Seattle's Child

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Erika's Weekend Picks December 6-7

Go ice skating, make art, run in your PJs, visit reindeer, eat chocolate or see a holiday play.


Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink
Sat/Sun Dec 7/8
Bellevue Downtown Park

Head east this weekend to skate, glide and slide into the holiday season at the region’s largest open-air ice rink. BYO skates and receive a discount, or rent them there. $10-15. Times vary daily; check the website. Find more skating rinks here.


Drawing Jam
Sat, Dec 7 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Gage Academy of Art

Gage Academy of Art’s annual drawing event is back and as fabulous as ever. The day features figure, portrait, and gesture models, food, DJs, live bands, solo performances, and art activities for the whole family. Art supplies, access to art instructors, and drawing demonstrations included. Plus, find a creative selection of gift ideas at the Holiday Bazaar and Small Works Sale. $15 tickets, free for kids 12 and younger.


Lake Forest Park Pajama Fun Run
Sat, Dec 7 9 a.m.-noon
Lake Forest Park

Leave on your PJs and raise money for Seattle Children's hospital while you run. Then enjoy some well-deserved hot chocolate and look for Santa! Race begins at 9 a.m. $30 per adult and $10 for children ages 5-18. Teams of 10 or more can designate their fees to any department, program or research project at Seattle Children's.


Issaquah Reindeer Festival
Sat/Sun Dec 7-8 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cougar Mountain Zoo

Head to Issaquah and meet Santa, his elves and his very own reindeer. Plus enjoy story time with an elf, watch candy canes being made, get your face painted and more. All proceeds support Santa’s Reindeer for the coming year. Event, which runs daily through Dec 23, included with zoo admission. $14.50, $13.50 seniors, $11.50 ages 2 to 12, free younger than age 2. 


‘Twas the Night
Sat/Sun Dec 7-8 ,11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m.
Studio East, Kirkland

The whole family will love this musical comedy brought to life on stage by Studio East, loosely based on the famous holiday poem. Recommended for ages 4 and older 11 a.m., the show runs weekends through Dec. 22. $20.


PNB Hosts Land of Sweets
Sat Dec 7 12-3 p.m.
Fran’s Chocolates Georgetown. 

Enjoy chocolate and tea samples while admiring costumes and props from Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker." Then listen to the story of "The Nutcracker" from an expert ballet storyteller while enjoying classical music. Pre-registration requested. $15/Adults and kids over 2; Kids under 2 free.  Pay at the door. 



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