There’s plenty of fun to be had around the Emerald City this three-day weekend. Consider: a buzzing presentation at The Museum of Flight, a tropical activity at the Seattle Aquarium and a fun outing at a Washington state park. If you’ve got a little train buff in the fam, be sure to hit the 45th Annual Model Railroad Show at the Pacific Science Center or the Great Train Show in Puyallup. Both events will put you and your little conductors up close and personal with exciting operating exhibits, hundreds of trains and accessories and train-themed activities. Read on to learn more.

photo: Seattle Aquarium

Seattle

Honey Bees and Airplanes
Did you know that SeaTac Airport is home to several hundred thousand honey bees? At this special presentation, learn from beekeeper Bob Redmond about the Flight Path project that encompasses wild bee surveys, habitat restoration and honey bee research and the parallels among honey bees and human flight—from communication systems, flight operations and aerodynamics. Psst…a complimentary honey tasting will follow the presentation. Sat. Event details.

Hawaii Weekend
It may be far from tropical in Seattle right now, but this weekend you can put on your best Hawaiian garb and head to the Seattle Aquarium for their annual Hawaiian-themed weekend. Explore some of the unique sea life that call Hawaii home, participate in hands-on activities and enjoy Hawaiian entertainment and diver shows. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

45th Annual Model Railroad Show
Calling all engineers! You don’t want to miss this Northwest family tradition at the Pacific Science Center. This year’s show will feature dozens of model railroad displays and layouts, hands-on activities and crafts as well as Pacific Northwest railroad history and rides aboard the kiddie-sized Iron Horse Railway. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

Eastside

Family Pottery Night
Here’s a great opportunity for the whole family to get their hands dirty with clay and creativity! Whether you’re a pottery pro or a pottery novice, everyone will be able to practice hand-building and wheel throwing skills in a fun, low-key, learning environment. Fri. Event details.

Cascade Canines
Did you know foxes are the only canids to climb trees or that coyotes tip toe to be extra sneaky? Discover more about Washington’s furry canines and practice your howl with a park ranger during this special class. No pre-registration or RSVP required. Sat. Event details.

Washington State Park Free Day
In honor of Dr. 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 the need of a Discover Pass. Mon. Event details.

—Kristina Moy

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