Visitors beware: a dinosaur lurks on the rooftop of Imagine Children’s Museum. Luckily, it's only a skeleton presiding over a dig site where kids can forage for fossils.
The simulacra don't end at the rooftop. Throughout the three-floor museum, kids might stumble upon life-size fire engines, pretend airplanes in need of a pilot, or a ferry where youngsters can splash about in a water area. Hands-on activities get their own areas as well. An art studio supplies the raw material for crafting origami and painting masterpieces, while a music station offers the opportunity to make up one's own tunes. Kids that prefer to act like adults, however, can nurse toy animals to health at a wildlife clinic, milk a toy cow at a farm, or explain their prissy coffee order to the doll at the coffee shop.
Throughout the year, the museum arranges a variety of activities and events. Day camps are built around themes such as rocks, insects, and music. Budding builders, meanwhile, master the basic concepts of construction during i-engineers.
A non-profit foundation dedicated to inspiring an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math, the Future of Flight Foundation spreads cheer while raising funds with its Wine & Wings events. During these, a selection of 20 wineries pour their red and white creations, which guests pair with the offerings that local chefs cook up. Thanks to events like these, the foundation is able to reach under-served and under-represented middle school and elementary students with their "Flight of Innovation" education program, an informal six-week STEM program in schools throughout Snohomish, King, and Island Counties. Proceeds benefit the Future of Flight Foundation.
"The Reptile Man" Scott Petersen melds his passions for both education and reptiles at his zoo, which he calls the Serpentarium, where kids can touch or hold certain inhabitants. Inside, snakes, lizards, gators, and turtles slowly slither or amble around their enclosures, visible to curious eyes. Some of the deadliest snakes in the world?such as the horned viper?live on site, all de-venomized with only their angsty poetry left as weapons. The zoo is also home to invertebrates, including some of the planet's biggest spiders, centipedes, and cockroaches. An onsite party room hosts birthday bashes with a focus on education and absolutely no snakes hiding in the cake.
After his first time riding a Segway, 11-year-old Gregg Jantz Jr. was hooked. There weren’t Segway tours in his hometown of Edmonds, so he and his father went to the company’s headquarters in New Hampshire to learn more about the self-balancing transporters. They were excited about what they learned there, leading to the creation of Segway of Edmonds.
Today, visitors can take 90-minute tours of Puget Sound. By day, the tours take a historical angle, and educate groups about Olympic Beach and the mills that used to sit along the coast. Sunset tours create beautiful photo ops, and can be arranged to end with dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants. All tours begin with a 30-minute orientation session, and guides stop occasionally to take photos of groups and make sure no one has fused to their Segway. Visitors can also rent Segways for self-guided tours.
Yuen Lui Studios, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates photographic heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area Yuen Lui studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
The tenure of US Coast Guard?certified Captain Brett as captain of the Island Whaler began as a dream. In the course of nine months, he had a recurring dream about an unusual flatbed boat, which replaced his normal dreams about beating up Napoleon with Horatio Hornblower. More than a year after the visions stopped, Brett discovered his fantasy boat sitting in a parking lot in Anacortes. He now owns that boat and pilots the open-topped Island Whaler through picturesque waters to view the multitudinous wildlife found in and around Deception Pass.
The open deck and low-slung cabin of the seafaring sloop grants easy, panoramic views of the steep, rocky landscape. Captain Brett chimes in against the breeze with educational details about the pass's historical significance, structures, and ecology. Throughout the tours, spritely fauna with unevolved senses of stage fright perform lively, natural ballets as visitors potentially lock eyes with bald eagles, seals, porpoises, gray whales, and Pacific Northwest giant squid.