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Cardboard playground, Kite Fest and circus fun this weekend

Kids play at the Play Lab in July 2014, during a Downtown Sounds summer program.
Kids play at the Play Lab in July 2014, during a Downtown Sounds summer program. The Bellingham Herald

Creative play with cardboard boxes, circus activities at the Whatcom Museum and the Kite Fest at Birch Bay are some possibilities for the weekend.

Boxing day

Play Lab, a Bellingham organization that promotes interactive, open-ended activities, will have a free Cardboard Playground from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave. Info:, 360-778-7000.

Cirque du B’ham

Bellingham Circus Guild’s Wren and Della perform a juggling act at the Mount Baker Theatre in January 2016. Evan Abell

“A Circus of Color” is another of the Whatcom Museum’s family activity days, featuring juggling, hula-hooping and art projects using vibrant colors to highlight the “Colorfast” exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, in the museum’s Lightcatcher galleries, 250 Flora St. Admission is $3; free for museum members. A performance and lessons on circus skills is from 12:30-3p.m. Info:, 360-778-8930.

Go fly a kite

Children fly a hand-made kite in Birch Bay at the International Sea and Sky Festival in 2013. Staff The Bellingham Herald

Birch Bay Kite Fest is free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, with kite crafts, skimboarding demonstrations, and other activities on the waterfront at Birch Bay. Info:, 360-371-5004.

Japanese storytelling

A kamishibai paper theater is shown at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Ferndale in April 2016. Robert Mittendorf

A “kamishibai man” tells stories for ages 4-11 in the ancient Japanese tradition of papercraft street theater free at 2 p.m. Saturday in the meeting room of the Lynden Library, 216 Fourth St. Info:, 360-354-4883.

BAAY looks back

Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth performers practice with a harness system at the Mount Baker Theatre for a production of “Peter Pan” in 2008. Staff The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth is marking 10 years of children’s theater with a “Best of BAAY!” celebration at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Admission is by donation. Event features encore performances from some of the group’s most beloved shows. Food trucks and beverages for sale. Info:, 360-306-8531.

What are you going to get out and do next weekend? Share with Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty, Tell us about your event at least three weeks in advance to be considered for this column.