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Get Out and Play

Seattle's spring is blooming nicely, and we've discovered plenty to do outdoors and in on this Earth Day weekend. In Seattle, celebrate cherry blossoms and the culture of Japan at Seattle Center, enjoy a folk music concert, check out a ginormous garage sale and say thank you to a team of children's booksellers before they move on. On the Eastside, cheer for Cinderella, get fit, and celebrate Earth Day with art. And don't forget that the biggest day on Little One's agenda is fast approaching: Day Out with Thomas, the wildly popular July event where Thomas the Tank Engine chugs into town and takes kiddos on the ride of their lives. Tickets go on sale Sat.; they sell out at lightning speed, so get yours early.

PS —Itching for a road trip? Check out our recommendations for Best Spring Day Trips (and feel free to add your own)


Festivus for the Rest of Us
Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
Spring is in full swing, and that means it's time for Seattleites to commemorate Japan's 1976 gift to us of one thousand cherry trees. This weekend-long festival offers Japanese food, tea ceremony demonstrations, artwork to peruse, Taiko drums, and Ikebana flowers to enjoy. Kids will love kids' craft tables, and the origami airplane contest and martial arts expo; grownups can look forward to sake sampling and a Go tournament.
Fri., April 18 -
Sun., April 20,
at 10 a.m.
Seattle Center, Center
House and Fisher Pavillion,
305 Harrison St.
(Lower Queen Anne)


Music to Our Ears

Ellis Paul at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Boston troubadour Ellis Paul is on the road celebrating his latest release, "The Dragonfly Races," a family album. The album introduces Paul's modern pop-rock style and Woody Guthrie sensibility to Little One—but remains grown-up-friendly. The 1 p.m. show is a great chance for kiddos to catch the show, especially wiggly ones who will appreciate the 45-minute length. The evening performance will be a full-length concert and will welcome special guest Antje Duvekot. Tickets for both shows are on sale at
Sat., April 19,
at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center,
4408 Delridge Way SW
(West Seattle)

$10/afternoon show;
$15/evening show

Community Communing
Miller Community Center Celebrates 10 Years One of our favorite community centers is celebrating ten years of awesome programs for greater Seattle families. If you haven't visited this Capitol Hill gem, Saturday's festivities provide a great introduction —face painting, craft tables, jumping castle, music and magic. PS —The morning toddler drop-in playtime, followed by lunch at Vios Café down the street offers an ideal playdate.
Saturday, April 19,
11 am - 2 pm
Miller Community Center,
330 19th Ave E.
(Capitol Hill)


More Community Communing
Party at All for Kids Books & Music Perhaps you've heard the news: after more than twenty-five years in the kids' book biz, All for Kids' owner Chauni Haslet is retiring to spend more time with her family. Long-time buyer René Kirkpatrick is planning a career transition. Before they go, the ladies are hosting a party to celebrate change, with current and past staff on-hand. Re-live old times, such as the fabulous Harry Potter parties, and say hello to the two passionate booksellers before they scatter. Oh, and check out the city's best array of books for kiddos and teens, too! PS —The party will start immediately following an appearance, at 1 p.m., by beloved Seattle author Sherman Alexie, who's celebrating the success of his young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diaries of a Part-Time Indian.

Sat., April 19, at 3 p.m.
All for Kids Books & Music,
2900 NE Blakeley St.
(Behind University Village)



Shake Your Booty
Fun to be Fit Fair in Redmond
The kiddos know how much fun it is to run and play; after the Fun to be Fit Fair, we're pretty sure they'll never stop going. They can meet the Mariner Moose (10 a.m. - 11 a.m.) and enjoy games and a bouncy house. Grown-ups will appreciate the chance to try a variety of exercise classes, gather information on family nutrition, and take part in free health screenings. For the first time, this annual event features a Family Walk by Interlaken Trailblazers Volkssport: check in from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and take a 5k or 10k walk. The first 500 walkers receive a free T-shirt.

Sat., April 19,
9 a.m. -1 p.m.

Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St.

In the Spotlight
Cinderella at Kirkland Performance Center Look out for those wicked stepsisters! StoryBook Theater presents two weekends of Cinderella in Kirkland, followed by runs in Everett, Seattle, and Renton. It's the classic tale told as a musical with hilarious updates, in a 55-minute performance. Kiddos can enter to win tickets to a future show by drawing their favorite part of the play and sending it to StoryBook; details here Also,

Sat. and Sun., April 19 and 20,
and 26th and 27th,
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Kirkland Performance Center,
350 Kirkland Ave.

Nature's Bounty
Earth Day Celebration at Lewis Creek Park Join in the fun and learn new ways to go green. At 11:30 a.m. there will be a tree-planting ceremony you won't want to miss! Kiddos can fly a kite, try their hand at arts and crafts, have their face painted, or join in a cycle race. And when hunger strikes there is food aplenty on site to satisfy. All this good green fun will be accompanied by live music..
Saturday April 19,
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Lewis Creek Park,
5808 Lakemont Blvd. SE


Paint the Town Red (and Yelow and Blue!):
Next time you're at U-Village and Little One is just done with the whole idea of shopping...
tottini, Mi Amor:
Your heart may pick up its pace and your face may flush once you glimpse the well-edited...

Other tidbits....

Seattle and Eastside Neighborhood Round-Ups: You're getting a little stir-crazy at home and have logged myriad hours at the tugboat at Bellevue Square? Why not explore some of the kid-friendly shops, acitivites and restaurants in a neighborhood near you? Read more.

Be Cool: It just got a bit easier to be green. Meet your friends in the fight to help our hot planet. Read more.

In the Bag: Ahh, the Mama Shuffle. That dance we do to make sure we've got all of baby's accessories in tow. Not to mention the cell phone, wallet, keys, and sunglasses. Read more.

Most people loved our April Fool's Day newsletter, with over 300 people passing it along to a friend, though we did receive a few irate emails from peeps not in on the joke, and at least a dozen emails from folks disappointed that KO Camp wasn't real - yikes!

Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Seattle and Eastside parents rejoice. With the opening of the Tot Spot Cafe in Woodinville, there's a new place to hang your hat and let loose with the littles. Read more.

Best Services for Making Dinnertime a Piece of Cake: For time-starved, exhausted moms, thinking about le dinner is not a romantic undertaking. Read more.



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