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Get Out and Play

Baseball, ballerinas, crashing cars and clowns—there's no shortage of fun to be had for your family this weekend. Also, don't miss the fab line up at the Children's Film Festival, one of our favorite indoor acitvities.

PS - Still lots of sweet sales & deals to be had around town, too. Check it out.

  Sporty Spice
10th Annual Seattle Mariners FanFest The fans take the field! Just for Little One: photos with the Mariner Moose, face painting (we have a feeling someone will end up with red stitches on the apples of his cute little cheeks), inflatable obstacle course, speed pitch, wiffle ball batting cage, Nintendo Wii and DS stations, and more! But there's plenty for the grownups, too: throw a pitch in the bullpen, catch a pop-fly in outfield, swing away in the batting cages, attend Q&A sessions with players and coaches, hosted by Mariners broadcasters, compete in the Last Fan Standing Game Show, try your tunes at Mariner Idol karaoke. Batter up!.
Sat. and Sun.,
Jan. 26 and 27,
10 am -4 pm
Safeco Field,
1250 First Ave. S
Adults, $10;
Ages 6-14, $5,
Age 5 and younger, free

In the Spotlight

Charles the Clown at Mt. Baker Community Clubhouse You know the Pied Piper who leads the masses with his flute, but do you know Pied Piper in Mt. Baker? Sponsored by the Mt. Baker Community Club, Pied Piper is a series of shows for families, scheduled one Saturday each month. This weekend's act from Charles the Clown is sure to be a highlight of the season. Charles has been thrilling audiences for thirty years with his puppets, balloon creations, jokes, magic tricks . . . and, of course, crazy hair and gigantic shoes. That's an act we wouldn't want to follow.
PS —Don't go far after the show! From 3 pm 5 pm, the clubhouse will host a family contra dance, appropriate to get booties off all ages shakin'.

Sat., Jan 26,
10:30 am -11:30 am
Mt. Baker Community Clubhouse,
2811 Mt. Rainier Dr.
(Rainier Valley)
Suggested donation of
Better Than TV
Children's Film Festival You remember the California Raisins, right? The man behind the claymation of those icons, and the more recent M&Ms characters is part of this year's Childrens Film Festival. His name's Will Vinton, his work is screening at several times (including this Sun. at 5 pm). Too many family-friendly films to list are going on during the festival, but our favorite event is this weekend: Awesome Animation. The 69-minute show, comprised of five shorts from animation-prolific Sweden (with English subtitles) is recommended for all ages; even pre-readers will enjoy watching the whimsical characters. Purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or at 800.838.3006. Many shows sell out, so choose your screenings today!
PS —Pick up some Cupcake Royale treats at the concession stand before the show. All the money from the sales support the film forum.
Fri., Jan. 25 -Sun., Jan. 3
Northwest Film Forum,
1515 12th Ave.
(Capitol Hill)
All ages, $6;
NW Film Forum Members, $5


Better Than TV
The Three Pigs at Kirkland Performance Center Little Ones, from ages three- nine, will love to see this favorite tale come to life on stage! The threepigs scramble to save their bacon from the wolf in this wacky StoryBook Theatre production where audience participation is encouraged! Make a day of it - the Kirkland Performance Center is walking distance to Peter Kirk Park, the library, and the waterfront shops. Yummy tip: Stop in and get a frozen yogurt after the show at the new Ce Fiore on Lake Street.

Sat & Sun, Jan 26 & 27 and
Sat & Sun, Feb 2 & 3
11 am, 1 & 3 pm on Saturdays,
1 & 3 pm on Sundays
Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave
(Downtown Kirkland)
All ages, $8

Reading Railroad
Meet the Author of SMASH! CRASH! at the Bellevue Library
Kids...rev your engines! Jon Scieszka, the author of the new Trucktown series of books for kids, reads from his latest book SMASH! CRASH! - a tale of two truck pals who spend their days smashing and crashing. Books are available for sale and signing at the event. Scieszka is also known for his book The Stinky Cheese Man and was just named the first National Ambassador of Children's Literature by the Library of Congress. Vrooom Vrooom! (PS: Another signing is schedule for the U-district store in Seattle at 6pm.)
Tues, Jan 29
from 1 - 2 pm
Bellevue Regional Library
1111 110th Ave NE
( Bellevue)
Free event,
books are for sale

A Special Treat
PNB's Winter Wonderland Ball Little One still jabbering about the Nutcracker? Pointe your little ballerina in the direction of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School's 5th Annual Winter Wonderland Ball. Twirl with the PNB Company dancers during special dance lessons, enjoy live music and delicious food, and take part in the silent auction to benefit the school. The Francia Russell Center will be beautifully decorated in a Winter Wonderland theme. Get tickets at 206.441.3597 or

Sat, Jan 27
from 3 - 6 pm
The Francia Russell Center
13440 NE 16th St
$40 first child, $30 each additional child, $60 adults