March madness is in the air and we’ve got plenty of ways to help you kick off the mania this weekend. On our radar: an (indoor) Arctic adventure, a kids show with a cast of colorful characters, a concert that will leave you seeing purple, a fab production about a cat with magical powers, an annual festival with jam sessions and a world-premier ballet production. This weekend, you and the kiddos can also catch the Northwest Puppet Center’s production of Aladdin & the Wonderful Lamp.

Yo Gabba Gabba Live Tour

Seattle

Polar Science Weekend
This action-packed polar adventure will feature tons of hands-on activities for the whole fam. Build an igloo, snuggle into hooded cold-weather parkas and take the salinity taste test, plus watch a smashing ice demonstration and meet polar researchers. Thurs.-Fri., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sat.-Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. $9 to $16 (under 3 free). All ages. Event details.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Get the Sillies Out! (pictured)
Put on your dancing shoes and join DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Plex, Muno, and Toodee from the wildly popular Nick Jr. show! Fri., 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm; Sat., 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm. Seattle. $21.25 to $121.25. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Ridge Romp: The Purple House
This month’s Ridge Romp series with Tony Van Zeyl’s Purple House will feature lots of lyrical improvisation and crowd participation along with a few surprises! We guarantee you (and the kiddos!) will have a rockin’ good time singing and dancing to Tony’s unique spins on kid-centric songs while mixing in timeless classics. Sat., 10:30 am. Seattle. $4/person (babes in arms free). Tickets required. All ages (music geared towards kiddos ages 1-6). Event details.

Eastside

Puss in Boots
In this Youth Theatre Northwest production, watch a mysterious cat use his wit, a little magic and some help from the audience to solve the mystery of Marcus’ disappearance and to restore peace to the kingdom. Fri., 7:30 pm; Sat. and Sun., 2:30 pm (through March 17). Mercer Island. $10. Tickets required. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Tea for Ruby
This kid-friendly, world-premier ballet production (adapted from the #1 best-selling picture book!) will feature the story of Ruby and her determination to polish her manners before meeting the queen. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am, 1:30 pm & 5:00 pm. Bellevue. $13 to $21. All ages. Event details.

What do you have planned this weekend? Will you be enjoying one of the activities we mentioned above? Let us know in a comment below. 

–Kristina Moy