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Top 10 Seattle-area winter break events

Make mochi, see the Bubble Man, or enjoy fun winter activities around town.

Winter break in rainy Seattle doesn't have to be all about movies and cookies and game nights (as much as we love those things). Our amazing city isn’t missing a beat of fun these next couple of weeks. Here are the exhibits, events, shows and celebrations that are not to be missed! 


Amazing Bubble Man Kids of all ages will bubble up with laughter at this lively show that’s equal parts comedy, science and magic. Dec. 28-29 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Kirkland Perforrmance Center, Kirkland.

Snow Day at Lake Union Play at the park, and at dusk enjoy the grounds, illumated by twinkling lights.  FREEThrough Jan. 20., 4 to 11:30 p.m. Denny Park (South Lake Union), Seattle.

Snowzone at PacSCi Step into a "magical" light installation by Lusio Lights, challenge your friends to an epic snowball fight (daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.), build a fort, and experience the sights and sounds of winter. Even take a picture with the Aboniminable Snowman! Dec. 21 – Jan. 5. (closed Dec. 25), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Science Center, Seattle. 

Daily Winter Themed Actvities at the Burke Check out the new Burke by entering the Ice Age or a snowy forest with fun, winter-themed, self-guided activities and crafts for all ages. Included with admission through Jan. 5. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Burke Museum of Natural History, University of Washington.

Model Train Festival See an impressive model train layout, including a new scale model of the historic Union Station. Kids can build their own train creations in a room loaded with LEGOs, Lincoln Logs and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 1. Washington State History Museum, Tacoma.

Winter Fishtival Learn about local wildlife, including birds, fish, tide pool animals and marine mammals. Special talks and activities are happening through Jan. 5. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seattle Aquarium, Downtown Seattle.

Mochi Tsuki 2020 Celebration Grab a giant mallet and take turns pounding sticky rice into sweet treats. Watch a Taiko drumming performance, learn about Japanese-American culture and so much more. FREE. Jan. 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Woodward Middle School, Bainbridge Island.

Cama Beach Winterfest Hunt for a handblown glass ball, make a wooden toy boat, and participate in "The Falconer" Raptor Program. Cama Beach offers plenty of fun activities to keep the family busy. Saturday, Dec. 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island. 

Kindiependent Concert Series Catch the last show of 2019 at the Mount Baker Community Club! Brian Vogan and his band will be playing kid-friendly tunes that are sure to get all of those wiggles out.  Saturday, Dec. 28, 10:30 a.m. Mount Baker Community Club, Mount Baker. 

Winter Wildland Get into the winter spirit by watching animals receive enrichments such as ice piles and trees decorated with treats. Dec. 28-29, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Eatonville. 


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