Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Fun 2010!

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(11/13-12/23) Swanson's Nursery Annual Reindeer Festival & Holiday Train
From November 13th until Christmas Eve, Swansons will feature Santa's Live Reindeer! A tradition to truly treasure. Dasher and Blitzen will be here every day until Christmas. Bring the family for a magical moment they'll remember forever!
Feeding times daily at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Come on in and meet our curious friend, Curley the Camel, along with his roommate Moe, a miniature donkey.

(11/23-1/2) Seattle Sheraton Lobby Gingerbread Village
7 Large Gingerbread creations are on display at the Seattle Sheraton's hotel lobby from Nov 23- Jan 2nd. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the beneficiary and receives cash and check donations in the on-site donation boxes.
Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Address: 1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

(11/26-12/24) Bellevue Magic Season: Snowflake and Celebration Lanes
It snows nightly on live toy soldiers and other characters, music and a light show. Santa arrives 9 a.m. Nov. 26. 7 p.m. daily Nov. 26 through Dec. 24, performances Dec. 26 through 31.
Where Sidewalks of Bellevue Way and N.E. Eighth Street Bellevue WA 98004

(11/26-12/31) Molbak's Holiday Festivities
Photos with Santa, Pointsettia Festival, Photo Opps galore!

(11/26-12/31) Snow Show @ Pacific Place
It snows daily in the four-story atrium of Pacific Place. 6 p.m. through Dec. 31 (no show Dec. 25). See entertainment schedule online (noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 26 through Dec. 19, Dec. 20-24 and Dec. 26).
When Monday, November 29, 2010, 6pm
Where Pacific Place
Sixth Avenue and Pine Street
Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(11/26-1/1) Toyland Village
Look for more than 50 LED-lighted Toyland Village-themed displays at Waterfront Park. 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 26 through Jan. 1, 6 to 10 a.m. Jan. 2.When: Monday, November 29, 2010, 6am – 9pm
Where: Waterfront Park
1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(11/27 & 28, 12/4 & 5, 12/11 & 12, 12/18 & 19) Westwood Village (in the breezeway east of Bed Bath Beyond), free photos with a food-bank donation, diaper drive benefiting WestSide Baby (sizes 3-6 preferred), giving tree, free gift wrap (donations benefit local charities), noon-4 pm

(11/27-12/31)The Helmstetler Family Spectacular
Our shows will begin on the Friday night after Thanksgiving, November 26th and run through til New Years Eve on December 31st. We will have "Special Shows" on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve that will run from 4:00pm til Midnight.
Remember to tune your car radio to 101.9FM to "Listen To The Lights".

(11/29) Family Affair TreeView
View 16 elegantly designed trees before they’re auctioned to benefit Providence Health System's Senior and Community Services. Entertainment, balloon sculptures, face painting, refreshments, Santa visit and kids' crafts.
When Monday, November 29, 2010, 12 – 8pm
Where The Westin Hotel
1900 Fifth Ave. Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(11/29-12/31) Seattle Center Winterfest
Connect to the spirit of the season with activities and entertainment through Dec. 31, including ice-skating (through Jan. 2), Winter Train and Village (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily), concerts, bonfires with fireside singing (5 to 7 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 18), cultural performances, ice sculpting (noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 18) and more. FREE. Ice rink 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; $7, $5 ages 6 to 12, $2 ages 5 and younger, includes skates, cash only.
When Monday, November 29, 2010, 10am – 7pm
Where Seattle Center House, Fisher Pavilion and grounds
305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109
All ages; FREE

(11/29-1/2) Gingerbread Village
Seattle architectural firms and Sheraton Seattle chefs team up to design, bake and build fantastic gingerbread creations reflecting the theme "Home for the Holidays." Nov. 23 through Jan. 2. FREE, donations accepted for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Where Sheraton Seattle lobby
1400 Sixth Ave. Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(11/29-1/2) Garden D'Lights
The enormously popular Garden d’Lights festival features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Over 150,000 people enjoy this dazzling display each December! EVENT FREE NIGHTS are November 29 & 30, December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15. *Advance reservation tickets are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for free nights

(11/26-12/31) Candy Cane Lane
Seattle's neighborhood light show. On Park Road Northeast, residents have been decorating their homes with glittering lights, jolly snowmen, and blinking reindeer since the 1940's. Lights and holiday music run from 4:00 to 11:00 pm daily, starting after Thanksgiving and finishing on New Year's Eve.

(12/1) Holiday Time at the Fairmont
When: Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 10am – 7pm
Where: Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University St. Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(12/1) Festival of Trees Community Day
Elaborately decorated trees, children’s crafts (3 to 6 p.m.), photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus (3 to 7 p.m., $10), refreshments and entertainment. Auctioned trees benefit Providence Children's Center. FREE, bring a teddy bear donation.
When: Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 12 – 8pm
Where: Everett Events Center, Comcast Arena
2000 Hewitt Ave.
Everett WA 98201
All ages; FREE

(12/1-1/2) Downtown Seattle Holiday Wonderland & Courousel
Ride the Holiday Carousel at Westlake. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 2. Open until 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31, closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Suggested donation $2.
When Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 11am – 9pm
Where Westlake Center
400 Pine St. Seattle WA 98101
All ages

(12/2) Tukwila Winterfest
Entertainment, family crafts, refreshments, tree lighting and Santa.
When: Thursday, December 2, 2010, 5:30 – 7pm
Where: Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S. Tukwila WA 98168
All ages; FREE

(12/2) A Salute to the Season
Holiday concert from the Navy Band Northwest features new compositions, a broad spectrum of musical styles, a visit from Santa Claus and an audience sing-along. FREE, ticket required, new, unwrapped toys accepted for Toys for Tots.
When: Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7pm
Where: Everett Performing Arts Center
2710 Wetmore Ave. Everett WA 98201
All ages; FREE
Pre-register Yes
Phone 425-257-8600 or 425-257-7115

(12/2) Snoqualmie Tree Lighting
Santa, carriage rides, carolers and refreshments. Non-perishable food donations accepted.
When: Thursday, December 2, 2010, 6:30pm
Where": Railroad Park Gazebo
Snoqualmie WA

(12/3) Laurelhurst Holiday Art Sale and Winter Festival
Artwork by local artists, music, kids’ holiday crafts, refreshments, luminary walk and marshmallow roast (6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3) and more. 1 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. FREE, bring a canned good.
When: Friday, December 3, 2010, 1 – 8:30pm
Where: Laurelhurst Community Center
4554 N.E. 41st St. Seattle WA 98105
All ages; FREE

(12/3) Adopt-a-Family/Gift Making Evening
Help out Solid Ground with their program connecting families to families. “Adopt” a family – buy gift cards, make gifts or donate money. Kid-friendly (explaining the event to younger children in advance is encouraged). 5 to 9 p.m., drop-in. Pre-registration encouraged.
When: Friday, December 3, 2010, 5 – 9pm
Where: Space to Create
1414 N.W. 70th St. Seattle WA 98117
All ages; FREE
Pre-register Yes
Phone 206-694-6825

(12/3) Holiday Magic on Queen Anne
Holiday fun at participating merchants on upper Queen Anne includes photos with Santa, cookie decorating, free crafts and snacks, a visit from the Station 8 fire truck, music from the John Hay Chorus (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.) and more.
When: Friday, December 3, 2010, 3 – 9pm
Where: Queen Anne Avenue between McGraw Street and Galer Street
Seattle WA
AAll ages; FREE

(12/3) Christmas in the Country
Arts and crafts in classic homes and farms on Bainbridge Island. Includes food, Santa photos, live music and free pony rides (noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5. FREE, shuttle bus available Dec. 5 and 6 ($5). Download map online.
When: Friday, December 3, 2010, 10am – 5pm
Where: Various locations around Bainbridge Island WA
All ages; FREE

(12/3) Le Petit Nutcracker
The Ballet Academy of Performing Arts will be presenting Act II of Le Petit Nutcracker this holiday season. Come get whisked away with Clara as she finds herself in a magical land with the Sugar Plum Fairy, whirling tops from Russia and waltzing flowers. Directed by Lana McGinnis, the show is designed especially for families. The fast paced production is perfect for children of all ages as it is less than an hour! Please call for further information.
When: 12/3/2010, Friday 3-3:45 p.m.
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free
Phone: 425-771-4525

(12/3) KidsQuest’s Gingerbread Lane
When: Friday, December 3, 2010
Where: Hilton Hotel Bellevue
300 112th Ave. S.E.
Bellevue WA 98004
All ages; FREE
Gingerbread houses made by local chefs, architects and businesses are on view at Hilton Hotel Bellevue through Dec. 9.

(12/3) Lenin Lighting
The 20-foot-tall Fremont statue of Lenin is lit for the season, in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk. Includes Santa, music, refreshments and warm drinks. Kids are welcome to participate.
When: Friday, December 3, 2010, 5pm
Where: Fremont Place N. and N. 36th Street Seattle WA 98103
All ages; FREE

(12/3) Mountlake Terrace Tree Lighting
The Mountlake Terrace ‘tree’ sits atop the city’s water tower. Includes music, refreshments and Santa. Dress for the weather.
When: Friday, December 3, 2010, 6:30pm
Where: Evergreen Playfield
22205 56th Ave. W. Mountlake Terrace WA 98043
All ages; FREE

(12/3) Holiday Fairy Fair
Face paint, snacks, gift wrapping, music and local artists’ wares.
When Friday, December 3, 2010, 6 – 9pm
Where Moonpaper Tent
918 N.E. 64th St.
Seattle WA 98115
All ages; FREE

(12/3-12/9) Gingerbread Lane free
View gingerbread houses created by area businesses and community groups at KidsQuest Children's Museum's Gingerbread Lane at the Bellevue Hilton. On Dec. 4, local celebrity judges announce the winners and local schoolkids perform holiday music.

(12/3) Great Figgy Pudding Streetcorner Caroling Competition
Enjoy music by over 40 groups of colorfully dressed carolers (ranging from the traditional to the inspired to the "huh?") on the streets around Westlake Center, as they compete for prizes in categories such as "Figlanthropy." At 5 p.m., catch pre-Figgy entertainment by lead performers from The 5th Avenue's "A Christmas Story: The Musical" and Caspar Babypants. Teams perform between 6:15-7:15 p.m., and the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline performs at 7:15 p.m. Finals and award ceremony begin at 7:30 p.m. The event benefits the Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank. It takes place at Westlake Center and Pine Street between Third and Seventh avenues.
When: 12/3/2010, 5-8:30 p.m.

(12/4) The Shops at Bravern - FREE Pony Rides!
The Shops at Bravern are offering FREE pony rides every Friday & Saturday in December (12-4pm) and every Sunday in December (2-6pm).

(12/4) Mercer Island Holiday Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch
Gather with your family, friends and neighbors for an evening of holiday merriment at the community tree lighting ceremony and caroling at Mercerdale Park. Santa photos, treats and children’s entertainment will follow at the Firehouse. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive.
Location: Mercerdale Park & North Fire Station
77th Avenue SE and SE 32nd Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Time: 7pm – 9pm

(12/4) Art Under $100
Saturday, December 4 · 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Location South Park Neighborhood Center (Old Firehouse)
8201 10th Avenue South Seattle, WA
Art Under $100 is a festive, affordable art sale featuring the works of local artists. In addition, it's got refreshments, raffles, live music, and awesome South Park tshirts and hoodies!

(12/4) Kindiependent Concert
Concert features all the bands of the Kindiependent Collective: Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey, Johnny Bregar, The Not-Its, The Board of Education and Harmonica Pocket.
Tickets are $4 or $9.99 family.
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 10:30am
Where: Mount Baker Community Clubhouse
2811 Mt. Rainier Drive
Seattle WA 98144
All ages

(12/4) West Seattle Junction Christmas Tree Lighting, 5 pm. The Junction’s 7th Annual Tree Lighting Event features music, entertainment, revelry, prizes, and much more. This year it’s at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska)

(12/4) White Center Jubilee Days
If you remember “Seinfeld” – or maybe even if you don’t – you know about the spoofy holiday “Festivus, for the rest of us.” This Saturday in White Center, you can join in a Festivus celebration for real – an auction, dinner, and dance, 5 pm at White Center Eagles, 10452 15th SW. See the official flyer on Facebook, where you can RSVP through the page for White Center Jubilee Days, which benefits from this Saturday’s celebration.

(12/4) Sugar Plum Faire
Children’s craft activities including beeswax candle dipping, puppet show, felted soap, enchanted cookie forest and more ($1 to $5). Waldorf-inspired handmade toys and gifts for sale, vendors, food and music.
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Bright Water School
1501 10th Ave. E. Seattle WA 98102
All ages; FREE

(12/4) The holidays come to downtown Renton
If you happen to be in downtown Renton this Saturday from 3pm to 5pm, you may come upon some Dickens Carolers serenading you. There will also be hot beverages and roasted chestnuts available. At 5pm, make your way to Piazza Renton for their tree lighting and the arrival of Santa himself! There will be local musicians, gifts for kids, and free refreshments.

(12/4) Urban Craft Uprising
Seattle’s largest indie craft show includes vendors and craft demonstrations. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5.
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 11am – 5pm
Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
305 Harrison St.
Seattle WA 98109
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Hometown Holidays
Santa parade (noon, Olympic Avenue), wagon rides (12:30 to 4:30 p.m., City Hall), Santa visits (12:30 to 3 p.m., Legion Park) and tree lighting (5 p.m., Legion Park).
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 12:30 – 5:30pm
Where: Downtown Arlington WA
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Redmond Lights Winter Festival
Tree lighting, Santa, entertainment, refreshments and kids’ activities at City Hall (4 to 5 p.m.), followed by Luminary Walk with entertainment and light displays along the Sammamish River Trail, ending with treats, kids’ crafts and entertainment at Redmond Town Center (5 to 8 p.m.).
Redmond City Hall, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond. Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. Shuttles at both locations.
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 4 – 8pm
Where: Redmond City Hall
15670 N.E. 85th St.Redmond WA 98052
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Country Village Tree Lighting
Visit Country Village for holiday light displays, entertainment, roasted chestnuts (4 p.m.), kids’ train rides (nominal fee) and Santa's arrival by sleigh from the sky (7 p.m.).
When Saturday, December 4, 2010, 4pm
Where Country Village
23730 Bothell-Everett Hwy. Bothell WA 98021
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Mukilteo Tree Lighting
Santa, refreshments, music and boat parade (weather permitting).
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 6pm
Where: Lincoln Avenue and Third Street, Mukilteo WA
All ages; FREE
Pre-register No

(12/4) Merrysville for the Holidays
Electric Light parade (6:30 p.m.) followed by family outdoor concert, water tower lighting, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, bonfire and more.
When Saturday, December 4, 2010, 6:30pm
Where Comeford Park
514 Delta Ave. Marysville WA 98270
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Mill Creek Tree Lighting and Parade
Tree lighting followed by Santa’s Coming to Town parade. Donate non-perishable food items.
When Saturday, December 4, 2010, 4 – 5:30pm
Where Mill Creek City Hall
15728 Main St. Mill Creek WA 98012
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Puyallup Santa Parade
Parade includes Santa arriving on a fire engine, followed by the children’s tree lighting ceremony.
When Saturday, December 4, 2010, 4pm
Where Downtown Puyallup WA
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Woodinville Light Festival
When: December 4 from 5pm to 8pm
Where: Carol Edwards Center, Molbak's, and Barnes and Noble
What: Your kiddos can see Santa, Rudolph, and Snowman, participate in crafts, hear stories, listen to music, get some free holiday treats, and so much more at this fun event. There's a free shuttle service so you can hit all of the hot spots. Be sure to check the website for the complete schedule of events at each location.

(12/4-12/18) Winter Wonderland Hayrides
Saturdays in December except on Christmas Day
Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center
5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S

(12/5) Come Home for Hanukkah this December
Nothing says Hanukkah like gathering with your family and friends, as you light the menorah, sing songs, and feel the warm glow of the candle light. Coming "Home" for Hanukkah, a community-wide Hanukkah celebration will invoke those same warm feelings. Bring your family and join friends and community members on Sunday, December 5 from 11am-2pm for an entertaining and heartwarming Hanukkah experience at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island (3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040). This interactive afternoon will engage the entire family in a home inspired celebration. There will be unique experiential and art activities for kids, entertainment and food (of course!) Highlights include a PJ Library® Story on Stage, performance by the Center Stage teen theater company, experiential art activities, a family mitzvah project, even the dreidel game will be played. All of this will culminate with a community candle-lighting ceremony. Families are welcome to bring their own menorahs and candles as well.

