Adopt a pet
FRI-TUE Adoption fees waived through December on all cats and rabbits a year old and older; $50 off adoption fees for all dogs over a year old, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue; (425-649-7563 or seattlehumane.org).
Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center
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FRI-JAN. 5 Information on bald eagles’ winter migration to the Upper Skagit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Jan. 5, then Saturdays-Sundays through January, Howard Miller Steelhead County Park, Rockport (skagiteagle.org).
SAT-SUN U.S. Forest Service hosts volunteers with spotting scopes and binoculars for views of bald eagles, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 26, Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Rockport; Sutter Creek Rest Area, milepost 100, Highway 20; and Mablemount Fish Hatchery (360-856-5700, ext. 515 or www.fs.usda.gov/).
Candy Cane Horseback Rides
THRU JAN. 31
Guided 20- or 40-minute ride to collect treats along trail from horseback, daily through January, Echo River Ranch, 37901 304th Ave. S.E., Enumclaw; $35-$45, reservations required (360-367-1201 or www.EchoRiverRanch.com
Shine: Zenyu New Year’s Party
TUE All ages celebration of community and social justice with music and dance performances, community fashion show, food; proceeds benefit Zenyu Healing supporting LGBTQ people of color, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Artspace Hiawatha Lofts, 843 Hiawatha Place S., Seattle; $20-$75 (www.zenyuhealing.org).
New Year Kick Off Ride
WED Cascade Bicycle Club, 28 mile, moderate-pace ride with some hills, steady rain cancels, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland (www.meetup.com/cascaderides/events/144497172
Emerald City Contra Dance
FRI Beginners’ workshop, 7 p.m., dance with live music and caller, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$8 (206-440-9839 or seattledance.org/contra/emerald.city.html
FRI Dance lesson, 7 and 8:15 p.m.; dance to country music for all ages, 9 p.m. Friday, Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 35th Ave. W., Lynnwood; $10 (425-743-6180 or www.hayloftdance.com).
Night Without Words
SAT DJ all-instrumental music for dancing, dessert buffet, bring treats to share, 7 p.m. Saturday, The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 35th Ave. W., Lynnwood; $12 (425-743-6180 or www.hayloftdance.com).
Sno-King International Folk Dance Club
SAT Dance lesson, folk dancing; 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $5-$7 (425-385-2088 or sno-king.org
New Year’s Eve Tango Ball
TUE Great Gatsby theme, dance lesson 9 p.m., performance 11 p.m., dancing until 2 a.m., light buffet, Champagne toast at midnight, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, 1706 N.W. Market St., Seattle; $35-$45 (206-781-9553 or www.seattletango.com/event/event.htm).
Swedish Club New Years Eve Ball
TUE Smorgasbord buffet, dance to live music on three floors, Swedish pancake breakfast at 12:15 a.m., 8 p.m. Tuesday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $25 (206-283-1090 or www.pepproductions.net).
Radical Women New Year’s Eve Party
TUE Greek buffet, dancing, satirical year in review, no-host bar, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $5 door donation, $15 dinner donation (206-722-6057 or www.radicalwomen.org/seattle).
Spectra New Year’s Eve Under the Arches
TUE Outdoor metal/fire sculptures, science stage shows, four dance spaces with bars, laser and planetarium shows, 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Champagne toast and close-up view of Space Needle fireworks at midnight, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle; $100 (www.pacificsciencecenter.org).
Rockin’ New Year’s Eve
TUE Jitterbug dance lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance to rock, pop, swing, ballroom, country and Latin music with DJ, for ages 18 and older, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $25-$35 (www.learn2dance4fun.com/Dances/New+Years+Eve/default.aspx).
Wondering About Wildlife
FRI Activities for all ages, meet Karelian bear dogs, make a pine-cone bird feeder and other wildlife arts and crafts inside and outdoors, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend; free (206-733-9421 or www.seattle.gov/util/crwec
Family Day: The Give Effect
SAT Interactive event to show families simple, inspiring, fun activities to give to their communities, with storytelling, films, photo booth, make a 2014 calendar, organize baby items for families in need, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-709-3100 or gates.ly/giveeffect).
East Shore Singles Ravenna Park Walk
SAT Singles over 45, walk the trails between Ravenna and Cowen parks on trails and sidewalks, 11 a.m. Saturday, Ravenna Park, Northeast 62nd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast, Seattle; free (www.meetup.com/Eastshore-Singles/).
New Year’s Eve/New Years Day Celebration Walks
TUE Emerald City Wanderers Volkssport club 10K (6.2 miles) along the Alki waterfront and 6K walk in the Admiral District, flashlight recommended, start anytime 4-7 p.m., finish by 10 p.m. Tuesday; 5K (3.1) miles to the Alaska Junction, 10K (6.2) mile walks along the Puget Sound shoreline and through parks; start anytime 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 3050 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; free, register on-site, no preregistration (www.walkingwithecw.org
First Day Hikes
WED Hikes in Washington state parks Wednesday, most suitable for all ages; Western Washington park event locations include 1.5-mile hike, meet 1 p.m. at Welcome Center, Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island; 2-mile trek, 1 p.m., Lowell Point kitchen shelter, Camano Island State Park; two hikes, 10 a.m., Cornet Bay Retreat Center, Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor; 10 a.m., Ebey’s Landing State Park, Whidbey Island; 2 mile or half-mile, 1 p.m. from park museum, Fort Flagler State Park, Marrowstone Island; 1.5 miles for adults and families with children ages 10 and older, 12:30 p.m., meet at Memories Vault, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend; walk or run 3.8-mile fitness trail, no pets, 9 a.m. from picnic shelter, Millersylvania State Park, Olympia; 1.25-mile loop around Deep Lake, 11 a.m., Nolte State Park, Enumclaw; 2.25-mile hike, may be muddy, 9:30 a.m., park office, Twanoh State Park, Hood Canal; 2.3 miles to waterfall viewpoints, 11 a.m., Wallace Falls Trailhead, Wallace Falls State Park, Goldbar; free, Discover Pass required for parking (www.parks.wa.gov/events).
East Shore Singles New Year’s Day Walk
WED Singles over 45, 3-mile walk along the Kirkland waterfront, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Big Fish Grill, 10426 N.E. Northup Way, Kirkland; free (www.meetup.com/Eastshore-Singles/
Lights of Christmas
FRI-SUN Light displays, five entertainment stages, children’s activities, vendors, 5-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $10-$15 (800-228-6724 or www.warmbeachlights.com).
Issaquah Reindeer Festival
FRI-MON Reindeer, story times, holiday decorations, animal feeding, gift store, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday-Monday, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $10.50-$12.50, ages 2 and younger free (www.cougarmountainzoo.org
Seattle Center Winterfest/New Years at the Space Needle
FRI-TUE Winter train and village, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Tuesday, performances by Hot Club Sandwich, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Massive Monkeys, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Armory, free; Winterfest Ice Rink, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Monday, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fisher Pavilion, $2-$7 includes skate rental, cash only; all ages dance with music by The Nines, 8-11:45 p.m. Tuesday; free, Seattle Center Armory; Space Needle fireworks show at midnight Tuesday, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest).
FRI-TUE Music, light show, drummers, live toy soldiers, magical snowstorm; 7 p.m. Friday through Tuesday, Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue (www.magicseason.com/events/snowflake.html).
Holiday with Lights at Wild Waves Theme Park
FRI-TUE Rides, light displays, entertainment, 5-10 p.m. Friday through Tuesday, Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $9.99-$12.99 (206-388-1452 or www.wildwaves.com/).
FRI-WED Ride the carousel, benefits Treehouse for foster kids, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $3 suggested donation (holidaysinseattle.com).
FRI-WED Light-sculpture dancing clams and decorated park, 5-9 p.m. nightly through Wednesday, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (www.ivars.com).
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium ZooLights
FRI-WEDWinter, holiday and animal themed light displays, camel rides, aquarium, 5-9 p.m. Friday-Wednesday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $4.25-$8.75 (www.pdza.org/zoolights
SAT All-ages party with materials and instruction for light-up mask making, music to support community-art installation, 6 p.m. Saturday, The Satori Labe@Inscape, 815 Seattle Blvd. S., Seattle; $8-$10 minimum donation (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/531948).
New Year’s Eve Party
MON Treats, crafts, games, countdown to noon for all ages, family program for kids of all ages with adult, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Burien Library, 400 S.W. 152nd St., Burien (206-243-3490 or www.kcls.org).
Happy Noon Year
TUE Kid-friendly, all-ages magic show followed by New Year celebration at noon, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Covington Library, 21700 164th Ave. S.E., Covington (253-630-8761 or www.kcls.org).
Woodland Park Zoo WildLights
THRU JAN. 4 Winter holiday-lights festival with wild animals and wild places light displays, reindeer, carousel, ZooStore, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday through Jan. 4, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6.50-$9.50 ages 2 and younger free (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org/wildlights).
Garden d’ Lights Construction Edition
THRU JAN. 4 Winter wonderland of light sculptures, shorter route this year since the garden is undergoing major construction of new facilities, 5-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 4, including holidays; last entry 9:30 p.m., Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free (425-452-6844 or www.gardendlights.org).
THRU JAN. 5 Gingerbread displays created by top architecture firms with “Nursery Rhymes” theme, daily through Jan. 5, All day Friday-Sunday, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free, donations to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) suggested (gingerbreadvillage.myevent.com).
Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena
THRU JAN. 12 Open-air ice skating rink, food concessions, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday through Jan. 4; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 5; 3-9 p.m. Jan. 6-7; 1-9 p.m. Jan. 8; 3-9 p.m. Jan. 9; 3-11 p.m. Jan. 10; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Jan. 11; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 12, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $12 or $8/ages 6 and younger, includes skate rental; $9 if you bring your own skates (www.magicseason.com).
Polar Plaza, Tacoma
THRU JAN. 12 Ice skating, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 1-4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 5, 4-9 p.m. Jan. 6-9, 4-10 p.m. Jan. 10, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 11, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 12, Tollefson Plaza, South 17th Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma; $4-$8, skate rental $2 (www.polarplaza.com).
FRI-SUN Exhibit of sketches by Seattle Times “Seattle Sketcher” Gabriel Campanario; other exhibits include “Civil Engineers that Built Seattle,” “True Northwest: The Seattle Journey,” “Bezos Center for Innovation,” “Maritime Seattle;” atrium tours, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays; Living Voices performances, the story of a Swedish family immigrating to the Pacific Northwest, 3 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, closing 2 p.m. Tuesday, Museum of History & Industry, 860 Terry Ave N., Seattle; $12-$14, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or www.mohai.org).
EMP Museum holiday hours
FRI-MON Extended holiday hours through Monday; exhibits include “Fantasy: World of Myth and Magic (ends Jan. 5),” “Martin Schoeller Close Up” photo exhibit of famous people; “Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London,” “Icons of Science Fiction,” “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses,” and “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film,” 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday through Monday, EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $14-$20 (206-770-2700 or www.empmuseum.org
Museum of Flight Winter Family Fun
FRI-TUE Winter themed aerospace and aviation activities, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday through Tuesday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $10-$18 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).
Model Train Festival
FRI-WED A variety of model train displays, kids’ activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $7-$9.50 ages 5 and younger free (253-272-9747 or www.washingtonhistory.org).
“Race: Are We So Different?”
FRI-JAN. 5 Exhibit through Jan. 5 on everyday experience of living with race, its history as an idea, and the findings of contemporary science with historical artifacts, photographs, multimedia presentations; other exhibits include “Spy: The Secret World of Espionage” and “The Photography of Modernist Cuisine;” permanent exhibits “The Lab,” “Dinosaurs: Journey Through Time,” Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health and Wellness,” “Tropical Butterfly House” and “Insect Village;’ extended holiday hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Jan. 6, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle; $10-$18 (206-443-2001 or www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Exhibits/race).
Seattle Art Museum
FRI-JAN. 5 “Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon” closes Jan. 5; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays including Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $12.50-$19.50, ages 12 and younger free; free First Thursday admission with discounted $6-$9 for special exhibit (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).
Festivals of Light
FRI-JAN. 5 Exploration of winter-celebration traditions; Kwanzaa through Tuesday; Lunar New Year, Jan. 2-5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or www.thechildrensmuseum.org/fol).
FRI-JAN. 5 Activities and talks highlighting a different marine animals each day, 10 a.m. daily through Jan. 5, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $14.95-$21.95 (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org).
Weekend Activities @ The Burke: Fish and Shells
SAT-SUN Special display of fish and some of the 100,000 shells recently donated to the Burke, craft activity, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org/events/browse/weekend_activities_Dec13).
Seattle Children’s Museum New Year Celebration
TUE Fruit juice toast to the new year around the world with craft activity representing each country; India, 11 a.m.; Russia, noon; Ethiopia, 1 p.m.; Romania, 2 p.m.; France, 3 p.m.; Morocco, 4 p.m. Tuesday, The Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org).
New Years at Noon
TUE New Year bubble-wrap stomp, noon Tuesday, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $8-$9 (425-637-8100 or kidsquestmuseum.org/).
