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The Greentrike Back to School Festival celebrates the return to school!
Festivities include backpack and school supplies giveaway, Expanded Learning Opportunity provider booths and performances, youth-activated pop-ups, cotton candy and popcorn machines, music, food trucks and entry into participating museums.
Signup for updates about the festival, registration for free bus passes, and news from participating organizations at greentrike.co/back-to-school-2022.
Admission: Free!
Location: Tollefson Plaza/downtown Tacoma
Activities are centrally located at Tollefson Plaza with additional activities taking place place through the Tacoma Museum District:

Tollefson Plaza: community resource booths, food trucks, performances, backpack giveaway, Black Lives Matter mural painting, Game Truck, cotton candy, snowcones, popcorn, live podcast and more! 

Free Museums: Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History and the Museum of Glass are all free during the event. Foss Waterway Seaport is offering a free day the following day on September 1. Pick up a coupon at the information booth to redeem your free admission at the participating museums. 

Find extra activities at each museum, including a Foam Party happening from noon-2 p.m. in the playground at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma! Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center is also giving away free diapers from their Diaper Bank located in the Children’s Museum parking lot.

Scavenger hunt: Grab a map of all the fun things happening at the Information Station (backpack giveaway station) and visit stops listed on the scavenger hunt. Turn in your form to be entered into a raffle to win awesome prizes! 

Backpack and School Supply Giveaway: Each child can receive one free backpack filled with school supplies. One per child. If children are not present, adults may have 1 backpack per family. 

Black Lives Matter mural: Help add the finishing touches to the AMAZING Black Lives Matter mural in Tollefson Plaza. Artist, Dionne Bonner and friends will be there to help children, youth and growups alike. During the festival, you can add your handprint to the mural. Following the event, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. people can add words chosen by the Black community with paint and stencils (children must be at least 10 years old to add words to the mural).