Erika’s Top 6 Picks for January
Small Frye: Storytelling in the Galleries, First Fridays
Frye Art Museum and Seattle Children’s Theatre have partnered up for a fun, free, imaginative, interactive drop-in story time. Kids get to use props, sound and movement to experience books using their own imaginations. And after the story time you get to visit the galleries. Great for kids ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Front carriers must be used in lieu of strollers; plan to check all diaper bags and backpacks at the information desk. http://fryemuseum.org/program/small_frye.
Night Walk, Jan. 6
Pull on your warmest hat and mittens, eat lots of carrots and warm up your vocal chords because you’ll be exploring Lewis Creek Park by night with experts from the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Learn how nocturnal creatures see in the dark, get a close look at some nocturnal animal skulls, conduct a few nighttime sensory experiments, and hoot for owls. Pre-registration required – this class fills up fast. www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Mercer-Slough/families-groups.html.
Saturday Family Concert, Jan. 14
It’ll be cold everywhere in Seattle in January except for Town Hall where Gloria Napualani Kalamalamakailialoha and her dancers will be dancing the Hawaiian hula, the New Zealand Maori haka and various Tahitian dances in an interactive South Seas experience complete with some Tahitian drumming. Free for those 12 and younger with a paying adult. www.townhallseattle.org.
Thumbelina: The Original Flower Child, Jan. 14
A favorite Hans Christian Andersen tale is staged by Northwest Puppet Center using shadow figures, live music and sound effects. Take a journey with heroine Thumbelina as she discovers a place just her size in the world. Plus you get to visit the puppet museum 30 minutes before or after the performance. Perfect for kids 4 and older. The show runs thru Jan. 29. 29th. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/203327.
Lion Dance, Family Fun Day and Oshogatsu, Jan. 21
The Year of the Dragon is about to begin, so it is time to feed the lions … well, the Lieu Quan Lion Dance Team, that is. They will be dancing away any bad luck at The Wing Museum, and donations to the lion team are welcomed by feeding the lions during the dance. Then come learn how to make washi paper pencil holders with local artist Mizu Sugimura followed by a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. www.wingluke.org.
Pancake Breakfast & Short Film Smorgasbord, Jan. 28
You can’t beat this Saturday morning event. Start the day with an all-you-can-eat pancake & bacon breakfast, followed by the seventh annual Children’s Film Festival screening of live action and animated films from around the world. The films are amazing and the pancakes are fluffy. It’s no surprise that this event sells out, so be sure to pre-register. www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org.