Family Fun Calendar

Snohomish and Island counties

Holiday Lighting on the Docks: Edmonds Yacht Club members move their boats into the guest moorage area and decorate with holiday lights, boats lit through Dec. 26. Located along the waterfront boardwalk in downtown Edmonds.

Community celebrations

Seattle and beyond

Bellevue Magic Season: Through Jan. 2. Features a variety of holiday events, including an outdoor ice rink, tree lighting, decorations throughout downtown. Admission varies for events. For complete schedule, visit


Snohomish and Island counties

“The Lights of Christmas”: More than one million lights in outdoor displays, train ride, holiday music, refreshments, drama, 5 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 26 through 30. Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; 360-652-7575, 800-228-6724,

Seattle and beyond

“Holiday with Lights”: Wild Waves and Enchanted Villages features more than one million lights, rides, holiday paint ball, visits with Santa, music and holiday food, 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, $16.99. Off exit 142B from I-5; 253-661-8000.

Zoos and Wildlife

Seattle and beyond

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park: 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville; 360-832-6117, $8.75, $8.25 seniors, $6 ages 5-17, $4 ages 3-4. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, through Dec. 31.Point Defiance Zoo &Aquarium: 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; 253-591-5337, $7.75, $7 seniors, $6 ages 4 to 13. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Dec. 31.

Seattle Aquarium: 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, 206-386-4320. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. $11.50, $7.50 ages 6 to 12, $5.25 ages 3 to 5.

Woodland Park Zoo: 5500 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle; 206-684-4800, Winter hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, through March 14. $10 ages 13 to 64, $7 ages 3 to 12, toddlers are free. Parking $3.50. Winter Celebration, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 28 through 30.


Snohomish and Island counties

Blackman House Museum: 118 Ave. B, Snohomish; 360-568-5235. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, April through mid-December. Free, donations accepted. Fee for reserved, guided tours.

Edmonds Historical Museum: 118 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds City Hall, Edmonds; 425-774-0900, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. $2 adults, $1 children; group tours available. The Changing Face of Edmonds and Our Maritime Heritage, ongoing. Pacific Northwest Needlearts Guild 2004 juried show, through Dec. 30.

Imagine Children’s Museum: 1502 Wall St., Everett; 425-258-1006, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5, free ages 12 months and younger. Rockin’ New Years Eve Party, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31, free with museum admission.

Snohomish County Museum: 1913 Hewitt Ave., Everett. 425-259-2022. 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Window exhibits can be viewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Current exhibit: Industry on Parade: Early Enterprise in Snohomish County.

Stanwood Area History Museum: 27112 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood; 360-629-6110, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays. The Museum and D.O. Pearson House feature historical exhibits. Current exhibit: Steamers, Ships &Shorelines: A Historical Photograph Tour of Stanwood &Camano Island.

Seattle and beyond

Burke Museum of Natural History &Culture: University of Washington, 45th Street and 17th Avenue NE, Seattle; 206-543-5590. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, to 8 p.m. Thursdays. $8 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5 students. Evolutions Big Bang, Smithsonian exhibit, through March 6.

Childrens Museum: 305 Harrison St., Seattle; 206-441-1768, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $7.50, $6 grandparents. My Home Planet Earth, a new exhibit aimed at helping children make healthy decisions about air quality, water pollution and nutrition through hands-on activities that spark an interest in science.

Experience Music Project: 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle. 206-770-2700, Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, Dec. 26 through Jan. 2; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 24, . $19.95, $15.95 seniors and ages 13 to 17, $14.95 ages 7 to 12. EMP is an interactive American popular music museum featuring artifacts from generations of musicians, combining hands-on experiences and technology with interpretive exhibits. Includes the JBL Theater, Digital Lab, Turntable Restaurant, Liquid Lounge and the EMP Store. Current exhibit: Beatlemania! America Meets the Beatles, 1964. Bob Dylans American Journey, 1956-1966, through Labor Day 2005.

