Here in the Northwest, even our family activities involve multitasking. On a given day you can head to a park where you can watch trains, go beachcombing and take a run down a salmon slide; or go to a farmers market, where you can pick up 10 kinds of berries, listen to folk music and pet a few goats; or visit a bookstore that doubles as an indoor play area and cafe. And half the fun of taking the kids to a new favorite family activity is sharing it with others. So thanks for sharing your top picks for 2012!
Live Entertainment for Kids
Winner: Louie Foxx
He wins again! The fantastic Louie Foxx, a longtime entertainer who does public and private shows all over the state, is magician, comedian, puppet master and bubble man all in one. Above all, although he excels at “getting down to the kids’ level,” he strives to keep all ages entertained: “I enjoyed it as much as my kids!” says one parent. Plus, Foxx keeps it fresh and funny: “He does a fantastic, interactive and educational show that entertains kids and adults alike!”
Seattle’s vibrant kindie scene was represented by Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Ballew), a wildly popular rocker for the preschool set who is beloved for his tunes (“danceable,” “singable,” awesome,” “doesn’t grate on the parents”), his engaging self (“so pro-community!”) and his books.
Redmond’s stellar theater company SecondStory Repertory won virtual ovations for its “super-fun” kids’ musicals, many of them originals and its “baby-friendly all-ages performances on Sundays.”
Tangerine Tales is a face-painting/kids’ entertainment business run by Kelly Ann Moore Hughes, aka “the face-painting lady,” at the Ballard Farmers Market. Miss Kelly, beloved for her high energy and creativity, also takes her show on the road to birthday parties, company picnics and the like (“Kelly is the BEST!”). She also inspired several write-in entries strictly on her face painting alone.
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Illustrations by Alli Arnold