Sunday, April 27, 2008

Tacoma Kids Weekly - Week of April 28, 2008

There are plenty of free events to choose from at the end of this week. Of all the options, Camlann Medieval Village is my pick of the week. I'm so sad that I'll be out of town (at a retreat) and will miss the May Fest. We'll be going to the summer festival for sure, though.

Thursday, May 1, 2008
Visit one of numerous Seattle museums for free tonight...
The Museum of Flight is free between 5pm and 9pm.
The Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Hall of Fame is free between 5pm and 8pm.
The Burke Musuem is free between 10am and 8pm.
The Museum of History and Industry is free between 10am and 8pm.
The Seattle Art and the Seattle Asian Art Museums are free between 10am and 9pm.
The Henry Art Gallary is free from 11am to 8pm.

Friday, May 2, 2008
The Children's Museum of Tacoma is free all day today from 10am to 7pm. Don't forget that Tacoma and Pierce County residents can visit the Children's Museum of Tacoma for free anytime they wish by visiting their local library and checking out a Play Pass.

This event is a bit further out (an hour or so) but may be worth it especially if you are studying or have studied Native Americans this year. A pow wow is taking place at Edmonds Community College this weekend and is being described as one of the largest pow wows in Washington. The event takes place at 7pm tonight, 1pm and 7pm Saturday, and 1pm on Sunday.

Saturday, May 3, 2008
The May Festival at Camlann Village is going on this weekend today and tomorrow from 12pm to 6pm. The cost of admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children, and free for the under 5 crowd. Camlann is a wonderful Medieval Living History Museum. Volunteers, dressed in period clothing, interact with visitors. I HIGHLY recommend visiting Camlann whether or not you are studying medieval times. The May festival includes maypole dancing, crafts, and mynstrels. Wear medieval clothing is encouraged but not required. Rentals are available at Camlann. You can also eat authentic medieval food at Bors Hede. A feast is also being held but requires advance ticket purchase.

It is time for Home Depot's kids workshop. May's project is a flower pencil holder. Stop by any Home Depot between 9am and 12pm to participate. The class is free and all supplies needed are included. Bringing your own tools (hammer, wood glue, and multi-tip screwdriver) is not necessary but you may need to share with other families if you choose to use Home Depot's tools. I highly recommend you bring a pair of need-nosed pliers to hold nails while your children hammer; these are usually not available at the clinic.

Visit Michaels' between 10am and noon and let the kids create a keepsake handprint. Cost is $5 per child and includes all supplies needed.

It's farmer's market season. Enjoy the Gig Harbor Farmer's Market between 8:30am and 2pm. You can pick up some fresh produce and flowers or just browse through the crafts offered by various local artists.

It is opening day of boating season. The decorated boat parade takes place from approximately 10am to 4:30pm. My family likes to take a picnic lunch to the north end (on the shore of Lake Washington) of the Seattle Arboretum and watch the boats sail by. This year's theme is "3 ring circus" so the boats are bound to be colorful and lively.

The Tacoma Art Musuem is celebrating its birthday with a free day for everyone. The event will include entertainment, cupcakes, and hands on art activities from 12pm to 5pm. Tacoma City and Pierce County residents can visit the museum for free anytime by checking out a pass from their local library but they can't get cupcakes there any day.

Sunday, May 4, 2008
The Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration is taking place at the Seattle Center starting at noon. The event features a lion dance, youth drill teams, martial arts, taiko drums and more.

Have fun!l

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