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Free Parenting Workshops
All parenting workshops are temporarily suspended. To be notified when they restart, please email reservations@hocm.org

Pre-registration is required. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

No fee. Free supervised museum play for ages 3-12; Childcare is $10 per child under age 3. (Limited childcare scholarships available.) 

Register below or call (360) 956-0818 ext. 103. 

Online registration ends at 4 p.m. the day before the class. Please call (360) 956-0818 ext. 103 to check availability for same day registration.


Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6-8 p.m.

Learn how to master those difficult parenting challenges. Parent educators facilitate discussions on specific topics as your children enjoy supervised play in the museum!


April 14
Emotional intelligence: Who’s got it, how to develop it and why you want it. Emotional Intelligence is important for good social skills, relationships and self esteem.  Learn what it is and how to foster it in your family and when to bring it to bear on problems. This will be an interactive, participatory and problem solving class.

May 12
Getting Kids to Listen. At the end of your rope? Yelling all the time? Feel like your kids are running away not coming to you?  We’ll teach and talk strategies to talk you in off the ledge and help you be heard.

College credit is available for all parent education programs: PlayWise, PowerParenting and Parenting with Candyce Bollinger. Earn 1 credit for every 11 hours of attendance. $36 per credit. Call (360) 956-0818 ext. 162 for more information.In partnership with South Puget Sound Community College:



Our Teachers


Linda Sisson powerparenting
Linda Sisson
Linda Sisson has been fostering children and parents for 30 years, both professionally and personally. She has worked as a parent educator, family counselor, breastfeeding consultant, birth attendant and disability coordinator, working with parents from all walks of life. She is passionate about improving the lives of families, one parent at a time. She is currently the Family Resource Coordinator at the Family Support Center.


Karen Kirsch
Karen Kirsch PowerParenting
Karen Kirsch works with children and families in creative dance and movement play. Karen has a master's degree in Somatic Psychology, is a registered somatic movement therapist, CMA certified movement analyst and CC certified counselor in Washington State. She applies movement and body awareness to help people increase sensory processing and learning. Karen and Linda have co-parented five children, surviving four teenagers at once.

In partnership with the Family Support Center.