There’s so much to celebrate around Seattle this weekend starting with the Lunar New Year on Friday. Add in re-openings at the Seattle Aquarium and MoPOP and you’ve got a windfall of activities to choose from. Ready, set, mark your calendars!

Editor’s note: Please be aware some of these events may be canceled last minute due to snow. Please call ahead before heading out.

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year
Welcome the Year of the Ox with your favorite local events. Whether you’re celebrating the New Year All Year with the Wing Luke or enjoying virtual and in-person programs, like the annual dragon and lion parade at the Bellevue Collection, you can party all weekend. And don’t forget Seattle’s Tết Festival. This year it’ll span the whole month and include cooking demos, fashion shows and restaurant weeks.

Enjoy a short stack
Make breakfast an adventure when you pile your plate high with Swedish pancakes. Load up your hungry crew and plan to drive through for a hot breakfast. Sat. Event details.

Run for hope
Lace up your running shoes it’s time to take the kids on a 5K to support Alexander’s Hope during this virtual Valentine’s Dash. Run, jog or walk a 5K anywhere you please to get your shirt and maybe win a prize at this event. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Curl up with a good book
It’s interactive story time with NAAM! Tune in to read Hair Love with your kids this month. Sun. Event details.

Count it up
The Great Backyard Bird Count is back. It’s a chance for bird watchers of all ages to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun and a great reason to get outside. Grab your binocs and go! Fri.-Mon. Event details.

Design community
Kids ages 5-10 plus their caregivers can join this workshop hosted by the Seattle Architecture Foundation. This month’s challenge is “We Need Community.” What will you and your budding builder design? Show it off during this two-hour class. Sat. Event details.

Join the draw-along
The Burke recently re-opened to the public, but they’re still offering some great virtual programming. This weekend, join Ray Troll in his studio for a dino draw-along. Fri. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe

Looking for more Lunar New Year or Black History Month events? Find them here.