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DAZZLE in Maple Valley, as seen in YouTube video for DAZZLE 2020.

Weekend fun: Erika’s Picks for Jan. 1, 2 and 3

See a light show! Spy on the aquarium's seals.

Here are the top weekend picks. Happy New Year!

Holiday Magic at The Fair: A Festive Drive-Thru Experience 

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 2 and 3, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Puyallup Fairgrounds

There is still time to enjoy some seasonal lights with family and friends. This is the final weekend of Holiday Magic at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Enjoy a festive, safe holiday experience, drive-thru style, with breathtaking lights and whimsical moments. 

Dazzle: A Walking Holiday Light Experience 

Saturday, Jan. 2, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Maple Valley

You can still visit DAZZLE, a new Christmas tradition. You can walk the pathway and enjoy the lights, activations  and photo-worthy memories in the heart of Maple Valley. To provide a safe atmosphere for all, COVID-19 guidelines will be in effect: Face masks required for ages 5 and up, and timed entries for social distancing. Tickets are $10 per person. 

Seattle Aquarium Live Seal Feedings (Virtual) 

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 2 and 3, 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., FREE

Join the Seattle Aquarium as staff members feed the animals on site, even while the aquarium is closed. Enjoy watching the delightful harbor seals, Barney, Q and Hogan!

Feeding times may vary by 20 minutes and are not on a rigid schedule. Daily listed times are approximate. 

Christmas Bird Count 

Friday through Sunday, Jan. 1 through 3, FREE

It is Audubon’s 121st Christmas Bird Count and anyone can participate! This year, the count will be conducted through Jan. 5. There is a specific methodology to the CBC, and all participants must meet (virtually) in advance with the circle compiler. Each count takes place in an established 15-mile-diameter  circle, and count volunteers follow specified routes through this circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It’s not just a species tally — all birds are counted all day. If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. If your home is within the boundaries of a CBC circle, then you can stay home and report the birds that visit your feeder. Check out the sign-up link for information on how to contact the compiler.

Gage Academy of Art – Teen Art Studios Program (Virtual) 

Friday, Jan. 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. FREE

Calling all teens 13 to 18! Teen Arts Studio (TAS) is offered every Friday via Zoom. This free year-round youth arts program has increased access to arts education for 1,500 King County teens who face barriers or limited access to creative outlets, and who are experiencing homelessness or are at-risk, LGBTQIA, underserved or speak English as a second language. These 100% free Friday evening drop-in sessions each week include professional teaching artists and introduce new subjects and mediums — from drawing, sculpting, painting and printmaking to visual storytelling, cartooning and digital animation.

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About the Author

Erika Bigelow

Erika authors the weekly Stay-At-Home (nee Going Places) column. She lives in Seattle with her husband, three human kids, two furry kids and a school of fish. When she's not scribbling, cooking or chauffeuring, Erika enjoys running and reading, although not simultaneously.