This week in Bellevue, you and your family can immerse in arts and adventures. Try your luck at board games at Crossroads Shopping Center’s family event, take in innovate art at Hall Spassov Gallery, brush up on your snowshoeing skills, and more!
1.) 2nd Saturday Family Night & Family Game Time
Experience an evening out filled with free games and goodies! Every second Saturday of the month, Crossroads Bellevue provides a place for families to have fun. Family Game Time happens from 5-7 p.m., when young players can practice on the giant chess pieces and receive tips from chess coaches for free, or families can get comfortable with a board game from Uncle’s Games. Stop by the stage at 6:30 p.m. to witness a unique show geared to younger crowds. Attendees will also enjoy free popcorn and more! Discover more about 2nd Saturdays here.
2.) The Velveteen Rabbit
Redmond’s SecondStory Repertory Theater presents the Velveteen Rabbit, a well-loved story featuring a very special stuffed rabbit. With weekend shows throughout January, The Velveteen Rabbit debuts on January 10. SecondStory Repertory recommends all-ages Sunday performances for young viewers and offers discounts. Tickets are $10. Discounts, dates, and details are here.
3.) Stallman, Four Handed at Hall Spassov Gallery
Bellevue’s Hall Spassov Gallery is currently showing work by local artists Stephen Stum and Jason Hallman, known as Stallman. Their deeply intricate artwork will impress art aficionados and casual event-goers alike. This encore showing continues through the end of the month. Learn more about the artists and find event details.
4.) Science Saturdays
January 10 & 17
Middle-schoolers will love this exciting approach to science! Bellevue College’s Science and Math Institute puts on Saturday classes that teach science, math, and engineering using attention-getting elements like flaming snowballs. Fifth through seventh graders will explore with instructors in three-hour classes designed to make learning more stimulating. The January 10 class, Fire and Ice, will include liquid crystals and more, and the January 17 class, An Inside Look, gives kids the opportunity of how the eyes, brain, and heart function. Both sessions are from 1-4 p.m. Registration is $50 per student and includes a snack. See complete details.
5.) Basic Snowshoe Course for Teens and Adults
January 8 (field trip on January 17 or 25)
Get on track with a classic winter sport! TRACKS and the Foothills Branch of the Mountaineers will host this class on snowshoeing, with a talk held on January 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. and a follow-up snowshoeing trip on January 17 or 25 to practice skills. Topics will range from snowshoeing gear to winter survival. Some gear provided by request. For ages 18 and up, or 14 and up when accompanied by an adult. Cost is $65 for Mountaineer members; $85 for non-members. See event and registration information here.
6.) Becoming a Northwest Gardener Lecture
Learn how gardener Tom Fischer from Timber Press and Horticulture magazine curated his plant choices and adapted to the local landscape in this evening lecture. While you’re listening, pick up tips for encouraging your own green thumb! Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members pay $5; non-members pay $15. Payment happens at the event; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about Bellevue Botanical Garden Society events.
OTHER UPCOMING BELLEVUE EVENTS
- Magic Season Ice Arena in Bellevue Downtown Park (Recurs daily through Jan. 11)
- Ladies Night Out at Blue Martini (Recurs weekly on Fridays); Beat the Geek Trivia Night at Blue Martini (recurs weekly on Mondays); and Noches Azul (recurs weekly on Tuesdays)
- Little Book Worms (Recurs weekly on Wednesdays)
- Bellevue Arts Museum Current Exhibits: BAM Biennial 2014: Knock on Wood (Oct. 31-Mar 29); Jason Walker: One the River, Down the Road (Oct. 3-March 1); Nick Mount: The Fabric of Work—Sculptural Glass from a Master of Australian Craft (Oct. 10-Feb. 1); and Quality Is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works (Oct. 10-Feb. 1)
- TNT: Thursday Night Tasting at Grand Cru Wine Shop (Recurs weekly on Thursdays)
- Aerial Arts Performances at Suite Restaurant / Lounge (Recurs Weekly on Fridays and Saturdays)