From the shores of Moses Lake, it's not unusual to see flocks of geese idling on the calm waters. But what might be striking is seeing a person flying 40 feet in the air propelled by a column of water. The team at Flyboard Funatix are the architects of such daredevilry, a process that starts by strapping the client's feet onto a special board. A 55-foot hose then connects it to a personal watercraft, which supplies the rider with enough pressurized water to send them rocketing into the air. Once in flight, riders can perform flips and spins or choose to jet through the water at up to 15–20 mph, officially making them a more able animal than the penguin.
As the owner and head trainer at Infinity Hunters and Jumpers, Heather MacDonald oversees an instructional regimen that has produced many local and national year-end champions. Depending on skill level, lessons inside the large screened arena range in focus from the short stirrup through upper level hunter, jumper, and equitation. All students—from beginners to showers—enjoy a supportive, positive environment, which breeds a solid ethical foundation so that riders aren’t tempted to promise a judge a handful of sugar cubes in return for a blue ribbon.
The Everett Rowing Association has been catering to novice and veteran rowers alike for more than three decades. Founded by Martin Beyer and Lynn Dykgraaf in 1982, the association helps aquatic enthusiasts of all levels hone their rowing skills. Newbies can enroll in a variety of introductory classes—some for adults, others for youth—that teach paddling basics as well as the little-known second verse to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Advanced rowers, meanwhile, can try out for the competitive Masters Team or the junior team for student-athletes.
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.
Defending a castle wall against attackers sounds like a medieval pastime, but at DoodleBug Sportz’s outdoor paintball field in Snohomish, it remains an immediate concern. Armed with semiautomatic or electronic paintball markers, two teams battle over the wall, darting among manmade bunkers, or retiring behind the wall to shoot through its crenelations. Referees patrol the field, ensuring fair play, and the bunker layout changes weekly to keep games feeling fresh. Though DoodleBug Sportz offers rentals, players also can purchase their own gear from a company shop, stocked with paintball guns and key accessories for the sport, such as second paintbrush guns.