100 Places to Go

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Looking for somewhere fun to go with the kids? Here’s a list of more than 100 ideas I’ve written about right here in the South Sound-wowza!

The list is arranged by region, and then alphabetized by city.

I did not include seasonal outings like berry picking and farmer’s markets, and I also didn’t include annual events like fairs and festivals. Be assured, I’ll continue to have brand new ideas for you every day! Need help finding something? Just send me a note, and I’ll be glad to give you a hand.

Things to do with Kids All Over the South Puget Sound

Beaches/Lakes with sand

Beaches to explore at low tide

Paint Your Own Pottery Studios

Ice Skating Rinks

Roller Skating Rinks

Mini Golf Courses Many of these are open seasonally

Museums with free passes from the library


Favorite Ice Cream Stores

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels field trips

Fancier indoor swimming pools

Things to do with Kids in South King County

Tukwila  Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center

Renton-Shadow Lake Nature Preserve

Renton-Storybook theater

Algona-Rainbow Play Systems hosts regular, free play times on their playground equipment. Outdoors

Auburn Evergreen City Ballet

Auburn Discovery Playground and Rotary Sprayground

Auburn-Emerald Downs

Auburn The Auburn Gymnastics Center

Auburn-City of Auburn indoor gym and climbing wall at Les Gove Park

Auburn-Supermall  Play area, carousel, monthly momtopia events for preschoolers

Auburn Xtreme Bounce of Fun  Indoor playground for young children

Auburn-White River Valley Museum

Burien-The Jungle Gym Indoor play center

Des Moines-Salt Water State Park

Enumclaw-Peak Gymnastics

Federal Way-Trampoline Nation

Federal Way-West Hylebos Boardwalk and nature trails

Federal Way-Dumas Bay

Federal Way-Dash Point

Federal Way-Starplex bargain movie theater

Federal Way-Federal Way Community Pool

Kent-Once Sold Tales used book store

Kent- Wilson Playfields

Kent Lake Meridian

Kent-City of Kent indoor park

Kent-The Metropolitan gym opens their facility to the public during select hours.

Redondo-HCC Mast Aquarium

Tukwila-Family Fun  Center

Eatonville-Mashell River

Things to do With Kids in Pierce County (Tacoma and Gig Harbor are listed separately below)

Bonney Lake  GeoCache for gnome doors

Bonney Lake  Old School Frozen Custard

Eatonville-NW Trek

Fife-Wedge Park mentioned in less crowded playgrounds

Fife-The Fife Pool is the SFM reader favorite for swim lessons

Fircrest-Fircrest Tot Lot mentioned in top playgrounds I’ve also written about the wading pool in Fircrest, which is open seasonally.

Lakewood Science Dome at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom  indoor, digital planetarium with kids’ astronomy shows

City Goat Farm and Petting Zoo Be sure to verify openings before you go

Lakewood-Comic Book Ink Comic store *Puyallup store also mentioned in this post is closed.

Lakewood/S Tacoma Paldo World

Lakewood-Ft.Steilacoom Park

Lakewood-Pierce County Parks and Recreation has a new indoor playground for preschoolers at Sprinker Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Pierce County Walking Guide

Puyallup-Wild Side Pet Store In the Summit area; lots of critters walking around now at a new location in Tacoma (See above)

Puyallup-Picha Farms  strawberry picking and other seasonal adventures

Puyallup-Foxberry Farm

Puyallup-Fred Oldfield Center at the fairgrounds Small cowboy themed museum; year round art classes for all ages

Puyallup Riverwalk Trail

Puyallup-Trackside Pizza

Puyallup-Karshner Museum **Currently open only on family days, or call to arrange group tours

Puyallup/Sumner/Orting etc. The Foothills Trail

Puyallup  Cookies Your Way

Puyallup Clarks Creek Park mentioned in my less crowded playgrounds/parks post.Clarks Creek was also mentioned in my post about fish hatcheries. The hatchery here is open for self guided tours year round.

