Summer Camps that SIZZLE

Summer is here and the kids are ready for summer adventures. From hiking to canoeing to coding, summer camp offers many opportunities for adventures and for building new friendships. Programs have been created and adapted for in-person learning environments this summer. Most camps are operating at a limited capacity, so plan ahead and make it a summer to remember.

Day Camps

Cascade Christian Schools
Adventure Day Camp
Worldwide Fun is this year’s fun-in-thesun theme! Wow! Look what’s included in camp: new and exciting themes each week, educational activities like
STEM and reading, nutritional snacks, Sport-tek camp T-shirt, all-district special camp events, weekly field trips, a wonderful and experienced staff, and extended hours.

Hands On Children’s Museum
Grades 1-6
Kitsap Forest Theater, located
approximately seven miles west of downtown Bremerton, is one of the oldest outdoor theaters in the United States. This year’s outdoor summer program features art, singing, drama, play, hiking, exploring the forest, wildlife and creeks — and just plain fun.

Pierce County Parks
Calling all explorers! Join Pierce County Parks for one to four action-packed weeks of outdoor adventures and exploring the natural environments of four unique Pierce County parks. Hands-on activities, exploration, free-play, and outdoor games will be incorporated each day to help
nurture a desire for caring and respect for our natural and human-made environments.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Let’s go to the zoo! Zoo campers participate in lively lessons about animals, ecosystem exploration,
creative crafts, and group games. These camps focus on fostering empathy and respect for wildlife.

Tacoma Little Theatre
Grades 1-12
Students of all ages are welcome to join Tacoma Little Theatre for their four-week camps that focus on learning
about and practicing the process of putting on a musical production and a full show.

City of Olympia
Ages 4-14
Do you want to get on the water? The City of Olympia offers beginning and advanced sailing. In addition, kids can explore multi-media art camp,
yoga camp, and the annual favorite — Camp Olywahoo!

Tumtastic Summer Day
Ages 6–11
Campers will delight in the fun of water play, crafts, special guests, all things nature, fun field trips and two celebration events. Home base for the camp is Peter G. Schmidt Elementary.

Tumwater Trippin’ Teen Camp
Ages 12–17
Join Tumwater Parks and Recreation for a summer packed full of awesomeness and adventure! Teens will visit new places all around the South Sound and explore some of the
area’s most fun spots! Camp home base is Peter G. Schmidt Elementary.

South Sound YMCA
Day camp at the Y is led by
experienced staff and offers nearly all the benefits of overnight camp – new outdoor experiences, skill–building and lasting friendships – while allowing campers to return home each afternoon.

Other Day Camp Options

Annie Wright Schools
Grades 1-6

Metro Parks Tacoma:
Tacoma Nature Center

Ages 4-12

City of Puyallup
Ages 5-12

Overnight Camp Options

For many kids, summer means
attending traditional overnight camp— staying in cabins, singing around a campfire, and making friendships that can last a lifetime.

Tacoma Mountaineers
Ages vary
Campers will learn climbing, hiking, map and compass training, camp cooking, wilderness first aid, fire and
shelter building, and explore local geology and ecology. In addition to day camps, Tacoma Mountaineers also has two overnight camps at Mount Rainier (Tahoma).

Washington State University
Extension 4-H Camps at Panhandle Lake
Campers spend the week enjoying a myriad of activities, including swimming, hiking, arts, music, cooking, and making new friends! Awaken to
birds singing and fall asleep to the stars (or exhaustion).

Koresh Dance Company comes to Olympia

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts will host the Koresh Dance Company at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 16 as they perform La Danse.   Led by its founder, Ronen (Roni) Koresh, an Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director, the company’s performance is a passionate and humorous interpretation of three 1910 Matisse paintings of the same name.

According to Koresh, “Matisse painted it three times, each one slightly different.  This performance reflects how I felt when I was looking at each of the paintings.”  The paintings depict a circle of light between five dancing people, but changes in colors used and positions of the dancers inspire different emotional reactions to them.

