What do you get when you mix lots of singing and dancing with crafts, a nature walk, and hundreds of collectables? A weekend packed full of family fun! Our lineup includes a colorful children’s concert, a mini-sized show, a family-friendly dance lesson, a crafty day at BAM, an outdoor adventure, and a super-fancy performance. This weekend, the Seattle Aquarium is kicking off Octopus Week with lots of hands-on activities, octopus feedings, and a live octopus release. And the Asian Night Market is kicking off its month-long Year of the Dragon celebration at the Othello Public Market. In addition to dozens of multicultural vendors, enjoy live entertainment, yummy cuisine, carnival-style games, contests, and more!

Seattle

Uganda Orphans Choir (pictured)
Take a journey through Africa with the Uganda Orphans Choir. Watch the children sing (in their native language–Luganda) and dance in colorful, traditional costumes accompanied by authentic African drums and other African instruments. Sat., 11:30 am. Seattle. $6.50 to $7.50 (under 1 free). Ages 10 months to 10. Event details.

NorthWest Scale Modelers Show
Experience the world “in-miniature” at the NorthWest Scale Modelers Show. This massive show will attempt to stage the largest model show in PNW history by featuring hundreds of model aircraft, cars, tanks, ships, spacecraft, and more. The show will also give you the opportunity to meet expert modelers, learn about the fascinating hobby of scale modeling, and build a scale aircraft model to take home. Sat.-Sun., 10:00 am – 4:30 pm (model workshops 10:00 am – 2:00 pm). Seattle. $9 to $17 (4 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Seattle Family Dance
Shake the winter blues by dancing with your kiddos to live folk music! This month’s Family Dance will feature child-friendly tunes and simple steps with Greg and Jere Canote. Sun., 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Seattle. $5 to $18. Ages 0 to 10. Event details.

Eastside

Get Crafty Saturdays! Twist It!
Take the kiddos to BAM and get inspired by Mary Lee Hu’s jewelry pieces in “Knitted, Knotted, Twisted, and Twined.” Then, create your own wire bracelet by twisting a variety of colors and textures together. Sat., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Bellevue. $2. Ages 4 to 12. Event details.

Mercer Slough Nature Walk
Put on your rubber boots (and rain gear!) and go on an outdoor adventure with a park ranger. During this free, guided tour kiddos will learn about the plants, flowers, and animals that call Mercer Slough Nature Park home as well as some history about the park. Sat., 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly
Put on your fanciest party clothes and take your lil’ princess to this must-see ballet performance by Evergreen City Ballet. This charming story, based on the adaptation of Bonjour Butterfly by Jane O’Conner and Robin Preiss-Glasser, is sure to delight the smallest of Fancy Nancy fans. Plus, meet Robin Priess-Glasser (the illustrator behind Fancy Nancy and a former ballerina!) after the performances. Sat.-Sun., 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, & 4:00 pm. Bellevue. $12 to $19. Ages 3 and older. Event details.

–Kristina Moy