With Turkey Day just around the corner (and the busy holiday rush), we have some fun ideas on how to spend time with the fam before you’re off and running. On our weekend radar: a close encounter with mammals, a new exhibit inspired by a popular cat, a puppet production with a twist, a beloved musical for the whole fam, a high-flying concert and a family night at the mall. If that’s not enough excitement, join royal sisters Anna and Elsa along with popular Disney characters (think Mickey and Minnie, Disney Princesses and your fave characters from Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King) at Disney on Ice presents Frozen.

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Meet the Mammals
Ever wanted to touch a bat or get close to a tiger? At this annual event, meet hundreds of specimens from the Burke Museum’s extraordinary mammalogy collection and enjoy lots of hands-on activities, games, crafts, expert talks and much more. Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Seattle. $7.50 to $10 (4 & under and members Free). All ages. Event details.

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
It’s opening weekend of this much-anticipated exhibit at EMP Museum. Organized as part of Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary celebrations, Hello! showcases rare and unique pieces from Sanrio’s archive alongside mixed media works from contemporary artists around the globe inspired by Hello Kitty and her world. Fri., 7 p.m.-midnight (opening party); Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through May 2106). Seattle. $16 to $25 (4 & under and EMP members Free). Seattle. All ages. Event details.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Paul Mesner is bringing his puppet show to the Northwest Puppet Center and you don’t want to miss it. In this revealing, no-squealing adaptation of Jon Scieszka’s popular book,  A. Wolf has a chance to tell his side of the story. Think you already know the real story behind the huffing and puffing? Think again. Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. (also Nov. 21-22). Seattle. $9 to $11. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.


My Fair Lady
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, this beloved musical, designed for the whole fam, boasts a score of singable classics such as “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “On The Street Where You Live.” Wed.-Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Issaquah. $38 to $70. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Springfree Trampoline Family Concert Series
Put on your dancing shoes and join Brian Vogan & his Good Buddies at the Springfree store in Issaquah for a fun-filled afternoon of entertainment, snacks and of course, lots of JUMPING on The World’s Safest Trampoline. Sat., 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Issaquah. Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Night at Crossroads Bellevue
Looking for a fun way to spend your Saturday evening? This month’s family night at Crossroads will feature game time, free popcorn and $1.50 off WiggleWorks Kids, plus Show Brazil! with Eduardo Mendonca. Sat., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (show starts at 6 p.m.). Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Will you be enjoying any of the activities we mentioned above? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy