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MLK Jr. Day events, Monster Trucks, Sports Fest, Children’s Museum opening and other happenings this weekend

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Jan. 14, 2012 at 8:00 am with No Comments »
January 13, 2012 4:31 pm

A cascading series of waterfalls and pools lure kids and adults alike at the new Children's Museum of Tacoma Tuesday January 10, 2012. Dean J. Koepfler / Staff photographer

Children’s Museum of Tacoma Grand Opening: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 9-10:30 a.m. member-only play; 10:45 a.m. opening ceremony; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. public play. Located at 1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Admission: Pay what you can. Memberships of $100/$125 get added benefits, including free programs and free parking. Information: 253-627-6031. Read our full review.

Dig out your ear plugs and head down to the Tacoma Dome for the annual Monster Jam Monster Truck Racing this weekend. See the likes of Grave Digger, Team Hot Wheels, Iron Man, Monster Mutt, Captain America and others go through the paces and create a family-friendly high-energy event. There are three shows to choose from: 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids through Ticketmaster or at the Tacoma Dome box office, add $2 if purchased day of the show.

LET’S PLAY: Sports & Fitness Fest Opportunities for kids and adults to participate, educate and compete in more than 30 recreational sports, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 15, Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma. Free for ages 12 and younger, ages 13 and older must bring
$5 or 5 nonperishable food items. 253-327-1866,

Nature Discovery Hour Special activities and nature discovery aids will be available, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 14, Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. $3 per child/$2.50 per member child, adults free. 253-591-6439, ­

Join in celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at any of these local events:

Redeeming the Vision 2012 Interfaith Service, 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Urban Grace Church.

Tacoma Dome Celebration “Forgiving the Past, Embracing the Future,” is a musical tribute featuring keynote speaker Ester Nicholson. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable donation for the annual MLK Food Drive.

University of Puget Sound celebration at Kilworth Chapel, 7 p.m. Monday will feature key speaker university president, Ronald Thomas and gospel music by Navele & Friends.

Bates Technical College celebration, South Campus, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday will feature speakers Victoria Woodards, Tacoma city council member; Frank Boykin, executive, United Parcel Service; and Dr. Artee Young, executive director of The Evergreen State College, Tacoma campus.

Washington State History Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, will feature a presentation by retired NASA astronaut Bernard Harris, the first African American to walk in space and representatives of the Tuskegee Airmen, World War II African-American pilots.

Peace Community Center Celebration at Urban Grace Church, 5-7 p.m. Monday featuring performances by students from Kid Reach, Hilltop FLITE and Hilltop Scholars.

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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