(12/5 & 12/19) DECEMBER 5 & 19: *Mule Carriage Rides* in The West Seattle Junction, 11 am-3 pm, FREE. Take a traditional carriage ride down California Avenue SW pulled by beautiful Belgium Draft Mules. Carriages depart on California in front of Key Bank at Hometown Holidays Headquarters (California/Alaska)

(12/5, 12/12 & 12/19) *Santa’s Workshop and Photos* in The West Seattle Junction. 11 am to 3 pm. Santa will be here to listen to your children’s Christmas requests. Professional Santa Photos by Donna Ryan Photography in her Junction studio and a suggested donation of $10 or more will be donated to our West Seattle charities (4218 SW Alaska)

(12/5, 12/12 & 12/19) *Hometown Sundays* December 5, 12 and 19 from 11 am to 4 pm. Meet the team from The Junction Association in front of Key Bank at Hometown Holidays Headquarters for information on festivities, shopping, the Holiday Raffle and in-store events.

912/9) *Art Walk and Shop Late* in The Junction. 6-9 pm. Check out local art, enjoy drinks and snacks and cross items off your holiday gift list with a lively evening of late night shopping.

(12/11) Santa ‘Paws’ is coming to town – free photos, 11 am-2 pm, Windermere Fauntleroy Office (6505 California SW). Santa Claus is coming to town at the Fauntleroy Windermere Office. Take a complimentary photo of your dog, friend, or family with Santa. Please be our guest & receive a free picture with Santa and enjoy holiday treats. If you plan to take a picture with your pet, please be sure to reserve one of our 10-minute time slots by calling or emailing today at 206-937-7600 or

(12/11-12/12) Drive-thru Christmas Story
The Nativity Story with live scenes of angels, shepherds, animals, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. Saturday, December 11-Sunday, December 12 6-8:30pm Free @ Normandy Christian Church 908 S. 200th Street

(12/11) Holiday on the Bay-Everett. 5-6pm. Tree lighting, lighted boat parade. Port of Everett Marina promenade. 15th St & W Marine View Dr. 425-259-3164.

(12/11) Greenlake Pathway of Lights – 4:30-7:30pm
Green Lake Community Center 7201 E. Green Lake Drive North

(12/11) 2nd Annual Photo With Santa Event – Seattle Red Lion Hotel, 5th Ave Seattle.

(12/21) Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk-Snohomish. Riverfront Trail. 425-330-0831.

(12/26-12/31) Celebration Lane @ Bellevue Square
UNtiln7pm, nightly. Music and performances.
Bellevue Way between Lincoln Square and Bellevue Square.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Personal Message from Santa!

Go to Portable North Pole and create a personalized message (complete with photos of themselves) to your kid(s) from Santa himself...great prep before seeing the real thing!

My Favorite Santa....

Westwood Village in West Seattle has him. We had a free late morning due to a funky nap schedule and went on the first day. No line whatsoever (typical of the first weekend). We brought donated canned goods and got 3-4 free photos. I personally think he is the most authentic Santa around, the backdrop is gorgeous and they are very patient. They are located across from the 24 hour Fitness, down the breezeway from Bed Bath & Beyond (in the old Zales shop). You can pick up your digital photos (free prints or I believe you can buy a cheap CD ROM) a few days later at nearby Rite Aid there.

Sneak peek into this year's "Santa's Village"

If you want to beat the lines, save $$, and support a good cause - here's your chance!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

weekend fun (nov 19-21)

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(FRI) Terrific Toddler Time Series Presents....Casper BabyPants
High Point Community Center
6920 34th Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98126-4217
(206) 684-7422
Set time 1:00pm

(FRI) One, two, tree
Santa isn't waiting until after Thanksgiving to arrive in Bellevue -- head over to The Bravern for a lighting of the tree, an appearance by Santa and the Sea Gals (!?), hot cocoa, entertainment and a cool light show.
Friday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m. FREE

(FRI/SAT) Mega Brands Toy Outlet Holiday Sale
Friday: 10:30AM -6:30PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 5:30PM
FIFE, WA 98424
(253) 517- 2442 ext. 142
SFM note: You should see signs directing you to parking in the back, oh, and Fife is Full of traffic cameras. Make sure you are going the speed limit and coming to complete stops-even on a free right hand/red .
CASH ONLY (ATM AVAILABLE for a 2.50 fee)

(FRI) NOVEMBER 19: Family Science Night @ Hiawatha Community Center: Family Science Night will dazzle, amaze, and educate families. We will provide great fun with Mad Science!! From foggy dry ice storms and gravity-defying beach balls to a Mad Science burp-flavored potions. Audiences will be amazed by what they see, hear, and ugh..taste! Ever see scissors sizzle and shiver? Ever taken a bubble shower? Here’s your Chance! Show starts at 6pm, experiments start at 7:00pm.
Friday, November 19
6 pm-8 pm
Hiawatha C.C. Auditorium

(FRI/SAT) Block Printing Holiday Card Workshop with Drew Jeffers
Includes all material to make two blocks and 10 prints
Bring images, inspiration and your favorite card making materials!
When: Friday & Saturday Nov 26 - 27
9am - 12:30pm; FREE
Where: Artist & Craftsman Supply, Seattle
4350 8th Avenue NE Seattle

(SAT) Eastside Family Fair
It's back! The second annual Eastside Family Fair is being held this Saturday from 10am to 3pm at the Carol Edwards Center in Woodinville. Brought to you by the many wonderful and local businesses that make up the Spot Card, this is your chance to check out some of the fabulous products and services that the Eastside has to offer you and your family. Some fo the businesses participating include Cozy Baby Boutique, Cruzin' Kids, My Mama's Love, and many more. Your kiddos will have a great time playing at the various stations, like jumping on trampolines from SpringFree Trampolines and more. This event was incredibly popular last year, so don't miss out! All the details you need are here!

(SAT) Taste of the Holidays
Country Village in Bothell knows how to get you into the holiday spirit! Stop by this Saturday for their Taste of the Holidays event and take in the sights and sounds of the holidays. All of the shops will be decorated, you can help decorate some of the Village yourself, and just enjoy the fuzzy warm feelings you get seeing the lights and decorations! Ho ho ho!

(SAT) Alki Bathhouse puppet Theater
Cost: $5 per pre-registered or $8 at the door.
All shows start at 1 p.m.
The Alki Bathhouse is located at 2701 Alki Ave. S.W.
Thistle Theater Presents: "Little Red Riding Hood"
Germany – Little Red Riding Hood goes to Grandmutter’s house with a basket of goodies and stumbles into an armful of adventure. This very funny version of the classic tale is set in Bavaria and includes an interactive song in which children are invited to sing and operate puppets with Little Red Riding Hood.

(SAT) DISCOVER: Meet the Mammals
What: Find out facts on creatures from aardvarks to zebras and participate in hands-on activities.
Why: Smile pretty for a picture with the Mariner Moose.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, 17th Ave. NE, at NE 45th St. (206-543-5590). Adults, $9.50; children, $6; under 5, free.

SAT) (SAT) Shoreline Holiday Crafts Market
65 juried artists fill two rooms with their crafts and wares.
When: Saturday, November 20, 2010, 9am – 4pm
Where: Spartan Recreation Center, Shoreline Center
202 N.E. 185th St.
Shoreline WA 98155
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Family Day at EMP
Claudette Boudreaux and her band Whozyamama perform Cajun and Zydeco music in the traditional style of southern Louisiana. Vocals are in Cajun French and you’ll learn the Cajun two-step and waltz as well as Zydeco variations. Dances most appropriate for families with kids ages 10 and up, but all are welcome. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., drop in (facility hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.). FREE, admission charge to view museum exhibits. $15, $12 seniors, military, students and ages 5 to 17, free ages 4 and younger.
When Saturday, November 20, 2010, 10am – 5pm
Where Experience Music Project
325 Fifth Ave. N. Seattle WA
Age recommendation: Elementary School, Middle School, High School

(SAT) Thistle Theater Presents: “Little Red Riding Hood”
Germany – Little Red Riding Hood goes to Grandmutter’s house with a basket of goodies and stumbles into an armful of adventure. This very funny version of the classic tale is set in Bavaria and includes an interactive song in which children are invited to sing and operate puppets with Little Red Riding Hood.
Cost: $5 per pre-registered or $8 at the door. All shows start at 1 p.m. The Alki Bathhouse is located at 2701 Alki Ave. S.W.

(SAT) Fall Carnival
Carnival for youth and adults with disabilities and their families includes arts and crafts, face painting, cupcake walk, music, food and drinks and more. Parent presentation 12:30 to 2 p.m. from Becky Blake (child care provided during presentation). Youth with disabilities need to be accompanied by parent or adult caregiver. Adults with disabilities can arrange for drop off as early as 11:15 a.m.; pick up time is 1:30 to 2 p.m.
When: Saturday, November 20, 2010, 11am – 2pm
Where: Van Asselt Community Center
2820 S. Myrtle St. Seattle WA 98108
All ages: FREE
Pre-register: Yes

(SAT) Family Day at the Wing
Family art activities at Wing Luke Asian Museum. Add Japanese calligraphy art to holiday gift bags.
When Saturday, November 20, 2010, 1 – 3pm
Where Wing Luke Asian Museum
719 S. King St. Seattle
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Baby Boogie Bash
Dance party featuring music from the 80's, 90's and today. Scarves, hula hoops and balloons available, diaper changing station and nursing area.
Ages 10 and younger. $4 by Nov. 18, $5 at the door (cash only), free ages 2 and younger.
When: Saturday, November 20, 2010, 1 – 4pm
Where: Pacific West Performing Arts
1830 Bickford Ave.
Snohomish WA 98290
Age recommendation: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Elementary School

(SAT) Scottish Extravaganza
Seattle’s Scottish Community celebrates St. Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s National Day, with dance, music and song. Great family entertainment!
When: Saturday, November 20, 2010, 2 – 3:30pm
Where: Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle WA 98104
All ages; FREE

(SAT/SUN) Swanson's Nursery Reindeer Festival
# Come visit Curley, the curious Camel and Moe the miniature donkey.
Nov. 20th & 21st - Take your holiday photos with Jingle a tame reindeer, 10 am to 2 pm (no pets please)
Santa will also be here Nov. 20th & 21st for professional portrait photos, 10 am to 2 pm Saturday & Sunday.

(SAT/SUN) Yule like this
Celebrate a Nordic Christmas at the Nordic Heritage Museum's Yulefest -- browse hand-made gifts, visit with Santa, nosh on traditional Scandinavian food and drink, and hang out in the crafts room with the kids. Saturday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

(SUN) FLUSH: World Toilet Day
What: Learn about the history of the loo, catch a puppet show, and more.
Why: Charlie Williams’s sound impressions appeal to your tyke’s less-than-highbrow sense of humor.
When: Sun., 1-3 p.m.
Where: The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Microsoft Auditorium (206-386-4636).
Admission is free.

(SUN) Festival of Trees
Preview night to view 20 decorated trees, visit Santa, refreshments, entertainment, the Grand Tree lighting and the season opening of the Teddy Bear Suite.
When: Sunday, November 21, 2010, 3 – 5:30pm
Where: Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University St.
Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

Thursday, November 11, 2010

weekend fun (nov 12-14)

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(FRI) Best of the Northwest
Fine art and craft show includes one-of-a-kind holiday gifts handcrafted by Northwest artists. Lelavision will perform each day of the show. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 12-13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14. $6, $8 at the door, free ages 12 and younger.
When: Friday, November 12, 2010, 10am – 6pm
Where: Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, Pier 91
2001 W. Garfield St. Seattle WA 98119
All ages

(SAT) Girl Up @ Rainier Community Center
Girls from the community are invited to join a pep rally to launch Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation program that focuses on girls' power and opening up opportunities for girls around the world. Girls will receive a world passport they can get stamped at "country" booths that highlight issues that girls face, and learn about five simple ways to raise awareness and get involved.
Time: Noon-3pm
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Neighborhood Toy Store Day
What: Support a local business by treating him to a toy or two.
Why: Face painting and giveaways add to the excitement.
When: Sat., 2-4 p.m.
Where: Top Ten Toys, 104 N. 85th St. (206-782-0098). Participation is free.

(SAT) Grand Opening of Once Upon A Time at Bellevue Square
Two reasons you’ll enjoy this celebration: you get to explore a beautiful new shop with cool toys and books, and when you’re done, you can sneak next door to Bump and browse for all your maternity needs.
Sat., 9:30 a.m., Bellevue, Free.

(SAT) Mercer Island Toy Swap
Gotta love this annual consignment sale where you can score some serious deals on gently-used clothing, toys and gear. Hint: It’s worth it to go early (for best picks) and stay late (everything goes half price in the last hour).
Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mercer Island, Free.

(SAT) CoolMom’s 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Swap ‘n’ Sale
Wallingford and West Seattle
This annual event is the perfect way to kick-start a great holiday season by saving money, shopping locally, and reducing the ‘ol carbon footprint.
Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wallingford, Free
Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., West Seattle, Free.

(SAT) Concert for Kids at Northgate Community Center
On tap for the monthly concert series is the super-cool Beach 3, a trio of local kid musicians Leo, Sami and Riley, who can fiddle like nobody’s business.
Sat., 11 a.m., Seattle, Free.

(SAT) Concerts for Kids
Entertainment from young local group Beach 3. Ages 4 to 12 with an adult.
When: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 11am
Where: Northgate Community Center
10510 Fifth Ave. N.E. Seattle WA 98125
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Zoo Career Day
Students grade 6 through university level can learn about a career as a zookeeper, zoo veterinarian, marine biologist or zoo educator at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., check-in 9:30 a.m. FREE to students (age 15 and younger must be with a paying adult.)
When: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 9:30am – 3pm
Where: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma WA 98407
Age recommendation: Elementary School, Middle School, High School

(SAT) The Not-Its!
Concert from the rockin’ Seattle children’s band.
When: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 11am
Where: University Book Store
Mill Creek Town Center
15311 Main St. Mill Creek WA 98012
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Great Train Expo
When: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 10am – 4pm
Where: Puyallup Fair and Events Center
110 Ninth Ave. S.W. Puyallup WA 98371
Everything to do with model railroads – operating model railroad and toy layouts, workshops and hundreds of train dealers.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13-14.
$7, FREE ages 12 and younger with adult.

(SAT) Girl Scout Holiday Craft Fair
Girl Scouts troops will be selling handmade items such as jewelry, scarves, baskets, baked goods, soaps, candles and many other gift items.
When: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 12 – 5pm
Where: Rosehill Community Centre
304 Lincoln Ave. Mukilteo WA 98275
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Juggletunes
Children’s comedy show with puppets, music, juggling and stunts, presented by Linda Severt.
When: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 2pm
Where: Main Library auditorium
2702 Hoyt Ave. Everett WA 98201
All ages; FREE

(SUN) Swamps N’ Chips
Naturalist-guided nature walk along the (dry) Yesler Swamp Trail. Help Swampy the Bear add wood chips and nature signs to the trail. Presented by Friends of Yesler Swamp. Ages 3 and older. 1 to 2 or 2 to 3 p.m.
When Sunday, November 14, 2010, 1 – 2pm
Where Center for Urban Horticulture, east parking lot
3501 N.E. 41st St.
Seattle WA 98105
Age recommendation: Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School

(SAT/SUN) Ski and Snowboard Swap
25th annual event features 10,000-square-feet of new and used equipment for beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders at low prices. Used equipment, sold on consignment, is accepted from the public (see how to donate, online). Proceeds benefit the Newport PTSA.
5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 12, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 13.
When: Friday, November 12, 2010, 8am – 6pm
Where: Newport High School
4333 Factoria Blvd. S.E. Bellevue WA 98006
All ages; FREE

(SAT/SUN) Reindeer Festival
Visit reindeer Dasher and Blitzen, Curly the camel and Moe the miniature donkey at Swanson’s Nursery. Music, refreshments and face painting. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14.
When: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 9am – 6pm
Where: Swanson’s Nursery
9701 15th Ave. N.W. Seattle WA 98117
All ages; FREE

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

weekend fun (nov 5-7)

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(ALL WEEK) Via Twitter: Kids Eat Free this Week @ Fresh Bistro in West Seattle (yum!), come check out the typical but not so typical choices!

