President’s Day weekend can be long in the Puget Sound area, but not if you have friends, snacks and activities! Grab your coat and your kids and plan some play dates! Keep away the mid-winter break blues!

Octopus Week
Seattle Aquarium
Saturday, Sunday and Monday
February 16, 17 and 18
Saturday and Sunday
February 23 and 24
9:30am – 5:00pm
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101

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Come learn about one of the coolest creatures in Puget Sound, the giant Pacific octopus. Each day will feature hands-on activities for kids, octopus feedings and talks. And at 12:00pm each day, divers will swim with an octopus in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit.

Kids ‘n’ Critters
Saturday, Sunday and Monday
February 16, 17 and 18
9:30am – 3:00pm
NW Trek
11610 Trek Drive East
Eatonville, WA 98328

During Kids ‘n’ Critters, up to four children, ages 12 and younger, will receive FREE admission to Northwest Trek with every paying adult or senior. Special Kids ‘n’ Critters activities are free with admission all weekend and include nature-themed arts and crafts and trailside encounters. Tram seating is limited to the first 1,500 visitors. All trams are 30-minute tours during Kids ‘n’ Critters.

Harlem Globetrotters “You Write the Rules” World Tour
Saturday, February 16
2:00pm and 7:00pm
ShoWare Center at Kent
625 W James St
Kent, WA 98032

Sunday, February 17
Comcast Arena Everett
2000 Hewitt Ave
Everett, WA 98201

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Your family’s smiles will begin before you even get to the show as the Harlem Globetrotters 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour takes kid participation to a whole new level. For the first time ever, fans will decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. Vote for your favorite, craziest rule now at, then see the winning rules implemented live into Globetrotter basketball. Tickets start at $23/person, available online or by phone.

2013 Great Northwest Glass Quest
Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 24
Stanwood Chamber of Commerce
8827 Viking Way
Stanwood, WA 98292

The 2013 Great Northwest Glass Quest is a unique family-friendly treasure hunt hosted by over 50 Stanwood and Camano Island businesses. This is your opportunity to search for and find unique Glass Treasures hand-blown by Mark Ellinger, world-renowned glass artist. “Clueballs” will be hidden at a variety of host businesses and in community sites. Find a “Clueball” and return it to the location identified inside for an authentic limited edition Glass Treasure. Read all the details online.

Kids Quest Children’s Museum
Monday, February 18 – Sunday, February 24
4091 Factoria Mall SE
Bellevue, WA 98006

It’s Get Moving Week at the Museum, which will be OPEN on President’s Day with lots of fun activities. Build a Cardboard Box City to explore; enjoy story times, arts and crafts and hands-on projects all week long. View each day’s activities online.

Kent Valley Ice Centre
Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 22
12:00pm – 4:30pm
6015 South 240 Street
Kent, WA 98032

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All during President’s Week, you and your kids can lace up and enjoy some time on the ice. Stop for a snack at the Café and Sports Bar on the Ice Centre grounds. Skate rentals are General/$8.68; Youth (Ages 4-12)/$7.53; Toddler (Age 3 & Under)/Free.