Erika’s Top 6 Picks for December
Black Nativity, Dec. 8-24
It’s the 50th anniversary of this hand-clapping, roof-raising, joyful musical celebration written by Langston Hughes, American poet, journalist, novelist, memoirist and short story writer. Come celebrate the retelling of the Nativity at the Moore Theater in a show featuring a cast of Seattle area’s most talented actors, singers, dancers and musicians. Great for ages 5 to adult and a great way to kick off this holiday season. http://stgpresents.org/artists/?artist=1594.
Nutcracker Sweets, Dec. 9-10, 17
If you have been wishing you could take your little one to the Nutcracker ballet but worried about show times or length of performance, then this is your event. The Arc School of Ballet presents their ultra family-friendly version of the holiday classic in an hour-long performance that showcases both ARC’s professional and student dancers. Full of beautiful costumes, magical music and delightful dancing, this production will enchant your entire family. See the show at the ARC Theater Dec. 9-10 and at the Leo K. Theatre on Dec. 17. www.arcschoolofballet.org/node/4.
Concerts for Kids, Dec. 10
Northwest family favorite Nancy Stewart is back for some sing-along fun in her “Season for Singing” show at Northgate Community Center at 11 a.m. Warm up your pipes and join this national award-winning children's entertainer to learn and sing about holiday traditions of children around the world as well as the origins of some of our favorite local customs. Do you know why we decorate with holly? Well, Nancy does, so come join her at this great FREE event and find out! Ages 4 to 12 with an adult. www.hallerlakearts.org.
Kaddywompas Country Store & Curiosity Shop Radio Show, Dec. 10 and 17
Tim Noah and friends have created an outstanding show just in time for the holidays. Head on over to the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater in Snohomish for comedy, stories, songs, lots of laughter and a voracious variety of holiday fun all told in true hometown radio show style. www.thumbnailtheater.com.
The Big Spin, Dec. 18
This is an event that sells out quickly, so hop online and get your tickets right away. Baby Loves Disco is hosting this family-friendly fantastic fundraiser for Seattle Children’s Hospital for one afternoon only! Come be a part of a huge Hanukkah party featuring groovy music spun by KEXP’s Darek Mazzone, lots of dancing, snacks, bubbles, face painting, Pin the Shamesh on the Menorah and the largest spinning dreidel in the N.W. Named “The Best Kid Activity of the Decade” by Seattle Magazine, this community event is a sure bet to delight both kids and parents alike. www.thebigspin.org/.
Winter Wildland, Dec. 26 - Jan. 1
It’s a great time of year to take a trek to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park for the third annual Winter Wildland Celebration in Eatonville. Bundle up and wander the park to see how many animals are out and moving about despite the cold. And you’ll get to see them really move once they receive their holiday-themed treats and other enrichment. After your nose gets frosty, you can head to the indoor Discovery Center and learn all about how the animals adapt to winter. Activities are included with admission (free ages 2 and younger). www.nwtrek.org.