(FRI/SAT/SUN) Cultural Festival at Crossroads
Don’t miss the absolutely amazing international music and dance performances; be sure to visit the interactive Lego display and the Folk Art coloring activity. (P.S.: The Children of the World parade on Saturday is a must-see!) Artist Dan Parker stacks thousands of Legos into a jaw-dropping display.
Where: Crossroads, 15600 NE Eighth St., Bellevue
Admission is free.
Fri. 5pm to 10pm
Sat. 10am to 10pm
Sun. 11am to 6pm.

(FRI) Free Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Children’s Museum of Tacoma is FREE 10am-7pm first Fridays. No groups.
When: Friday, November 5, 2010, 10am – 7pm
Where: Children’s Museum of Tacoma
936 Broadway Ave.
Tacoma WA 98402
All ages; FREE

(FRI) Free Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue Arts Museum is FREE 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. first Fridays. 425-519-0770.
When: Friday, November 5, 2010, 11am – 8pm
Where: Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way N.E. Bellevue WA 98004
All ages; FREE

(FRI) First Friday Concert
Music from Music Works Northwest faculty member and Seattle singer-songwriter Kristin Chambers. FREE, $10 donation encouraged.
When: Friday, November 5, 2010, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Where: Music Works Northwest
14360 S.E. Eastgate Way, Studio B Bellevue WA 98007
Age recommendation: Middle School, High School

(FRI) Nature Alphabet
Preschoolers explore different nature topics through stories, hands-on activities, nature walks and crafts at the Tacoma Nature Center. Adult participation is recommended and children younger than 4 require an adult present. This week's topic will be "F is for Furry." Register by the Wednesday before the program.
Tacoma Nature Center, Tacoma
Time: Friday 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3-6
Cost: $6

(FRI) November First Friday: Construction Night!
Wind Up Here Toy Store
121 Fifth Ave., SE Olympia
Friday November 5th from 5:30-7:30 PM. We'll be playing with Aqualand Canals, Geomagz Castle construction, JawBones, Erector and lots more!!

(FRI) Breastfeeding 911: Help for Hurdles
Birth and Beyond, Seattle
This class is a triage style group where you can learn about achieving a comfortable latch and have a consultant observe you feeding your baby. However, it is not as in depth as a one-on-one consultation. You will be able to measure your baby’s intake using our scale and discuss the challenges you are having breastfeeding as well. Many mothers will not need additional care, but if further treatment is recommended, you will be referred to one of our Lactation Consultants. This class takes place every Friday. Walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration is not required.
Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages: Parents only
Cost: $10 donation

(SAT) Josie Bissett Book Signing at Bellevue Art & Frame
As part of the store’s Holiday Open House, which offers discounts on toys and demos by artists, the former Melrose Place star (and Medina mom) will sign copies of her delightful book Tickle Monster alongside her illustrator, Kevan Atteberry. Sat., 2 to 4 p.m., Bellevue, Free.

(SAT/SUN) Rock and Mineral Show
Rock hounds of all ages are welcome at this annual show. Mineral and fossil specimens, dealers and free rock for kids. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7.
When: Saturday, November 6, 2010, 9am – 5pm
Where: Maplewood Rock and Gem Club
8802 196th St. S.W. Edmonds WA 98026
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Hmong New Year Celebration
Participate in the Lunar New Year through storytelling, dance, embroidery, music and more.
When: Saturday, November 6, 2010, 10am – 5pm
Where: Seattle Center, Center House
305 Harrison Seattle WA 98109
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Scatology: Science of Poop Super Saturday
Scatology is the scientific study of poop. Bring your appetite for grossness and learn about the wacky world of digging into animal poop to determine diet, species, and health. Lots of FAKE animal poop for you to see, interesting and unusual scat arts and crafts, and you will have the opportunity to make – and eat – coyote scat ice cream.
Noon to 1:30 p.m. $3 to $4.
When: Saturday, November 6, 2010, 10am – 3pm
Where Audubon Center, Seward Park
5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle WA 98118
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Sensory Friendly Film
Families affected by autism and other disorders can enjoy a film with lights brought up, sound turned down, no previews or ads. Bring your own snacks and feel free to move about. Today, Legend of the Guardians: Megamind (PG). $4 to $6.
When: Saturday, November 6, 2010, 10am
Where: AMC Woodinville 12
17640 Garden Way N.E. Woodinville WA 98072
AMC Kent Station 14
426 Ramsay Way Kent WA 98032
All ages

(SAT) Spokespeople Ride
Take a fun community bicycle ride with expert bicycle commuters. New riders welcome. Helmets required ($10 helmets available; call first). Children ages 9 and older with parents/guardians (ages 1 to 8 must be in trailer/child seat, or may ride on gravel path at Wallingford Playfield). 2 to 4 p.m. (arrive at 1:45 p.m. if new to riding in groups).
When: Saturday, November 6, 2010, 2 – 4pm
Where: Wallingford Playfield (south end)
4219 Wallingford Ave. N. Seattle WA 98103
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Free Trophy Cupcake Day
Visit Trophy Cupcakes today to receive a free cupcake in celebration of Eastside Fan Appreciation Day.
When: Saturday, November 6, 2010, 11am – 3pm
Where: Trophy Cupcakes
The Bravern
700 110th Ave. Bellevue WA 98004
All ages; FREE

(SAT) Tiny Tots Skate
Bring your new roller skater to the rink without fear of being run over by more experienced skaters. On Saturday mornings, the rink is reserved for kids 10 and under with their parents.This is an ongoing event, so check with the rink for unexpected schedule changes before dropping by.
Bellevue Skate King, Bellevue
Time: Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages: Ages 10 and under with parent
Cost: Admission $5, skate rental free. Blade rental $4.

