Is that a collective sigh of relief that we hear? The holidays are over. And. Done. Bring on 2011, and we’ve got a great mix of events this week to get it started on the right note. Consider: some wonderful, kid-friendly local theater, or an arts-related craft project, or a fun-filled puppet show. We also have a neat opportunity to meet-and-greet new potential babysitters, and a last reminder to get the entire family onto the ice for one last twirl around Bellevue Magic Season’s ice arena (which closes this weekend).


Lullaby League Mixer at Bocz Salon
Build up your sitter list at this cool mixer where you get to “speed date” with college student wannabe babysitters. Leave with a list of sitter info and resumes (and the sweet thought that you might be having a date night very soon!) Thurs., 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Seattle, $50. Event details

Fiddler on the Roof Jr. at The Annex
Sure, you’ve gotta head to Burien for this, but once you’re there this always-entertaining musical will have you and the kiddos singing along to “Tradition” and being so glad you came. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat. 3 and 7 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m., through Jan. 16, Burien, $10. Event details

Anansi the Spider at Northwest Puppet Center
Sit back and enjoy the puppet tales of a trickster arachnid who sometimes gets fooled himself but ultimately teaches everyone lessons of wit and cleverness. Sat.-Sun., 1 and 3 p.m. through Jan. 23, Seattle, $10.50. Event details


Sleeping Beauty at Second Story Repertory Theatre
This production is certainly for the whole fam; the girls will love the spunky heroine; the boys will love the sword fighting; and the parents will love how amused their Little Ones are. Fri. –Sun. various times (through Jan. 23), Redmond, $10. Event details

Get Crafty Saturday at Bellevue Arts Museum
This week’s craft will have the kids totally thrilled to make their very own totems, in conjunction with the current (and wonderfully-named) exhibit: Clay Throwdown! Sat., 1 to 3 p.m., Bellevue, $2. Event details

Ice Skating at Bellevue Magic Season
We know we’ve mentioned this before but it’s the very last weekend to take a few twirls around the very-cool-yet-temporary ice rink in Bellevue Downtown Park. (After your session, take a stroll a few blocks over to Cupcake Royale for Stumptown coffee for you and a mini cupcake for your mini.) Fri. – Sun. (various times), Bellevue, $10. Event details