With Christmas just a week away, we’ve put together some fun ideas to get you through the weekend and burn off some pre-Santa excitement. Consider: a holiday party for the animals, a festive breakfast with a jolly ol’ fella, a rockin’ kindie concert, a production based on a popular holiday poem and two feel-good Christmas musicals. If you’re looking for even more excitement, head to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to wish a happy birthday to the Zoo’s polar bears and to watch them enjoy special birthday treats.

2015-16 Kindiependent Kids Rock Series

photo: The Not-Its! 


Kids Rock Series – The Not-Its! (pictured)
Boogie over to the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse to kick off the 2015-16 Kindiependent Kids Rock Series with The Not-It’s! Expect lots of high-energy singing and dancing to old faves and hits from their Raise Your Hand album. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.) Seattle. $15/family of 4 or $95/family season pass. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Seattle’s Traditional Santa Breakfast
At this annual fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation, enjoy a delish breakfast and tons of holiday entertainment including The Strolling Minstrels, Leo the Clown and Bob the Juggler, plus a mini Nutcracker ballet and of course, an appearance by Santa. Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Seattle. $30 to $55. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Winter Celebration Animal Enrichment
Bundle up the kiddos and head to Woodland Park Zoo to watch the lions, jaguars, gorillas and other animals munch on holiday-themed treats such as wreaths, evergreen trees with ornamental fruit, boughs and gift wrapped boxes filled with goodies. Sat.-Mon., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Seattle. Included with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.


Harry Connick Jr.’s The Happy Elf
This musical comedy tells the tale of Eubie the Elf, a lovable fellow who wants to spread Christmas joy throughout the town of Bluesville. Based on the song by Harry Connick, Jr. and adapted from the television show written by Andrew Fishman, families will love this tale of overcoming adversity, friendship, the power of positivity and believing in yourself. Thurs. & Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Redmond. $12 to $15 at the door. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the shows. All ages. Event details.

‘Twas the Night…
This is your last chance to catch this popular musical comedy (based on the famous holiday poem) ’til next year. In addition to lots of holiday cheer, expect plenty of LOL moments and a few new surprises. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. Kirkland. $15. Tickets required. Ages 4 & older. Event details.

The Elves & the Toymaker
In true StoryBook Theater fashion, this holiday musical will delight audiences young and old and remind everyone that the spirit of giving is truly the greatest gift of all. Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Sun.,11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Kirkland. $11/person. Tickets required. Ages 3 & older. Event details.

What fun holiday activities do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Kristina Moy