Things to Do: December 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region December 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020:

  • First Night Tri-Cities – December 31
  • REACH Museum: Boredom Busters – January 2 & 3
  • Toyota Center presents PJ Masks – January 3
  • Bells of the Desert Concert: Oh What Fun – January 4
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Kelowna Rockets – January 5
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

First Night Tri-Cities – December 31

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd,. in Kennewick
From 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Fireworks & Ball Drop takes place at 9 p.m.
Admission: $7 per person, Kids 4 and under – Free

Welcome to First Night Tri-Cities!

Thanks to the generous support of Gesa Credit Union, First Night Tri-Cities marks its 23rd year helping Tri-City families celebrate the New Year with fun, family-oriented interactive entertainment for all to enjoy.

Take a ride on the Gesa Carousel of Dreams. Participate in a magic show. Have your face painted. Take photos with your family and friends in our photo booth. Laugh at the comedy hypnosis show. And cap the evening off with a ball drop and the area’s only New Year’s Eve fireworks show. Your admission includes unlimited rides on the Gesa Carousel of Dreams, courtesy of Benton PUD.

Gesa Credit Union members can save $1 on admission by using your Gesa Visa card for payment at the door.

REACH Museum: Boredom Busters – January 2 & 3

REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 10 a.m. – Noon each day
Admission: Adults: $10, Students/Seniors/Military: $6, Museums for All (EBT/Valid ID: 2 adults and 4 children): $2 per person, Children 5 and under: Free, REACH Members: Free

Are you bored after Christmas? Sick of staying at home with nothing to do? Come over to the REACH for hands-on learning and a variety of STEAM-related activities appropriate for all ages.

– Thursday: “Winter Wildlife” – hikes and indoor fun learning about animals.
– Friday: “Board Games” – invent your own game to take home, play a giant board game, and more!

Toyota Center presents PJ Masks – January 3

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $37.50 – $57.50

Watch live musicical show featuriing the trio from PJ Masks. Featuring Cowboy, Owlette, and Gekko as they save the day from sneaky villians.
Info & Tickets:

Bells of the Desert Concert: Oh What Fun – January 4

Kennewick First United Methodist Church, 2 S. Dayton St. in Kennewick
Starts at 2 p.m.
Admission: $10 donation suggested

You are invited to join Bells of the Desert for our winter concert “Oh What Fun.” We will perform a matinee concert at 2:00 p.m.

Tri-City Americans vs. Kelowna Rockets – January 5

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 4:05 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $30

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Kelowna Rockets.
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Art Exhibits

Art & Music Festivals – Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Nightlife Music

For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
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Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit:

The Reach Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday – closed
Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (no new admissions after 4 p.m.)
Admission: $10 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free – annual memberships are also available for purchase.

Museum exhibits at The REACH celebrate the natural, scientific and cultural history of the Tri-Cities area. You can find hands-on activities for families on Saturdays and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar. Also, space is available for club meetings and events for a nominal fee.
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Museums, Historical Societies, and History
For information about museums, historical societies, and history for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit:

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission (single feature/double feature): $8/$13 adults, $7/$11 seniors, $5/$8 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online or at the door)

– January 3: Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 7 p.m. and Apollo 11: Man’s First Step onto the Moon at 8 p.m.
– January 4: no showings on Saturday

The Bechtel National Planetarium, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect.

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what’s visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news.
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LIGO Public Tours

127124 N Rt. 10 in Richland

Come take a look at LIGO! On the second Saturday of every month we offer free public drop in tours that will give you an excellent look at our facility. Tours usually last about two hours. Tours work best for participants of middle school age and up, but all ages are welcome.

First Walking Tour: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Auditorium Talk: 3:00 p.m.
Second Walking Tour: 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

For activities to do around the Tri-Cities region including Farmers’ Markets, Outdoor Recreation, Wineries, Breweries, Performing Arts & Music, Social Clubs & Groups and more, visit the Tri-Cities Washington Guide website:

This guide has been described as “An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations.”

Submit Your Community Event

If you have a community event similar to those published above, you may submit your event for consideration.


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