It’s the second weekend in January and we’re sure you’ve recovered from the winter holidays by now. If you’re looking for things to do, both IRL and virtually, we’ve got ways you can ease into your weekend routine. We can’t wait for: a new trail that’s truly illuminating, poet outlaws and a reason to do the barnyard dance all the way to the mailbox. Let’s make a plan!

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Find hope on the trail
Whether you walk or drive the new Tacoma Light Trail you and the kids will have a blast spotting the 25 different light art installations along the route. They inspire light, hope and community and even come with their own soundtrack—the Sound Trail—that pairs local music, poetry or sound with each location. Please remember to wear masks and stay socially distanced while enjoying this outdoor adventure. Daily through Jan. 24. Event details.

Get to know a famous poet outlaw
Shel Silverstein is most famous for writing and illustrating children’s books, but did you know he also wrote songs that were recorded by many outlaw country musicians? Explore the exhibit Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s hosted by the Country Music Hall of Fame. Then listen to poems from Silverstein’s collection, A Light in the Attic at this event. Who knows, you may even get to write a poem of your own! Sat. Event details.

Write to an animal pen pal
Your kids may turn their noses up at snail mail, but when they get a letter from one of the Kelsey Creek farmyard animals, we think they’ll change their tune. Sign up for the program to hear from Winchester the Pony, Basil the Bunny, Farrah the Goat or Jackson the Cat.

Learn about music… for free!
If your kiddos love to bang pots and pans, they might be ready to take their musical act to eleven. They can learn about music and instruments from the Music Works staff at this virtual class on Saturday, or sign up for a free Sunshine Music Together class hosted by local Music Together teachers on Friday or Saturday.

Find inspiration
Be inspired by the words of Martin Luther King Jr. as you and the kids take a winter walk at Lake Sammamish State Park. The walk, that pays tribute to King’s life and leadership, begins at Tibbetts Beach and takes families along the lakeshore to the Sunset Beach bathhouse. Remember your Discover Pass for this one. Daily through Jan. 18. Event details.

Brick heads unite
The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH) is teaming up with Bay Area LEGO clubs to bring families a virtual winter show. Browse through this year’s displays featuring tons of Dr. Seuss-themed builds, along with a variety of holiday creations, such as holiday trains, animals and miniature cities. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe