Got your weekend date plans yet? If not, be sure and check out RT’s Valentine’s Childcare Drop Off list. Before the big night out, spend some time with the Littles at events ranging from a party in Chinatown, a concert with The Not-Its, a museum exhibit where you can play with Tinkertoys, or a drama clinic for your pint-sized thespian.  We’ve also got a couple of family-friendly Valentine’s parties in the mix, so you can spend time with all your sweethearts.


Festivus for the Rest of Us

Lunar New Year Celebration Celebrate 2010–The Year of the Tiger!–with all the neighbors of Chinatown-International District. The block party includes a lion dance performance, special games and crafts, plus entry into the Wing Luke Asian Museum. Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seattle, $8.95 to $12.95. Read more.


Music To Our Ears

The Not-Its at Town Hall Nothing like a Sat. jam session with your fave rockin’ Seattle kids’ band. (And parents, we won’t tell anyone that you’re just as excited.)  Sat., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Seattle, Free for 12 and under; $5 for adults. Read more.

Better Than TV

Tinkertoy exhibit at Children’s Museum Seattle It’s opening weekend for the exhibit TINKERTOY: Build Your Imagination, which includes 10 stations for kids to build, design and learn with those great construction toys that have been a fave for generations.  Sat-Sun, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Seattle, $7.50. Read more.


Movin’ and Groovin’

Family Valentine’s Party at Mercer View Community Center Do some inter-generational cutting of the rug at this family V-day dance party which includes snacks, games, party pics and, of course, lots of danceable music.  Fri., 6 to 8:30 p.m., Mercer Island, $16 per child and one family member ($5 for additional family members).  Read more.

Holiday Hoopla

Father Daughter Dance at Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center It’s the 7thannual dads-and-darlings Valentine’s event, which is open to girls ages 3 to 12 and their dads, uncles or grandpas.  Don’t forget party clothes and dancing shoes! Fri., 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Redmond, $25, Registration required. Read more.

Life’s A Stage

CF Kids Drama Clinic Got a budding actor on your hands? They’ll be able to engage their inner drama king or queen at Common Folk Kids, where they’ll do fun things like facial warm-ups, character acting and  other creative exercises. Sat., 2 to 3:30 p.m., Bellevue, Free. Read more.

—Kavita Varma-White