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Thursday, January 1

Polar Bear Plunge
Kick off the new year with a cool tradition—a refreshing plunge into invigorating Puget Sound! 11:30 am: Cub Plunge, for youth under 10 years of age.12:00 pm: Adult/Family Plunge at noonCost: The event is... More
Zoolights
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 inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More
New Year's Day Dance

1:00 pm

Come out on New Year's Day and enjoy ballroom dancing with live music! Swing into the new year with good music, dancing and party favors.Tickets:$13 in advance$17 at the door (pass holders and non-pass holders)STAR Center3873 S. 66th St.,Tacoma... More

Friday, January 2

Zoolights
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 inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Saturday, January 3

Zoolights
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 inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More
Relax and Renew

9:00 am

Relax and renew with an hour of guided meditation & gentle movement. No experience necessary, accessible to all. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on. Suggested donation $10. T... More

Sunday, January 4

Zoolights
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 inspired by dazzling animal-themed displays, includi... More

Saturday, January 10

Family Nature Walk-Swan Creek Park

10:00 am

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. ... More

Sunday, January 11

Second Sunday Music Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month.The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music is intended to appeal to audiences of all ages and sensibilities.Most of th... More

Monday, January 12

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

Wednesday, January 14

Capital Improvement Committee-cancelled
This meeting has been cancelled.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 projec... More

Thursday, January 15

Third Thursday at the Conservatory

10:00 am

Stop by the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory during extended evening hours and tour this beloved icon from Tacoma's past. Free admission.Exotic Tropical plants and floral displays await you at the conservatory in Wright Park. This historic g... More
Schuster Slope Public Meeting

5:30 pm

We're creating a long-range natural resource management plan for Schuster Slope. Please attend a presentation of the draft plan and expert analysis. Hear how the plan addresses safety, science and community interests.Location: Landmark Con... More

Saturday, January 17

Point Defiance Marina 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
Parent Map Preschool Preview

10:00 am

Preschool Preview Provides Peek at South Sound SchoolsLooking for the ideal preschool for your child? On Saturday, January 17, dozens of local preschools will gather under one roof in an effort to make the preschool search easier.This is a chan... More
Family Nature Walk-Wapato Park

10:00 am

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. ... More
Family Nature Walk-Oak Tree Park

1:00 pm

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. ... More

Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Caring

9:00 am

Come help us spruce up our parks alongside other volunteers and give back to the community through a day of service! We are hosting students from the University of Puget Sound who will volunteer their time at 7 parks throughout the district... More

Tuesday, January 20

Committee of the Whole
Due to the MLK holiday this meeting occurs Tuesday, January20. 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 f... More

Saturday, January 24

Family Nature Walk-Tacoma Nature Center

1:00 pm

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. ... More

Monday, January 26

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

Wednesday, January 28

Cancelled - Capital Improvement Committee
The January 28, 2015 Capital Improvement Committee meeting has been cancelled.The Capital Improvement Committee normally meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) to review, influence, facilitate and monit... More

Thursday, January 29

Point Defiance Master Plan Public Meeting

6:00 pm

You're invited to join us to discuss the Point Defiance Park Master Plan and affirm the vision and direction for the park. Since 2005, we have been working with the public and community partners to craft a Master Plan to guide the park well ... More

Saturday, January 31

Family Nature Walk-Wapato Hills Park

10:00 am

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. ... More