Sunday, November 29, 2015

Kirkland Winterfest with Santa, Carriage Rides, Sledding, Tree lighting ceremony and more - Today, Sunday, November 29th 2015 from 2-6pm (Tree lighting at 5pm)

" The Kirkland Winterfest Holiday Tree Lighting and Music Festival will take place on Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 2-6 PM, in Marina Park, Downtown Kirkland.

We have an afternoon of performances, bon fires, carols, kids’ activities, games, Santa arrival, refreshments, food, and the annual tree lighting ceremony marking the beginning of the Winterfest Celebration. For regular updates don’t forget to visit us at our new Facebook Kirkland Winterfest page. "

For more info. go here.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Magic in the Market Holiday Celebration with Santa, photo opps., cookie decorating, a caroling competition and more in Pike Place Market in Seattle - Saturday, November 28th 2015 from 1-5pm

" Celebrate the holiday season at Magic in the Market! Meet and take FREE photos with Santa. Decorate gingerbread cookies with your family in the Market Atrium Kitchen. 

Get a belly full of laughs from performances by the Figgy Pudding Caroling Teams, right under the Public Market Center clock and sign. 

Enjoy Martin Family Orchard's apple cider, indi chocolate's hot chocolate and MarketSpice tea while you shop for locally made gifts. 

At 5 pm, Santa will lead a countdown to the lighting of the 20-foot holiday tree and lights throughout the Market. Join in the fun and the kick off to the holiday season!

This event is free. No tickets required. "
For more info. go here.

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Reindeer Festival


Watch trains speed through snowy landscapes in one of Swansons' favorite traditions: a themed model train village. This year's theme draws from the classic children's holiday film, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. 


Bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Ballard Food Bank through December 23. Donation bins are located near our model train village and at the cashiers. See the food bank's wishlist


Visit our special holiday guests: Curley the camel and Dasher & Blitzen, two of Santa's reindeer! Join us for feedings at 10am and 4pm daily, learn about these incredible animals, and experience a magical photo op!


Kids and Adults alike can learn about Curley and the Reindeer, seasonal plants, Christmas trees, and local salmon habitat on Sammy's self-guided adventure tour. Groups can schedule a special guided tour by calling (206) 782-2543. 

 Pictures from previous visits:

For more info. go here.

The Magic of Gratitude Magic Show at the Richmond Beach Library in Shoreline - Saturday, November 21st 2015 at 11am

Take the kids and check out a holiday-themed magic show!

 " Enjoy a holiday tale that combines original poetry with magic to tell a story about harvest-time, family and the sharing of food. This show celebrates the hidden wonders of daily life and the astonishing power of gratitude. "

For more info. go here.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Two more days to see/visit Seattle's famous Gum Wall before it gets cleaned off on Tuesday, November 10th 2015

Seattle's famous 20 year old Gum Wall in Pike Place Market will get a cleaning starting at 8am on Tuesday, November 10th. So if you want to visit it before it starts over today and tomorrow are your last days to do so before it gets cleaned off. 

The Market is also having a photo contest, as well, if you decide to check it out. Details at link below.

To see Kiro TV's online story about it go here.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Auburn's 50th Veterans Day Parade - Saturday, November 7th 2015 - Parade starts 11am - with other activities from 7am-7pm

Saturday, November 7, 2015

7:00-9:30 a.m.
American Legion Breakfast
Auburn Senior Center, 808 Ninth St. SE
$6 per person - see order form
8:00-10:00 a.m.
12:00-4:00 p.m.
Service Ink exhibit is open
June 24-November 15, hours vary
Service Ink:
Veteran’s Tattoos and Their Stories
White River Valley Museum, 918 H Street SE
9:00 a.m.
Dignitary Check-in
at City Hall, 25 West Main St.
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Static Display & Exhibit Showcase
(booths, displays and vehicles)
South Division Street
9:45-10:15 a.m.
Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame
Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E St. NE
11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Auburn’s 50th Annual Veterans Day Parade
Main Street, from E St. NE to B St. NW
1:00-10:00 p.m.
2015 Veterans Day Marching Band Competition
Sponsored by Auburn High School Band and Choir Parents
Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth St. NE
Admission charged - children under 5 are free
1:30 p.m.
Veterans Day Luncheon
Sponsored by the Auburn Noon Lions Club
Rainier Room at the Truitt Building, 102 West Main St.
$15 per person - see order form
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Auburn VFW Post #1741 Open house
Auburn VFW, 1525 A St. NE, Suite 107
6:30 p.m.
Letters Aloud: From The Front Lines
Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave.
Honoring our country’s past (and present) servicemen and women by
presenting their powerful perspectives and heartfelt thoughts via the letters
to and from the people they care about. Doors open at 5:30pm.
Tickets: $17 Regular; $15 Student/Senior; $10 Veteran Discount
For a complete list of events, visit | 253-931-3043

For more info. go here.

