This weekend, you can get a jump start on your holiday to-do list by shopping at two local toy swaps or see hundreds of mammal specimens at the Burke Museum. Join the Yo Gabba Gabba crew for a rockin’ dance party, catch a performance about a frog and princess or hit the trails with a local park ranger. If you’re looking for a super-cool keepsake of your kiddo (or a unique holiday gift!), renowned silhouette artist Karl Johnson will be creating hand cut silhouette portraits at several Seattle-area stores. And if you’re looking for something fun to do on Veteran’s Day, take the fam to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium for Arctic Animal Play Day. See how the polar bears, muskoxen, and Arctic foxes stay cool with fun toys and treats and see if you have what it takes to live as a polar bear in the Arctic. Bonus: In honor of Veteran’s Day, all active and retired military (with ID) will receive free admission to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.


Meet the Mammals! (pictured)
Here’s your chance to mingle with mice, moose, and more at this annual family event. See and touch hundreds of specimens from the mammalogy collection, look at a variety of mammal fossils, and talk with mammal experts and paleontologists. Plus, make a dog, ape or cat mask, assemble an Orca skeleton, and participate in the mammal costume contest. Sat., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Seattle. Free with admission. All ages. Event details. 

Cool Mom Toy Swap ‘n’ Sale
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping, save money, and lower your carbon footprint at this annual toy swap. Be a cool Mom or Dad and shop for gently used toys and help raise funds for WestSide Baby and CoolMom. Plus, receive lots of information on how to make your holiday greener. Insider Tip: Donate items before the sale and receive a $5 credit towards your purchase the day of the sale. Sat., 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details. 

Yo Gabba Gabba Live!
DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Plex, Muno, and Toodee from the wildly popular Nick Jr. show are ready to dance and sing with you! Join the Yo Gabba Gabba crew and hip hop legend Biz Markie and Gabba-fav Leslie Hallwill for lots of family fun! Sat., 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm; Sun., 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm. Seattle. $22-129. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.


The Frog Prince
The Bellevue Youth Theatre brings this charming story to life on stage! Watch what happens when a frog races against a curse to win the heart of a reluctant princess. Fri. & Sat., 7:00 pm; Sun., 2:00 pm (also November 18-20). Bellevue. $5-12. Tickets required. All ages. Event details. 

MIPA Toy Swap 2011
Just in time for the holidays — you don’t want to miss this giant consignment sale of gently used toys, baby and kids clothes, maternity clothes, and equipment. Clean out your closets and sell your unwanted items or come to the sale and find tons of great bargains. A portion of the proceeds will help fund MIPA charities and operations. Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

Living with Wildlife: Local Area Walk
Put on your rubber boots and join a park ranger for a walk along the trails at the Lake Hills Greenbelt. Learn about local wildlife, how to protect and maintain greenbelts, and what you can do to keep our wildlife and their habitats safe. Sat., 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Bellevue. Free. No registration required. All ages. Event details. 

-Kristina Moy