Sunday, July 6, 2008

Tacoma Kids Weekly - Week of July 7, 2008

Is the weekend over already? I guess I should get moving on this post since it is my goal to post it each weekend and the weekend will soon be is over. I hope you enjoyed the weekend as much as we did. Friday, the 4th, my guys went to Tall Ships for a little while and then saw The Hulk movie. They said it was full of action, somewhat scary (especially for my 6 year old), and totally awesome. Saturday it was the girls' turn. Mika and I spent the day at the Celebrate the Horse Festival. Today, we were up early for church and then visited Owens Beach (post coming soon) with some friends for several hours. It's been a long, fun weekend. The coming week has one must do event for us Thursday evening, The Coats concert in the park. We can't wait.

Monday, July 7, 2008
The Puyallup wading pools open for the season today. There are two of them, both located on Meridian in downtown Puyallup. Our favorite is Pioneer Park. The wading pool is a shallow circle suitable for even young toddlers to play in (with supervision of course). Nearby is a nice playground, also located inside a circle, oddly enough. The park also has a nice grassy area for playing and picnicking and clean restrooms. The other park, Grayland Park, is located a few blocks north of Pioneer Park. The rectangular wading pool is somewhat larger but located just a dozen or so feet from the parking lot so watch the young ones closely. The park also has playground equipment and swings, a small grassy area, and bathrooms Whichever park you chose, you'll find a good place to cool off on hot days. Times vary depending on the day and park. Check out their pdf filer for times.

Today is the last day to check out the Tall Ships before they head out of town.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Puyallup's noon time children's concert takes place in Pioneer Park at noon. The Rock A Roos will be providing musical entertainment. While I don't know anything about the Rock A Roos (nor can I finding anything about them online), I can tell you that this children's series can be a lot of fun for the kids. We like to take a picnic lunch with us and arrive early. The day campers show up for the concerts so there are plenty of kids to play with. In fact, there are so many kids, I recommend closer supervision of your children for safety reasons (the playground equipment is often over capacity). After the concert, the wading pool opens. If the weather is nice, we usually stay a few hours to enjoy everything.

Regal Cinemas has two more free kids' movies today. Every participating theater shows the same movies (in general) but on different weeks so you'll need to check their website for what's playing at your theater. Here in Tacoma, the closest is Lakewood 15 on S. 84th which is showing Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie and The Bee Movie this week. Movies start at 10am and are first come first serve so arrive early.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008
If you have a frog lover in the family, head over to Franklin Park at 4:30 for a Nature Discovery Night. Pt. Defiance Zoo staff, together with The Nature Center staff, will be hosting an event with frogs, education about frogs, and frog activities. While there, you can enjoy the playground equipment and/or wading pool. The pool is open from 1-4pm and again from 4:30-6:50pm so if the weather is nice, you could make a day of it by bring a picnic dinner and swimsuits. Tacoma wading pools run from about one foot deep along the sides to about 3-4 feet deep in the center so you'll want to watch your non-swimmers closely.

Thursday, July 10, 2008
It's market day in downtown Tacoma. Visit the Tacoma Farmers Market between 9am and 2pm to pick up fresh flowers and produce, enjoy musical entertainment by Matt Sircely, and visit the Tacoma Children's Museum for free. Park at the Tacoma Dome Station for free and take a free ride on the light rail over to the market for easy access.

This week's must do event is The Coats concert at Pioneer Park. The concert starts at 6:30pm with Miss Washington Elyse Umemoto followed by the oh-so-fun a Capella group, The Coats. The Coats are good at what they do and so much fun to watch live. You can visit their website to listen to clips of their music but it just doesn't do the concerts any justice. Besides sing, they banter with each other and the audience. Audience participation is guaranteed at some point of the show. Unless you are a complete scrooge (yes, I know one), you'll find clean family fun suitable for all ages that will keep you smiling and laughing for the whole show. This concert draws well over a thousand people so arrive early to get a good spot on the grass.

The Kent Cornucopia Days begins today and runs through the 13th. This large festival features a street fair with over 600 vendors, children's activities, a carnival, dragon boat races, and much more. This sounds like it would be worth the short drive north sometime this weekend. Just save today for the Coats concert.

Friday, July 11, 2008
The Puyallup Public Library is having a "Buggy about Books" event at 3pm with Mad Science of Pierce County. This looks like it could be a lot of fun, especially for those kids who love science.

The Kent Cornucopia Days continues today. See Thursday for details.

Saturday, July 12, 2008
The weather forecast is for warm, sunny weather which is just perfect for catching a free movie in the park. The Bee Movie will be showing at Skansie Brothers Park at 9pm. Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the show. Having been to several movies in the park over the years, the blankets are a must as it can sometimes get chilly after the sun sets. Despite the sometimes cool weather, watching a movie in the park can be a lot of fun. The kids love the novelty of it all. We like coming early with a picnic dinner. We eat, play, and enjoy the show.

The Kent Cornucopia Days continues. See Thursday for details.

Sunday, July 13, 2008
Art on the Ave takes place today from 11am to 6pm on 6th Ave. between Cedar and Trafton Streets. This festival features live music, art vendors, and children's activities.

The Kent Cornucopia Days continues. See Thursday for details.

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