With Spring Break and general excitement in the air, it’s a fantastic weekend to do a bit of exploring with the whole family.  Our roundup of fun includes: an around-the-world gastronomic celebration (in a mall!), a community festival with a parade, a jumping extravaganza, a colorful, international dance act, and a surprise-filled puppet show.


Better Than TV

Cyndi Soup & The Thumbs Up Puppeteers The great thing about Cyndi Soup’s musical puppet show is that no matter how many times you watch it, you never know what surprises are in store. What you can count on: singing, dancing, stories and general merriment. Fri-Sat. , 10 to 10:45 a.m., Snohomish,  $5. Read more.

Food For Thought

Bite of Crossroads Expand the whole fam’s culinary sensibilities at the 7thannual Bite of Crossroads, where you can sample bits from the international food court plus here lots of great live music. (Tip: Go Saturday at 1 p.m. to see Tim Noah perform, followed by CF Kids’ Drama Clinic at 2 pm!)  Fri. to Sun., Times vary, Bellevue, Free. Read more.

Community Communing

Celebrate Woodinville It’s a party in W-ville, and you can join the fun by marching in the All Fools parade, eating a pancake breakfast, watching the Bassett Bash and getting crafty in the Children’s Activity Lane. Sat. , 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Woodinville, Free. Read more.


Festivus for the Rest of Us

Whirligig at Seattle Center Looking to kill time with the big and little kiddos on your Spring Break Staycation? Well, that’s why they invented Whirligig. It’s a bounce-house extravaganza for all ages, so don’t miss the special toddler zone. Opens Fri through April 11, Seattle, $1.50 to $7.50. Read more.

Music to our Ears

Baltic Rites of Spring Get in step with the changing of the seasons at this entertaining performance of  Baltic folk dancing and singing.  The kiddos will be mesmerized by the colorful costumes and they’ll even get to join the dancers on stage to learn a Baltic dance routine! Sat. 2 to 4 p.m., Seattle, Free. Read more.

Movin’ and Groovin’

Move It Mom lecture at Denali Fitness Local author Patti Dunn is dispensing an hour’s worth of fitness tips that come from her book  Move It Mom: How To Get Your Body Back After Baby.  Learn about everything from why it’s hard for new moms to do sit-ups and what to know about exercising while nursing. Fri., 11 a.m. to noon, Madison Park, Free. Find out more 206-484-6782

—Kavita Varma-White