Chill with real polar bears, explore a 5,000-year-old bog and more!
Chill with real polar bears, explore a 5,000-year-old bog and more!

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Take the kids to this South Sound film fest

Turn up early for a seat at a free shorts program for families, plus find more good stuff at this homegrown community event.
1. You would not, could not miss this free party celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. (FRI.)
2. Chill with real polar bears, including the oldest male polar bear in the world, and watch them eat special treats. (SAT.)
3. Explore a 5,000-year-old peat bog at this unique nature preserve. (SAT.)
4. See a 38-foot gray whale skeleton, touch starfish and get up close to local marine creatures for free. (SAT.)
5. Be healthy and happy at a family carnival featuring free food, entertainment, dental cleanings, haircuts and more. (SAT.)
6. Drop by the library to read and play with a Daffodil Princess. (SAT.)

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Nurture in Nature Preschool open house

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