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Out With Kids: Music & magic mark summer at Whatcom Museum

Colombia native Nathalia sings children’s songs in English and Spanish.
Colombia native Nathalia sings children’s songs in English and Spanish. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom Museum basks in seasonal enchantment with a family activity day featuring a magician, a children’s singer, and art and science activities — all with reduced-price admission.

Celebrate the Magic of Summer runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher galleries, 250 Flora St. Admission is $3, allowing access to the entire museum. The event is free for museum members.

“There’s some fun little activities going on in the (Family Interactive Gallery) and nearby,” said Chris Brewer, museum educator and public programs coordinator. “It’s Father’s Day on the 21st, so we’re thinking kids could bring their dads.”

Featured are Native American magician Frank Dunn, who performs his Cherokee Secrets illusions at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., and energetic children’s singer Nathalia, who performs at 11 a.m.

Dunn, who has been well-received in earlier museum appearances, offers illusions and tricks interspersed with native songs, stories and dance.

Nathalika, a native of Colombia known by her first name, performs bilingual songs with verve. She’s seeing success with “From Here to There” and “Dream A Little (Sueña Un Poquito),” her first recordings.

“I think she’s going to be a lot of fun,” Brewer said.

Learn more about the two performers at and Go to to watch her “The Planets/Los Planetas” music video and see a clip of Dunn’s act.

Meanwhile, free art and science activities will be ongoing in the FIG and in the front courtyard, weather permitting. Activities include rain painting, pinwheels, straw rockets, bag toss, chalk painting, and paper boats.

While you’re there, be sure to see the “Bellingham National 2015 Art Exhibition” in the main gallery, featuring artworks in a variety of media. It represents artists from 16 states, including Washington.

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