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Weekender: Best Family Events for Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Top activities and outings for weekend family fun: Jan. 17–20

Published on: January 15, 2020

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So ... snow. Was it a winter wonderland or a dainty dusting at your house? Either way, the weather is kind of exciting, but not necessarily quite the way we'd like it to be.

This coming Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which means a three-day weekend for many of us. Honor Dr. King's life and legacy at one of 17 local MLK events for families this weekend, and go wild at one of our amazing state parks or epic national parks; both are free Monday in honor of MLK. Happy trails!

Seattle area:

  • Groove to the expressive rhythms of Senegalese drummer Thione Diop at an inexpensive Town Hall show for families (Saturday).
  • Celebrate and learn about the culture of Vietnam and Vietnamese Americans at Tết in Seattle's annual Lunar New Year Fest featuring music, dance and tasty food (Saturday–Sunday).
  • Take a warm-up trip to the islands and learn about ocean conservation through "Honu by the Sea," a musical story for families (Saturday–Monday).
  • All aboard for terrific choo-choo fun as Pacific Science Center hosts its annual model railroad show for train fans of all ages; build with Brio, ride the mini train and more (Saturday–Monday).

Eastside and environs:

Around the South Sound:

  • Keep warm inside the theater watching a free family flick; show up early to make sure you get a free seat (Saturday).
  • Head to the library for a free workshop crafting your own decorative lantern in celebration of Chinese New Year (Saturday).
  • Inspect all kinds of creepy critters and slithery snakes, plus check out interactive exhibits at this reptile and exotic animal show (Saturday–Sunday).
  • Also at the fairgrounds, find a Great Train Show featuring tons of model train displays (Saturday–Sunday).

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