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Wednesday, May 4

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Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

when: May 4 - May 15

where: Lower Queen Anne, EMP Museum , 325 5th Ave. N., Seattle , Wa

cost: Included with admission; Free for EMP Museum members

ages: All

After 10 years, tottini will be closing- we will close our doors forever in May. In the meantime, everything must go! Discounts from 20% off, while supplies last. All inventory is being sold- so don't wait to come visit us and shop, shop, shop.

Tottini Store Closing Sale

when: May 4 - May 13 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Seattle, Tottini, 259 Yale Ave. N., Seattle, Wa

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Play Minecraft in a Movie Theatre

when: every Wednesday

where: SELECT SEATTLE AREA MOVIE THEATRES, Seattle, Wa

Thursday, May 5

Museum of Flight

Free First Thursdays at The Museum of Flight

when: first Thursday of the month from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

where: Boeing Field, The Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Wa

cost: Free

ages: All

After 10 years, tottini will be closing- we will close our doors forever in May. In the meantime, everything must go! Discounts from 20% off, while supplies last. All inventory is being sold- so don't wait to come visit us and shop, shop, shop.

Tottini Store Closing Sale

when: May 5 - May 13 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Seattle, Tottini, 259 Yale Ave. N., Seattle, Wa

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Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

when: Various dates Apr. 14-May 22, 2016

where: Lower Queen Anne , Seattle Children's Theatre , 201 Thomas St., Seattle, Wa

cost: $15

ages: 3 & older

Mercer Island Parks and Recreation is hosting Nancy Stewart at the M.I. Community & Event Center. Join us for a good old fashioned sing along!

Sing With Our Kids: Family Sing Along with Nancy Stewart

when: May 5 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

where: Mercer Island, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island , Wa

cost: Free

ages: All

Hello Kitty Robot c2004

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

when: May 5 - May 15

where: Lower Queen Anne, EMP Museum , 325 5th Ave. N., Seattle , Wa

cost: Included with admission; Free for EMP Museum members

ages: All

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Free First Thursdays at KiDiMu

when: First Thursday of the month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m

where: Bainbridge Island , Kids Discovery Museum, 301 Ravine Lane N.E., Bainbridge Island, Wa

cost: Free

ages: All

Museums

Free First Thursday at MOHAI

when: First Thursday of every month from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

where: South Lake Union, MOHAI at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle, Wa

cost: Free

ages: All

After our twins were born, my husband and I agreed that we would throw simple, affordable birthday parties for them. They would celebrate just as we had when we were young – at home, with homemade cake and homemade entertainment. Most kids, after all, do not know the difference between ganache and fondant – the icing just has to be pink. We also decided to follow the golden rule of children’s birthday parties – limit the guest count to the age of the child. Miraculously, we have managed to stick to most of these principles. Until recently, that is. This winter our twins turned 5 and, despite following the prescribed guest count rule of 5 kids per 5-year-old twin, the number of birthday guests, which included parents and siblings, swelled to a whopping 38. It was clear that our 2-bedroom condo would not be able to accommodate so many people -- it could barely accommodate us – so, we began to search for a new venue. Without breaking the bank, I was determined to find an undiscovered gem – a place so cool and affordable that other parents would say to themselves, “Isn’t she clever? Now why didn’t I think of that?”  I immediately nixed bouncy houses like Jump Zone and Pump It Up, because they are noisy and chaotic -- it’s difficult to keep track of your children. These are the reasons, of course, that kids LOVE them, but I was looking for a place that would be enjoyable for both parents and kids. Next, I looked into local museums, but with packages starting at between $500 and $800, excluding food and drinks, I quickly crossed them off my list. The most affordable option, less than $50 an hour for a party room, came from the Chicago Park District. Most rooms, however, lacked ambiance. The decorations, refreshments and entertainment had to be brought in; so that, in the end, the cost savings was questionable. One Park District employee suggested swimming as a low-cost, onsite activity, but I could only envision the horror other parents would feel when they realized they were required to wear bathing suits to the party and decided against the idea. I was becoming increasingly envious of summer births. If my kids had been born in June, we could have had a party in the park and called it a day. Lastly, I looked into restaurants, where balancing affordability with fun was the biggest challenge. There are, however, a ton of great options in Chicago. Margie’s Candies on Montrose serves a 25-scoop Sunday for large groups, and the party room seats up to 20 kids. At O’Donovan’s in North Center, one of the oldest restaurants in Chicago, the cozy backroom is available for special events and a wandering magician performs magic tricks every weekend.  The place I couldn’t get out of mind, though, was Borelli’s. Its old-school game room with a ping pong table, Pac Man, pinball game, foosball and even a carnival ride reminded me of the rec rooms of my childhood. Most of the games are free, the food is buffet-style or ordered from the menu and desserts can be brought in. Best of all? Borelli’s is BYOB. It’s an economical, adult-friendly Chuck E. Cheeses. But, way better.   This year, we chose Borelli’s. Next year, who knows? I’m curious to see what else Chicago has to offer.

