A dozen ideas for curing cabin fever in the Northwest
Kids driving you crazy? Here are 12 suggestions of places to go between Dec. 26 and Jan. 6.
Getting cabin fever? Here's a list of outings in Seattle and beyond for the next few days. Note that weather and holidays can interrupt schedules, so call ahead or check websites to confirm details.
Woodland Park Zoo
WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY Zoo animals get holiday-themed treats and gifts, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., gates open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $8.50-$11.75 (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org).
Issaquah Reindeer Festival
WEDNESDAY-SUN. Meet Santa's reindeer; enjoy stories and special activities, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $10.50-$12.50 (www.cougarmountainzoo.org).
Wondering About Wildlife Family Fun Day
THURSDAY Learn about wildlife through hands-on activities, crafts, wildlife presentations, nature walks in Seattle's protected watershed, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend; free (206-733-9421 or www.seattle.gov/util/crwec).
International films for children
THURSDAY-FRIDAY Short films from around the world for children, 2-3:30 p.m., Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4675 or www.spl.org).
Gates Foundation Visitor Center
SATURDAY Art-making and interactive exhibits, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-709-3100 or facebook.com and search Family Day: The Give Effect).
MOHAI Grand Opening at Lake Union Park
SATURDAY-SUNDAY Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) celebrates its new home at restored Naval Reserve Building, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., MOHAI at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; timed ticket available online required, free Dec. 29, regular admission starts Dec. 30, $12-$14, ages 13 and younger free (206-324-1126 or www.seattlehistory.org).
THRU DEC. 31 Winter wonderland of half a million lights in flowers, shrubs, and vines, animal characters, 5-10 p.m., last entry 9:30 p.m., daily through Monday, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free (425-452-6844 or www.gardendlights.org).
THRU DEC. 31 Light display, 5-9 p.m. through Monday, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (www.ivars.com).
Model Train Festival
THRU JAN. 1 Elaborate model-train layouts throughout the museum, interactive activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Tuesday, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $7-$9.50 (253-272-3500 or www.washingtonhistory.org).
Seattle Center Winterfest
THRU JAN. 6 Winter Train and Village display, plus entertainment, Seattle Center Armory, opens at 10 a.m. daily through Jan. 6 (closed Jan. 1); free, $2 donation requested. Also: indoor ice skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, closes at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, through Jan. 6; Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle; $7/adults, $5/ages 6-12, $2/ages 5 and younger, includes skate rental, cash only (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
THRU JAN. 6 Display of more than 100 objects from King Tut's tomb and treasures from 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, call for hours, daily through Jan. 6, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle; $15.50-$32.50, timed ticket entry, reservations recommended (800-664-8775 or www.pacificsciencecenter.org).
Bellevue Magic Season
ONGOING Celebration Lane with music, lights and bubbles falling from the sky, 7 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31, Bellevue Way, Bellevue, free (bellevuecollection.com/SnowflakeLane). Also: open-air ice-skating rink and concessions, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily through Jan. 6, various hours Jan. 7-13, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $10 includes skate rental (www.magicseason.com).
Seattle Times staff