It’s time to turn the page on 2020 and welcome 2021 with fabulous family events and activities around Seattle. This weekend is the last to catch many of the area’s dazzling light displays. It’s also about spending time outside, whether you’re hiking, plunging or biking with a view. Read on for ideas, and Happy New Year from all of us at Red Tricycle.

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Hit the trail
No Discover Pass is needed to celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike in any one of Washington’s beautiful State Parks. Fri. Event details.

Feed the birds
Who needs tuppence when you can make your own birdhouse from a milk carton at this online class.

Take the plunge!
Start the New Year with a splash at Lake Sammamish State Park. The 2021 Polar Bear Plunge into the icy lake waters will take place in small groups of five to adhere to COVID safety protocols. Or if you are more comfortable, plunge on your own from anywhere—a pool, bathtub, hose over your head?  Fri. Event details.

Keep moving along Lake Washington
It’s the last weekend to enjoy the Stay Healthy mile-long stretch along Lake Washington Boulevard with the kids. Whether you’re biking, jogging or pushing your kiddo in their sweet stroller ride, it’s a great spot to start 2021. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Meet Frederick
Sit down with the kids to watch Frederick, the award-winning picture book by Leo Lionni, come to life as a clever and colorful virtual puppet show. It’s the simple tale of a family of field mice who work together through summer and autumn to prep for the long, cold winter. The work is difficult and the other mice aren’t quite sure what Frederick is up to, as he spends his time daydreaming. Find out what he’s got in store.

Celebrate Kwanzaa
Join Nyema Clark and Nurturing Roots for the closing Kwanzaa rituals and meditation. Follow it up with a New Year’s feast prepared at home, using recipes provided by Nurturing Roots. Fri. Event details.

Unplug with IRL activities
The Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington is expanding its cultural programming with the debut of the Japanese Winter Fun Book, a new booklet of Japanese cultural activities for kids. You’ll find games, crafts, recipes and in more inside. Pick yours up (or download it for free) this weekend!

—Allison Sutcliffe