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: a chilly event at PSC, a consignment sale with rock bottom prices, a Japanese holiday celebration, a story time designed for tots, an activity with our favorite blue fish and an evening for little dancers. If you’re looking for even more family fun, the Seattle Bike Show returns this weekend with the best of biking (think products and gear galore) and Mighty-O Donuts in Ballard is hosting a grand opening celebration for its new parklet with origami boat-making, boat races and of course, lots of delish donuts!

In honor of the Japanese Holiday Hinamatsuri, or Girls Day, enjoy dress up and story time, and make your own artwork inspired by the Japanese doll display on view!

photo: Jen Au


Polar Science Research Weekend
This action-packed polar adventure will feature tons of hands-on activities, demonstrations and exhibits. Investigate a real ice core from Greenland, survey microbes from the coldest parts of the world, compare an arctic ice camp with a research tent used in the Antarctic and take the salinity taste test. Plus, join a spectacular smashing ice demonstration as you meet and talk to polar researchers. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

West Seattle Co-op Consignment Sale
This popular consignment sale will feature hundreds of baby and kids’ clothes (sizes newborn to 7) as well as furniture, toys, books and gear at bargain prices. Sign up to be a consignor and kick those unused baby and kid items to the curb or just shop the sale. Psst! Select items will be 50% off the last hour. Sat. Event details.

Free First Saturday for Kids: Girls Day
At this month’s Free First Saturday, celebrate and honor the Japanese holiday of Hinamatsuri also known as Girls’ Day! Families can enjoy dress up and story time, plus make their own artwork inspired by the Japanese doll display on view. Note: Due to the current renovation at the museum, this event will take place at Miller Community Center. Sat. Event details.


Tot Shabbat – Mercer Island
Join the folks from the Stroum Jewish Community Center along with other Seattle families to celebrate Shabbat with songs and challah. Afterwards, stick around for drop-in playtime. Fri. Event details.

Finding Dory Play Day & Story Massage
Join Roo’s World of Discovery for an unforgettable journey with Dory. In addition to arts and crafts, play time and plenty of fun, a certified massage instructor will be hosting a short Story Massage session to help little ones discover positive emotions through storytelling. Fri. Event details.

Dinner & Dancing with Evergreen City Ballet
Join Evergreen City Ballet for a spectacular night of dinner and dancing at the new KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue. After noshing on pizza and lemonade, families can enjoy a performance of Cinderella and participate in a dance workshop with the performers. Sat. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy