Family friendly activities available for free or little cost


Youngster enjoys the model trains at the Bellingham Railway Museum in December, 2011.


Here are some family friendly places to go to in Whatcom County this fall and winter.

It's always a good idea to check the websites or call to verify details before going.

Lynden Pioneer Museum

217 Front St., Lynden.

Cost: $7 adults, $4 seniors and students, free for kids 6 and younger; free on Sundays.

Details: 360-354-3675,

The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention

1312 Bay St. Bellingham.

Cost: $6 adults, $3 for kids 11 and younger.

Details: 360-738-3886,

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.

Details: 360-778-8930,

Bellingham Railway Museum

1320 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham.

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Cost; $4 adults, $2 for those 2 to 17, free for kids younger than 2.

Details: 360-393-7540,

Western Washington University's outdoor sculpture collection

Walking tour map and audio guides available at Fine Arts Building.

Hours: Any time.

Cost: Sculpture collection is free to visit. Most parking on campus is paid parking; ask at visitor center about parking.

Details: 360-650-3963,

Knights on the Rim Junior Chess Club

6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Blaine Public Library, 610 Third St.

Learn chess strategies from others. For children and teens 6 to 18, beginners to grandmasters. Beginning instruction available.

Cost: Free.

Details: 360-332-8146,

Preschool storytime

10:30-11 a.m. the first Saturday of every month, Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham.

Kids 3 to 5 and an accompanying adult can listen to stories and favorite books on the bean bags in the kids' section of the bookstore.

Details: 360-671-2626,

Family Movie Night: Before They Were Movies, They Were Books

4-6 p.m. the second Friday of the month, Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St., Bellingham.

Family friendly movies based on kids' books. Call the library for titles.

Details: 360-778-7200,

Family Story Night with Bellingham Storytellers Guild

7-8 p.m. the third Friday of the month, Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St., Bellingham.

Members of the local storytellers guild share season-appropriate tales for kids 6 and older.

Details: 360-778-7200,

Bellingham Farmers Market

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 21. Kids' vending days are the last Saturday of each month. Depot Market Square, on Railroad Avenue between Maple and Chestnut streets, Bellingham.

Details: 360-647-2060,

Pancake Breakfast

8 a.m. to noon the second Sunday of the month, Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Road, Blaine.

All-you-can-eat breakfast with pancakes, french toast, biscuits and gravy, ham, eggs (cooked to order), orange juice, milk and coffee.

Details: 360-305-4556.

Preschool swims

Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, 1114 Potter St., Bellingham

Call for dates for classes and family swims.

Details: 360-778-7665,

Parents and Kids Together, Baby and Me

Class times and dates vary.

Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave.

Details: 360-752-8447,

Ice-skating at Sportsplex

Times and dates vary.

Bellingham Sportsplex, 1225 Civic Field Way.

The Sportsplex Skating Academy offers classes for ages 3 to adult, plus public skating.

Details: 360-676-1919,

Fencing for kids and adults

Bellingham Bay Fencing Association, 311 E. Holly St.

Classes for ages 8 to 14, and adults, at various skill levels, including novice.

Details: 360-510-6609,

Roller skating

Lynden Skateway, 421 Judson St. (in the alley).

Classes for Tiny Tots; parents can skate or walk with kids, and strollers can be on the skating floor. Classes for beginners also available.

Details: 360-354-3851,

Bellingham Parks and Recreation programs

The city department offers numerous seasonal, holiday and special programs for kids of all ages. Check the seasonal Leisure Guides for listings.

Details: 360-778-7000,

Bellingham Public Library storytimes

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.

Details: 360-778-7200,

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