Free First Thursdays at NAAM

when: First Thursdays of the month at 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

where: Central District, Northwest African American Museum , 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle, Wa

cost: Free

ages: All

Burke Museum

Free First Thursdays at the Burke

when: Every first Thursday of the month at 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

where: University District, Burke Museum , 17th Ave. N.E. & N.E. 45th St., Seattle , Wa

cost: Free

ages: All

wing luke family fun day

Free First Thursday @ Wing Luke Museum

when: First Thursday of the month from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

where: International District , Wing Luke Museum , 719 S. King St., Seattle, Wa

cost: Free

ages: All

Friday, May 6

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Romeo and Juliet

when: Apr. 29-30 and May 1, 6 & 7, 2016 at various times

where: Crossroads, Bellevue Youth Theatre - Crossroads , 16051 N.E. 10th St., Bellevue, Wa

cost: $8-12

ages: All ages with parental discretion

Drop your kids off for three hours of nonstop action at My Gym including fitness games, active play, pizza and fun! Kids have their own party here at My Gym while grown-ups enjoy 3 hours to themselves. My Gym is the best babysitting around! Friday, April 15th- Tie Dye Friday, May 13th - Spring Fever Friday, June 3rd - Glow in the Dark Bash 6:00-9:00 PM $40 for members; $45 for non-members; $25 for siblings Space is limited-Reserve your spot! Reservations required. Potty Independent Please

Parents’ Night Out

when: May 6 at 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

where: Bellevue, My Gym Bellevue, 13800 Bel-Red Rd., Suite #3, Bellevue, Wa

cost: $35

ages: 2.5 & older (must be potty trained)

Parents' Night Out Attention, moms! The mother’s day is approaching, and you deserve some treat for being such an important person! Take the evening off for much less than the cost of babysitting! Drop your children off in a safe educational environment and go enjoy a nice evening of peace and quiet! Kids will be guided through a night full of drawing with professional teacher from Thrive Art School (kids will create an unique piece of Art they would be proud to take home and present on Mother's Day), a yummy snack with Russian pancakes and strawberry jam, and a mind-engaging games from The Lucky Pen. You'll find everyone happy when you pick up your little ones, and you'll be delighted with your night out on the town! Language: Russian

Parents’ Night Out

when: May 6 at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

where: Redmond, Thrive Art School at The Lucky Pen, 8275 166th Ave. N.E., # 202 , Redmond, Wa

cost: $50 for the first child; $45 for the second. $55 for tickets at the door

ages: 5-10

Join us for a morning of fun and fitness as we celebrate Mother's Day!! We will start with a calorie burning workout, followed by a craft for the children!! We will keep you and your little ones moving incorporating cardio, strength and abs to boost your metabolism and tone your muscles!! Snacks will be provided by LUNA Bar!! Mark your calendars, you DO NOT want to miss this!! FREE TO ALL! Things to bring: a stroller, water, snacks and toys/books for the little ones

Mother’s Day Workout & Craft

when: May 6 at 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

where: Issaquah, Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah, Wa

cost: Free

ages: Mothers with stroller-aged kids

Hello Kitty Robot c2004

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

when: May 6 - May 15

where: Lower Queen Anne, EMP Museum , 325 5th Ave. N., Seattle , Wa

cost: Included with admission; Free for EMP Museum members

ages: All

Bellevue Arts Museum; No photo credit needed

Free First Friday at BAM

when: Every first Friday of the month from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

where: Bellevue, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue

cost: Free

ages: All

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HUGE Book Sale

when: May 6 - May 8 at varies (see listing)

where: Lower Queen Anne, Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center, 299 Mercer St., Seattle, Wa

cost: Free admission; books starting at $1

ages: All

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Paws-On Science: Husky Weekend @ PSC

when: May 6 - May 8 at 10 a.m.

where: Lower Queen Anne, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N. , Seattle, Wa

cost: Free with admission

ages: All

After 10 years, tottini will be closing- we will close our doors forever in May. In the meantime, everything must go! Discounts from 20% off, while supplies last. All inventory is being sold- so don't wait to come visit us and shop, shop, shop.

Tottini Store Closing Sale

when: May 6 - May 13 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Seattle, Tottini, 259 Yale Ave. N., Seattle, Wa

catinthehat

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

when: Various dates Apr. 14-May 22, 2016

where: Lower Queen Anne , Seattle Children's Theatre , 201 Thomas St., Seattle, Wa

cost: $15

ages: 3 & older

Fit4Mom West Seattle Stroller Strides Annual Summer Kickoff and Mother's Day event! *Friday, May 9th 9:30am, Alki Beach (meet at Bathhouse) *FREE hour workout *TONS of awesome local and national raffle prizes * Stuffed Goody Bags *Best price of the year to join West Seattle Stroller Strides! *Diaper Drive to support WestSide Baby... bring a diaper donation and get an additional raffle entry!

