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Things to do this weekend April 18-21

Spring Fair

 

Well, the big news is of course the SPRING FAIR. Locals and people know about the Puyallup fair, well the Spring Fair is smaller, not as many rides or animals or people. Its perfect. I like to take my kids to the Spring Fair vs the Puyallup because there is just enough stuff to do without overwhelming them or without completely breaking the bank. My friend Meagan from SoundsFunMom.com has a great list of ways to do the fair for a really reasonable price!

Parks Appreciation Day

Sat April 20th , ages 8 and up:

Celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day, National Parks Week and your local parks in one fun event.

It’s gratifying to know you are part of a major county-wide effort with nearly 2,000 other people working in their local parks at the same time.

WHAT IS IT?

  • Parks and recreation programs bring tremendous benefits to people of all ages and our community.
  • They contribute to helping us live longer, better lives through active pursuits, new life skills, educational programs and safe activities.
  • Great parks and programs also help build a stronger community, connecting individuals, families and groups through the power of play.
  • Recreation programs and engaging, exciting facilities help keep kids active and off the streets. There are also benefits for the environment and the economy.

WHEN AND WHERE IS IT?

  • April 20, 2013 will be the 12th Year of the Event
  • County-wide throughout Pierce County (find a site)

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • Wear warm, appropriate clothing, depending on the weather.
  • Bring tools such as small hand tools, loppers, pruners, gloves, rakes, shovels, small pitch forks and even wheelbarrows (make sure and label them!).
  • You are encouraged to carpool to the site you chose.
  • Most of all bring your enthusiasm, smiles and be ready to burn some calories and have fun!

Click Family Flick

The Grand Theater is showing Dispicable Me on Saturday April 20th at 9:30. (Hint: The Grand has some of the BEST popcorn!!)

Bellevue Art Museum – Free Family Day

Sunday April 21st from 12-4pm. Fun art activities, demonstrations, and performances for the whole family! Plus, free admission to the galleries. Ages 4 – 12.

Seattle Family Dance

Sunday April 21st 3-5pm at Phinney Neighborhood Community Center I love dancing with my boys. Granted they dance like Elaine from Seinfeld, but we all have a good time and it is great exercise. Ive never been to this event, I just heard of it. But hey, it looks like a blast! So if you go, let me know!  $6/person and $18/family – not a bad way to spend an evening with music and dancing with the kids!

Easter Events 2013

I missed the Thursday Thank Goodness its Almost Friday post. Sick kids, training and cooking took all my time, whoda thunk? This weekend is Easter. I don’t know about you, but the time has flown and it is time for Spring Break next week for the kiddos! Yikes. They want to go to Grandmas for a quick vacation, but 1 week is not enough to fly back and forth to Nebraska. They were sad. So, instead of hanging on Grandma and Grandpas farm, we are doing some of these things:

Easter Egg Hunts

Try out your local church for a great Easter Egg hunt. Life Center Church on S19th and Union always has a great time, but they now have opened up a second location off 80th and S ‘J’ street at Baker Middle School.

You can also see Sounds Fun Moms page for Easter events, not all are church related.

The Coupon Project also has a link to a Fred Meyer bunny event.

Freighthouse Square also has an event from 10am-2:30pm with a ton of fun free stuff to do1
11am – noon Kids Craft Zone
12:15 – 12:30 pm Costume/Outfit Contest
12:30 – 1:30 HOP THROUGH THE SQUARE
1:30 – 2:30 Easter Cookie Decorating
11:00 – 2:30 Lego Zone

Wright Park also has an egg event on Sat 10-11:30 through New Community Church

NW Trek also has a Grizzly of an egg hunt on Sunday from 1:30-2:30

Free CIGNA days at Pacific Science Center

This is only for the first 200 entrants, so get there early! But you can get in free to the Pacific Science Center courtesy of The Cigna Foundation.

Prairie House Museum Kids Days

Spanaway for Free, meet and pet animals and see how people lived in the time of the Prairie. From 1-3 on Wed April 3rd
812 176th St. South, Spanaway, WA, 98387

Free First Thursdays at Seattle Museums

See post here: https://mymomismmoments.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/free-museum-in-seattle/

Christmas, Trains and Legos

While Santa’s elves produce a lot of train sets each holiday season, they can’t hold a candle to the quality and scale of the ones on display each year at the Washington State History Museum’s Model Train Festival.

“Railroads have played an important role in our state’s history,” said Jennifer Kilmer, director of the Washington State Historical Society. “The model train festival provides a wonderful opportunity for us to share that history in a fun environment that involves Washington state residents and brings to life their passion for model trains.”

The event showcases model train displays designed and assembled by model train enthusiasts across the state including: Boeing Employees Model Railroad Club, Cannonball Express, Pierce County Lionel Club, Mount Rainier N-Scale, 4D NTRACK Group, 4D PNR HO Modular Group, Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers and Washington State Operation Lifesaver. The displays occupy every floor of the museum and include the largest permanent model train layout in the state.

Extended to 11 days this year, the Model Train Festival runs from December 21 to January 1, and will feature the Polar Plaza Express, a ride-on train that will travel between the Washington State History Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum.

Santa Claus

And Santa shall not be forgotten, as we will offer pictures with Santa in front of a holiday train backdrop from 11am-3pm on December 21, 22, 23. Skip the mall and have photos taken by Lisa Hystak Photography while you’re enjoying the train displays.

If your child is a LEGO fan, he or she can design a train car and enter it into our LEGO Train Design Competition. The entry period is December 19-20 for kids ages 1-18. Entries must be delivered in-person to the museum on December 19 or 20 during open hours. Just one car, engine or station per entrant, and entries must be no larger than 14 inches long and 6 inches wide. All entries will be displayed in the History Lab for the run of the 2012 Model Train Festival, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons granted by an elite team of judges.

Adults: $9.50
Students: $7
5 and under: FREE

Dia de los Muertos at Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum – Dia de los Muertos.

ImageThis is a great event where you can experience a different culture, or maybe celebrate your own. The celebration of Dia de los Muertos is a traditional celebration of the eternal cycle of life.

Today, the holiday combines centuries of indigenous practices with contemporary traditions and spiritual beliefs. Observed in Mexican and other Latin American communities on November 1 and 2 (All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day), Día de los Muertos is a powerful, symbolic celebration in honor of relatives and friends who have died. The festival is a joyous celebration that conveys the belief that death is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life.

This looks like so much fun and the activities are numerous!