North Pole Party: Imagine Children’s Museum’s visit with Santa is 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at 1502 Wall St., Everett. If you’re a member, you’re welcome to show up 9 to 9:45 p.m. The party includes selfies with Santa, winter carpet skating, story and craft time with Mrs. Claus, a 25 days of kindness calendar challenge, reindeer bark making and holiday music with Bonnie Birch on accordion. More at www.imaginecm.org.
The Lights of Christmas: The festival is 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1, 5-8, 12-15, 18-23, 26-29, Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. More than 1 million Christmas lights, dazzling displays, live music, theater, pony and train rides, petting zoo, Santa, Bruce the Spruce. Tickets are $13-18. Children 3 and younger get in free. More at www.thelightsofchristmas.com.
Holiday model trains: The Swamp Creek & Western Railroad Association hosts a Holiday Open House featuring model train demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the association’s headquarters, 210 Railroad St., Edmonds. Free. Members will operate their HO scale model trains across a holiday-inspired layout. The layout features 400 feet of HO scale track that passes through miniature towns and detailed scenery. Many of the model trains are equipped with digital command control technology and will make sounds. Call 425-879-2220 or go to www.scwrra.org.
Merrysville for the Holidays: Marysville becomes “Merrysville” this time of year. The Electric Lights Parade, with grand marshals Santa and Mrs. Claus, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Comeford Park and State Avenue in Marysville. Free. Consessions will be available for purchase. Then the Holiday Tour of Lights is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 11-14, 18-21 and 23 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 www.marysvillewa.gov.
An Afternoon with Santa: Spend an afternoon with Santa Claus from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Free. Sip hot cocoa, decorate a cookie, make holiday crafts. Get photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the festive Mr. Bear. Call 360-387-0222.
“A Holiday Hooray!”: Music Shine Time with Lisa and Linda presents “A Holiday Hooray” at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 21 at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Children sing along to frosty favorites and dance along to “The Nutcracker” and other holiday classics. Accompanied by trumpet, trombone and tuba. Tickets are $10 and available via Eventbrite. Babes in arms get in free. Call 360-387-0222.
Snohomish Winter Solstice Walk: Enjoy a candlelit walk along the Snohomish Riverfront Trail from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21. The walk is from Cady Park to First Street and Avenue D. This free event is hosted by Snohomish Winter Solstice Walk and Historic Downtown Snohomish. More at tinyurl.com/solsticewalk2019.
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. Children’s activities led by Everett artist Cat Snapp are scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 22. For kids 6 and older. Mark your calendar: Teen Nights are from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19, Feb. 20, March 19, April 30 and May 21. Or sign up for Schack classes, which 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 Jan. 26, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” explores that rich heritage and the diverse contributions of Indian immigrants and their descendants. More at www.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. Currently in the main gallery is “Interwoven History: Coast Salish Wool.” 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: 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle. See Santa diving in the 120,000-gallon Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, Dec. 6-9, 13-16, and 20-24 at noon on Fridays and Mondays, and at noon and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Find an events schedule at www.seattleaquarium.org.
Woodland Park Zoo: Wild Lights, the annual holiday lights festival, returns with sparkling lights, faux snowball fights, up-close animal encounters, hot chocolate and family events from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29 to Jan. 5. Closed Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 24 and 25. Admission is adults (13-64) $15.50; child (3-12) $10.50; toddler (0-2) free. 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.
GO SEE DO
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 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 www.painefield.com/9/Visiting.
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.
FAST & COOL
Everett 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.
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