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13 Gorgeous Gardens to Explore Now

Bring the kids to relax and rejuvenate at these tranquil city gardens before school starts and the rainy season sets in.

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Featured Creatures: 7 Incredible Animal Encounters

If you need a new adventure your wild things will love, it doesn’t get better than diving with sharks, training rats and cuddling with playful otters.

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Splash, Ride & Play: 10 Can’t-Miss Things to Do at Point Ruston

With a brand-new 40-acre park, paved bike paths, a state-of-the-art sprayground and a host of family eateries, now is the perfect time to plan a day at Tacoma’s premier waterfront destination.

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Teen Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The 17-year-old has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize for the second year in a row. 

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I Saw a Meltdown, But I Overlooked Something Far More Important

“I failed to see your fear. I failed to see your anxiety. I failed to see all the signs that you needed me desperately.”

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This Is What Gloria Estefan Taught Me About Becoming an Adoptive Mom

As an adoptive mother of three, I have refined my personal practice of grappling with despair. Even 30 years later, after hearing Gloria Estefan’s “Get On Your Feet” in my elementary school gym class, the song has become a mantra…

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Blue Friday Deals to Score This Season

From Seahawks-themed sweets to discounts on admission tickets, the 12th Man fan status comes with some solid perks.

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Watching My Kid Eat This Treat Showed Me the Magic of Determination

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A hard earned treat after a grueling process of eating noodles and broccoli for dinner, my oldest was given a few Doritos. Mama has been known to knock back a bag of these bad boys in a sitting…

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Catch the Wildest Show in Town Before It’s Gone

If you haven’t seen this all-new, action-packed show featuring zookeepers-turned-actors, an array of animals and some Wild West shenanigans, you need to make plans to see it before it’s gone for the summer.

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Take a Spin on These Northwest Carousels

These carousels will have you and the kids twirling with delight. Read on to find out where you can find your next sweet ride.

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Washed Ashore: A New Exhibit Sculpted Entirely of Garbage

It’s trashy. It’s flashy. It’s colorful and it’s engaging! Read on for the inside scoop on this new exhibit featuring 10 larger-than-life sea creatures sculpted entirely of garbage from PNW beaches.

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Tap Into Tacoma’s Family-Friendly Brew Scene

From traditional taprooms to cushy brewpubs, we’ve rounded up the best places in Tacoma to belly up to the bar, baby and all.

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16 Places to Score Unique & Imaginative Birthday Gifts

Break out of the birthday present mold by heading to one of these shops that offer everything from 3-D puzzles and brain games, to pirate treasures and vintage toys.

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Why You Should be Happy to Have a Stubborn Child

photo: Zervas via Flickr
There’s nothing like facing off with a defiant preschooler who refuses to eat a single vegetable to make you want to tear your hair out. But new research shows you might want to give your hair…

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A Parenting Lesson on Accepting Fault: Don’t Blame Mr. Boom

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I was sweeping the floors yesterday when I watched my toddler, and assistant sweeper, drop a broom stick on her foot. She had been picking it up…

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Gotcha! Best Places to Play Pokémon GO in Seattle

If your family has jumped on this latest gaming phenomenon, we’ve searched the city for the best places to capture Pokémon and the safest PokéStops to explore.

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Animals Take Center Stage in This Action-Packed Production

A clue sniffing wonder dog, a hilarious flock of trained chickens and an aardvark with an impossibly long tongue make this Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium show one to remember!

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To The Ones that Tell Me My Children Will Grow Up Too Fast

You see me get my three kids settled at the table for our rare lunch out together or you’ll see me in the checkout line at the grocery store with my three children sometimes in states of obedience or in…

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A Garden Tour Perfect for Pint-Sized Green Thumbs

Animals aren’t the only residents of the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Grab your mini mate and join a zoo horticulturist for a fun (and free!) garden tour on the first Sunday of every month.

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Beyond the Cage: An Underwater Adventure for Little Shark Lovers

With this latest experience, little divers can make their journey to the bottom of the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s 225,000-gallon South Pacific Aquarium. Read on for the fish-tastic details.

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Take the Plunge: A JAWsome Experience for Shark Enthusiasts

If you’ve got a budding Jacques Cousteau or Shark Week enthusiast, read on for the scoop on this heart-pumping thrill—no experience needed.

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Explore: Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park

Looking for a way to spend a day out with the family this fall?  Point Defiance Park in Tacoma has tons of family-friendly attractions, from wild animals to pointed stockades to scenic overlooks of Puget Sound and Commencement Bay.
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