Halloween’s over and done with, but the literally tons of full-filled opportunities found in Seattle during the first weekend of November serve as a preview for the holiday season. Treat yourself; go to a musical extravaganza, take the kids to a Lego feat, sip some tea, be mesmerized by puppets or meet a TV star/author while browsing for discount holiday gifts. Speaking of seasonal celebrations, now is a good time to consider buying tickets for the fabulous Woodmark Holiday Tea in Kirkland in early December. (Trust us, they sell out before you can say “Pass the turkey” on Thanksgiving!) For some great nibble and sip action, check out Fresh Bistro in West Seattle, where this week kids eat free. The restaurant is known for its farm-to-table menu, so consider going out for a great locavore lesson for the entire family.
Josie Bissett Book Signing at Bellevue Art & Frame
As part of the store’s Holiday Open House, which offers discounts on toys and demos by artists, the former Melrose Place star (and Medina mom) will sign copies of her delightful book Tickle Monster alongside her illustrator, Kevan Atteberry. Sat., 2 to 4 p.m., Bellevue, Free. Event details.
Cultural Festival at Crossroads
Don’t miss the absolutely amazing international music and dance performances; be sure to visit the interactive Lego display and the Folk Art coloring activity. (P.S.: The Children of the World parade on Saturday is a must-see!) Fri., 5 to 10 pm; Sat. 10 am to 10 pm; Sun. 11 am to 6 pm., Bellevue, Free. Event details.
Pippi Longstocking at Youth Theatre Northwest
Never was there such a freckled, pony-tailed, feisty heroine as Pippi! This classic character was born for the stage, taking the audience on a wonderful, musical adventure that will have the kiddos enthralled from the moment they sit down. Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m., Nov. 5 through Nov. 21, Mercer Island, $13 to $17. Event details.
Share the Music Festival at Seattle Public Library
This can’t-miss gathering of the best kid-style tune-slayers in the city includes the Not Its!, Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey, Harmonica Pocket and The Board of Education. Bonus: You get to spend the afternoon hanging in the gorgeous library environment. Sun., noon to 3 p.m., Seattle, Free. Event details.
Mad Hatter Tea Party at Renaissance Hotel
This lovely charity luncheon will mesmerize the minis with Alice in Wonderland characters, face painting, games and other entertainment. All proceeds go to the Parent Trust for Washington Children. Sat., 11 a.m., Seattle, $15 to $65. Event details.
Sorcerer’s Apprentice at Northwest Puppet Center
A marionette-filled production incorporating “magical mayhem and hilarious high jinks,” this puppet show is great entertainment for all ages. Don’t miss the world premier! Sat.- Sun., 1 and 3 p.m. Nov. 6 through Nov. 21, Seattle, $8.50 to $10.50. Event details.