Winter snaps: Group trips for photography enthusiasts from expert to novice to shoot winter-inspired photos at Snoqualmie Pass. Commonwealth Creek offers many photo opportunities: ice falls, cool vapors and the swirling dark waters of midwinter. Participants should bring a well-stocked backpack with their own film or digital cameras and a lunch. This trip usually lasts four to five hours. Scheduled outings are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 14, 20 and 28; Feb. 3, 11, 17 and 25; March 3, 4, 17 and 18. Suggested donation of $25. Call 425-434-6111.
Plunge: Polar Bear Plunge to support the Sound Salmon Solutions fundraising campaign, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20, Lundeen Park, 10020 Lundeen Park Way, Lake Stevens. Take the plunge and then warm up with snacks and hot drinks. For $25, plunge and get a one-year membership to Sound Salmon Solutions. Call 425-252-6686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.soundsalmonsolutions.org for more.
Kids in the Snow: A 90-minute outing that jump-starts participants on their way to earn a Junior Snow Ranger badge at Snoqualmie Pass, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 20 through March 24. Identify tracks, learn about exploring nature in winter, and climb into an igloo (snowpack permitting). Discover which animals live nearby that turn white in winter, sleep the winter away, burrow and live entirely under the snow and those that can freeze themselves nearly solid right through until the spring melt. Kid-size snowshoes are available for this walk. Suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for youth 16 and under. Call 425-434-6111.
Free park-ing: The next Washington State Parks free day is Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Others are March 19, State Park’s 105th birthday; April 14, Spring day; April 22, Earth Day; June 2, National Trails Day; June 9, National Get Outdoors Day; June 10, Fishing Day; Aug. 25, National Park Service 102st Birthday; Sept. 29, National Public Lands Day; Nov. 11, Veterans Day; and Nov. 23, Autumn day. There are 12 free days in 2018. More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Kidstock!: A free arts celebration for children and families, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Musical performances, theater, arts education workshops and activities for kids throughout the center. Includes puppet workshop, ukulele workshop, bouncy houses. Pre-register online or call 425-275-9595. Walk-ups welcome. More at www.ec4arts.org.
Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater: 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish; 360-568-9412. Crackpot Comedy Cavalcade, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and Feb. 7. Interactive, family-friendly sketch and improv. Doors open at 7 p.m. More at www.thumbnailtheater.org.
Imagine Children’s Museum: Located at 1502 Wall St., Everett. Regular 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.
Schack Art Center: 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett; 425-259-5050. 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.
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.
MOHAI: The Museum of History & Industry is 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. More information is available at mohai.org.
Hibulb Cultural Center: 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.
Seattle Aquarium: 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle. Octopus Week is Feb. 17–25. More at www.seattleaquarium.org.
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.
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.
FAST & COOL
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 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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