Even though our beloved Hawks didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, this year’s throw down is going to be a big one. To keep you and your crew busy until kickoff, we’ve put together some fun family activities. Consider: a popular Lunar New Year celebration, a delish breakfast and magical movie screening, a party with our fave Sesame Street characters and a fun activity for little tinkerers. This weekend, Kidstock! 2018 also returns with awesome musical performances (think Recess Monkey and The Not-Its!) along with theatre and arts education workshops. Read on to learn more and to see what else is on our radar.

photo: The Americana at Brand 


Pancake Breakfast & Short Film Smorgasbord
Start your morning off with an all-you-can-eat breakfast of fluffy homemade pancakes and bacon followed by a special screening of Into the Magic, a magical program of new animation from nine countries. Sat. Event details.

SAM Family Program: Lunar New Year Family Festival
Ring in the Year of the Dog at SAM’s annual Lunar New Year celebration. Enjoy live music, martial arts performances, dress up, story time, family tours and drop-in art activities. RSVP requested. Sat. Event details.

SSCC Fundraiser with Caspar Babypants
Put on your dancing shoes and head over to this rockin’ concert fundraiser! Dance and shake the sillies out with a set of singable, high energy tunes with Caspar Babypants and help support the Mary E. Philipps scholarship fund which makes co-op preschool affordable for all families. Sun. Event details.


Watch the talented folks at StoryBook Theatre bring this classic fairytale to life on stage. Will Pinocchio outwit his devious new friends, tell the truth and learn from his mistakes? Or will he be forever stuck with a protruding nose? You’ll have to see the show to find out. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Sesame Street: F is for Friends
We know this event isn’t exactly on the Eastside, but it’s too good not to include. This free, limited-engagement mall tour, inspired by the 48th season of Sesame Street, will include a 15-minute show starring costumed Elmo and Abby Cadabby as well as stories and songs about celebrating similarities and differences between friends. Kids can also enjoy character meet-and-greets, digital activity stations, photo opps with Cookie Monster’s new food truck and more. Sat. Event details.

Inventor Hour
Join the folks at KidsQuest Children’s Museum to think outside the box and use creative problem solving to invent activities together. From rockets to bubbles to engineering tasks, kids will do it all in this fun workshop! Sun. Event details.

Will you be enjoying any of the activities we mentioned above? Tell us in the comments below.

—Kristina Moy