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 a night out for you and the kiddos, a show with lots (and lots!) of pooches, and an expo for big and lil’ cyclists! We also have a fun language class, a lively folk concert and a family-friendly production with lots of clowning around. Also this weekend, you and your lil’ paleontologist can dig for fossils, dress up in dino gear, watch scientists prepare a duck-billed dinosaur fossil, and much more at the Burke Museum’s annual Dino Day (pictured).

Dino Day 2012_Lora Shinn


Parents Night Out
Need a night out on the town sans kids? Drop the kiddos off at Woodland Park Zoo for a super-fun (and educational!) evening inside Zoomazium while you hit the town. Kids will enjoy games, puppet shows, a movie and a live animal encounter, plus a yummy pizza dinner. Sat., 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Seattle. $30/child, $22/sibling. Reservations required. Ages 4 to 11. Event details.

Seattle Dog Show
At this annual show (now in its 75th year!), see over 2,000 dogs compete for Best in Show awards as well as obedience, rally and agility trials, canine dancing, herding demonstrations, K-9 units and much more! Sat. & Sun., 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. $7 to $14 (4 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Seattle Bicycle Expo
The largest consumer bike show in the country is back with two entertainment stages, a performance arena, a sports-viewing lounge and a fab Kids Zone, plus a food court and more than 250 vendor booths. Sat., 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Seattle. $10 to $12 (15 and under free). All ages. Event details.


Play and Learn Chinese
Have tons of fun with other kids and parents learning and sharing the Chinese culture through stories, puppets, music and games! Sat, 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm. Sammamish. Free. Ages 0 to 5. Event details.

The Voetberg Family Band
Gather the fam and head over to the Kirkland Performance Center for a knee slappin’, toe tappin’ good time with this folk band made up of eight siblings ranging in ages from 11 to 24. Sat., 8:00 pm. Kirkland. $12 to $20. All ages. Event details.

Umo Ensemble: Red Tiger Tales
In this family-friendly production, see the Northwest’s most acclaimed physical theatre company tackle Buddhist, Zen and Sufi stories through masks, puppets, music, laughter and lots of breathtaking physical skill. Sun., 2:00 pm. Kirkland. $15. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

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

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Lora Shinn/Burke Museum