Kids calendar for the weekend of March 2

March 3-4: Special Olympics Winter Games
This culmination of the Special Olympics winter season takes place this weekend Leavenworth and Wenatchee. Nearly 1,500 athletes will compete over three days in basketball, skiing, speed skating, figure skating and snow boarding.

March 2: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration
The Children’s Museum in the Seattle Center House will celebrate the author's birthday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Celebration will include a special Dr. Seuss story time, Dr. Seuss-inspired sign language programs and activity tables of Cat in the Crazy Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 Creature Creation Station! Included with admission.

March 2: Story Time with Clifford the big red dog
Listen to stories, enjoy a snack, and meet Clifford, plus the first 25 Kidgits® members* to show their membership card receive a free Clifford book! Begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Northgate Mall in the Children’s Play. 
* Not a Kidgits member yet? Join the club and join the fun for only a $5 annual membership fee at the event, or at Simon Guest Services near JCPenney

March 2-4: Polar Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center
Build an igloo, snuggle into hooded cold-weather parkas, peek into tents used in polar research camps, take the salinity taste test and join a spectacular smashing ice demonstration as you meet and talk to polar researchers. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1-2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 3-4. Included with admission. $14, $12 seniors, $9 ages 6 to 15, $7 ages 3 to 5, free ages 2 and younger.
Four days of demonstrations, hands-on exhibits, programs and more aimed at school children, families and citizen scientists interested in learning more about the poles. Guests will also see how Pacific Science Center’s Portal to Current Research exhibit space brings to life the dramatic visualizations and animations that illustrate changes in sea ice.  www.pacificsciencecenter.org  for all the details.

March 3 - Dino Day at the Burke Museum
From 10 a.m.–4 p.m. talk to paleontologists, crack open a fossil, dress in dino-gear, watch scientists clean a fossil, dig for a fossil of your own and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Burke members receive priority admission at 9 a.m.). Included with admission. $10, $8 seniors, $7.50 students and youth, free ages 4 and younger.

Other activities worth mentioning:
Evergreen City Ballet performances of Fancy Nancy:  Bonjour Butterfly at the ECB Black Box Theater in Renton. 

Leap Day - Amphibian Conservation at the Woodland Park Zoo on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.–it’s all about the frogs! www.zoo.org

East King County Rock and Gem Show at Pickering Barn in Issaquah on Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 

Cavalia at Marymoor Park continues through March 4

Planning ahead for a good cause:
2012 American Girl Fashion Show – March 18-19 at the Bellevue Hilton.
The American Girl Fashion Show is an annual tradition and a major fundraiser for Seattle Children’s Hospital.  The American Girl Fashion Show includes an interactive and stylish showcase of historical and contemporary fashions by American Girl®, a marketplace to purchase American Girl® items, a raffle, silent auction, fun take-home treasures and much more.
• Saturday, March 17 - Brunch
• Saturday, March 17 – Traditional Afternoon Tea
• Saturday, March 17 - Dinner
• Sunday, March 18 - Brunch
• Sunday, March 18 Traditional Afternoon Tea