Friday, December 12, 2014

Caspar Babypants performance at Top Pot Doughnuts in Renton - Saturday, December 13th 2014 at 10:30am

For more info. go here.

Hour of Code with hands-on computer science activities for kids ages 10 and up at the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library - Saturday, December 13th 2014 from 1-3pm

Take the kids and check out the Hour of Code!

" Explore computer science and coding with hands-on computer science activities led by staff from Pacific Science Center. For ages 10 and up.

Activities will include:

Hardware: Chip’s Challenge
Ever wondered how computers keep getting faster and better? The answer is in the design of their microchips. Become a hardware engineer and learn about transistors, Moore's Law, and how it’s possible to fit all that computing power on one tiny little chip! It's a puzzle solving challenge sure to get your imagination working. 

Software Development: A-mazing Robots
Help a robot get through a maze! Become a computer programmer and use a paper prototype to write code to navigate your robot through the maze. Using the software development cycle, edit your code to get the robot through more complex mazes and additional challenges!

Binary Bracelets
Learn the basics of binary code, which computers use to communicate numbers, letters, commands, images and sounds. Create a personalized beaded bracelet with your initials expressed in binary code. "

For more info. go here.

Winter Art Extravaganza featuring kid-friendly holiday art projects at Brightwater Center in Woodinville - Saturday, December 13th 2014 from 10am-12pm - Free online tickets still available!

Image courtesy of Brightwater Center

" Get creative with IslandWood during a fun morning of seasonal art projects at Brightwater! We'll use recycled materials from around the house and natural objects from the forest to create beautiful winter decorations, holiday ornaments, table centerpieces, and other festive art. Bring your imagination and join our resident recycled artists as we fight off the cold with winter cheer and warm cider. Fun for people of all ages. "

For more info. go here.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus plus live reindeer and a gingerbread house display at Country Village in Bothell - Saturday and Sunday, December 13th and 14th 2014 from 12-3pm

" Experience the enchantment of the season! As the Village glows under thousands of twinkling lights, Mrs. Claus will be at Jantee Bistro & Bottle Shop giving out cookies to children from noon to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Parents and kids alike will love collecting annual cookie recipes from participating shops to add to their collection. This is a free event for children of all ages!  View live reindeer and our 2nd annual Gingerbread House display.  Be sure to visit Santa’sWorkshop featuring Santa Photos by Arthur & Associates
Doll House Baked Goods will be selling Christmas cookies in Santa’s Workshop, stop in to decorate a cookie or purchase a something tasty to bring home. 
Pony and train rides (weather permitting) are open for a nominal fee. "

For more info. go here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


While Christmas is always magical, it won't be too many more years before my little guy doesn't think there is a real Santa. So, I make sure we do this every year until that happens:

1) Watch a special video letter from Santa customized just for my son...

2) Watch the reindeer, their friends and sometimes Santa at their home at the "North Pole" before their big night of deliveries at 

3) Track Santa's and the reindeers' trek across the world on Norad's Santa Tracker and making sure we're (well he's) asleep before Santa arrives in Seattle! ;-)

What are some things you do to enjoy these moments with your kids while they are still young and still believe in Santa Claus?

Monday, December 8, 2014

"Less than a Latte" events like train rides, carousel rides, and ice skating (BOGO on Tuesdays) at Redmond Town Center - Now through January 2015 - Various Hours - (Holiday Train Rides end Christmas Eve)

Look at all the fun "Less than a Latte" things happening at Redmond Town Center this holiday season!

Carousel Rides

Friday, November 28 — January 3, Mall Hours

$3 suggested donation 

Holiday Train

Friday, November 28 — Christmas Eve

Friday/Saturday 12 pm to 8 pm, Sunday 11 am to 7 pm 
Christmas Eve 10 am to 4 pm 
$3 per person 

Outdoor Skating Rink
MID-November 2014 — January 2015

Geared for kids and the young at heart, enjoy an exhilarating session on our outdoor skating rink. 

$7 per session, $5 for kids ages 5-12 OR $5 if you bring your own skates 
(Children aged 5 and up only.)

Jolly Tuesdays Skate- Buy one skating rink admission, get one free!
Purchase one admission to skate on any Tuesday, and receive one additional admission of equal or lesser value. 

