This weekend, we’re kicking off 2014 with a bang! For starters, we have a fish-tastic event at the Seattle Aquarium, a Lunar New Year celebration, and a rockin’ concert with some popular monkeys. We also have a dazzling light display, an artsy fartsy day for the whole fam, and an outdoor activity for adventurists. If you’ve got a lil’ monster truck fan, head down to the T Dome for Monster Jam: Rock the Dome. This family-friendly show will include lots of dirt-flying, car-crushin’ action along with big trucks, big tires, and big fun!



A Winter Fishtival with Hands-on Activities
At this annual winter extravaganza, enjoy lots of hands-on activities, special talks, and opportunities to learn more about the care and feeding of the Seattle Aquarium’s fish, birds, tide pool animals and marine mammals. Psst… Each day the Aquarium will highlight a different sea animal and activity. Mon.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. $14.95 to $21.95 (under 3 and members free). All ages. Event details.

Festival of Lights: Lunar New Year Celebration
Explore the traditions of the Lunar New Year through special performances, playtime, and crafts. Plus, create your own traditional paper lantern during your exploration. Thurs.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. $7.25-8.25 (under 1 and members free). Ages 10 months to 10 years. Event details.

Get Your Groove On with  Recess Monkey
Get a rockin’ start to your 2014 with Recess Monkey! Enjoy a set of singable, danceable power-pop hits that parents will enjoy as much as their kiddos. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Seattle. $5/person (babes in arms free). All ages. Event details.


Garden d’Light’s 
This is your last week to enjoy the dazzling winter wonderland of twinkling lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Grab the stroller and take the Littles on a holiday journey filled with three-dimensional flowers, shrubs, and animal characters. Insider Tip: Avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets onlineMon.-Sat., 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Bellevue. $5 (10 and under free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Free First Friday at BAM
When was the last time you visited the Bellevue Arts Museum? Take advantage of free admission and check out the latest galleries with the kids. Fri., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Discover the Creatures in Crawdad Creek
Put on your wellies and head over to Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center to discover all of the fascinating creatures that live in Crawdad Creek. After you look for fossils, deer, and other creatures, enjoy a fun craft. Fri., 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Bellevue. $2 to $3. Pre-registration required. Ages 3 and older. Event details.

What fun things to you have planned for the first weekend of 2014? Will you be enjoying any of the activities we mentioned above? Leave us a comment below.

–Kristina Moy

Adorable photo thanks to Rebecca Torgerson McGinnis