Pierce County Parks and Recreation has a flurry of activity this fall. Following is a list of immediately upcoming activities and events:
Tiny Tots Indoor Playground
Bring your child to our Tiny Tots Indoor Playground for fun, socialization, and crafts! Kids will delight in the opportunity to run, jump, climb, and explore in this safe environment while creating fun with oodles of toys and space. Parents are required to supervise their children at all times, maximum of three children per adult.
Location: Lakewood Community Center
Ages: 5 and under
Day/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Session: Session A) September 10 – September 26
Session B) October 1 – October 24
Session C) October 29- November 21
Session D) November 26 – December 19 (No playground 11/28)
Fee: $16 / per session (2 class / week)
$8 / per session (1 class / week)
$2 / drop in per session per child
Maximum of 30 children per session
Junior Top Chefs
Are you eager to cook and don’t know where to begin? Then look no further, Chambers Bay Chef Josh Corcoran and his team will teach you everything you need to know about becoming top chefs in the kitchen! This series will cover basic kitchen etiquette right up to creating world class desserts! You’re skills will be put to the test with a formal dinner, starring your special guests! Do you have what it takes to be the next top chef?
1st class: Basic kitchen etiquette and applications (includes knife skills and 1-2 appetizers)
2nd class: Salad and soup
3rd class: Entree
4th class: Dessert
5th class: Formal dinner for your special guests (limit 2 guests per junior)
Location: Chambers Bay Grill Restaurant
Date: Tuesdays / Session 1 / November 5th – December 3rd
Session 2 / January 7th – February 4th
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Fee: $120 per junior
$110 for each additional junior
Brick 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz offers fun, hands on programs where kids can learn, build, and play with LEGO® bricks. Our specially designed project kits and theme-based models provide the building blocks for the Bricks 4 Kidz approach to educational play. Bricks 4 Kidz provides an enriching atmosphere where kids can develop their curiosity and creativity, while having fun and socializing in a non-competitive atmosphere.
Instructor: Bricks 4 Kidz Instructors
Construction Craze (6 wks)
Put on your hard hat and head on over to our construction site! Make your own motorized models of tools of the trade from a hand-held power drill, power saw, to a tough all-terrain bulldozer, giant dump truck, and a saw blade in the shape of a circle? In addition create your own LEGO© construction site. Join us for lots of
High-impact learning and fun! Let’s build our knowledge of construction.
Tues September 17 – October 22 / 6:30-7:30pm $72 per child
$67 for second child
Factory Fun (6 wks)
Have you ever wondered how things are made? Or wanted to operate the big machines in a factory? Factories rely on special machines to help build, move and package the things we use every day. Come build kid-sized versions of these clever creations, such as a scissor lift, specialized conveyor belts and even a robot! You’ll learn about the engineering challenges involved in machine design and maybe be inspired to invent your own machine!
Tues October 29 – December 3 / 6:30-7:30pm $72 per child
$67 for second child
Join us as we head to Olympia, Washington’s Capital City! Our journey begins at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, lunch at Steamboat Annie’s, and finish the day with a tour of the state capital.
Fee: $20 + food money
Extreme Rib Challenge
Calling all barbecue fans! Come and tour some of the Puget Sound’s finest barbeque spots. We will sample pork ribs from each restaurant and vote for the best ribs, sauce, and more. The ribs are on us and any other food you want is on you. Come with an empty stomach and a taste for BBQ!
Mt. Rainer Scenic Steam Train Adventure
Join us as we head to Mt. Rainer where we’ll board an old fashioned steam train. We’ll depart from Elbe and make the trip out to Mineral Lake before we return.
Fee: $49 + food money
Stadium Tours: Safeco and Century Link Fields
We’ll be heading to Seattle to see both Century Link and Safeco Fields like you have never seen before. You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy these tours. We will also enjoy lunch at the Crab Pot. Be sure not to miss this fun day!
Time: 8:00am -5:00pm
Fee: $39 + food money
Simply Sustainable Workshop Series
Would you like to know how to live more sustainably in this modern world? There are many simple things we can all do to improve the health of our community, our lives, and the earth. This series is designed to introduce citizens to the easiest and most effective ways to live an earth-friendly life. There will also be lots of tips and resources for you to take home. Pre-Registration is required.
Location: LCC / Room 103
Ages: 16 +
Instructor: Pierce County Environmental Educators
Fee: $10 per person for series
$5 for each additional family member for series
The Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
October 10th Thur. 6:00-8:00pm
Learn how to apply these simple planet-saving actions to everyday life. We will explain why our curbside recycling program is set up the way it is, why we don’t take all kinds of plastics, caps, and why lids don’t belong in the recycle cart. Bring in a reused item or a do-it-yourself project and we’ll share great ideas with the whole class.
Food Waste Facts & Compost
October 17th Thur. 6:00- 8:00pm
Americans throw away more food than any other country. Let’s fix that! We will peek at our food system showing how to properly pack your fridge, and meal planning to help you save money. We will do a quick intro to composting and show how to use earth-friendly materials instead of harmful chemicals. There will be a take home for you to enjoy!
October 24th Thur. 6:00- 8:00pm
Save money by making your own effective and great-smelling cleaners. Learn how to get hazardous chemicals out of your home, as well as cleaning tips and recipes. You will take home a sample of an eco-friendly cleaner.
October 26th Sat. 8:00 – 12:00pm
Ever wonder what happens to your waste after it leaves the curb? You might be surprised to see just what natural resources get thrown away. In this rare opportunity, observe the inner workings of a waste transfer station, landfill, and yard waste compost facility .Bus will depart from Lakewood Community Center parking lot.
For more information or to register for our programs visit www.piercecountywa.org/parks or call 253-798-4141