There’s a whole lotta wintertime fun to be had during this first full weekend of 2012. Consider: a rocket-powered aircraft activity, a foot stomping, knee slapping good time, a cruise around the lake, a trip back in time, a nocturnal activity, and a day on the slopes. If you’re looking for a family-friendly theater production, head over to SecondStory Repertory on Sunday and watch Rumpelstiltskin come to life on stage. Or get the entire fam onto the ice for one last spin around Bellevue Magic Season’s Ice Arena.


Pushing the Envelope: The X-15
Looking for a fun indoor activity? Head over to the Museum of Flight and learn all about the X-15 during this family program. Then, design your own and take it on a test flight! Sat. and Sun., 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Seattle. $7 to $16 (4 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Professor Banjo Concert
This banjo-slingin’, old-time singin’ Professor will entertain the kiddos (and parents too!) with super-fun sing-a-longs, dancing games, and stories accompanied by lively old-time music. Listen to a wide range of tunes including jug band songs, country blues, and moody mountain ballads. Yee-haw! Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Seattle. Free. Ages 4-12. Event details.

Cast Off – Free Public Sail
Rain or shine, take the fam to The Center for Wooden Boats and sail around Lake Union in a classic wooden boat! Plus, walk the docks before or after your sail, watch the volunteer crews rig the boats, and if you’re lucky—try your hand at rigging! Sun., 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Owl Moon
Expect to hear lots of hootin’ and hollerin’ at this special children’s activity at the Lewis Creek Visitor Center. Listen to the classic story of Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and then make your very own owl mask to take home! Fri., 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Bellevue. $2. Pre-registration required. Ages 3 and older. Event details.

Free Friday Night at KidsQuest Museum: Then & Now
What better way to learn about the past than through a hands-on history lesson. Explore Bellevue history through the discovery of common objects used in the early days (and now) and participate in a variety of artifact activities. Fri., 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. Ages 0-12. Event details.

Ski For Health Day (pictured)
January is “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” so why not bundle up your lil’ snow bunnies and head to Icicle River Trail for a super-fun day on the slopes! Enjoy free ski rentals and trail passes. Plus, take a 20-minute mini ski lesson, check out product demos, and enjoy yummy refreshments courtesy of Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. Sun., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Leavenworth. Free. All ages. Event details.

–Kristina Moy