This weekend is all about putting winter behind us and welcoming spring with activities your kids will love. Start the weekend with a birthday bash everyone’s invited to on Friday. Then divide the rest of your days between a fossil cruise, a family cooking class and a program that turns kids into water wizards. Bring on spring!

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Become a Water Wizard
Join Shadow Lake Nature Preserve to celebrate World Water Day and learn about the magic of water through easy, at-home experiments. Learn the basics of being a mad water scientist while learning about the characteristics of water, the water cycle and watersheds. Registration required. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fri. Event details.

DIY lunch
Join Chef Kate for some fun in the kitchen. Build your cooking skills and talk about different tools and techniques while creating a delicious flatbread and bean spread at this family cooking class. Registration required. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sat. Event details.

Go cruisin’
If you haven’t been to the Burke’s new Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline exhibit, here’s a sneak peek. Take a trip around Washington to learn about fossils and ancient life. Visit Sucia Island State Park—home to Washington’s only dinosaur, and travel across the Cascades during this virtual road trip. Registration required. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fri. Event details.

Celebrate Nowruz!
Celebrate the Persian New Year with virtual activities, including a talk on the significance of Nowruz, a Nowruz themed craft activity, a poetry workshop and a story time. Registration required. Sat. Event details.

Make a Passover centerpiece
Join Sit and Kit for this Passover Workshop designed for kids ages five through 10. Kids will build a Passover scene with modeling clay so they can help create a centerpiece for your Passover dinner. Join this Zoom workshop to see how it’s done. Registration required. 10 a.m. & noon. Sun. Event details.

Attend a birthday bash
It’s Washington State Parks’ 108th birthday and you’re invited! Celebrate with a free visit to a State Park to stretch your legs, plan a picnic or even head to the beach for rock throwing and tidepooling. Fri. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe