With Turkey Day just around the corner (and the busy holiday rush!), we’ve got some fun ideas on how to spend time with the fam before you’re off and running. Consider: a musical with lots of Munchkins, a turkey feast for the animals, a hands-on activity at the Burke, a unique way to capture your kiddo’s portrait, a rockin’ concert with a fave children’s performer, and a walk for a great cause. If you’re looking for a fun, easygoing way to kick off your holiday season, take the kiddos to Yulefest! and enjoy an authentic Nordic Christmas celebration.


The Wizard of Oz
Follow the yellow brick road to the Seattle Children’s Theatre and be transported to the other Emerald City! Sat., 2:00 pm & 5:30 pm; Sun., 11:00 am & 2:30 pm (through January 6). Seattle. $15. Tickets required. Ages 5 and older. Event details.

Turkey Toss @ The Zoo
This weekend, you can see the jaguars, snow leopards, lions, and other animals chow down on their holiday turkey dinners and learn how these special treats keep the animals mentally and physically stimulated. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Seattle. $8.50 to $11.75 (2 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Meet the Mammals (pictured)
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 amazing mammalogy collection and enjoy lots of hands-on activities! Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Seattle. $7.50 to $10 (4 and under free). All ages. Event details.


Karl Johnson Silhouettes
Looking for a unique holiday gift or keepsake? Karl Johnson will be returning to Seattle to create fabulous hand cut silhouette portraits! Fri., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm in Bellevue; Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Bainbridge Island; Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm in Seattle. $25/child. Reservations required. All ages. Event details.

Eats & Beats: Tim Noah
Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, and performer Tim Noah will get the kiddos movin’ and groovin’ to fun folk rock and heartfelt ballads at this special concert! Sat. 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Bellevue. $8 to $10 ($3 extra for pizza & lemonade). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Hopelink Turkey Trot
Lace up your tennies, grab your jogging stroller, and join this 3-mile walk/run benefiting Hopelink. After the race, enjoy lots of goodies from participating vendors and awesome door prizes! Sun., 11:00 am (registration opens at 10:00 am). Kirkland. $35. Registration required. All ages. Event details.

What do you have planned this weekend? Will you be going to any of the events we mentioned?

— Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Lora Shinn