Family fun calendar
Fossils and the Future: An evening with Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Director Dr. Kirk Johnson, with his program "The Real Seattle Underground: Rocks, Fossils, and the Future of the Pacific Northwest;" 7 p.m. Jan. 31, Meany Hall, University of Washington. More information is available at burkemuseum.org/events
Snohomish GroundFrog Day: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1; Snohomish Event Gazebo, 10 Avenue A; free. The frog Snohomish Slew makes his Spring Frognostication during the event. Will we see early spring rainbows with sun and showers or be plagued with 6 more weeks of foggy, soggy and chilly winter days? Mostly it's a day for kids, with crafts, competitions, music with Tim Noah, face painting and a visit by Webley, the froggy mascot of the AquaSox minor league baseball team.
Super Bowl: Watch the big game Sunday between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos on a 21-foot big screen in a family-friendly venue for free at Historic Everett Theatre. It's suitable for all ages. Lunch from Craving Cajun, including one beverage, will be available for $12; beer and wine will also be available and the concession stand will be open. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.; "tailgating" begins at 1:30 p.m. The theater is at 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Call 425-258-6766 for more information.
Sweetheart of Gems: Whidbey Island Gem Club presents its annual show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St. Free admission. See exhibits, demonstrations, dealers, rough and finished rocks and gems.
Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater: Open microphone for all ages beginning at 7:30 p.m. Fridays. Performer signup begins at 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation of $3 performers, $5 audience. Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish; 360-568-9412; thumbnailtheater.com.
Poetry Out Loud: Regional finals, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Students from Darrington, Everett, Marysville Getchell and Stanwood high schools are among those competing for a national title. Participants learn about great poetry through exploration, memorization and performance.
Whidbey Children's Theater: Disney's "101 Dalmatians" performed by elementary school age students who bring this classic to life on stage. Director Lisa Nakama brings years of experience in theater. The show is appropriate for all ages as kids and adults alike will delight in the adventures of the puppies as they escape the clutches of Cruella DeVil and her bumbling henchmen. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 2 at 723 Camano Ave, Langley. Tickets are $15, or $12 for seniors and $8 for students. Family night show, Feb. 1, all seats are $8. Go to www.whidbeychildrenstheater.org.
Disney's "Beauty and the Beast": The "junior" musical production from Village Theatre's KidStage runs through Feb. 2 with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Village Theatre Second Stage, 2730 Wetmore Ave., Everett. The musical is based on the animated film and includes all the favorite songs sung by more than 40 school-aged children, under the direction of former KidStage performer Molli Corcoran. Tickets are $14 or $12 for youth and seniors. Reach the box office at 425-257-8600 or go online to www.VillageKidstage.org.
"Annie Jr.": Ludus Youth Theatre, www.ludusyouththeatre.org, presents the popular musical at 7 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 7 and 8, at the PUD theater, 2320 California St., Everett. Tickets — $10, $8 and $5 — are available at the door.
Imagine Children's Museum: 1502 Wall St., Everett; phone 425-258-1006; special event schedule and more information is at imaginecm.org. Hours 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. Each third Friday of the month is the museum's Free Friday Night Live. Play indoors with the kids from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at no cost; imaginecm.org.
Western Heritage Center: An interactive museum of mining, logging, agriculture, transportation, construction and wildlife. Kids will be entertained by noisy machinery, including an 1880s-era drill press powered by giant belts tied to a waterwheel outside the building. This exhibit shows how creative people had to be to survive without TV and cell phones. Seed drills, drag saws, potato diggers, gas pumps, vintage John Deere tractors, and more showcase the history of Snohomish County. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday on the east side of the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe. Call 425-232-3493 for more information.
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