3 to See: Week of July 11

How the Moon and Stars Affect Wildlife on Earth

Inspired by the July 1969 moon landing, the Pierce County Library System is launching a series of spaced-themed summer reading program events. Beginning at 2 p.m. on July 12, head to the Tillicum branch in Lakewood to learn about the strange things that happen in nature by the light of the moon. Staff from the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will be on hand along with a live zoo animal. Event is free and geared toward children ages 6 through 18.

Lakewood SummerFEST 2019

Last year, more than 45,000 visitors attended the City of Lakewood’s SummerFEST outdoor festival, and the city is looking forward to another record-breaking year. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 13, Fort Steilacoom Park will be transformed into a summer haven complete with food trucks, live music, bubble soccer, an aerial motocross show, Lego contest, kids zone, and more. Oh, and for the first time ever, hang out after the sun goes down and watch as hot air balloons illuminate the night during the hot air balloon glow event. This event is free.

Special Morning of Play

Let’s face it, children on the autism spectrum — or those with sensory processing issues — are among the biggest fans of the interactive exhibits at places like the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia. Unfortunately, these children also are among the most inundated by its sights, textures, and activities, especially when the museum is open to the general public. That is why the museum began hosting weekly Special Morning of Play events, during which it opens early to children who benefit from a quieter, more subdued experience. Admission is free for members and $7.50 per person for the public.

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