Weekend Holiday Events on Seattle’s Eastside

More Holiday Happenings around Seattle’s Eastside…check it out!


…A timeless classic!  The hour-long adaptation of Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol is a colorful, musical and exciting ensemble, sure to please both young and old.

Second Story Repertory Children’s Theater, Redmond

Saturday, December 8 @ 1pm and 3pm

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…A whole ‘lotta gingerbread houses!  Come and vote for your favorite at the Bellevue Hilton’s Gingerbread Lane

Bellevue Hilton Hotel

Saturday, December 8 @ 11:30am


…A holiday canvas painting while enjoying tasty treats and cocoa at the Canvas and Cocoa Workshop!  The workshop includes all materials, a Smart with Art instructor and gift wrapping for your kiddo’s masterpiece!

Bellevue Arts Museum

Saturday, December 8 @ 2:30-4:30pm


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…A watercolor collage at Bellevue Art & Frame’s Holiday Make and Take!  Paintings will be gift wrapped and will go home in a 5×7 glass picture frame.

Bellevue Art & Frame

Saturday, December 8 @ 10am-1pm drop-in

$8 (cash or check)


Breakfast with Santa!  The whole family can enjoy breakfast with the Big Guy and his elves.  Photo opportunities too!  Call 275.7609 to reserve your spot.

Mercer Island Community and Event Center

Saturday, December 8 @ 10am-noon

 $9 for Adults / $7 per child (18 and under)

…Tea with Santa!  The Woodmark Hotel is hosting the 4th Annual Santa Tea, full of sweet holiday treats and scrumptious sweets!  Live music, a cookie-decorating station and photos with Santa!

The Woodmark Hotel

Sunday, December 9 @ 1pm-3pm

Cost: Adults $45 / Kids (12 and under) $20

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All About the Rain: Where to go and What to do with kids

Today we saw the first big rainfall of the season, reminding us what’s in store for the next few (or 7) months.  These are the days– dark, damp and dreary– that seem to drag on for us moms and dads if we don’t have something on the agenda.  There are tons of indoor play areas scattered throughout Seattle.  From neighborhood community centers and trampolines to a huge indoor sandbox, these indoor play havens are a blessing to us all and will have you, if not looking forward to these wet days, at least not dreading them.

Rainy Day Indoor Activities

Action Packed:  For the kids who need more than a train table.  Be it trampolines, foam pits or inflatables, these places will make ’em sweat.

Skymania or Sky High Sports

Pump it up or 3-2-1 Bounce

Arena Sports

Climbing at Pump It Up

Cheap and Easy:  From open play times and “wear em’ out rooms” to shopping malls, there are a lots of options.  Community centers are cheap (averaging around $3) and malls are free.

North Kirkland Community Center, Queen Anne Community Center, Greenlake Community Center

Southcenter Mall Play Area

Bellevue Square Kids’ Cove

Northgate Mall’s Tot Area

Classic:  You can never go wrong with the Woodland Park Zoo or the Seattle Center.  The Zoomazium offers kids a giant treehouse and crafts, and both kids’ museums host a variety of hands-on play activities.


Children’s Museum

KidsQuest Museum

Unique:  Seattle’s only indoor moving playground (WiggleWorks), a sandbox the size of a volleyball court, and A relaxed “nest” for moms and kids.


Sandbox Sports

Happy Nest

The “balloon room” at WiggleWorks

Coffee & Play:  Go for a double play- or a double latte.  Coffee, wifi and happy kiddos are such a good combo.


Village Bean


For more kid-friendly coffee shops, click!

Rainy Day Craft:

I came across this cute craft via the DIY blog Lines Across.  Little Rainy Day Bags filled with fun crafts or little treats for the kiddos, saved especially for rainy days.

Rainy Day activities inside

All you need:  Brown paper sacks, Card stock (white and blue), Glue & scissors, Silver paint pen (or white crayon)

See directions here.

