The world of animals: Acclaimed naturalist Sy Montgomery will make a free presentation for children and their families at 11 a.m. Feb. 10 at the Cope-Gillette Theater, 2730 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Her children’s books will be available for sale and signing following the talk. Montgomery has been chased by a silverback gorilla, embraced by a giant Pacific octopus and been undressed by an orangutan. Call 425-257-8000. More at www.epls.org/reads.
Learn about orcas: Orca expert Howard Garrett will speak at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Garrett, of the Orca Network, will introduce these big bottled dolphins and give a status report on the endangered Salish Sea. Free.
Alex Zerbe the Zaniac: The second show in the Family Entertainment Series show is set for 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. His performances include juggling, dancing, beat boxing and silly magic tricks. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $6. The final show in the series is the Not-Its! on March 24. Call 360-363-8400 or go to tinyurl.com/yajfomgn.
FAST & COOL
Angel of the Winds Community Ice Rink: Skate on an NHL regulation ice sheet. Cheap skate times are 6 to 7:15 p.m.Monday, Thursday and Sunday, and open to skaters of all skill levels and interests. Group rates and punch cards available.Military discount is $1 off 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 ice skating rink,19803 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Call 425-640-9999. More at lynnwoodicecenter.com.
GO SEE DO
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 at3p.m. Tickets are $5 students, $7 adults and $6 seniors. Free to members and children 4 and younger. Call 425-316-8592or go to www.streamkeeper.org.
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’sforages 4 and up. More at www.hightrekeverett.com.
Summit Everett: The climbing gym at 2820 Rucker Ave. features top rope climbing, auto belay and bouldering. It’s open11 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 atwww.summiteverett.com.
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 www.painefield.com/9/Visiting.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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 from 6 to 8 p.m. Upcoming Teen Nights are Feb. 21, March 21, April 18 and May 16. Schack classes include drawing, printmaking, basketry, jewelry and metalsmithing, encaustic painting, fused glass and blown glass. Go to www.schack.org to learn more.
Imagine Children’s Museum: Hands-on exhibits for kids 1-12, plus a water-play area and a rooftop playground. 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 are free admission nights. Play indoors from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at no cost. More at www.imaginecm.org 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 www.mopop.org.
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 mohai.org.
Hibulb Cultural Center: The interactive displays introduce you to the legacy of the Tulalip people by giving you a historic perspective of the bands that make up the Tulalip Tribes. These stories are told in Lushootseed and English. 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; www.hibulbculturalcenter.org.
ZOOS & AQUARIUMS
Outback Kangaroo Farm: 10030 Highway 530, east of Arlington. Take a tour of the farm to see kangaroos, alpacas, flying squirrels, peacocks, wallaroos and more. Call 360-403-7474. More at www.outbackkangaroofarm.com.
The Reptile Zoo: The zoo is at 22715 U.S. 2, east of Monroe. Get hands-on with lizards, snakes, an albino alligator and other reptiles. More information at www.thereptilezoo.org.
Woodland Park Zoo: The animals will celebrate Valentine’s Day the wild way from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9. They’ll munch on festive treats like heart-shaped ice pops, herbal bouquets or heart-shaped steaks. Admission is $14.95 for teen sand adults, $11.95 for children and free for toddlers. The zoo is at 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle. Enter through west entrance on Phinney Avenue N. Parking $6. Call 206-548-2500. More at www.zoo.org.
Seattle Aquarium: Octopus Week is Feb. 16-24 at the aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle. Learn about one of the coolest creatures in Puget Sound, the giant Pacific octopus. Each day will feature hands-on activities for kids, octopus feedings and talks. For a schedule of activities, go to www.seattleaquarium.org.
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