Reminder! Free First Saturdays with free admission, a performance, arts and crafts and a movie at Seattle Asian Art Museum - 1st Saturdays from 11am-2pm - (movie is 1:30-3pm)

This week celebrates Diwali Lights and Lanterns!

Always a fun event to attend!

" Each Free First Saturday has an exciting new theme and drop-in workshops guided by teaching artists. Model traditional costumes, enjoy a special performance, watch a family-friendly movie, discover a new book, and embark on a sketching tour of the galleries. "

Event located in the Fuller Garden Court. 
For more info. go here. 

Hmong New Year Celebration at Seattle Center - Saturday, November 7th 2015 from 10am-5pm

For more info. go here.

MiniMaker Faire with crafts, storytime, speakers, robotics, demos, coding, hands-on activities and more at Barnes and Noble stores around the country - Saturday and Sunday - November 7th and 8th 2015 - Various locations, various times, various activities!

Check out the Science and Technology themed event happening at Barnes and Noble this weekend!

" Join us to see demonstrations and experience some of the latest products in 3D printing, robotics, coding, programming and more. "

For more info. go here. 

Jack and the Beanstock Puppet Show presented by Thistle Theatre at the Shoreline Library - Saturday, November 7th 2015 from 1:30-2:15pm

"Jack and the Beanstock"

" When Jack trades the family cow for five colored beans an amazing adventure follows as the beans grow into a magical beanstalk. A golden hen, magic singing harp, a green fairy and a fool add to the musical merriment. "

For more info. go here.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

13 Halloween Happenings at local malls and IKEA! - Saturday, October 31st 2015 - Various locations and times


Bellevue Square's Halloween Family Fun Fest 5-7pm

October 31, 2015: 5 - 7 pm
TRICK OR TREATINGVisit participating merchants throughout The Bellevue Collection to receive sweet treats and other goblin goodies!
BALLOON TYING CLOWNSSay hello to any of the roving clowns throughout Bellevue Square and have them make a special balloon creation!
MAD SCIENCE BOOTHChildren can explore their favorite mad science experiments including slime and dry ice at the booth located on the 2nd level, outside J.Jill!
TAKE YOUR OWN PHOTO BOOTHBe sure to bring your own camera and take your photo at any of the four booths located near Escape Outdoors, Talbots, Macy’s and Optical Illusions!
BOO-TIFUL MANICURESLet Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids dress up your nails for Halloween with a mini manicure near the elevator outside lululemon athletica on the 2nd level .
PAGLIACCI PIZZALearn how to toss pizza dough like a pro. Come visit the Pagliacci Pizza booth outside lululemon athletica on the 2nd level.
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY BRIAN VOGANTheir Halloween performance will be in Bellevue Square Center Court. Dance-friendly costumes highly recommended! Catch a show at 5 pm and 6 pm.

Info. here.

MarketPlace at Factoria's

Halloween Party & Trick 'r Treat

                                               3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join WARM 106.9 Radio for our annual Halloween party, with music, games 
and prizes for kids of all ages. Trick 'r treat in a warm and safe environment at 
participating stores.
Info. here.

Country Village's Safe Halloween 4-6pm

Bring your ghosts and gobblins to Country Village Shops for Safe Halloween. Come in costume and trick-or-treat throughout the shops from 4-6pm.  The businesses on Main Street in Downtown Bothell will continue the trick-or-treating fun from 5-7pm.
Info. here. 

Family Halloween Celebration including Magician Jeff Evans

Join us from 4:00 to 6:00 for trick or treating at stores throughout the Town Center Mall. Be sure to bring the kids up to The Commons at 5:15pm and enjoy the magical talends of Magician Jeff Events. People say "He's entertaining, interactive, fun and truely amazing."
Info. here.

Alderwood Mall's Trick or Treating - October 31st 2015 - various stores have various times between 10am-9pm - see list on their site.
Info. here.

Southcenter Mall's "Spooktacular Trick-or-Treating!" at 4-6pm
Participating retailers will hand out candy and treats to children from 4-6PM.

Festivities are meant for children 12 years of age and under who are accompanied by an adult. Please, no face masks or painted faces for those over 12 years of age.

Info. here.

Northgate Mall's Boo Bash
Dress up in your Spook-tacular costumes and join Northgate Mall for crafts and treats. This a free, family event. Our Kidgits Club members will get to bounce in the bouncy house! Event will be from 3pm - 5pm at the Ben Bridge Court.

Not a Kidgits member? Don't worry! It only costs $5 for a whole year. You are able to sign up at the event or at the Guest Services booth at the South end of the mall.

Professional photos by Noerr will be available from 2pm - 6pm.

Info. here.

Mill Creek Town Center's "Treats on Main Street"4:30-6:30pm

Bring the family to the Mill Creek Town Center and trick or treat at participating businesses from 4:30 – 6:30pm. 

Info. here.

Crossroads Mall-O-Ween 4-6pm

Trick or treating throughout the center with photo ops and music by FINGERTIPS!

