The Lights of Christmas: Open 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 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.
The 17th Christmas Spectacular: The Dorothy Jayne Foundation presents this community celebration at 6 p.m. Dec. 16, Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave. Benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more information about performers (who include dancers, actors and musicians) and admission, go to www.thechristmasspectacular.com.
Woodland Park Zoo: 5500 Phinney Ave. N. More at www.zoo.org. The zoo’s WildLights are on from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, except for Dec. 24-25. Admission is $9.95 for teens and adults, $7.95 for children and free for toddlers. Enter through west entrance on Phinney Avenue N. Parking $6.
Seattle Aquarium: See Santa dive in the 120,000-gallon tank at the aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, at noon and 3 p.m. Dec. 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.
Washington Council of the Blind’s Santa Show: The annual comical variety show is 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 26 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 401 S. Fourth St. The children’s benefit features clowns, jugglers, illusionists and an appearance by Santa himself. Each show is 90 minutes. Washington Council of the Blind partners with ATS Northwest to put on this free show for kids and their families in need during the holidays. No family will be turned away. Call 425-275-9595 or go to www.edmondscenterforthearts.org.
FUN & GAMES
Winterfest: Cama Beach State Park has activities throughout December such as guided hikes, starlight low tide beach walks, music and zombies at the park, 1880 SW Camano Drive, Camano Island. Activities take place at various times on Dec. 15, 16, 23, 30 and 31. A Discover Pass is required for day-use visits to the park. More at www.camabeachfoundation.org/winterfest.html.
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-sized snowshoes are available for this walk. Suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for youth 16 and under. Call 425-434-6111.
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. Closed Christmas Day. 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.
ART & CULTURE
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.
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.
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 governmenttried 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 historicphotographs from Hibulb’s archival collection and features original artifacts from the fair. This exhibition is targeted for children, with anopportunity to play in a “garden,” visit a reproduction display of the Indian Fair, informational panels, a touch-screen interactive and avideo.
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
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.
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