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Your Spring 2018 Guide to Family Fun in the Seattle Area

A seasonal arts guide for local families

Published on: January 26, 2018

Your Spring 2018 Guide to Family Fun in the Seattle Area

Kerry James Marshall
"Figuring History" opens at SAM on Feb. 15 featuring works by Kerry James Marshall, Robert Colescott and others


  • Pinocchio: Little wooden Pinocchio yearns to be real so that he can read, run and make friends like flesh-and-blood children do. But his new friends, the clever Cat and Fox, have other plans for this eager-to-please talking puppet. Can Pinocchio manage to outwit his devious friends, tell the truth, and learn from his mistakes? Through March 10. $15. Ages 3–10. StoryBook Theater, multiple venues
  • Swan Lake: This is the most famous classical ballet for a reason and it’s being brought to us courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet. Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music, spectacular costume and scenic designs, plus a ballerina performing the dual role of Odette/Odile combine to make this ballet an unforgettable experience for everyone from 4 to 104. (If you miss this one, Ballet Northwest is also presenting “Swan Lake” in May.) Feb. 2–11. $30–$187. Ages 4 and older. McCaw Hall, Seattle
  • To Kill a Mockingbird: Set in the segregated South, this adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel remains timely and relevant. Although the messages are powerfully valuable, heavy themes make this a story for older kids. Feb. 9–25. $25–$28. Ages 12 and older. Wade James Theatre, Edmonds
  • Figuring History: The “Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas” exhibition brings together three notable American artists from different generations whose work redefines historic painting in a contemporary context. Intense and vibrant colors will grab kids’ attention, but understanding the themes and compelling perspectives on Black culture and representation on view will require some help from adults. Contains nudes. Feb. 15–May 13. $25, children younger than 12 free. Ages 10 and older. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
  • How I Became a Pirate: The excellent Village Theatre company brings affordable live theater to Puget Sound-area families by hosting renowned companies’ productions of family-friendly plays in its Pied Piper Public Season. Pied Piper productions are based on children’s literature and only last one hour. Feb. 25, noon and 2 p.m. All seats $15. Ages 5–10. Everett Civic Auditorium, Everett

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