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Get Out and Play

It's gently-used season! Over the next few weeks various schools and moms' groups will be recycling kids toys and clothes to raise money for some great causes. The Phinney Neighborhood Association kicks it off first, hosting two preschools sales at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85th St.) this month; this Sat., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., shop gently used wares from the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Coop (and do the same at the same time next Sat. with the folks from the 65th Street Coop) It's a surefire way to find deals on what you need for infants on up to ten-year-olds.

PS— Haven't taken the kiddos to Benaroya Hall yet? You might want to head down this Saturday at 4 pm for the FREE Jazz4Kids concert. Seattle Rep's Jazz Orchestra provides families with a rare opportunity to experience this great American art form. Call 206.523.6159 for tickets while they last.


Better Than TV
SCUBA: Super Cool Underwater Blacklight Adventure
Was Pink Floyd playing the last time you experienced blacklight? You remember --those fuzzy neon posters that used to glow in the dark? Or maybe you don't. Turn the kiddos on to this super-cool art form as Northwest Puppet Center presents the premier of Spyglass Theatre's new black light puppet show. Check out sea turtles, jellyfish and octopi as you go on an underwater journey to learn the secrets of the deep sea. Call for advance tickets. 206.523.2579;
Sat, March 8 and Sun, March 9,
1 pm and 3 pm
(through March 23)
Northwest Puppet
9123 - 15th Ave. NE

(North Seattle)
Adults $10.50; Kids $8.50

Music To Our Ears
Recess Monkey Recording Session
Everyone's favorite teachers-who-also-happen-to-be-awesome-kids'-musicians, Recess Monkey, are putting on a show this Saturday. But that's not all! They're also recording their new album, Tabby Road, and they invite your family to have their voices on the actual CD! The price of admission gets you a roarin' show of favorite tunes, the chance to learn new songs, a pre-sale copy of Tabby Road (by mail in April, a full two months before its release), and the genuine right to say you're with the band. It's an actual recording session, so prep for still bodies and no noisy nylon pants!
Sat., March 8, at 11 a.m.
Monkey Mama Studios on Tabby Road, AKA University Child Development School, 5062 9th Ave NE
(University District)

Curious Minds
Polar Science Weekend at Pacific Science Center Polar bears are all the rage among the younger set, and here's the fam's chance to get to know more about those fierce creatures and their surroundings. Build an igloo, do penguin crafts, experience the climate in a model, visit the sea-ice research station, hear from an Alaskan native, and examine a real core of ice from the Greenland ice sheet. See Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure in the Eames IMAX Theater. This year's display also includes art from Maria Coryell-Martin, who travels the globe sketching the work of polar scientists. Also at the Pacific Science Center: Strange Matter.
Thurs. -Sun., March 6-9,
10 a.m. -6 p.m.
Pacific Science Center,
200 2nd Ave. N
(Lower Queen Anne)
Members, free; 3-5, $6; 6-12, $8; 13-64, $11; 65 and older, $9.50; IMAX is additional


In The Spotlight
Irish Tales and Harp Tunes at Mercer Island Books
If your days of bellying up to the bar to chug green beer are a thing of the past, you might want to try a new, family-friendly twist to get a jumpstart on St. Paddy's Day festivities. Maggie Bennett, an accomplished folksinger and storyteller (she holds a Ph.D. in Folklore from the University of Washington), will entertain you & the littles with stories and music of Celtic origin. Eirinn go Brach!
Sat., March 8, at 11 am
Mercer Island Books,
3014 78th Ave. SE
(Mercer Island)

Nature's Bounty
Make a Wren Birdhouse at Molbak's Nothing signals Spring like the chirp, chirp, chirp of little birdies outside your window. Head over to Molbak's gardening center with the fam this weekend to whip up a cozy little casa for all your wren friends. All supplies provided for this cedar chateau, even paint, so you can get all HGTV on it. Call to pre-register at 425.398.5151, as space is limited to 30 peeps. PS—The Hanna Anderson outlet is across the street and the Oshkosh outlet is nearby too. For more to do in the area, including restaurants, read our neighborhood round-up.
Sunday, March 9,
1 pm 3pm
13625 NE 175th St.
( Woodinville )

Artsy Fartsy
Pysanky Egg Making Workshop at KidsQuest Children's Museum Ancient and beautiful, Pysanky is a Ukrainian art form. It's similar to batik --eggs are decorated with wax, then dyed to create intricate patterns. Your five-to-seven year old can create what is sure to be a favorite Easter keepsake. Have younger ones who might like to try something special at KidsQuest? Check out Toddler Takeover on Tuesdays from 9 -10:30 am.
Friday, March 7,
5 pm -7 pm
Factoria Mall,
4091 Factoria Boulevard SE
( Bellevue)

Members, $20.00; Non-members, $25.00

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