Rainy Day Treat:

Worms and dirt never looked so good!  Try this deliciously muddy treat at home.

Worms and dirt never looked so good

Ingredients:  Chocolate pudding, Oreos, gummy worms, cool whip

See recipe here.

So…now you can hold off on singing “Rain Rain Go Away.”  At least until until tomorrow.

What’s Happening This Weekend?

Another weekend is on the horizon!  Here’s my post for 425 Mom.  Look what’s happening this weekend on the Eastside!  (Plus one event at the Zoo).

Turkey Toss at the Woodland Park Zoo

It’s turkey-tossing time at the Woodland Park Zoo!  Following the same idea as last month’s Pumpkin Bash, kids can watch how the Zoo’s most beloved carnivores nosh on their Thanksgiving dinners.  And like the Pumpkin Bash, the Turkey Toss is part of the Zoo’s exceptional care program, designed to enrich the lives of the animals through mental and physical stimulation as well as the promotion of natural animal behavior.  So come and wish the animals a Happy Thanksgiving and watch them chow down!

Saturday November 17, 10am-2:30pm

Free with admission or membership

Didn’t know these guys ate turkey.

Hopelink’s 12th Annual Turkey Trot

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving on the Eastside without the annual Turkey Trot!  Grab your running shoes, jogging stroller and the family and head over to Marina Park for this 5K walk/run.  All proceeds go to Hopelink.  Participants will enjoy door prizes, music and goodies from participating vendors!

Sunday, November 18

Registration 10am; Run/walk 11am

$35 to register

Karl Johnson Portrait Silhouettes

This beautiful (and now rare) form of portraiture is still being practiced by renowned artist Karl Johnson.  Johnson cuts each silhouette freehand, catching the likeness of his subject, either live or from a photograph. Past clients include Tom Hanks and Katie Holmes, and his work has been featured in O Magazine, among others.  Visit Johnson in Bellevue this Friday and watch art in the making!  Perfect for a keepsake gift.

Friday, November 17


Peek Aren’t You Curious @ Bellevue Square

Call 425-533-2104 to reserve your 5-minute appointment.


**Other places: Saturday/Bainbridge Island & Sunday/University Village

Reindeer Sightings at Swanson’s Nursery

Get in the Christmas spirit and take your kiddos to visit Santa’s Reindeer!  Dasher and Blitzen (very much alive!) will be making their home at Swanson’s Nursery every day until Christmas Eve, when they will be dashing away on their very important job.  Curely the Curious Camel will be joining them as well.  Daily feedings at 10am and 4pm.  Come wish the Reindeer a Merry Christmas!

Tim Noah’s Eats & Beats Concert

Emmy award-winning songwriter, singer and performer Tim Noah is stopping by KidQuest this Saturday for a rockin’ good time!  Sing, dance and hear some fantastic storytelling while you chow down on Jet City pizza and sip lemonade.  Kids and adults alike will enjoy this Eats and Beats event!

Saturday, November 17


KidsQuest Museum, Factoria

Advance Tickets: $8 members/$10 non-members

At the Door: $10 members / $12 non-members
$3 Jet City pizza & lemonade

Pre-registration recommended; call 425-637-8100 to order pizza.

Emmy-award winning Tim Noah

What’s On This Weekend…425 Mom Style

Another weekend on the horizon, and with it comes the question, “What are we going to do?”  If you haven’t already got your days filled, check out my weekend post at 425 Mom.  There are some great options on Seattle’s Eastside, from an interactive musical and toy swap to a Fresh Beat Band concert and Holiday photo sessions.  Oh, and a great cooking class for a girls’ night out. 

Here are a couple of my favorites:

StoryBook Theater presents 3 Pigs, a wacky and interactive rendition of the classic fairy tale; sure to be a hit with little theatergoers.

Grab a girlfriend and head over to Sur La Table in Kirkland for a Girls’ Night Out Wine Country Feast, where you’ll learn delicious tips from the pros.

