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Theater, music, dance, monster trucks: Winter 2020 family entertainment guide

Collin Baja as Sven and F. Michael Haynie as Olaf in the touring stage production of "Disney's Frozen," opening Feb.7 in Seattle.


Seattle in winter is lively when it comes to entertainment, and every weekend there are great family options for concerts, plays, and other shows. There are all kinds of ways to experience the performing arts. Also, monster trucks. Read on to learn more:


Theater and Dance

Fiddler on the Roof

Jan. 14 through 19

Paramount Theatre

911 Pine St.

This is a new revival of a classic musical about Jewish life in Russia more than a century ago. When deciding whether it is suitable for your children, keep in mind that there are scenes of anti-semitic violence.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Jan. 18 through Feb. 9

Second Story Repertory

Redmond Town Center

7325 166th Ave NE Ste F250, Redmond

See Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan, Mr. Tumnus, the White Witch and Aslan on stage in this theater version of the most beloved of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia stories.



Jan. 31 through Feb. 9

Pacific Northwest Ballet

McCaw Hall

321 Mercer St

If your kids are up for a full-length ballet, this one has a familiar fairy tale plot, with magic, romance and comedy, wonderful costumes, and a score by Prokofiev, performed by a live orchestra.



Jan. 31 through Feb. 23

5th Avenue Theatre

1308 5th Ave

Four royal sisters visit the Deep Dark Forest and find their own happy endings in this new musical that scrambles fairy tale plots.


Snow White

Feb. 6 through March 15

Seattle Children’s Theatre

201 Thomas St

This production comes with the warning “Forget everything you thought you knew about Snow White.” Expect a radical rethinking of the familiar tale.


Disney’s Frozen

Feb. 7 through March 1

Paramount Theatre

911 Pine St

Frozen’s tale of estranged sisters in Arendelle comes to the Paramount stage with all the hits and no shortage of sparkle.


The Fluffy Tale of Adventure

Feb. 29 through March 15

Second Story Repertory

Redmond Town Center

7325 166th Ave NE Ste F250, Redmond

A story about a kid, a sheep, and a half-squirrel-half-wolf, or “squolf,” who rescue a village called Peanut Woolhaven.


Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!

1 p.m. Sun. March 8

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.


Hansel & Gretl & Heidi & Gunther

March 12-April 19

Village Theatre

Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

303 Front St N, Issaquah


Everett Performing Arts Center

2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett

A brand new musical centering on Hansel and Gretl, from the Grimm’s fairy tale,  and Gretl’s kids.


Sister Act

March 13-April 5

Fifth Ave Theatre

1308 5th Ave

A high energy musical based on the hit 1992 movie about a singer on witness protection who hides in a convent.


Beauty and the Beast

March 15, 21 and 22

Pacific Northwest Ballet

McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St

This one-hour narrated ballet for children presents the beloved tale.




Recess Monkey

Saturday, Jan. 11, 10:30 a.m. Mount Baker Community Club,2811 Mt Rainier Dr S

Sunday, Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m. Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 9131 California Ave SW

Three elementary school teachers make up Recess Monkey, a band specializing in kid-centric songs to rock out to.


The Harmonica Pocket

Sunday, Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m. Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 9131 California Ave SW

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m. Mount Baker Community Center, 2811 Mt Rainier Dr S

The Harmonica Project, a folkie duo from Port Townsend, is touring with a new, winter-themed children’s show.


Thione Diop

11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18

The Forum, Town Hall

1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)

Town Hall’s Saturday Family Concert features Thione Diop, a master percussionist who hails from Senegal and has a virtuosic command of the djembe, sabar, tama and djun djun.


Johnny Bregar

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25

Mount Baker Community Club

2811 Mt Rainier Dr S

A Bainbridge island singer-songwriter with a penchant for story songs comes to the Mount Baker Community Club Kindiependent Kids Rock Series. Tickets $5.


The Not-Its!

Sunday, Jan. 26, 10:30 a.m. Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 9131 California Ave SW

Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m. Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mt 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.


Caspar Babypants

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. Marysville Opera House, 1225 3rd St, Marysville

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m. Chautauqua Elementary School, 9309 SW Cemetery Rd

Saturday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m. Nerdfaire Con, Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St SW

Sunday, Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m. Brockey Center, South Seattle College, 6000 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA

Friday, Feb. 7, 5 p.m. Northpoint Cooperative Preschool, 6546 Dash Point Blvd NE

Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mt Rainier Dr S

Sunday, March. 8, 10:30 a.m. Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 9131 California Ave SW

Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m. Bainbridge High School, 330 High School Rd NE,
Bainbridge Island


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.


The Woodwinds: Peter and the Wolf

Seattle Symphony

Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8

Benaroya Hall

200 University Street

In Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” the flute makes the sound of a fluttering, twittering songbird, the clarinet portrays a cat, the oboe is the sound of a duck, a bassoon is Peter’s grandfather, and a chorus of French horns portray the wolf. Meet these characters in this Seattle Symphony program for kids aged five and under.


Sound Off!

Saturday, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, Feb. 29, March 7

Sky Church @ MoPop

325 5th Ave N

Bands of local youth musicians vie for audience-pleasing supremacy in the Museum of Pop Culture's annual battle-of-the-bands style contest.


Eli Rosenblatt

10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20,  North Bend Library, 114 E 4th St., North Bend. Free.

10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville. Free.

10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, The Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 9131 California Ave SW

10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Kenmore Library, 6531 NE 181st St. Free.

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St. Free

Rosenblatt plays danceable tunes using rythms and styles from around the world.


Wonder Women

Seattle Symphony

Saturday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m.

Benaroya Hall

200 University Street

The Seattle Symphony showcases women composers in this concert for kids aged six to 12.

Aaron Nigel Smith

11 a.m., Saturday Feb. 22

The Forum, Town Hall

1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)

Get ready to dance out some wiggles with a high-energy set from this Portland based artist and educator, part of Town Hall’s Saturday Family concert series.





Monster Jam

Friday Jan. 10 through Sunday Jan. 12

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. Noise-canceling headphones advised for all. If Tacoma is too far, fear not. Monster Jam is coming to CenturyLink Field on April 4.



Feb. 1, 2020

Edmonds Center for the Arts

410 4th Ave N, Edmonds

A free celebration of all arts for kids, including theater and musical performances. (The Not-Its! go on at 2:45 p.m.)


Moisture Festival

March 12 through April 5

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 7:30 p.m., the show is all ages, but there may be some adult talk.

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