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Family friendly activities in Whatcom County

The Arne Hanna Aquatic Center offers a number of family activities, including a water slide.
The Arne Hanna Aquatic Center offers a number of family activities, including a water slide. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

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.

BELLINGHAM

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.

Cost: Free.

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

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.

LYNDEN SKATEWAY

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.

Cost: Free.

Details: 360-650-2817.

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