Point Defiance

Family Fun Night

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July 18, 2014 - 6:00pm

Enjoy an evening of old fashioned fun! Bring a picnic supper and join in games and dancing of the mid-1800s. Kids of all ages will enjoy the special firings of the Candy Cannon throughout the evening. Lemonade and ice cream available while supplies last!  Fri., July 18, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Event admission is $5-$8, children 4 and younger are free. For more information call (253)591-5339 or online at fortnisqually.org.

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What's Cooking

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June 21, 2014 - 11:00am

The smell of campfires, sizzling bacon, and simmering stews will greet visitors at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.  The Fort’s re-enactors will prepare 19th century dishes as they battle for the coveted “Golden Skillet.” Guests can watch the competition, play games, and visit with dozens of re-enactors.  What’s Cooking takes place Sat., June 21, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Event admission is $5-$8, children 4 and younger are free. For more information, call (253) 591-5339 or visit fortnisqually.org. 

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Queen Victoria's Birthday

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May 17, 2014 - 11:00am

Dance to lively music and celebrate with dozens of re-enactors as the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum marks the birthday of her majesty, Queen Victoria. The event also includes cannon salutes, musket volleys, birthday toasts, and children’s games. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Event admission is $5-$8, children 4 and younger are free, family rate available. For more information call (253)591-5339 or online at fortnisqually.org. 

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Sewing to Sowing

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April 19, 2014 - 11:00am

Experience springtime in the 1850s at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Visit with the Fort’s gardeners and see what’s growing. Sow seeds to take home with you. There are family-friendly period games and craft projects. Talk with special guest Richard Scheuerman, author of "Harvest Heritage: Agricultural Origins and Heirloom Crops of the Pacific Northwest." Learn about hand sewing from the Fort’s seamstresses and admire their handwork. $5-$8, 4 and younger free, family rate available. FortNisqually.org. (253) 591-5339.

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19th Century Christmas

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December 7, 2013 - 11:00am

Savor an old-fashioned Christmas celebration at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Join dozens of the Forts’ re-enactors in holiday stories, music, games, crafts, and bringing in the yule log. Theo Chocolate of Seattle will offer chocolate samples and hot chocolate. Saturday, December 7, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission $0 - $7.50. For more information, fortnisqually.org or (253) 229-6052.

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6 Month Pilot Program will Test Expanded Vehicle-Free Hours on Point Defiance Park's Five Mile Drive

In response to visitor feedback, Metro Parks will pilot a 6-month test expanding the vehicle-free hours on the outer loop of Point Defiance Park’s Five Mile Drive from November 1, 2013 to April 15, 2014. 

This section of the Drive has been devoted for use by pedestrians, runners and cyclists on Saturdays and Sundays from the park’s opening until 1 pm, for many years.  

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Arts of the Fur Trade

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November 2, 2013 - 11:00am

Experience the arts as an important part of daily life in the mid-1800s during “Arts of the Fur Trade” at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Saturday Nov. 2, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Interact with the Fort’s artisans as they showcase 19th century skills such as spinning, weaving, beading, blacksmithing, woodworking, open-fire cooking, and musical entertainment. 

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