Museum of Flight: 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; 206-764-5700. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Thursday to 9 p.m. $11 adults, $10 seniors 65+, $6.50 ages 5-17, ages 4 and younger free, groups of 10 or more adults $10, youth $5.50. Exhibits of more than 50 full-size aircraft, plus the nations only full-size air traffic control tower exhibit. Works by Erik Lindbergh, through Jan. 31.

Museum of History &Industry: 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle; 206-324-1126, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A Ferry Tale: Return of the Kalakala, Men Who Work the Ships, A Change of Worlds: Photographs, Artifacts and Oral Histories of Puget Sound Native Americans, Treasures from the Collection: Papier Mache Tilt Top Table, ca. 1840-1855, ongoing.

Pacific Science Center: 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle; 206-443-2001, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $9.50 exhibits, $7 seniors and juniors; $8 IMAX, $7 seniors and juniors; $14.50 exhibits and IMAX, $12 seniors and juniors; $5 Thursday laser light shows; $7.50 Friday and Saturday laser light shows. A science and educational museum with evening laser shows and an IMAX theater. Permanent exhibits: Dinosaurs, Tropical Butterfly House, Insect Village, Tech Zone and Water Works.


Snohomish and Island counties

Bayview Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October, Saturdays only through Dec. 31. Bayview Road and Highway 525, Langley;

Kid stuff

Snohomish and Island counties

Boys and Girls Club: Gymnastics and dance classes for kids and families in the fall include gymnastics 1 through 3, preschool creative movements, childrens dance 1. For information, call 425-334-7766 or 425-397-3964.

City of Lynnwood: The city of Lynnwood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department offers classes for youth and families. Discounts are offered to residents of Lynnwood. For information and registration, call the Lynnwood Recreation Center, 425-771-4030:

* Teens Tuesdays, ages 13 to 18, 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday, free.

* Night Waves, grades seven to 12, 9:15 to 11:15 p.m. every Saturday, $3.

Everett Public Library: All childrens events are free and held at the library locations, unless otherwise marked. Some classes require registration. Main branch, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett; Evergreen branch, 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett; 425-257-8030.

* Play group for parents and children, a drop-in play group, 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, Evergreen.

* Storytime, 2 to 3 years, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, main.

* Storytime, 3 to 6 years, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, main.

* Family storytime, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Evergreen.

Mill Creek Library: 15429 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek; 425-337-4822. All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Open gym pickle ball, all ages, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, $3, $2 children, Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds; 425-771-0230.

Seattle and beyond

“Bunnicula”: This musical adaptation of Deborah and James Howe’s popular book about a vampire bunny played to sold-out audiences in 1996, Jan. 7-16. Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Center;, 206-441-4488.

Northwest Puppet Center: 9123 15th Ave. NE, Seattle; 206-523-2579. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: $9.50, $8 seniors, $7.50 children, season tickets available. Madeline, Jan. 21 through Feb. 13, $22, $18 seniors and children.

“The Secret Garden”: A stage adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book is about an orphan girl who discovers a mysterious hidden garden on her uncle’s country estate, through Jan. 8. Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Center;, 206-441-4488.

Special events

Snohomish and Island counties

Bingo: 11 a.m. first and third Mondays of month at Granville Grange, 9401 163rd St. NE, Granite Falls; 360-691-7867.

Everett Chess Club: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Free, open to all ages and skill levels. Now featuring tournaments and lessons. Espresso Americano, Everett Public Library, main branch, auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett; 425-514-3209,

Fosters Produce and Corn Maze: 5818 Highway 530 NE, Arlington; 360-435-5095, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Features farm-animal barn, ice cream, European antiques, flower garden, gift barn, goat walk and hay maze.

