Market play days. Bargain hunters, take note! Through this month, admission to the Children's Museum of Tacoma is free on Thursdays. The museum offers this lovely freebie in conjunction with the Broadway Farmers Market, so you can shop and play on the same day. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the farmers market is set up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 936 Broadway Ave., Tacoma. 253-627-6031.
Big, bad wolf? Nah! Dispel the myths about a much-maligned critter at a Wolf Haven Howl-in this month and learn about its unique role in the wild. The evening programs include an abbreviated tour of the 80-acre wolf sanctuary, entertainment, arts and crafts, and stories (probably not “Little Red Riding Hood”) for the kiddos. If you want to extend the adventure, camp overnight on the grounds ($25, reservations required) and toast marshmallows over a campfire before you turn in. Howl-ins take place on Saturdays, Aug. 1–22, 6–9 p.m. Tickets are $17 ($19 on day of howl-in) and $10–$12 for ages 3–12. Kids younger than 2 are free. Reservations are recommended: Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 360-264-4695, ext. 217 or visit the Web site. 3111 Offut Lake Road S.E., Tenino.
Summer stories. The South Sound Story Guide treats audiences to outdoor stories on Saturday, Aug. 8: a set of tot-friendly tales from 7 to 8 p.m., and spooky stories for the older crowd from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring a blanket and chair, and don't forget the flashlight. Free. Priest Point Park, 2600 East Bay Drive N.E., Olympia. olympiawa.gov