There’s plenty of fun to be had around the city this three-day weekend! Consider: a super-fun puppet show, a tropical hands-on activity, a show for train lovers, a movie night with a twist, a celebration of cultures and traditions, and a concert with an award-winning children’s singer and songwriter! On Sunday, take your lil’ music and theatre lover to a special matinee performance of Cinderella at Seattle Opera. In addition to toe-tapping tunes and vibrant characters, there will be plenty of hands-on activities for kids to enjoy!


Images of China Puppet Show
This fab Chinese puppet show will blend puppetry and music with humor, elegance, and special effects! Sat., & Sun., 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm (also January 26 & 27). Seattle. $9 to $10.50. All ages. Event details.

Visit Hawaii in Your Own Backyard
Dress in your best Aloha attire and enjoy some Hawaiian spirit at the Seattle Aquarium! In addition to special hands-on activities, see diver shows and explore the unique sea life that call Hawaii home. Sat.-Mon., 10:30 am – 3:00 pm (also January 26 & 27). Seattle. $13.95 to $19.95 (3 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Model Railroad Show (pictured)
You don’t want to miss this Northwest family tradition featuring dozens of model railroad displays and layouts, hands-on activities and crafts, Pacific Northwest railroad history, and rides on a kid-sized train! Sat. & Sun., 9:45 am – 6:00 pm; Mon., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Seattle. $9 to $16 (under 3 free). All ages. Event details.


Float In Movie Night
Instead of popcorn and candy, you’ll need pool floats and swim goggles for this family-friendly movie night! Sat., 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Bellevue. $8 to $24 (members free). All ages. Event details.

Eats & Beats: Eric Ode
Enjoy a goofy night of music, stories, skits, and puppets with this wildly popular children’s entertainer! Sat., 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Bellevue. $8 to $12. Registration recommended. All ages. Event details.

Free Family Day: Cultures of the World
Explore a variety of cultures from around the world through hands-on art activities and live cultural performances and demonstrations. Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

What do you have planned for this 3-day weekend? Will you be leaving town or staying home to enjoy one of the activities we mentioned above?

— Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Pacific Science Center