Experience virtual reality: Interactive virtual reality demonstrations will be held at the Everett Public Library, at 2702 Hoyt Ave., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in April, May and June. Free. Try out a 15-minute session on either an Oculus Rift or Oculus Go headset from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be at least 13 years of age. Children must have a signed parental consent form. Call 425-257-8000 or visit www.epls.org/VR for more information.
Cougars: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife cougar scientist Brian Kertson will be talk about cougars at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s NW Stream Center, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Kertson will go over cougar ecology, behavior and management. At this event, you will learn how to identify signs of cougars in the woods and how to co-exist with them. Reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592. Tickets are $5 for members or $7 for non-members. The presentation is geared for children in fifth grade and up, as well as adults.
Easter Parade and Bonnet Contest: Snohomish salutes spring with the 39th annual Easter parade and bonnet contest. The parade begins at 11 a.m. April 20 on First Street in downtown Snohomish. Immediately following the parade the Easter bonnet contest is held behind the judging booth at First Street and Avenue A. Call 425-344-8533 or go to www.snohomishchamber.org.
All about beavers: The presentation is at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Northwest Stream Center and includes a screening of the 31-minute IMAX movie “Beavers,” showing an industrious beaver family creating an aquatic habitat that they share with all kinds of wildlife. The Northwest Stream Center is in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE Everett. Reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592. Cost is $5 for member, $7 for non-members. This event is appropriate for first graders to adults.
Gem show: The annual Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show, sponsored by the Everett Rock & Gem Club, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 at Everett Community College’s Walt Price Student Fitness Center, 2206 Tower St., Everett. Admission is free. More at everettrockclub.com.
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 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 students, $7 adults and $6 seniors. Free to members and children 4 and younger. Call 425-316-8592 or 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’s for ages 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 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 www.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 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, 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. Through April 28, see “Live Wires: The Cable TV Revolution.” From pioneer broadcasts to modern broadband, Northwest innovators led the nation in the cable TV revolution. Live Wires tells the story of the men and women who launched the first cable systems, shaped an industry and changed American viewing habits forever.
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.
Seattle Aquarium: Celebrate spring through April 14 with Marine Mammal Mania at the aquarium at 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle. Featuring hands-on activities, special talks and demonstrations devoted to marine mammals. For a schedule of activities, go to www.seattleaquarium.org.
Woodland Park Zoo: The animals will celebrate Easter the wild way from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20. They’ll nibble on specially made Easter baskets lined with flowers, berries and other favorite treats. Admission is $14.95 for teens and 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.
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