Family and kid-friendly events around Snohomish County

Merrysville for the Holidays: Marysville becomes “Merrysville” this time of year. The Holiday Tour of Lights is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 12-15, 19-22 at Cedarcrest Golf Course, 6810 84th St. NE, Marysville. Hop on board the Rotary train for holiday tour of lights. Enjoy a bonfire and hot cocoa. Suggested donation is $5 adults, $3 youth and $20 family. More at

The Lights of Christmas: See more than 1 million Christmas lights at the festival, 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 6-9, 13-16, 19-23, 26-29, at Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. Features dazzling displays, live music, theater, pony rides, food, Santa and Bruce the Spruce. More at

Believe: A Magical Holiday Experience: Watch “The Polar Express” Dec. 7 at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. Showtimes are 3 and 6 p.m. There will also be arts and crafts, snacks and photo ops. Tickets are $8 for ages 2 and older; free for children 1 and younger on laps. Call 360-363-8400 or go to

Holiday Traditions Open House: Ludus Performing Arts is hosting the first ever Holiday Traditions Open House from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Everett PUD Building, 2320 California St., Everett. Tickets are $5 adults and $10 children ages 3 and older. Features short Christmas film showings, photos with Santa, a classic character meet and greet, and arts and crafts. Call 425-239-6627 or go to www.ludus

Santa’s Workshop: Santa has a pop-up workshop at Country Village through Dec. 24. Get your photo taken with Santa 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell. Visit two of Santa’s live reindeer in their vacation home between Keepsake Cottage and The Pet Place. Stroll the grounds filled with twinkling lights and cheerfully lit displays. More at

Woodland Park Zoo: The zoo’s WildLights are on from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Jan. 5, except for Dec. 12, 24-25. Admission is $11.95 for teens and adults until Dec. 13, $14.95 thereafter, $9.95 for children through Dec. 13 and $11.95 thereafter and free for toddlers. Enter through west entrance on Phinney Avenue N. Parking $6. Call 206-548-2500. More at

Seattle Aquarium: Diving Santa is Dec. 7-10, 14-17 and 21-24 at the aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle. Enjoy holiday music and watch Santa diving in a 120,000-gallon tank at noon Friday and Monday, and noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Aquarium closes at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. For a schedule of activities, go to

Bellevue Botanical Garden: The garden’s 24rd annual winter wonderland called Garden d’Lights is displayed 4:30 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 30, 12001 Main St., Bellevue. Admission is $5, free for ages 10 and younger. Call 425-452-2750 or go to

Northwest Stream Center: Want to see trout and crawfish? How about strolling in solitude on an elevated nature trail above a deep forest floor and surrounding wetlands next to a salmon stream? Visit the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Last admission is at 3 p.m. Free admission during December, but call ahead to reserve a time slot for the board walk. All other times tickets are $5 students, $7 adults, $6 seniors. Free to members and children 4 and younger. Call 425-316-8592 or go to

High Trek Adventures: Ride an aerial ropes course and zip lines at Paine Field Community Park, 11928 Beverly Park Road, Everett. There are three levels of difficulty, with 60 different obstacles. The longest zip line travels 250 feet. It’s for ages 4 and up. More at www.hightrek

Summit Everett: The climbing gym at 2820 Rucker Ave. features top rope climbing, auto belay and bouldering. It’s open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. More at

Paine Field: The Snohomish County Airport is home to several aviation attractions, including the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, Historic Flight Foundation and the Museum of Flight Restoration Center. Find information at


Schack Art Center: 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett; 425-259-5050. The Schack hosts Teen Nights, free monthly events where teens learn new art techniques while creating up to four art projects. The next Teen Nights are Dec. 13 and Feb. 21. Schack classes include drawing, printmaking, basketry, jewelry and metalsmithing, encaustic painting, fused glass and blown glass. Go to to learn more.

Imagine Children’s Museum: 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. More at or 425-258-1006.

Museum of Pop Culture: The museum (formerly EMP) at the Seattle Center, 325 Fifth Ave. N., has exhibits about science fiction and fantasy, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, “Star Trek,” indie games, the Seattle Seahawks, horror films and more. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More at

MOHAI: The Museum of History & Industry is at 860 Terry Ave., at the south end of Lake Union, Seattle. “WWI America,” showing through Feb. 10, tells the story of World War I. Empires were destroyed, millions perished and the world was upended by a war meant to end all others. More information is available at

Hibulb Cultural Center: Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. weekends. Free first Thursdays until 8 p.m.; 6410 23rd Ave. NE, Tulalip; 360-716-2635;

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