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 wacky night with science, a turkey feast at the zoo, a concert with lotsa hula-hooping, a fun tree lighting ceremony, a production about a boy and a wolf, and a walk for a great cause. If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off the holiday season, take the kiddos to Ballard for an authentic Nordic Christmas celebration. Yulefest! will feature hand-crafted gifts, Scandinavian music, traditional Nordic cuisine, kids crafts, and photos with Santa! Or head over to The Museum of Flight for a Jumbo Jet Celebration. Check out this amazing aircraft (normally closed to the public!) and enjoy special 747 exhibits, programs, and activities.


Wacky Wild Science Night
Celebrate TGIF with a wild and wacky night at Hiawatha Community Center. Have fun experimenting with different science projects and spend some quality time with your fam. Fri, 7:00 pm. $5 to $8. All ages. Event details.

Turkey Toss at The Zoo
This weekend, the zoo animals will be chowing down on their holiday turkey dinners. Watch as the jaguars, snow leopards, and lions devour yummy turkey treats and learn how these special treats promote natural animal behaviors and keep the animals mentally and physically stimulated. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Family Concert: The Harmonica Pocket
Kiddos (and parents!) will be movin’, groovin’, and gigglin’ at this Town Hall concert with The Harmonica Pocket! Watch as this local duo mixes quirky music and dance with story-songs, hula hoops, and a suitcase of props. Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. $5 to $25 (kids under 12 free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.


Holiday Tree Lighting at The Bravern
Take the kiddos to The Bravern and watch Santa arrive in a horse-drawn carriage with Jamie and Karen Moyer from The Moyer Foundation. Then, watch the tree lighting ceremony, enjoy performances by the Seattle Men’s Chorus, the Seattle Women’s Chorus, and The Dickens Carolers, sip on hot beverages by the fire, and take a pony ride. All proceeds from this event will benefit The Moyer Foundation. Fri., 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bellevue. Free (donations accepted for beverages and pony rides). All ages. Event details.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf (pictured)
The StoryBook Theater brings this classic story of a shepherd-boy (who cries wolf one too many times!) to life on stage. Is telling the truth all it’s cracked up to be? And what will happen when a wolf really does appear? Sat. and Sun., 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Kirkland. $9. Tickets required. Ages 3 and older. Event details.

Turkey Trot
Grab the stoller and join this 3-mile walk/run benefiting Hopelink. After the race, enjoy an afternoon of fun activities and prizes, music, and bites from participating downtown Kirkland restaurants. Proceeds from this event will help low-income families in east and north King County get through the challenging winter months. Sun., 10:00 am. Kirkland. $30 to $45. Registration required. All ages. Event details.

— Kristina Moy