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Auburn, Washington

  • Visited: August 2012
  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2013
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Museum Of Glass

1801 Dock St, Tacoma, Washington

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beautiful

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Make sure you have plenty of time to visit.

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Auburn, Washington

  • Visited: October 2008
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2013
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    Little Kids (3-5), Big Kids (6-8) and Tweens (9-12)

Children's Museum of Tacoma

936 Broadway Ave, Tacoma, Washington

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Great Birthday Party Location

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This is better for smaller kids. Their new facility has a water feature so be prepared for this.

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  • Visited: December 2012
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2013
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Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, Washington

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Great museum for the family

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Check in at the front counter and receive a scavenger hunt. There are different hunts for different age groups. Once everything is found, return the hunt for a FREE prize!

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Point Defiance Zoo

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, Washington

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Zoo Lights: On Friday night, we made the drive down to Tacoma (which was a little ridiculous since I managed to get semi-lost trying to navigate the 99/509 route) to experience the wonders of Zoo Lights.  It was pretty busy but took no time at all to get in and save for a few areas where the path got narrow and caused human congestion, it was a lovely stroll and not over-bearing.  The main 'courtyard' was the key attraction with the Narrows Bridge lit up as well as all the grass covered in blue to look like water.  My favorite, however, would be the statue of the family, as the lights underneat the squatting little boy made it look like he was crapping fire!  Tasteful and wonderful.  Truthfully, though, it's...

Point Defiance Zoo

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, Washington

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I have been to the Point Defiance Zoo a couple of times. Most recently I went for the Zoo Lights. The lights were all really cool, but I was hoping we were able to see more animals, although I guess it being winter, at night, it makes sense that they were inside where its warm. The only place we were really able to see was the aquarium. The fishies and sharks were cool though. The lights were really nice, but I was kinda sad at how small it all was. It only took about an hour to see everything. Overall though it's a really nice zoo, in a beautiful park. You could definitely make a day out of it. Spend a few hours at the Zoo, go to the park, have a picnic lunch, watch the farries. It's a lot of fun. You can a...

Point Defiance Zoo

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, Washington

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This review will be for the annual ZooLights special exhibit, not the zoo during normal operations. This last weekend, I had the pleasure of taking in a "road trip" to Tacoma with Kristin and Corrina, with the sole purpose of taking in some good food (Southern Kitchen) and checking out the zoo lights. I hadn't been to this annual Holiday event since my kids numbered only 2 and were still stroller bound. And. Well. It was the same. Which, makes me sad. I remembered a huge portion of the light "shows" they offer. The eagle diving for a fish, the various things. And I was, in that respect, disappointed. It's been...10 years? I would have hoped for a few more, a few different, a few upgraded. I knew the zoo itse...

Children's Museum of Tacoma

936 Broadway Ave, Tacoma, Washington

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Well I'm torn on this one because as an adult, I was really disappointed.  I've been to many children's museums and this one didn't have much to do even though they had plenty of space.  Maybe it's underfunded?  To look at, there was hardly anything to do in there.  And yet, my toddler did not seem to care one bit.  After an hour or so, I was absolutely dying of boredom and I couldn't wait to get out of there, but she didn't want to leave!  So I guess I will give them at least 3 stars.  Also, because their staff is super friendly and the atmosphere is very nice.  Also, I understand they are moving locations and building a new museum to open in 2012.  The sketches of the new museum look amazing.  I can't wait...

Point Defiance Zoo

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, Washington

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Its quite a drive through the park to get here but the scenery is really nice. This little zoo and aquarium is pretty stinkin' cool!  We were there today with our baby for his first trip.  It was not very busy which I really liked for navigating around with a little one.  He was also able to run around a bit without too much worry.  The exhibits themselves were also quite neat.  It has been a long time since I have been to a zoo or aquarium but I thought that this zoo was very cool for setting up animal co-habitats so to speak.  They had a few animals from the same area of world together in one big exhibit!  If you're not a fan of crowds or have a child that you are bringing, I suggest going in the off seaso...

Point Defiance Zoo

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, Washington

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The area around Point Defiance Zoo is beautiful! And once you finally find the zoo, which is a bit tricky since it's in the middle of a big park by the water, it's beautiful around there, too. However, the zoo itself was not quite as nice as I had hoped. Sure there are the ridiculously cute snow leopard cubs. And the awesomely fat walruses. And polar bears. And puffins. Alright, you get the point. There's a ton of really cool animals here - better than Woodland Park Zoo in my humble opinion. However, that being said, when we went on a random Wednesday, NOTHING in the zoo was open. Exhibits were closed, concession stands were closed - it was a bit disappointing. I'm sure they don't open them during the week f...

Point Defiance Zoo

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, Washington

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I have visited Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium a couple of times and while I agree the price is expensive at $16 a pop it is a rather lovely zoo. It is on the small size, but take the time to enjoy it. It is very well kept, tidy, and clean. Some of the larger enclosures were a bit deceptive because it would appear empty, but then the inhabitant would move in the back. I had to wait awhile for the Red Wolves to come out into viewing distance as well as two of the tigers who were ambushing each other in the high brush in the back of their enclosure. The clouded leopard would make brief appearances when he felt like it. Currently they have two cute baby clouded leopard cubs. See the cubs after feeding. Initiall...

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