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Published on: May 16, 2013  

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Come meet Kali, the three-week-old Sumatran tiger cub!  Kali makes her debut this week at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma.  Visitors can watch as zookeepers bottle-feed and interact with Kali, each day at 10am and 2pm.

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The Zoo comes alive in the spring!  On May 11th, The Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater begins its live animal show, starring Herald, the wonder-dog adopted from the Humane Society.  Get to know the polar bears, elephants, sharks and wolves during daily animal presentations.

A visit to the Zoo is a wonderful opportunity to learn about our environment and the beautiful creatures that inhabit it.  Educational programming includes Summer Zoo Camps for ages preschool through 17, and Zoo Snooze Overnights for groups of kids and adults.  Additional Educational Adventures include crafts, hands on activities and animal close encounters.

Zoo members have special privileged access to exhibits such as Stingray Cove.  The two new Zoom Zip Line and Challenge Courses are open through September 29, and are suitable for young and old alike – a challenge the whole family can enjoy together!

The Zoo park is open daily with just a few holiday exceptions.

Visit the Zoo’s colorful and educational website at http://www.pdza.org for more information.

Enjoy!

 

Gyro Psychology Services

360.236.0206

866.816.GYRO (4976)

Published on: April 30, 2013  

Wolf Haven International

Wolf Haven International is a local gem, offering a rare glimpse of the beautiful and elusive wolf.  Wolf Haven provides sanctuary for captive born wolves, and participates in species survival programs for the Mexican grey and red wolf.

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Guided sanctuary tours are available six days per week (closed on Tuesdays).  Tours are best suited for children who are capable of remaining fairly quiet, and who will remain with the tour group.  Families may opt to “adopt” a sanctuary wolf of their choosing.

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Wolf Haven International collaborates with The Wolf Camp, an independent Conservation Teaching College running workshops and youth camps since 1997.

Kids Day Camp runs from August 26-30, 2013 at Millersylvania State Park, with transportation available from Centralia, Olympia, JBLM, Tacoma and Puyallup.

Kid participants can choose between three camp theme options.  Register by April 30 for discounted tuition.

Don’t worry – there are plenty of learning, volunteer, and camp opportunities for us big kids too!

Visit Wolf Haven’s website for more details about camps and guided tours.

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Gyro Psychology Services

Olympia, Washington

360.236.0206

866.616.GYRO (4976)

Published on: March 4, 2013  

Museum of Glass

The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions. The Museum of Glass is a hot destination! Come experience their exhibitions with work by world-renowned contemporary artists and be enthralled by artists in the Hot Shop making artwork from molten glass right before your eyes.

The museum has exhibitions of contemporary glass art, permanent collections which showcase exemplary works of art created during the 20th and 21st centuries by artists from around the world as well as outdoor art.

The unique architecture of the Museum of Glass is a work of art in itself. In addition to the distinctive 90-foot-tall cone, their outdoor plazas feature reflecting pools that highlight the interplay of Northwest weather and light on the evocative glass sculptures that are placed in or near the water.  No visit to the Museum of Glass is complete without a stroll across the remarkable Chihuly Bridge of Glass.

Glassblowing is a mesmerizing and magical process, and many visitors spend hours in the Hot Shop. What you will see is not just a staged demo, but an authentic artistic process—real artists engaged in real creative projects. Watch their cool live video feed.

  • Watch professional artists create works of art from molten glass.
  • See close-ups of the artists’ work and videos on the big screen.
  • Learn as their interpreter explains the process, the art, the science and the history of making glass.
  • Ask questions—and sometimes even offer input to help design a piece.

They also offer public education (e.g., family days), school programs (e.g., learn about glass, science of art) as well as a virtual museum.  Check out their calendar for a host of kid & family friendly events in the upcoming weeks and months.

The Museum of Glass is located on 1801 Dock St. in Tacoma (directions).  Please give their friendly staff a call for more information about exhibits, programs and exciting educational opportunities, 866.468.7386.

