The Dive & Adventure Travel Expo 2013 will connect scuba and snorkel enthusiasts with some of the industry's top experts, brands, and innovations. More than 50 seminars scheduled throughout the weekend will showcase the diving deftness of speakers from across the country, enabling attendees to net information on such topics as underwater photography and safety. ReefID founder and editor John Fifer will host two of these gatherings, sharing ways his online database of diver-captured photos is helping raise awareness for marine life. Fifer will also play host to the expo's signature Saturday Night Film Festival event at 7 p.m. alongside 3D photographer Mark Blum and other presenters.
In addition to engaging activities, the Dive & Adventure Travel Expo 2013 is also home to the best in dive-related gear and information. Approximately 140 exhibit booths connect attendees with purveyors of international adventure from global hotspots including Palau, Yap, the Virgin Islands, and Fiji. In addition to resort representatives, booths also house all of the equipment needed for undersea excursions, with new products ranging from snorkel and scuba innovations to travel accessories and luggage. During face-to-face conversations, dive skills clinics, or snorkel sword fights, expo-goers can get travel tips or plan dive vacations around the globe. While parents research, younger visitors can decamp to a youth section filled with interactive attractions designed for youngsters aged 8–12.
Attendees who come for the education should probably stick for the prizes; the expo plans to give away over $50,000 in door prizes, including a massive grand prize: a full set of dive gear including a drysuit, Weezle undergarments, ScubaPro G260 regulator, Aqua Lung BCD, a TUSA mask, fin, and snorkel set, an Oceanic dive computer, and trips including weeklong Philippine dive adventure from the Marco Vincent Resort.
The woods are full of hazards, from prickly bushes to wild animals. But all’s safe in the Woods at the Children's Museum of Tacoma, where a log pile leads to a play area where kids can build forts and send supplies to and fro with pulleys. The Woods is one of the museum’s five playscapes, which encourage children and their adult guardians to learn through self-directed play.
Youngsters can unleash their inner architects with blocks and tubes at the Invention station, and paint, clay, and other artistic tools at Becka’s Studio allow kids to tap into their creative sides. Aboard the Voyager, children can pretend to fly to the moon or parallel-park between two asteroids. Back on earth, the interactive Water playspace presents a world of tranquil waterfalls and streams.
Afterward, there’s more to explore through the museum’s programs. They range from summer camps to Play to Learn, where kids 6 and younger take part in group activities, sing-alongs, and group circle time.
Fife Jiu-Jitsu & Wrestling Club offers training in a variety of martial-arts and combat techniques for adults and youths. With one month of unlimited classes, you'll sculpt your body into a lean, mean fighting machine without the use of canned spinach or celebrity-endorsed muscle griddles. Choose from Brazilian jiu-jitsu, submission wrestling, and kickboxing and mixed martial arts taught by expert instructors, such as fourth-degree black belt Marcelo Alonso and gladiator-challenge vet Joey "The Coyote" Guel, in a clean, state-of-the-art facility. A variety of class types and times and a convenient online calendar accommodate students already committed to demanding roles on the volunteer synchronized-swim and Revolutionary-reenactment squad.
Tacoma Art Place (TAP) is a non-profit art center (with 501c3 charitable status) in the heart of the revitalized MLK neighborhood. Our mission is to provide access to equipment and training that will allow more people to affordably explore their creativity and artistic ability.
The Tacoma Fall Home and Remodeling Show showcases more than 400 of Washington's top remodelers, landscapers, and exhibitors—all of whom will share their expertise with professional contractors and amateur DIY-ers alike. More than 40 pros from the Master Builders Association will share their knowledge in demonstrations and seminars throughout the weekend, giving you the know-how you need to finally finish your apartment's moat. Driving directions to the Tacoma Fall Home and Remodeling Show can be found here; parking costs $10 per day. You can also travel to the event via the Tacoma Link.
Incorporated in 1907 to oversee the city's fledgling parks, today the Metro Parks Tacoma organization enriches the lives of residents and visitors with its array of recreational facilities that includes community centers, dog parks, pools, and athletic fields. At Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, visitors step back in time to interact with Washington's denizens of yore, hearkening back to the day when trappers fetched a pretty penny for the 1979 Seattle SuperSonics' jerseys. For nearly a century, golfers have flocked to Meadow Park Golf Course's 27 holes to shoot for par or practice their drives, and the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium touts a rich Asian forest sanctuary home to real Sumatran tigers.