The Weekender: Seattle Activities for Kids and Families, Feb. 4-5

Are you a Super Bowl person? Check out our guide to a kid-friendly Super Bowl party, with 11 ideas to make everyone happy during the big game. If you're not a Super Bowl kind of family, then we've got ideas to help you take advantage of fewer crowds on Sunday!

Today, Feb. 3

- Head to Free First Friday at KidsQuest Children's Museum in Bellevue (open until 8 p.m.), or Hands on Children's Museum in Olympia (open until 9 p.m.).

- Investigate nocturnal critters with a night walk at Mercer Slough (call to register!).

- South Sounders: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the story of a certain boy named Milo, with an Olympia Family Theater production of The Phantom Tollbooth.

Flying K Brothers

Saturday, Feb. 4

- Catch a free performance by Clay Martin's Puppet Theatre at Northgate.

- Watch the Flying Karamazov Brothers juggle everything but your kids at ACT Theatre, or get tickets for a later show (through Feb. 12.).

- See how the world eats -- and taste Thai food -- at the Burke Museum's intriguing new exhibit.

- Play with clay at the Bellevue Arts Museum or grab your kid's favorite stuffie and head to the Teddy Bear Clinic at KidsQuest Children's Museum.

- Think nature and sports don't mix? This "Birding the Field" event at Seward Park will change your mind.

- Get tickets for an affordable, shortie musical: Annie, Jr.

- Investigate winter at one of two Tacoma parks with a naturalist-led walk.

- Head to one of two (or both!) free Lunar New Year celebrations, at Sponge in Seattle (10 a.m. -3 p.m.) or at Seattle Central Library (2-4:30 p.m.)

Sunday, Feb. 5

aquarium-pup- Visit the Seattle Aquarium's new otter pup, without the usual crowds of people.

- Sunny? See winter in bloom at the quietly breathtaking Witt Wintergarden at Seattle's Arboretum.

- Not sunny? Ice skate for free -- free mini-lessons, too! -- at the Everett Events Arena.

- Witness weaving and carving in action by Coast Salish artists at the Burke Museum.

- Lego workshop at our local Scandinavia HQ, the Nordic Heritage Museum.

- Learn about the Saturn V and make your own rocket model at the Museum of Flight.

- Take in some theater (again, taking advantage of Super Bowl Sunday): Hairspray at Youth Theatre Northwest, The Frog Prince at StoryBook Theater, or African storytelling by Thistle Theatre.

- Oh, right, it is that Sunday. Don't forget our tips on a Super Bowl party that will please fanatics and non-fans alike!

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