Family fun abounds, from a party for salmon watchers, an ornament workshop, holiday plays and puppet shows—even a tree-lighting/gingerbread house extravaganza.  If your kiddos fancy floats, there’s no better place to be on Friday than at the Macy’s 24th Annual Holiday parade in downtown Seattle. And to really get moving, hit the Seattle Kids Marathon on Saturday; it’s 1.2 miles and parents with strollers are welcome, as long as you register.

EASTSIDE

Anderson Park – Downtown RedmondAndersonpark1

Anderson Park is Redmond’s oldest park but also one of its best-kept secrets. Even if you drive down bustling Redmond Way every single day you may never notice this gem, as it’s hidden behind trees (next door to Sleep Country) with vehicle access a block north (off 79th). Trust us, it’s worth a trip around the block…and may just become your favorite spot to spend a few hours.Read more

Music To Our Ears

‘Twas The Night at Studio East Never seen this super-popular, music-filled show that puts a hilarious spin on the familiar holiday poem? We’re betting that once you do, it will become an annual family tradition.  (Hint: Hit opening night this Saturday and get 2-for-1 tickets!)  Sat., 7 p.m., $13 for two tickets (Must reserve by Fri., 3 p.m.:  425-827-3123) Show runs through Dec. 20. Read more

Life’s A Stage

Cyndi Soup at the Imagine Inn The perfect antidote to your holiday weekend “staycation”? Check out Cyndi and the Thumbs Up Puppeteer gang who work their magic in this delightful show themed around an imagination vacation.  Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m., $5, Snohomish. Read more

Community Communing

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Kirkland Lots to do at this festive event, from watching the lights go on the 30-foot tree and listening to a holiday choir plus horse drawn carriage rides and a gingerbread house contest. Sat. 4 to 8 p.m., Free, Kirkland. Read more

SEATTLE

Fishin’ For Fun

Piper’s Creek Salmon Celebration at Carkeek Park In celebration of all that salmon spawning, bring the whole fam for crafts, tunes, hot drinks and snacks, plus teaching moments with the city’s Salmon Stewards.  Fri., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Seattle, Free. Read more

Artsy Fartsy

Ornament Workshop at Kids ‘N’ Clay The holiday creative juices are sure to start flowing as kids can create ornaments out of wet clay or paint ornaments in the studio.  Fri., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open house), $5 to $10 per ornament, Lynnwood. Read more

Better Than TV

Peek –Boo Scavenger Hunt, Children’s Museum Seattle Need a distraction for your older sibs who are home from school?  Nothing like a family twofer: while you and the Littles explore the Discovery Bay, your Bigs (ages 5 to 10) get to solve riddles and find hidden clues all around the museum.  Fri. 1:30 p.m., $6.50, Seattle. Read more