We’re kicking off the first weekend of November with lots of family fun! On our radar: a multi-cultural celebration, a hands-on event with scientists, a fundraiser with a super-popular kindie artist, a musical based on the classic by J. R. R. Tolkien, a grand opening celebration, and a festival with lots of exciting activities. Do your kiddos have more Halloween candy than they know what to do with? Consider putting the extra treats to good use by participating in a Halloween Candy Buy Back. Most buy backs start on Friday and continue through the first week of November.

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Dia de los Muertos Festival
Celebrate the Mexican holiday with a procession and a family-friendly festival with music, dancing, a raffle, authentic treats and much more. Fri., 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Life Sciences Research Weekend
At this annual event, meet some of our nation’s top research scientists and enjoy lots of hands-on activities, demonstrations and interactive exhibits. Plus, learn more about the exciting world of life sciences and the key role research plays in our daily lives. Fri., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.

Cedarsong Fall Forest Fest: Beatles & Bugs
Join the Cedarsong Nature School for their annual fall fundraiser. Caspar Babypants will be performing songs from his new album “Baby Beatles” and there will be face painting, forest snacks, buggy arts and crafts and course, lots of singing and dancing. Sat., 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. Vashon Island/Seattle. $8/person (under 1 free). Ages 1 to 9. Event details.


The Hobbit: A Musical
This is your last weekend to catch this Studio East production about a reluctant Hobbit hero and a band of 13 mighty dwarves who journey together to slay a terrible dragon. Fri., 7:30 pm; Sat., 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm; Sun., 2:30 pm. Kirkland. $12 to $14. Ages 6 and older. Event details.

Cultural Crossroads Festival
If you’re looking for a fun indoor festival, this annual celebration at Crossroads Mall will feature live entertainment, an international bazaar, exhibits, and exciting activities for the kiddos. Fri., 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Sat., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Sponge Grand Opening Celebration (pictured)
Hola! Bonjour! Celebrate the opening of the new Sponge location at Redmond Ridge with lots of family-friendly activities including crafts, snacks and mini-classes in Mandarin, Spanish, French and Japanese. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Redmond. Free. All ages. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Let us know in a comment below. 

–Kristina Moy

photo thanks to Sponge