It’s the last weekend of 2013 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 party for the Littles, a fun puppet show, a New Year’s celebration with some popular holiday characters, a purrrfect show for the entire fam, and a sweet hands-on activity at BAM. If you’re looking for a fun indoor activity, head over 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. Happy New Year from all us at Red Tricycle!

The Not-Its! 2013

Seattle

Explore the Traditions of Kwanzaa
Explore the traditions of Kwanzaa through special performances, playtime, and crafts. Plus, create a unique Kwanzaa craft during your exploration. Thurs.-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 The Not-Its! (pictured)
There’s no need to stay up ‘til midnight when you can countdown to noon (and enjoy a juice toast) with The Not-Its! Sat., 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Seattle. $5 to $15 ($95 for family season pass). Advance tickets recommended. All ages. Event details.

Thistle Theatre: Pixie and the Grocer
In this Hans Christian Andersen story (brought to life through puppets), see what happens when the Pixie peeks into the Poet’s room and sees the beauty of poetry dance before his eyes. Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Seattle. $8 to $10. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Ring in the New Year at Celebration Lane
Starting on Thursday, you can ring in 2014 with all of your fave holiday characters. See toy soldiers with new festive routines and enjoy dazzling lights, music, and dramatic drumming with a New Year’s twist. Thurs.-Tues., 7 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Owl & Pussycat Theatre Performance
Take the kiddos to this fun show based on the famous Edward Lear poem. Performers from Theater Simple will be incorporating lots of fur, feathers, and puns into this all ages show. Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m. Kirkland. $15/person. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Get Crafty Saturdays
Head over to BAM to view Rick Araluce’s miniature worlds in the exhibit The Minutes, the Hours, the Days. Then, get inspired to make your own miniature (gingerbread) house. The best part? When you finish your masterpiece, you’ll get to eat it! Sat., 1 p.m.–3 p.m. Bellevue. Free with admission or $2 materials fee per child. Ages 4 to 12. Event details.

How do you plan to spend the last weekend of 2013? Let us know in a comment below!

–Kristina Moy

Photo thanks to The Not-Its!