Buggin’ Out for Clean Water

This morning we visited the Brightwater Center in Woodinville.  We came mainly for the Buggin’ Out activity, but we left the water treatment plant with a whole new respect for how much impact we have on our water resources and the environment.

The Environmental Education and Community Center was designed to educate both young and old on clean water — how we get clean water and how we can continue to get clean water — through exhibits, tours and hands-on learning activities.

The Brightwater Center has teamed up with the non-profit organization, IslandWood, to offer programs for local schools, summer camps and kiddos like my 3-year-old son.  He L-O-V-E-D today’s activity:  Buggin’ Out.

Catching bugs from the pond.

Proud of his findings.

After catching bugs from the pond, we took them back to the Center to have a closer look under magnifying glasses.  The volunteers were fun and knowledgeable (one of the gals donned a lady-bug cape).  The scientists are able to determine how clean the water is from the bugs that inhabit the ponds.

Little Entomologist.

70 acres of wildlife habitat surround the Brightwater Center, and are open to the public.  Three miles of walking trails wind through the forest and wetlands, boasting some great overlooks and plenty of picnic spots.

…And to end our morning; an art project.

Busy making a bug mask and bug goggles.

Thank you, Brightwater Center!  We will be returning!

Saturday Crafts, Snow White and Some Bugs (What’s on This Weekend)

Halloween has swept by, leaving a trail of candy wrappers and well-worn costumes in its wake.  The holidays are on the horizon, but first, try to take a breather and relish the (hopefully) quiet next week or two.

From a delightful production of Snow White to a morning spent “buggin’ out” in Woodinville, there are lots of options for weekend fun.  Check out my complete list of events at 425 Mom.

Making crafts at Home Depot

Searching for Bugs

Locks, Fish and Boats, Oh My!

Lucky Graham got to spend the afternoon at the Ballard Locks with his grandparents.  Quintessentially Seattle, the officially named Hiram M. Chittenden Locks are home to blooming botanical gardens, lush hills perfect for rolling down, and all kinds of boats.  The grounds are perfect for picnicking when weather permits.

It’s fun for kids to watch the water rise and lower as everything from little tug boats to massive fishing trawlers travel through the locks.  Make sure to check out the fish ladder, where salmon travel upstream to Lake Washington.  Under the water level there’s a fish viewing room where kids can get a closer look into the lives of salmon as they pass between fresh and salt water.  September offers the best salmon viewing:  check out more info here.

After Graham got his fill of boats for the day, Grandpa and Nana treated him to fish ‘n chips at the Red Mill Totem House, just across the street from the locks.  Red Mill Burgers took over the lease of the Ballard landmark Totem House last year.  Keeping with tradition, the new owners have added fish ‘n chips to the menu.

What’s on this weekend?

It’s Bumbershoot time again, but if dragging your kids through mobs of people doesn’t sound like a fun way to spend a Saturday, then check out some of these smaller (yet very much still big on fun) venues.

Labor Day Train Rides at Snoqualmie Depot

Kiddos can get their choo-choo fix while you enjoy the scenery aboard antique railroad coaches puffing along through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley and Cascade Foothills.  A 75-minute round-trip excursion.  All aboard!

Where: Snoqualmie Depot

38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie, Wa

When:  September 1-3, 2012

Hours:  11am-4pm

How much?  $10-$15 (under 2 free)


Kid’s Day at the Redmond Farmer’s Market

Come and spend the morning browsing 80+ local vendors at the oldest open-air market on the Eastside!  From fresh cheeses and warm breads to zucchini races and pet parades, there’s always something special going on at the Redmond Farmer’s Market.  This Saturday, September 1st, it’s Kid’s Day, where young artisans (15 and below) have a chance to sell their creations.  And stick around for children’s entertainer Mr. Darby and musical guest Ben Fisher.

Where: Redmond Farmer’s Market

7730 Leary Way NE, Redmond,WA

When:  Saturday, September 1st

Hours:  9am-3pm

How much?  Free!