We’re celebrating the last weekend of 2012 with a healthy dose of family fun! On our party poppin’ radar: a rockin’ end-of-the-year concert for the Littles, a grand opening celebration, a family activity to benefit the community, a musical that will warm your heart, a cozy hands-on activity, and a guided trek through the park. If you’re looking for a fun indoor activity, head over to the Seattle Aquarium for the Winter Fishtival. In addition to hands-on activities and special presentations, learn how the Aquarium cares for their fish, birds, tide pool animals, and marine mammals. Happy New Year from all us at Red Tricycle!

Seattle

New Year’s Eve with The Not-Its! (pictured)
There’s no need to stay up ‘til midnight when you can countdown to noon with the Not-Its! Sat., 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Seattle. $5 to $15 ($95 for family season pass). Advance tickets recommended. All ages. Event details.

MOHAI Grand Opening
At this community-wide celebration, be among the first to step inside the new MOHAI at Lake Union Park! Plus, see live performances, participate in hands-on activities, watch dragon boat races, and much more! Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Seattle. Free on Saturday and $12 to $14 on Sunday (14 and under free). Reserved tickets are recommended. All ages. Event details.

Family Day: The Give Effect
This first-ever event at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be filled with lots of hands-on art making activities as well as interactive exhibits and games to teach kiddos about the importance of giving back to the community. Sat., 10:30 am – 3:30 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Fiddler on the Roof
This award-winning musical performance will be filled with laughter, warmth, and inspiration along with some of the most beloved and timeless songs in musical theatre. Fri., 8:00 pm; Sat., 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm; Sun., 2:00 pm. Issaquah. $28 to $63. Tickets required. Ages 5 and older. Event details.

Get Crafty Saturdays
Take the kiddos to BAM to see an exhibit inspired by Northwest makers. Then, have fun with fleece by creating your own soft, warm scarf! Sat., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Bellevue. Free with admission or $2 materials fee. Ages 4 to 12. Event details.

Mercer Slough Nature Walk
Bundle up the kiddos and join a Bellevue park ranger for this guided winter tour through the Mercer Slough Nature Park. Sat., 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

How do you plan to spend the last weekend of 2012? Will you let your kiddos stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve or will you put them to bed early? Let us know in the comments below. 

— Kristina Moy