22nd Annual Model Train Festival

Welcome to a journey through the miniature world of model trains! The Washington State Historical Society’s 22nd Annual Model Train Festival chugs into town December 22, 2017 and is open through January 1, 2018. The festival takes place at the History Museum in Tacoma. The state’s largest permanent model train layout is always featured at the museum, operated by Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers; the Model Train Festival brings other railroad clubs from around Puget Sound to share their amazingly detailed layouts. Visitors can travel among the many displays, watch dozens of tiny engines rolling across trestles and through tunnels, talk with the operators, and make their own train creations in the TNT Activity Room.

“It’s certainly the most wonderful time of the year at the museum,” said Molly Wilmoth, the museum’s lead program manager.  “Every available nook and cranny is activated by trains, enchanting kids of every age with intricate, realistic layouts. And the hands-on Activity Room is stocked with toy trains, Legos and Lincoln Logs; it is always a highlight for families.”

Santa is making a stop at the Model Train Festival, too. Come to the museum on Friday, December 22 or Saturday, December 23, from 11:00 AM through 3:00 PM to greet this cheerful visitor from the North Pole and take advantage of a free holiday photo opportunity.

“The Historical Society really enjoys hosting the Model Train Festival. The festival has become a popular holiday tradition for families and their guests because it delights the child in all of us. Everyone has fun watching the model trains and just enjoying the festive atmosphere, not to mention learning a bit about the history of railroads while they’re here,” said the museum’s director, Jennifer Kilmer.

In addition to the model trains, in the Great Hall of Washington History visitors can see artifacts and find out more about how the railroads influenced growth and development in Washington State. The Telegraph – Morse Code Club will present an interactive display chronicling the history of the telegraph as it relates to railroading. Visitors can also stop by Operation Lifesaver’s exhibit, educating the public about safety at railroad highway crossings and the dangers of trespassing on railroad property. Their current focus is the new Amtrak route between Tacoma and Nisqually.

The Tacoma Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) will be on-site to celebrate and promote the 20th anniversary of Rail Camp, which gives teens the opportunity to spend a week with other teens who share railroad interests. The NRHS crew will also honor the end of an era: Since 1914, at least one train per day, almost every day, carried passengers from Portland to Tacoma, rolling along the Puget Sound shoreline and Commencement Bay. That passenger service ends on December 18, 2017. NRHS will share photos and stories of the route’s 103-year history.

Bring the railroad buffs in your life to the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, for this annual celebration of holiday cheer and history. Details at www.ModelTrainFestival.org.

The museum will be closed on December 24, Christmas Eve, and December 25, Christmas Day.

Get your glow on

With Jack Frost nipping at your nose now is a perfect time to bundle up and head outside to enjoy the frosty weather with family and friends for a special holiday escapade featuring traditional and new Tacoma attractions.

First, lace up your skates and glide across the ice at the new Frozen Fountain Ice Skating Rink.  Relocated from Tollefson Plaza this winter, the community-focused ice rink makes it’s debut appearance at Tacoma’s latest hot spot– Point Ruston. A few turns around the ice is a healthy way to get some exercise on these nippy days and will bring a glow to your cheeks that will warm you from head to toe. Take a break and grab a bite to eat at any one of the great new restaurants.

After your ice skating adventures head up to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium to enjoy the spectacular light displays at Zoolights. With over half a million twinkling bulbs everyone will love the humorus 3-D glowing creations brought to life. This year’s animal light displays feature hammerhead sharks and sea turtles (coming in next year’s new aquarium) as well as carnivorous plants with their insect prey, a majestic polar bear family, a gorgeous giant Pacific octopus and a whimsical 30-foot-wise underwater landscape. Add a ride on a camel or the carousel to your outing to make it a holiday to remember.

After a chilly evening of skating and dazzling lights you’ll be ready to sip some cocoa and snuggle in for a long winter’s sleep.

