After weeks of waiting for school to be over, summer has finally arrived.
I love letting the kids stay up and sleep in a little later during the week, especially since that means my life isn’t being scheduled around the school’s tardy bell.
We’re trying to save up for a big vacation in 2016, so our plan is to stay fairly close to home this summer. I’m guessing we’ll do a few day trips, go to the movies and spend plenty of time swimming at lakes and rivers. We had a chance to swim at Kenneydell Park on Black Lake and Alder Lake Park, south of Eatonville, this month.
If you’re taking a staycation this summer, consider some of these events:
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runs next Saturday and Sunday at the Olympic Flight Museum, which is at the Olympia Regional Airport south of Tumwater Boulevard. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day.
The event features aerobatic performances, vintage and military aircraft, exhibits, music, and food.
One-day passes are $12 online, and $15 at the door. Children 6 and younger will be admitted for free.
For more information, go to olympicflightmuseum.com.
• TheSalish Sea Native Arts Celebration
will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Saturday at Swantown Marina, 1022 Marine Drive NE, Olympia.
The free event will feature a variety of Native American art, food, drum and dance groups, and Coast Salish canoes.
The event is a partnership between the Squaxin Island Museum and The Evergreen State College Longhouse. For more information, go to evergreen.edu/longhouse.
•“Meet the Beach”
is a series of free programs featuring beach naturalists.
Our family has gone to this program in the past, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed learning about marine plants and critters that can be found at low tide.
This year’s events will be at Tolmie, Priest Point, Frye Cove, West Bay and Burfoot parks, and will run through Aug. 30. The next programs are from 1-4 p.m. July 3 at Burfoot, 1-4 p.m. July 4 at Tolmie and Burfoot, and 1-4 p.m. July 5 at Priest Point and Frye Cove. The program times vary through Aug. 30. Also, it’s important to note -the beaches are really sticky during low-tide, so boots are recommended.
For more information, go to call 360-915-0773 or go to sseacenter.org.
•Grossology: The (impolite) Science of the Human Body
is an exhibition at the Pacific Science Center that is sure to impress my boys, and their papa.
“Take a ‘Tour du Nose’ to explore 10 nasal features including how your snoot acts as an air filter, a smell sensor and a mucus producer,” states an explainer on the Science Center’s website. “Mimic the buildup of acid indigestion by causing the ‘Burp Machine’ to release a giant belch.”
Cost of the exhibition is included with regular admission, which is $11.75 to $19.75 for ages 3 and older.
The Pacific Science Center is at 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Sept. 7 (although the center will close at 3 p.m. on July 24).
For more information, go to pacificsciencecenter.org or call 206-443-2001.