The Children’s Film Festival has been bringing joy, culture, and fun to the youngsters and their families in the Seattle area for the past 8 years and it is back! The festival is produced by the Northwest Film Forum and shows more than 120 films from over 35 countries around the world. This year, Children’s Hospital is helping sponsor the festival. 5 short films made by Children’s Hospital patients will be shown as well.
Many of the films have subtitles so parents will need to be sure that their children are at the correct reading level if they don’t understand the language. You can find information on age recommendations for each film or event on the festival’s website. Although there is plenty to do and see for all ages, it seems the average age is 8+ for films.
There are other events that will get little ones’ creative juices flowing. Classes are available to learn animation and how to make a movie using sock puppets. I would recommend taking your little one to the Pajama Party with Caspar Babypants! They can wiggle and jiggle and shake those ants in their pants to a live performance from Caspar Babypants, Seattle’s own Chris Ballew, of The Presidents of the United States of America. The site says it’s for ages 3+ but I happen to know a few little munchkins younger than that who love to dance and sing along with Caspar Babypants. Warning to parents, his songs are catchy and hard to get out of your head. You’ll be singing them for a week!
The festival is begins January 24th and ends February 3rd. Average price is $12 per person or $38 for a family of 4. It’s a great event that the whole family can enjoy!