Here are some fun things you can do with your family in the greater Seattle, Washington area for the month of February. If you see a fun family-themed event non listed please share by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post.
1-Reading with Rover—6:30pm-7:30pm. Read to a therapy dog. Borders Books (Redmond Town Center) 7525 166th Ave NE Redmond. 425-869-1907. www.readingwithrover.org
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-Chinese New Year Celebration—10am-Noon. Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit; martial arts demos, snacks, songs, games. For ages 10 and younger, reservations recommended. Sponge School 3107 S. Day Street, Seattle. 206-227-7138. www.spongeschool.com
5-Chinese New Year Celebration—2pm-5pm. Includes a lion dance, calligraphy, mask making, martial arts demonstration and more. Wu Hsing Tao School – Talaris World Campus Bldg D Ste 1. 4000 NE 41st Street, Seattle. 206-324-7188 www.wuhsing.org
5-Healthy Kids, Healthy Families—12pm-4pm. Kids’ entertainment, plus teddy bear clinic, kids’ Zumba classes, “Ask-a-doc” for parents and more. Bellevue College cafeteria Bldg C 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E. Bellevue. 425-564-2366.
5-World Wetlands Day—10am-2pm. Union Slough, Everett. Help protect young trees from the cold. Tools, gloves and training provided. All ages, ages 9 and younger with one-on-one adult supervision. 206-382-7007. www.pugetsound.org
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. February tour features Merce Cunningham (choreographer) mini event. Reservations recommended. Contact [email protected]. www.stgpresents.org/paramount/tours.asp
5 – Home Depot Kids Workshop – 9am-Noon. Create your own heart-shaped shelf. Aurora Village Home Depot. 1335 N 205th St. Seattle 206-546-1900.
7-Freddy’s Monday at Pacific Science Center—10am-5pm. Free admission for the first 1,000 visitors. 200 2nd Ave N. Seattle. 206-443-2001. www.pacsci.org
10-CulturalFest—11am-2pm. Explore 35+ student-run country exhibit booths. See international music/dance performances at 7:30 and 9:30pm. Tickets $10-$15 per person. Meany Hall, University of Washington. 4015 15th Ave NE. Seattle. 206-543-0735 www.brownpapertickets.com
12-Concerts for Kids—11am, Northgate Community Center. Music for kids 4-12 that their parents will enjoy from Johnny Bregar. 10510 5th Ave NE Seattle. www.hallerlake.info/concertforkids.html
12 and 26 – Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics – Every other Saturday from 10-11am. Build your own heart-shaped music box and pull-back race car. Register at www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/Home.aspx
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
Free Valentine Craft Events at local Michaels Craft Stores – Call your local Michaels Store to confirm availability. www.michaels.com/Store-Events/store-events,default,pg.html
4-Make Your Own Candy Photo Holder—4-6pm.
5-Decorate a Creatology Doll (purchase of doll required)—10am-12 noon.
6-Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Box (purchase of white craft box required)—1-3pm.
8-Create a Valentine’s Day Puppet—10am-12 noon.
10-Decorate a Valentine’s Day Votive Holder (purchase of votive holder required)—6-8pm.
12-Decorate a Valentine’s Day Photo Frame (purchase of wooden frame required)—10am-12 noon.
The following museums offer free admission Thursday, Jan. 6th:
The Burke Museum – 10am – 8 pm. 4500 15 Ave N.E. Seattle 206-543-5590 www.burkemuseum.org
Museum of History & Industry –10am – 8pm. 2700 24th Ave E. Seattle 206-324-1126 www.seattlehistory.org
Seattle Art Museum -10am-12am. Free admission plus fee for special exhibits. 1300 1st Ave Seattle 206-654-3100 www.seattleartmuseum.org
Seattle Asian Art Museum – 10am-9pm. 1400 East Prospect Street Seattle. 206-654-3100 www.seattleartmuseum.org
Experience Music Project & Science Fiction Museum—5pm-8pm. 325 5th Ave N Seattle 206-770-2700 www.empsfm.org
Museum of Flight –5pm-9pm. 9404 E. Marginal Way S. Seattle. 206-764-5720 www.museumofflight.org
Kids Discovery Museum—10 am-4pm. 301 Ravine Way, Bainbridge Island. 206-855-4650 www.kidimu.org
Northwest African American Museum—11am-7pm. 2300 S. Massachusetts Street, Seattle. 206-654-3100. www.seattleartmuseum.org
OTHER FUN EVENTS
1-6th–Children’s Film Festival—125 films from around the world. Various times daily through Feb. 6. Tickets: $9 adults, $6.50 children, unless otherwise noted in the schedule, limited seating. Northwest Film Forum-1515 12th Ave Seattle. www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org
3-5th-Seussical Jr.—7pm Feb.3-5; 2pm Feb 5. Broadway style show featuring favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant & more. $8; reservations recommended. Northlake Universal Unitarian Church – 308 4th St. South, Kirkland. 425-936-2311.
4-13th–Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-Musical performed by students from Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre. Various performance times available. Tickets $15/each. Broadway Performance Hall 1625 Broadway, Seattle. www.brownpapertickets.com
4-13th –Cinderella—Various performance times, Thursday through Sunday. McCaw Hall 321 Mercer Street. Tickets available online or at the box office. 206-441-2424. www.pnb.org
4-20th–The Miracle Worker-The story of Helen Keller, performed by the Driftwood Players. Tickets $23; $20 seniors, military with ID and in uniform, and ages 18 and younger. Recommended ages 10 & up. 950 James Street, Edmonds. 425-774-9600 www.driftwoodplayers.com
5-6th – Model Railroad Show—10am-5pm Feb 5; 10am-4pm Feb 6. Model railroad displays in various sizes, vendors, swaps and more. Benefits Snohomish County 4H Foundation. Tickets $7, $5 seniors, 10-18. Free for ages 9 and under. Evergreen State Fairgrounds 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe. www.unwclub.org/unwshow.html
23-27th–Northwest Flower & Garden Show—Wednesday through Saturday, 9am-8pm; Sunday 9am-6pm. Visit over 350 exhibits plus ‘Sproutopia’ children’s area featuring hands-on activities, entertainment and more. Tickets: 0-11 years are free; 12-17 yrs $5; Adults $10/up (Half-day, advance purchase or at the door). Washington State Convention Center – 800 Convention Place, Seattle. www.gardenshow.com
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.