While wintertime lends itself to staying home and getting cozy, there are also lots of opportunities to explore, play, create, and learn! From celebratory events and winter walks to craft kits and underwater exploration, this list has something for everyone. Check out these events around Pierce County to shake up your wintertime routine.

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Low Sensory Live Music with Northwest Sinfonietta

Children’s Museum of Tacoma | February 9 | 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Greentrike and Northwest Sinfonietta are excited to bring live music experiences to children in a low-sensory environment that welcomes all responses to the music! Children will enjoy a fun and interactive program of classical and popular music (including favorite Disney tunes) with a string quartet from Northwest Sinfonietta, an instrument petting zoo, and a Q&A. Performances are free and no registration is required.

Hilltop Healthy Kids & Family Carnival

People’s Center | February 11 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join People’s Center for the 13th annual Hilltop Healthy Kids & Family Carnival featuring live music, tons of fun, and free services for kids and families. The Hilltop Healthy Kids and Family Carnival is part of a month-long celebration of Black History Month at People’s Center. Join us in February for free events and activities.

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Black History Month Culture & Arts Festival

Karshner Museum | February 11 | Noon to 5 p.m.

Join the Karshner Museum in Puyallup on February 11 for a Black History Month Culture and Arts Festival featuring wonderful art and performances from around the world performed by award-winning groups from the Puget Sound area to celebrate Black History.

Nature Walk – Winter Wonderland Oak Tree Park

Oak Tree Park | February 11 | 10 – 11 a.m.

Explore Tacoma Parks during these naturalist-led walks. Discover the amazing plants and animals that live in these parks and how they adapt in the different seasons. Participants must be able to travel on unpaved, uneven trails for up to a mile. Recommended for ages 3+. Service animals permitted, no pets allowed.

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USO Northwest Storytime

Children’s Museum at JBLM | February 13 | 10 a.m.

Join USO Northwest and the Children’s Museum at JBLM for story time! Story time will be offered one Monday a month during low sensory hours. This event is open to service members and their families. You must register to attend this event.

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Family STEAM Days – Porsche Papercraft

Lemay America’s Car Museum| February 18 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of our newest exhibit, 75 Years of Porsche, by creating 3D sculptures of iconic Porsche vehicles. Design, build, tinker and learn together as you explore the world of automobiles and its relation to science, technology, engineering, art and math on Family STEAM Day. Family STEAM Days are free for ACM Members and is also included with Museum admission. Museum visitors age 18 and under receive FREE admission on Family STEAM Days.

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Up & Atom STEAM Day with Greentrike: Code to the Moon!

Tacoma Public Library Moore Branch | February 22 | 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Join Tacoma Public Library and our friends at Greentrike for Up and Atom STEAM Days where we try out different STEAM and craft activities. Can your rocket make it to the moon?! Explore computational thinking with a fun paper coding game, and additional activities hosted by special guests, Greentrike!

A Proud Heritage: African American Family History Event

Tacoma Family History Center | February 25 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month by learning how to piece together the stories of your ancestors, and bring them to life.  Tacoma Family History Center is hosting a FREE genealogy workshop designed specifically for individuals with African American ancestry. This FREE workshop will be held February 25, 2023, from 9AM to 2PM at the Tacoma Family History Center, 1102 S Pearl St. in Tacoma Washington. A free lunch will be served to attendees.
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Craft Saturdays: Construct a Winter Snow Globe

Job Carr Cabin Museum | February 25 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 Celebrate winter by constructing a waterless snow globe with the take-home supplies from this Craft Saturday event. Craft Saturday take-home kits include all the materials and instructions needed for a fun at-home activity. Instructional videos will be posted.
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Program Kit: Hedgehog

Tacoma Public Library Main Branch and Eastside Community Center | February 28

There are 17 species of hedgehogs. Make it 18 with your very own hedgehog craft! Visit Main Branch and the Eastside Community Center starting Tuesday, February 28th, to pick up a kit while supplies last. There is no live program element to program kits-take one home today and let it spark your creativity!