Moms get half-price admission to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Saturday. But that’s only one reason to head up to the park. The weekend features the summer kickoff of a new Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater Show and also Radio Disney will be on site Saturday. The show features Captain Adventure, Dr. Do-Nothing and Herald the Wonder Dog in a show about getting out and enjoying nature. Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May 20, extended summer hours begin May 21. Go to pdza.org for more information on exhibits and activities.
Tour five gardens ranging from the internationally renowned to the privately lush at the Buds and Blooms Spring Garden Tour this weekend. You also can pick up tips from featured speakers and enjoy live music. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Tours start at Federal Way Farmers Market, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden or Sacajawea Middle School. Learn more at budsandbloomstour.org.
If water and boating is to your liking, then check out the free Olympian Wooden Boat Fair featuring a display of wooden boats of all sizes and types – new and old, power and sail – including dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Percival Landing Park, 625 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. olywoodenboat.org.
The kids will love going to see “Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music” when it comes to the Tacoma Dome this weekend. Showtimes are 10:30 a.m. today and 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday plus 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$31 through Ticketmaster.
With hits including “Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)” and “Sweet Dreams” and more recently moving to an acoustic sound, Air Supply has been performing since the late 1970s. The band’s music has been featured in the films “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “The Wedding Date” and “Bad Company.” Catch them at 8:30 tonight at the Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $20-$50 through Ticketmaster.
With five Grammy Awards and the only artist to have won four consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, Mary Chapin Carpenter is known not only for her country music background, but also music focused on societal and political issues. She will be joined by Shawn Colvin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Tickets are $39-$66. Call 253-591-5894 or go to broadwaycenter.org.
With a name that translates as “ramming stone,” and bringing the sound of industrial rock straight from Berlin, Rammstein lives up to its rock hype. The group’s live shows are famous for pyrotechnics and theatrics. Catch them at 8 p.m. Monday at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma. Tickets are $39.50-$79.50 through Ticketmaster.
It’s a tragic love story about a devoted geisha in Japan who falls for a callous U.S. Naval officer brought to life in the Seattle Opera production of “Madama Butterfly.” Timeless and classic, this production is worth making it a night out on the town. It’s playing through May 20 at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets are $69-$188. Call 206-389-7676 or go to seattleopera.org.
Having formed in a college rental house in Bellingham and exploding into the indie rock world with hits such as “I Will Possess Your Heart” “Meet Me on the Equinox,” Death Cab for Cutie has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award. Coming back to the Northwest, the band, along with Magik*Magik Orchestra will play at 8 p.m. Sunday at Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $31.25-$65.25. Call 206-682-1414 or go to stgpresents.org.
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