March madness is in the air and we’ve got plenty of ways to help you kick off the mania this weekend. On our radar: a must-see Broadway musical, a popular event with polar scientists, a ginormous show for big (and little) cyclists, an annual Bluegrass festival, a clinic with plenty of teddy bear TLC and a carnival jam-packed with fun. Looking for even more family fun? On Saturday, enjoy a free celebration of Native American art, culture, music, and dance at SAM’s Community Day Festival and on Sunday, participate in the always-popular Leprechaun Lap Practice Run.
photo: Carol Rosegg
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (pictured)
This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical will feature a fresh new take on the beloved fairytale. Expect to see classic elements from the original story (think glass slippers, a pumpkin, and a beautiful ball) along with some surprising twists and plenty of LOL moments. Tues.-Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Seattle. $25 & up. Tickets required. Ages 4 & older. Event details.
Polar Science Weekend
This action-packed polar adventure will feature tons of hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits and more. Kids (and parents) can investigate a real ice core from Greenland, survey microbes from the coldest parts of the world and tour an actual arctic ice camp while meeting and talking with real-life scientists. Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m..; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. $11.50 to $19.50 (under 3 and members free). All ages. Event details.
Seattle Bicycle Expo
The largest consumer bike show in the country is back and at a new location this year. Head to CenturyLink Field Event Center to browse more than 150 vendor booths with exhibits of bikes and travel, health, and fitness gear, plus enjoy multiple entertainment stages, a performance arena (aka Dirt Zone) and Kids Zone. Sat., 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Seattle. $10 (17 & under Free). All ages. Event details.
Wintergrass Music Festival
There’s a little something for everyone at this annual Bluegrass festival. Enjoy concerts and dances on multiple stages, workshops (for kids and adults), impromptu jams, and the chance to see and hear some great Bluegrass tunes. Thurs.-Sun., various times. Bellevue. $12 to $342 (12 & under Free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
Teddy Bear Clinic
At this annual event (designed to help little ones overcome their fear of doctor visits), kids can get their favorite stuffed animal checked out by a real doc. Physicians will perform a complete exam (including eyes, ears, and fur!) and send patients (if necessary) to a mini-hospital for minor stuffed animal injuries. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Bellevue. $8.50 to $9.50 (under 1 and members free). Ages 12 and under. Event details.
This annual carnival will feature tons of activities for little ones (think carnival games, inflatable toys, and face painting) as well as story time with the PJ Library, music and entertainment, a costume and photo contest, yummy food and community service project. Sun., noon-3 p.m. Mercer Island. Free admission (costs vary for game and food tickets). All ages (activities geared towards kids 12 & under). Event details.
What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.
— Kristina Moy