Summer Splash Gala 2021

Michael Moore, Barbara and Oscar Soule

The Hands On Children’s Museum hosted its much anticipated Summer Splash! Gala. The Fancy-Pants Picnic fundraising event was held in the Museum’s beautiful Outdoor Discovery Center where visitors could explore the half-acre grounds featuring a 56-foot vintage schooner, lighthouse lookout, children’s garden, gravel dig, and new Bouldering on the Beach exhibit. A gourmet picnic basket was set on blue and white checked tablecloths along with tasty charcuterie boards and picnic entrées crafted by Anthony’s Homeport and Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill.

This special event was the most successful fundraiser in the Museum’s history—over $500,000 to support the Museum’s many free and reduced-fee Access Programs which serve more than one-third of the Museum’s annual visitors.

discover unforgettable summer camps

Summer is approaching fast with warm weather, sunny days and an abundance of summer camp options. The possibilities are nearly endless, but here are a few camps that will no doubt excite and educate children all summer long.

America’s Car Museum Summer Camp in Tacoma

July 24-28, seventh through ninth graders will not only learn how race cars are built, but will also have the opportunity to build their own slot cars. After learning about how cars can be fuel-efficient and safe, they’ll compete in a slot car tournament.

Aug. 7-11, fourth through sixth graders will have the opportunity to race cars in CXC racing simulators and a slot car track. They will also learn the math, science and technology behind building cars.

Metro Parks Point Defiance Dahlia Garden volunteers. Photos by Russ Carmack

Metro Parks Food Truck Camp in Tacoma

The popularity of food trucks is ever-increasing, and now children can learn crucial cooking techniques and how cooking works in small spaces like food trucks. The camp accepts youths ages 11-18 and takes place July 10-13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hands On Children’s Museum Summer Camps in Olympia

A reliable location for summer camps, the Children’s Museum offers several half-day options. June 26-30, children can learn and observe bugs in a classroom and outdoors.

July 5-7, Oodles of Doodles will enable children to “uncover invisible paintings” and create new colors ($10 materials fee).

July 24-28, children can create their own dinosaur eggs and fossils while learning about the prehistoric beasts that used to roam the earth.

YMCA Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor

Environmental camps, overnight camps, and family camps are on offer at YWCA Camp Seymour. For Memorial or Labor Day weekends, get away with your family and enjoy the multiple activities and accommodations offered at this camp.

Puyallup Children’s Theater and Music Academy Summer Camps

From ages 4 to 18, your child will find a camp here. With themed days such as Star Wars and Frozen, children benefit from an artful education—in acting, singing and dancing—and are greatly entertained at the same time.

by Jordan Marie Martinez

Hands On Children’s Museum

hands-on1The Hands On Summer Splash! Gala celebration was a fundraising event with nearly 600 attendees who came to party with a purpose. Thanks to over 60 sponsors and enthusiastic Gala donors, the museum raised critical funds for free & reduced admission programs. Gala attendees also celebrated the magic of childhood and raised their paddles to fund a new majestic tree-house exhibit inspired by the Treehouse Masters. Throughout the night, guest gourmet food stations and signature beverages were enjoyed, and the weather was perfect for dancing the night away with classic-rock music by the Beatniks.