The countdown to Christmas is on! With only one week  left until the big day, we’ve got some fun ideas on how to spend time with the fam (and calm the pre-Santa jitters!). Consider: an ooey-gooey decorating party, a noisy morning at the HPCC, a disco party for a great cause, a night out on the town, a kid-friendly rock concert, and a super-fun holiday puppet show. If you’ve got a lil’ aviation enthusiast, head over to the Museum of Flight for the annual Wright Spirit Holiday Celebration. Celebrate the Wright brothers’ first powered flight with lots of family activities and live holiday music plus visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus who will be arriving in a vintage floatplane! Or take the fam to a Float In Movie. That’s right! Pack up your pool floaties and swim gear and catch a family-friendly movie (on the big screen!) while floating in the pool.

Seattle

Gingerbread House Decorating
Roll up your sleeves and get your hands messy at this annual event designed for the whole fam! Decorate your very own gingerbread house with lots of candy (think gumdrop rooftops, licorice windows, and peppermint paths!) and take it home to display with your holiday decorations. Fri., 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Seattle. $5 per family. Ages 1 and older. Event details.

Charlie The Noiseguy
What bellows like a reindeer, jingles like a sleigh bell, and flushes like a toilet? It’s the Noiseguy! Get ready for lots (and lots!) of giggling as you watch this wildly popular performer make realistic sounds with his nose. Plus, see how many funny faces the Noiseguy can make and learn how to make some realistic noises of your own! Sat., 10:30 am. Seattle. $3 to $15. All ages. Event details.

Baby Loves Disco For The Big Spin (pictured)
Calling all disco fans! Baby Loves Disco is coming back to Seattle (for the first time in 5 years!) for a special one time only benefit. The Big Spin will feature the BIGGEST kiddie disco around as well as healthy snacks, face painting, and super-fun Hanukkah activities (like Pin the Shamash on the Menorah!). Plus, spin the biggest dreidel in the Northwest for a chance to win some fab prizes! All proceeds from The Big Spin will benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital uncompensated care program. Sun., 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Seattle. $24 to $36 (under 1 free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Parents Night Out
Get your holiday shopping done or enjoy a night out on the town while your kiddos enjoy a fun evening at Unique Plus. On the agenda: a variety of entertainment, a healthy dinner, and lots of hands-on activities to stimulate their senses. Fri., 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm. Kirkland. $33 per child. Registration required. Ages 3-11. Event details.

Season of Rock with The Not-Its!
Go on a journey through the seasons with this wildly-popular kindie rock band! This action-packed, rockin’ performance will include plenty of kindie music, dancing, and movement! Sat., 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Redmond. Free. Ages 2 and older. Event details.

The Reindeer & The Dreidel Puppet Show
The folks at Dragon Theater Puppets have come up with a holiday performance sure to be a big hit with the little ones! See what happens when a little girl on her way to celebrate Hanukkah collides with Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Sun., 2:00 pm. Kirkland. Free. All ages. Event details.

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–Kristina Moy