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Erika's weekend picks: science with Santa, Princess Bride, craft sale at Magnuson Park & more

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is running now thru Christmas Eve at Seattle Public Theater.




If you are not too busy with having fun at home, here's a few options for family fun this weekend. 








Doktor Kaboom! The Science of Santa, Auburn Ave Theater. Sun 2 p.m. Think this guy can recreate the magic of Santa with science? Come watch the experiments and hypotheses, with a little help from some seasonal friends. $10. http://www.auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/arts_entertainment/ave_kids.htm


Nutcracker Sweets, Shorewood Performing Arts Center, Sat 1 & 5 p.m. Enjoy The Nutcracker in a nutshell, aka a short and sweet version of the classic ballet, great for families and young audiences. Join the ARC School of Ballet and ARC Youth Dance Company for this fun afternoon. Treats and beverages in the lobby before and after. $30, $20 ages 10 and younger. arc dance.org


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, Sat 2 and 4 p.m. A hilarious and heart-warming holiday story of the misfit Herdman kids who take over the annual church pageant. Hour-long play is great for families. Runs weekends thru Dec 20, plus Dec 22-24. $34, $32 seniors and military, $17 ages 12-25, $5 ages 11 and younger. seattlepublictheater.org


The Princess Bride Quote Along, SIFF Film Center, Sat 5 p.m. Rodents of unusual size, mawiage, rhyming and subtitles so you can quote along? Inconceivably fabulous! Enjoy this classic adventure rated PG various dates and times thru Jan 3. $15, $14 seniors and youth, $10 SIFF members. siff.net


The 12 K's of Christmas, Heritage Park, Kirkland, Sun 8 a.m. Think of all the fruitcake, holiday cookies and eggnog you can have after this fun morning. Take part in a 5K or 12K run/walk then stay for a costume contest, Santa, music and a holiday celebration. Free 1K kids' dash for the 10 and youngers too. 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 start, 11:15 kids' dash. $35-50. http://www.promotionevents.com/12Ks/12K_Info.htm


Renegade Craft Fair, Sun 11-6 Magnuson Park Hangar 30. Browse local artists and finish up your holiday shopping at this one-stop crafts and vintage goods extravaganza. Workshops, food trucks and entertainment too. renegadecraft.com


Erika Lee Bigelow writes in Seattle when not chauffeuring 3 kids and one dog to too many activities

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