Puyallup Epic Donuts

Puyallup  Wildwood Park

Puyallup/Tacoma  Swan Creek Park

Puyallup-Jubilee Cupcakes *This post is a review of the Tacoma location, which is now closed. The S.Hill Puyallup store is still open

Puyallup-Wiggleworks  kids’ indoor playground at the S Hill Mall

Puyallup-SuperJump Party Zone  Indoor bounce house place at the S Hill Mall

Puyallup-Zoomers  ride on animals at the South Hill Mall

Puyallup Root Beer Store

Puyallup Skookum Archers

Puyallup/Tacoma River Road-Terry’s Berries

Puyallup-Elements Frozen Yogurt

Puyallup  Indoor Play Park

Bradley Lake Park/Playground

The Little Gym

Graham Frontier Park

Summit/Waller Orange Gate Property

Sumner Windmill Gardens nursery **Check links for current classes

Sumner-Rainier View Park

Sumner-Loyalty Park

Roach Gymnastics

City of  Sumner-Indoor Play Park

Things to do With Kids in Tacoma

Center at Norpoint Playground and Sprayground

Dick Gilmer Kayak launch/beach access

Ruston Way Part One and Part Two

Discovery Pond playground at the Tacoma Nature Center

Working Waterfront Museum/Foss Waterway Seaport

Tacoma City Ballet


Tacoma Art Museum

Children’s Museum of Tacoma

Museum of Glass

Learning Sprout Toy Store

T-Town Hot Dogs Hot Dog Cart

History Museum

LeMay auto museum

City Blocks Lego Studio in Freighthouse Square

Ride the Link

Wright Park and the Seymour Conservatory

Shake, Shake, Shake  hamburgers

Job Carr Log Cabin Museum/Old Town Tacoma-Spar, Old Town Park, Tully’s

The Hawthorn Tea Room

Brown’s Point Lighthouse and Park

Blue Mouse Theater

Kandle Park Playground

Odyssey One

Charlotte’s Blueberry Park

Adriana Hess Park in University Place

China Lake

Kidz Kaboodle Consignment-monthly .25 sale

Pt.Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Hidden Pt.Defiance Native garden and the Pagoda area **There was a fire at the pagoda since this post

Hidden Pt.Defiance The Rhododendron Garden and Trails

Hidden Pt. Defiance The promenade to Owen’s Beach

Port of Tacoma-Bus tours and observation tower

Tacoma Musical Playhouse and Lakewood Musical Playhouse-Performances and classes

Titlow Park and Sprayground

Hidden Beach

Fern Hill Park

Ryan’s Park

STAR Center

Playground by the Sound at Chambers Creek

Fort Steilacoom Park

Fort Nisqually

Bounce E House

Frog n Kiwi Cafe and play area University Place

Bricks 4 Kidz  Kids night out events and classes in the Tacoma area

Things to do with Kids in Gig Harbor (and beyond)

Discovery Village Children’s Museum and Preschool

Harbor History Museum

Narrows Park

Sehmel Park

Kopachuck State Park

Lunchbox Laboratory

Kids gig, playground by Discovery Elementary in my Top 10 playgrounds list

Kitsap Live Steamers

Things to Do With Kids in Thurston County

Nature Nurture’s Farm

State Capitol Tour

Black Hills Gymnastics

Charlie’s Safari

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

Great Wolf Lodge

Mima Mounds

Hands on Children’s Museum

Lott Wet Science Center

Wolf Haven

Olympia Family Theater

Priest Point Park

Dupont Trail hike


Paddling at the arboretum in Seattle

Riding the Great Wheel Seattle

Jetty Island-Everett


Pike Place Market Scavenger Hunt With Stray Boots

Fox Hollow Farm Issaquah

Pioneer Farm Museum in Eatonville

Klaloch Lodge-Olympic Peninsula

Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad

Ride the gondola at Crystal Mountain

Ferry ride to Bremerton