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Can Can at Pike Place Market
Can Can is located right in the heart of Pike Place Market, just across from the main Public Market Center sign. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Can Can in Pike Place Market

I love celebrating the wonderful art scene we have here in Seattle. And I especially love when I can experience the arts with my kids. I’m always up for checking out new shows. When I heard that the renowned Can Can offered a family-friendly weekend brunch matinee of their latest show ICE CREAM, I knew that’s where we needed to be.

Can Can has been a part of Pike Place Market for more than 10 years. As soon as we walked in, I felt like I was in Paris at the turn of the century. The whole place is dark and moody and the walls are painted a deep lipstick red. They have a petite bar area and a very intimate theatre space. What’s especially cool about the space is that there’s a catwalk in the center of the room the runs the entire length of the theatre. This brings the stage so much closer to every member of the audience.

Brunch at Can Can in Seattle
Yes, we took our baby to a cabaret and it was super fun! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Can Can’s Newest Show: ICE CREAM

Can Can kicked off the summer season with their all-new spectacular, ICE CREAM. The historic Seattle venue transforms into a doo-wop ice cream shop. The show is full of glitz, glitter and glam! The dance numbers are inspired by all-time-favorite summer cult-classics like “Grease,” “Cry Baby,” “Hairspray,” and “Beach Party.”

This show is energetic with high kicks, thrusts and non-stop dancing. Can Can’s award-winning dance theatre company performs a fresh version of ICE CREAM for their matinee show intended for audiences of all ages. I’m sure the full show would be a hoot, but this tamed down version was a blast!

Both my kids enjoyed the show! My 3.5-year-old was dancing along to the music and thought a lot of the show was pretty funny. His favorite part was the silly costumes (especially the banana costume!) My baby smiled at the sparkles and lights. I felt like the show had just enough raunch for the adults and kitschy fun for the kids.

Not only were the performers fantastic, but the emcee was hilarious! We laughed alongside him for most of the show. The audience member they brought up on stage were fabulous sports and added a lot of entertainment to the show. And at the end of the show, all of the performers came and thanked everyone personally for attending. They were also collecting tips, but they seemed genuinely thankful and excited to be there. The lady working the hostess stand was also super friendly and joked a lot with our son.

It was too dark to take photos of the food, so here's a cute sign from the bar. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

The Food

Our tickets included admission, a seat in the venue, and opportunity to order from their full food and bar menu. According to their website, “the menu includes gourmet items from the Market’s most treasured artisan food producers, fish markets, cheese-makers, butchers, dairy shops and Washington-based farmers; and is prepared Can Can’s Chef, John Gilbert.”

I have to say, I was a bit disappointed in the cost of the food. I had the Ellenos parfait, which was amazing because it was Ellenos Greek yogurt. (Ellenos is my favorite yogurt on Earth and you must try it when you visit Seattle.) But the parfait was $11. My husband had the egg sandwich ($12) and said it was better-than-expected. They didn’t offer a kids menu, so we ordered a side of scrambled eggs ($2) for our kids. I also ordered “fresh orange juice” that I misinterpreted to be freshly squeezed. It was not. My kids ended up devouring the eggs and ate most of my yogurt, which left me hungry. In hindsight, we should have ordered more off the side order section of the menu.

Can Can at Pike Place Market
This was our best attempt of getting a photo of the whole family. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Tips for Bringing the Kids

  • Use your judgement if it’s a good fit for your family. My kids are little and it was nice to get a break from the kid-focused entertainment that we get elsewhere.
  • Don’t get there too early. I read to get there 45 minutes early. The show started 15 minutes after the scheduled time, so we had a lot of time to kill.
  • Try to get a bench seat against the wall. Then your kids can move around a bit and have a great view of the show.
  • Order side dishes to create your own kids meal. They have eggs, pancakes, bacon and your usual breakfast options.
  • If you have a designated driver, indulge in a cocktail! This is the kind of show that would be even better with a mimosa or one of their signature cocktails. I regret not ordering one.
  • Go with another family. While it was fun to hang with our family of four, it would have been so much more fun with a larger group. The more people, the more energy! Plus, you can volunteer them to go up on stage for your own entertainment!
  • Don’t promise them ice cream at the show! The menu does not offer the titled item, so be warned.
  • Since you are already at Pike Place Market, plan to explore either before or after the show. Find out tips for getting good photos of your kids at Pike Place Market here.

Bring the kids to brunch at Can Can

I received 2 complimentary tickets to the show for my family. All opinions are my own.

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