There’s no shortage of fun to be had around the Emerald City this weekend, and it starts with a popular princess taking center stage. Elsa, Anna and the Arendelle crew make their Seattle debut at the Paramount this weekend (pictured). Also on our radar: a chance to dance your socks off, a science night the whole fam can get in on and a “wilde” opera by kids for kids you won’t want to miss. Psst… if you’ve got your heart set on Valentine’s Day activities, we’ve got plenty of those, too. Read on and let the fun begin!

photo: by Deen VanMeer © Disney

Seattle

Family Sock Hop
SnoCo YMCA is hopelessly devoted to you joining other area families for a sock hop. So grease back your hair and grab your poodle skirts, it’s time to shake, rattle and roll! Free and open to the community. (Fri.) Event details.

Family Science Night
Don’t just be part of a changing world—be that change! Get your hands dirty making a mountain range, then wear it down again. Experiment with wind, water, and rock to understand how the world around us is shaped while exploring the impact that scientists of color have had on the earth sciences. The ticket price includes one child and adult. Additional tickets can be purchased for $18/person or $15/person for members. The event is all ages but works best with kids in K-5, plus their adult. (Sat.) Event details.

Wilde Tales A Youth Opera for Families
Inspired by the stories of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, Wilde Tales weaves together several of the author’s stories into a colorful and heartwarming parable that reminds us all that true beauty lies in the way we treat one another. This exciting presentation of the Youth Opera Project is performed by youth ages 7–18 and is perfect for audiences of all ages. $15/adult, $5/youth. (Fri.-Sun.) Event details.

Evening Beach Walk
Take advantage of winter’s low tides during this Seattle Aquarium event. Meet the naturalists under the canopy at the corner of 63rd Ave. S.W. and Beach Dr. S.W. in West Seattle before taking off to explore what’s revealed when the ocean retreats at night. Dress for the weather and come prepared to find fantastic creatures. (Sat.) Event details. 

Eastside

Paddington Bear’s First Concert
The Cascade Symphony Orchestra is committed to supporting music education in our community. The Children’s Concert introduces families to the joys of classical music. Repertoire changes from year to year, but selections have included Paddington Bear’s First Concert, Tubby the Tuba, Carnival of the Animals, and Peter and the Wolf. The concert programming is designed for children ages 3-10 and their families, but children and adults of all ages are welcome to attend. Come early for the Instrument Petting Zoo, which begins at 2 p.m. (Sat.) Event details.

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
Join your favorite Peanuts gang for a rolicking musical romp. Experience a day in the life of Charlie, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the kids as they ride the roller coaster of life, with all its ups and downs. As the drama unfolds, important life lessons are shared through clever, heart-warming and hilarious wisdom. This performance is best for kids ages 5 & up. It includes an intermission. (Fri.-Sun.) Event details.

Wondrous Woodpecker Walk
Bellevue is home to a myriad of woodpecker species, from the striking red-breasted sapsucker to the brightly-patterned pileated woodpecker. Spend a morning learning how these birds fit into our parks, and what you can do to help them thrive. We’ll gaze into the forest on a Ranger-led walk to discuss them (and maybe even spot a few), and enjoy a craft back at the Ranger Station. Best for ages 3-8. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required by calling 425-452-6993 or via email: parkrangerprogram@bellevuewa.gov by 4 p.m. the day before. (Fri.) Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe