Activities For Kids
You don’t live in the Seattle area just to sit in the house all day. That would be silly. Instead, you take your kids camping, lead excursions to a farm to pick berries or pumpkins, and support an astonishing number of kids’ theater companies and story times. You explore every inch of the Puget Sound region with the kids in tow, and when it rains, you head in droves for indoor play spaces (’cause, well, you do live in Seattle).
Live Entertainment for Kids
Winner: Louie Foxx
You’ll find Louie “One Man Side Show” Foxx wowing audiences with his accomplished sleight of hand, humorous patter and other, more unusual tricks (duct tape, lassos, shadow puppets, anyone?) at locations all over the region. Foxx, a Guinness World Records holder, may not have the kind of brand recognition enjoyed by some of the other top picks, but you called his shows “humorous, inspiring for kids and magical.” One impressed parent said, “The kid is still talking about not only the show last week, but remembering the one from about three years ago! That is some impression making and long-term appreciation from a youngster.” And that is some endorsement.
While Louie pulled it out for the win, we’d be remiss in not mentioning a trio of hot kindie bands that put up a rockin’ good fight. The Not-Its! — with their pink-and-black costumes, jangly rock ’n’ roll guitar licks, and spare lyrics about traffic safety and getting older (turning 5, people) — get the preschool set up and dancing every time.
Caspar Babypants (aka Presidents of the United States front man Chris Ballew) infuses his shows with a childlike energy that little ones love, and his sweet-natured music is easy on the all-important adult ear: “Great music, catchy, and doesn’t drive adults crazy!”
Elementary schoolteachers turned kid rockers Recess Monkey display a “fun, happy, genuine interest in children” with their brilliant blend of musical and lyrical sophistication and goofy onstage antics.
Kids’ theater may be a little less raucous, but no less fun: SecondStory Repertory produces stellar kids’ shows in Redmond, many of them original musicals with book and lyrics by founding artistic director Stan Gill. Voters praise its “intimate theater setting, interaction between professional actors and the kids” and “wonderful series of performances.”
Finally, you gave kids’ theater company StoryBook Theater, which is affiliated with Kirkland’s Studio East, big praise for its humorous, fairytale-based musicals, saying that it “offers the perfect introduction to live theater. The shows are geared towards the under 10 set but older kids and adults love them as well. Kids get to participate and also can ask questions at the end.”
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