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March 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

3 getaways for this weekend, from Long Beach Peninsula to Paradise

So there hasn’t been a lot of “lamb” about this March around Seattle. It’s been mostly a really cranky lion — with almost 5 inches more rain than normal for the month. Need a change of scene? Here are three quick ideas to get you out of town:

1 Go fly a kite at Long Beach

World Kite Museum, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, $3-$5, 303 Sid Snyder Drive, Long Beach

 

Flying a kite at Long Beach. (photo by Tan Vinh/The Seattle Times)

Flying a kite at Long Beach. (Tan Vinh photo/Seattle Times)

National Kite Month starts Saturday, and the World Kite Museum in Long Beach, Pacific County, has some special activities in coming weeks aimed at students on spring break (which includes the University of Washington this week). Earn free stuff at local shops by playing Museum Detective, fold an origami crane and then make your own kite to go fly on the beach. All included with museum admission.

2 A weekend of new music in Vancouver

March 26-30, Orpheum Annex and Pyatt Hall, 823 and 843 Seymour St., Vancouver, B.C.; 7:30 p.m. concerts, $10-$20

 

Visit Vancouver, B.C., for the Sonic Boom Music Festival. (photo by David Hecker/Getty Images)

Visit Vancouver, B.C., for the Sonic Boom Music Festival. (photo by David Hecker/Getty Images)

Vancouver, B.C.’s Sonic Boom Music Festival showcases new works of some of British Columbia’s emerging classical music composers, performed by some of the region’s best musicians. Evening concerts are supplemented by workshops, lectures, panel discussions and a student composers’ master class. Featured artists include the Erato Ensemble, harpist Heidi Krutzen and composer John Oliver.

3 Last weekend for Mount Rainier snow play, snowshoe tours

Park entry, $15/car; snow-play free, bring your own soft sliding devices. Snowshoe tours: 11:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, limited to 25 people, 8 years and older, first-come-first-served; snowshoes provided, $5 asked.

Tubing at Paradise. (photo by Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

Tubing at Paradise. (photo by Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

If you just didn’t get enough winter, this is the final weekend of the season for the snow-play hill at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park, as well as the conclusion of ranger-led snowshoe tours from the Jackson Visitor Center. The National Weather Service forecasts snow showers and highs in the mid-30s at Paradise this weekend. All vehicles entering the park must carry tire chains. More information here. For places to stay or eat, click here.

Comments | More in List, national parks, Northwest, Parks, snow sports, weekend getaways | Topics: kite flying, kite museum, Long Beach

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