Craft Fair at Freighthouse


Freighthouse Square by the Tacoma Dome is a great place for all kinds of gatherings! While Ive missed the first two craft fairs, there is one more – and just in time for Christmas!

November 10th

Handmade arts and crafts from the best artisans!

Kids Workshops to Learn, Create and Craft at The Home Depot

Free Kids Workshops to Learn, Create & Craft at The Home Depot

ImageFall is a favorite time of year for many. I prefer summer, but I do enjoy a few aspects of fall. Crunchy leaves, before they get soggy, a fire in the fireplace, warm crockpot comfort meals, and yes FOOTBALL.  Who doesn’t love football. I love both American and European football, but fall is for American football.

Home Depot is tapping this enthusiasm with a workshop this Saturday.  Home Depot has a great series of workshops, not just for kids though, but for adults as well.  From weatherizing your home to Do-It-Herself workshops.  So, take advantage of the turning weather, take some free workshops and enjoy yourself.

Workshop Schedule

Saturday, September 1st at 9am. You can build a goal post football game.

Saturday, October 6th at 9am: Build a fire truck

How to Make a Paracord “Survival” Bracelet

This can be a really fun craft for your older kids, and a great way to build awareness of giving as well as the wonderful service that our military members provide all of us!

Operation Gratitude Blog

Quick Deploy Style
Please note — 
IMPORTANT: You can find additional information, instructions and tips here: Paracord “Survival” Bracelets FAQs & Tips

Watch this video to learn how to make the new Quick-Deploy style bracelets we are now sending in our care packages:

Click here for the paracord jig layout PDF referenced in the video.

If you’re left-handed, you can watch a tutorial that’s just for you!

In 2012 we began supporting the emergency first responderswho volunteer with the disaster response veterans service organization, Team Rubicon. One of the important items we include in our First Responder Kits are Paracord “Survival” Bracelets. Not only are the bracelets really cool-looking, they can actually be used to save a life in an emergency situation.

The bracelets have become so popular we now include one in each of our care packages! OpGratVolunteers Bracelets

To meet the increased demand, we learned how to make our own bracelets and we’ve asked volunteers to start making them, too.

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Toilet Paper Car Craft

Crescent and Old Lace: Small Cars. Made from toilet paper rolls.

This looks like such a fun craft! The baby may be too young yet, he would just tear it apart, but the older kids would get a kick out of making and “racing” them.  We did a trains, planes and automobile summer camp a few weeks ago.  In this camp, they “made” a city with roads and buildings, parking garages etc. Taking a diaper box, they will amuse themselves for a few hours cutting, coloring (washable markers only – Thanks Crayola) and making the cars to drive on the roads in the city.  How ingenious.  The original website is Hungarian – but Google translates it fairly well.

Have fun and let me know how you played with yours! 

Story Hour at the Conservatory

Like books and want to keep the kids busy for an hour in a beautiful park like setting? Then this is definitely at great idea! You can do this even if its raining! But if the sun comes out in the afternoon, skip on over to the great water park and playground at Wright Park. Get the kiddos educated, crafted and played out and have a peaceful afternoon when you are all done!  If the kiddos are too young to read on their own, add this to their list of books read through the Tacoma Library Summer Reading Event. Pack a lunch and make it a great frugal event…

Parking around Wright Park can be tricky with all the permit only parking.  So watch for the signs, and ENJOY!~

Thursday (11:00am – 12:00pm)

Bring the kids to enjoy stories, art and science projects among Seymour Conservatory’s beautiful flowers. Bonnie Beaudoin leads the group in an hour of fun!

  • June 28: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
    Science: What is a Rain Garden?
    Art: Thumbprint Flower Garden
  • July 5: If I Ran the Rainforest by Worth
    Science: Nature’s Camouflage
    Art: Camouflage Sponge Painting
  • July 12: The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
    Science: Ladybugs and Other Garden Insects
    Art: Ladybug Hunt & Craft
  • July 19 Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
    Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
    Science: Fun Nutrition Facts
    Art: Garden Collage of Seeds
  • July 26: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Science: Our Gifts From Trees
    Activity: “Ornament Tree” Origami Wishes
  • August 2: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
    Science: Bulbs, Tubors, Corms and Seeds
    Art: Tissue Paper Flowers