We know you probably have plans to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday so we’ve put together some fun ideas to keep you and the kiddos busy until kickoff. On our radar: a film screening with lots of hot cakes, two awesome Lunar New Year celebrations, a musical about a popular mermaid, a crafty activity at BAM, and a celebration to welcome good fortune. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly place to watch the big game on Sunday, be sure to check out our list of Super Bowl hot spots. Go Hawks!

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Pancakes & Short Film Smorgasbord
Start your morning off with a yummy pancake and bacon breakfast followed by a special Children’s Film Festival screening of Talk to the Animals. Sat., 9:30 a.m. (film screenings at 10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.). Seattle. $15 to $55. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Lunar New Year Celebration (pictured)
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at SAM’s First Free Saturday. Kids can design their own horse sculpture and enjoy a live performance by Mak Fai as well as take in a movie and go on a family tour through the galleries. Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Chinese New Year Celebration & Language Class
Take the fam to the Sponge location at Leschi to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Horse. Learn about the mythology of the horse, create horsey crafts and sample Chinese delicacies special to the New Year. Plus, kiddos can participate in a free Mandarin language class. Sun., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Seattle. Free. Reservations recommended. Ages 0 to 12. Event details.


Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.
See young actors from Youth Theatre Northwest perform this musical based on the Hans Christian Anderson story and the super-popular animated Disney movie. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. (through February 9). Mercer Island. $13 to $17. Tickets required. Ages 5 and older. Event details.

Get Crafty at BAM
In addition to checking out the Bellevue Arts Museum’s latest exhibits, kids can make an awesome tubular bead bracelet out of recycled materials and colorful beads. Sat., 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. Bellevue. Free with admission or $2 materials fee per child. Ages 4 to 12. Event details.

Celebrate the Japanese Tradition of Setsubun
At this Japanese Bean-Throwing Festival, kiddos can drive away bad luck and welcome good fortune by throwing fortune beans at ogres. They can also make an Oni mask, nosh on yummy Japanese snacks, and enjoy a free Japanese language mini-class with a Sponge instructor. Sat., 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Bellevue. Free. Reservations recommended. Ages 0 to 12. Event details.

What do you have planned this weekend? Will you be cheering on the Seahawks? Let us know in a comment below!

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Catherine Anstett