You don't have to travel to Seattle or Portland to enjoy the
ammenities of a children's museum. Located at 5220 Outlet Drive in
Pasco you'll find the Three Rivers Children's Museum amongst the
various businesses at the Broadmoor Mall. Your kids can have fun
building in the Lowe's Workshop room, run the controls on the Union
Pacific Train or dress up for a show on the Performance Stage. Open
Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 12
to 5 pm, the museum helps kids explore the world around them. Kids
up to 12 years old can pretend to cook, drive a boat, deliver mail
or participate in Discovery Classes on Thursdays from 9:15 to 10.
Classes focus on stories, craft projects and games.
General admission is $3.25 for children 1 to 12 years old and
$3.75 for adults. However, you can check out a family pass from
your local library for free admission. If you're on a tight budget
there's also Dollar Night at the Museum the first Friday of the
month from 6 to 8 pm for a fun, inexpensive evening out.
And parents looking for something exciting for the kids to
participate in without keeping them up to see the ball drop on New
Year's Eve can attend the museum's
"Noon Year's Eve" party on
December 31st from 11 am to 2 pm. For more information
on Discovery Classes, visit the Three Rivers Children's Museum web
site at http://childrensmuseumtr.org.
There's still time to catch the wonder and excitement of the
Cathedral of Joy's Living Nativity. This spectacular pageant
doesn't disappoint. Spectators will enjoy live camels, shepherds
with their flocks, Roman soldiers on horseback, angels and
You do not have to be a member of the church to attend the
event. Your family will enjoy watching the story of Mary, Joseph
and baby Jesus unfold right before their eyes. The Cathedral
of Joy is located at 1153 Gage Blvd., Richland, and the Living
Nativity runs through December 23rd.
Tickets can be purchased at Albertson's locations, Ranch &
Home in Kennewick, or at the Cathedral of Joy. Tickets are $10 for
adults and $5 for children. Showtimes can be found on the church
web site at http://cojchurch.org/events/view/living_nativity_2010/.
The YMCA is currently accepting registrations for youth indoor
soccer, which runs from January 15th through February
26th. YMCA members can sign up the week of December
13th while non members can begin registering December
20th. Indoor soccer is open to children ages 3 to 10
years old and your child doesn't need to have experience to play.
Coaches help kids learn fundamental skills and teamwork in a
positive atmosphere. More importantly, every child is a team member
with equal practice and playing time.
Youth soccer costs $26 for members and $38 for non members.
You'll have the opportunity to sign your child up to practice and
play in either Kennewick or Richland. Kennewick participants will
meet at Amistad Elementary School during the season, while those
who signed up for the Richland league will meet at the West Side
Center. For more information, visit the YMCA's web site at: http://ymcatricities.org/news/1-news/65-indoor-soccer.
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Amanda has won an express pedicure at Nouveau Day
The Mid-Columbia Libraries want to challenge both kids and
adults to not let their minds take a holiday this Winter Break. As
part of the 2nd Annual Winter Reading Challenge, local
kids are playfully pitted against their parents and other adults to
see who can read the most. The competition runs from December
13th through January 15th. It's a great way
to keep your kids' minds engaged as the holidays approach. By
signing up either at a library or online you can take part in this
fun event. As an added bonus, kids who read at least 6 hours during
the competition can pick up a prize at their local library. Adults
who finish are entered into a raffle for a grand prize. Not only
does this promote a friendly competition between children and their
legal guardians, it's a great way to help instill a love of reading
within your family for now and for years to come. Be sure to catch
local singer and songwriter Eric Herman-checkout some of his songs
on You Tube-to celebrate the start of the Winter Reading Challenge.
Visit the Mid-Columbia Libraries' web site to sign up and find out
when Eric is scheduled to visit the library closest to you.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is making Candy Trains.
The kids love it - how could you not love bowls and bowls full of
candy and frosting? You can keep it simple or get creative and make
a how candy village. The directions were passed on by a friend, and
I'm afraid I don't have any specific info on the origin other than
"Home Arts Festival" to give proper credit - so if you know, let me
The instructions can be found here, complete with notes on
frosting recipe and how to construct different elements: Candy Train Instructions
Let us know if you try this out!
The magic and beauty of the Nutcracker has been enjoyed by
Mid-Columbians since the mid 1970s. This year's showcase is just
around the corner. With a cast of 170, the Mid-Columbia Ballet's
most popular performance attracts thousands of enthusiasts each
The wonder and excitement on the faces of children enjoying the
magic, music and dancing makes this show one you don't want to
miss! It's a great way to jump start the holiday season as children
come dressed in ballerina dresses and marvel at the costumes and
story playing out before them.
There are three dates this month to catch the 2010 performance
of "The Nutcracker" at the Richland High School Auditorium. Shows
run on Friday, December 10th at 7 pm; Saturday, December
11th at 2 and 7 pm; and Sunday December 12th
at 2 pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
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