Warmest Regards,

Gyro Psychology Services, Inc.
Olympia, Washington
866.616.GYRO (4976)

Published on: January 15, 2013  

Tacoma Astronomical Society

The Tacoma Astronomical Society hosts numerous activities, events, and educational programs of interest to both beginning and experienced amateur astronomers. Their monthly general meetings feature excellent programs presented by university faculty or experienced amateur astronomers. Twice a month, they invite the public to Pierce College where they give one of their popular presentations on astronomy.

If weather permits, they have a variety of telescopes available for viewing.

From April through November, they hold host public viewing at the W.M. Keck Observatory at Pacific Lutheran University.

In August, they hold their annual astronomy fair where they host a variety of presentations, workshops, games, and other activities for the entire day culminating in their largest star party. The star party goes into the early morning hours of the following day.

The society is committed to education. Their outreach program has been extremely successful in bringing star parties, solar viewing, presentations, and stomp rocket competitions to schools, libraries and other community groups throughout the region. Their student group meets regularly and provides classes and games for the teaching of astronomy and physics. The students also take field trips and hold an annual Messier Marathon. The Tacoma Astronomical Society also awards scholarships to student members entering college.

The Student Meetings have a regularly scheduled program and specific time slots set aside after break time for activities such as designing the Moon Habitat and Lunar Rover, studying the constellations, telescopes and deep sky objects, Astro-Jeopardy and Cash for Constellations. The Telescopes In Education (TIE) remote controlled telescope will occur as they receive permission for its use. The Student Meetings are held every fourth Friday in the Cascade Building, Room 203 at 7:00PM unless otherwise posted below. Student Observing Nights are held on the Observing Hill above the Sunrise Building. If the weather is poor on an observing night we will have plenty of games and activities in the Sunrise Building itself.

Resources on observing, outreach activities, events calendar, student and member meetings and local resources are available on their website.  The society also has a newsletterphotos taken by its members as well as schedule for student programs.

Happy Stargazing!

Gyro Psychology Services, Inc.
360.236.0106

Published on: January 10, 2013  

Tacoma Astronomical Society

The Tacoma Astronomical Society hosts numerous activities, events, and educational programs of interest to both beginning and experienced amateur astronomers. Their monthly general meetings feature excellent programs presented by university faculty or experienced amateur astronomers. Twice a month, they invite the public to Pierce College where they give one of their popular presentations on astronomy.

If weather permits, they have a variety of telescopes available for viewing.

From April through November, they hold host public viewing at the W.M. Keck Observatory at Pacific Lutheran University.

In August, they hold their annual astronomy fair where they host a variety of presentations, workshops, games, and other activities for the entire day culminating in their largest star party. The star party goes into the early morning hours of the following day.

The society is committed to education. Their outreach program has been extremely successful in bringing star parties, solar viewing, presentations, and stomp rocket competitions to schools, libraries and other community groups throughout the region. Their student group meets regularly and provides classes and games for the teaching of astronomy and physics. The students also take field trips and hold an annual Messier Marathon. The Tacoma Astronomical Society also awards scholarships to student members entering college.

The Student Meetings have a regularly scheduled program and specific time slots set aside after break time for activities such as designing the Moon Habitat and Lunar Rover, studying the constellations, telescopes and deep sky objects, Astro-Jeopardy and Cash for Constellations. The Telescopes In Education (TIE) remote controlled telescope will occur as they receive permission for its use. The Student Meetings are held every fourth Friday in the Cascade Building, Room 203 at 7:00PM unless otherwise posted below. Student Observing Nights are held on the Observing Hill above the Sunrise Building. If the weather is poor on an observing night we will have plenty of games and activities in the Sunrise Building itself.

Resources on observing, outreach activities, events calendar, student and member meetings and local resources are available on their website.  The society also has a newsletterphotos taken by its members as well as schedule for student programs.

Happy Stargazing!

Gyro Psychology Services, Inc.
360.236.0106

Published on: November 16, 2012  

Olympia Hands On Children's Museum

The Olympia Hands On Children’s Museum stimulates curiosity, creativity and learning through fun, interactive exhibits and programs for children, families and school groups.  Their programs and participatory exhibits are designed specifically to encourage interaction and inquiry, as well as participation from the entire family.  They believe that learning occurs in a variety of ways, and that experiential learning is essential for proper brain development.  They actively partner with social service agencies, public schools, service clubs, public libraries, and other community organizations to bring interactive education to the community.

