We’re bringing the first month of 2011 to a close, and if you haven’t had a chance to enjoy the new year, this weekend is sure to bring several opportunities. The always-awesome Children’s Film Festival Seattle opens this weekend and features 125 films from around the world. Along with that, we’ve got a Chinese new year celebration, a puppet show, a ballet ball and a wonderful show about a famous boy jack and a magical beanstalk.  Enjoy!  (We’re sure you will.)


Children’s Film Festival Seattle
This week-long festival features 125 films from around the world. Check out opening night’s fab pajama party (don’t forget your stuffed animal) with a concert by Casper Babypants and a preview of several animated films.  Fri., 7 to 8 p.m., Seattle, $10. Event details.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Get your year-of-the-Rabbit on at this festive day that includes a lion and dragon dance, a kid’s costume parade and plenty of other entertainment. Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seattle, Free. Event details.

Brother Coyote and Sister Fox
It’s a fun-for-all puppet show about the traditional Mexican story of a coyote and a fox (but wait for the exciting twist!).  Sun., 1 p.m., Seattle, $7 to $9. Event details.


Winter Wonderland Ball
It’s a fundraiser for the PNB with dance classes, food and a Cinderella-themed cakewalk. (Bonus: You get to meet PNB Principal dancer Karla Korbes, and her cutey-patooty dog Bella.)Sun., 3 to 6 p.m., Bellevue, $40 to $60. Event details.

Storytime at University Book Store
The kiddos will devour this special story time featuring author Christina Dudley, who reads from her picture book Mia and the Magic Cupcakes. Sat., 11 a.m., Bellevue, Free. Event details.

Jack & the Beanstalk
The delightful cast of StoryBook Theater pulls out all the stops on this madcap rendition of the classic fairytale of Jack and his journey up the beloved beanstalk. Great for ages 3 to 10.  Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Renton, $9. Event details.

—Kavita Varma-White