Bubbles, breastfeeding, and blueberries, oh my! Lots of interesting things happening this week. Don't forget to sign up for August's giveaway, an Embellish Salon Package valued at $175.
Thursday: (Tomorrow) Nurse out in the park! Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with a nurse in/breastfeeding support celebration at Wright Park, 10 am to 1 pm. More details here.
Also Thursday: Market Day! This week it's another "Kid's Day" which means not only will we have bubbles and play dough, but also a special sensory play table provided by the Children's Museum of Tacoma, (free as it is every Thurs through August!) and we'll be next to the New Community Church, which will have a great craft activity. Broadway Farmers Market, 9 am to 2 pm, Broadway, between S 9th and S 11th.
Friday: Showcase Tacoma Begins! - What is Showcase Tacoma? A two-day celebration of the best of Tacoma's arts scene. This year it's getting even more interesting with a "Sit and Knit" fiber arts space. (Bring your knitting!) This will include an interactive fiber arts sculpture that will progress during the two days of the event. Also, there will be a Kids Art Zone, featuring pottery and sock puppets. The music and fun goes on from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday. Tollefson Plaza, S 17th and Pacific Ave.
Also Friday: Frost Park chalk off! This Friday and every Friday, come to tiny, cement-covered Frost Park for a free chalk art contest. 12 to 1 pm. Get there early to reserve a space, grab some free chalk and start drawing, or just come to check out the masterpieces. S 9th and Commerce, downtown. For more information and to vote for the winner, visit Feed Tacoma
Saturday: Take a break from all that downtown madness and enjoy some Blueberries in the Park - a free concert at Blueberry Park. 11 am to 2 pm. Music featuring Jose Villahermosa, balloons, ice cream, snack vendors, a raffle, and of course a special bonus, all the blueberries you can pick. For more information, visit blueberryparkvolunteers.org.
Also Saturday: Luau! Celebrate Pacific Island culture with a luau at Clover Park Technical College. 3 - 7 pm. $30 adults/$10 for children 6-12. For more info, visit asiapacificculturalcenter.org
Saturday & Sunday: Brigade Encampment. Kick it old-timey style at Fort Nisqually. It's always a little cooler at Point Defiance, where the kids can participate in hands-on activities at this affordable event. $5 adults/ $4 seniors and students/ $2.50 for kids 5-12.
Tuesday: Free family concert, featuring Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth. 10:00 am at Franklin Park, and 5:30 pm at Jane Clark. Part of the Playground Express Family Concert Series.
COLUMBIAkids launch party, next Thursday 3 to 9 pm at the Washington State History Museum. Free! More Info.
Get Out and Play Day: Next Saturday at Wright Park. Register here for a fun "field day" type event celebrating active play.
As always, the the Metro Parks Summer Playground Program is free, at 8 different locations throughout the city. Also check out Grand Slam Summer - guided sports activities taking place in two hour shifts from noon to 8 pm, at Heidelberg Park. Also free!