FIT4MOM West Seattle Mother’s Day Celebration

when: May 6 at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

where: West Seattle , Alki Bathhouse, 2701 Alki Ave. S.W., Seattle, Wa

cost: Free

ages: All

Saturday, May 7

Those planning for pregnancy, pregnant, new families, or those planning for more children are invited to join us at the Baby Bump Expo NW, the only big baby and maternity expo in the entire Pacific Northwest! Come to shop, come to learn, and come to celebrate!

Baby Bump Expo NW

when: May 7 at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

where: Downtown Seattle, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Pl., Seattle, Wa

cost: $22-25

ages: All

After 10 years, tottini will be closing- we will close our doors forever in May. In the meantime, everything must go! Discounts from 20% off, while supplies last. All inventory is being sold- so don't wait to come visit us and shop, shop, shop.

Tottini Store Closing Sale

when: May 7 - May 13 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Seattle, Tottini, 259 Yale Ave. N., Seattle, Wa

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Mom & Me At The Zoo

when: May 7 at 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

where: Phinney Ridge, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, Wa

cost: $12.25-19.95 (2 & under and members free; moms half off)

ages: All

catinthehat

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

when: Various dates Apr. 14-May 22, 2016

where: Lower Queen Anne , Seattle Children's Theatre , 201 Thomas St., Seattle, Wa

cost: $15

ages: 3 & older

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Adventure Kids Playcare Spring Festival

when: May 7 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Issaquah, Issaquah Commons, 775 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Seattle, Wa

cost: Free

ages: All

Tacoma City Ballet’s Storybook Ballet Theatre Fairytale Tea Party features a “Hosted Tea Party” served with “Petite Ballets” based on children’s classic fairytales, nursery rhymes, proverbs, and fables. A delightful enchantment for audiences of all ages, Storybook Ballet Theatre Fairytale Tea Party is only 1-Hour and 15 Minutes. Guests are encouraged to attend costumed as a favorite Storybook Character. May 7th at 11, 1:30 & 4pm

Tacoma City Ballet: Storybook Ballet Theatre

when: May 7 at 11 a.m. ,1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.

where: Tacoma, Merlino Art Center, Jan Collum Ballroom Theater, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma , Wa

cost: $15-$20

ages: All

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Pike Place Market Flower Festival

when: May 7 - May 8 at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Downtown Seattle, Pike Place Market, 85 Pike St., Seattle, Wa

cost: Free

ages: All

Pop Stars eat food too, but what are their favorite foods? This is our third installment of this popular series. We will be making the favorite foods of some of today's brightest talent including, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, R5 and The Vamps. Early Drop Off-9-10am & After Camp Care-2-3pm will be offered for a minimal fee of $15 for each.

A Children’s Culinary Adventure

when: May 7 at 10 a.m. to noon

where: Ballard, Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St, Seattle, Wa

cost: $10-15

ages: 7-11

All aboard! Visit the Northwest Railway Museum for a unique living history experience that has been a part of western Washington since 1957. Northwest Railway Museum visitors can catch a train to another time where they experience how railroads influenced settlement and everyday life in Washington State. Full passenger round- trip excursions are 75 minutes long and begin on Saturday, April 5th. Each Saturday and Sunday through October*, the Northwest Railway Museum offers scenic rides through the Cascade Foothills to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. Visitors explore train cars, exhibits, and a Victorian-era depot while following in the footsteps of more than 1 million travellers who have passed through its doors since 1890. They also experience travel before the age of Interstate highways while seeing, riding and feeling the excitement of a working railroad with all of its bells and whistles. Regular trains operate weekends beginning April 5th and run through October 19th. Passengers board the train in Snoqualmie, 38625 SE King Street, at 12:01 p.m., 1:31 p.m. or 3:01 p.m., or in North Bend, 205 McClellan Street, at 12:31 p.m. or 2:01 p.m. Admission is: $10 children, $15 seniors, $18 adults, under 2 ride free. The historic 1890 Snoqualmie Depot and bookstore are open to the public 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. Interested in becoming a Northwest Railway Museum member, go to www.trainmuseum.org. For more info call (425) 888-3030 or visit www.trainmuseum.org. *Regular round-trips suspended during Day Out With Thomas™, July 11-13 and 18-20, 2014

Mother’s Day Train Rides

when: May 7 - May 8 at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Snoqualmie, Northwest Railway Musuem - Snoqualmie Depot, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie, Wa

cost: $22/Adults; $20/Seniors, $12/Kids; Under 2 Free; Moms Free with paying child

ages: All

Hello Kitty Robot c2004

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

when: May 7 - May 15

where: Lower Queen Anne, EMP Museum , 325 5th Ave. N., Seattle , Wa

cost: Included with admission; Free for EMP Museum members

ages: All

Support Girls on the Run of Puget Sound and girls in the community by signing up to participate in the Spring 5K as a Community Runner! Our 5K is an untimed, non-competitive, female empowerment event that is open to everyone; including families, strollers and dogs!

Girls on the Run Spring 5K

when: May 7 at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

where: Sand Point, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, Wa

cost: $20-35

ages: All

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