February’s here and with it comes a slew of frolicking family fun. Consider: the classic musical story of the ultimate candyman; a rabbit-infused new year’s celebration; a colorful puppet show; a recital geared to banishing bullying; and some teddy bear TLC.



Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
It’s opening weekend for this classic production of Roald Dahl’s gem of a story, and you can bet the whole cast – from the Oompa Loompas to bratty Veruca Salt — will provide everyone with plenty of entertainment. Fri.-Sun., 7 and 12 p.m plus various times through Feb. 13, Seattle, $15. Event details

Chinese New Year Celebration
To celebrate the year of the Rabbit, the kiddos will learn martial arts moves and Mandarin songs, plus do crafts and a snack. Sat., 10 a.m. to noon, Seattle, Free.  Reservations recommended. Event details

Jack and the Dragon
This wonderful puppet show about the Appalachian folktale features the Oregon Shadow Theatre, known for their superbly colored shadow puppets and festive live music. PS: Don’t forget to visit the puppet museum 30 minutes before or after the performance.  Sat.-Sun., 1 and 3 p.m., Seattle, $8.50 to $10.50. Event details


Teddy Bear Clinic
Gotta love this annual event, where the kids can bring their favorite stuffed creature for a checkup and mini-hospital visit with real docs. (It’s all geared to helping kids overcome their fear of doctor visits.) Sat., 10 a.m. to noon, Factoria, $7.50. Event details

Jack and the Beanstalk
We mentioned this as a Renton event last week, but it bears repeating (since now it’s at the Kirkland Performance Center!): It’s StoryBook Theater’s madcap rendition of the classic fairytale of Jack and his journey up the beloved beanstalk. Sat.-Sun., 11, 1 and 3 p.m., through Feb. 13, Kirkland, $9. Event details

Bully Slam
If you’ve got school-aged kids, this is a must-see event for kids grades K to 12, who will recite poetry, perform skits, read stories and sing songs, all revolved around vanquishing bullying.  Fri., 7 p.m., Kirkland, Free. Event details

—Kavita Varma-White