Here are some fun things you can do with your family in the greater Seattle, Washington area for the month of March 2011. If you see a fun family-themed event not listed please share by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post.
1 – Free Ice Skating – 3-5:30pm / 6-8:30pm. Take advantage of the ice in place on the KeyArena floor for the recent Smucker’s Stars on Ice show. No admission 30 minutes before the session ends. 305 Harrison Street, Seattle. 206-684-7200. www.seattlecenter.com
2 – Knack “Make It/Take It Event” at Michael’s Craft Stores – 10am-Noon. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and create your own Seuss-themed bookmark. Ages 3 and up; while supplies last. Visit www.michaels.com for participating store locations.
2 – Celestial Viewing – 7 -9pm. If the skies are clear, view celestial objects through the telescopes at UW Observatory. Donations accepted. Limited parking with possible fee; check in at Gate 2. On the corner of 17thAve NE and NE 45th Street, Seattle. www.astro.washington.edu/groups/outreach
2-3 – America’s Got Talent – 1pm / 6pm. The popular show comes to Seattle! Watch singers, dancers, comedians and others compete. Free ticket required for admission. The Paramount Theatre 911 Pine Street, Seattle. 877-784-4819. www.stgpresents.org
4 – Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center – Noon to 4 p.m. Musical Storytelling is offered at 1:30 p.m. for ages 2 to 5. Groups of 6 children or larger must pre-register at 206-336-6613. www.seattlesymphony.org
4 – Teen Art Studio – 6:30pm-9:30pm. Teens ages 13-18 are welcome to explore art from a professional artist. Materials and refreshments provided, space limited so arrive on time. Gage Academy of Art 1501 10th Ave E. Seattle. 206-323-4243. www.gageacademy.org
4 – Violent Universe – 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm. Planetarium show narrated by Patrick Stewart, followed by a brief tour of the night sky. Ages 6 and up. No late seating. Space limited. Bellevue College – Willard Geer Planetarium, Building B – Rm. 244 3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue. 425-564-3055 www.brownpapertickets.com
4 – Open Mic Night at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater—Sign up at 7pm, show begins at 7:30pm. Perform family-friendly songs, skits and jokes. Donations welcome. 1211 4th Street, Snohomish. 360-568-9412. www.thumbnailtheater.com
5 – Historic Paramount Theater Tour—10am-11:30pm, free 1st Saturday of the month. Meet in front of the main entrance of the theatre on the corner of 9th and Pine by 10 am. www.stgpresents.org/paramount/tours.asp
5 – Home Depot Kids Workshop – 9am-Noon. Create your own race car. Aurora Village Home Depot. 1335 N 205th St. Seattle 206-546-1900.
7 – Moms Club Open House – 10:15am-Noon. Join the MOMS Club of Seattle-NW for an open house featuring toys, coloring activities and children’s entertainment. Ballard Library 5614 22nd Ave NW, Seattle. www.momsclubseattlenw.org
12 and 13 – 2011 Irish Festival – Noon-6pm. Features Irish and Celtic products, music, singing, dancing, workshops, lectures, cultural displays, Irish films, children’s activities, and more. Seattle Center House 206-427-3027 www.irishclub.org/center.htm
12 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 12:30-2pm. Parade starts from 4th Ave at Jefferson in downtown Seattle, proceeds along 4th Ave to the reviewing stand at Westlake Park, and ends at the Seattle Center with closing ceremonies at 2pm. www.irishclub.org/parade.htm
14 and 17 – Free Hula/Tahitian Dance Class – Try out a hula/Tahitian dance class. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. March 14, ages 3 and older. 6 to 7 p.m. March 17, ages 12 and older. Dance Academy of Bellevue 626 120th NE, Suite B-102 Bellevue. 808-343-2231 Leilahawaii@hotmail.com
15 – Author Appearance: Mark Teague – 7-7:30pm. Mark Teague shares his new picture book, “LaRue Across America: Postcards From the Vacation” (recommended reading for ages 4 to 8). Secret Garden Bookshop 2214 NW Market Street, Seattle. 206-789-5006 www.secretgardenbooks.com
19 – Purim Family Celebration – 9:30am-12:30pm. Megillah reading, parade, sing-a-long and Sesame Street-themed carnival featuring games, prizes and activities including a family photo booth. Temple B’nai Torah 15727 NE 4th Street, Bellevue. 425-603-9677 www.templebnaitorah.org
19 and 20 – Rock and Gem Show – 10am-5pm. Includes junior activities, demos, displays, grab bags, Rockosaurus rides, Rockhound Dinner, dealers and more. Lake City Community Center 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle. www.northseattlerockclub.org
27-Pike Place Market Scavenger Hunt—11am-4pm. Receive clues and search for 10 destinations in a timed and scored contest for prizes. Participants receive yellow construction hat (while supplies last). Pike Place Market near the bronze piggy bank. 1501 Pike Place, Seattle. 206-682-7453 www.pikeplacemarket.org
The following museums offer free admission Thursday, March 3rd:
OTHER FUN EVENTS
4 – Wow Wow Wibble Woggle World – 10am-10:50am. Join Cyndi Soup and her puppet friends as she visits Tim Noah in Wazzie Woodle Land. Tickets: $5 at the door. Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater 1211 4th Street, Snohomish. www.thumbnailtheater.com
4 – Wetland Wigglers: Spring – 11am. Discover the connections between healthy watersheds, wetlands, wildlife, fish and aquatic insects. Includes live critters from the NW Stream Center resident pond. Age 4 to adult. Tickets: $7. 600 128th St SE, Everett. 425-316-8592 www.streamkeeper.org
4-6 – Comicon – Various times per day. The Northwest’s premier comic book and pop culture convention welcomes superhero-loving kids. Tickets: $15 to $25, free ages 10 and younger with adult. WA State Convention Center 800 Convention Place, Seattle www.emeraldcitycomicon.com
19 – Alki Street Scramble – 9am-1pm. Score points by visiting 30 checkpoints on a map and answer simple questions to prove you were there. Awards and refreshments. Alki Beach Park, Seattle. Tickets: $20 ($25 day-of-event). Youth (age 13-21): $10 ($15 day-of-event). Kids age 6-12: $5. Kids 5/under: Free. www.streetscramble.com
26 and 27 – VegFest – 10am-6pm. Everything vegetarian: food samples, cooking demonstrations, speakers, books, area for nursing moms, kids’ food area and entertainment. $8, free ages 12 and younger. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall 305 Harrison St. Seattle. 206-706-2635 www.vegfest2011.org
These deals were compiled just for you by specialist Denise, a married homeschooling mom of 3 crazy kids ages 15, 12 and 10. She works from home for a local dancewear company and enjoys blogging, reading, working out, drinking borderline dangerous amounts of chai tea, and receiving gifts of the pink and sparkly variety.