January is coming to a close and if you haven’t got your fun on this month, there are plenty of opportunities this weekend. Consider: a party for LEGO lovers, a rockin’ kindie concert, a two-day festival for baseball fans, a guided winter walk, an open house for lil’ nature lovers, and a wintertime ball fit for a ballerina. This week, the always-awesome Children’s Film Festival also kicks off. The 11-day film extravaganza will feature more than 100 films from 30 different countries as well as a rockin’ Pajama Party with Recess Monkey, a fab Pancakes & Short Film Smorgasbord, and a fun closing ceremony!

Mariner FanFest 2013


A Brick Party for LEGO Lovers
Celebrate the opening of  EMP’s latest exhibit Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture with an evening packed full of LEGO fun. Participate in building activities, play video games, go on a scavenger hunt, learn how to make stop-motion animation videos, and enjoy early access to the exhibit. Fri., 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Seattle. $5 to $20. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Kids Rock Series: Caspar Babypants
Take the kiddos to the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse to enjoy some simple, catchy tunes with one of our fave kindie rockers! Sat., 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Seattle. $5 to $15. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

2014 Mariners FanFest (pictured)
At this two-day baseball extravaganza, meet your fave Mariners players, throw a few pitches in the bullpen, take a 200-foot zip line ride across outfield, tour the clubhouse, and participate in lots of fun challenges in the Kids Zone. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Seattle. $10 (14 and under free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.


Go on a Guided Winter Exploration
Where do all the animals go in the winter? How do bears sleep for so long without eating? How do birds find food in the snow? Find out the answers to these questions and more when you join a Bellevue Park Ranger to explore the wintery Lake Hills Greenbelt. Fri., 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Bellevue. Free. 6 and older. Event details.

Polliwog Preschool Open House
At this open house, you can kill two birds with one stone. Check out the Polliwog Preschool, meet the teachers, visit the classroom and facility and find out more about this play-based, multi-aged preschool for kids ages three to five as well as explore the beauty of Mercer Slough Nature Park. Sat., 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Bellevue. Free. Ages 3 to 5. Event details.

PNB Winter Wonderland Ball
Join PNB dancers Laura and Jerome Tisserand for this magical ball. In addition to mingling with PNB dancers, take three exciting dance classes, participate in a Sleeping Beautythemed cakewalk, and bid on unique PNB items in the silent auction. Sun., 3 p.m.–6 p.m. Bellevue. $50 to $70. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Will you be catching a film (or two or three!) at this year’s Children’s Film Fest? Leave us a comment below.

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Julie Kelsch Gripentrog