We know you probably have plans to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, so we’ve put together some fun ideas to keep you busy ’til kickoff. On our radar: a film screening with lots of hot cakes, a fair for potential scholars, a celebration to welcome the Year of the Goat, a spellbinding performance under the Big Top, a crafty activity at BAM, and a hilarious performance based on a popular fairytale. If you have Anna and Elsa wannabes, then you don’t want to miss the Frozen Sing Along at SIFF Cinema Uptown (complete with subtitles and princess wands). And if haven’t made Super Bowl plans yet, your lil’ twelfies will love cheering on the Hawks at these Super Bowl hot spots. Go Hawks!
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Pancakes & Short Film Smorgasbord
Start your morning off with a yummy pancake and bacon breakfast followed by a special Children’s Film Festival screening of Fantastic Journeys, a magical program of new animated and live action shorts from eight countries. Sat., 9:30 a.m. (film screenings at 10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.). Seattle. $15 to $55. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
Moms Club of Seattle NW Preschool Fair
At this annual preschool extravaganza, meet representatives from more than 25 NW Seattle neighborhood preschools and get the opportunity to ask questions and find programs that meet your tot’s needs. Psst! An unsupervised play area will be available for little ones. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Chinese New Year Celebration & Language Class
Take the fam to the Sponge location at Mount Baker to welcome the Year of the Goat. This Chinese New Year celebration will include a spectacular lion dance, goat-themed crafts, tasty snacks, and a special story about the origins of Chinese New Year. Kids can also practice their Mandarin during the free mini-language classes. Sun., 10 a.m.-noon. Seattle. Free. Reservations recommended. Ages 0 to 7. Event details.
Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
This newest touring Cirque show will ignite your imagination inside a mechanical world where curios come to life, contortionists twist and turn on a mechanical hand and dinner parties literally get turned upside down. Throw in some high-flying action, stunning acrobatics and humor and you’ve got two hours of non-stop, jaw-dropping entertainment. Thurs., 8 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 4:30 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sun., 1:30 p.m. & 5 p.m. (through Mar. 22). Redmond. $35 to $156. Tickets required. All ages (best suited for ages 6 & up). Event details.
Get Crafty at BAM
In addition to checking out the Bellevue Arts Museum’s latest exhibits, learn about leather and get crafty making leather accessories. From bracelets to pouches, little creators can transform real leather into something they can use or wear. Sat., 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Bellevue. Free with admission or $2 materials fee per child. Ages 4 to 12. Event details.
In this latest StoryBook Theater performance, Cinderella dreams of going to the ball to see the castle and meet the prince, but her jealous stepmother makes her daydream a living nightmare. With the help of her kooky Fairy Godmother, and in true StoryBook style, Cinderella and her plump pumpkin race to make her wish come true. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. (also Feb. 7, 8 & 22 and Mar. 7, 8 & 14). Kirkland. $11. Tickets required. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
What do you have planned this weekend? Will you be cheering on the Seahawks at home or at a kid-friendly venue? Let us know in a comment below!
— Kristina Moy