Activities, talks and opportunities to learn about the Aquarium’s fish, birds, tide-pool animals and marine mammals, highlighting a different sea animal each day including Clownfish and Friends Saturday, Puffins Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Jan. 5, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $13.95-$19.95, ages 3 and younger free (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org).
Gates Foundation Family Day:The Give Effect: Exhibits and activities for all ages to experience the joy of giving, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-709-3100 or www.facebook.com and search “Family Day: The Give Effect”).
The Lights of Christmas: Light displays, entertainment, train rides, pony rides, nativity, vendors, 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, Stanwood; pay what you can (www.warmbeach.com/index.php/lights-of-christmas).
- Waving goodbye to a piece of Americana — the lumberjack
- Paul Allen megayacht destroyed most of Caribbean coral reef, officials say
- In a tiny storefront, some of Seattle’s best sushi
- Take 2: Did the Seahawks write the final act in their made-for-Hollywood script?
- Mississippi Roast recipe’s twisted road to culinary fame
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“Fish On”: Opening weekend of new exhibit exploring the history of boathouses and fishing resorts of Puget Sound, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, The Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle; free, donations gratefully accepted (www.cwb.org).
Seattle Center Winterfest/New Year’s at the Needle: Winter Train and Village display, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Monday, all ages dance 8:15-11:45 p.m. Monday, Armory; ice skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday, Fisher Pavilion, $2-$7 includes skate rental, cash only; fireworks at the Space Needle at midnight Monday, Seattle Center (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Celebration Lane: Snowfall, live toy soldiers and winter characters, music, light show, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, downtown Bellevue; free (www.magicseason.com/events).
Candy Cane Lane: Neighborhood Christmas display, lights and music from 4:30-10 p.m. through Tuesday, until midnight Monday, Northeast Park Road, off Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle; free, donations for Northwest Harvest collected.
Redmond Centennial Bonfire: Celebrate Redmond’s 100 years, bonfire, music and luminaria, 5 p.m. Sunday, Redmond City Hall, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond; free (www.100years.Redmond.gov).
Compiled by Madeline McKenzie.
For more community events, go to seattletimes.com/listings (search “weekend calendar”).