We’re kicking off the first weekend of February with lots of family-friendly fun! On our radar: a super-fun Lunar New Year celebration, a puppet show inspired by Black History Month, an out of this world family workshop, an outdoor adventure, a hands-on history lesson, and a clinic with lots of teddy bear TLC. If you and the kiddos are in need of some high-energy kindie rock, this weekend’s Ridge Romp series will feature a solo performance by Caspar Babypants. Or check out the Model Railroad Show and Swap at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. This annual show promises lots of train-themed excitement including model railroad displays, vendors, swap tables, workshops, and more!

Seattle

Chinese New Year Celebration (pictured)
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with a super-fun (and very lively!) party at the Sponge location in Seattle. Enjoy cultural dances by the award-winning Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team and take a New Year-themed mini language class in Mandarin. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Seattle. Free. Reservations recommended. All ages. Event details.

Clay Martin’s Puppet Theatre
Kick off Black History Month with a collection of African folktales, authentic African music, and a special magic show by The Magic Man. Through hand puppets and toy theater techniques, see popular stories come to life including Anansi and the Witch, Amadoo and the Crocodile, and Nyap and Nyakwe. Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Seattle. Free. Ages 4-12. Event details.

Saturn V – Rocket to the Moon!
Calling all astronaut wannabes! Head to the Museum of Flight and learn all about the Saturn V (the rocket that took United States astronauts to the moon!) and make your very own model of this famous spacecraft. Sat. and Sun., 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Seattle. $9 to $17 (4 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Crawdad Creek
Put on your rubber boots and go exploring at Crawdad Creek. Look for rocks filled with fossils, crawdad hiding under stones, creepy crawlers, and much more! Plus, make a metamorphic frog to take home. Fri., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Bellevue. $2. Registration required. Ages 3-6. Event details.

Free Friday Night: The Log Cabin Experience
At this two-for-one event, learn about early log cabins built in Bellevue and enjoy KidsQuest Museum for free! Explore lots of super-cool exhibits, try your hand at building a model cabin, work on a toy cobbler’s bench with golf tees and foam boards, and take home craft pieces to make your own log cabin masterpiece. Fri., 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. Ages 0-12. Event details.

Teddy Bear Clinic
At this annual event (designed to help kiddos overcome their fear of doctor visits), kids can get their fav stuffed animal checked out by a real doc! Stuffed animals will get a complete exam (including eyes, ears, and throat!) and take a trip (if necessary) to a mini-hospital for minor injuries. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Bellevue. $7 to $8. Ages 0-10. Event details.

–Kristina Moy