New Year’s Eve Nighttime Party
TUE Entertainment includes Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth, Magician Master Payne and Zero & Somebuddy, scavenger hunt, ball drop, food available, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Imagine Children’s Museum, 1502 Wall St., Everett; $10-$15, preregistration required (www.imaginecm.org/newyearsparty.html
First Thursday, MOHAI
JAN. 2 Free admission, activities for all ages including docent-led Atrium Tours and evening performances by musicians from Cornish College of the Arts, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 2, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle (206-324-1126 or mohai.org).
First Thursday, the Burke
JAN. 2 Free admission, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 2, Burke Museum, 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, UW Campus, Seattle (206-543-7907 or www.burkemuseum.org ).
First Thursday, the Wing
JAN. 2 Free admission, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 2, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle (206-623-5124 or www.wingluke.org).
First Thursday, NAAM
JAN. 2 Free admission, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 2, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle (206-518-6000 or naamnw.org/index.html
Wild Tracks Children’s Activity
SAT Walk with a park ranger looking for signs of wildlife, kids make and take home plaster track, for ages 6 and older; 1 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $2-$3, preregistration required (425-452-4195/information or register 425-452-6885, course # 75886 or www.bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm).
Evening beach walk
SUN Seattle Aquarium naturalist walk to see sea life; bring a flashlight, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Alki Constellation Park, 63rd Avenue Southwest and Beach Drive Southwest, Seattle; free, reservations encouraged, not required (www.seattleaquarium.org/night-beach-walk).
Seattle Parks Polar Plunge
WED Official Badge of Courage awarded to all who immerse themselves neck-deep, costumes encouraged, noon Wednesday, registration 11 a.m.; Polar Cub Club for kids or anyone who needs more room immediately precedes main plunge; Matthews Beach Park, 9300 51st Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (www.facebook.com/polarbearplungeseattle).
Bald Eagle Raft Adventure
PLAN AHEAD Float trip down the Skagit River in a raft with a guide to see bald eagles, hosted by Edmonds Parks & Recreation, 10 a.m. Jan. 4, Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Rockport; $58 by reservation (425-771-0230 or www.reczone.org).
Children’s Films from Around the World
FRI-SAT Short films from around the world, animated films for ages 5 and older 1-2:10 p.m., live-action films for ages 7 and older, 2:30-3:40 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4675 or www.spl.org
Performances at Third Place Commons
FRI-SAT Market Street Dixieland Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday; 85th Street Big Band swing, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3302 or www.thirdplacecommons.org).
Magic Show and Holiday Open House
MON Magic show for ages 5 and older, 2 p.m.; open house to celebrate newly remodeled library, 2-8 p.m. Monday, Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave., Shoreline (206-546-3522 or www.kcls.org).
Resolution Run Series
WED Ft. Steilacoom Running Club hosts 5K and 5 miles, 9 a.m. Wednesday; also Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 22, Steilacoom High School, 54 Sentinel St., Steilacoom; $65-$85/series; $25-$30/race (www.databarevents.com
Women’s Active Event
SAT Zumba class, gear, smoothie samples, music with DJ, noon Saturday, Macy’s Alderwood, 18700 Alderwood mall Blvd., Lynnwood; free, by reservation (www.macyswowalderwood.eventbrite.com
Mount Rainier Snowshoe Walks
ONGOING Guided 1.5-mile, 2-hour walk to learn the art of snowshoeing and discover how plants, animals and people adapt to winter conditions, for ages 8 and older, snowshoes provided or bring your own, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, then Saturdays-Sundays, Mount Rainier National Park; $4, sign up at Jackson Visitor Center starting an hour before each walk; reservations available for groups of 10-25 people only (360-569-6575 or www.nps.gov/mora/).
Snoqualmie Pass snowshoe walks
PLAN AHEAD Reservations available for guided snowshoe walks starting Jan. 3; learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on 90-minute, one-mile walk through old-growth forest, 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; extended hikes, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; winter photography outings for photographers for all abilities on 4-5 hour hike, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 4, 18, Feb. 1, 15, March 1, 15, 29; Kids in the Snow, 90 minute walk to learn about plants and animals in winter, 1 p.m. Saturdays starting Jan. 18; Avalanche Awareness Walks, Jan. 11, 25, Feb. 8, 22, March 8, 22, Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Information Center, Snoqualmie Pass; reservations required; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger; $25/half-day and photo hikes (425-434-6111).
Stevens Pass snowshoe walks
PLAN AHEAD Reservations available for guided snowshoe walks starting Jan. 4; Junior Snow Ranger, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays; 90-minute guided nature walk to learn about the winter ecosystem, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Skykomish Ranger District Forest Service Guard Station; suggested donation $15/adults, $10/ages 16 and younger, by reservation (360-677-2414