Live Family Entertainment
Winner: Seattle Children’s Theatre
Now in its 44th season, the award-winning Seattle Children’s Theatre is one of the 20 largest regional theaters in the country, and voters like how it empowers young people to make new discoveries about the world around them. Under artistic director Courtney Sale, the 2018–19 season should be brilliant, with productions of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show,” “And in This Corner: Cassius Clay,” “The Velveteen Rabbit” and “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
The youngest of fans love to rock out with Caspar Babypants, aka Chris Ballew, the lead singer of the Seattle rock band The Presidents of the United States of America. He’s made 14 albums that contain his kid-style (but parent-friendly) music, and his packed shows are fun for the whole family.
StoryBook Theater won voter approval for its sensory-friendly performances specifically designed for individuals with autism, neurodiversity, Asperger syndrome, Down syndrome and other sensory-processing disorders and special needs. Presented at five venues in the Seattle area, these 55-minute musicals are a hit with kids (ages 3–10) who love catchy songs and clever stories.
Kindie rock fans schedule nap time around shows by The Not-Its for good reason: The group’s up-tempo shows keep everybody happily screaming for more.
Voters agree that there are few things better than enjoying live music at ZooTunes at Woodland Park Zoo. Kids can dance, parents can picnic, and everyone (even the howler monkeys) can sing along with the musicians playing beneath the zoo’s gorgeous tree canopy.