Here come the winter holidays, parents, and what are you going to do with your children? How many screaming Wii sessions must you endure before locking the brats in the closet and starting cocktail hour at noon? Thankfully, Seattle Center's annual Winterfest offers many family activities—the ice rink (in Fisher Pavilion) foremost among them. Inside the Armory, there's a model railroad to steer through a snowy village. There, too, Seattle Youth Symphony will be performing today at 12:30 p.m. Upcoming events include ice carving, music from Seattle Men's Chorus and (separately) the Garfield High School Jazz Band, a celebration of Mexican holiday traditions, Christmas caroling, and more. And when you and the kids are finally sated with eggnog, holiday cheer, and fake snow, don't forget Pacific Science Center's ongoing King Tut exhibit and IMAX presentation of Skyfall and EMP's vintage Rolling Stones photos and leather jacket display. They may not be wintery, but at least they're indoors. BRIAN MILLER

Nov. 23-Jan. 6, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., 2012

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