We’re kicking off the first weekend of 2020 with lots of family fun. On our radar: a special performance from a team of undersea explorers, a hilarious show for pirate wannabes, an outdoor activity designed for the whole fam and a fantastic production bound for Broadway. If you’re looking for even more excitement, catch Jack and the Beanstalk, a classic panto-style fairytale, at Hale’s Palladium. Scroll down to learn more!

photo: Seattle Aquarium

Seattle

Winter Fishtival
Join the Seattle Aquarium staff for hands-on activities, special talks and opportunities to learn more about the care and feeding of the Aquarium’s fish, birds, tide pool animals and marine mammals. Each day the Aquarium will highlight a different sea animal and activity, including a special performance of Octonauts: To Your Stations on January 4 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Event details.

Mrs. Doubtfire
This is your last chance to catch this 5th Avenue Theatre world premiere musical, based on the hilarious and much-loved 1993 movie, before it makes its way to Broadway. After losing custody of his kids, post-divorce struggling actor Daniel Hillard uses his acting chops to play the role of a lifetime. Dressed as British nanny Mrs. Doubtfire, Daniel is able to connect with his kids and learn a lot about fatherhood along the way. Mon.-Tues. & Thurs.-Sat. Event details.

Kindiependent Kids Rock Series
Boogie down to the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse for a fun morning with Cap’n Arrr! This interactive comedy performance will be packed full of audience participation and basic instruction in walking like a pirate, talking like a pirate and laughing like a pirate! Sat. Event details.

Eastside

Winter Wonderland at Redmond Town Center
This is your last weekend to enjoy a host of holiday festivities at RTC. Bundle up the kids and take a spirited ride on the polar express train or the horse carousel and practice your triple toe loops on the synthetic skating rink. Mon.-Sun. Event details.

Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Walk
Looking for a weekend activity that is both fun and educational? Take the fam to the Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station for a ranger-led walk. The mild, one-mile hike will take you through the Greenbelt’s trails to discover the season’s myriad of flora and fauna. Psst! Be sure to wear weather-appropriate outdoor clothing and shoes, and feel free to bring personal wildlife-viewing gear (binoculars or magnifying glasses) to further enjoy the park. Sat. Event details.

SBCC’s 14th Anniversary Celebration
In celebration of the New Year and to honor SBCC’s 14th anniversary, many of the instructors will offer their classes, activities and programs for free as a thank you to its loyal patrons, and as an invitation for anyone looking to try something new! Come celebrate with a variety of activities for all ages. Sun. (through Jan. 11). Event details.

—Kristina Moy

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