Pinocchio dollDozens of Pacific Northwest Ballet School students perform in the world premiere of Pinocchio, a narrated show for families with a one-act format that makes it perfect for budding balletomanes. Saturday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 8, noon and 3:30 p.m. $22–$67. McCaw Hall, Seattle. For tickets, visit

The goofy, kid-rockin’ Brian Waite Band plays a benefit show this month, so tots can practice all their best dance-floor moves for a good cause. Proceeds from the show (which also includes nature activities for the kiddos beforehand) go to the nonprofit Homewaters Project, which aims to educate residents about local watersheds. Saturday, Feb. 7, 1:30–2:30 pm. $5–$8. Phinney Neighborhood Center (lower building), 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle. 206-526-0187.

Masks, bunraku and shadow puppets, costumes by the Tony Award−winning Julie Taymor and the Elton John/Tim Rice score — here’s your chance to see the spectacular The Lion King Broadway show without having to board a plane to NYC. It's onstage at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle from Feb. 11 to March 15, with special matinee performances on Thursday, Feb. 12 and Thursday, March 12 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $19.50–$130. For tickets, visit

Fans of the TV show will pass out with joy at Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes to Town, which features Thomas the Tank Engine, his posse of locomotives, Sir Topham Hatt and (yes) circus performers, all of whom sing, dance and impart lessons about friendship and cooperation. Monday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. $10–$30. Comcast Arena, Everett. 1-866-332-8499, (The show also plays KeyArena in Seattle, Feb. 27–March 1; for tickets, visit

—Kris Collingridge

Originally published in the February, 2009 print edition of ParentMap.

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