Seattle’s chock-full of events specially made for families this weekend. Kick it off at Seattle Center for Our Big Neighborhood’s Movin’ Around the World: Winter celebration. It runs through next Friday and offers different themes and events each day. We’ve also got our eye on: birdhouse building, beaver fever and special Valentine’s Day and President’s Day events you won’t want to miss. Read on to start making plans now.

photo: by Erinn J. Hale


Make a PVC Birdhouse
Budding ornithologists, here’s a flight of fancy. Kids will make a hand-crafted birdhouse using nothing but PVC pipe, imagination and non-toxic paint in a project perfect for every yard. No registration required. Available at all McLendon’s locations. (Sat.) Event details.

Author Story Time: Cory Tabor
Join us for a delightful story time when author and illustrator Corey Tabor reads Snail Crossing. In a book that is as cheerful and charming as Snail himself, Corey Tabor tells a winning tale of slow but steady Snail, whose determination and kindness bring him the best reward of all: friendship. (Sat). Event details.

African Music & Dance showcase
Join Gansango Dance Company, a talented group of musicians and dancers, as they interweave contemporary and traditional West African dance with drumming, song and audience participation. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kent Library and 4Culture. All ages welcome. (Sat.) Event details.

Block Party: LEGO at the Library The library provides the LEGO bricks, you provide the fun. Build, create and share your masterpiece with fellow builders. Sponsored by the King County Library System Foundation and the Friends of the Federal Way Libraries. (Sun.) Event details.


Pop-Up Card Making
Bring your kids ages 5 & up to the Kirkland library for some Valentine’s fun. Design and decorate your own pop-up card for someone you love. Limited to 25 spots, first come, first served. (Fri.) Event details.

Family Jump Night
Enjoy a fun, all-ages Family Jump Night every month. It’s a great way to get out of the house, burn off some energy and make new friends in our climate-controlled, inflatable arenas. Reservations required. (Fri.) Event details.

Ranger Program: Beaver Fever 
Beavers’ ability to change the landscape is second only to humans. These amazing rodents are so valuable to the ecosystem that Native Americans often referred to them as the “sacred center.” Not only do they create a healthy habitat for a number of aquatic species, but they also provide essential natural services for humans as well. Come learn more about these nocturnal creatures that call the Mercer Slough home. Best for children ages 5-10. (Sat.) Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe