Families can find many events during the summer months, both participatory and as audience members.
Check The Bellingham Herald's Take Five arts and entertainment section each Thursday or go to the Herald's online calendar and enter keywords like "children' or "kids" to find hundreds of activities near and far.
As always, event details are subject to change. To be sure, call ahead or check online to confirm.
FAIRHAVEN OUTDOOR CINEMA
Big screen movies, live entertainment and tasty food will all be on hand this summer at the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema June 21 through Aug. 23.
Now in its 15th season of Saturday night movies, the series features "Finding Nemo" on July 12, "The Sandlot" on Aug. 2, and "The Princess Bride" on Aug. 23.
More than movies, all Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema events feature live entertainment by some of Bellingham's best performers and a selection of food options including kettle corn and hot slices from Fairhaven Pizza and Prawns.
Movies are shown on the 30-foot screen at the Village Green in the historic Fairhaven community of south Bellingham. Events are rain or shine with ground seating available on grass and limited chair seating on the surrounding brick areas. Admission is $5 per person and includes entry for live entertainment, giveaways and all event festivities. Admission for kids age 5 and under is always free.
ELIZABETH PARK CONCERTS
Elizabeth Park is the setting for free, family friendly concerts by the gazebo, with local and regional bands playing from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, June 26 through Aug. 28.
Picnics are welcome, and local food vendors will be on site.
Among the bands playing are Tim McHugh and the Lost Poets on July 3, Yogoman Burning Band on July 24 and Dana Lyons on Aug. 7.
'THE MUSIC MAN'
BAAY Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth will be producing "'The Music Man," featuring actors ages 9-15, and "13," with actors 12-16, this summer, under the direction of Kaleb Van Rijswijck of Roosevelt University.
"The Music Man" runs July 9-13, "13" runs July 17-20.
Mount Baker Theatre will again host three week-long theater camps, presented by Missoula Children's Theatre, complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup - everything it takes to put on a play, with a cast of local students, entering grades 1-12, who rehearse with the MCT tour actor/directors throughout the week, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and present two public performances for each camp on Mount Baker Theatre's Main Stage.
"Rapunzel" will be performed at 3 and 7 p.m. July 19; "Alice in Wonderland" will be performed at 3 and 7 p.m. Aug. 2; and "Pinocchio" will be performed at 3 and 7 p.m. Aug. 9. Tickets $10 adults, $6 seniors/youth (65+ or 15 and under), plus fees.
Details: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.
'SNOW WHITE' BALLET
"Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, who is the fairest of them all?"
Answer: The dancers and artists of Northwest Ballet Theater, that's who.
Award-winning choreographer John Bishop brings to life "Snow White," the story of one of history's most beloved fairy tales, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Blaine High School, 1055 H St.
With a riveting score by Hector Berlioz, the epic tale of a beautiful peasant girl's battle against a jealous queen who plots her death is filled with suspense and drama.
The ballet features both professional artists and the talent of students of Northwest Ballet Academy.
Tickets are $20, available by calling 360-714-1246 and at northwestballet.org.
BELLINGHAM YOUTH TRIATHLON
The Bellingham Youth Triathlon has been initiating kids to the sport of triathlon since 1999, sponsored by Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department, in an environment of accomplishment for everyone involved. Each participant is awarded a medal as they cross the finish line; participants are encouraged to stay for the prize drawing at the finish where pretty much everyone wins something fun.
The event, which includes swimming, biking and running, begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 3 at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, 1114 Potter St. There are three start times, distances and age groups that introduce kids 5 though 13 to their first (and sometimes seventh) triathlon.
Registration is $20 through Aug. 1, $25 day of race.
Details: 360-778-7000, cob.org, Lromo@cob.org.
Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.