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Thursday, December 1

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Parking and Traffic Circulation Public Workshop #2

6:00 pm

You're invited to roll up your sleeves at this public workshop and help us consider both short-term and long-term options.   Metro Parks Tacoma and its consultants are exploring ways to make it easier for visitors to av... More

Friday, December 2

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Volunteer for Tacoma Nature Center Habitat Restoration Work

9:00 am

Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive. No experience necessary. Experienced habitat stewards wi... More

Saturday, December 3

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area and wetland the first Saturday of each month. Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive pla... More
China Lake Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every first Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty Volunteers will be helping remo... More
Santa Visits the Conservatory

10:00 am

Memorialize the holidays in the beauty of the Conservatory with a professional photograph with Santa $15. Refreshments, crafts and fun provided. FREE - Suggested Donation $3 W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory located in historic Wright ... More
Holiday Cruise for People with Disabilities

11:00 am

As many as 200 people will get what may be their first experience as a passenger on an individually owned yacht during the Holiday Cruise for people with disabilities. The Dec. 3 event, based at the Foss Waterway Seaport, runs from 11 a.m. u... More
A 19th Century Christmas 2016

11:00 am

  A Christmas Rich in Tradition   Take a break from the bustle of the modern holiday and partake in the rich pleasures of an old-fashioned Christmas celebration at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. A 19th Centu... More
Pictures with Santa

11:00 am

STAR Center and the Toy Rescue Mission bring you pictures with Santa! Meet Santa and his elfs and get a picture for only $5. Light refreshments available for free and free access to Treetops Playgrounds. By attending you are entered into a f... More

Sunday, December 4

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More

Monday, December 5

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More

Tuesday, December 6

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More

Wednesday, December 7

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Public Meeting: Owen Beach Improvements

6:00 pm

New restrooms, a children’s playground and a second picnic shelter are among proposed changes on the Metro Parks Tacoma drawing board for Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park. The public is invited to consider and discuss plans for the $4... More

Thursday, December 8

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More

Friday, December 9

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
STAR Center Indoor Movie Series
Join us at STAR Center for a free indoor movie! Bring blankets, pillows or low chairs to relax on.  Movie will be shown on a big screen. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. September 16: The Jungle Book, (begins... More
Family Movie Night

7:30 pm

Join us at Portland Avenue Community Center for a free indoor movie. Movie will be shown on large indoor screen. Free popcorn! You are welcome to bring bean bags, game chairs, pillows, etc. for comfortable lounging. Children 10 and under mus... More

Saturday, December 10

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Wapato Hills Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every second Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty we will... More
Cancelled-Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Cancelled due to weather conditions. Come back and join us in January! More
Salmon Saturday

10:00 am

Welcome Swan Creek salmon as they return home to spawn! Experience the special wonder of watching salmon make their way upstream in an urban setting. Learn about the salmon, and how to protect them, with guided tours, children's activiti... More
Victorian Holiday Festival

10:00 am

Take part in some Victorian Holiday cheer at the Conservatory. Listen to children's stories and create a holiday themed craft. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in beautiful Victorian costumes to answer your questions and server refreshm... More

Sunday, December 11

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Forest Mindfulness

10:00 am

Learn to slow down and experience the forest in a new way. Led by Certified Forest Therapist Julie Hepp, this program is designed to take participants slowly and intentionally through nature. The Guide gives a series of place-based invitations ... More
Second Sunday Music Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month. This month's featured artist is Eugenie Jones and accompanist (Jazz Vocalist).The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the mu... More

Monday, December 12

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Park Board Meeting
A five-member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district.Regular MeetingsThe Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More

Tuesday, December 13

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More

Wednesday, December 14

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Capital Improvement Committee
The Capital Improvement Committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the di... More
Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin in the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory for storytelling along with a short hands-on science and art project.This month featuring Patterns in Nature: Some Snow Said Hello by Russell and Lilian HobanScience: W... More
Winters Arts Showcase

6:00 pm

Metro Arts theatre and dance classes perform winter-themed dances and plays. Free. Jason Lee Middle School 602 N. Sprague Ave (253) 305-1022 More

Thursday, December 15

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Third Thursday at the Conservatory
Visit the Conservatory’s beautiful exhibits during Third Thursday extended hours. FreeW.W. Seymour Conservatory316 S. G St., in Wright ParkSeymourConservatory.org; 591-5330 More

