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PLEASE NOTE: The Tacoma Astronomical Society was here earlier in the summer to make solar eclipse viewing glasses. Solar eclipse viewing glasses will not be available during Solar Days, Aug. 19 & 20. 

All shows and activities are free with Museum Admission. 

August - Stars, S'mores & 
the Great Campout

Hands On will be celebrating the outdoors the entire month of August! Don't miss these great events highlighted below or click here for a full list of activities

Solar Days
August 19 & 20

South Sound Solar will be here with their crowd favorite, the water slide duck dash and a solar powered air dancer! Learn how to cook your favorite foods in a solar oven and get ready for the big total solar eclipse on August 21. Thank you to our Solar Days sponsor, South Sound Solar!

Please note that the Tacoma Astronomical Society was here earlier in the summer to make solar eclipse viewing glasses. Solar eclipse viewing glasses will not be available during Solar Days. 



Climb the Rock Wall
August 18, 19 & 20

The rock wall returns in August thanks to our climbing wall sponsor, TwinStar Credit Union






Meet Smokey Bear
August 23 & 30

Meet and greet with Smokey Bear on Aug. 23 & 30 from 12 - 2 pm. Say hi, get a high-five and get your picture taken with this famous bear! In partnership with the US Forest Service.



Save the Date! Aug. 25

2017 Summer Splash! Gala

It's time to play like a kid again at everyone's favorite summer gala!

Exciting Event Highlights!

See the Big Reveal. You helped us design it - now it's time to unveil it! Meet the design team from Turner Exhibits with Master Treehouse Designer Daniel Ash of Pete Nelson Treehouse.

  • Enjoy cocktails, appetizers and silent auction in the Outdoor Discovery Center
  • Tour fabulous foodie stations for a stream side dinner on the East Bay Plaza
  • Dance to the Craig Lawrence Band, Seattle's premier dance band
  • Make a super hero cape in the new MakeSpace, sample liquid nitrogen ice cream and get a body painting
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Please thank our 2017 Summer Splash Sponsors!



2017 Gala Sponsors
To see the full list of Gala Sponsors, click here!