Showcasing emotional responses is what Koresh aims at.  Through his dance company, located in Philadelphia, Koresh strives to show humanity and relationships between one another.  “I am very invested in people, both communities and individuals, and I like to show our humanity,” he said recently.

La Danse will be performed by five women and five men from across the country, each one a professional dancer from the Koresh Dance Company.  Koresh describes the dancers as brilliant and technically superb which audiences around the world respond to with enthusiasm and joy.

The Koresh Dance Company tours the globe including Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico and Guatemala. The April 16 event marks the second time the Koresh Dance Company has visited Olympia.  “I love the area and its beauty.  There are some places you just don’t forget,” said Koresh.

Local dance students can attend two levels of masterclasses from a Koresh Dance Company member for a small fee on the Friday night before the performance.The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is committed to providing a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities for the residents of five counties in the South Sound. Located in the heart of the state Capital, the Center has a focus on performing arts that are unique to the region.  The Center presents its own season of nationally and internationally touring artists from a broad spectrum of genres and styles.

Tickets for the Koresh Dance Company performance on April 16th are available from $25-$57 at

Terms of Endearment at Tacoma Little Theatre

Tacoma Little Theatre begins its 103rd Season, “The Start of Something New”, with Terms of Endearment, adapted by Dan Gordon and based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry and James L. Brooks’s screenplay of the Oscar-winning film. Terms of Endearment is directed by Blake R. York (The Pillowman).   

Though Emma is often exasperated by her highly-opinionated mother, Aurora, they talk every day about their problems, from Aurora finding unexpected love even as she becomes a reluctant grandmother, to Emma’s struggle in her troubled marriage. But when they need one another most, will they be able to find courage in each other? This funny and touching story captures the delicate, sometimes fractured bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and lovers, both old and new.

Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of Terms of Endearment features Stephanie Leeper as Aurora, Anastazja Quinn as Emma, Scott C. Brown as Garrett, Derek Mesford as Flap, Danielle Locken as Patsy/Doris/Nurse, and Jay Lurvey as Dr. Maise. 

Terms of Endearment will run Friday, September 10, through Sunday, September 26, 2021.  Friday and Saturday showings are at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.  Terms of Endearment is recommended for ages 12 and up.  

Tickets available and information for the full COVID-19 protocols please visit

There will be a special “Pay What You Can” performance on Thursday, September 23, 2021.  Tickets for that performance are only available in person or over the phone.

Celebrating Craft Visionary Lloyd Herman

Lloyd Herman, one of the leading authorities on the contemporary craft movement, has won the admiration and respect of art institutions both across the country and internationally.  Herman’s experiences have most recently inspired Northwest Designer Craftsmen to produce an exciting new documentary about his life and work promoting various crafts.

It’s easy to see why Herman was selected for the next Living Treasures video documentary. He was instrumental in the opening of the Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and soon afterwards became the gallery’s first director. The gallery featured unique exhibitions that showcased pieces from a variety of materials and drew in large crowds. Lloyd Herman’s success at the Renwick Gallery also brought with it many opportunities for his shows to travel to other countries, making him an instant emissary for American craft to audiences worldwide. From there, the Renwick Gallery was able to broaden its program into an international venue for craft and design. Lloyd was energized by the challenges that came with establishing a premiere venue for contemporary craft, and from 1972 to 1986 presented over 100 exhibitions to achieve his goal of having contemporary craft join its rightful place among the Smithsonian’s family of museums.

And his career didn’t slow down from there. After his time as director of the Renwick Gallery, he said that he “hit the ground running with about three exhibition proposals that I was unable to do at the Renwick.” Over the next ten years his expertise was in constant demand, from helping the Cartwright Gallery in Vancouver B.C. to become the Canadian Craft Museum in 1990, to becoming the acting senior curator for the planned Museum of Glass in Tacoma in 1998.

The documentary on his life is scheduled to be released just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, in honor of where this craftsman’s legacy all began! For more information, visit the Northwest Designer Craftsmen at

Important Links

Northwest Designer Craftsmen: Living Treasures Project