Whirligig!

Whirligig!

No, it’s not too soon to start feeling sad and nostalgic about the Fun Forest, which will remain for the duration of the annual Whirligig! festival, but not much longer. (The Chihuly Museum we’ll worry about next year, if it gets built.) But never mind the scourge of overpriced glass—Whirligig! is for kids, with activities and events for toddlers up to pre-teens. Face painting, clowns, and crafts are offered; and the rides range from super-sized inflatable slides (for older children) to a gentler, cordoned-off area in the Center House for those age 3 and under. (Behold: The House of Bounce!) Tickets are sold à la carte or as an all-day pass, and the prices are very family friendly. What you spend on food is a different matter, and admission is separate for the monorail, Science Center, Children’s Museum, Space Needle, and (sniff) Fun Forest. T. BOND

March 26-April 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 2010