How to enjoy “The Nutcracker” with kids.
How to enjoy “The Nutcracker” with kids.

Preview at Annie Wright Schools on Jan. 30

From all-school plays to small reading groups, from team sports to private music lessons, Annie Wright helps students age 3–grade 12 explore academics, arts and athletics. 


30+ indoor play spots around the South Sound

The rainy season is your chance to be adventurous indoors. Get started with this list of family favorites.

New ‘Robin Hood’ is jolly-good fun for families

Kids will love the fairy tale retold as a comedy, complete with silly songs, slapstick, puns and tons of audience participation.

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1. Study fascinating snowflakes and make pine cone critters at an ultra-cheap, hands-on event for kids(FRI.)
2. Stroll through glittering tree displays and snap a photo with Santa. (FRI.–SAT.)
3. Giggles are guaranteed at this interactive kids’ performance featuring a shoemaker and some clever elves. (FRI.–SUN.)
4. Greet the yule log with toasts and Christmas carols. You can even saw off a piece of the log for your own holiday fire. (SAT.)
5. Nibble on cookies as you watch a free parade of lighted displays and wave hello to Santa himself! (SAT.)
6. Tinker with all sorts of supplies to create a whimsical Rube Goldberg machine(SAT.)

Bagels with Santa at Tacoma Mall

Join us this Saturday from 9–10:30 a.m. for a private opening of our Santa Set, plus photos with Santa, a bagel breakfast and more. 



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Learn, laugh, perform

Olympia Family Theater has winter break theater camps for kids ages 5 and older. Spots fill up fast. More >>

Holiday favorites

Join Symphony Tacoma on Sunday, Dec. 8, for festive holiday music, featuring Tacoma Youth Chorus and Tacoma Refugee Choir. More >>
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