and we’re not even talking about all the green beer that’s bound to be consumed by the grown-ups in advance of St Patty’s Day!  For the kiddos, we’ve got a super-fun lineup that includes meeting the Tooth Fairy, watching puppet spiders weave webs, taking your pup on a festive promenade, and seeing which bed Goldilocks finally sleeps in.  If you feel like a family stroll, head to Seattle’s 2010 St Patrick’s Day Parade which starts at 12:30 on Sat. at 4th and Jefferson and ends at the Seattle Center, where you can partake in the Irish Festival. Also, for some seriously good shopping bargains, head to Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s sale of gently used kids clothing and gear. Insider tip: Everything gets marked down by 50 percent after noon!
SEATTLE

Shop Till You Drop

Uteropia at Buggy They say that pregnancy has its ups and downs. Well, this event is a bonafide UP!  Get ready for baby by trying on maternity clothes and nursing bras, watching a doula demonstration and testing out baby slings. Don’t miss: Jennifer Sharon Photography’s  free belly shots to expectant moms.  Sat., Noon to 4 p.m., Free. Read more.

Community Communing

Seattle Children’s Health Fair Who knew learning about hospitals and health could be so fun? Bring your teddy bear or doll for a visit to the Teddy Bear Clinic, meet the Tooth Fairy, tour an ambulance or operating room and get a free bike helmet fitting.  Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Seattle, Free. Read more.

Better Than TV

The Secret Life of Bugs at Northwest Puppet Center This super cool puppet show from the Spyglass Theater shows Littles the fascinating world of bugs, from caterpillars turning into butterflies, to spiders weaving webs and more. Sat.-Sun., 1 and 3 p.m. through March 21, Seattle, $8.50 to $10.50. Read more.

EASTSIDE

Community Communing

St Patrick’s Day Paw Promenade Get your green on with your fave furry pal at this St. Patty’s day fete that starts at City Hall and takes you along the 1-90 trail to the newly renovated off-leash dog park at Luther Burbank Park.  There’ll be fun activities for the whole fam, and don’t forget to dress Fido up – prizes awarded to “most spirited” pup.
Sat. 1 to 3 p.m., Mercer Island, Free. Read more.

Festivus for the Rest Of Us

Redmond Toddler Group Carnival From face painting to crafts to fun games and the chance to explore a real live fire truck, this annual event (geared to ages 5 and under) is a great way to burn off some kiddo energy this weekend.  Sat. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Redmond, $5 per family.  Read more.

Life’s A Stage

Goldilocks  at Second Story Rep SPROUTS Children’s Theatre brings back the crowd-pleasing musical of the sassy little gal who goes nosing around the home of the three bears, looking for just the right bed to sleep in. Fri. 7 pm, Sat-Sun, 1 and 4 p.m., through March 28, Redmond, $9, Read more.

—Kavita Varma-White