This weekend, we’re springing forward (don’t forget to set your clocks ahead on Saturday night) with lots of family fun. For starters, we have an arctic (indoor) adventure, an extravaganza with some prehistoric animals, and a healthy fair designed just for kids. We also have a larger-than-life show, a free day at a popular museum, and a jam-packed evening filled with games, food, and music. If your kiddos are planning to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Lap, head down to the Seattle Center on Saturday to take a practice lap around the International Fountain. Psst! Kids who participate in this fun practice run will get free admission to the Seattle Children’s Museum afterwards.

Dino Day - Burke Museum


Polar Science Research 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. Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m..; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. $11 to $18 (under 3 and members free). All ages. Event details.

Dino Day (pictured)
At this annual dinosaur extravaganza, you and your lil’ paleontologist can dig for fossils, dress up in dino gear, watch scientists prepare a Triceratops fossil, and get an up-close view of the Burke Museum’s paleontology collections. Sat., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Seattle. $7.50 to $10 (under 5 and members free). All ages. Event details.

Seattle Children’s Health Fair
At this annual event, kiddos can participate in a variety of hands-on activities including games, crafts and contests, get their fave stuffed animal checked out at the Teddy Bear Clinic, explore inside an ambulance, learn about heart health and healthy eating, and move and groove with kindie rocker Johnny Bregar. Sat., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages (activities geared towards kids ages 3 to 8). Event details.


Odysseo by Cavalia
If you haven’t seen this awesome show featuring 66 horses and 52 artists, time is running out. Send your heart racing in this larger-than-life theatrical production that marries the equestrian arts, stage arts, and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Redmond. $34 to $214.50. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Free BAM Day
Take advantage of free admission all day at BAM and explore the awesome exhibits including the new exhibit Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft. Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Night at Crossroads Mall
Take the kiddos to Crossroads Mall for lots of family fun. In addition to family board games, free popcorn, and $1 off entry to WiggleWorks Kids, enjoy a rockin’ concert with the The Not-Its! Sat., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

What fun things will you be doing this weekend with your kids? Let us know in the comments section below.

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Carol Swales/Burke Museum