Human-pooch pairs will be dressed to impress at Dog Day, a celebration of all things canine. Enter a costume contest, walk along the Nathan Chapman Trail with the Pierce County Sheriff’s K-9 team, and browse vendor and information booths. Pay by May 1 and get in for $15 (plus $9 if you’d like a T-shirt). Day-of registration is $20. To register, call Pierce County Parks and Rec at 253-798-4177. Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Heritage Recreation Center, 9010 128th St. E., South Hill.
KiDiMu’s fundraiser was originally scheduled for April 25, but it’s been moved to Saturday, May 9 (10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.). The energetic Kratt Brothers, who are frequently upstaged by lemur puppet Zoboo on their PBS show Zoboomafoo, will talk adventure and then sign autographs after the 1 p.m. show. Tickets are $13.50; call or visit the museum’s Web site to get yours (206-855-4650 or online). The show is held at the Suquamish Tribe’s community center, House of Awakened Culture, at 7325 N.E. Parkway, Suquamish.
Introducing . . . Giant Magnet!
The Seattle International Children’s Festival unveiled a new name this spring, bouncing a title that executive director Andrea Wagner called “limiting, long and wrong.” “Giant Magnet” better reflects the festival’s potential pull on the local imagination; with a lively lineup of international performers and special attractions for teens and adults, it’s not just kids’ stuff. Don’t miss Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s puppet interpretation of Eric Carle’s stories for little ones; older kids will be all over the weirdly wonderful Belgian circus-arts troupe Les Argonautes. The fun begins on May 12 at the Seattle Center, and moves to Tacoma, where the festival celebrates 10 years of South Sound performances with “Ten Years in Tacoma, a Global Variety Show,” on Sunday and Monday, May 17–18. Get tix and look over the exciting schedule at here.