Photo and story by Doug Petrowski
After a holiday season of traveling to see relatives or partying the final night of 2012, perhaps a day of fun right here in Mountlake Terrace and Brier will be in your plans for New Year’s Day. Here’s a list of suggestions:
See a movie for $5 at Cinebarre
Mountlake Terrace hosts one of the area’s premier movie theaters in the Cinebarre, 6009-244th Street SW. Offering not just first-run movies but food and a full bar, this 21-and-older establishment is a favorite for movie-goers throughout the Puget Sound region. And since New Year’s Day falls on a Tuesday, movie tickets are just $5 (a regular feature of Cinebarre)!
You can see Tuesday’s movie times at Cinebarre here.
Try your luck at a casino
For those who want their entertainment to be a little more daring, there are now three casino/card rooms open in Mountlake Terrace. The new Palace Casino, 7055-220th St. S.W., opened Dec. 21 in what was the Silver Dollar Casino. Less than a block away is the Red Dragon Casino, 21917 Highway 99, and just a little to the east is the Crazy Moose Casino, 22003-66th Ave. W. On New Year’s Day, the Palace Casino and the Crazy Moose Casino open at 9 a.m.; the Red Dragon Casino opens at 8 a.m. Good luck!
Roll at the Brier Skate Park
Located at Brier Park, 2903-228th St. S.W., this three-and-a-half-year-old skate park is located right next to two public tennis courts, so bring your skateboard and your rackets for a full day of activity.
Play a round of golf at the Nile
Tee it up and let ‘er fly! Yes, the Ballinger Lake Golf Course is closed, but Mountlake Terrace still has the Nile Shrine Golf Course, 6601-244th St. S.W. This 18- hole, par 67 layout remains playable through the winter and has a number of good tee times still available for New Year’s Day. Green fees for Tuesday are $23.74, and only $13.70 if you play start after 2 p.m. To make a tee time, call 425-774-9611. You can find more information here.
Try some archery
If you’re interested in more family fare, check out the indoor archery range at the Nock Point, 22313-70th Ave. W. They have 26 lanes to shoot in, with rates just $10 for adults, $5 for youth 16 and under. They also have equipment to rent. For more information check out their website or call 425-672-8080.
Fish Lake Ballinger
The 103-acre Lake Ballinger is open to fishing year round and will undoubtedly have some anglers dropping lines on New Year’s Day. Ballinger Park, 23600 Lakeview Dr., includes a boat launch, a fishing pier and beach access. Your 2012 fishing license is good through March 31, 2013; there is a five-fish limit.
Play disc golf at Terrace Creek Park
Mountlake Terrace boosts one of the top 18 hole disc golf courses in the area at Terrace Creek Park, 23200-48th Ave. W. There is a kiosk to greet disc golfers at the first hole across 48th Avenue West from the park. After playing four holes on the east side of the street, golfers cross over 48th Avenue and play the remaining holes throughout the park. And it’s all free! Bring your own discs; if you don’t have any, check out the supply for sale at True Value Hardware, 22803-44th Ave. W.
Get started with the New Year’s resolution
Ready to shed those few extra pounds gained over the holidays, or to just get into better shape? Fitness 19, the only health club in Mountlake Terrace, will be open on Tuesday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and offers free weights, cardio equipment, circuit training, personal training and a kids’ room. Call 425-582-2412 for more information. For an outdoor fitness option, try running, jogging, or even walking the quarter-mile track in front of Mountlake Terrace High School. This track is popular with locals because of its convenience and ample free parking.