Info. here.

Redmond Town Center's

Tricks & Treating | Halloween Skating & Trick-or-Treating Party
Admission: $7 or Free with costume and suggested canned food donation to Northwest Harvest

Join us for a spooktacular Halloween event for all ages!  Arrive in costume for an afternoon of trick-or-treating at our merchants, twirling on the synthetic skating rink, playing games on the rink, and moving to the sounds of Seattle DJ as they play your favorite Halloween jams.
  • Trick or Treating at RTC Merchants (while supplies last, participating merchants listed below)
  • Synthetic Skating Rink
  • DJ Seattle will play Halloween jams
  • Skating Rink games with prizes to RTC merchants
  • Enjoy Halloween specials at RTC Merchants
*To allow everyone a chance to skate, sessions will be every 30 minutes and first come, first served. Arrive early. Admission is free for those in costume and with donations to Northwest Harvest. Merchant trick-or-treating is while supplies last.

Info. here.

University Village's Trick or Treat 4-6pm

Join University Village for a Halloween Trick-or-Treat on Friday, October 31 from 4-6pm. Participating stores will pass out candy to costumed children from 4-6pm. Happy Halloween!

Info. here. 

Gilman Village's Trick or Treating 4-6pm

Gilman Village will again have Trick or Treating for children up to 12 years old on Halloween Saturday Oct. 31st. Trick or Treating will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at participating stores.

As an extra treat, be sure to bring your camera to take pictures of your little monster, or get a Spooktacular photo at Pinto Photography (#24).

Info. here. 

IKEA'S Trick or Treat Spooktacular 3-7pm 

Don't forget, our Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular is tomorrow from 3pm - 7pm, while supplies last! Happy !

Info. here.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Big Pumpkin Bash with carnival games, face painting, bounce house Bitter Lake CC Annex in Seattle - Today, Saturday, October 24th 2015 from 6-8pm - Some things free, some for a fee. Bring a can food for donation...carnival games .25 each!


All Ages

Bring the entire family out for a night of ghoulish-good fun! We will have carnival games, face painting, jump toys, and the ever popular cake walk. Please bring a can of food to donate to our local food bank. Don’t forget to wear your costumes. Volunteer hours are available during this event. Please call 206-684-7524 for more details.

Carnival Game Tickets $0.25 each

For more info. go here.


BAM-O-WEEN! with crafts, facepainting and more at the Bellevue Arts Museum - Today, Saturday, October 24th 2015 - Now until 3pm!


Saturday, October 24, 12 – 3pm 
Happy BAM-O-WEEN! Join BAM for an afternoon of fun art activities in celebration of the fall season! Explore the galleries and enjoy free projects like magic wand crafting, shadow puppets, and face-painting. Costumes and smiles strongly encouraged.

For more info. go here.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Two Harvest Festivals with all kinds of free family fun tomorrow! One at Occidental Park in Seattle and one at Molbak's in Woodinville - Saturday, October 17th 2015 from 11am-4pm (Seattle's until 3pm)

Celebrate the change of seasons with Fall Family Harvest in Occidental Square Park.

Bring the whole family down on Saturday, Oct. 17 for FREE fun in the historic Pioneer Square park. Halloween costumes encouraged!

- KidsQuest Museum activity for children
- An inflatable obstacle course
- An inflatable football game
- Face painter
- Live music
- Free candy
- Outdoor games and activities
- More! 



The leaves are turning and the kids are wiggling -- time to pack up the crew and head to Molbak’s for a day of family fun! 

BOOGIE DOWN: Dance to the award-winning family rock band, Recess Monkey.

CARVE IT UP: Be amazed and entertained by master pumpkin carver, Russ Leno. 

GET CRAFTY: Visit the Kid’s Corral, hosted by The Nest, for fun crafts and games; and make a pinecone birdfeeder with the Eastside Audubon Society.

DIG IN: Join Lisa Taylor for a puppet show filled with garden critters and hands-on fun.
GRAB A BITE: Treat the family to gourmet mini donuts from Mini The Dough Nut and check out the samples in our Home department.

STRIKE A POSE: Let artist, Tamara Belland, paint your portrait in watercolor; and bring your camera—there will be photo ops aplenty.

VOTE: Cast a vote for your favorite pumpkin carved by Molbak’s talented staff members.

For more info. on Seattle's event go here.

For more info. on Woodinville's event go here.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Seattle Children's Festival at Seattle Center - Today, Sunday, October 11th 2015 until 5pm


Northwest Folklife’s Seattle Children's Festival is a one-day, multi-cultural festival held on Seattle Center grounds, “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood.”

No admission charge thanks to your donations!

The Seattle Children’s Festival brings together local communities that showcase and celebrate families of the Northwest, introducing children in attendance to new cultures and traditions through a variety of education and hands-on programs. Tons of live performances and interactive workshops are geared toward families and children of all ages.

For more info. go here.