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Wednesday, March 4

kurious cirque du soliel

Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

when: Mar 4 - Mar 22 at various times (see listing)

where: Redmond, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond , Wa

cost: $35 to $156

ages: 6 & older

Thursday, March 5

kurious cirque du soliel

Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

when: Mar 5 - Mar 22 at various times (see listing)

where: Redmond, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond , Wa

cost: $35 to $156

ages: 6 & older

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

goodnight moon

Goodnight Moon

when: Mar 5 - Apr 19 at various times (see listing)

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

cost: $25-36

ages: 3 & older

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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

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

Museum of Flight

Free First Thursdays @ Museum of Flight

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

where: Boeing Field, Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, 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

Empower Your Child With Learning Mandarin Chinese

Toddler Time at Imagine Children’s Museum

when: Feb. 12-26, Mar. 5-26 and Apr. 9-30 from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

where: Everett, Imagine Children's Museum, 1502 Wall St., Everett, Wa

cost: $30-50

ages: 15-30 mos

Friday, March 6

Bellevue Arts Museum; No photo credit needed

Free BAM Day

when: Every first Friday of the month

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

cost: Free

ages: All

Classic and contemporary children’s stories are brought to life. Presented by the Frye Art Museum in partnership with Seattle Children's Theatre.

Small Frye: Storytelling + Art

when: First Fridays of the month from 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

where: First Hill, Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA

cost: Free

ages: 3-5

kurious cirque du soliel

Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

when: Mar 6 - Mar 22 at various times (see listing)

where: Redmond, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond , Wa

cost: $35 to $156

ages: 6 & older

goodnight moon

Goodnight Moon

when: Mar 6 - Apr 19 at various times (see listing)

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

cost: $25-36

ages: 3 & older

San Diego County Animal Services

Spring into Adoption at Seattle Humane Society

when: Mar 6 - Mar 8 at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Bellevue, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue, Wa

cost: $12-200

ages: All

Saturday, March 7

Doktor Kaboom!

Doktor Kaboom! It’s Just Rocket Science

when: Mar 7 at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

where: Kirkland , Kirkland Performance Center , 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland , Wa

cost: $15-20

ages: All

Asian Art Museum

Free First Saturdays for Families

when: First Saturday of every month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

where: Capitol Hill , Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle, Wa

cost: Free

ages: All

Kids, get ready to ROCK!! Recess Monkey returns for their last show of the  Kindiependent 2014/2015 series. Get your tickets early because this show will likely sell out! Saturday, March 21 10:30-11:30am Mount Baker Community Club 2811 Mount Rainier Dr. $15/family with advance ticket purchases or $5/person at the door Time Out New York recently named them the #3 Kindie band in America, just behind the iconic They Might Be Giants. Known for their contagiously exciting live shows, Recess Monkey strives to strike a balance between kid-centric ideas and musical authenticity. Lyrically, they weave jokes and puns together with universal childhood themes, speaking to both kids and their parents simultaneously with catchy, melodic songs.

Seattle Symphony Kids: Recess Monkey

when: Mar 7 at 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

where: Downtown Seattle , Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, Wa

cost: $12

ages: 3-8

kurious cirque du soliel

Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

when: Mar 7 - Mar 22 at various times (see listing)

where: Redmond, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond , Wa

cost: $35 to $156

ages: 6 & older

D2DMarch

Days to Delight – Let’s Go Fly A Kite

when: Mar 7 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

where: Nordstrom Kidswear, Various Locations

cost: Free

ages: 3-8

thistle theatre

Thistle Theatre presents Momotaro (Peach Boy)

when: Feb. 28 and March 1, 7, 8 at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

where: Bellevue , Bellevue Youth Theatre, 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue , Wa

cost: $10

ages: 3 & older

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Treasure Island

when: Weekends Feb. 14-Mar. 8, 2015 at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

where: Redmond, SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St., Redmond, Wa

cost: $10 (Sunday all-ages shows are $5)

ages: 5-12

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Kindiependent Kids Rock Series

when: Various dates Dec. 2014 through Apr. 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

where: Mount Baker, Mount Baker Community Clubhouse, 2811 Mount Rainier Dr. S., Seattle, Wa

cost: $15/family in advance or $5/person at the door

ages: All

Caspar Babypants is back to rock the Ridge with two shows! Chris Ballew, lead singer of The Presidents of the United States of America, lends his wacky chops to Caspar Babypants, purveyor of simple, good time sing-along music for kids and parents to enjoy together. “It’s not much of a stretch from The Presidents,” says Ballew. “I’m still singing songs about bugs and animals. I’m still drawing upon the same influences — old folk music and blues.” For the second show, bring a picnic lunch and a blanket if you’d like! Tickets available at the door or at Brown Paper Tickets: 10:30 show: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/614899 12:30 show: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/614902

