Family fun calendar

EVENTS

“Lights of Christmas” at Warm Beach: 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 29 at Warm Beach Camp near Stanwood. More than 1 million lights on 15 acres with Victorian carolers, musicians, a Polar Express Train and pony rides for tots, as well as meals, snacks and refreshments. Admission is $15 for teens and adults, $11 for seniors and military, $10 for kids 4 to 12, and free for kids 3 and younger at www.warmbeach.com/lights-of-christmas/tickets. On “pay what you can night,” Dec. 29, you can pay what you can afford, at the gate only.

Woodland Park Zoo: Sparkling lights transform the zoo during WildLights, featuring indoor and outdoor light displays, reindeer and other animals and carolers. The event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 4. Tickets are $6.50 to $9.50. More about the light show is at www.zoo.org/wildlights.

Merrysville Express: The tractor-pulled, Rotary-run trains run again Dec. 27 and 28 through the Holiday Tour of Lights at the public Cedarcrest Golf Course, 6810 84th St. NE., Marysville. The train tour features a bonfire and hot chocolate. Suggested donations are $3 to $5, or $20 for a family. Thirty enchanting light displays include a penguin village, a polar bear forest, animated golfers, a rocket ship and gingerbread men playing soccer. For information, call the Marysville Parks and Recreation Department at 360-363-8400.

Winterfest: A wonderland of sparkling lights, activities for kids and a variety of entertainments; through Dec. 31 at the Seattle Center. The Winterfest Ice Rink returns, along with Saturday ice sculpting and weekend concerts. The Dickens Carolers will perform from 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 29. To learn more, see www.seattlecenter.com.

Second Sunday Song Syrcle: Musician Greg Deere, “Mr. Toe Tap,” shares songs and makes it easy to join in; 3 to 5 p.m. every second Sunday (Jan. 11). Learn new songs and bring copies of favorite songs to share and your favorite instrument. Suggested donation of $5 to $10; Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish; 360-568-9412; thumbnailtheater.com.

THEATER

“James and the Giant Peach”: The Seattle Children’s Theatre presents a world-premiere musical based on Roald Dahl’s book, through Jan. 12 at SCT’s Charlotte Martin Theatre. When James’ mean aunts make him chop down an old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that turns the peach into a flying machine. The play is recommended for ages 6 and up. Tickets are $25 to $39 and may be purchased by calling 206-441-3322 or by visiting www.sct.org. The Children’s Theatre is at 201 Thomas St., Seattle.

“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”: Presented by The Village Theatre’s Pied Piper Program; kinders through third-graders will delight in “Bear Hunt” at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at Everett Civic Auditorium. The play is based on the story by Michael Rosen about kids and their dad tromping through woods and marshes on bear hunt. Tickets are $15 and available at villagetheatre.org/everett/Pied-Piper-Public.php. The Everett Civic Auditorium is at 2416 Colby Ave.

EXHIBITS

“Dinosaurs: A Journey Through Time”: Explore the Mesozoic Era (248 to 65 million years ago) through eight robotic dinosaurs that move and roar. Among the dinobots are the meat-eater Tyrannosaurus Rex, the “tyrant lizard king,” who was more than 50 feet long. Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle; www.pacificsciencecenter.org. Admission is $18 general, $16 seniors, $13 for kids 6 to 15, $10 for children 3 to 5.

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