Children’s museum play day
Each Tuesday morning, the museum is opened exclusively for families with special-needs children; no reservations required; 10 a.m. Tuesday; Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; pay as you will; for information, contact Miranda Owen at 253-627-6031, ext. 221, or email@example.com; playtacoma.org.
Take Nisqually bird walk
Join Phil Kelley on his weekly bird walk through the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge; walk covers at least 2 miles; dress for the weather; bring rain gear, snacks and water, plus binoculars or spotting scopes if you have them; 8-11 a.m. Wednesday; meet at visitor center pond overlook at refuge; walk is free, but there is a $3 parking fee; 360-459-1499, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shelton Birds and Brew
Meet birders and share information about birding in Mason County; sponsored by Black Hills Audubon Society; 5-7 p.m. Wednesday; Smoking Mo’s, 203 W. Railroad Ave., Shelton; free; 360-352-7299, blackhills-audubon.org.
Talk by Jamaica Kincaid
Writer, novelist, and professor Jamaica Kincaid will present “Landscapes and Memories”; 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia; $10, free of college staff, faculty and students; 360-753-8686, spscc.ctc.edu.
Learn about the zodiac
John Petit, a member of the Tacoma Astronomical Society, will give a presentation on the zodiac at the club’s next public night event; night-sky viewing will take place after, weather permitting; 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday; Rainier Building, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus, Lakewood; free; tas-online.org.
Join quest at Snake Lake
Teams will answer riddles, complete missions and navigate the trails of Snake Lake to win prizes; if you are up for some friendly outdoor competition, bring a friend or three and and join this adventure quest; 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday; Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma; $15 a person, $13 for center members; 253-591-6439, metroparkstacoma.org.