Monday, Dec. 30
Camp Seymour, 9725 Cramer Road Kp N, Gig Harbor, WA 98329
We have a very special event over new years offered as an 'alternative' new year's retreat. Suitable for beginners, as well as those who are more experienced with meditation. With Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Tsoglam. Leave behind the distractions and pace of everyday life and discover a deep happiness that arises naturally from within, in essence, our own extraordinary potential for peace and joy. By developing calm, clear minds through meditation and teachings we can experience for ourselves the seed of enlightenment we carry within us, and then confidently make heartfelt resolutions for a new beginning this year. Everybody is welcome, even those new to meditation. $150 Includes meals and accommodation (comfortable heated cabins). Retreat begins Monday afternoon/evening with dinner and ends mid-day on Wednesday before lunch. Info:
Winter Wildland - 9:30 am
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Dr E, Eatonville, WA 98328
The annual Winter Break is a holiday for the Northwest Trek animals, who get to unwrap gifts, strip branches off Christmas trees and enjoy special treats provided by keepers. And when the animals are having so much fun, it’s a guaranteed good time for people, too. This year’s Winter Wildland is scheduled for Dec. 26-Jan. 1 from 9:30 am-3 pm. It’s a bit too early to say exactly what enrichments keepers will present to the animals, but examples from last year include a large Christmas tree for the grizzly bears, a “candy cane” full of goodies for the fisher, gaily wrapped treats for the porcupine and tree branches for the busy beaver to strip clean. And, there will be special activities for kids. Winter Wildland is the perfect post-holiday gift for family and out-of town friends and relatives. They can unwind amid tall evergreens, the beauty of Horseshoe Lake, the merriment of animals receiving special treats and the wonder of nature all around. Info:
Washington State Historical Society, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
An exhibit of 24 stunning photographs showing human hands and the work they do. From gardener to midwife, fisherman t o puppeteer, "Hands at Work" chronicles Washingtonians and their extraordinary range of work. Developed by photographer Summer Moon Scriver and writer Iris Graville. Show runs through May, 2014. Info:
Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402
The 18th Annual Model Train Festival runs from December 21-January 1, though we are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The museum fills with model train displays, including the largest permanent train layout in the state. Santa will be here for family pictures, and the kids can enjoy interactive activities as well as all the intricate model trains. Please contact Washington State History Museum for official start time of this event. Info:
Charles Wright Academy 7723 Chambers Creek Road W. Tacoma, WA 98467
FREE program for children and their parents to play TOGETHER! Play to Learn is weekly organized play session for parents, grandparents, neighbors, family, and friends who nurture children ages six and under. Children's Museum of Tacoma staff lead the group in thematic curriculum. It includes individual play, fun group activities, songs, and a whole group circle time for children and adults to enjoy together.Details and directions at
STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma, WA
Ballroom dancing on the 1st Sunday and every Monday afternoon from 1-3 pm. There is live music. Admission is $5. Phone: 253-404-3939. It is a good idea to come with a dance partner. This dance was formerly held at Southpark Community Center. Info:
Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S., Federal Way, WA 98003
The Pacific Northwest’s favorite outdoor holiday celebration, Holiday with Lights at Wild Waves Theme Park, returns Dec. 6 to Dec. 31. Families can enjoy a sleigh-full of fun with festive activities, special appearances by some jolly friends and 25 rides and attractions, illuminated by more than one million lights. Info:
Zoolights - 5:00 pm
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407
Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights! Be inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, including our brand new 3-D displays of a swooping bald eagle, a regal polar bear family, and a Sumatran tiger head. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. There's so much to see and do--make the most of your Zoolights experience with our list of the Zoolights Top 10 Fun Activities! Zoolights Dates: Nov. 29 - Jan. 5. Zoolights Hours: 5 pm - 9 pm. (Closed Dec. 24 & Open Dec. 25 & Jan. 1) Info: