The Lunar New Year is here and we’ve got plenty of ways families can celebrate and play. What we’re eyeing: a magical concert, painting with poultry and a DIY class that might be the bath time incentive you’ve been looking for. If celebrating the Year of the Rat tops your list, the Wing Luke Museum’s Lunar New Year Celebration and Fair has got you covered. Read on to make your plans.

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Seattle

Family Nature Class: What’s Happening in Winter
The Family Nature classes at the Arboretum are a chance for parents and preschoolers to get outside together. This week’s theme, What’s Happening in Winter, starts with learning station exploration where kids can develop fine motor and pre-literacy skills. From there it’s on to circle time and a hike through the arboretum, using all the senses to explore the winter landscape. Fri. Event details.

SCMS ’20 Winter Festival Family Concert
Adapted from the same acclaimed fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson that inspired Disney’s beloved movie Frozen, this is the enchanting story of how Gerda sets out on a magical journey to find her friend who has fallen under the Snow Queen’s icy spell. Narrated by Classical KING-FM’s Marta Zekan, with original music by Adam Stern and performed by Seattle’s St. Helen’s String Quartet. This is a wonderful way to introduce children ages 5-10 to classical music. Don’t forget the free, musical petting zoo will begin at 10 a.m. Sat. Event details. 

13th Annual Storytelling Festival
Just a short ferry ride away is a literacy lover’s event for the community, by the community! Share in the ancient and powerful practice of oral storytelling. Vashon Wilderness Program’s experienced storytellers will delight audiences of all ages. Bring a nature-based story of your own to share – personal, mythic or ancestral. Join our One-Minute Storython, play story improv games, and more. Best suited for kids 4 and up. Sat. Event details.

Eastside

Kids DIY Bath Bombs
More south than east this is a class you won’t want to miss. Science meets cleanliness at this totally kid-focused class, hosted by Mrs. Soap & Clay herself. Kids will DIY their own bath bombs, including choosing their scents, colors and special surprises to hide inside. Each child will have a chance to make a full set. Reservations are required as spaces are limited. Make yours by contacting the shop directly. Sat. Event details.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Who knew a piece of furniture could be so exciting? Catch this Theater for Young Audiences production from the Second Story Repertory of the classic C.S. Lewis tale that brings orphaned kids through a magical wardrobe and into a fanciful world. There they have to battle the White Witch to stop the never-ending winter and bring the sun of summer back to Narnia. This production works best for school-aged kids, but Sunday shows are all-ages and include a ticket price discount. Sun. at 1 & 3 p.m. Events details.

Painting with Chickens
Create a painting with a chicken! Children, ages 4-8, will work with a chicken (and a parent partner) to create a fun, colorful piece of artwork that combines your child’s creativity with the footprints of one of our resident chickens. Children also get to pet the chicken artists and feed them some yummy treats. The nontoxic children’s finger paint is washable, but wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Sat. Event details.

–Allison Sutcliffe