This weekend, ease into the holiday season by enjoying some good ol’ family fun. Consider: a holiday feast at the zoo, a concert with infectious tunes, a race for big and little turkeys and a magic show with plenty of audience participation. If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off the Christmas season, take your crew to Yulefest or shake your tail feathers at this weekend’s Kindiependent Kids Rock Concert (pictured). Read on to see what other fun events are on our weekend radar.

photo: Eli Rosenblatt


Turkey Toss
Watch as the jaguars, snow leopards, lions, bears and other animals devour their holiday turkey treats. While you’re there, learn how these enrichments promote natural animal behaviors and keep the animals mentally and physically stimulated. Sat. Event details.

Family Magic Show
Take the whole family to the Seattle Center for this one-hour interactive stage magic show. Watch as Magician Raymond combines comedy magic, thrilling stage illusions, mind reading and lots of audience participation into one jam-packed hour of entertainment. Psst! After the show, kids will get to learn a magic trick. Sat. Event details.

Festival of Trees
Whether you’re looking for ideas for your own tree this year or just want to gawk at some amazing showstoppers, start your holiday season off with this time-honored tradition (now in its 40th year!). See the display of 21 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each with its own unique theme and style, and read inspiring stories of courageous Seattle Children’s Hospital patients. Sat.-Sun. (through Nov. 29). Event details.


Anne of Green Gables
Generations of readers have adored the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables, and now you can introduce your kids to it at this SecondStory Repertory musical adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s timeless classic. It’s a heartwarming story perfect for the whole family. Thurs.-Sun. Event details.

The Tortoise & The Hare
In this latest StoryBook Theater production, see what happens when a contest is set between a fleet-footed Hare and a flat-footed Tortoise. Not a creature in the forest believes the ever-steady tortoise will win against the ever-ready Hare, but they quickly learn that being slow and steadfast can actually get you to the finish line Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Turkey Trot
Grab your jogging stroller, lace up your tennies and join other Seattle families for this three-mile walk/run benefiting Hopelink. After the race, enjoy goodies from participating vendors along with food trucks, music, photos, balloon and caricature art, face painting and more. Sun. Event details.

Will you be enjoying any of these fun activities this weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

— Kristina Moy