January is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. We’ve put together a great mix of weekend activities to keep everyone in your crew happy and entertained. On our radar: an awesome film festival, a spectacular Lunar New Year celebration, a rockin’ concert and a brand-new stage production. If you’re looking for even more excitement, head to the Henry Art Gallery to participate in an exciting ArtVenture. Read on to learn more.

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Children’s Film Festival Seattle
The largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast (dedicated to children and their families) returns this weekend to celebrate the best and brightest in international children’s cinema. See more than 146 short and feature films that represent more than 39 countries and languages and enjoy workshops, film discussions, special events and encounters with filmmakers. Thurs.-Sun. (through Feb. 9). Event details.

Kindiependent Kids Rock Series: Caspar Babypants
Kick off your Saturday morning with a set of singable, danceable, high-energy songs from one of our favorite kindie rockers—Caspar Babypants! Stop by this all ages rock concert to get the wiggles out before nap time and enjoy plenty of toe tapping tunes. Sat. Event details.

Tet Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year
Head to the Seattle Center to participate in contemporary and traditional Vietnamese culture and welcome the start of a new year. The two-day festival will include live musical performances, a cultural village art display, a kid’s center with games and crafts and a Vietnamese traditional dress “ao dai” fashion show. Plus, local food vendors and cooking demonstrations will also be available. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Sesame Street LIVE! Let’s Party!
We know this event isn’t exactly on the Eastside, but it’s too good not to include. This all-new, interactive show will feature all your fave Sesame Street characters (think: Elmo, Abbey Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Big Bird), plenty of singing and dancing and the funniest, furriest party on the block. Sat. (also playing in Everett on Sun.) Event details.

The Little Engine That Could
The talented folks at StoryBook Theater are bringing their latest production to the stage this weekend. The little broken-down engine needs your help! Her toys need to be delivered to children on the other side of the mountain, but who can do it? There are many trains who are willing to help, but they all seem to have more important things on their minds. Will the little engine get their attention and deliver the presents? You’ll have to see the show to find out. Sat.-Sun. (various dates through Mar. 16). Event details.

Ranger-Led Hike at Lakemont Heights
Join a Bellevue park ranger at the Lewis Creek Visitor Center to explore the Lakemont Highlands Open Space trail system. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. This hike is rated as moderately difficult (3.5 miles with 680 ft elevation change). Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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