Go fish. It’s that time of year again: This month and next, you can spot salmon in local streams as they make their way back to their spawning grounds. It’s an ideal way to get kids outdoors and thinking about their environment. Look for salmon at the following places (times indicate that a naturalist will be on hand): along Cottage Lake Creek in Woodinville, at the Tolt Pipeline Bridge, on Oct. 3 (1–4 p.m.), Oct. 7 (3–6 p.m.) and Oct. 10 (1–4 p.m.); along the Sammamish River Trail south of the 85th Street Bridge in Redmond on Oct. 10 (10 a.m.–noon), 425-556-2822; at the Issaquah Fish Hatchery on Oct. 17 (11 a.m.–1 p.m.); at five locations along the Cedar River in Renton, Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31 (11 a.m.–4 p.m.); on the trail along Bear Creek in Redmond, behind Classic Nursery, daily during business hours, 425-882-1846; and at the Mercer Slough fish ladder on Kelsey Creek in Bellevue throughout October (call 425-452-5200 before you go).
Gifted. Don’t miss the season opener at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Mysterious Gifts: Theatre of Iran. Iranian performance artist Yaser Khaseb introduces audiences to traditional Persian performance, using puppets and the body to tell stories about creativity and the battle with the self. It’s the first in SCT’s new cross-cultural exchange series, Connecting Stories, which will bring brilliant performers from other countries to Pacific Northwest audiences. The show runs through Oct. 11, and, because of the complexity of the themes and storytelling, is recommended for ages 10 and older. $17–$34. 206-441-3322.
Y not? You’ll be whistling “It’s fun to play at the YMCA” on Saturday, Oct. 17, when the year-old Dale Turner Y throws open its doors to the public — for free! Swim, play in the gym and find out about the benefits of membership from noon to 5 p.m. 19290 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline. 206-363-0446.