Seattle Kids Weekend Events: Nov. 26-28

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It must be the weekend after Thanksgiving, because the holidays have hit Seattle like nap time hits a busy toddler—full-on! After you’ve had your fill of Turkey Day leftovers, why take in the sights and sounds of the city at the Pike Place Market tree lighting? Santa and Crafty will be there to help out. This weekend also marks the opening of many of the region’s most-loved holiday light displays like Garden d’Lights in Bellevue and Zoolights in Tacoma. What’s your plan for the weekend? Read on for a hint!

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photo: The Bellevue Collection


Washington State Parks Free Day
Work off those Thanksgiving Day pounds with a trip to one Washington’s beautiful state parks. This weekend, families can celebrate Autumn Day by visiting any Washington State Park by vehicle for the day without a Discover Pass. It’s the perfect excuse to stretch your legs, plan a picnic or head to the forest with the kids. Sat. Event details.

Winterfest 2021
Seattle Center Winterfest kicks off this weekend! Put it on your list of things to do early in the season. You and the kids can watch the miniature locomotive make its way through a turn-of-the-century village inside the Armory and complete a scavenger hunt while you’re at it. Plan to be there around 10 a.m. to enjoy the totally kid-friendly Zaniac Comedy Show. Ice sculpting demos will take place outside on Saturday, and you can stop by the Space Needle to see Santa while you’re at it. He’s coming in for a landing at the Loupe starting this weekend. Nov. 27-Dec. 31. Event details.

Miracle on 152nd Street
It’s Small Business Saturday and you’ll find all kinds of miracles on 152nd Street in Downtown & Olde Burien. Families can get a free photo with Santa Claus, watch Home Alone in Burien Town Square Park and participate in a community coat & blanket drive. Sat. Event details.


Snowflake Lane
Everyone’s favorite winter celebration returns for the season this weekend! Now in its 17th year, Snowflake Lane presented by The Bellevue Collection, is where families can watch the region’s most festive holiday show! Experience the wonder of falling snow, dazzling lights, festive music, toy drummers, dancers and holiday floats during the complimentary nightly parade. Join others on the sidewalks of Bellevue Way between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square, from N.E. 4th to N.E. 8th Streets. Nov.24-Dec. 24. Event details.

Unstuffing Day Hike
If you gobbled till you wobbled, join a Bellevue Park Ranger for a hike on a local trail. There’s a lot to be thankful for and getting outside is one of them. So take a deep breath and shake off the turkey haze as folks on this organized group hike reflect on the benefits of the forest and learn what can be done to help this resource. The hike is about one mile along mostly flat terrain, making it especially family-friendly. Pre-registration required. Sun. Event details.

Gingerbread Candy Shoppe
Bring the kids to the Hyatt Regency Bellevue for KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s annual Gingerbread Candy Shoppe. Stay for a unique decorating experience or grab all you need for an at-home holiday activity. Kick off the holidays with copious amounts of candy, gingerbread houses and magical memories with family and friends. If you stay to decorate, you and up to six people will enjoy a gingerbread house, candy box and access to the Candy Shoppe (additional gingerbread houses are available for purchase). Or you can make the day special with a VIP table that seats 10 people and includes four candy boxes and four gingerbread houses. Registration required. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe


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