Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we’ve put together some fun ideas on how to spend time with your little sweethearts. On our weekend radar: a popular family event with non-stop entertainment, a kindie concert with a mash-up of eclectic tunes, a Lunar New Year celebration, a special ball for dads and daughters, a heart-healthy fair and a sweet Valentine’s Day party. If you’re already looking ahead to spring, the always-popular Seattle Bike Swap returns on Sunday. This one-day only, ginormous bike garage sale will have great deals on used bikes for every member of your family as well as new and used bike related goods.
photo: Kevin Fry/Recess Monkey
We know this event is not exactly in Seattle, but it’s too good not to include. Kidstock! 2015 will feature musical and theatre performances (think Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, Alex Zerbe, Bailadores de Bronce and Book-It Repertory Theatre), arts education workshops and activities designed just for kids like face painting, bouncy houses, and a costume photo booth. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Edmonds. Free. Pre-registration recommended. All ages. Event details.
Kindiependent Kids Rock Series: Brian Vogan & his Good Buddies
Put on your dancing shoes and kick off your Saturday morning with an eclectic mix of pop, indie rock, doo-wop, country, jazz, punk rock and classical tunes at the Mount Baker Clubhouse. Sat., 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Seattle. $5 to $15. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
Free First Saturdays for Families: Lunar New Year
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with drop-in art activities that highlight the year of the Goat and enjoy live martial arts performances, music, dress-up, and a family-friendly sketching tour throughout SAM’s galleries. Psst! You can even create a flipbook with your own portrait and zodiac animal. Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Father Daughter Snow Ball
Don your finest party clothes and escape to an enchanted (Frozen) party filled with lots of music, dancing, crafts, and refreshments. Fri., 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Redmond. $35 to $42/couple. Pre-registration required. Ages 3 to 12. Event details.
5th Annual Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Fair
Get in tip-top shape at this annual health fair designed for families. In addition to healthy products, services and exhibits, enjoy lots of hands-on activities, a high-energy kindie concert with Caspar Babypants, a Teddy Bear Clinic and mini seminars with docs and parent educators. Sat., 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.
Members-Only Valentine’s Day Party
Calling all KidsQuest members! The Museum staff wants to show their love for you by inviting you to join their members-only Valentine’s Day party. As always, there will be games, crafts and special activities. Sun., 10 a.m.-noon. Bellevue. Free. No registration required. Ages 0 to 12. Event details.
Will you be enjoying an early Valentine’s Day activity with your pint-sized sweetie this weekend? Let us know in a comment below.
— Kristina Moy