With the start of a new year comes new events and new activities. If you’re looking for fun ways to keep your crew happy and entertained this month, check out our list of January offerings. It consists of a mix of indoor activities and outdoor adventures guaranteed to stave off the winter blues and keep everyone active.

photo: Carol Rosegg 

Indoor Fun & Frivolity

Indoor activities are a must-have during the winter months. Lucky for us, Seattle has a plethora of perfectly entertaining events happening in January. 

Finding Neverland
STG Presents and Broadway at The Paramount welcome this heartwarming national touring production of Finding Neverland to The Paramount Theater. A musical rendition of the Academy Award-winning film by the same name, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers—Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures and shenanigans, Barrie sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible, and discovers when you believe, you can fly!

Good to Know: Special matinée performances (perfect for young theatergoers) will be offered on Jan. 14 & 15, 2017.

The Paramount Theater
911 Pine St.
Seattle, Wa 98101
Online: stgpresents.org/paramount/calendar/eventdetail/2582/-/finding-neverland

Dates: Jan. 10-15, 2017
Times: 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 10-12; 8 p.m. on Jan. 13;  2 p.m. & 8 p.m. on Jan. 14; 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 15.
Cost: Tickets range from $30-$100 depending on seat selection and availability.

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL
If you’ve got a lil’ monster truck lover, then you don’t want to miss the big trucks, big tires and dirt-flying, car-crushin’ action at the T Dome this January. This exclusive showcase of endurance, versatility and extreme driving skills will feature some of the best Monster Jam trucks around highlighted by more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more action than ever before.

For die-hard Monster Jam fans, the Pit Party on Saturday, Jan. 14 will offer an opportunity to visit the venue floor, meet some of the drivers and see some of your favorite trucks up close. Plus, fans can take photos and get autographs as well as take in other attractions exclusive to this party including practice runs.

Tacoma Dome
2727 E. D St.
Tacoma, Wa 98421
Online: monsterjam.com
Tickets: monsterjam.com/en-US/events/tacoma-wa-0

Dates: Jan. 13-15, 2017
Times: Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.; Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. (Pit Party from 10:30 a.m.-noon); Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $15-$45 (additional $10 for a Pit Party pass)

grave digger

photo: Feld Entertainment 

The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats
The Seattle Children’s Theatre is at it again with this delightful rendition of some of Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved children’s stories. With live-action players and imaginative shadow puppetry, stories like A Letter to Amy, Whistle for Willie, Goggles! and winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal The Snowy Day, will come to life on stage and remind everyone to make the most of every day.

Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online: sct.org/Shows/2016-2017-Season/The-Snowy-Day-and-Other-Stories-by-Ezra-Jack-Keats-2#More-Details

Dates: Jan. 19-Feb. 26, 2017
Times: 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 & 20; 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 21; 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 22; 7 p.m. on Jan. 26-27; 2 p.m. on Jan. 28; 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 29; 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 29. 
Cost: $22-$40

Seattle Children’s Film Festival
No doubt you’ve heard of SIFF, Seattle’s venerated International Film Festival. But did you know that the largest annual competition for kids flicks on the West Coast also calls Seattle home? The Seattle Children’s Film Fest kicks off its 2017 showcase in January with nearly 170 short films and 12 feature films that represent 52 countries and 37 languages.

Curated and produced by the Northwest Film Forum, this 12-day event sets out to promote “racial equity and diversity, inclusively, social justice, global awareness, and the best in age-appropriate, visual storytelling for young people.” And with its myriad of events including hands-on workshops, live performances and even a pancake smorgasbord, there’s something fun for everyone.

Good to KnowMost events are held at the NW Film Forum. Check the 2017 Festival Schedule for information on other venues.

Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98122
Online: childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org

Dates: Jan. 26-Feb. 11, 2017
Times: Varies. See the schedule for show times. 
Cost: $6/Film Forum Members; $8/Students, Seniors & Kids (12 & under). Festival passes, one– and two-weekend passes and Pancake Breakfast tickets are also available and range from $15-$90.

Indoor Pools and Water Play Centers
If the Littles need to get the wiggles out, how about some wintery, watery fun? Indoor pools and activity centers are a lifesaver during the colder months. Kids and parents alike can suit up and splash around in the heated pools, float along the chlorinated currents of the man-made mini rivers and plop their patoots at the top of a water slide resulting in a splash of smiles… some bigger than others.

Dates and Times: Days and hours are location-specific. Check out our favorite spots to splash and get the inside scoop on Tacoma’s newest pool and first indoor spray pad


photo: Snohomish Aquatic Center

Outside, Arts & Urban Adventures

State Parks Free Days
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom will keep Seattleites inside, and the Washington State Parks Department knows it! Every year, they choose a series of dates to open up our state parks—-free of charge—for those families who may not have a Discover Pass. And this January, there happens to be three free days on the calendar, so you can get out and do some hiking, biking or riding with your little, and not-so-little ones in tow. 

Good to Know: View the list of Washington state parks here and be sure to add the other 2017 Discover Pass free days to your calendar.

Dates: Jan. 1, 15 & 16, 2017
Times: Park hours vary depending on the weather and season. All day-use areas close at dusk.
Cost: Free

Fort Flagler State Park

photo: Jon Stahl via flickr

Art Walks
It’s never too early to get your kiddos interested in art. And lucky for us, Seattle always has something artsy brewing around town. There are currently 18 different Art Walks scattered throughout the city, each reflecting the flavor and culture of its corner of the Emerald City. And, yes, Art Walks happen year ’round, but with so many happening throughout the year, you’d better start now if you want to see them all by the end of 2017.

DatesDates vary by neighborhood. Visit seattleartists.com to get started in your ‘hood. 
TimesVary, but typically take place in the early evening from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. or 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Free

Urban Adventure Quest
If one of your resolutions for 2017 is to get out and explore our great city, why not consider a scavenger hunt? Urban Adventure Quest has created scavenger hunts throughout downtown Seattle that’ll take you from iconic Seattle destinations to lesser known spots and quirky stops in between. Each scavenger hunt is designed to get the whole family involved (from tots to teens) and is a perfect activity for groups of friends.

Good to Know: Math and reading skills, logic, a smartphone with an internet connection and teamwork are required to participate. Use promo code Redtri20 to receive a 20% discount on any quest in all 40 cities Urban Adventure Quest serves.

Online: urbanadventurequest.com/tours/things-to-do/seattle/default.aspx

Dates: Open year-round
Times: 24 hours a day
Cost: $30 for the Seattle Mini Quest which lasts 1.75-2.5 hours; $45 for the Seattle Quest which lasts 2.5-3 hours

Does your family have a favorite January event or activity? Tell us in the Comments below. 

— Kelly Doscher