Get Out with the Offspring — President’s Day Weekend Edition

just air-fived all the presidents — past AND present — as a solemn display of thanks for this gracious holiday they have bestowed upon all of us lucky enough to actually have it off from work.  As far as family-friendly events go, don’t expect a whole lot.  Despite schools indulging in further cost-cutting measures winter break next week, there’s not a whole hell of a lot going on Sunday and Monday.  And let’s face it, with the grim heart-shaped shadow of Valentine’s Day cast over Saturday, keeping the kids busy and happy will be back-burnered so Mommy and Daddy can actually enjoy a nice quiet meal in public without all the single people staring at their out of control children in disgusted confusion.

Family Fun for Five Green Screens
Family friendly environment-themed movies. Bring a blanket and pillow; pajamas are optional. Tonight: WALL-E.

Date: 02/13/2009
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Place: Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., Seattle
All ages, $5/family

Festival Sundiata
The 29th annual African and Black American festival features drumming and dance; music all day; art and other activities for kids and the UJAAMA cooperative marketplace.

Date: 02/14/2009 – 02/16/2009
Time: Saturday-Monday, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Place: Seattle Center
All ages, Free

Parents’ Night Off
You sneak out for Valentine’s Day dinner while the kids are entertained with gymnastics, the trampoline, pizza and ice cream.

Date: 02/14/2009
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Place: Northwest Aerials, 12440 128th Lane N.E., Kirkland
Ages 3 and up, $30/child

Second Saturday Story Time
Puget Sound storytellers tell — they don’t read — tales for ages 3 and up. This month, Kathie Currie presents “Hatful of Heartfelt Stories.”

Date: 02/14/2009
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Island Books, Mercer Island
Ages 3 and up, Free

Octopus Week
Celebrate the multi-armed creatures that lurk beneath the Aquarium with Giant Pacific octopus releases on Feb. 15 (noon), an “octopus blind date” on Feb. 14 (noon), daily octopus feedings and talks, crafts for the kids, and a chance to watch divers swimming with the octopus in the Windows on Washington Waters exhibit (Feb. 17, 19 and 21 at 11:30 a.m.).

Date: 02/14/2009 – 02/21/2009
Time: Open during museum hours; activity times vary
Place: Seattle Aquarium
All ages, Free with admission

Valentine’s Day Treats for the Animals
Zoo critters are treated to Valentine’s Day goodies today — but they won’t be getting chocolate or roses. Watch as bears, monkeys, elephants and other animals enjoy heart-shaped ice pops, heart-shaped steaks and other good stuff. It’s part of the zoo’s enrichment program, which promotes mental stimulation and natural animal behavior among zoo residents.

Date: 02/14/2009
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Place: Woodland Park Zoo
All ages, Free with admission

Children’s Puppet Series
Shaver Marionettes performs Beauty and the Beast at  the Alki Bathhouse. Call the Alki Community Center for tickets or information (number listed). The Bathhouse is located at 2701 Alki Ave. S.W., Seattle.

Date: 02/14/2009
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Alki Bathhouse
All ages, $5

Storytelling at Peninsula
Accomplished storyteller Rebecca Hom brings stories from the Islamic world to life.

Date: 02/15/2009
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Peninsula Library, Gig Harbor
All ages, Free

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