Even though our beloved Hawks didn’t make it to the Super Bowl (we’re still depressed), this year’s East Coast/West Coast throw down is going to be a big one. To keep you and your crew busy until kickoff, we’ve put together these fun family activities. Consider: two Lunar New Year celebrations, a spectacular language party, a special workshop for your pearly whites, a sweet event at SJCC and a fantastic family musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss.
Lunar New Year Festival
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey at the Wing Luke Museum. Starting at 11 a.m., watch a festive lion dance complete with drums and firecrackers. Then, enjoy family-friendly activities including New Year games, face painting, an animated film screening of The Monkey King (in Chinese with English subtitles), crafts and a stuffed petting zoo. Kids can also complete a passport journey and win prizes! Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. $11.95 to $14.95 (kids and students with ID Free). All ages. Event details.
Free First Saturday: Lunar New Year
At this month’s Free First Saturday, celebrate the Lunar New Year with drop-in art activities that highlight the Year of the Monkey. Enjoy live martial arts performances by Mak Fai, music, dress-up and family-friendly sketching tours throughout the galleries. Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Sponge Celebrates 10 years of Language with Free Family Global Gala
Sponge, Seattle’s award-winning language program for kids, is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a spectacular Global Gala. Head to this free international party in Mt. Baker to enjoy special appearances by Thistle Theater and Melody Dance Group, plus stories, sweet treats, crafts and free mini-language classes. Sat., 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. RSVP required. Event details.
Dental Health Workshop
Taking a trip to the dentist can be scary for some kids. At this special KidsQuest event, join local dental experts to learn about the tools dentists use, how to keep a sparkling smile and how to make a visit to the dentist a fun experience. Fri., 11 a.m.-noon (also Feb. 12 & 19). Bellevue. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.
Cupcakes and Havdalah
Join the folks at the Stroum Jewish Community Center to learn about and celebrate Havadalah with cupcakes and cocoa. There will also be crafts, music and a Havdalah service. Sat., 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.
Seussical Jr., the Musical
This is your last chance to see Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your fave Dr. Seuss characters spring to life in this fantastic musical extravaganza! Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the feline narrator (in a very large hat) tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Sat. 11 a.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Mercer Island. $13 to $17. Ages 5 & older. Event details.
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— Kristina Moy