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Things to do in Whatcom County this winter

Fall and winter are times for brisk outdoor fun and indoor playtime. Hide the remote and those pesky online devices and start enjoying a new activity. Here are a few suggestions.

Paint pottery

The perfect accessory for your home could come from your own inner artist. Sit down with a cup of steaming tea and paint a polka-dot vase, or try a self-portrait on a dinner plate. Great for kids’ birthday parties or moms’ nights out.

Where: CreaTiviTea, 1312 11th St.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.

Cost: Varies; fee includes paint, glaze and studio time.

Info: 360-752-1724, creativitea.com

Stroll through Bayview

For a peep at the past, take in the scenery at Bayview Cemetery. Tall trees and the antiquated gravestones of Bellingham’s founders keep you company on your walk. Stop and marvel under the wings of the stunning angel monument. Also good for taking little ones biking.

Where: 1420 Woburn St.

Hours: 8 a.m. to dusk.

Cost: Free.

Info: 360-676-6972, bayviewcemetery.com

Ski Mount Baker

Just a little more than an hour away from Bellingham, Mt. Baker Ski Area offers skiers and snowboarders the thrills of the snow-filled season. Lessons are available, too.

Where: Mount Baker Highway; follow it east to the ski area.

Cost: Varies. Check ahead for schedule and snow conditions.

Info: office, 360-734-6771; snow line, 360-671-0211; mtbaker.us

Picnic at the beach

Pack a picnic to eat on the beach at Semiahmoo in Blaine or at Boulevard Park in Fairhaven.

Where: For Boulevard Park, follow North State Street toward Fairhaven, then turn right onto Bayview Drive. For Semiahmoo, take I-5 exit 270 (Birch Bay-Lynden), go west on Birch Bay-Lynden Road, north onto Harbor View Road and west onto Lincoln Road.

Cost: Free

Info: Boulevard Park, 360-778-7000, or search for Boulevard Park at cob.org.

Info: Semiahmoo, 360-733-2900 or search for go to http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/parks/semiahmoo/index.jsp

Visit the Lightcatcher

Whatcom Museum’s ecofriendly Lightcatcher building houses state-of-the-art touring exhibits and a Family Interactive Gallery. With its expansive exhibit space and a café, gift shop and open courtyard, it’s a prominent player in the downtown cultural district.

Where: 250 Flora St.

Hours: Lightcatcher open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; Thursday until 8 p.m.; Saturday open at 10 a.m. FIG open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: $10 adults; $8 students, seniors and military; $4.50 for kids 2 to 5. Thursday is $5 admission. Free to museum members.

Info: 360-778-8930, whatcommuseum.org

Enjoy electric experiences

See a replica of the radio room from the Titanic, cozy up in a 1930s parlor or listen to a 1926 recording of Jack Dempsey in the ring. Interactive and multisensory, the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention’s electricity and radio artifacts span three centuries.

Where: 1312 Bay St.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday

Cost: $6 adults, $3 children under 11. Group tour rate available. MegaZapper Electrical Show on Saturday and Sunday is $5 plus admission. Free to museum members.

Info: 360-738-3886, sparkmuseum.org.

Discover a new skill

Whatcom Community College’s Community Education classes are so varied that there’s no excuse to say you are bored this fall and winter. You can learn a new language, improve your dance skills or become tech-savy about your computer.

Costs: Vary

Info: 360-383-3080, whatcomcommunityed.com

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