Family and Kid-Friendly Events in Snohomish County
Arlington SkyFest: Events include airplane displays, parades, daily air shows, hot air balloons, workshops, forums, fly market, kids day, food, beer garden, and live entertainment. The Balloon and Airplane Festival will be held August 21 at Arlington Airport, 4700 188th St. NE; 425-435-5857; www.arlingtonflyin.org.
Fresh paint: This festival of artists at work is 10 am to 5 pm August 21-22, Everett Harbor Marina, 1700 W. Marine View Drive. The Schack Art Center transforms Everett’s waterfront promenade into a huge open-air studio and sidewalk gallery. Free entry, $ 2 parking at the port. More than 100 artists involved. Live music on two stages, food. Go to www.schack.org/events/fresh-paint.
Evergreen State Fair: The Washington Fair is August 26 through September. 6 at Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe. Live shows, food, rides, fireworks, monster trucks and cattle shows. Go to www.evergreenfair.org for more.
Edmonds Arts Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 27-28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 29, at the Frances Anderson Cultural Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds. Over 200 artists share and sell fine arts, crafts and photography. Features a juryed art exhibit and sale, a student art exhibit, a variety of performing arts, food, and activities for kids. Call 425-771-6412 or go to www.edmondsartsfestival.com.
CULTURE & LEISURE
Schack Art Center: 2921 Hoyt Avenue, Everett; 425-259-5050. The next Teen Night is August 19th. Or sign up for Schack’s classes, which include drawing, printmaking, basketry, jewelry and metallurgy, encaustic painting, fused glass, and blown glass. Go to www.schack.org to learn more.
Imagine Children’s Museum: The museum offers interactive exhibits for children ages 1 to 12, as well as a water play area and rooftop play area. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Every third Friday of the month are free entry nights. Play indoors from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. free of charge. More at www.imaginecm.org or 425-258-1006.
Snohomish County Music Project: The Teen Community Music Group meets Thursdays at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Share your musical interests through songwriting, games and activities, as well as listening to music. No experience required. Think of it as music therapy: Your teen will also get tools for self-exploration and self-care, as well as building community with their peers. Call 425-258-1605 or go to www.scmusicproject.org for more information.
Pop Culture Museum: The Seattle Center Museum (formerly EMP), 325 Fifth Ave. N., features exhibits on science fiction and fantasy, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, “Star Trek”, indie games, horror movies and more. The exhibition, “Heroes and Villains: The Art of Disney Costumes,”Is in place until April 17, 2022. Open 10 am to 5 pm Capacity is limited for security reasons. More than www.mopop.org.
MOHA: The Museum of History and Industry is located at 860 Terry Ave., at the south end of Lake Union, Seattle. More at www.mohai.org. To see “Da Vinci: inventions” until January 3, 2022. The exhibition brings the genius of Leonardo da Vinci to life. A Renaissance man, da Vinci laid the foundations for some of the most significant inventions of the modern world: helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute, bicycle.
Northwest Art Museum: from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday; 121 S. First Street, La Conner; 360-466-4446; www.monamuseum.org. “Future artefacts”, featuring the work of Dan Friday, runs through October 10. Friday is a member of the Lummi Nation and a Seattle-based glass artist.
ZOOS & AQUARIUMS
Outback Kangaroo Farm: 10030 Highway 530, east of Arlington. Take a farm tour to see kangaroos, alpacas, flying squirrels, peacocks, wallaroos and more. Call 360-403-7474. More than www.wildlifeparkarlingtonwa.com.
The reptile zoo: The zoo is at 22715 US 2, east of Monroe. Discover lizards, snakes, an albino alligator and other reptiles. More information at www.thereptilezoo.org.
The Pasado refuge: The Sultan’s Shrine is home to over 200 animals – most of which were rescued as victims of cruelty or neglect – including dogs, cats, pigs, goats, sheep, cows, donkeys, llamas , alpacas, ducks and chickens. Limited tours available at the 85-acre Pasado’s Safe Haven, PO Box 171, Sultan, WA 98294. Call 360-793-9393 or visit www.pasadosafehaven.org.
Seattle Aquarium: The aquarium has introduced a coral nursery to its exhibits. Although they are now “babies,” the coral will be added to the habitats of the Ocean Pavilion building, which is slated to open in 2024. The 1483 Alaskan Way Aquarium, Pier 59, Seattle, is reopening with a ticket booth timed and limited in attendance, which means you will get close to animals and not other visitors. More than www.seattleaquarium.org.
Forest park zoo: The zoo is located at 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle. Enter through the west entrance on Phinney Avenue N. Time entry required. Advance purchase highly recommended. Admission is adult (13-64) $ 15.50; child (3-12) $ 10.50; toddler (0-2 years) free. Parking costs $ 6. Call 206-548-2500. More than www.zoo.org.
GO SEE DO
Adventures in high hiking: Ride an aerial ropes course and ziplines at Paine Field Community Park, 11928 Beverly Park Road, Everett. There are three difficulty levels, with 60 different obstacles. The longest zip line runs 250 feet. It is for ages 4 and up. More than www.hightrekeverett.com.
Everett Summit: The climbing gym at 2820 Rucker Ave. offers rope climbing, self-belaying and bouldering. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. More than www.summiteverett.com.
Paine field: Snohomish County Airport is home to several aviation attractions, including the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, and the Museum of Flight Restoration Center. Find information about www.painefield.com/9/Visit.
Northwest Creek Center: Want to see trout and crayfish? How about strolling in seclusion on an elevated nature trail above deep forest floor and surrounding wetlands next to a salmon stream? Visit the Northwest Stream Center at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The last admission is at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $ 5 for students, $ 7 for adults, and $ 6 for seniors. Free for members and children 4 and under. Reservations required due to COVID-19. Call 425-316-8592 or go to www.streamkeeper.org.
FAST AND FRESH
Everett Community Rink: Skate on a regular NHL patch of ice. Cheap skating hours are 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Sunday and are open to skaters of all skill levels and interests. Capacity limited due to COVID-19, skating by reservation only. Group rates and punch cards available. The military discount is $ 1 off the admission price. The ice rink is adjacent to the main Angel of the Winds arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Suite 200, Everett. Call 425-322-2653 or go to www.angelofthewindsarena.com.
Lynnwood Ice Center: Public ice skating sessions are offered at various times, seven days a week, at the rink, 19803 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Capacity limited due to COVID-19, skating by reservation only. Call 425-640-9999. More than lynnwoodicecenter.com.
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