Family Day: The Give Effect
Learn about simple, inspiring and fun activities for families to give back to their communities, with music, Native American children’s stories, films, photo booth and activities including making a 2014 calendar, organizing baby items for families in need, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-709-3100 or gates.ly/giveeffect).
Children’s Films: Short films from around the world, animated films for ages 5 and older 1-2:10 p.m., live-action films for ages 7 and older, 2:30-3:40 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4675 or www.spl.org
Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights: Winter holidays, wild animals and wild places light displays, reindeer, carolers, carousel, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (continuing through Jan. 4), Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6.50-$9.50 ages 2 and younger free (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org/wildlights).
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Celebration Lane: Music, light show, drummers, live toy soldiers, magical snowstorm; 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (also Monday-Tuesday), Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue (www.magicseason.com/events/snowflake.html).
Pet-adoption fees waived: All adoption fees waived for foster-care dogs, cats, rabbits and other critters, includes spay/neuter, initial vaccinations, licensing fees still apply, noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle (206-386-7387 or www.seattle.gov/animal-shelter/adopt
Clam Lights: Light-sculpture dancing clams and decorated park, 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (www.ivars.com).
Mount Rainier Snowshoe Walks: Guided 1.5-mile, 2-hour walk to learn the art of snowshoeing and discover how plants, animals and people adapt to winter conditions, for ages 8 and older, snowshoes provided or bring your own, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, then Saturdays-Sundays, Mount Rainier National Park, Tahoma Woods, Star Route, Mount Rainier; $4, sign up at Jackson Visitor Center starting an hour before each walk; reservations available for groups of 10-25 people only (360-569-6575 or www.nps.gov/mora/).
Evening Beach Walk: Seattle Aquarium naturalist walk to see sea life; bring a flashlight, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Alki Constellation Park, 63rd Avenue Southwest and Beach Drive Southwest, Seattle; free, reservations encouraged, not required (www.seattleaquarium.org/night-beach-walk).
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