A model train fest, last chance to meet reindeer, glowing bonsai and more.
A model train fest, last chance to meet reindeer, glowing bonsai and more.

Holiday photos at Tacoma Mall

It’s time for holiday photos with Santa. Skip the line and reserve your FastPass at simon.com/santa


Best new playgrounds around the Sound

A whole host of amazing new parks opened this year. You and your kids will love them!

35 things to do with kids during winter break

Read on for snowy ideas, must-visit play spaces, around-town adventures and so much more.

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1. Create your own boxcar then climb aboard for a free showing of “The Polar Express.” (FRI.)
2. Geek out over spectacularly detailed model trains, and don’t miss the chance to drive a freight train simulator. (OPENS FRI.)
3. It’s your last chance to meet real reindeer before they head back to the North Pole. (THROUGH DEC. 24.)
4. Make beautiful snowflake art and learn the cool science behind snow and ice. (SAT.)
5. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while you explore twinkling bonsai at night(SAT.)
6. Meet Santa when he lands from the North Pole and score some free candy. (SAT.)

Washington college savings plans

Washington’s 529 college savings plans (WA529) help families save for the costs of higher education. Give a gift that will last a lifetime today. 



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