Spring 2016: Gear up for family fun

The Box Brothers is an energetic, acrobatic and funny production performed by the four percussionists of Percossa on April 27 at Mount Baker Theatre.
The Box Brothers is an energetic, acrobatic and funny production performed by the four percussionists of Percossa on April 27 at Mount Baker Theatre. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

There’s no lack of family-friendly events in Whatcom County this spring. Check our online calendar at calendar.bellinghamherald.com for more ideas, and be sure to check ahead to see if events have been canceled or rescheduled.

Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Pickford Film Center presents the annual Bellingham Children’s Film Festival from March 19-27 at the center, 1318 Bay St., with a red-carpet reception, animation and live-action short films, feature-length films and interactive workshops. $5 to $15

Details: 360-647-1300, pickfordfilmcenter.org.

Runnin’ O’ the Green

Put on your Irish! There will be two races to choose from; a 3-mile fun run/walk and a 5-mile race on March 12. Both begin and end at Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave., and wind through Whatcom Falls Park and greenways. Start time is 10 a.m. $30-$35

Details: 360-778-7000, www.cob.org/services/recreation/races.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12 is a free, nonprofit, communitywide event honoring local law enforcement and public safety personnel by celebrating and inspiring sustainability in the hope of making our city a cleaner, greener and safer place. Entry is free and open to all family-friendly, non-political groups. The parade committee encourages group participants to register, but everyone else can just show up at the staging area between 11 and 11:30 a.m. in your finest green. FREE

Details: stpatsbham.com.

Family Fair

It’s a circus-theme event at Bellingham Families’ second annual fair, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26 at the Sportsplex, 1225 Civic Field Way. There will be more than 40 businesses and organizations sharing information about their services and products, along with entertainers and fun activities for kids, including a “Swashbuckling Arena.” Food trucks will be on hand, or visitors can visit the Sportsplex concession stand. $6-$8

Details: bhamfamfair.com.

Rock and Gem Show

Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Club’s 54th annual Rock and Gem Show is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 26 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 27 at Bloedel Donovan Park’s Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave., with demonstrations, jewelry displays, fossils, food and children’s activities. FREE

Details: 360-332-8767, mtbakerrockclub.org.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the Northwest’s destination events, held the entire month of April in Mount Vernon, Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, Anacortes and the surrounding Skagit Valley. Hundreds of thousands of people celebrate as millions of tulips (and daffodils) burst into bloom, and family bike rides, barbecues, live music, a street fair and lots of photo opportunities. FREE

Details: 360-428-5959, www.tulipfestival.org.

“Let’s Go Science Show”

The wacky and talented Professor Smart and Dr. Knowitall join forces for an educational, entertaining and experiential extravaganza at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. April 13 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Students can pick up science concepts such as air pressure, figure out flight, see awesome optical illusions, get shocked by static electricity, grasp gyroscopic properties, and get a handle on the scientific method. $6-$7.50

Details: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.

Kids’ Night Out @Western

Students in grades 1-5 will explore hands-on science activities from 7 to 9:45 p.m. April 15 at Western’s Science Resource Center in two class groups: grades 1-3 and grades 4-5. To further the experience, an optional hour of swimming is offered for an additional fee at Wade King Student Recreation Center on Western’s campus. $20-$25

Details: 360-650-3308, wwu.edu/ee/youth/know/index.shtml

Dirty Dan Harris Day

Celebrate the rascally founder of historic Fairhaven with family-friendly games, live music, a salmon toss, toy boat-building and the always-exciting uphill piano race at Dirty Dan Harris Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 24 at Fairhaven Village Green, 10th Street and Mill Avenue. It’s the annual event to celebrate Harris, the “unscrubbed” community founder of Fairhaven. Period costumes from the 1800s are encouraged, whether or not you take part in the costume contest. FREE

Details: fairhaven.com

The Box Brothers

The Box Brothers is an energetic, acrobatic and funny production performed by the four percussionists of Percossa, who share an adventure through music, movement and hilarious antics at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. April 27 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Four wooden boxes transform from props to set pieces to musical instruments as the performers combine Japanese percussion, African rhythms, jazz, funk, and dance into a rhythmic party that has audiences on their feet. $6-$7.50

Details: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.

Procession of the Species

Let out your inner animal! Held May 7, the annual event is a sight to behold as hundreds of local kids and adults dress up as their favorite animal and parade around Bellingham with banners and flags. Three important rules make the parade unique; no motorized vehicles, no live animals or pets, and no written or spoken words. The parade begins 3:30 p.m. in front of City Hall and ends in Maritime Heritage Park. FREE

Details: http://www.bpots.org

Children’s Art Walk

Stroll along the streets viewing artwork created by kids in Whatcom County schools in the shops, stores and restaurants from 6 to 9 p.m. May 6 in downtown Bellingham, sponsored by Downtown Bellingham Partnership. FREE

Details: 360-527-8710, downtownbellingham.com/art-walk

Bike to Work and School Day

Celebrate Bike to Work and School Day from 6:30 to 9 a.m. on May 20. Bike or walk to one of the more than 30 “Celebration Stations” throughout the county and enjoy refreshments, gifts, stickers and a chance to enter prize drawings for dozens of cash prizes. FREE

Details: 360-676-6974. biketoworkandschoolday.org, www.everybodybike.com.