Things to do today and this week:
• There are museums you can visit on a budget. Check out these:
Children’s Museum of Tacoma, in its new location, hosts a variety of interactive exhibits, play programs, weekly education events and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Pay-as-you-will admission. 253-627-6031, childrensmuseumoftacoma.org
The always-free Karpeles Manuscript Museum, currently has two exhibits: “Spiritualism” includes manuscripts from Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes, and manuscripts from Harry Houdini; “World War II” includes a Japanese flag captured at the Battle of Okinawa and the navigator’s flight log of the Enola Gay at the time of its dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Both exhibits will run through Aug. 24. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 407 S. G St., Tacoma. 253-383-2575.
• Enjoy the sounds of local musicians and bands at the Battle of the Bands: Battle In The Orchard free concert tonight from 6:30-8:30. Sponsored by CORE, it’s at the Curran Apple Orchard Park, 3920 Grandview Drive W., University Place. battleintheorchard.com