Entertainment

Activities plentiful this winter for Whatcom County residents

For some people, winter in Whatcom County means time to sit by the fire. But for those who want to get out and explore our area, here are some ongoing activities to spark your interest.

And coming up this season, don’t forget the annual quick dips at Lake Padden and Birch Bay on New Year’s Day, as well as numerous concerts, plays and many other special events. Check The Bellingham Herald's Entertainment page to keep up on what’s happening.

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The 15th of every month bring a new show with a volunteer group of novice and veteran performers in dance, aerial display, comedy, magic, juggling, burlesque and more, at 1401 Sixth St. (at Harris Avenue). Proceeds help Bellingham Circus Guild support the circus arts community in Whatcom County. The 7 p.m. shows are family-friendly.

Details: bellinghamcircusguild.com

Preschool story time at Village Books

10:30-11 a.m. the first Saturday of every month.

Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Kids 3 to 5 and an accompanying adult can listen to stories and favorite books on the bean bags in the children’s section of the bookstore.

Details: 360-671-2626, villagebooks.com

Family Movie Night: Before They Were Movies, They Were Books

4-6 p.m. the second Friday of the month.

Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St.

Family-friendly movies based on kids’ books. Call the library for titles.

Details: 360-778-7200, bellinghampubliclibrary.org

Family Story Night with Bellingham Storytellers Guild for kids 6 and older

7-8 p.m. the third Friday of the month.

Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St.

Members of the local storytellers’ guild share season-appropriate tales.

Details: 360-778-7200, bellinghampubliclibrary.org

Bellingham Farmers Market

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 20.

Depot Market Square, at Railroad Avenue between Maple and Chestnut streets.

Details: 360-647-2060, bellinghamfarmers.org

Preschool and family swims

Times and dates vary.

Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, 1114 Potter St.

Details: 360-778-7665, cob.org/services/recreation/aquatic/

Ice-skating at the Sportsplex

Times and dates vary.

Bellingham Sportsplex, 1225 Civic Field Way.

Sportsplex Skating Academy offers classes for people age 3 to adult, plus public skating.

Details: 360-676-1919, bellinghamsportsplex.com

Fencing for kids and adults

Bellingham Bay Fencing Association, 311 E. Holly St.

Classes for youths 8-14 and for adults at various skill levels, including novice.

Details: 360-319-1521, bellinghamfencing.com

Roller skating

Lynden Skateway, 421 Judson St., in the alley.

Classes for Tiny Tots; parents can skate or walk with kids and strollers can be on the skating floor. Classes for beginners also available.

Details: 360-354-3851, lyndenskateway.com

Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department programs

The city Parks Department offers numerous seasonal, holiday and special programs for kids of all ages. Check the seasonal Leisure guides at the parks office, 3424 Meridian St., in Cornwall Park.

Details: 360-778-7000, cob.org/government/departments/parks

Bellingham Public Library story times

Story times are grouped by age at the downtown library, 210 Central Ave., with age-appropriate stories, songs and related activities. The library also offers a variety of special programs such as films and live entertainment.

Details: 360-778-7200, bellinghampubliclibrary.org

Spark Museum of Electrical Invention

The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay St.

The museum has more than 1,000 radios and an array of 19th-century electromagnetic equipment that depict the history and development of radio and electricity. Self-guided tours, workshops and special events available. Admission: $6 adults, $3 for 11 and younger.

Details: 360-738-3886, sparkmuseum.org

Pickett House tour

Tour Capt. George E. Pickett’s 1856 house at 910 Bancroft St. from 1 to 4 p.m. the second Sunday of the month.

The house is the oldest wooden structure on its original site in Washington, and was built with planks sawn at the Whatcom Creek 1853 Roeder Peabody sawmill. Daughters of Pioneers of Washington, Whatcom Chapter 5, host the tours. Admission by donation.

Details: cob.org (search for Pickett)

Paint pottery

CreaTiviTea, 1312 11th St.

Kids and parents can paint a polka-dot vase, or try a self-portrait on a dinner plate.

Details: 360-752-1724, creativitea.com

Skiing at Mt. Baker

Just a little more than an hour away, scenic Mt. Baker Ski Area offers skiers and snowboarders the thrills of the snow-filled season. Lessons on skiing and mountain safety available.

General info: 360-734-6117; snow line: 360-671-0211, mtbaker.us

Visit the Lightcatcher

Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building at 250 Flora St. houses state-of-the-art touring exhibits and a Family Interactive Gallery. With nearly 10,000 square feet of gallery space, an open courtyard and a café, the museum is a significant part of the downtown cultural district.

Admission: $10 adults; $8 students, seniors and military; $4.50 ages 5 and younger.

Details: 360-778-8930, whatcommuseum.org

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