Sy Montgomery is visited by a wild kakapo — a critically endangered, nocturnal, flightless parrot — on New Zealand’s Codfish Island. The naturalist and author will speak at the Everett Public Library on May 4. (Nic Bishop)

Sy Montgomery is visited by a wild kakapo — a critically endangered, nocturnal, flightless parrot — on New Zealand’s Codfish Island. The naturalist and author will speak at the Everett Public Library on May 4. (Nic Bishop)

Family and kid-friendly events around Snohomish County

Get out and go have some fun considering history, reading, stones and space this weekend.

Archaeology at Night: Local state, federal and professional archaeologists will be on hand to showcase projects and artifacts collection in the greater Puget Sound area, and offer artifact identification from 5 to 8 p.m. May 3 at the Edmonds Historical Museum, 118 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds. The all-ages event is free. You’re encouraged to bring a maximum of two items for artifact identification. More at

Everett Reads!: School-age children and their families are invited to a special presentation at 11 a.m. May 4 by acclaimed naturalist and author Sy Montgomery, who has been chased by an angry gorilla, hunted by a tiger, and swam with piranhas, electric eels and a pink dolphin. Copies of the author’s books — for children and adults — will be available for sale and signing after the program. The event is at the Everett main library, 2702 Hoyt Ave. in Everett. Call 425-257-8000.

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

Astronomy Day: NASA ambassador Ron Hobbs will address Astronomy Day at 2 p.m. on May 11 in the Everett Public Library auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Hobbs will speak on “The Future of the Final Frontier.” Astronomy Day has displays of astronomical telescopes, astronomical binoculars, and accessories; globe models of planets and moons; samples of more than 20 meteorites, space rocks that guests can touch and examine; astronomy books and videos, sky maps and other hand-outs; and information about the increasing impacts of nighttime lighting on the environment. Weather permitting, there will also be solar sunspot and prominence observing. Call 425-257-8000 or go to

“To Live on an Island”: Celebrate the launch of Everett artist Elizabeth Person’s new children’s picture book at 6 p.m. May 21 in the Everett Public Library auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave. in Everett. Person contributed original watercolor paintings to California author Emma Bland Smith’s story about a young boy’s experiences on a Pacific Northwest island. Her vivid and colorful images depict what it’s like to spend a childhood paddling, hiking, traveling by ferry and counting orcas instead of sheep. The book will be available for sale and signing following the presentation. Call 425-257-8000. More at

Tankfest Northwest: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25 at Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, 3407 109th St. SW, Everett; Free parking and shuttle service at 9819 Airport Road, Everett. Tanks, military vehicles and artillery weapons with driving and firing demonstrations of tanks and artillery, remote control tanks, scavenger hunt, face painting, bouncy house, tug-o-war, educational speaker, food trucks.

Experience virtual reality: Interactive virtual reality demonstrations will be held at the Everett Public Library, at 2702 Hoyt Ave., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in 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 for more information.


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

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 Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, Historic Flight Foundation and the Museum of Flight Restoration Center. Find information at

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


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 Night on May 16. 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: 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 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

MOHAI: The Museum of History & Industry is at 860 Terry Ave., at the south end of Lake Union, Seattle. Through June 2, “Tinker Tower,” a space for young children to innovate through play. The exhibit allows children the opportunity to solve problems and practice independent thinking. More at

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;


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

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

Seattle Aquarium: Celebrate moms of all types, animal and human, on May 12, Mother’s Day at the aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle. Featuring hands-on activities, special talks and demonstrations devoted to marine mammals. For a schedule of activities, go to

Woodland Park Zoo: “Zoo for All: Celebrating Our Cultures,” from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 18, a day to celebrate diverse cultures with special programming and entertainment. Partners include El Centro de la Raza, Chief Seattle Club and others. 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


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

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

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