The Hands on Children’s Museum is having it’s grand opening on the November 10th – 12th. It’s new home is located on Olympia’s waterfront. The museum offers a variety of galleries and studios, and a wonderful outdoor discovery center. In addition to interactive galleries, the museum offers a preschool, school break camps, field trips and group visits, home school workshops and a variety of free classes and programs. They also offer a wonderful service for parents and children called, “Parents Night Out”.

The Hands on Children’s Museum has always been a favorite destination for so many south sound youth including my 4yo son and 6yo daughter.  Please give their friendly team a call at 360.956.0818 for more information about their facility and their many learning opportunities and activities.

Hope you and your family enjoy this wonderful local treasure.

Warmest Regards,

Gyro Psychology Services, Inc.
360.236.0206

Published on: September 8, 2012  

Sea Scouts

Sea Scouting provides a great opportunity for youth 14-18 years old from Mason and Thurston counties to experience the natural wonders of the Puget Sound from the vantage point of the picturesque bays and inlets of the South Sound.

Their local chapter (453) has a variety of vessels ranging from small power boats, 1-2 man sailing skiffs as well as a 40 foot Navy launch named “The American Adventure.” The fleet also consists of a 27-foot sailboat called the “Seadog” and a 36-foot wooden powerboat named the “Gillespie.” The Seadog is primarily used for local races, day sails, and overnight trips while the Gillespie is used for day trips, weekend trips, and for a ten-day cruise ever summer.

The Sea Scouts go on at least one overnight cruise or activity each month, and a 10-day long cruise during the summer. Some favorite weekend cruise destinations include: Jarrell’s Cove State Park, Penrose Point State Park, Gig Harbor, Steilacoom.

Places of interest during the 10-day long cruise may include: Seattle, Blake Island State Park, Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, Hood Canal, Canadian Gulf Islands, Victoria B.C., Alaska.

Sea Scouting has four (4) advancements in which boating and leadership may be learned: Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, Quartermaster. Each level requires new nautical skills and seamanship abilities. The Quartermaster, the highest level, is equal to an Eagle Scout.

The sea scouts compete against other NW area Sea Scout Ships in boating skills and athletic competition twice each year. In addition, they often participate in and provide volunteer support to community events such as the Olympia Harbor Days, Wooden Boat Fair, Parade of Lighted Christmas Ships, Toliva Shoals Sailing Race, and Lakefair.

Please visit their website for more information, gallery of photos, calendar of events and to download a youth application.  Please contact Mike Godat to learn more about this exciting program, 360-918-6426.

Bon Voyage!

Gyro Psychology Services, Inc.
360-236-0206

 

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Published on: August 3, 2012  

Pacific Science Center

This month’s featured activity is the Pacific Science Center in Seattle!

The Pacific Science Center is a wonderful place for kids to learn while having all sorts of fun! As soon as you walk through the gates there are already activities to do. You can play with water cannons, spin a two ton granite ball, or walk in the water wheel and that’s only the start of the fun!

Once inside, kids can learn about everything from dinosaurs to technology to how the body works with interactive exhibits. They can visit the tropical butterfly house; get up close with insects, spiders, snakes, and naked mole rats in the insect village and animal exhibits, and so much more!

Currently at the Pacific Science Center they have the King Tut Exhibit running until January 6, 2013.This exhibit is a must see for parents and kids alike! The exhibit takes you back to the lives of the pharaohs during the “Golden Age.” The exhibit spans a period of 2000 years, featuring over 100 amazing authentic objects like jewelry, furniture, and statues from King Tut’s tomb and other ancient sites of prominent Egyptian rulers.

The Pacific Science Center is a guaranteed afternoon of learning and fun for the entire family!

Pacific Science Center
200 Second Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001

Open Daily 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Please check out the Visitor Information page and upcoming Exhibits to learn more about activities at the center as well as permanent and upcoming exhibits.

Have fun!

Gyro Psychology Services, Inc.

360.236.0206

 

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