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Erika's weekend picks for Nov. 16-17

In addition to the fabulous GeekGirlCon, check out a free movie or nature experience -- or get an early start on the holiday spirit!


Sat-Sun, Nov 16-17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center

Celebrate women and girls interested in gaming, science, technology, role-playing, comics and other "geeky" endeavors this weekend at the annual GeekGirlCon. All ages and genders are welcome. $30 to $45; free to ages 5 and younger. Read more here.


Family Nature Class: Bugs & Slugs
Sat, Nov 16 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Washington Park Arboretum

Get outside with your preschooler and explore the UW Botanic Gardens using all five senses. Learning stations help children practice fine motor skills, sensory investigation, creativity, and pre-math and literacy skills. Then join an open circle and hike where the group will play games, listen to a story and further explore the weekly theme. $19/ 1st child and caregiver. $9.50 for each additional child. Additional adults and siblings under 2 are FREE!


Free Family Flick
Sat, Nov 16 10 a.m.-noon
The Grand Cinema, Tacoma. FREE

The third Saturday of each month, The Grand Cinema welcomes guests of all ages to a free, family-friendly movie! Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and show starts at 10 a.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. This week enjoy "The Dark Crystal," a 1982 puppet-animated fantasy adventure directed by Jim Henson.  All children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 


Sat, Nov 16 4-7:30 p.m.
MaST Center Aquarium, Des Moines. FREE

Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology Center (MaST) divers and marine biologists will be on hand at the annual running of the squid through our very own Puget Sound, to aid in viewing the run and to answer any questions about other marine life in the Sound. Amazing art and science activities for the whole family. See squid dissection, squid fishing, and more!


Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off
Sun, Nov 17 8-11:30 a.m.
  Green Lake Park

Run around Green Lake, then (potentially) compete in a comfort-food chow down. 10K, 5K and free kids' dash for ages 12 and younger, offered. Registration at 8, Kids’ Dash at 9:10 a.m., 5K and 10K at 9:30 a.m. $35 to $50, $10 kids dash.


Holiday Express Train & Poinsettia Display
Sun, Nov 17 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Volunteer Park Conservatory

The Holiday Express Train and Poinsettia Display are set up in the Volunteer Park Conservatory’s Seasonal House! Come get in the seasonal spirit and watch the train's winding journey through the poinsettias and around the winter vintage display. The Express train will be open for viewing during regular Conservatory hours, Tuesday through Sunday, through Jan 5. Adults $4, youth (13-17) $2; ages 12 and younger are free.



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