Even though our beloved Hawks didn’t make it to the Super Bowl (we’re still depressed), this year’s throwdown is going to be a big one. To keep you busy until kickoff, we’ve put together a great mix of family activities. Consider: an interactive magic show, a Lunar New Year celebration, a day with our fave Sesame Street friends, a rockin’ festival and two fun stage productions. If you’re looking for even more excitement, head to the Seattle Children’s Film Festival Pancake Breakfast and Short Film Smorgasbord and enjoy plenty of hot cakes and a special screening of Friends are Forever.


photo: The Not-Its! 


Free First Saturday: Lunar New Year
At this month’s Asian Art Museum Free First Saturday, celebrate the Rooster Lunar New with live music, martial arts performances, dress up, story time, family tours, and drop-in art activities inspired by the exhibition Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi.Sat. Event details.

Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour
Created especially for preschool fans and their families, this immersive tour features hands-on digital learning, participation from local libraries including bilingual English/Spanish books and activities, special meet and greets with the costumed characters, a 15-minute interactive live stage show with beloved characters Elmo and Abby Cadabby and other surprises! Sat. Event details.

I Hate Children Children’s Show
Make your kids the stars of the show in this fast-paced, award-winning, interactive magic show with top magician Paul Nathan. Kids ages 8 and older will be given the opportunity to participate in real-life magic tricks, plus parents will get all the jokes that kids don’t, so it’s a win-win for everyone. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
You don’t want to miss this lively performance by youth actors from Redmond Middle School. See Belle, the Beast and all your fave characters come to life on stage in this “tale as old as time.” Thurs.-Sat. Event details.

Kidstock! 2017 
We know this event is not exactly on the Eastside, but it’s too good not to include. Kidstock! 2017 will feature musical and theatre performances (think Recess Monkey, The Not-Its! and Book-It Repertory Theatre) along with arts education workshops and activities designed just for kids. Sat. Event details.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf
In this latest Studio East production, Shepherd-boy Sam is tired of watching sheep all day and wants some excitement in his life. See what happens when he tries to shake things up. And find out if telling the truth all it’s cracked up to be? Sat.-Sun. Event details.

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

— Kristina Moy