Friday, February 1, 2008

Local Events - February 4-10

There's even less to report about this week. I can't wait until this summer when there's so much to do that you never see your home. Those are fun days. With the reduce number of opportunities, I have a few suggestions a bit further out of town Thursday and Friday before coming back to Tacoma for the weekend. Here's what I have for you:

1. Do you have a fan of airplanes? Why not visit Seattle's Museum of Flight? Admission will be free on Thursday, February 7 from 5pm to 9pm. This could make a great field trip for those studying WWII and the history of space expoloration as they have exhibits for those topics.

2. Do you have any Star Trek or Star Wars fans in the house? Take a trip up to downtown Seattle Thursday evening because the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum are free from 5pm to 8pm.

3. Before you head out for an evening in sci-fi history, visit the Hammering Man in downtown Seattle. After looking up at the enormous statue, check out the inside of the Seattle Art Museum. It will be free all day Thursday.. Their hours are 10am to 9pm and some of their exhibits look much more interesting for children than the average art museum. Their website indicates that there may be a surcharge for special exhibits.

4. Do your kids love going to children's museums like mine do? Have you been to Kidsquest in Bellevue yet? Check it out for free on Friday night. From 5pm to 8pm when it will be free.

5. If you are studying Asian culture this year or are just interested in it, head over to the Tacoma Dome on Saturday. The Asian New Year Celebration is focusing on Cambodia and will feature martial arts demonstrations, entertainment, community information, food, and other vendors. Event takes place from 9am to 6pm and is free.

6. If your kids like building things or making crafts head over to your local Lowe's for their Build and Grow program on Saturday between 10am and 11am. Kids participating in the program will receive an apron on which they can sew badges that they earn with each completed project. This Saturday's project is a Valentine Mailbox. You can see a photo of it if you follow the link. Their website takes you through a registration process but my local store told me that registration isn't necessary. Unmainstream Mom talks about the program and shows us photos of past projects completed by her kids here.

7. Another crafty event is taking place over at Michaels' on Saturday between 10am and noon. For $2 (per child) your kids can make a heart pencil topper with the help of a friendly store employee. A friend emailed me photos of last weekend's project and they were really cute and worth the $2.

That's all I've got for your this week. Have a great week!

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