January is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. We’ve put together a great mix of activities to keep everyone in your crew happy and entertained this weekend. On our radar: an awesome film festival for kids, a spectacular musical, a rockin’ concert and an exciting afternoon dedicated to energy and our environment. If you’ve got a little dinosaur lover, head to I Dig Dinos: Be a Paleontologist at the Burke Museum to explore the world of dinosaurs. Scroll down to learn more and to see other family activities.

photo: Pacific Science Center


Children’s Film Festival Opening Weekend
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 170 short and feature films that represent more than 50 countries and 37 languages and enjoy workshops, pre- and post-film discussions, special events and encounters with filmmakers. Thurs.-Sun. (through Feb. 10). Event details.

Broadway Bound Presents Beauty and the Beast
You don’t want to miss this all youth production of the Disney classic featuring performers from Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre. See all your fave characters from the film come to life on stage and fall in love with the story all over again. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Kindiependent Kids Rock Series: Red Yarn
Kick off your Saturday morning with a set of singable, danceable, high-energy songs from Red Yarn. This rockin’ kindie band is known for its folk songs and puppetry that are weaved into high-energy shows for all ages. Sat. Event details.


Watch the talented folks at StoryBook Theatre bring this classic fairytale to life on stage. Will Pinocchio outwit his devious new friends, tell the truth and learn from his mistakes? Or will he be forever stuck with a protruding nose? You’ll have to see the show to find out. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Brighten your new year with an exciting afternoon exploring energy and the environment at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Explore hands-on exhibits and activities with Science on Wheels, explore how animals use insulation in the cold of winter and discover why trees can keep your home both cool and warm. Plus, make kid-friendly crafts, enjoy a fun story time, play games and learn how to make your home more energy-efficient. Sat. Event details.

Winter Adventure Hike
Looking for a winter adventure? Join a naturalist for this two-mile, fast-paced family adventure hike along the trails of Rattlesnake and Christmas Lakes. Experience the natural wonders of winter and look for early signs of spring. Psst…be sure to dress warmly, wear sturdy shoes and bring a snack and a water bottle. Sun. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

— Kristina Moy