There are just a few days left to send in your ballot and to make sure your friends, family and neighbors have voted as well. Need some inspiration for yourself or others to check YES for Tacoma Creates? We know just the thing: One of these free arts, culture, science or heritage experiences:

Asia Pacific Cultural Center

Tacoma’s cultural organizations frequently offer free or reduced opportunities to participate. You may know the Asia Pacific Cultural Center for its New Years Celebration. That event showcases a different culture each year. But the Asia Pacific Cultural Center also offers many free and low-cost  opportunities to explore one of the 50 Asia Pacific cultures represented in our community.

Museums, movies and teen discounts

Our museum district is well known for its free Third Thursdays offerings, where access to the museums is free on the third Thursday of the month. But that’s just the beginning. The Grand Cinema often offers free Saturday family matinees. Plus, a regular day matinee is only $8.00. Many cultural arts organizations also offer military, senior and youth discounts. And about a dozen offer Teen Tix discounts—a day-of-show or at-the-door $5 admission for youth who sign up for a free Teen Tix Pass. With Tacoma Creates, these discounted opportunities will grow.

Buffalo Soldiers Museum

Tacoma Creates helps make art, culture and history easy to access. One of our favorite lesser-known spots is the Buffalo Soldiers Museum. Have you been? They focus on the history of the Buffalo Soldiers—the all-black cavalry regiment of the U.S. military that served between 1866 and 1944. The museum is always free and open Wednesday and Saturday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, or by appointment.

Children’s Museum and Play to Learn

Did you know the Children’s Museum of Tacoma’s admission is always pay-as-you-will? Just like it sounds, that means you can support the museum as best suits your family budget. They also offer a free, drop-in program called Play to Learn, for children 0-5 years old and for their caregivers. The program is offered at 22 community locations throughout Pierce County. The museum hopes to expand that reach so families have a program within 20 minutes of their home. Tacoma Creates can help that expansion.

Tacoma Historical Museum

Want to learn about local history? The Tacoma Historical Museum is always free. Drop in Wednesday-Saturday from 11:00 am-4:00 pm or make an appointment to learn about Tacoma’s past. Exhibits go all the way back to the 1852 Delin Mill on Tacoma’s waterfront and continue straight up to present day.

How’s that for free inspiration? A YES vote for Tacoma Creates will support these programs, and grow even more opportunities.