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Family guide to all sorts of winter entertainment around Seattle



 

"Rock of Ages" will be at Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theatre in February.

 

Seattle in winter is lively when it comes to entertainment, and every weekend there are great family options for concerts, plays and other shows. Also, monster trucks. Read on to learn more:

 

Puss in Boots

Dec. 8 through Jan. 6.

Hales Ales Palladium

4301 Leary Way NW

Every year, the Fremont Players concoct a traditional British pantomime, complete with original songs, goofy jokes, and loud audience participation.

 

Disney’s The Lion King

Dec. 13, 2018 through Jan. 6, 2019

Paramount Theatre

911 Pine St

Seattle gets a chance to see the hit Disney musical with songs by Elton John, spectacularly brought to life using puppets. See our review here.

 

Medieval Music for Everyone

1:30p.m. Sat. Jan. 5

University Heights Center

5031 University Way NE

Discover instruments and songs from long ago in this short concert. Kids are invited to try some of the instruments at the end.  

 

 Monster Jam

Friday Jan. 11 to Sunday Jan. 13

Tacoma Dome, 2727 E D St, Tacoma

You know how some little kids concoct confrontations for their toy cars, complete with leaps, crashes and expressive vroom-vroom noises? Well, this weekend you can see adults play with giant cars, and there are many leaps, crashes and expressive vroom-vroom noises. Noise-canceling headphones advised for all. If Tacoma is too far, fear not. Monster Jam is coming to CenturyLink Field on March 16.

 

Chilling with the Cellos

Seattle Symphony

Sat. Jan. 12 10 a.m. and noon

Norcliffe Founders Room, Benaroya Hall

200 University Street

A board-certified music therapist hosts this special session designed for children on the autism spectrum and with sensory sensitivities. Two young cellists perform: Seattle symphony cellist Nathan Chan, (creator of a delightful hit YouTube channel), and Canadian cellist Eric Han.

 

Recess Monkey

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12

Mount Baker Community Club

2811 Mount Rainier Dr S

Three elementary school teachers make up Recess Monkey, now boasting its 10th album of kid-centric songs to rock out to. Part of the Mount Baker Community Club Kindiependent Kids Rock Series.

 

Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist

3 p.m. Saturday Jan. 12

University Heights Center

5031 University Way NE

This performer sings fun and informative songs about science.

 

Caspar Babypants

Jan. 12 through March 23

Various locations

Also known as Chris Ballew, the lead singer and co-founder of the Presidents of the United States of America, Caspar Babypants sings danceable, whimsical songs. This winter, he’s doing gigs all over the Seattle area, including a series of free shows at Top Pot Doughnuts locations.

Saturday, Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m. Vashon Center for The Arts, 19600 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon, WA

Saturday, Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m. Eastside Moms of Multiples Concert, The Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St, Bellevue

Saturday, Jan. 26, 10:30 a.m. Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive S

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m. Marysville Opera House, 1225 3rd St, Marysville

Saturday, Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m. Top Pot Doughnuts, Bellevue Café, 10600 NE 9th Place
Bellevue. Free.

Sunday, Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m. Brockey Center, South Seattle College, 6000 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA

Saturday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m. University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE

Saturday, Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. Top Pot Doughnuts, Ballard, 1416 NW 46th Street
Seattle. Free.

Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m. Scuttlebutt Taproom, 3314 Cedar Street, Everett. Free.

Sunday, March 3, 10:30 a.m. Top Pot Doughnuts, Renton Landing, 815 N 10th Street #F,
Renton. Free.

Thursday, March 7, 10:15 a.m. Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE
Olympia. Free.

Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m. Bainbridge High School, 330 High School Rd NE,
Bainbridge Island

Saturday, March 23, 10:30 a.m. Top Pot Dougnuts, Mill Creek. 18001 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell. Free.

 

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Seattle Children’s Theatre

Jan. 24 to March 10

201 Thomas St

Adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo, this play tells what happened over 20 years of the live of Edward Tulane, a finely crafted porcelain rabbit. Recommended for ages 6 and older.

 

Rock of Ages

Feb. 1 to Feb. 24

Fifth Ave Theatre

1308 5th Ave

This musical love story is set to a thunderous parade of hits from the days when arena rock meant bombastic guitar solos and mullets enhanced with hair spray. It’s a similar concept to "Mama Mia," only with the likes of Whitesnake and Twisted Sister instead of ABBA.

