With springtime celebrations on the horizon, we’ve got a great mix of kid-friendly events to keep you hopping this weekend! Our roundup of fun includes a super-sized whirling event, a nature party for reptiles, bats and bees, a class that will make your mouth water, a program about our favorite buck-toothed pal, an evening social for the fam and an egg-stravaganza for the little ones! To add to the spring mix, you also might want to check out Count Yourself Silly (a jungle-themed concert) at Benaroya Hall and Village Green (a totally cool, urban springtime event) at University Village!

Seattle

Whirligig!
It’s time to swing into spring at the Seattle Center! For two weeks, the Center House will be transformed into a wacky world of child-sized action and a vibrant House of Bounce. Enjoy getting your face painted or gliding, sliding and riding on super-cool, super-sized inflatable rides! Plus, check out the special Toddler Zone! Helpful hint: If you can’t make it this weekend, then come and play on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and avoid the crowds. Fri.-Sun. (through Apr 24), 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Seattle, $1.50-$7.50. Event details.

Celebrate Urban Nature
Celebrate Urban Nature at Magnuson Park with a free children’s concert with Eric Ode (National Award Winning singer/songwriter) and presentations by Roving Reptiles, Bats Northwest, Knox Cellars Bees and the Woodland Park Zoo. Also, enjoy interactive booths and displays featuring Insect Safari and NOAA Marine Mammal Division, art and nature activities, and a nature-themed carnival! Plus, get the fam up early for a wetland wake-up walk at 9:00 am. Sat., 10:30 am – 2:00 pm, Seattle, Free. Event details.

Family Lunch Cooking Class
If you’re looking for a fun way to get the whole family involved in the kitchen but don’t want to worry about the mess–check out this Tom Douglas class! Parents and kids get 75 minutes of hands-on instruction, learning to make coconutty Cheerio bars, steamed pork humbow with black soy dipping sauce, seared albacore tuna with broccoli-ginger slaw, cilantro-avocado quesadillas and Hawaiian-style pork and pineapple kebabs. Then, everyone will enjoy a banquet style dessert. Participants will also receive a recipe packet that includes additional suggestions for each cooking technique. Sun., 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, Seattle, $25-$40. Reservations required. Event details.

Eastside

Leave it to Beavers
Beavers are known for building dams on rivers and streams and building their homes in ponds. In this one-hour class, learn how our buck-toothed friend uses the wetland as his home, his hardware store, and his local market!  Enter the beaver’s amazing world by becoming a beaver and understanding the adaptations these animals use to shape the environment. Sat., 11:45 am – 12:45 pm, Bellevue, $7-$10. Arrive early; space is limited. Event details.

Family Game Night & Social
If you’re tired of looking for a Saturday night family-friendly show on the boob tube, then pack up the kiddos and head to this event! Play some fun family games, socialize with your friends and enjoy snacks and punch! Sat., 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Kirkland, $5/person at the door, caregivers free. Reservations required. Event details.

Egg-straordinary Egg Hunt
KidsQuest Children’s Museum is throwing an egg-stravaganza this weekend for kiddos 0-4! Enjoy fun Easter crafts and games and photo opportunities with a special furry, floppy-eared visitor. Plus, bring a basket for some serious egg hunting. Who knows–you just might find one of the “lucky eggs” and win an egg-straodinary prize! Sun., 10:00 am – noon, Bellevue, $8-$15. Pre-registration required. Event details.

-Kristina Moy