With Christmas less than 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 fun breakfast with the jolly ol’ fella, a party for our favorite reindeer, a musical about a flying nanny, a production based on a popular fairytale and a show with more excitement than you can a shake a stick at. Happy holidays from all of us at Red Tricycle!

santa and kid_usarmycoreofengineers_via flickr cc

photo: US Army Core of Engineers via Flickr CC

Seattle

Winter Celebration Animal Enrichment
Bundle up the gang and head to Woodland Park Zoo to watch the lions, jaguars, gorillas and other animals munch on holiday-themed goodies such as wreaths, evergreen trees with ornamental fruit, boughs, and gift wrapped boxes filled with special treats. Sat.-Mon., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Seattle. Included with admission. 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, Santa himself. Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Seattle. $30 to $55. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Rudolph’s 50th Anniversary
Take your tots to the Seattle Children’s Museum to celebrate our favorite red-nosed reindeer. Explore the lovable story of Rudolph, light up the night with your own Rudolph nose and enjoy Rudolph story time, arts and crafts, reindeer games and more. Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. Included with admission. Ages 10 mos-10. Event details.

Eastside

Mary Poppins
Based on the timeless books of P.L. Travers and complete with all the beloved songs from the Academy award-winning Disney film, this magical stage musical tells the inspirational tale of the amazing flying nanny, who’s practically perfect in every way. Wed.-Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. (through Jan. 4, 2015). Issaquah. $35-72. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.
For one weekend only, youth actors from the Redmond Academy of Theatre are bringing this Academy Award-winning film to life on stage. Expect to see all of your fave characters in this romantic take on the classic fairytale and enjoy popular tunes from the animated film. Thurs.-Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m. Redmond. $12/person. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

KPC’S Olde Time Holiday Show
This holiday variety show will blend singers, dancers, circus performers, illusionists and Celtic Christmas favorites into one unforgettable holiday extravaganza. Expect plenty of lol moments and some audience participation too. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Kirkland. $15/person. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend? Let us know in a comment below. 

— Kristina Moy