Upcoming outdoor events: Fish, dinosaurs, bubbles and more

Bubbles: Make your own bubble wand and some really big bubbles from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday at Cama Beach State Park. Get more info here. A number of other fun events are planned at that park and others. Check out a list here.

Family fun: A family event is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Evergreen Arboretum. There will be music, games, art projects and food. The Everett Public Library, Imagine Children’s Museum, Schack Art Center and more groups will be there. Get more info here.

Water fun: A water ski and wake board tournament is Saturday as part of Aquafest in Lake Stevens. The competition is at City Cove and viewing is at City Beach Park, which is all within the north cove, just slightly west of the downtown area. The competition is open to kids and adults of all levels — novices are welcome. There are even water skis available for use for those who don’t have their own. And on the other end of the scale, seasoned competitors and pros will show off their skills for their crowd. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at City Cove and is $20. Water ski and wake board require separate registration. Call 425-444-8249 for more information.

See the stars: A star viewing party (weather permitting) begins at 8:45 p.m. Saturday at the Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier National Park. The event begins the the inn’s lobby, with a 30-minute talk about night skies. The party then moves outside near the Jackson Visitor Center. Star viewing begins at 10 p.m. If the weather cooperates, viewing will last until at least midnight. Telescopes will be available. If the weather is bad, the event moves inside for a Q&A with astronomers.

Fish: Visit the Ballard Locks on Saturday to see salmon. Naturalists will be there from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to tell you all about the cool fish and their journey. Get more info here.

Dinosaurs: OK, so technically, this isn’t really an outdoor event. But who doesn’t want to see animatronic dinosaurs? And dinosaurs lived outside, right? Fifty of the life-sized creatures will be at Comcast Arena in Everett on Saturday and Sunday. Get all the details in our story here.

Ice Age: Want even more ancient animals? Learn about the animals of the Ice Age and even see some bones from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Camano Island State Park. Get more info here.

Explore: See what low-tide exposes at Cama Beach State Park on Sunday. A guide will help you learn about what you see. It’s from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get more info here.

Big Four: Learn about the history of the Big Four Inn and the ecosystem of the area near the Big Four Ice Caves. The talks and short hikes are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday until September. Get more info here.

Roads: The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is hosting a series of public forums to talk about forest roads. Last summer, input was gathered about what roads people cared about most. Now the forest is working to create a sustainable roads plan, and will offer info to the public. Two meetings are coming up. The first is 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29. at the Mountaineers, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. The second is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Darrington Community Center, 570 Sauk Ave., Darrington. Space is limited. RSVP to mbs_pao@yahoo.com.

Adventure race: An open water swim race is on Aug. 2 on Whidbey Island. The swim is at Seawall Park in Langley. The course has been changed from previous years, and is now in shallower water, allowing more chances to see sealife on the sea floor. Get more info or register here. Entry deadline is July 31.

Bird trips: Pilchuck Audubon has a number of field trips planned in August. There is a trip on every Tuesday as well as two Saturdays, Aug. 2 and Aug. 23. Check out the events here.

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