December 27, 2012 in Washington Voices

Family calendar

File photo

Participants in First Night Spokane 2010 visit a balloon sculpture on display at the Spokane Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Across the Universe: Year of the UFO.”
(Full-size photo)


West Valley Outdoor Learning Center Winter Camps - Learn all about how animals survive the cold winters and participate in snowshoeing, tracking and fun games. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, 8607 E. Upriver Drive, Spokane Valley $40/day. (509) 340-1028.

It’s Your Move (North) - For teens. Play Wii, board and card games. Also enjoy snacks. 4 p.m. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.


Empty the Shelter for the Holidays - SCRAPS is holding an adoption special through Monday. Cats are $15 and dogs are $25. This fee includes microchipping, vaccinations, exam and spay/neutering ad license. SCRAPS, 2521 N. Flora Road. (509) 477-2984.

Mobius Kids Classes - Mobius Kids will be offering a variety of classes through February for youth ages 4-8. For prices, dates and registration, visit Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, 808 W. Main Ave. (509) 624-5437.

Waste-to-Energy Plant Tours - Walk-in tours of the Waste-to-Energy Plant will not be offered through February. Tours for groups of 10 or more will still be scheduled according to staff availability. Call (509) 625-6521 to schedule a group tour. Walk-in tours will resume March 6. Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, 2900 S. Geiger Blvd. (across from the Washington State Patrol). Free.

Riverfront Park Ice Palace - The outdoor covered skating rink is open for the season until March 3. Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m., closed Mondays. Extended holiday hours. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. $4.50/adults; $3.50/children, senior, military; $3.50/skate rental. (509) 625-6601.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” - Interplayers presents this family classic as a live radio play, written by Joe Landry and directed by Jeffrey Sanders. Shows Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 5-8, 12-15, 19-22 and Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. $28/adult, $22/senior and military, $15/student. (509) 455-7529 or (800) 325-SEAT.


“Season’s Greetings” - Blue Door Theatre Players will perform a show spinning holiday tales. All ages welcome. 8 p.m. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $9/general admission, $7/children, seniors and students with valid ID. (509) 747-7045.

Mobius Science Center Winter Break Camps and Events - Mobius Film Festival for grades 6-10. To register or for more information, visit or call (509) 443-5669. Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave.

Holiday Planetarium - The Mobius Digital Planetarium will provide shows all day in one-hour increments. Sign up for a show time at the admissions desk. For more information, visit / or call (509) 443-5669. Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave. $2.

West Valley Outdoor Learning Center Winter Camps - Mini-camp where you will learn all about how animals survive the cold winters, and participate in snowshoeing, tracking and fun games. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m. West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, 8607 E. Upriver Drive, Spokane Valley $40/day. (509) 340-1028.


Barnes & Noble Storytime - Story will be “Ready of Not, Here Comes Scout.” Also make a craft and enjoy a treat. 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 922-4104.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Is it snowing outside? Well, it is inside Auntie’s! So we are reading snowy stories and making our own snowflakes to decorate our own homes. 11 a.m. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Winter Storytime and Craft - Come in from the cold and warm up with some new stories. Then, we’ll make snowflakes out of Q-tips. 1 p.m. Auntie’s at the Square, 808 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 456-4775.

“Sound of Music” Sing-along - Sing with Maria and the entire von Trapp family. This screening of the classic Julie Andrews film comes complete with subtitles so that the entire audience can sing along. Every guest receives a complimentary Bag of Musical Moments, which contains various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film. The evening also features a costume contest. 7 p.m. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $25. (509) 279-7000.


First Night Spokane - The 2012 theme is “Across the Universe: Year of the UFO.” Celebrate the New Year with a family friendly festival of arts and entertainment. Over 150 performances at 45 venues. Entertainment begins at 7 p.m. and ends with fireworks at midnight. Buttons available at Cenex Zip Trip Stores, Riverpark Square Concierge, Auntie’s Bookstore, and Mountain West Bank locations. Downtown Spokane $12/advance; $15/Monday; kids under 10 are free. (509) 456-0580, ext. 101.

Ballet and Bubbly - Presented by Theatre Ballet of Spokane and First Night Spokane. Two performances, 7:45 and 9:30 p.m. Visit Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Use First Night button for admission – $12/advance, $15/door, children free with adult wearing a First Night button. (800) 325-SEAT.

Happy New Year! - Day Camp - For girls in grades K-12. Get ready to ring in the New Year with creative end-of-year projects including a noisemaker you can use at midnight. Register at 9 a.m. Girl Scouts, 1404 N. Ash St. $25, includes breakfast; bring a sack lunch. (800) 827-9478.

Thoughts and opinions on this story? Click here to comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email