Get Out: Free family fun at Foss Waterway, Olympia Wooden Boat Fair, Mother's Day events and more

Tacoma News TribuneMay 10, 2014 

With weekend weather resembling more mid-June than May Percival Landing Park was packed Sunday for the annual Olympia Wooden Boat Fair,featuring rows of classic maritime vessels,foods, vendor's rows and music in 2012. (Steve Bloom/staff photographer)

STEVE BLOOM — The Olympian Buy Photo


With nearly every type of wooden boat you can think of on display, the Olympia Wooden Boat Fair will take over Percival Landing Park in downtown Olympia this weekend. There will be power boats, sailboats and row boats, dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Regional artisans will also be on hand with artwork, pottery, wooden decor, jewelry and other items. Check out the International Food Alley or have the kids join in building a boat. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Learn everything pertaining to gold prospecting and treasure hunting at the Gold and Treasure Expo this weekend at the Washington State Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. There will be seminars and daily door prizes. Hours are 10 a.m.-
5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 adults, free for kids 12 and younger. Enter through the Gold Gate.

With a nod to the working waterfront of Seattle’s past and present, the Seattle Maritime Festival is full of activities and demonstrations for the entire family. Enjoy the Waterfront Chowder Cook-Off, check out the work boat parade, survival suit races, a boat building competition, vessel tours, sea-air rescue demonstration, free harbor tours, Kids and Family FunZone, Stories of the Sea, Maritime Career Day and a container ship full of family fun. Saturday’s activities, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., are at Pier 66/Bell Harbor Marina. Sunday is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at South Lake Union Park. Admission is free. For a complete schedule of activities, go to ­­vigor-­maritime-­festival.


Join in a day of free family fun and learning at the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St., Tacoma. It will include activities for all ages: games, arts and crafts, music, free food and prizes. Learn from a diver in the water sharing sea life, a live reptile exhibit, discovering marine mammal skulls and more. It’s from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and is free. For more information, call 253-383-2429.

Dig into the Polish culture at the annual Pierogi Festival taking place at the Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Ave., Seattle. There will be all-you-can-eat Pierogi in varieties with meat, potato and cheese, sauerkraut and mushroom, blueberry, strawberry and more. The festival also will feature Polish favorites including potato pancakes, bigos and a beer garden. Enjoy folk group performances, workshops and activities for the kids. It is noon-
5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, go to


Celebrate Mom with a visit to Lakewold Gardens, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood. The cherry trees and rhododendrons are in full bloom and for Mother’s Day there will be feature art exhibits and displays plus a demonstration by Natalie Oswald and Allison Agostinelli.
The gardens are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with admission $6-$9. For all the details call 253-584-4106 or go to ­

If you want a little adventure then check out the Mother’s Day Train excursion on the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, 340 Mineral Road N., Mineral. Enjoy a relaxing steam train ride through the forested foothills south of Mount Rainier. At the destination there will be time to see phase two of the new museum and browse the comprehensive collection of steam logging locomotives.
Tickets — $18-$43 — include a flower for Mom and a goody bag filled with tasty treats to savor along the ride. For more information call 888-783-2611 or go to

Make it an afternoon of free music on Mother’s Day at the Flutes in the Rotunda concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The concert features bass flutes, alto flutes, C flutes, piccolo and string bass performing classics and new works in the lively acoustics of the Capitol Rotunda, 100 Capitol Way N., Olympia.

If you’re a lover of Frank Sinatra and his music, then take Mom out for Sinatra: A Night at the Sands featuring Joey Jewell as Sinatra and Jim Kerl’s Swingin’ 60’s Orchestra. They will be at Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma performing at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9.99, call 253-396-9169 for more information.


For events search our online calendar at online events calendar

Morse Wildlife Preserve open to public for exploration
If you’re more of the outdoors type, then Sunday is the chance to visit the Morse Wildlife Preserve in Graham. Explore the privately owned preserve as part of the Second Sundays at Morse series of walks. The preserve is open to the public at noon, pets are not allowed. For more information and directions call 253-565-9278.

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