It’s the last weekend of 2014 and time to celebrate with a healthy dose of family fun. On our party poppin’ radar: a celebration of family, community and culture, a rockin’ New Year’s Eve party, an activity for LEGO buffs, a New Year’s celebration with some popular holiday characters, an adventure through the wetlands and a super sweet activity at BAM. If you’re looking for a fun indoor activity, head to the Seattle Aquarium for their annual Winter Fishtival. In addition to lots of hands-on activities and special presentations, learn how the Aquarium cares for their fish, birds, tide pool animals, and marine mammals.
photo: The Bellevue Collection
Explore the Traditions of Kwanzaa
Explore the traditions of Kwanzaa through special performances, playtime, and crafts during this the week-long celebration. Plus, create a unique Kwanzaa craft during your exploration. Fri.-Tues., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. Ages 10 months to 10 years. Event details.
New Year’s Eve with Recess Monkey
There’s no need to stay up ‘til midnight when you can countdown to noon and enjoy a juice toast with kindie fave Recess Monkey. Psst… Fancy attire is encouraged so put on your party duds. Sat., 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Seattle. $5 to $15 ($95/family season pass). Advance tickets recommended. All ages. Event details.
Take your LEGO-loving kiddo to the Columbia or Madrona Public Library for lots of LEGO building fun. Take the LEGO-building challenge or create something super-cool from your own imagination. Sat., 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Seattle. Free. Ages 5-12 on Sat.; all ages on Sun. Event details.
Ring in the New Year at Celebration Lane USA (pictured)
Starting the day after Christmas, you can ring in 2015 along the sidewalks of downtown Bellevue. This year, enjoy all new Americana-inspired costumes and songs, plus dazzling lights, music, bubbles and dramatic drumming with a New Year’s twist. Fri.-Wed., 7 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.
At this family workshop, learn how to spot the different signs of animals, and then take a walk through Lewis Creek Park looking for signs of wildlife. Can you spot tracks, scat, rubbings and tunnels? Kids will also get to make-and-take a plaster track home. Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bellevue. $2 to $3. Pre-registration required. Ages 5 & older. Event details.
Get Crafty Saturdays
Head over to BAM to make your own gingerbread house. The best part? When you finish your masterpiece loaded with frosting and candies, you’ll get to take it home and eat it! Sat., 1 p.m.–3 p.m. Bellevue. $7/child. Ages 4 to 12. Event details.
How do you plan to spend the last weekend of 2014? Let us know in a comment below.
— Kristina Moy