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Erika's weekend picks: Explore Magnuson's wetlands, a showing of 'E.T.', and more

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Erika Lee Bigelow writes in Seattle when not chauffeuring 3 kids and one dog to too many activities.

Family Wetland Walk, Sat 10-11:30, Magnuson Park. Binoculars, field guides and science tools are provided. Just bring yourselves and explore the Magnuson wetlands in a guided 90 minutes tour. Great for all ages. $8/family. No pets and please pre-register. magnusonnatureprograms.com


Life Sciences Research Weekend, Sat 10-6, Pacific Science Center. Talk to real research scientists about their work, try your hand at hands-on experiments, explore interactive exhibits and be awed by amazing demonstrations. Included with admission. $19.75, $17.75 seniors, $14.75 ages 6-15, $11.75 ages 3-5. pacificsciencecenter.org


See the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, Sat 10-12, Lake Union Park. FREE. Not making it to DC this holiday season? No problem. Our capitol's tree is coming to us, via it's home in Alaska, before it continues on to it's holiday destination. Live music, Smokey the Bear and Sasha Salmon will be there too. mohai.org


The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf, NW Puppet Center, Sat/Sun 1 and 3 p.m. Based on the book by Jon Scieszka, You thought you knew this classic tale, but you've never heard it from the wolf's point of view before. Maybe he's been maligned. Paul Mesner Puppets presents this wonderful production thru Nov 22. $11, $9 seniors and ages 16 and younger. nwpuppet.org


Pineapple Classic 5K, Sun 9 a.m. Marymoor Park. A fun three-mile obstacle course race, perfect for ages 8 to adult. Wear a costume, be prepared for mud, bring a change of clothes and stay for the post-race luau. The event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. $65 registration on event day. $5 luau tickets only. llswa.org


E.T., Seattle Public Library, University Branch, Sun 2-4. FREE. Come early to claim a seat at this showing of the 1982 classic movie, E.T., directed by Steven Spielberg. It's the tale of friendship between a young boy and alien left behind on Earth. Note for those with allergies - Reese's Pieces will be allowed in auditorium for this show. Rated PG. spl.org

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