finnscooter_1We’re staring 2010 right in the eye, and boy, do we have some great ideas on how to ring it in.  Start with some kid-friendly New Year’s Eve festivities, including making your own fireworks, building a rocket and doing a clock countdown. For the weekend, move on to a Polar Plunge, a family sing-along and dinner out on the town.


Festivus for the Rest of Us
New Years at Noon, Kids Quest Let the kiddos ring in 2010 with make-your-own-fireworks crafts, some bubbly (in the form of a bubble-wrap stomp!) and of course a clock countdown.  Thurs., noon, Factoria, $7.50. Read more

Nibble & Sip
Purple Café and Wine Bar At first glance, with its castle-like wooden doorway, floor-to-ceiling wine racks and loud, bar-like ambiance,  you don’t expect Purple to be a great spot for kids. But it is! Get seated in one of the restaurants cave-like booths and order from the fab kid-menu, which features various grilled sandwiches, amazing shoestring fries, mac-n-cheese and a super-cool milk flight (chocolate, strawberry or plain). Hours and prices vary; Bellevue. Read more

Community Communing
2010 Polar Plunge Redmond Police hosts its 4th annual Polar Plunge (gotta love the name: Freezin for a Reason) and they’re awarding prizes to youngest plunger, best costume and more. All proceeds from event go to Special Olympics Washington.  Fri., Time TBA, Redmond. Read more


Museum Magic
Winter Break Blast Off Launch the new year right by building a glider or rocket, watching the Flying Gizmos show (where you get to fly remote-controlled planes) and doing other aviation-themed activities at this family workshop. All week, noon to 3 p.m., Seattle, $7.50; free for 4 and under. Read more

Music to our Ears
Sound of Music Sing-A-Long Come on, let your inner Liesl (or Maria or Gretel or Kurt ?) shine at this awesome, annual 5th Avenue Theatre event that has the whole crowd crooning along to the classic film.  Costumes encouraged, so better start sewing those old drapes into dresses. Sat. 1 and 7 pm; Sun. 1 pm, Seattle, $18 to $26. Read more

Music to our Ears, Part II
Caspar Babypants at Ridge Romp There’s no better way to rock in the new year than with a concert by Chris Ballew (aka Caspar) who will no doubt sing about bugs and animals and other things little people can relate to. Sat. 10 am (show starts at 10:30), Seattle, $3. Read more
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—Kavita Varma-White