This weekend, we’re bidding farewell to 2016 and welcoming 2017 with a healthy dose of family fun!  On our party poppin’ radar: a show with amazing tricks, a rockin’ kindie concert, a global celebration under the Needle, a patriotic show along the sidewalks of Bellevue and a dazzling light display. If that’s not enough excitement, participate in the Resolution Run & Polar Bear Dive. This 5K run/walk with an optional dive into Lake Washington will feature a free Kids Dash, a beer garden for mom and dad and a huge chili feed. Happy New Year from all us at Red Tricycle!

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photo: The Bellevue Collection 


Amazing Bubble Man
Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for over 30 years with his art, magic, science and fun of bubbles! Head over to Hale’s Ales Palladium and watch as Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles by combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone on their toes. Wed.-Fri. Event details.

New Year’s Eve Concert with The Harmonica Pocket
There’s no need to stay up ‘til midnight when you can rock in 2017 with The Harmonica Pocket! Enjoy lots of singing, dancing, and family fun at the Mount Baker Community Center and toast the New Year at noon! Sat. Event details.

Celebrate the New Year Around the World
Count down to 2017 every hour at this special daytime party at the Seattle Children’s Museum. Celebrate the New Year as it arrives around the globe with a juice toast and special craft activity from the celebrating country. Plus, learn about each country’s cultural traditions. Sat. Event details.


Ring in the New Year at Celebration Lane (pictured)
Starting the day after Christmas, you can ring in 2017 along the sidewalks of downtown Bellevue. Line up early and get ready to enjoy Americana-inspired costumes and songs, dazzling lights and dramatic drumming with a New Year’s Eve twist. Psst! Be sure to watch for the bubbles as they fall from the sky. Mon-Sat. Event details.


Garden d’Lights 
This is your last weekend to enjoy the dazzling winter wonderland of twinkling lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Grab the stroller and take the Littles on a holiday journey filled with three-dimensional flowers, shrubs and animal characters. Insider Tip: Avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets onlineMon.-Sat. Event details.

Ivar’s Clam Lights
This is your last chance to see Ivar’s Clam Lights until next year. Bundle up your crew and head to Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park to see thousands of twinkling lights, holiday scenes and Ivar’s famous Dancing Clams. Mon.-Sun. Event details.

How are you planning to ring in 2017? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Kristina Moy