There’s plenty of fun to be had around the Emerald City this three-day weekend. Consider: a family outing inspired by art, a tropical hands-on event, a show for little train lovers, a dino-mite family concert, a two-day park pass, and a celebration of cultures and traditions. Also on tap: catch Jake and his faithful crew of Never Land Pirates—Cubby, Izzy, and Scully as well as your fave characters from Sofia the First as they band together for an awesome adventure in Disney Live! Pirate and Princess Adventure (pictured).

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photo: Feld Entertainment


Kids’ Saturday in the Park
Head to Olympic Sculpture Park’s PACCAR Pavilion for this fun family day centered around Mapping the City. Enjoy lots of hands-on building activities, explore the sculpture park and take in a fun story time and showing of The LEGO Movie. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (story time takes place at 11:30 a.m. followed by the movie at 1 p.m.). Seattle Free. All ages. Event details.

Visit Hawaii in Your Own Backyard
Put on your best Hawaiian attire and enjoy the Aloha Spirit at the Seattle Aquarium. Explore the unique sea life that call Hawaii home, participate in hands-on activities and watch special performances and diver shows at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Sat.-Mon., 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (also Jan. 24-25). Seattle. $14.95 to $21.95 (3 & under and members free). All ages. Event details.

Model Railroad Show
You don’t want to miss this Northwest family tradition held every winter at PSC. In addition to dozens of model railroad displays and layouts and hands-on activities and crafts, enjoy LEGO train building, Pacific Northwest railroad history and rides aboard a kid-sized train. Sat.-Mon., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. $11.50 to $19.50 (under 3 and members free). All ages. Event details.


Eats & Beats: Nancy Stewart Dinosaurs Galore!
Enjoy a goofy night of music and dancing to the dino-mite tunes of Nancy Stewart. Concert highlights will include a choreographed number “Continental Drift” and “I’m a Paleontologist.” Sat., 5:45 p.m.– 8 p.m. Bellevue. $8 to $13 ($3 extra for pizza and lemonade). Registration recommended. All ages. Event details.

Free Family Day: Cultures of the World
Mark your calendars for this annual new year celebration at BAM. Explore a variety of cultures from around the world through hands-on art activities and demonstrations, live cultural performances, and traditions. Sun., 12 p.m.– 4 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Washington State Park Free Day
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 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 needing a Discover Pass. Sun.-Mon., dawn ‘til dusk. Free. All ages. Event details.

What do you have planned for this three-day weekend? Will you be leaving town or enjoying one of the activities we mentioned above? Let us know in a comment below.  

—Kristina Moy