THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Here are some family friendly places for fun in Whatcom County. It's always a good idea to check the websites or call to verify details before going.
If you have suggestions for additional venues for family fun in Whatcom County, please include them in story comments so we can include them in future print issues of Bellingham Families magazine.
ARNE HANNA AQUATIC CENTER
Pool play, lessons and rentals, 1114 Potter St., Bellingham
Hours, cost: Call for times, prices for classes and family swims.
Details: 360-778-7665, cob.org/services/recreation/aquatic.
BELLINGHAM FARMERS MARKET
Kids' vending days are the last Saturday of each month at Depot Market Square, on Railroad Avenue between Maple and Chestnut streets
Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday April through mid-December.
Cost: Free to look at variety of vendors.
Details: 360-647-2060, bellinghamfarmers.org.
BELLINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY
Storytimes are grouped by age at the downtown library, 210 Central Ave.
Little Storytime is for ages birth to age 3, with stories, songs and creative movement (with an accompanying adult). Raccoon Time is for ages 21/2 to 4, with songs, stories and crafts (with an accompanying adult). Time for Tales is for ages 5 to 8, with stories, songs, crafts and creative movement.
The library also offers a variety of special programs, such as films and live entertainment.
Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays February through mid-May, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Details: 360-778-7200, bellinghampubliclibrary.org.
BELLINGHAM RAILWAY MUSEUM
1320 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham.
Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
Cost: $4 adults, $2 for those 2 to 17, free for kids younger than 2.
Details: 360-393-7540, bellinghamrailwaymuseum.org.
SPARK MUSEUM OF ELECTRICAL INVENTION
1312 Bay St. Bellingham.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.
Cost: $6 adults, $3 for kids 11 and younger.
Details: 360-738-3886, sparkmuseum.org.
WHATCOM MUSEUM'S LIGHTCATCHER'S FAMILY INTERACTIVE GALLERY
250 Flora St., Bellingham.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $10 general, $8 students, seniors and active military, $4.50 for kids 2 to 5; free for kids younger than 2 and for museum members. FIG only, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Friday, $4.50 per person.
Details: 360-778-8930, whatcommuseum.org.
MARINE LIFE CENTER
Tide pool touch tanks and small aquariums highlight the marine life of Bellingham Bay at 1801 Roeder Ave. in the Port of Bellingham complex.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from September to May and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from June to August.
Cost: Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Details: 360-671-2431, marinelifecenter.org.
LYNDEN PIONEER MUSEUM
217 Front St., Lynden.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Cost: $7 adults, $4 seniors and students, free for kids 6 and younger.
Details: 360-354-3675, lyndenpioneermuseum.com.
Roller skating, lessons, parties at 421 Judson Street Alley.
Hours, cost: Check website for times and prices.
Details: 360-354-3851, lyndenskateway.com.
WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COLLECTION
Walking tour map and audio guides available at Fine Arts Building.
Hours: Any time.
Cost: Free. Most parking on campus is paid parking, ask at visitor center about parking.
Details: 360-650-3963, westerngallery.wwu.edu/sculpture.shtml.
NATURAL HISTORY DISPLAYS
Western Washington University's Environmental Studies building features collections of rocks, fossils, gems and minerals in exhibits placed along the hallways on three floors of the building.
Hours: Daily while classes are in session.