By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer
Still thinking about what to do with mom this Mother’s Day?
Here are two ideas: live theater and a free boat ride.
Village Theatre’s Pied Piper is presenting “Skippyjon Jones.”
This musical is based on the popular children’s book by Judy Schachner who wrote about a little Siamese kitten with a big imagination. One day sees himself in the mirror and realizes he’s not a cat at all, but a Chihuahua.
That launches Skippyjon Jones into an adventure as a sword-fighting Chihuahua who must slay the horrible and gigantic bumblebee bandito.
There are two showings of “Skippyjon” and the later production is a special sensory-friendly performance designed to create a welcoming theatre experience to families with children on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities that might make live theater a challenge.
Sensory-friendly performances include the opportunity for families to visit the theater before the show to get a feel for the environment with few people around and during the show, kids are free to stand, walk, talk or fidget, according to press material.
“Skippyjon Jones” will be presented at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett.
Tickets are $15. For the 2 p.m. performance, go to www.village theatre.org; for tickets to the 4 p.m. sensory performance call the Everett Performing Arts Center at 425-257-8600.
It is festival seating and recommended for ages 3 and up. The run time is 60 minutes with no intermission.
If you prefer to be outdoors, the 12th annual Mother’s Day Saturday Sail at The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach State Park will give mom some time with her family, beautiful views and live music.
There are classic wooden booats to see, and for kids, a chance to build toy boats, using hand tools and wooden hulls from scrap wood.
The Mother’s Day Saturday Sail goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach State Park, 1880 SW Camano Drive, Camano Island. It’s free.
Families will board Cama’s livery powerboats to be taken out to larger vessels, where they will sail or motor along with views of the Saratoga Passage. The center is expecting a variety of boats at this event such as the Lavengro, modeled after a Biloxi shrimp and oyster schooner of the early 1900s; the 100-year-old Bristol Bay gillnetter the Admirable; and Spirit, a Cape Anne dory built in Olympia.
Onshore entertainment includes the Northwest trio Willow and the Embers, whose band members Willow Scrivner, Bob Congleton and Kevin Wood play folk-infused soft pop music.
For more information, go to www.cwb.org and click on events.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; firstname.lastname@example.org