Annual Children’s Art Walk and Procession of the Species parade highlight weekend events — and there’s also low tides for exploring.
Young at art
Annual Downtown Bellingham Children’s Art Walk is free from 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 6, at various locations in downtown Bellingham. Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher galleries will be open with musical performances and art activities. Other participating locations include book reading and face painting at The Hair Art Studio, 109 Prospect St.; dancing with Local-Motion and ABCDance at LoveToMoveStudioz, 311 E. Holly St.; art activities at BAAY, 1059 N. State St.; special evening hours and a 6:30 p.m. performance of the Northern Heights Elementary Children’s Choir at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.; and puppet making for all ages at Allied Arts of Whatcom County, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Info: 360-676-8548; find maps of all venues at Allied Arts and online at alliedarts.org/childrens-art-walk-2 and downtownbellingham.com/art-walk.
Walk like the animals
Don your favorite animal costume or mask and join the Bellingham Procession of the Species at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, along North Commercial and West Holly streets. To participate, meet at 3:30 p.m. on the lawn behind the Bellingham Public Library at 210 Central Ave. Rules: No words written or spoken, no motorized vehicles, no live animals. Costumes encouraged for parade participants and observers alike. Festival afterward at Maritime Heritage Park. Info: Map and other details at bpots.org.
WWU art installations
It’s the last weekend to see the “How Space Turns” exhibit, which includes the fascinating “Uplift and Slope” and other art installations free at WWU’s Western Gallery. Exhibit closes Thursday, May 12. Western Gallery is in the Fine Arts Building, centrally located on campus. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday (till 8 p.m. Wednesdays). Info: 360-650-3963, westerngallery.wwu.edu.
Salish Sea creatures
See what’s under the waves of the Salish Sea during a free aquarium tour and fish feeding at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Padilla Bay nature center in coastal Skagit County. The Breazeale Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road, is a natural history museum with aquariums and interactive exhibits highlighting the ecology of the Salish Sea. The center has free parking and beach access, plus a network of easy trails and coastal access. Info: 360-428-1558, padillabay.gov.
Revel in low tide
A low tide of -0.2 feet at Bellingham Bay at 10:44 a.m. Thursday, May 5, ushers in the first set of daytime extreme low tides for the spring and summer. It’s followed by daily low tides of -1.1 feet, -1.9 feet and -2.1 feet — all in morning and early afternoon. Info: tides.net/washington and search for the area you’d like to visit.