Children’s Area packed with activities for kids, tweens | MukFest

By Nicholas Johnson | Sep 06, 2017
Source: Beacon file photo Johnathan Docter of Uncle Stinky’s Magic & Novelties assists Liam Sohlberg, 12, in making a wax model of his hand at last year’s festival. Uncle Stinky will be back again this year.

This year’s Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival from Sept. 8-10 will have more fun for kids than ever before.

New this year, the Children’s Area at the 52nd annual Mukilteo Lighthouse will show the movie “The Secret Life of Pets” at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. There will also once again be a petting zoo from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10.

The Children’s Area at Lighthouse Park’s playground and picnic shelters will also feature festival attractions, an entertainment stage, arts and crafts and other children’s activities. The Children’s Area will be open throughout the festival.

Near the playground will be festival attractions, including obstacle courses, mechanical rides, a giant slide, and a bouncy slide with a play area.

The slides, ride and obstacle courses will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $1.25 each. Activities require 1-3 tickets. All-day wristbands are $15 on Saturday and $14 on Sunday.

New this year, in an effort to attract more tweens to the festival, organizers are bringing in a climbing wall on Friday and Sunday, Harbour Pointe Badminton Club will set up a badminton court and the Mukilteo Lacrosse Club will set up an area to play lacrosse.

“We started the idea of a tween space last year with a video game truck, but parents wanted to see something more active,” festival Executive Director Marilyn Langdon said. “We’re trying to expand that tween space this year with new activities.”

“The Secret Life of Pets,” about a terrier named Max whose quiet life is upended when his owner takes in a stray, will show on a 50-foot blowup screen beginning before the fireworks. The movie will take an intermission during the fireworks and resume afterward.

Bring blankets and low-back lawn chairs. Weather may move the event to Rosehill Community Center at 304 Lincoln Ave.

A petting zoo will be open all day on Sunday with a variety of animals to pet, from familiar barnyard favorites to fascinating exotics. The zoo features goats, sheep, wallabies, bunnies, chickens, guinea pigs and more.

Kid-friendly shows are scheduled from noon-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday on the Lighthouse Festival Children’s Stage. At 2:30 p.m. the winner of the annual Battle of the Bands competition will perform on that stage.

Saturday’s stage schedule is as follows: The Parrot Lady (2-3 p.m.), KreativMndz Dance featuring Bratz (3-4 p.m.), storyteller and author Simon (4-4:45 p.m.), Magic Rich (4:45-6 p.m.), The Reptile Man (6-7 p.m.) and Vibe Dance Studio (7-8 p.m.).

In addition to Saturday’s performances, there will be arts and crafts, balloon animals, face painting and a toy-making workshop. In keeping with the effort to attract more tweens, the Children’s Stage will transform at 8 p.m. Saturday for a concert by pop rock band Breakneck Love of Woodinville.

The Son of the Reptile Man – aka Isaac Petersen – gives kids an opportunity to get up close and personal with live, exotic reptiles.

Petersen’s show will feature a talk followed by an exhibit of various reptiles, including an alligator, tortoise, python, rattlesnake, cobra and various lizards. Pet and hold most of them.

“For me, reptiles are like cats and dogs,” said Petersen, who has been teaching children about reptiles for 12 years. “We’ve had snakes, lizards and turtles around the house since I was a kid.”

Sunday’s stage schedule is as follows: Ashram Yoga in the park with Julie (1-1:40 p.m.) and story time and cupcake frosting with Sydney’s Bakery (1:40-2:30 p.m.), before the Battle of the Bands winner performs at 2:30 p.m.

In addition to Sunday’s performances, there will be arts and crafts, face painting and cookie decorating.

The Parrot Lady – aka Debbie Goodrich – will put on a show that features her four parrots that can laugh at jokes, give kisses, roller skate, play basketball, hang upside down and more.

“We compare what kids can do and can’t do, and what parrots can do and can’t do,” Goodrich said. “It’s always up to the parrots. These are things they like to do; it’s always voluntary.”

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