With Turkey Day just around the corner (and the busy holiday rush!), we have some fun ideas on how to spend time with the fam before you’re off and running. On our weekend radar: a unique way to capture your kiddo’s portrait, a hands-on event with warm-blooded animals, a free giveaway for lil’ ski bunnies, an old-fashioned holiday celebration, an awesome swap on Mercer Island, and a rockin’ concert with plenty of pizza and dancing. Also this weekend, catch your fave Disney characters along with the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice Presents Rockin’ Ever After (pictured).

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Silhouette Pictures by Karl Johnson
Looking for a fun gift idea or one-of-a-kind keepsake for the holidays? Third generation silhouette artist Karl Johnson will be creating hand cut silhouette portraits at both Peek locations this weekend. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at University Village; Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm at Bellevue Square. Seattle/Bellevue. $25. Reservations required. All ages. Event details.

Meet the Mammals
Ever wanted to touch a bat or get close to a tiger? At this annual event, meet hundreds of specimens from the Burke Museum’s extraordinary mammalogy collection, enjoy lots of hands-on activities, and talk with mammal experts. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Seattle. Free with admission. $7.50 to $10 (4 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Winter Helmet Fitting & Giveaway
Get ready for ski and snowboard season at this special giveaway. Kiddos will receive one free winter helmet while supplies last. Wearers must be present and be fitted to receive a helmet. Quantities are limited; first come, first served. Sat., 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Seattle. Free. Ages 4 to 18. Event details.


A Pioneer Thanksgiving
Show your little ones what an old-fashioned Thanksgiving was like in 1888. With no electricity or indoor plumbing, kiddos will learn how to churn butter, grind wheat, pump water and get the laundry done using muscles and willpower. Fri., 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. Bellevue. $25 to $30. Pre-registration required. Ages 3 to 6. Event details.

MIPA Toy Swap
Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping at this fab consignment sale of gently used toys, baby and kids clothes, and equipment. Clean out your closets and sell your unwanted items or shop the sale for tons of great bargains. Sat., 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (half-price sale from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm). Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eats & Beats: Caspar Babypants
Get ready to dance your socks off at this rockin’ concert with Caspar Babypants. Plus, hang out with Chris Ballew (before and after the show), explore the Museum after hours, chow down on pizza, and enjoy a fun night with the fam. Sat. 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Bellevue. $9 to $12 ($3 extra for pizza & lemonade). Advance tickets recommended. All ages. Event details.

Will you be enjoying any of the activities we mentioned above? Let us know in a comment below.

–Kristina Moy

photo thanks to Feld Entertainment