10 Fun, Free Family Activities in Yakima, May 2008

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1.Historical Park Have a picnic, play games, and tour history at Fort Simcoe State Park. Located at the end of SR220, 45 minutes South of Yakima, the park is open daily 6:30AM to dusk through October 2nd. An Interpretative Center and the Historical Buildings are open 9:30- 4:30PM Wed-Sun through Oct. 1st. Call (509) 874-2372 or visit  http://www.parks.wa.gov/ for more information.


2.Art Show  Enjoy art from three very different perspectives, now through June 4th, at Oak Hollow Gallery, Chalet Place, 5631 Summitview Ave., Yakima. (509) 965-3846 "Generational Views: Mother, Daughter and Granddaughter." Works by Ardith Kaiser, Holly Mahre and Lindsey Gaskill. (A Mother's Day outing, maybe?)


3.Kids/Teens Night Out "Saturday Night Live", every Saturday night 7-9:30 at the YMCA, 5 N. Naches Ave., Yakima. Free fun for ages 7-15. Activities include swimming, basketball, volleyball, foosball, and pool. (509) 248-1202.


4.Dance Not just any dancing, but Los Bailadores Del Sol. This dance group is so energetic and great fun to watch, and the public can participate as they practice, too. 6:30-8:30 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Castlevale EPIC, 2902 Castlevale Rd., Yakima.


5.Music  This month you can listen to Ryan Schultz on the Tuba at Englewood Christian Church. The Second Sunday Series falls this month on May 11th and starts at 2PM. The church is located at 511 N. 44th Ave., Yakima. Donations are accepted if you'd like to contribute.


6.Book Club  On the second Wednesday of each month you'll find the Passionate Readers Book Club in deep discussion at Borders Books. Meetings begin at 7PM. Borders is in the Union Gap Mall at 1700 E. Washington Ave., Union Gap. (509) 248-4018.


7.Car Show The American Reflections Car Club is hosting their 8th Annual "Open" Show Sunday, May 18th at Moxee Park. There is a registration fee to enter, but looking and enjoying is free! Features custom cars, classics, streetrods, stock vehicles, trucks, vehicles under construction, foreign vehicles, tuners, lowriders, SUVs, motorcycles and even bicycles! Music and food vendors, too!


8.Storytelling "Tales of the Rails" is songs and storytelling by Nancy Stewart and MaryLee Sunseri. Fun the whole family will enjoy! Show is May 23rd at 7PM in the Yakima Valley Museum at Franklin Park, 2015 Tieton Dr., Yakima. (509) 248-0747. Have a picnic in the park and then enjoy the show!


9.More Music An electric-folk/rock presentation by Raining Jane, May 27th at 7PM at the CWU Student Union and Rec. Center Pit off Chestnut Street in Ellensburg. (Okay, this isn't Yakima, but it's close, and it sounds like a lot of fun...)


10.Campfire Talks Every summer the Yakima Sportsman State Park hosts what they call the Summer Campfire Program. Each event has a different topic and host. Bring a lawn chair and stick around to roast marshmallows (provided) after the talk. The park is located at 904 Keys Rd., Yakima. (509) 575-2774

  • May 24th, "Vineyards of Yakima Valley"
  • May 31st, Bob Tuck, "Local Yakima Birds & Animals"                                                                                                                                                                           

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