Family fun calendar
Everett: Imagine Children's Museum does a 40-foot ball drop for New Year's Eve: A DJ, a magician and a chance to create your own New Year's-themed collage or compete in building a Kapla Block clock tower are all part of the party from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 31 at Imagine Children's Museum, 1502 Wall St., Everett. Tickets to the New Year's Eve party are $15 per person or $10 for Museum members, and are available at the Museum's front desk and on the website, www.imaginecm.org. Tickets will be available at the door on a space-available basis for $20 per person, $15 for Museum members. Imagine Children's Museum, which is usually closed on Mondays, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 31; activities include a 1:30 p.m. performance in the Lodge by African drum troupe Gansango. Admission for the daytime activities is $9. Doors will open for the New Year's Eve party at 6 p.m. Tickets must be shown at the door for entry to the evening event.
Marysville: Second annual Holiday Tour of Lights: Marysville's Cedarcrest Golf Course is an after-dark winter wonderland where families ride aboard a Merrysville Express Rotary Train and traverse the winding paths amid 30 enchanting light displays, including penguin village, polar bear forest, Santa's workshop; free activities include a community bonfire, music and carolers; tours are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 29 at the course, 6810 84th St. NE, Marysville. Suggested donation of $3 per child, $5 adults or $20 for a family. Call the Marysville Parks and Recreation Department at 360-363-8400 or go to marysvillewa.gov/.
Snohomish: Seventh annual Candlelight Solstice Walk Along the Snohomish River: 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Snohomish Riverside Trail; www.yogacirclestudio.com/solstice. Trail will be lined with white paper bag luminaries to celebrate the longest night of the year; free.
Stanwood: The Lights of Christmas, 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 21 to 23, and 26 to 29 at Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive; holiday lights, treats, live music, storytelling and theater performances, Nativity scene, petting farm, pony and train rides, meet Santa and Bruce the Talking Spruce; $9, $10 and $15, free for ages 3 and younger; 360-652-7575, 800-228-6724; www.warmbeachlights.com.
Seattle and beyond
Woodland Park Zoo's Wildlights: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Jan. 1 at N. 50th Street and Fremont Avenue N., Seattle; 206-548-2500; www.zoo.org. Check out wild animals and settings made from LED lights, visit animals, including reindeer, ride the carousel (extra cost) and enjoy other live entertainment. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for ages 3 to 12 and free to ages 2 and younger.
Point Defiance Zoolights: 5 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 1 at 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; www.pdza.org. Tickets $4.25 for members, $8.50 for nonmembers at the gate or $7.25 online or at Fred Meyer stores. Value passes that include admission to the zoo during the day and zoolights at night available from $12.75 to $15.75.
Seattle Aquarium: Diving Santa, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23 at 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; www.seattleaquarium.org. Enjoy holiday music and watch Santa diving in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit at noon and 3 p.m.
Seattle Center Winterfest: through Jan. 6; free; www.seattlecenter.com.
Through Jan. 6: Winterfest Ice Rink, Fisher Pavilion; admission includes skate rental: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and $2 children ages 5 and younger; cash only; see www.seattlecenter.com for hours.
Through Jan 6: Winter Train and Village, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Seattle Center Armory/Center House; miniature train ride through snowy, turn of the century village; $2 suggested donation; closes at 4 p.m. Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1; www.seattlecenter.com.
Through Dec. 29, Saturdays: Ice Sculpting, starts at noon outside Fisher Pavilion.
Through Jan. 6: Winterfest Student Showcases, various times in the Armory; see www.seattlecenter.com for a showcase schedule.
Through Dec. 31: The Magic of the Moment: PTSA Reflections, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Harrison Street Gallery, 3rd Floor Armory; selected artwork of Seattle Public School students; www.seattlecouncilptsa.org.
