Upcoming events for families in Snohomish County and nearby

Ada’s Violin: The story of the musical instruments made from recycled materials and played in a children’s orchestra in a small town built on a garbage dump in Paraguay will be performed at 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. Admission is free, but RSVP at 360-363-8400 or lwoodmansee@marysvillewa.gov to reserve a spot. In Spanish and English. Performed by Book-It Repertory Theatre of Seattle and sponsored by the city and Marysville Library.

Wintertide Celebration: 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30, at the Wetmore Plaza, Wetmore and California. Enjoy cocoa, apple cider, treats, train rides, bonfire, crafts from Imagine Children’s Museum and short plays from Village Theatre KidStage. Santa arrives at 5:30 p.m.

The Lights of Christmas: Open 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 7-10, 14-17, 19-23, 26-30 at Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. Tickets and more information at www.thelightsofchristmas.com or call 360-652-7575. More than 1 million Christmas lights, dazzling displays, live music, theater, pony rides, food, Santa, Bruce the Spruce and more.

Teddy Bear Breakfast: Providence General Children’s Association’s annual Teddy Bear Breakfast is 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Tulalip Resort, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip. Tickets are $30 each (cash or check) or $31.50 with credit card at squareup.com/store/teddy-bear-breakfast. Call 425-317-9825 or email teddybearbreakfast@gmail.com. A holiday event featuring children’s entertainer Tim Noah. Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa. Proceeds support the health care needs of children in the community.

Tanks Giving: The Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field hosts a special event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 3407 109th St. SW, Everett. See Santa, decorate cookies, play tank video games, join a scavenger hunt, free photos. Ticket information at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3116019.

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. 2. at the association’s headquarters, 210 Railroad St., Edmonds. Free admission. 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.

Middle School Madness: Middle schoolers in grades 6, 7 and 8 are invited to Rosehill Community Center 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 for a free event that includes music, a movie, pizza and cookies. The inaugural middle school takeover event is put on by the city’s Recreation and Cultural Services Department. The center is at 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. Call 425-263-8186.

Northwest Stream Center: 600 128th St. SE in McCollum County Park, Everett. Learn about free classes for kids at www.streamkeeper.org.

Imagine Children’s Museum: Located at 1502 Wall St., Everett. 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 imaginecm.org or 425-258-1006. For holders of Electronic Benefits Transfer cards, the museum admits four people for $3 each per card per visit.

Schack Art Center: 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett; 425-259-5050. Teen Night is 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Teen Nights are monthly free events where teens learn new art techniques while creating up to four art projects. Guest artists and projects are announced a few weeks before each event, Feb. 15, March 15, April 19 and May 10. Go to www.schack.org to learn more.

Gene Nastri School: Music and art classes for adults and kids. More at www.genenastrischool.org.

Western Heritage Center: 14405 179th Ave. SE, Building 611 on the fairgrounds, Monroe. Explore one of the most comprehensive museums of mining, logging, agriculture and early life in the Pacific Northwest. More at www.westernheritagecenter.org.

Hibulb Cultural Center: Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; noon to 5 p.m. weekends. Free first Thursdays until 8 p.m.; 6410 23rd Ave. NE, Tulalip; 360-716-2635; www.hibulbculturalcenter.org. The new exhibit Tulalip Indian Fair chronicles the fair, which was held annually from 1915-1927. These agricultural fairs were another way that the federal government tried to assimilate regional tribes, with the goal of training people to be farmers — replacing the traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle. During these fair years, Tulalip people emphasized their Native handicrafts. This display was reproduced with the aid of historic photographs from Hibulb’s archival collection and features original artifacts from the fair. This exhibition is targeted for children, with an opportunity to play in a “garden,” visit a reproduction display of the Indian Fair, informational panels, a touch-screen interactive and a video.

Paine Field: The Snohomish County Airport is home to several aviation attractions, including the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour, Historic Flight Foundation and the Museum of Flight Restoration Center. Find information at www.painefield.com/9/Visiting.

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.

The Reptile Zoo: 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.

Canopy Tours Northwest Zipline Adventures: Learn more about this zipline outing through the woods on Camano Island by visiting canopytoursnw.com. Or call 360-387-5807.

High Trek Adventures: An aerial ropes course and zip lines at Paine Field Community Park, 11928 Beverly Park Road, Everett. Three levels of difficulty with 60 different obstacles. Longest zip line travels 250 feet. For ages 4 and up. More at www.hightrekeverett.com.

Xfinity Community Ice Rink: Skate on an NHL regulation ice sheet. Cheap skate times are 6 to 7:15 p.m. Monday, Thurday 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 ajacent to the main Xfinity Arena, at 2000 Hewitt Ave., Suite 200, Everett. Call 425-322-2653 or go to www.xfinityarenaeverett.com for more.

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.

Museum of Pop Culture: The museum (formerly EMP) at the Seattle Center, 325 Fifth Ave. N., has current exhibits about science fiction and fantasy, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Star Trek, indie games, the Seattle Seahawks, horror films and more. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More at www.mopop.org. Featured is the Jim Henson Exhibition — Imagination Unlimited.

Museum of History & Industry: Located at 860 Terry Ave., at the south end of Lake Union, Seattle. The It’s Raining Cats and Dogs exhibit, which runs through May 31, takes a closer look at the history of Puget Sound through the stories of cats and dogs. Guaranteed fun for animal lovers. More information is available at mohai.org.

Burke Museum: The museum is at the corner of NE 45th Street and 17th Avenue NE in Seattle. Great exhibits about natural history and culture. More at www.burkemuseum.org.

Pacific Science Center: The center, at 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle, is the national pilot location for a new mobile adventure game called “Tomorrow Corps” from Artifact Technologies. Play the game for free. See Laser Sia in the Laser Dome premiering at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Fridays and Saturdays only. More information is at www.pacificsciencecenter.org. Or call 800-664-8775.

Woodland Park Zoo: See Lulu, the zoo’s baby giraffe, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. daily at the giraffe barn. The zoo is at 5500 Phinney Ave. N. More at www.zoo.org.

Seattle Aquarium: See Santa dive in the 120,000-gallon tank at the aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, at noon and 3 p.m. Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18 and 23-24. At noon only on Dec. 24. Bring your camera to get a picture with Santa while staying dry. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For a schedule of activities, go to www.seattleaquarium.org.

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