Monday, July 21, 2008

Tacoma Kids Weekly: Week of July 21, 2008

I tried to log on and get this done over the weekend. I did. Really. I just couldn't manage it. My husband was gone for a family emergency and I was home along with three kids while dealing with fatigue and nausea. Plus, I had/have a gazillion things to do. It isn't a good combination. I could barely manage to log on to see if there were any urgent emails to deal with, let alone post. So, I'm finally online. Here's what I have this week.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Breaking Point Dance will be performing at Pioneer Park in Puyallup at noon today. After enjoying this hip hop dance group, you can stick around to enjoy the park's other amenities: the playground, the wading pool, and a nice grassy area.

Regal Cinemas will be providing another round of free G and PG movies this week. Movies are shown Tuesday and Wednesday, are first come first serve, and begin at 10am. We went to our first free movie of this year last week and found a line already formed by 9:10am so be sure to get there early to ensure you get a seat. Our favorite local theater, Lakewood 15 on S. 84th, will be showing Mr. Bean's Vacation and Nancy Drew this week. To check out what will be playing at your local theater, go to the Regal Cinemas website.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Regal Cinemas will show another round of this week's free family films. See Tuesday for details.

The Valentine's Performing Pigs will be performing at the Tacoma Main Library at 3pm. These wonder pigs have been featured on numerous TV shows including the Late Show and Oprah. Check them out.

The Clay Martin Puppet theater will be doing a show at South Tacoma Library at 3pm. This is the last Tacoma library system show for the summer so if you really want to catch them, today is the day.

There will be another Nature Discovery Night. This one is at South Park from 4:30 to 6:30pm. The theme is frogs, frogs, and more frogs. Learn about them and do frog based activities.

Bradley Lake Park will be the location for a free country concert by Big Time Trouble. The concert starts at 6:30pm. Bradley Lake Park also features a nice playground, room to run, and a fishing lake. Based on my experience last year, I suggest taking lawn chairs instead of a blanket for sitting on the grass due to geese droppings on the grass.

Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Tacoma Farmer's Market takes place today from 9am to 2pm downtown on Broadway between S. 9th and S. 11th streets. Musical entertainment will be provided by SOTA (School of the Arts?). The Children's Museum is free during the market as well so drop in with the kids and let them play for a while.

Visit Pioneer Park from 6:30 to 8:30pm for a free concert in the park. Tonight's entertainment will be provided by Dead Edsels (music from the 1950's and 1960's) and Danny Vernon (Elvis impersonator). There are limited concessions available at the park as well.

Friday, July 25, 2008
Fort Nisqually in Pt. Defiance Park is having a Family Fun Night from 6pm to 9pm. Bring a picnic supper and step back in time with games, music, and dancing from the mid-1800's. There will be firings of the candy cannon and lemonade and ice cream will be available while supplies last. There is a small cost involved of $4 per adult, $3 per teen, and $2 per child aged 5-12 or $12 per family.

Nancy Stewart will be visiting the Motett Library at 11am. Bring the kids for a fun concert just for them and pick up some more books for the summer reading program.

The Tacoma Parks Department is putting on a carnival from 5pm to 8pm at Jefferson Park. Their website indicates that there will be carnival games, inflatables, pony rides, entertainment, and hands-on activities but does not indicate if or what cost is involved.

Stewart Heights Pool is having a family night from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. This pool includes a zero depth entry, water slide, bubble pool, lazy river, a water play structure, and tumble buckets. Cost for this event is $5 for adults, $4 for kids, or $12 per family.

Saturday, July 26, 2008
The Ethnic Fest takes place this weekend at Wright Park from 12pm to 7pm. There will be entertainment, crafts, and special kids events.

You get another chance to see Valentines Pits today. They'll be performing at the Moore Library at 11am.

Wright Park on 6th will be the location for Tacoma's first summer concert and movie in the park. Musical entertainment will be provided by Rumba Kings. Freedom Writers will be the movie and will start at dusk. These concerts and movies in the park can really be a lot of fun for the kids. If it is at all chilly, bring some extra layers and blankets to cuddle up in.

Meanwhile, Puyallup will be showing its movie in the park at Bradley Lake. They will be showing Waterhorse, which is a cute movie. Based on last year's experience, I strongly suggest you take along a flashlight and chairs to sit on. The flashlight is for the bathrooms; they didn't have lights and were pitch black once you closed the door. I don't know if they've remedied this problem since last year but it won't hurt to be prepared. The chairs would replace a blanket as geese have been a problem in this park in the past.

Sunday, July 27, 2008
Ethnic Fest continues in Wright Park. See Saturday for details.

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