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Guide to Winter Break Activities for Kids in Puget Sound Region

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Need some fun ideas for Winter Break this year? If the kids get a little stir crazy, bundle up and head out to one of these Puget Sound area locations. Special hours, themes and fun as your kids learn, sing, and get out their wiggles!

Teatro Zinzanni
December 15 – January 6
10:00am – 12:15pm
222 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
206.802.0015
http://www.dreams.zinzanni.org

Teatro ZinZanni is prepared to dazzle your kids with circus acts and the best darn music for kids out there. The ZinZanni Institute for Circus Arts (ZICA) is proud to present Big Top Rock, a new show combining the best in rock-n-roll for kids with circus arts, designed for specifically for kids and their families. The winter break fun features Teatro ZinZanni cast members, young Seattle circus and dancing stars, and music by Caspar Babypants, The Harmonica Pocket, The Not-Its!, Recess Monkey, The Board of Education and Johnny Bregar. Tickets start at $19/person, kids 0-12 months are free with paid adult admission. Come for pre-show activities! Snacks and concessions are available in the lobby. Tickets available online HERE.

Holiday Skate
Thursday, December 20 through Wednesday, January 2, 2013
12:00pm – 4:30pm
Kent Valley Ice Centre
6015 S 240 Street
Kent, WA 98032
253.850.2400
http://www.familynightout.com

Ice Skating sessions every afternoon during Winter Break! Plus special skating times on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! Check the website for details. Skate rental sizes range from 6 (Toddler) to 14 (Adult). Helmets are available to use upon request at no additional cost. Recommended clothing: Gloves, Dress in Layers, Warm and Stretchy.

Wellbody Academy
Opening December 1, 2012
Pacific Science Center
200 Second Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
206.443.2001
http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org

Pacific Science Center has created a new permanent exhibit — Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness. Now open daily inside Building 2, this innovative and highly immersive new exhibit brings guests of all ages into the imaginative world of Professor Wellbody, demonstrating how personal choices can positively affect our health and well-being. Seven-thousand square feet of hands-on inventions, gadgets, activities and experiences present health as a life-long process of balancing exercise, diet, proper rest and hygiene. Entry to Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellnesss is included with the price of general admission to Pacific Science Center.

Winter Wonderland
Wednesday, December 26 through Monday, December 31
9:30am – 3:00pm
Northwest Trek
11610 Trek Drive East
Eatonville, WA 98328 Map
360.832.6117
http://www.nwtrek.org

Bundle up and bring your flock to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park during winter break this year for the 3rd annual Winter Wildland celebration. Watch animals throughout the wildlife park enjoy fun, holiday-themed enrichments. Then head over to the indoor, seasonally-themed Cheney Family Discovery Center to learn about how animals adapt to winter. Activities are free with wildlife park admission and appropriate for all ages.

Winter Fishtival
Friday, December 28 through Saturday, January 5, 2013
Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
206.386.4300
http://www.seattleaquarium.org

Lots of 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 during the Winter Fishtival, the aquarium will highlight a different sea animal and activity. Included with Aquarium admission, no reservation necessary.

MOHAI Grand Opening & New Year’s Family Day
Saturday, Decmeber 29 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013
10:00am
860 Terry Ave North
Seattle, WA 98109
206.324.1126
http://www.mohai.org

Be among the first to step inside the dazzling new MOHAI at Lake Union Park at this community-wide celebration! The beautifully restored new facility will provide MOHAI with 50,000 square feet of exhibit space—come explore, participate in special programming, and see amazing live performances in this exciting new space! On Saturday, December 29, MOHAI will re-open its doors at its new location in South Lake Union Park. Admission is FREE on that day and there are activities, food, and fun planned for the entire weekend. Then on New Year’s Day, 2013, bring the whole family and be one of the first to experience a day of fun for the whole family! Coat check will be available. No strollers, please. Activities are FREE with paid admission on New Year’s Day.

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