Ridge Romp: Caspar Babypants

when: Mar 7 at 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

where: Phinney Ridge , Phinney Center Concert Hall (brick building down the hill), 6615 Dayton Ave. N., Seattle, Wa

cost: $5 (babes in arms free)

ages: All

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Dino Day

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

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

cost: $7.50-10 (5 & under and members free)

ages: All

goodnight moon

Goodnight Moon

when: Mar 7 - Apr 19 at various times (see listing)

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

cost: $25-36

ages: 3 & older

San Diego County Animal Services

Spring into Adoption at Seattle Humane Society

when: Mar 7 - Mar 8 at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Bellevue, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue, Wa

cost: $12-200

ages: All

Cinderella dreams of going to the ball to see the castle and meet the prince, but her jealous stepmother makes her daydream a living nightmare. With the help of her zany Fairy Godmother, and in true StoryBook style, Cindy and her plump pumpkin race to make her wish come true! Run Time: 55 min.

Storybook Theater’s Cinderella

when: Various dates Jan. 24-Mar. 15, 2015 at various times

where: Seattle, Wa

cost: $11

ages: 3 & older

Kids, get ready to ROCK! Saturday, Feb 21, The Not-Its! return to the Kindiependent Kids Rock Series at the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse. The Not-Its! kicked off the 2014/2015 Kindie season at the clubhouse to a near sell-out crowd. Don't miss their last appearance of the 2015 Kindiependent Kids Rock Series. The Not-Its! are on a mission to give kids their very first rock show experience with high-energy performances that make the ENTIRE family want to jump up and down and dance along. They have created a movement – a family connection that brings out the kid power in all of us…. The Not-Its! Nation!! Seattle magazine says, ""The band is as adult savvy as it is kid-friendly". Kindiependent is a group of rockin' Seattle musicians who are passionate about creating a vibrant kids' and family music scene in the Pacific Northwest. All winter long the best Seattle kids' bands perform on Saturday mornings at the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse. Showtime: 10:30-11:30am Tickets: $15/family with advance ticket purchases (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/923012) & $5/person day of the show ** We also have half-series family passes available. For just $55 your family of 4 can come to the remaining SIX Kindie concerts - including all your favorite Kindie performers! Buy tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1233621

Ballard Homestead Grand Opening

when: Mar 7 at 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

where: Fremont, Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, Wa

cost: $5-10 suggested donation (free from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.)

ages: All

Bellevue Arts Museum; No photo credit needed

Get Crafty Saturdays

when: every Saturday at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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

cost: Free with admission or $2 materials fee

ages: 4-12

Sunday, March 8

It's time to get messy and explore the more creative side of yoga! Our 2015 Spring break camp theme will be Art and Yoga. Children will enjoy a nurturing, supportive, non-competitive atmosphere, will stretch and energize their bodies and minds, learn to express themselves creatively with a variety of art materials, practice working cooperatively in large and small groups, be introduced to activities they may have not tried before, learn mindfulness, self-calming techniques and relaxation, develop special friendships and have loads of fun! The last day of this camp will include a "Holi" celebration. Holi, also known as the "festival of colors," is a traditional Indian celebration where participants play, chase and color each other with colorful powder and colored water. We will provide the powder as well as squirt guns and water balloons for this colorful water fight. Although these should be washable, it would be advised to make sure your child is dressed in clothes that can get messed up and towels! Snacks will be provided, but kids are asked to bring their own lunches. Sign up for our meal plan for an extra $30 and get a healthy lunches included! (only available for those who purchase whole series) Registration Deadline March 16, 2015

Free Adult and Children’s Yoga Classes

when: Mar 8 at 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

where: Lynnwood , Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood , Wa

cost: Free

ages: 5 & older

Children are guided through a full body warm up, then learn fun choreography to popular children's songs. Students are taught basic dance terminology and are introduced to a variety of dance styles including jazz, ballet, and hip hop. Next, children warm up their vocal chords and sing some of their favorite songs combined with movement. This is a great outlet for your little performer to shine! Meet the instructor: Jennily https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbwoyysRmqU

KIDZ BOP Make Some Noise Tour

when: Mar 8 at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Downtown Seattle, The Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle, Wa

cost: $18.50-48.50

ages: All

Bring the whole family and have an ArtVenture at the Henry! Join Jessixa Bagley, author and illustrator of children's books, for an exploration of the stories and books in Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E.

ArtVenture with Jessixa Bagley

when: Mar 8 at 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

where: University District, Henry Art Gallery - University of Washington, 15th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 41st St., Seattle, Wa

cost: $10/family (members free)

ages: All

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ArtVENTURES at Henry Art Gallery

when: Every second Sunday of the month

where: University District, Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle, Wa

cost: $10/family or free with membership

ages: 5-10

Pacific Science Center PreK-K Summer Camps

Ranger Program: Crows, Seagulls & Pigeons

when: Mar 8 at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

where: Bellevue , Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center - Douglas Fir Community Room, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue , Wa

cost: Free

ages: All

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LEGO Mania!

when: Various dates in 2014 & 2015

where: Seattle Public Libraries , Seattle

cost: Free

ages: 2-12 or 5-12

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