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Thu., Dec. 12, 2013

Free Horse and Carriage Rides - Through Dec. 24. An enchanting 15-20 minute ride presented by Spokane Teachers Credit Union and Downtown Spokane. The carriage holds about eight people and children receive candy canes. Hours are Fridays, 3-8 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays, noon-5 p.m., and Christmas Eve hours are noon-3 p.m. Rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis, no reservations required. Corner of Wall Street and Main Avenue. Free. (509) 456-0580. (File)
Free Horse and Carriage Rides - Through Dec. 24. An enchanting 15-20 minute ride presented by Spokane Teachers Credit Union and Downtown Spokane. The carriage holds about eight people and children receive candy canes. Hours are Fridays, 3-8 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays, noon-5 p.m., and Christmas Eve hours are noon-3 p.m. Rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis, no reservations required. Corner of Wall Street and Main Avenue. Free. (509) 456-0580. (File)

Today

Books are Fun Fundraiser - Items for all ages at discounted prices, daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Benefitting Deaconess Hospital volunteers. Open to the public. Deaconess Hospital, outside Gift Shop, 800 W. Fifth Ave. (509) 953-3246.

Little Tykes: “The Gingerbread Man” - Join us as fast as you can, you need to catch this Gingerbread class. After reading the rollicking story we will decorate our own Gingerbread boy or girl. For ages 2-4. Offered at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, 808 W. Main Ave. $10/members, $12/non-members. (509) 624-5437.

Teddy Bear Teas - It’s time for our annual celebration of that great American icon, the teddy bear. Join us for a tribute to Teddy, and bring your favorite bear along for the fun. 10 a.m. for toddlers; 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 444-5390. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. Free. (509) 444-5385.

Kids Explore & Discover Club - Argonne Library - Marshmallow Engineering: How tall can you build a tower out of just marshmallows? What shapes withstand the greatest pressures? Build amazing architecture out of marshmallows and other materials as you explore tension, compression and tensile strength. 4 p.m. Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road, Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 893-8260.

Ongoing

“The Christmas Schooner” - Through Dec. 22. This new holiday musical follows the Christmas tree’s journey into America’s homes and traditions. Directed by Scott Doughy. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. $11-$30. (509) 869-9490.

Toy Drive - Coulter Family Dentistry is holding a toy drive to benefit Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Drop off new, unopened toys at their office through Monday. Coulter Family Dentistry, 12121 E. Broadway Ave., Building 2, Spokane Valley. (509) 924-1314.

Santa Express - Through Dec. 23. The holiday store where kids can experience the joy of giving. Children ages 4-12 can find gifts ranging from 50 cents to $8 for everyone on their shopping list. Volunteer elves are on hand to help the children select and wrap their gifts, with the net proceeds going to benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Adults can shop while they wait at Vanessa’s Village, a boutique of reasonably-priced, specialty items perfect for stocking stuffers, gifts for family and friends or secret Santas. Hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Crescent Building, Skywalk level, 707 W. Main Ave. (509) 535-3155.

Riverfront Park Ice Palace - The outdoor covered skating rink is open for the season until March 2. Open Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesdays-Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m., closed Mondays. Extended hours, around holidays, closed on holidays. Special events: Lunch Bunch skating held Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for $4.50, includes skate rental; After School Special for ages 17 and younger held Tuesdays-Fridays, 2-5 p.m., for $4.50, includes skate rental; College Night (ID required) on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. for $1, skate rental extra; AAA Discount Night (coupon required for free admission) on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., skate rental extra; Thursday Nights, 7-8:30 p.m., $2, skate rental extra. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. $4.50/ages 13 and older, $3.50/ages 3-12, seniors and military with ID, $3.50/skate rental. (509) 625-6601.

Winter Wonderland - Thursday-Sunday. Visit Santa Claus, enjoy a hay ride, stroll along the illuminated Swinging Bridge, view lights and displays in the campgrounds and shelter. Available for purchase: hot chocolate, cider, coffee and cookies. No Discover Pass required. Nightly 6-8 p.m. Riverside State Park, Bowl and Pitcher, 4427 N. Aubrey L. White Parkway $5/person, free/3 and younger. (509) 465-5064.

“Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe” - Friday-Dec. 22. Venture through the wardrobe as C.S. Lewis’ classic comes to life. Performances are Fridays 7 p.m.; Saturdays 4 and 7 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Theater Arts for Children, 2114 N. Pines Road, Suite 3, Spokane Valley $10/adults; $8/seniors, students, military, children ages 12 and younger. (509) 995-6718.

Holiday Lights at Gaiser Conservatory - Through Dec. 22, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. The conservatory is decorated with over 30,000 lights along with poinsettia, mums and a warm climate. Best viewing is after 4 p.m. An open house takes place Saturday-Sunday from 4:30-7:30 p.m., when children can decorate cookies and adults enjoy a holiday beverage. Manito Park, Gaiser Conservatory, 1702 S. Grand Blvd. Free.

Friday

“The Christmas Toy Shop” - Presented by Spokane Children’s Theatre. In a quiet town, a mysterious man and his funny looking assistant arrive in search of an empty store. With luck they find what they need and set to work. Suddenly the store is transformed into a toy shop, immediately capturing the attention of the town folk. 7 p.m. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia St. $10-$12. (509) 328-4886.

Books are Fun Fundraiser - 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Deaconess Hospital, outside Gift Shop, 800 W. Fifth Ave. (509) 953-3246.

Teddy Bear Teas - 10 a.m. for toddlers; 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 444-5300. East Side Library, 524 S. Stone St. Free. (509) 444-5375.

Squishy Circuits - How do we light things up, make noise and get things moving? Let’s find out. Join us to build a squish sculpture complete with lights, motion and sound and learn a bit about electrical currents. Appropriate for school-age children. 4 p.m. Indian Trail Library, 4909 W. Barnes Road. Free. (509) 444-5395.

Living Nativity - Experience the first Christmas from the warmth of your car and a CD guided tour of Bethlehem. The Christmas story told in 13 scenes brought to life with live actors and animals, including camels. 6 p.m. Amazing Grace Fellowship, 416 W. Betz Road, Cheney. Free. (509) 990-2916.

Mobius Extreme Science Show - Due to popular demand Mobius Science Center is back with an encore performance of its sell-out Extreme Science show at the Bing Crosby Theater. Mobius Scientists Aaron and Don will wow you with fire, explosions and death-defying demonstrations of the laws of physics. If you want to spend your evening laughing and learning thanks to a couple of crazy science dudes, look no further. Just remember: Don’t try this at home. 7 p.m. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $8. (509) 321-7214.

Saturday

Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival - Eighth annual event featuring some of Bing Crosby’s best-loved films. Films being shown will be: “White Christmas” (1954) 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., starring Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye; and “Going My Way” (1944) at 1:30 p.m., starring Ingrid Bergman. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $8/good all weekend, free/age 12 and younger. Only cash and checks accepted at the door; or purchase through TicketsWest. (800) 325-SEAT.

Spokane Chiefs Hockey - Puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Chiefs vs. Prince George. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. $10-$22. (509) 535-7825.

“The Christmas Toy Shop” - 1 and 4 p.m. The shows will be signed for the deaf. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia St. $10-$12. (509) 328-4886.

Friends of Manito Open House - 4:30-7:30 p.m. Children can decorate cookies; adults can enjoy holiday beverages or buy a holiday poinsettia and a 2014 Manito Park Calendar. All proceeds benefit Manito Park. Manito Park, Manito Garden Meeting Room, East of the greenhouse. Free.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” - The Herdman children are the worst kids in the history of the world. No one is prepared when they invade the church one Sunday and decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant. 1 and 4 p.m. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. $5/ages 5-12; $10/ages 13 and older. (509) 325-2507.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town! Story Time and Craft - With the snow and cold weather, Santa must not be far behind. Come for Christmas stories about Saint Nick and write your own letter to Santa Claus. 11 a.m. Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Author Mary Farrell with Kay LeClaire - Kay LeClaire, Spokane resident, is the oldest woman in the world to climb the Seven Summits – the highest peaks of the seven continents. She says everybody knows about Mount Everest (of which she is not the oldest female climber) but rarely do the Seven Summits get recognition. LeClaire will talk with kids about what it takes to climb the highest peaks in the world, show off her gear and explain its uses and read from her new book for children “Journey to the Top of the World.” 2 p.m. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-5371.

Millwood Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” - Tickets on sale at www.companyballet spokane.com. 7 p.m. Spokane Community College, Lair auditorium, 1810 N. Greene St. $12. (509) 869-5573.

Sunday

Christ Kitchen Gingerbread Build-Off - Ninth annual gingerbread house build-off from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Davenport Hotel’s Hall of Doges. Culinary teams decorate enormous gingerbread structures in three hours as the public watches. Also, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Grand Pennington Ballroom, children can make their own mini-gingerbread house for $7, with proceeds benefiting Christ Kitchen. No reservations required. The Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. Viewing is free. (509) 325-4343.

“The Christmas Toy Shop” - 1 p.m. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia St. $10-$12. (509) 328-4886.

Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival - Eighth annual event featuring some of Bing Crosby’s best-loved films. Films being show will be: “Holiday Inn” (1942) at 12:30 p.m., starring Fred Astaire and Virginia Dale, and “High Society” (1956) at 3 p.m. Live performance of songs by Howard Crosby at 5:30 p.m. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $8/good all weekend, free/age 12 and younger. Only cash and checks accepted at the door; or purchase through TicketsWest. (800) 325-SEAT.

Friends of Manito Open House - 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Manito Park, Manito Garden Meeting Room, East of the greenhouse. Free.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” - Doors open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction and desserts. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. $15/person. (509) 325-2507.

Millwood Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” - Tickets on sale at www.companyballet spokane.com. 2 p.m. Spokane Community College, Lair auditorium, 1810 N. Greene St. $12. (509) 869-5573.

Handel’s Messiah Concert and Community Sing-along - Sing-along practice begins at 2:30 p.m. followed by concert at 4 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St. Free. (509) 747-1058.

The Spokane Area Youth Choirs – Holiday concert featuring SAYChoirs (previously Spokane Area Children’s Chorus). 3 p.m. Westminster Congregational Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington St. $8/adults, $5/children and seniors. (509) 624-7992.

Tuesday

Pajama Party with Santa - Bring your child’s favorite stuffed animal, blanket or book and capture a magical and memorable moment. Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate for Toys for Tots. Make a $3 donation for Toys for Tots and receive a customized email letter from Santa on Christmas Eve. 6 p.m. Spokane Valley Mall, 14740 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley.

Northside Tween Club - Just for tweens in grades 4-6. Snacks provided. Held the third Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. Tuesday, DIY Gifts: Are you at a loss for gift ideas this holiday season? Short on cash? Join us for an afternoon of Do-It-Yourself gift-making and take home some gifts that are sure to wow. Jan. 21, Fling Things! - Head’s up! Learn how to make projectiles with stuff you can find around the house. We’ll discover a bit about physics and velocity and the many ways to shoot a marshmallow across the room! 4 p.m. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.

Kids Explore & Discover Club - Otis Orchards Library - Marshmallow Engineering. 4 p.m. Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. Free. (509) 893-8390.

Wednesday

Toddler & Me: Smiling Santas - What is more jolly than a smiling Santa? Your little one in their own Santa gear having fun in this holly jolly class. For ages 2-4. Offered at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, 808 W. Main Ave. $10/members, $12/nonmembers. (509) 624-5437.

Merry Christmas! Story Time and Craft - What better way to celebrate the season than beautiful Christmas stories. Come join us as we read stories of Christmas and take part in a fun craft. 10:30 a.m. Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Legomania - Winter Wonderlands - Build elaborate bases, vehicles or other creations in a winter wonderland. Have fun with this icy theme and the fake snow will be provided. For ages 4-10. 4-5 p.m. Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, 808 W. Main Ave. $8/members, $10/nonmembers. (509) 624-5437.


 

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