South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend

Need something to do with the kids in Tacoma this weekend? I’ve got a list of free and affordable outings for May 22nd-24th, and yes, we’re working on Memorial Day events, too.

From free crafts in Tacoma, cheap shows in Olympia, and fairs and festivals in Kitsap-it’s another great weekend in the South Sound.

New here? We have an amazing list just like this one up every Friday morning, and lots of fun all the days in between!


The Weinermobile is in Auburn! Take a pic to share with us if you go!

Indoor Park at Pen-Met Indoor Soccer Center in Gig Harbor  Every Friday from 11:15-12:30; toys usually left up longer  2.00/child

Play all day with our friends at WiggleWorks Get your summer season pass, and your visit can be free! Tell ’em we said to ask about it!

It’s always kids’ night out at Pump It Up on Fridays. Call for details and to hold your spot.


All Over 

Kids’ club at Michael’s stores 10AM-12; 2.00 for half hour crafting sessions. It’s a craft stick flag

Dragons Love Tacos Story time at Barnes and Noble  We suggest finding your store and calling directly to confirm. We have found participation in these fun, free events to be inconsistent-even when the store is listed as participating. Olympia and Lakewood seem to be consistently good.

South King County

Touch tanks at HCC Mast at Redondo  Free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2  Reader Joanna wrote in to say they Were able to touch creatures in the touch tanks last week.

Tacoma/South Tacoma/Greater Pierce  

Yes, Puyallup, your spray ground is now open! 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily beginning Friday, May 22nd – Monday, September 7th. It’s right by the downtown Puyallup library.

Yours are open, too, Tacoma! Daily and free 10AM-8PM on weekends; note the location by the STAR center is closed for repair.

Free BBQ at the Old Cannery in Sumner  Free all beef hot dog and pop Saturday, Sunday, and Monday  Pro Tip: If you buy a couch this will no longer be a free outing!

Craft Saturday at the Job Carr Cabin Museum in Old Town  1-4  Paint a clay pot and plant seeds! Perfect for children 3-8 and their families. Small but fun museum is a replica of the cabin of early settler, Job Carr.

Crafts of the Past at Ft.Nisqually  Traditional crafts are demonstrated Saturdays and Sundays through the fall. Included with fort admission. This outing is probably most interesting to school age children, though younger ones will enjoy running in and around the fort towers. Today’s craft is basketry. Also Sunday

Children and all ages shows at the Pierce College Science Dome/planetarium  CASH Only at the door-you can use charge cards if you buy tickets in advance.

Electric Run in Puyallup at the fair grounds  Evening event   Entry fees are pricey, but it does look fun!


Visit the South Sound Estuarium   open 11-4 weekends

Olympia Family Theater All About Sound Science Show 5.00 per person/cash or check at the door Interactive science shows with experiments and audience participation. Approximately 45 minutes. These look really great! 10:30AM

Community fun Day at Colombus Park

Olympia Family Theater presents Pinocchio 2PM

Gig Harbor 

It’s time for the Street Scramble! Solve clues and see how many checkpoints you can find. Walk, run, or bike and choose your distance. Free but advance registration is recommended.

Yes! Your farmer’s market is open! 

Sandcastle toys has been doing Saturday morning storytimes. I don’t see a listing today; you may want to call first. If you’re downtown, visit the Harbor WildWatch exhibit at the Skansie Visitor Center. It’s free and open to the public.

Kitsap Harbor Festival and Harbor Days  booths, kids’ zone, vessel tours, and more.


Historic Fort Steilacoom is now open for Sunday tours

Valve Cover Races at the LeMay Family Auto Museum (This is NOT the one in Tacoma). Build a racer out of an engine valve cover! Free, just for fun event for all ages. You should email to register if you want to create and race.

Kitsap Harbor Festival and Harbor Days  booths, kids’ zone, vessel tours, and more.

Olympia Family Theater presents Pinocchio 2PM

Visit the South Sound Estuarium   open 11-4 weekends

Monday/Memorial Day

Go here for a post with a list of Memorial Day observances and Memorial Day events

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Wienermobile in Auburn!

I stopped into the Twin Lakes Federal Way Fred Meyer this morning and was giddy with childhood delight at this sight:

wienermobile in auburn



I have fond memories of seeing the Wienermobile as a kid. It’s not like I took a road trip in it or anything, but it’s one of those American rites of passage that every kid should have the opportunity to do.

Sadly, you can’t board the hot dog on wheels, but you can take a peak inside and snap as many pics as you want. The lovely attendants were also handing out stickers and wiener whistles. I wish the wiener whistles had a mute button.

Tomorrow, the Wienermobile will be in Auburn!  Here are the details:

Friday, May 22
Auburn Fred Meyer
801 Auburn Way North

Snap a selfie and post it the Sounds Fun Mom Facebook wall!

College Savings Night At The Mariners! Discount Tickets And Souvenir T-Shirts-Plus Fireworks! Don’t Forget the GET Enrollment Deadline!

Here’s a fun way to save on a night with the Mariners from our friends with the Guaranteed Education Tuition program, or GET.

May 29th is national 529 College Savings Day, and our friends with GET will be hosting GET College Savings Night at Safeco Field. It’s a partnership with the Mariners and Parent Map, and yes, you’re invited!  Families can get discounted tickets that include a souvenir t-shirt, plus it’s a fireworks night. Fun, right?

We went to a game recently, and it was a great family day. Even when the M’s don’t win (though that would sure be nice!) Safeco Field is a great ballpark.

Speaking of savings, don’t forget, the current enrollment deadline for new GET families is approaching FAST.

If just thinking about paying for college stresses you out, I really do urge you to be proactive now.

GET night at the MAriners

While you obviously need to make your own financial decisions, I can tell you that we have had GET accounts for our boys since they were babies, and in looking at the rate of return on our other investments, we realized it has been by FAR the best one we’ve made. We are thrilled that our boys will be able to go off to college with their tuition paid for, and we are especially thrilled that they will be able to graduate without a pile of loans and debt.

We’ve done it by starting early and putting aside a modest amount every month. It really is a case where time is on your side.

You can get more information about saving for your child’s college with GET right here at their site, or you might like a post we did with answers to some of your frequently asked questions here!

You can also call or email the GET Contact Center at 800.955.2318 or  If you’re ready to enroll, simply Click “Start a GET Account” on the GET  homepage to enroll online between  (November 1 – May 31). The on-screen instructions will guide you through the process.

Head here if you’re interested in the Mariners game! 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The opinions are my own-financial decisions for your family are yours! We were a GET family long before GET sponsored Sounds Fun Mom, and we are very proud to have their support. I would love for you to mention the site if you contact them or enroll!

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