Toy Drive Benefits Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Drop off new, unopened toys through Monday at Coulter Family Dentistry, 12121 E. Broadway Ave., Building 2, Spokane Valley. (509) 924-1314.
Books are Fun Fundraiser Items for all ages at discounted prices. Benefitting Deaconess Hospital volunteers. Open to the public. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Deaconess Hospital, outside gift shop, 800 W. Fifth Ave. (509) 953-3246.
Journey to the North Pole Cruises The 40-minute cruise departs nightly at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., from the North Pole Cruise Terminal at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops. Reservations required by phone or at www.cdalakecruises.com. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. $19.75/adults, $18.75/seniors, $5/ages 6-12, free/age 5 and younger. (208) 664-7268.
Santa Express Children ages 4-12 can find gifts from 50 cents to $8. Volunteer elves are on hand to help select and wrap gifts. Proceeds benefit Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. 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 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. 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.
Squishy Circuits 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. Friday, 4 p.m., Indian Trail Library, 4909 W. Barnes Road. Free. (509) 444-5395.
Mobius Extreme Science Show Encore performance. Mobius scientists Aaron and Don will wow you with fire, explosions and death-defying demonstrations of the laws of physics. Friday, 7 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $8. (509) 321-7214.
Author Nancy Atteburg Reading and signing copies of her children’s book, “ ’Twas the Night Before Round-Up,” followed by a short craft project. The book is for ages 3-12. Illustrator Joan Gilbert Madsen will be also be present to sign books. Saturday, 1 and 2 p.m., Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. (509) 229-3414.
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town!” Storytime and Craft Come for Christmas stories about Saint Nick and write your own letter to Santa Claus. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Youth Billiards Clinic Ages 12-17. This clinic will focus on fundamentals, improvement of skills, proper application of English, banking and kicking, important training drills and game strategies. Presented by John Hill, Certified Billiard Congress of America professional instructor and American Cue Sports Level II instructor/coach. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Black Diamond Billiards, 9614 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 891-8357.
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. 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 kids “Journey to the Top of the World.” Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-5371.
Millwood Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” Tickets available at www.companyballetspokane.com. Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Spokane Community College, Lair auditorium, 1810 N. Greene St. $12. (509) 869-5573.
The Spokane Area Youth Choirs SAYChoirs (previously Spokane Area Children’s Chorus) will delight with It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like SAYChoirs. Artistic Director Kristina Ploeger joins directors Darnelle Preston and Judy Hafso in presenting this holiday favorite featuring all four choirs. Sunday, 3 p.m., Westminster Congregational Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington St. $8/adults, $5/children and seniors. (509) 624-7992.
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. Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. Spokane Valley Mall, 14740 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley.
Northside Tween Club Scratch Lab is a free visual programming language developed by MIT. Make simple computer animations and interactive stories. Bring a flash drive or your email account info if you would like to save your work. For grades 4-6. Snacks provided. Also: Join us for an afternoon of do-it-yourself gift-making and take home some gifts that are sure to wow! Tuesday, 4 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.
Kids Explore & Discover Club Build amazing architecture out of marshmallows and other materials as you explore tension, compression and tensile strength. Tuesday, 4 p.m., Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. Free. (509) 893-8390.
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. Wednesday, Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, 808 W. Main Ave. $12. (509) 624-5437.
Merry Christmas! Storytime and Craft Come join us as we read stories of Christmas and take part in a fun craft. Wednesday, 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 creation in a winter wonderland. Have fun with this icy theme and the fake snow will be provided. For ages 4-10. Wednesday, 4-5 p.m., Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, 808 W. Main Ave. $10. (509) 624-5437.
Books Are Fun Book and Gift Fair Books and gifts for all ages at discounted prices with proceeds benefitting Chase Youth Foundation. Thursday and Dec. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Open to the public. Spokane City Hall, main lobby, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Free admission. (509) 953-3246.