Free admission must be used on a Tuesday. No cash value. Kids five and over only. 
Good thru January, 2015.

For more info. go here.

Less than a Latte alert! Elevated Sports is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary today with $5 admission until 6pm in Bothell/Mill Creek - Today, December 8th 2014 until 6pm

" It's Elevated Sportz's 2nd Anniversary! Come celebrate with us today! $5 for 60 mins Jump and 90 mins Play/Combo before 6PM. Also $5 for Special Needs Night from 6PM-8:30PM and parents jump for free! Not to combined with other offers. Facility close to public after 6. "

For more info. go here.

A Christmas Story's Holiday Carousel at Westlake Plaza in Seattle - Now through January 1st 2015 - Various hours - "Less than a Latte" each with suggested $3 donation to benefit Treehouse!


" Volunteer or join us for a spin on the whirling, twirling A Christmas Story’s Holiday Carousel benefiting Treehouse!

The carousel opens at Westlake Plaza in downtown Seattle on November 28 & runs through January 1. Gather friends and family to join you for a ride in support of Treehouse. The suggested donation of $3 supports Treehouse programs and the great work of the Downtown Seattle Association! Stay tuned for information about volunteering at the Carousel.

Carousel Hours:

Nov 28 – Jan 1

Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm
Friday 11am – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday 10am – 9pm

Special Hours:

Nov 28 10am – 10pm
Dec 7 8am – 9pm
Dec 24 10am – 5pm
Dec 25 – closed
Dec 31 10am – 5pm
Jan 1 10am – 2pm

 If you’re planning to do some holiday shopping while you’re downtown, we also invite you to pick up one of our convenient Treehouse holiday shopping bags, fill it with a donation, and drop it back by the Carousel. "

For more info. go here.


Enjoy FREE ice skating at Downtown Park in Bellevue!

Just show your Bank of America debit or credit card or Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card to the staff at the ice arena and you will receive two free skate admissions plus skate rentals on Mondays. There is a limit of two admissions per person and they are limited to skate availability too.

Note: expect long lines on school winter break Mondays possibly up to 2 hours. Other Mondays recommended for free skate. 

" Free Skate Mondays – Compliments of Bank of America and Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. Show your Bank of America debit or credit card or Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card to receive two free skate admissions for skating on Mondays. "

For more info. go here.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

2014 Christmas Ships Celebration with Santa, refreshments and more at Mount Baker Community Club in Seattle - Tonight, Sunday, December 7th 2014 from 6:45 - 9pm

Join us for the

 2014 Christmas Ships 


Sunday, December 7, 2014
6:45-7:05 pm • Ships dock at Mount Baker Beach
7:05-9:00 pm • Holiday Party at The Clubhouse

Once again Mount Baker Community Club is hosting the annual Mount Baker Holiday Party immediately following the Argosy Christmas Ships at Mount Baker Beach.
We invite all our neighbors, and everyone visiting the neighborhood, to follow the beautiful path of luminarias from the beach up to Mount Baker Community Clubhouse for a festive holiday celebration. We’ll be serving hot cider, coffee, tea, beer and wine, as well as a stunning array of delectable Christmas cookies baked by your neighbors. We’re also expecting a visit from Santa Claus himself! 
Please join us for this very warm and very charming FREE neighborhood event!

For more info. go here.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

"Redmond Lights" with Margaret Larson as Special Guest Emcee and featuring reindeer and elves, ice sculpting, a luminary walk, campus lighting ceremony, dance and music performances, ice skating (fee), carousel (fee) and more! - Today, Saturday, December 6th 2014 fro 4-8pm

This is a great event to attend! 

" Experience this three part, progressive event, by starting at the City Hall Campus Lighting; strolling down the Redmond Central Connector Luminary Walk; and ending the evening at Redmond Town Center. Along the way enjoy musical entertainment, refreshments, and fun activities for the whole family. "

For more info. go here.

Annual Snoqualmie Holiday Tree Lighting featuring Santa, carriage rides, refreshments and more! - Today, Saturday, December 6th 2014 from 4-8pm

For more info. go here.

Annual Tree Lighting Event with Holiday Cheer including Santa, carriage rides and more in Mill Creek - Today, Saturday, December 6th 2014 from 3:45 - 7pm

For more info. go here.