There’s plenty of fun to be had around the Emerald City this three-day weekend. Consider: a family movie night, a tropical event at the Seattle Aquarium, a show for little train buffs, a rockin’ grand opening, a two-day freebie, and a production based on a charming young mouse. If you’ve got a little monster truck fan, head down to the T Dome for Monster Jam (pictured). This family-friendly show will feature lots of car-crushin’, dirt-flying action along with big trucks, big tires and big ol’ fun!

photo: Feld Entertainment


Family Movie Night: Inside Out
Bring your comfy pillows and blankets to the Mount Baker Community Club and enjoy a showing of Inside Out. Psst! Don’t forget some money for the concession bar with snacks, popcorn and beer and wine for mom and dad! Fri., 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (movie starts at 7 p.m.). Seattle. $3/person. All ages. Event details.

Visit Hawaii in Your Own Backyard
Put on your best Hawaiian attire and head to the Seattle Aquarium for a Hawaiian-themed weekend. Explore some of the unique sea life that call Hawaii home, participate in hand-on activities and watch special performances and diver shows. Sat.-Mon., 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Seattle. $15.95 to $22.95 (3 & under and members Free). All ages. Event details.

Model Railroad Show
You don’t want to miss this Northwest family tradition featuring dozens of model railroad displays and layouts, hands-on activities and crafts, Pacific Northwest railroad history and rides aboard the kid-sized Iron Horse Railway. Sat.-Mon., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. $11.75 to $19.75 (under 3 and members Free). All ages. Event details.


Bright Horizons at Mercer Island Grand Opening Celebration
At this grand opening event, meet the staff, explore the vibrant classrooms and celebrate the official opening of this new early education and preschool center. There will also be children’s activities, face painting, refreshments, raffle prizes and a rockin’ performance by Recess Monkey. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

Stuart Little
Based on the book by E.B. White, see this endearing classic about a mouse named Stuart Little, who is born into an ordinary New York family, come to life on stage. All the charm, wisdom and joy of the E.B. White’s original book are captured in this adaptation by Joseph Robinette. Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. (also Jan. 23-24, 30-31 & Feb. 6). $5 to $10. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Washington State Park Free Day
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., enjoy all Washington State Parks for free. On the Eastside, take in the beautiful sights and sounds of Lake Sammamish State Park, Bridle Trails State Park or St. Edward State Park without the need of a Discover Pass. Sun.-Mon., dawn ‘til dusk. Free. All ages. Event details.

What do you have planned for this three-day weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.  

— Kristina Moy