We’re cruising through November and coasting into the holiday season with festive events kicking off this weekend. First up is WildLanterns, the new display that’s all about oversized animals and brightening your night. Also on our radar: a museum re-opening we could all use right now, a family science class focused on Black innovators and a class where kids can hop on pop. Start your weekend engines!

photo: Tianyu Arts & Culture

Reserve playtime at KidsQuest
KidsQuest Children’s Museum re-opened their doors on Wednesday. If mind-blowing exploration and a whole lot of family fun is what you’re after, reserve your tickets to play this weekend… or the next. Weds.-Sat., starting Nov. 11. Event details.

Think Big!
Join the Northwest African American Museum and the Pacific Science Center to learn about Black innovators in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Three amazing speakers will share their THINK BIG inspirations as they guide families through a S.T.E.A.M. project you won’t want to miss. Sat. Event details.

Attend Squid-A-Rama
Because there’s lots to love about squids, MaST is hosting their annual Squid-A-Rama virtually this year. Join in for art and science activities (including a squid dissection!) that will fascinate your mini scientists. Sat. Event details.

Swap toys and more
It’s the kid’s sale of the year, and now it’s virtual. Make your holiday shopping a little greener when you shop the Mercer Island Preschool Association’s virtual Toy Swap for second-hand children’s books, gear, toys, games, outerwear, sports gear and more at garage sale pricing. Sat. Event details.

Hop on Pop
Kids ages four and up, and their most amazing dads, will have fun in this playful yoga class. We’ll do partner poses, partner acrobatics and flying yoga, too! Sun. Event details.

Celebrate Pippi
Beloved children’s lit character, Pippi Longstocking is turning 75 and the National Nordic Museum is throwing her a birthday bash that includes music, crafts, trivia and games. Sat. Event details.

Get a jump on the holidays
Plan a trip to Swanson’s Nursery to check out this year’s model train display. Then go on a holiday trivia adventure while you’re there. Reservations are required for this festive tradition. Daily, through Dec. 24. Event details.

Keep chugging along
You know the story. Now you can stream it with your kiddos who think they can. It’s the StoryBook Theater’s presentation of The Little Engine That Could and it has extended its run. Daily, through Dec. 31. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe