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Learn all about the water cycle. (iStock photo)

Erika’s weekend picks for Dec. 5 and 6

Learn about water cycles. Make vegan brownies!

Things to do this weekend.

Virtual Water Cycle Science Night 

Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 to 10:30 a.m. FREE

Kids ages 5 to 8 (and their parents) can learn about science and the importance of caring for water at the fun and educational virtual science night. Plants, animals and people all need clean water! But where does the water come from? Where does it go? And what can we do to protect it? Spend 30 minutes with Nature Vision as your guide, exploring water’s journey on earth and developing a scientific model to observe water in your home. Brought to you By Cascade Water Alliance and Nature Vision.


KCLS Online Program: Cook and Chat for Teens 

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2 to 4 p.m. FREE

Calling all tweens and teens, ages 12 to 18. Join KCLS for a series of baking and cooking classes with teen volunteers. This Saturday, learn to make vegan brownies! Bring your friends (virtually) and make this wonderful chocolatey treat


ArtVentures Animal Mapping with Rachel Kessler (Virtual) 

Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 to 3 p.m. FREE

If we move through space as a bat, what do we notice that we might not notice as humans? Cross-sensory exploration opens up aspects of our everyday world that are extraordinary. Inspired by the upcoming “Bugs & Beasts Before the Law” exhibition, this event lets us reimagine our spaces by attempting to navigate them as nonhuman animals, sketching our movements and spaces, using our ears as our guides. Be ready with a piece of paper to draw on, and your preferred drawing materials, for this combination movement, drawing and sensory activity.


Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo
Saturday, Dec. 5, 5 to 9 p.m., Point Defiance Zoo; display runs until Jan. 3

Step back into the Zoolights tradition you know and love, slightly reimagined to keep everyone safe. Point Defiance has been transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with over 700,000 lights including dazzling 3-D animal light displays. Timed online tickets, face coverings, social distancing, one-way paths. Outdoor areas only. $10 to $14. Ages 2 and younger are free. 


StoryBook Theater’s ‘The Little Engine that Could’ (Virtual) 

Sunday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

StoryBook Theater understands the need to connect in a positive way. The staff is excited to do just that by sharing the power of live theater virtually. Join the theater for a previously recorded performance of ”The Little Engine That Could,” presented by AAA Washington. Note: All cast and crew adhered to COVID-19 testing and Washington health guidelines before and during filming of this production. Be sure to check out the printable Playguide and Curriculum Guide for fun, educational materials and games that explore the show’s theme and story.

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About the Author

Erika Bigelow

Erika authors the weekly Stay-At-Home (nee Going Places) column. She lives in Seattle with her husband, three human kids, two furry kids and a school of fish. When she's not scribbling, cooking or chauffeuring, Erika enjoys running and reading, although not simultaneously.