Dec. 22: SANCA Youth Performance Company, 12:30 p.m. in the Armory; aerial arts, juggling, tightwire, clowning, unicycle and acrobatics; www.sancaseattle.org.
Dec. 23: Garfield High School Jazz Band, 1 p.m. in the Armory; www.garfieldjazz.org.
Dec. 29: The Dickens Carolers, 12:30 p.m. in the Armory; www.dickenscarolers.com.
Dec. 30: Eastside Modern Jazz Orchestra, 12:30 p.m. in the Armory; www.woodinvilleband.org/index.php.
Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Celebration, 8:15 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. in the Armory; The Rhythm Nation will play a diverse mix of popular dance, R&B and rock from the 1970s to today; www.therhythmnation.net.
Be creative and make your mark: You can add your creative touch and a family heirloom to the mosaic wall going up at Everett plaza. Artist Linda Beaumont is leading a free mosaic workshop for the community 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 27 in the Anderson Room at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Suitable for adults and all children 8 years old and older. All materials will be provided to build your mosaic including colored glass, mirror, etc. You are also welcome to bring a special memento or family treasure to place in your mosaic. Objects can include broken plates, a favorite teacup or metal keepsake, a string of pearls, an old ring, a button, old jewelry and brooches and other small treasures. Don't bring paper, plastic, fabric or cloth. No organic materials. For more information, call Carol Thomas at the city of Everett at 425 257-7101.
"Alice in Wonderland": 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Second Stage, 2730 Wetmore Ave., Everett. General admission is $10. Call 425-257-8600 or online villagetheatre.org/; this musical version of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass" contains some farce and a few puppets as Alice makes her journey down the rabbit hole.
"Willie Wonka Junior": The Roald Dahl story of the genius candy maker who is looking for an heir and finds instead four horrible little children and one delightful Charlie Bucket: weekend performances through Dec. 22 at Whidbey Children's Theater, 222 Anthes Ave., Langley. Tickets are $8, $10 and $12. Call 306-221-2282 or go to www.whidbeychildrenstheater.org/.
"The Wizard of Oz": Meet the Munchins, Good Witch Glinda, Dorothy and all her friends in the wonderful land of Oz; because flying monkeys might be scary recommended for ages 5 and up; at various times through Jan. 6 at Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St., Seattle; Tickets start at $29. Call 206-441.3322 or go to www.sct.org. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by calling the Group Sales Office at 206- 859.4054.
Family-friendly "Cinderella": Seattle Opera is inviting families to a free open house to introduce youngsters to Rossini's whimsical opera "Cinderella" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 5 at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. The open house includes interactive dance stations, a lesson in patter singing and creating friendship bracelets; pre-K through second graders get story-time, singing, theater and movement during the "Opera Time" program. Family Day Matinee of "Cinderella" is 2 p.m. Jan. 20 and adults can buy up to four $15 youth tickets for every full-priced adult ticket; activities include meeting the cast and costume try on. Recommended for ages 10 and older. For information and tickets, go to www.seattleopera.org.
"Plastics Unwrapped": The Burke Museum explores the impact of plastics on people and the planet, from life before plastics to the effects of plastics on our health and the environment today; runs through May 27 at the Burke Museum, on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Call 206-543-5590 or go to www.burkemuseum.org.
Tutankhamun: The Golden King and The Great Pharaohs: The exhibition features more than 100 objects from King Tut's tomb and ancient sites representing some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history. Many of these objects have never toured in the United States before this exhibit. Come face-to-face with the largest image of King Tut ever unearthed -- a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh; through Jan. 6 at Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle. Admission is $27.50, $24.50, $16.50 and $15.50. Call 206-443-2001, www.pacificsciencecenter.org.
Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness. Pacific Science Center's new exhibit presents the benefits of being healthy in an interractive way with hands-on inventions, gadgets and activities; Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle. Admission is $27.50, $24.50, $16.50 and $15.50. Call 206-443-2001, www.pacificsciencecenter.org.
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