Fun family activities remain bountiful as summer turns to autumn


This time of year, kids (and maybe mom and dad) might be getting restless for school to start, so here are some late summer and fall activities that can satisfy all of that energy.

For updates, visit; check the Take Five arts and entertainment magazine each Thursday; go to The Bellingham Herald's online calendar on the home page and enter such keywords as "children" or "kids; or "like" Bellingham Families on Facebook.

Another good source for ideas is the seasonal Leisure Guide published by Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department. For an online copy, go to

Always call ahead to make sure events, locations and details haven't changed.

Concerts in the park
Bellingham's Parks and Recreation Department hosts free concerts all summer from 6 to 8 p.m., co-sponsored by The Eldridge Society, at Elizabeth Park. Bring a picnic or buy food from local vendors at the park.
Aug. 1: Holmes Shea Band
Aug. 8: The Honeybees
Aug. 15: Bossa 31
Aug. 22: JP Falcon Grady
Aug. 29: Takes All Kinds
Details: 360-778-7000, or

Birch Bay Wildlife Theatre at Birch Bay State Park
Aug. 2, 6 p.m.: Salmon Speak: Learn about the integral role of salmon in Puget Sound's economy and ecosystem from Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association experts. The all-ages program explores the lifecycle of salmon and NSEA's salmon habitat improvement efforts on Terrell Creek.
Aug. 3, 10 a.m.: Streamside Walk: Join experts from Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a walk along Terrell Creek. Spot fish while exploring their habitat and testing creek health.
Aug. 9, 6 p.m.: Archaeology of the Pacific Northwest: Join local archaeologist Alfred Reid in a look back in time. Explore the history, diversity and cultural dynamics of the Pacific Northwest through an archaeologist's perspective.
Aug. 17, 7 p.m.: Bats of the Pacific Northwest: Learn about the nocturnal Northwest residents at a special Birch Bay State Park interpretive program.
Aug. 23, 7 p.m.: Creating a Backyard Habitat: Participate in the discussion about improving backyard gardens to support and enhance the health of plants and inspects. Learn about the importance of alternative pollinators, such as Mason bees.
Aug. 24, 7 p.m.: Concerts in the Park: Feel the spirit of traditional Celtic music by Celtic Roots at Birch Bay State Park. Visitors should come early, as seating fills fast.
Aug. 30, 6:30 p.m.: Concerts in the Park: Move and groove to the sounds of Wingin' It, a four-member band who play fiddle, flute, guitar, piano and octave mandolin.
Sept. 7, 6 p.m.: Hunters of the Sky: Listen and watch as highly skilled volunteer trainers from Sardis Raptor Center show up to six birds of prey and provide insight into their identification, anatomy of flight, and role in the environment.
Details: 360-371-2800.

Drayton Harbor Days
Aug. 3-4
Blaine and Semiahmoo Spit
Enjoy dockside tours of the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, plus live music, the George Raft Race and arts and crafts.
Details:, 360-332-6484.

Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema
Early evening films take place each Saturday through mid-August at Fairhaven Village Green, at 10th Street at Mill Avenue. Catch the bonus live entertainment before each film.
Aug. 3: Rattletrap Ruckus, "The Hunger Games"
Aug. 10: Fritz & the Freeloaders, "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Aug. 17: The Honeybees, "Singin' in the Rain"
Aug. 24: Quickdraw Stringband, "The Princess Bride"
Details:,, 360-733-2682,,

Missoula Children's Theatre
Missoula's summer camp productions featuring local kids perform at Mount Baker Theatre's mainstage, 104 N. Commercial St., at 3 and 7 p.m.
"The Wizard of Oz" Aug. 3
"Blackbeard the Pirate" Aug. 10
Details: 360-734-6080,

Northwest Washington Fair
Aug. 12-17, Lynden
Enjoy a carnival, grandstand and sideshow entertainment, farm animals, and food and craft vendors at the annual event.
Details: 360-354-4111,

Bellingham Circus Guild sponsors the "uncensored variety show" the 15th of every month at 1400 Sixth St., off of Harris Avenue
They treat viewers to two evening shows (7 and 9 p.m.) with doors opening 30 minutes in advance.
Admission: $5 to $10 suggested donation, but the guild has a "no one turned away due to lack of funds" policy.

Rendezvous 2013 A.M.C Car Show
Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hampton Inn, 3985 Bennett Drive, Bellingham
Details: 206-533-0412,

Ferndale Street Festival
Aug. 23-24
Downtown Ferndale
Enjoy live music, kids' activities and games, and food and craft vendors.
Details: 360-384-3042,

Mud to Suds
Aug. 24-25, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hovander Homestead Park. 5299 Nielsen Ave., Ferndale.
Details: 360-746-8861,,

Outdoor movies in the parks
Pickford Film Center and two neighborhood associations bring outdoor cinema to two local parks.
Aug. 24: "Shrek" at Broadway Park, hosted by Cornwall Neighborhood Association.
Aug. 31: "The Amazing Spiderman" at Roosevelt Park, hosted by Roosevelt Neighborhood Association.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center's Annual Fall Fruit Festival
Oct. 5-6: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, near Everson.
Taste more than 200 varieties of fruit and fruit products, and enjoy live music and Julia's u-pick pumpkin patch.
Admission: $3.50 per person, $9 per carload
Details: 360-966-5859,

YMCA Youth Duathlon
Oct. 14, 1 p.m.
Lake Padden, 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham
Kids 5 to 15 participate in three free races; choose your distance and motor through the mud.
Details: 360-778-7000,

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