The Indigo Frozen Fountain Ice Rink

Frozen Fountain

Regular Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 4pm – 9pm
Fri: 4pm – 10pm
Sat: 10am – 10pm
Sun: 10am – 9pm
*All Hours Subject to change

Holiday Hours:

Winter Break | Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 10pm
Christmas Eve: 10am – 9pm
Christmas Day: 10am – 9pm
New Years Eve: 10am – 1am
New Years Day: 10am – 10pm
*All Hours Subject to change

 

Point Defiance Zoolights
Opens Daily 5-9 pm; Closed 12/24

Designed for Gathering: Ocean 5

Opening this November,  Ocean5, has been designed as an innovative gathering destination in Gig Harbor. The 57,000-square-foot building, will be the first of its kind in the region. With a two-story laser challenge arena, exciting game room, ten pin and duckpin bowling and comfortable spaces for gathering. Ocean5 also specializes in private event and party spaces for groups from 5 to over 400, with dedicated event teams and banquet services.

The Ocean 5 concept was developed by long-time Gig Harbor resident Troy Alstead, the former chief operating officer of Starbucks. “Ocean5 has been a vision of mine for 10 years,” Alstead said. “Bringing this space to the community where we live and are raising our children is a huge part of that dream. I’m excited to be giving the South Sound a space where friends and groups have enough elbow room to relax and just have fun, whether they stay for an hour, an afternoon or a night out.”

Ocean5 gets its name from the idea that all five of the world’s great oceans are connected. The company’s goal is to provide a place that inspires connections between people, with the community, and the rest of the world, with the mission to enable and inspire small actions that create a positive impact to the health of our oceans, starting with Puget Sound.

Ocean5 is pursuing LEED certification, and is constructed sustainably with materials such as carpet tiles made of recycled fishing nets and reclaimed wood. The building will be heated and cooled by geothermal energy from over 3 miles of wells under the parking lot, significantly reducing energy use for a facility this size.

Also on the property is Table 47, a casual 300-seat restaurant that responsibly sources it’s ingredients and can be experienced either together or separately from Ocean5. Both businesses are now hiring for all positions. Open roles and applications can be found online at O5social.com/jobs and T47.com/jobs.

This new state-of-the-art facility will be located in the new Olympic Towne Center at 5268 Point Fosdick Drive NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335, just off the Olympic Drive interchange of Highway 16. For more information go to O5social.com or find them on Facebook.

Seabrook, family fun at the Washington Coast

Looking for a memorable beach trip with your family?  It doesn’t get any sweeter than the Washington Olympic Peninsula, north coast and the quaint  beachside community town called, Seabrook. This location offers a low-key vibe and all the amenities to create cherished family memories. There is much to explore at Seabrook.

Places to Nosh

Frontager’s Pizza:

Rustic and eclectic yet family friendly. We love this bistro style pizzeria, offering Neapolitan style  hand-made pizzas, favorites include egg and bacon pizza and heirloom salad with fresh mozzarella. Simply delicious. Notice the old fashion utensils and decor which is stylish and in line with the rustic design and style of Seabrook. 21 Seabrook Ave

Red velvet cupcake by the Sea:

Family owned, this bakery and coffee house is the perfect welcoming spot to  have a scrumptious breakfast and indulge. The crew starts  baking at 4am each day. The scent of fresh cinnamon rolls fills the air when you walk in. They create a lovely menu including baked goods and sandwiches. They also offer a delicious locally roasted Batdorf and Bronson coffee. 202 S Meriweather St

 

Mill 109 Restaurant and Pub

This pub style yet, family-friendly restaurant providing a cozy atmosphere one would expect to find in a traditional beach town. Bring your appetite as they are serving up tried and true staples of Northwest coastal cuisine as well as contemporary family fare. This cozy location offers Pacific Northwest dining meets homespun comfort. They also have a wide and varied cocktail menu. 5 W Myrtle Ln

Activities and Amenities

Whether your family enjoys surfing, hiking, fishing, or just exploring, Seabrook’s, Olympic Peninsula  beach side location has all.

Firepit bonfire – Seabrook has three large and four small fire pits, that guest are invited to use

South Crescent Indoor Pool – Includes a Jacuzzi spa

Buck’s Bike Rentals – Cruiser bike rentals to cruise the neighborhood or get some exercise

Kite-flying – Rentals available at Buck’s Bikes

Olympic Rain Forest – Just 30 minutes away, lake & historical lodge

Crescent Park – Shuffleboard and horseshoes

Roosevelt Beach Drive – Rugged vehicles can head south 2.5 miles on Hwy 109 and turn right onto Roosevelt Beach

With so many amenities, outdoor activities, shopping, and dining Seabrook is easily becoming a Northwest favorite escape destination. Enjoy Seabrook for your next family escape where memories are made and shared. leah grout

seabrookwa.com