Since Thanksgiving falls a little later this year, you have an extra weekend to ease into the holiday season and enjoy some good ol’ family fun. On our weekend radar: an event with plenty of teddy bear TLC, a turkey feast for the animals, a rockin’ Saturday morning concert, an all-ages holiday production, a high-energy musical, and a walk for big and lil’ turkeys. If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off the Christmas season, take your crew to an authentic Nordic Christmas celebration. Yulefest will feature hand-crafted gifts, live music, traditional Nordic cuisine, holiday-themed crafts and visits with the big guy in red himself.

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Teddy Bear Day 
Take your fave bear, lion, dragon, superhero or princess to the Seattle Children’s Museum for a fun-filled day of exploration and play. In addition to a teddy bear picnic, learn words in American Sign Language, practice your five senses with your teddy bear friend and enjoy fun crafts. Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Seattle. Free child admission with a new or gently used teddy bear or stuffed animal donation. Ages 10 mos.-10. Event details.

Turkey Toss
This weekend, watch as the jaguars, snow leopards, and lions devour their turkey holiday treats. Plus, learn how these goodies promote natural animal behaviors and keep the animals mentally and physically stimulated. Sat., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.

Pied Piper: Eli Rosenblatt
One Saturday a month, the Mount Baker Community Club’s long-running Pied Piper program hosts one of Seattle’s favorite children’s performers in its historic 100-year-old ballroom. This Saturday, enjoy the music of Eli Rosenblatt who will be singing about silly animals, love, friendship and freedom. Sat. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Seattle. $3/person. All ages. Event details.


Babes in Toyland
Looking for a fun holiday show for the whole family? In this latest BYT production, go on a magical journey to Toyland. Singing, dancing, action and adventure await as all of your fave Mother Goose characters come together to stop an evil plot. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $5 to $12/person. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Hercules: An Original Family Musical
This original musical adaptation of Hercules presented by Variety Plus is designed for the whole family. Watch as 95 Seattle-area youth and adults bring catchy tunes, comical characters, innovative masks and whimsical choreography to this high-energy production. Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Bellevue. $14/person. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Turkey Trot
Grab your jogging stroller, lace up your tennies and join other Seattle families for this 5k walk/run benefiting Hopelink. After the race, enjoy goodies from participating vendors, music, balloon art and face painting as well as hot chocolate, photos, prize drawings and giveaways. Sun., 9 a.m. (race starts at 10 a.m.). Kirkland. $30 to $35. Registration required. All ages. Event details.

Will you be enjoying one of these fun activities this weekend? Let us know in a comment below.

—Kristina Moy