Martha Jordan, executive director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association, will present a slide show on snow geese, trumpeter and tundra swans Jan. 23 at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Steam Center in Everett. (G. Plowman)

Martha Jordan, executive director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association, will present a slide show on snow geese, trumpeter and tundra swans Jan. 23 at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Steam Center in Everett. (G. Plowman)

Family and kid-friendly events around Snohomish County

“White Birds of Winter”: 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Thousands of snow geese, trumpeter and tundra swans have migrated from Alaska and Canada to feed in the farm fields of Washington. Martha Jordan, executive director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association, will present a slideshow about these birds. Call 425-316-8592 or go to

Learn to play the ukulele: The Everett Public Library will host two free beginner’s ukulele classes on Jan. 25. Classes are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Evergreen branch, 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett, and 2:30 p.m. at the main library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The teacher is Aaron Canwell of the Oregon-based children’s band Micah and Me. There will be 25 ukuleles available to play in each session. You’re welcome to bring your own ukulele. Call 425-257-8000 or go to

Virtual Reality at the Library: From 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday through March 28, Evergreen Branch Library, 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett. The library will be offering free virtual reality demonstrations for adults and teens ages 14 and older. Try out the VR headsets, on loan from the Washington State Library. Call 425-257-8250 or go to

“Here’s to the Women!”: Linda Allen will present a musical tribute to the 100th anniversary of suffrage for women at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Everett Public Library auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The event is free. When the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1920, women were granted the right to vote — but the fight for women’s suffrage was both protracted and bitter. Allen, a songwriter, performer and educator, has worked with numerous organizations to promote women’s history, including the Washington Centennial Commission. Call 425-257-8000 or go to

Kidstock!: The eighth annual arts celebration for kids is 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Featuring music, dance and theater performances, art workshops and children’s activities. The line-up includes Recess Monkey, Northwest Tap Connection, Bailadores de Bronce, CHIKIRI & The School of TAIKO, and The Not-Its! Go to for more information.

Groundfrog Day: The local alternative to Groundhog Day. Will Snohomish Slew predict an early spring? Events are scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Feb. 2 along First Street in Snohomish, starting at the Avenue A Gazebo. Events include the annual Frognostication and Lazy River Frog Race. Race tickets are $5. More at

Walking Talk: “The Pacific War — War in China,” 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field, 3407 109th St. SW, Everett. Hear insights into the Second World War in China, including the formation of the American Volunteer Group or “Flying Tigers” and the combat tactics developed by their leader, Claire Chennault. The tour and 30-minute talk led by docent Ron Risdon is free with admission to the museum. Tickets are $18 adults or $12 youth. Children 5 and younger get in free. Call 206-342-4242 or go to


Schack Art Center: 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett; 425-259-5050. Mark your calendar: Teen Nights are from 6 to 8 p.m. 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 to learn more.

Imagine Children’s Museum: The museum offers 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. The newest exhibit is “Minecraft: The Exhibition,” open through Sept. 7. 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 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

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. Opening on Jan. 25 will be “The Power of Words: A History of Tulalip Literacy,” an exhibit featuring the works of seven Tulalip authors and the original Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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: 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle. During Octopus Week, Feb. 15-23, 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. More at

Woodland Park Zoo: On Feb. 8, fall in love with Woodland Park Zoo’s animals as they celebrate Valentine’s Day the wild way with festive treats such as heart-shaped ice pops, herbal bouquets or heart-shaped steaks. 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


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


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

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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