 

The I Hate Children Children’s Show

Feb. 2 – Feb. 24

Hale’s Palladium

4301 Leary Way NW

Starring the “Meanest Man in the World,” San Francisco-based magician Paul Nathan, this show promises to get every child participating in amazing magic tricks, while a bar serves drinks to their parents.

 

The Brass: Ferdinand the Bull

Seattle Symphony

10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb 8, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9

Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall

200 University Street

In a short program designed for kids 5 and under, Seattle Symphony musicians introduce the French Horn, trumpet, trombone and tuba, using the story of Ferdinand the Bull. Come early for activities in the lobby.

 

The Not-Its!

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9

Mount Baker Community Club

2811 Mount Rainier Dr S

This five-piece band plays bouncy pop tunes with a loopy sense of humor. Song titles from their new album, “Ready or Not” include Little Bug, Staring Contest, and The Battle of Curriculum Night. Today’s concert is part of the Mount Baker Community Club’s Kindiependent Kids Rock Series.

 

PJ Masks Live!

2 p.m. Sat. Feb. 16

Paramount Theatre

911 Pine St

Come see the adventures of Disney Junior’s Catboy, Owlette and Gekko on the Paramount Stage.

 

Peter and the Wolf

Seattle Symphony

11 a.m. Sat. Feb. 23

Benaroya Hall

200 University St

The Seattle Symphony performs Prokofiev’s beloved work for children, with the Magic Circle Mime Company helping out with the story. Recommended for kids aged 6 to 12. Activities in the lobby start one hour before the performance.

 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!

2 p.m. Sun. Feb. 24

Paramount Theatre

911 Pine St

A live action version of the PBS Kids show, spun off from the world and sensibility of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

 

Brian Vogan

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23

Mount Baker Community Club

2811 Mount Rainier Dr S

Vogan brings his sweet, jangly tunes to the Mount Baker Community Club, as part of the club’s Kindiependent Kids Rock Series. Hits include: “My New Bike” and “That’s How a Pumpkin Grows.”

 

Seattle Festival Orchestra

3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23

Faith Lutheran Church

8208 18th Ave NE

Seattle Festival Orchestra continues its series of kid-friendly classical concerts with this one, featuring Beethoven’s Third Symphony, known as “Eroica.”

 

The Man with the Violin

Seattle Symphony

11 a.m., Saturday March 9

Benaroya Hall

200 University St

One day, world-famous violinist Joshua Bell busked for 45 minutes in the Washington D.C. subway. More than 1000 people passed him and only seven stopped to listen. The story of his experience was made into a children’s book, which is the centerpiece of this Seattle Symphony family concert, featuring Joshua Bell himself. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.

 

Balloonacy

Seattle Children’s Theater

March 14-May 1

201 Thomas St

Physical comedy is a big part of this wordless play with two characters: an old man celebrating his birthday and a balloon. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

 

Moisture Festival

March 14 through April 27

Hale’s Palladium

4301 Leary Way NW

No show is the same at this festival featuring comedy, circus arts, music and dance in a high energy environment drawing from the traditions of cabaret and vaudeville. The 3 p.m. performances are family friendly. At 7 p.m., the show is all ages, but there may be some adult talk.

 

Thaddeus Turner

11 a.m. Saturday, March 9

The Forum

1119 8th Ave

Guitarist Thaddeus Turner makes rock music with elements of soul and techno. He gives a concert for kids as part of Town Hall’s Saturday Family Concerts.

 

The Odyssey: An Exploration of Myth, Magic and Monsters

Book-It Repertory Theatre

10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9

Vashon Island Center for the Arts

19600 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon

Book-It’s touring company presents this family-friendly adaptation of the Journey of Odysseus.

 

 Monster Jam

Saturday, March 16, 7 p.m.

CenturyLink Field

800 Occidental Ave S

You know how some little kids concoct confrontations for their toy cars, complete with leaps, crashes and expressive vroom-vroom noises? Well, this Saturday you can see adults play with giant cars, complete with leaps, crashes and expressive vroom-vroom noises. Noise-canceling headphones advised for all.

 

Pinocchio

March 17 and 23

Pacific Northwest Ballet

McCaw Hall

321 Mercer St

This one-hour ballet for children features the young dancers of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School bringing Pinocchio’s adventures to life.

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