It’s the last weekend of 2015 and time to celebrate with a healthy dose of family fun! On our radar: a fish-tastic event at the Seattle Aquarium, a dazzling New Year’s celebration, a high-flying circus spectacular, a workshop for aviation buffs, a musical with lots of popular tunes and a magnificent light display. If you’re looking for more excitement, head to Winter Wildland at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park to watch the animals enjoy winter-themed enrichments like wrapped gifts, ice piles and trees decorated with special treats.
photo: The Bellevue Collection
Take the fam to the Seattle Aquarium for lots of hands-on activities, special talks and opportunities to learn more about the care and feeding of the aquarium’s fish, birds, tidepool animals and marine mammals. Psst! Each day will highlight a new animal theme. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (through Jan. 4). Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.
Winter Family Fun at The Museum of Flight
Gliders, flying snowmen, robots or rockets—what will it be? Head to the Museum of Flight to enjoy winter-themed aerospace and aviation activities during the holiday break. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (through Dec. 31). Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.
Big Top Rock: Lighter Than Air
This is your last chance to catch this rockin’ Teatro ZinZanni family production. Follow Professor Loco and Recess Monkey across the sea to the rich and colorful land of Bollywood while you sing along to popular selections from Recess Monkey’s latest album Hot Air and watch astounding performances from Teatro ZinZanni’s renowned dinner show. Sun., 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Seattle. $20 to $25. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
Ring in the New Year at Celebration Lane (pictured)
Starting the day after Christmas, you can ring in 2016 along the sidewalks of downtown Bellevue. Line up early and get ready to enjoy Americana-inspired costumes and songs, dazzling lights and dramatic drumming with a New Year’s twist. Psst! Watch for the bubbles as they fall from the sky. Sat.-Sun. (through Dec. 31). 7 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.
My Fair Lady
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, this beloved musical is designed for the whole family and boasts a score of hummable classics such as “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “On The Street Where You Live.” Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Issaquah. $38 to $70. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
After the sun goes down, the Bellevue Botanical Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland of twinkling lights. Grab the stroller and take the Littles on a holiday journey filled with three-dimensional flowers, shrubs, and animal characters. Insider Tip: Avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets online. Sat. and Sun., 4:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. (through Jan. 2, 2016). Bellevue. $5 (10 & under Free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
How do you plan to spend the last weekend of 2015? Tell us in the Comments below!
— Kristina Moy