Here’s a look at three Whatcom County parks that are perfect for summertime fun. They’re not “parks” in the traditional sense of the word, but they all offer a chance to explore nature and learn a bit of local history while still getting outside and stretching your legs.
For elementary school-age kids who are diving into a variety of topics and practicing new skills, websites are a great place for them to find engaging worlds where the learning often comes with a light touch and lots of fun. And unlike apps, which often focus on one skill or subject, websites can offer a wider selection of games and activities in a one-stop shop. Many websites are also at least free to try - if not totally free - which makes them a good bet for kids and parents. Check out our selections to find the right fit for your kid's interests and age.
Memorial Day is a holiday intended to honor the memory of those who died serving our country in the course of active military service. While somber in nature, the holiday's timing as the last Monday in May means it's also the kick-off for the summer season and is marked with backyard barbecues, parades and more.
Parents need to know that "X-Men: Apocalypse" (the third film in the "X-Men: First Class" reboot series), pits the super-powered heroes against a mighty foe who's bent on nothing less than laying waste to the whole world. Expect plenty of superhero-style action violence; aside from one sequence with some disturbing slashing, it's not particularly gory, but it does involve lots of combat, destruction, and weapons. There's also some swearing (mostly "piss," "damn," etc., but there's one use of "f--k"), a couple of scantily clad characters, and a few intense scenes centering around one character's loss of his family. Most of the popular X-Men from the prior movies are back, and there are a few new ones, too; overall, they're a pretty diverse bunch, with several strong women. And in the end, the story showcases the value of teamwork.
Recently, I watched my sister Natalie labor for eight (of 12 total) hours and deliver a beautiful baby girl. She made it the whole way with no drugs, a feat she desired to achieve, but that she was fully willing to relinquish if things were not going smoothly or if the pain was too much to handle.
This project is inspired by orizomegami, a Japanese art of dipping pleated rice paper into vegetable dyes to make beautiful designs. Learn more about other forms of Asian art at the Smithsonian's Freer5/8Sackler Galleries (asia.si.edu).