Battle those winter, gray-day blues with a weekend packed with festive, family fun. On our radar for this weekend:  A Mardi Gras for little ones, a kid-friendly rock concert, pasta-making fun, downward dogs and some good theater.


Family Mardi Gras Night at Hiawatha Community Center As adults, we know the pleasures of celebrating Mardi Gras. Now the Littles can experience it too by making colorful necklaces and masquerade masks, plus dancing to N’awlins-style tunes and sampling Cajun treats. Fri., 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Seattle, $15 to $25 per family. Event details.

Henry’s Freedom Box This moving show (geared to ages 12 and younger) about the true story of Henry Brown, a slave who takes a huge risk and mails himself to freedom, is the perfect way to spend a thought-provoking afternoon with the whole fam.  (Note: A craft session takes place before the performance.) Sat., 10:30 am, Seattle, $10 to $12. Event details.

Kindiependent Concert If you haven’t had your Not-Its! (pictured) fix of late, this weekend lends you the perfect opportunity to spend the morning rocking out with them. Sat., 10:30 am, Seattle, $10 per family. Event details.


Predators in the Sky Skies are filled with hawks, owls, eagles and other birds of prey. Take kids and learn what predators of the sky live in the neighborhood. Registration is required.  Sat., 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Bellevue, $5. Event details.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland It’s your last chance to see this delightful show of Alice’s madcap story, produced by the always-entertaining folks at Olympia Family Theater.  Sun., 2:00 pm, Olympia, $8.50 to $15.50. Event details.

Kids’ Yoga at The Ashram Get in your own hot yoga workout while the kids do some postures and creative play in a room next door. Sat., noon to 1:00 pm, Kirkland, $12. Event details.

–Kavita Varma-White