Horse Country Farm: 8507 Highway 92, Granite Falls. Sign up to be a working student where you learn to ride for a reduced cost in exchange for work caring for horses, ages 10 up. 360-691-7509, 425-335-4773;


Snohomish and Island counties

Everett Mountaineers Singles: A social group for singles, offers hiking, walks, dining, golf, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and dancing. Meets second Wednesdays of each month at Alfy’s, 9620 19th Ave. SE, Everett. Call Fran, 360-474-0592 or email

Friendly Singles Club: A group for singles, meets noon each Saturday at Denny’s, 18824 Highway 2, Monroe; 360-805-0105, 360-668-0423. Parents Without Partners: A social support group for single parents with children of all ages, various events each month, including social activities, dancing and skating. 425-388-4544.

Sno-Co Singles: An active social group for ages 40 and older. Events include dining, dances, potlucks and games. No breakfast Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Breakfast, 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Village Inn, 8525 Evergreen Way, Everett. Call Carmen, 425-710-0082 or Darlene, 425-741-1256. Snohomish Sleepless Singles Group: Meets at Petosa’s in Snohomish at 10 a.m. every second and fourth Saturday. For singles of all ages in the Snohomish area. Various activities will be planned. For information, email

Public dances

Snohomish and Island counties

Ballroom dance classes: Sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 13, lessons in tango, swing, and waltz, 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursdays. Broadway Dance Studio, 3726 Broadway, Everett; 425-339-8825.

Dance classes: Sponsored by the Boeing Employee’s Big Band Dance Club, beginner and intermediate lessons available, Mondays Jan. 10 through Feb. 28, $4. Everett Boeing Recreation Center, 6400 36th Ave. W., 425-334-2746.

Folk dancing: Sno-King International hosts lessons, and dances at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, $5, $3 members. New Year’s Day Party, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 1, $5, $3 members. Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-454-6529, 425-889-0541. No dance Dec. 25.

Public dance: Sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 13 with music by The Versatones, the retired Eagles activity club’s live band, featuring waltz, pattern and other dances, 1 to 4 p.m. every Monday. $2. Broadway Dance Studio, 3726 Broadway St., Everett; 425-357-9219.

Public dance: Seattle Western Swing Music Society hosts a dance with live bands each month. 3726 Broadway St., Everett; 425-357-9210.

Public dance: Harry Lindbeck plays smooth dance music, 1 to 4 p.m. every Thursday. $5. Normanna Hall, 2725 Oakes Ave., Everett; 425-252-0291.

Public dance: Parents Without Partners holds a monthly alcohol and smoke-free dance at Everett Elks Club, 2731 Rucker, Everett; 425-388-4544.

Scottish country dancing: No partner needed, every Wed. at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo; 425-438-8977.

Square dancing: Checkerboard Squares holds classes Sundays, dances 8 to 11 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays at Masonic Hall, 515 Dayton, Edmonds; 425-335-4671, 425-778-8472.

Square dancing: Dudes and Dolls Square Dance Club holds lessons, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-742-6334, 425-774-6574.

Square dancing: Happy Hoppers Square Dance Club holds lessons, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Marysville Jr. High cafeteria, 1605 Seventh St., Marysville; 360-403-9305.

Square dancing: Happy Hoppers Square Dance Club holds dances, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month. Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18038 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington; 360-568-1176.

Square dancing: The Whirlybirds Square Dance Club holds dances at 7:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month. Lessons 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 6. Hearing enhancement available. The Hayloft, 15320 35th Ave., Lynnwood; 425-252-1204.

Square dancing: With Doug Coleman, 1 p.m. Fridays at Everett Senior Activity Center, 3025 Lombard, Everett; 425-257-8780.

Tango lessons: With Ina and Jon Howe, 6 p.m. every Wednesday, 1 p.m. every Saturday. Small donation. Everett Senior Activity Center, 3025 Lombard, Everett; 425-257-8780.

Seattle and beyond

Ballroom dance: Dancing with a live band, 1 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday. $4. Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; 425-487-2441.

Square dancing: The Freewheelers Square Dance Club hosts mainstream square dances for singles and couple, 7 to 10 p.m. every first and third Sunday of each month. Richmond Masonic Hall, North 185th and Linden Ave. N, Shoreline; 425-673-0858.

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