Event Picks South Sound, August 2007

Make the most of the last month of summer! Tacoma is the proud possessor of three shiny new “spraygrounds,” which opened on June 29. Wading pools were replaced with playgrounds equipped with water features, so kids of all ages and abilities can safely cool off. Grab your suits and a bottle of sunscreen and check out the facilities at South Park, McKinley Playfield and Jefferson Park. metroparkstacoma.org

In early June, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma threw open its doors with a whole new look and three new exhibits: Smart Moves with Food and Fitness, which focuses on healthful eating habits; New Digs, where budding young gardeners can get the dirt on plants; and Learning Lounge: Emotions Matter, where kids can learn about emotional intelligence. New programming based on the exhibits includes active games such as Smart Moves and Grooves (Wednesdays, 3:45 p.m.) and stories and art in Learning Lounge Fun (Fridays, 3:45 p.m.). ChildrensMuseumofTacoma.org

Northwest Trek’s three wolverine kits, born in March, finally came out of their off-exhibit rearing area in July. View the two males and one female in the wetlands/forest animal complex, now unofficially called “Wolverine World” by staff. Intelligent, solitary wolverines are on Washington state’s list of possible endangered species. nwtrek.org

More than 240 tons of sand are dumped each year at Olympia’s Port Plaza for Sand in the City, the annual Hands On Children’s Museum benefit. Lots of summer-themed fun for families here: Attend the free community beach party on Saturday, which includes sandbox play, crafts and entertainment, or enjoy special grandparents’ activities on Sunday. The big draw is the team sand-sculpting contest. On Saturday, tour the sculptures and vote on your favorite for the People’s Choice Award. The sandy fun happens Aug. 24-26. For the schedule of events, visit hocm.org/sitc/html/schedule.html.

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