Friday, December 16

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Volunteer for Tacoma Nature Center Habitat Restoration Work

9:00 am

Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive. No experience necessary. Experienced habitat stewards wi... More
Cocoa & Caroling

6:00 pm

Bring the family and enjoy a hot cocoa bar and caroling at the Conservatory. Classical singer, Teresa Lin, will lead a holiday sing along in the magic of the Conservatory. $3 suggested donation.Suggested donation $3 W.W. Seymour Conser... More
Pier Peer in Tacoma

7:30 pm

Bring your family and join us for an aquatic night-time adventure as you explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists! See and touch creatures brought up from the deep by local divers. After this ... More

Saturday, December 17

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch-SOLD OUT!

9:00 am

This event is sold out. Come to Who-Ville to feast on Who-pudding, Roast Beast sausage, Who-hash, green Grinch-cakes and green eggs with Jolly St. Nick and the grumpy Grinch! Admission includes a picture with Santa, holiday face painti... More
Oak Tree Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every third Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty we will provide litter bags and tool... More
McKinley Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every second Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty we ... More
Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

9:00 am

Get hooked on helping at these cleanup events held every 3rd Saturday at the Point Defiance Marina. Join other volunteers to make a difference in the health and cleanliness of our beaches. Meet at Point Defiance Marina Complex, 5912 N. Wate... More
Squid Fishing Derby

4:00 pm

Enjoy a time limited squid derby with prizes for the winners based on number of squid caught in the time allowed. 1st Place Adult $50 Marina Gift Card 2nd Place Adult $30 Marina Gift Card 3rd Place Adult $20 Marina Gift Card Youth W... More

Sunday, December 18

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Swan Creek Food Forest Work Party

1:00 pm

Our work parties manage the many aspects of the 1 acre Food Forest, est. 2013. • walking trails • strategic edible planting • managing the existing trees, shrubs, and vines • planting for beauty and pollinators A... More

Monday, December 19

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Committee of the Whole
Committee of the Whole meetings are normally held at 5:30 pm on the 3rd and 5th (if there is one) Mondays of each month. All 5 Board members are scheduled to attend. The format is a 'Work Session.' (no public comment).Me... More
Park Watch Monthly Meeting - Cancelled
This meeting has been cancelled Friends of Point Defiance Park Park Watch Monthly Meeting Point Defiance Pagoda, 5:30pm, Downstairs Meeting Room 5715 Roberts Garden Rd, Tacoma, WA 98407 Meetings are held the third Monday of every mon... More

Tuesday, December 20

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More

Wednesday, December 21

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More

Thursday, December 22

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More

Friday, December 23

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More

Saturday, December 24

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Jingle Bell Run
Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle! Bring your family and friends to Wright Park to enjoy a refreshing afternoon 3-mile run or walk. Learn More   More
Wapato Park Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural areas. The goal of the Wapato Lake work parties are to remove invasive plant species, such as blackberry, ivy and laurel, from the park's wetlands and wooded areas, as well as some minor trash clea... More
Cancelled- Charlotte's Blueberry Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Due to the Holiday this volunteer work party has been cancelled. Parties will start again in January! Questions? Contact chipin@tacomaparks.com More

Sunday, December 25

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More

Monday, December 26

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Park Board Meeting - Cancelled
A five-member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district. Regular Meetings The Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More

Tuesday, December 27

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More

Wednesday, December 28

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Capital Improvement Committee
The Capital Improvement Committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the di... More

Thursday, December 29

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Winter Wildland
Visit Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and see animals throughout the park enjoy winter-themed enrichments like fruit, evergreen trees decorated with treats, ice piles, and snowmen. Learn more More

Friday, December 30

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
Winter Wildland
Visit Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and see animals throughout the park enjoy winter-themed enrichments like fruit, evergreen trees decorated with treats, ice piles, and snowmen. Learn more More

Saturday, December 31

Zoolights

5:00 pm

November 25-January 1 (closed December 24) Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on the antique carousel. Be ... More
First Night Tacoma

7:00 pm

Metro Arts students and program partners take to the stage to celebrate First Night. First Night is Tacoma's family-friendly, alcohol-free, and fabulously fun New Year's Eve celebration. It's a great opportunity to say farewell t... More