It’s Decembrrrr and you’re already feeling holiday mayhem.  Where to start—shopping, caroling,  celebrating? Not to worry, we’ve got ideas to keep you so warm and toasty (on the inside and out) you’ll think you’ve fallen into a cup of marshmallow-filled hot cocoa.  Make some holiday crafts at various open houses, listen to kid-rock music, go to the theater and hit a Hanukkah-themed pajama party.  For good eats, check out a complimentary kids pancake brunch at Monsoon East on Saturday, share a cup of tea with Santa at the Woodmark Hotel or take a gingerbread house class at Lisa Dupar Catering. For some great shopping deals, head to Kate Quinn Organics in Kirkland this weekend where a host of local companies (Babylegs, See Kai Run, Eight3one and Knuckleheads) are hosting a joint pre-holiday sale.

EXPLORE: Lynnwood/Martha Lake
marthaplayarea1If winter has you feeling a tad cooped up, yearning for those summer days you spent lingering by the lakes, we’ve got a perfect solution.  Pack up the kids and head to Lynnwood’s Martha Lake neighborhood. First stop, Martha Lake Park. This often-overlooked gem features a serene fishing dock, as well as boardwalks through wetlands where the kids can feed the ducks. Plenty of parking borders the fully fenced play area. Read more

Community Communing
Seattle Audubon Society Open House This is one holiday event that’s truly for the birds. (And we mean that in a good way!)  Fab kids’ activities include making PB & Seed pinecone feeders, beeswax candles and cranberry popcorn chains. Plus, parents can check out the Society’s cool gift shop offerings. Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seattle, Free. Read more

Music To Our Ears
The Not Its and Recess Monkey Show Consider it a holiday twofer, double trouble, twice as nice. Whatever you call it, get to The Vera Project on Sunday for a joint musical concert by two of Seattle’s most rockin’ kid-friendly bands. Sun., 11 a.m., Seattle. $5 per person of $15 per family. Read more (P.S., You can also jam with Recess Monkey on Saturday at this Santa breakfast!

Better Than TV
The Mitten at Moonpaper Tent Theater What kid can’t relate to a story about a lost mitten? The Littles will especially love spirit and magic of this rendition of the Ukrainian folktale about how a boy’s lost mitten in the snow becomes a warm haven for animals that need shelter. Opening night is Fri., 7 p.m.; Show runs through Dec. 20. Seattle, $10. Read more


Festivus for the Rest of Us
Hanukkah Pajama Jam at Mercer Island SJCC Hanukkah crafts and games, face painting, gift-wrapping lessons, latke-eating and a music concert are all part of this fun holiday carnival.  Sun., 12:30 to 4 p.m., Mercer Island, Free. Read more

Artsy Fartsy
CF Kids Holiday Open House Sure, there have been sightings of the jolly-dude-in-red. But have you seen his better half?  Mrs. Claus will be holding court, with a reading of “Elf on the Shelf”, toy demos and a session on making wrapping paper.  Sat. 5:45 to 9 p.m., Bellevue, Free. Read more

Community Communing
Redmond Lights It’s the town’s 11th annual holiday celebration. Bring the kiddos for face painting, cookie decorating, craft making, bell ringing, caroling, and general yuletide fun. Sat., 3 to 9 p.m., various locations in Redmond, Free. Read more