Do you have an extra spring in your step this week? We sure do. To celebrate the arrival of spring (and the extra hour of daylight), we’ve put together a carnival of events that will keep you and the kiddos busy, busy, busy! Consider: a journey into a fictional galaxy, a spring sale like no other, a production that won’t stop growing, a carnival for little ones, a fashion show celebrating girls and a festivity that will leave you sweepin’ the clouds away. Plus, don’t forget that this Saturday is Family Fun Day at the Wing Luke Museum. Kids and parents will get free admission and learn how to make relief prints.


Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination
Simulate the jump to lightspeed in a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit this weekend at the Pacific Science Center. Then, defy gravity, manipulate and build robots, engineer droids and journey into a galaxy far, far away! Explore the futuristic technologies found in the Star Wars universe and compare them with real-world scientific progress. See costumes, models and props from all six Star Wars films, including Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder and Darth Vader’s menacing black suit. Sat.–Sun. (through May 8), $13-20. Event details.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op Sale
If you and the kiddos are in need of a new spring wardrobe, than you don’t want to miss this annual sale! Find incredible deals on gently used clothing, toys, books, strollers, furniture, baby gear, maternity wear and more! Plus, there’s no need to worry about sorting through boxes or bins to find the right size…all clothes will be hung by size and gender to make your shopping trip fun and easy. Grab a tote and line up early at the Community Hall (in the brick building) for the best selection or stop by at noon when items get marked down 50% (woohoo!). Sat., 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, free. Event details.

Pacific Northwest Ballet presents the tale of a wood-carver (Geppetto) and his creation of a wooden puppet (Pinocchio) who dreams of becoming a real boy, in a special narrated one-act ballet for the whole family. The hour-long matinee, performed by 60 students from the PNB School, is an ideal and affordable introduction to ballet for children and families. Sun., noon and 3:30 pm, Seattle, $22-$67. Event Details.


Redmond Toddler Group Carnival
Hurry, Hurry! Step right up! It’s carnival time and this one is tailored for the wee ones (ages 1-5). See what you can catch in the fish pond, try your luck at the bean bag toss and attempt to land on a lucky number in the cake walk. Also, enjoy crafts and face painting, food and the chance to see a real fire truck up close. Bring a non-perishable food item for Hopelink and receive one free game ticket per child. Sat., 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Redmond, $5. Event details.

American Girl Fashion Show
American Girl® celebrates girls (and all that they can be) and so does this annual event and major fundraiser for Seattle Children’s Hospital. See an interactive and stylish showcase of historical and contemporary fashions by American Girl®, enjoy shopping at the marketplace for American Girl® items, participate in a fabulous raffle and take home fun treasures and keepsakes! Sat.-Sun., 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, Bellevue, various ticket prices. Reservations required. Event details.

Purim Carnival
We told you that this weekend was packed full of carnival fun and this one in no exception! Temple B’nai Torah is throwing a Sesame Street themed carnival to celebrate Purim. Kiddos (and parents) will enjoy playing carnival games, winning prizes and participating in fun family activities including, a family photo booth, a parade and a sing-a-long. Dress up as your favorite Sesame Street character and come prepared to have fun! Carnival is open to everyone. Sun., 9:30 am to noon, Bellevue, free. Event Details.

-Kristina Moy

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