Get Out and Play Seattle: Nov. 12


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There really is something for everyone this weekend, from a family-friendly 5K race (for a good cause) and a workshop that teaches kids about dollars and sense to a pirate-filled festival and neat-o events that include mammals and reindeer and puppets. (Oh my!)  Don’t forget to head to West Seattle for CoolMom’s awesome Holiday Toy Swap N Sale for good deals on gently used items.

EXPLORE: West Seattle

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When the sun shines,

we all flock to Alki Beach, but West Seattle is scattered with plenty to do on cooler days as well. Start off by visiting West Seattle’s fantastic Fairmount Playground. Boasting a wide array of cool metal climbers atop a gravel base, with plenty of fields for ball chasing, you’ll burn off that morning energy quickly. If the rainclouds are looming, plan ahead and schedule a free trial class at the new Little Gym, which just opened this month. Ready for some tasty treats? Head to the nearby Coffee to a Tea With Sugar where the kids can romp in the toy area. Be sure to take advantage of the printable ‘free cupcake’ coupon online. Treat yourself to something scrumptious, from bakery treats to salads and wraps. Of course, organic coffees and teas await to perk up parents, too. Next, work off those sweet treats with a short walk to Curious Kidstuff. You’ll knock out some holiday shopping while the kids test out new toys at this West Seattle favorite for eco-friendly playthings– every toy in the shop has a USA General Conformity Certificate. They also offer Art classes and a fabulous space for a birthday party, so be sure to explore the entire store.Museum Madness

Meet the Mammals While Junior is sure to channel his inner scientist examining skulls, skins and skeletons of mammals, the games and a costume contest are sure to bring the kid in him back.  Sat., 10 am to 4 pm, Seattle, Free with museum admission. Read more

Animal Adventures

Reindeer Festival Christmas Eve is 42 days away — not that we’re counting —  but Dasher and Blitzen are taking advantage of some pre-holiday downtime with a cameo at Swanson’s Nursery.  (You can also meet Curly the Camel, plus check out the cool train display.)  Sat., 9 am to 6 pm, Seattle, Free. Read more

Artsy Fartsy

Northwest Puppet Center’s Raven and the Box of Daylight The classic tale of how the trickster Raven brings sunlight to the world is a must see for two reasons: The beautifully carved marionettes come to life on stage. And, well, who appreciates sunlight better than us rain-soaked Seattleites? Sat.- Sun., 1 and 3 pm through Nov. 22, Seattle, $8.50. Read more


Better Than TV

9th Annual Turkey Trot Load up the Littles in strollers and bring along the pooch for a laid-back 5K that raises money for Hopelink, which helps local low income families. Sun., noon, Kirkland, $15. Read more

Playing with Dough

Money Smarts for Kids This Moonjar workshop gives kids ages 5 to 10 common sense advice on the three S’s (Save for a rainy day; Spend like you mean it; and Share with your community) related to smart money basics.  Sat., 10:30 to 11:30 am, Factoria, $7.50; Pre-registration required. Read more

Festivus for the Rest of Us

Daddy See Daddy Do at Dooz Salon Who says your Pops can’t braid and style like the best of them? This one-hour session for daddy and princess teaches everything from the basics (parting and combing) to the bomb (topsy tails and twists)!  Sat. 10:30 to 11:30 am, Bellevue, $18, Pre-registration suggested. Read more

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