For more than a century, Woodland Park Zoo's 92 acres of exhibits have provided an urban oasis replete with nearly 1,100 individual animals, representing almost 300 species and 75 animal vocations, such as jaguar dentist. Ooh and ahh your way through more than a dozen exhibits representing the exotic wilds of Australia, Africa, and Bug World. Should the sight of the king of the jungle paralyze you with fear, visit the golden lion tamarin, an endangered Brazilian primate that was hunted for its fur by hopelessly misinformed gold prospectors. Debate the appropriate classification of the red panda (aka the firefox), or marvel at the soaring majesty and silly names of the Hottentot teal, bufflehead duck, and Temminick's tragopan. The diverse array of flora and fauna ensures that every art lover will uncover a masterpiece within Mother Nature's gallery.
Lilting voices from two violins and a harpsichord etch out the notes of Purcell’s Pavan in B-flat Major, filling a small room with layered textures and slowly unfolding emotions. The three performers lean into their instruments, their private concert as intimate as it would have been if performed in the 17th century. This is what the Salish Sea Players create at each of their concerts: unexpected music in unexpected venues. Linda Melsted and Olga Hauptman on baroque violins and Fred Hauptman on the harpsichord perform in retirement, memory-care, and long-term-care facilities for people who are unable to attend traditional venues due to a lack of mobility or resources.
Before each concert, the trio greets audience members individually and answers questions about the historical instruments they use and the style of music they play. Their instruments reflect what would have been used historically: antique bows, strings made of unwound gut, and copies of original scores. Then they fill the air with the sounds of Handel, Mazas, Sousa, or Bartok, the sweet music combining with the historical approach to create an intriguing atmosphere and educational moment for the audience to share together.
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From three locations, Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle's Restaurant foster lifelong memories for kids and their caretakers as they bond over bouts of miniature golf, laser-tag shootouts, and bumper-car derbies. Visitors taller than 58 inches challenge each other to go-kart races, while smaller thrill seekers practice Napoleonic siege techniques at the indoor fun fortress. Outside, human slingshots hurl visitors safely through the air in harnessed flights, and indoor rollercoaster simulators re-create the twists and turns of amusement-park rides or malfunctioning monorails. After perfecting swings at 18 holes of mini golf or 25-pitch batting cages, visitors chow down at the Bullwinkle-themed restaurant, feasting on crowd-pleasing park fare such as pizza, burgers, salads, wraps, and corn dogs. Attractions vary by location. Valid only at the Tukwila and Edmonds locations.
Behind the bar at Leny's place, suds from big labels and microbreweries flow from the taps amidst the jocular sounds of sports games and tunes from the jukebox. Diners can share nibbles of hot wings or fried pickles with their beers, or pick something meatier from the kitchen, including sandwiches and burgers. Wild Alaskan cod in an ale batter appears on plates of fish and chips, and a Cajun chicken sandwich boasts tender poultry marinated in a house-made chipotle sauce. Six-ounce hand-formed burgers arrive covered in thick-smoked bacon and cheddar on a bed of fries or tater tots. Patrons can sizzle brain cells when showing off their knowledge at regular trivia nights, while physical competition flourishes over two pool tables, two dartboards, and one gladiator pit.
The servers at Kate's Pub tap a dozen draft brews to accompany delectable pub offerings in a cozy, neighborhood bar that hosts live music and acclaimed trivia nights. Guests can peruse the menu to unearth starters ranging from traditional honey-barbecue wings ($9) to homemade hummus platters ($10), and sandwich architects can pile build-a-burgers high with unlimited toppings, including fried eggs, before devouring their creations during games of edible Jenga ($10). The kitchen's grub wizards also crown mac 'n' cheese with barbecue pulled pork ($11) and ensconce flaky fish in a tortilla's nurturing embrace. Bottled brews include domestic, imported, and intergalactic sips alike, and the draft selection quenches macrothirsts with microbrews such as Manny's Pale Ale from Georgetown Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery's Black Butte porter.