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Erika’s Weekend Picks, Dec. 30-Jan. 1

It's the last weekend to catch the holiday light shows

Photo courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo



Recess Monkey New Year’s Eve Eve Celebration Sat Dec 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mt Baker Community Club

BYO dancing shoes and kick off 2018 with a fun concert from local kids favorite, Recess Monkey. Part of the Kindiependent Kids Rock Series, parents and kids will love this original group. $15.


Life in the Forest Understory Sat Dec 30, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Lewis Creek Visitors Center. FREE

Fungus and nurse logs and salamanders, oh my! Get to Lewis Creek Park this Saturday and learn about the world below the surface in Bellevue forests. Best for children ages 5 to 10 with accompanying adult(s). This is an indoor/outdoor program, so be sure to dress for the weather.


Shine On! The Best Animated Films from Children’s Film Festival Sat Dec 30, 11 a.m.-12 noon Central Library. FREE

Kids 5 and older will love this selection of films from the Children’s Film Festival. These characters all have special things that make them glow and grow. Come watch as they play with their friends and families, discover new things about themselves, and take journeys near and far.


WildLights Sat, Dec 30 5:30-8:30 p.m. Woodland Park Zoo

It’s the final weekend of the winter lights festival at Woodland Park Zoo, featuring wild animals and places recreated in thousands of LED lights. Dress for the weather as displays are both indoor and outdoor. Some animals on view (including reindeer) and more. $11.95, $9.95 ages 3 to 12, free ages 2 and younger. Free parking. Entry at West Gate only. 


New Year’s Eve Skate Sun Dec 31, 6 p.m. Highland Ice Arena

BYO ice skates or rent them there ($4) to ring in the New Year on the ice with your friends and family. $7.50, $6.50 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and younger.


Polar Bear Plunge Mon Jan 1, 10-11 a.m. Alki Beach (in front of Duke’s). FREE

Bring water shoes, a towel, a warm change of clothes, and your 2018 resolutions and be ready to plunge in at 10 a.m. sharp!



For even more great ideas this weekend, check out our online Calendar, searchable by age, neighborhood, cost and more!

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