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Erika’s Weekend Picks: Feb. 20 and 21

A soaring story time, a railway museum reopening and more.

Seattle activities for Feb. 20 and 21

Miller Library ‘Flights of Fancy’ story time (Virtual)
Saturday, Feb 20. FREE
This month’s books all have wings. Log in and listen to a picture biography of Emily Dickinson, “On Wings of Words” by Jennifer Berne; “A Way With Wild Things” by Larissa Theule, a story about a girl who loves dragonflies;  and “Soar High, Dragonfly” by Sheri Mabry Bestor, an illustrated insect life cycle in rhyme. Check in each month for stories and activities that celebrate gardens, plants, and nature!

Train Shed Exhibit Building Re-Opening at Northwest Railway Museum
Saturday, Feb. 20, Snoqualmie Depot
The Train Shed Exhibit has reopened for visitors. Founded in 1957, it is the largest railway museum in Washington and serves more than 130,000 visitors per year with popular family programs including Santa Train, School Train, Day Out With Thomas, Halloween Storytelling Train and Snoqualmie Railroad Days. Come visit the museum’s collection, including over 70 examples of locomotives, passenger and freight cars, and specialized railway equipment. Ticket reservations need to be made in advance online at the museum’s website. 

‘Amplified Dignity’ online exhibition celebrating Black History Month (Virtual)
Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m. FREE
The Al Hirschfeld Foundation celebrates Black History Month with its latest online exhibition, “Amplified Dignity: Black Dancers Drawn by Hirschfeld.” Running through March 13, this exhibition features Hirschfeld’s reflections on legendary 20th century artists including Sammy Davis Jr., Josephine Baker, the Nicholas Brothers, Bunny Briggs, Judith Jamison, Hinton Battle, Maurice Hines, and Charles “Honi” Coles.

KCLS Online Program: Paper Airplane Science with Young Space Scholars (Virtual)
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21, 2 p.m. FREE
Calling all kids ages 7 to 10 for this fun event presented by Young Space Scholars. Captain Helios needs to complete a daring flight to the Island of Crete to save Apollo, her loyal dog. Captain Helios has two planes to choose from and needs your help to decide which will get the job done. Learn about the scientific process through an exciting experiment with paper airplanes. Please register at

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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.