(SAT) Living Montessori Academy Grand Opening
Living Montessori Education Community, formerly Planet Kids, has expanded to support the growing needs of our community. Our brand new facility, designed with abundant natural light, features a well-endowed library, a state-of-the-art science and technology lab, a culinary science kitchen, organic meals, an organic gardening program and a first-rate enrichment curriculum to maximize children's potential so they are prepared for life. Join us as we celebrate the opening of our new facility. Ribbon cutting ceremony will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. Activities for kids will include face painting, arts & crafts, dancing and an organic lunch from the Living Montessori kitchen.
Living Montessori Education Community, Bellevu
Time: Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free

(SAT) Preparing Your Child for Success
Lets face it, even if you are doing an amazing job parenting your children, it is always nice to have a community around you to help develop new ideas, strategies and relationships. The Bear Creek School in Redmond is holding a free event open to the public for parents who aspire to do all they can do to be the best parent, role model and partner for their children. If you are looking for ways to improve communication and strengthen relationships with your children to help them succeed, join me for the keynote, Teaching and Parenting with Love and Logic with Dr. Karen Wright, and leave feeling empowered with the strategies and tools you need. In addition to the keynote, you will have the opportunity to attend other presentations by educators offering tips for parents and teachers to nurture healthy, thriving children, including: How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk, Inspiring Your Child to be an Exceptional Reader & Writer, How Brain Research Applies to Early Learning and The Five Love Languages. Space is limited; check the website for more information.
8905 208th Ave. N.E., Redmond
Time: Saturday 9am-12pm
Ages: Parents; children welcome
Cost: Free

(SAT) Thomas Arthur: Contemplative Juggler
See juggling as art! Movement, form, rhythm, and dance come together in a juggling tour de force unlike any other, performed by master juggler Thomas Arthur. Space is limited; first come, first seated.
Shoreline Library, Shoreline
Date: 11/06/2010
Time: 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Ages: Ages 3 and up
Cost: Free

(SAT) Holiday Art Mart
Shop for original art and handmade gift items created by professional artists and artisans from Western Washington. Vendor booth proceeds go to the Mukilteo Arts Guild’s High School Senior Scholarship Fund.
When: Saturday, November 6, 2010, 10am – 4pm
Where: Rosehill Community Centre
304 Lincoln Ave. Mukilteo WA 98275
All ages; FREE

(SAT/SUN) 50th Annual Fall Polish Bazaar
Browse Polish crystal and pottery, amber and silver jewelry, crafts, books and more at the Polish Fall Bazaar. Downtstairs, dig into traditional Polish dishes such as pierogi, sausage, cabbage rolls and other treats, served by young waiters clad in Polish folk costumes. Polish choir "Vivat Musica!" performs on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., and Puget Sound-area Polish organizations will be on hand with booths and information. Held at the Polish Home.
1714 18th Ave. E., Seattle
Time: Saturday, Sunday noon-7 p.m.
Ages: All ages
Cost: Admission and parking free

(SUN) Share the Music Festival - Created By Kindiependent
Five bands of Kindiependent fun: Caspar Babypants, The Board of Education, The Not-Its, The Harmonica Pocket and Recess Monkey! Find out more at! The fun starts with Caspar Babypants' set at 12:30pm and just keeps on rocking from there! You must, must, must come!!!
SPL Central Library
1000 4th Ave Seattle, WA
12:30 - 1 p.m. Caspar Babypants
(The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room - Level 3) CD Release
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - The Board of Education
(Microsoft Auditorium, Level 1)
1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - The Not Its
(The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room - Level 3)
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - The Harmonica Pocket
(Microsoft Auditorium, Level 1)
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Recess Monkey
(The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room - Level 3)

(SUN) Japanese Culture Day
Taiko, martial arts, traditional dancing, kimono dress-up, children’s games and activities, Nintendo Wii competition and more.
When: Sunday, November 7, 2010, 1 – 5pm
Where: Japanese Cultural & Community Center
1414 S. Weller St. Seattle WA 98144
All ages; FREE

(SUN) Wildlife Tour
Join Juanita Bay Park volunteer rangers for a wildlife interpretive tour. Bring binoculars. 1 p.m. in the parking lot.
When: Sunday, November 7, 2010, 1pm
Where: Juanita Bay Park
2201 Market St.
Kirkland WA 98033
All ages; FREE

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

thursday november 4th

Aside from these Ongoing Thursday events...

* Kids Discovery Museum is FREE 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. first Thursdays.

* Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum are FREE 5 to 8 p.m. first Thursdays.

* The Museum of Flight is FREE 5 to 9 p.m. first Thursdays.

* Museum of History and Industry is FREE 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. first Thursdays.

* Seattle Art Museum is FREE 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. first Thursdays (fee for special exhibits).

* Seattle Asian Art Museum is FREE 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. first Thursdays.

* Wing Luke Museum is FREE 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. first Thursdays and third Saturdays.

* The Burke Museum is FREE 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. first Thursdays.

* The Northwest African American Museum 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. first and second Thursdays.

* Henry Art Museum is FREE 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. first Thursdays, always for high school and college students with I.D., ages 13 and younger.