100 Things to Do in the South Sound

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Here’s a list of over 100 ideas featured right here in the South Sound!  These are things you can enjoy year round, listed by geographic location.  For more seasonal offerings, be sure to check out the clickable graphics in our side bar, like our Facebook page to get a heads up on what’s going on NOW, or sign up for Sounds Fun Mom emails. If you need held finding something, send an email to soundsfunmom at gmail dot com, and I’ll be glad to help you out!

Here, There and Everywhere

Check out a Sandy South Sound Beach or Lake 

Explore a beach at low tide

Paint your own pottery at a local studio 

Score a perfect 10 with your kiddo on the ice skating rink

Go totally 80s and hit up the roller skating rink 

Work on your golf swing at a mini golf course

Visit a museum for FREE with a library pass

Ride a carousel or merry go round

Grab two scoops at your favorite ice cream shop

Take a field trip to Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

Go for a swim at these impressive indoor aquatic centers

South King County


Take a nature walk on the boardwalk at Shadow Lake Nature Preserve

Enjoy a show at the wonderfully kid friendly Storybook Theater


Make a day of it at Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center


Enjoy indoor fun at The Jungle Gym

Des Moines

Enjoy over 1400′ of shoreline and forested trails at Salt Water State Park

View 250 native Puget Sound marine species for FREE at the HCC Mast Aquarium at Redondo


Wilson Playfields

Bring a picnic to Lake Meridian and let the kids play at the awesome playground

For the tiny tots, check out the City of Kent Indoor Park

Pretend you are an Olympic gymnast at the The Metropolitan Gym‘s Open Gym sessions

Federal Way

Jump around, jump around,  jump up, jump up and get down at Trampoline Nation

Take a picturesque stroll along the beautiful boardwalk of the West Hylebos Wetlands Park

Walk through a nature preserve and emerge onto beautiful, secluded Dumas Bay

Enjoy a full day at one of the South Sound’s most beautiful beaches, Dash Point State Park

Catch a $2 movie at Starplex Cinemas Gateway Theater

Float along the lazy river at the Federal Way Community Center Pool


Take in a performance at the Evergreen City Ballet

Have the kids let off some steam at Les Gove Discovery Playground and Rotary Sprayground

Take a free tour of the stables and facilities at Emerald Downs

Pop in for an Open Gym session at The Auburn Gymnastics Center

Hang out at the Gymnasium at Les Gove Park, where kids can play at the indoor gym or tackle the rock climbing wall

Romp around the indoor play area at The Outlet Collection {formerly known as the Supermall} then hitch a ride on the carousel

Try out the Bungee Trampoline at Super Jump Party Zone 

Visit the kid friendly, historical  White River Valley Museum

Rainbow Play Systems hosts daily play times on their playground equipment for $6/2 hour sessions


Cruise the indoor park at Peak Gymnastics


Have a splash in the calm Mashell River

Pierce County


Meet friends at the popular Wedge Park 

Take the whole family for a swim at The Fife Swim Center for only $10

Bonney Lake

Hunt for adorable Gnome Homes in Bonney Lake


Visit area animals in their natural habitats at NW Trek


Take your runner to the Fircrest Tot Lot, where they can’t escape because it’s fully fenced!


Take in a Children’s Show at the Pierce College Science Dome 

Pet some goats, ride a pony, and feed live animals at the City Goat Farm and Petting Zoo Be sure to verify openings before you go

Take a multicultural excursion at Asian supermarket Paldo World

Let the kids storm the castle at Ft.Steilacoom Park

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

Pierce County Walking Guide


Picha Farms  strawberry picking and other seasonal adventures

Foxberry Farm

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

Riverwalk Trail

Trackside Pizza

The Foothills Trail

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

Wildwood Park

Swan Creek Park

Wiggleworks  kids’ indoor playground at the S Hill Mall

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

Zoomers  ride on animals at the South Hill Mall

Root Beer Store

Skookum Archers

Terry’s Berries

Elements Frozen Yogurt

Indoor Play Park

Bradley Lake Park/Playground

The Little Gym


Graham Frontier Park

Summit/Waller Orange Gate Property


Windmill Gardens nursery **Check links for current classes

Rainier View Park

Loyalty Park

Roach Gymnastics

Indoor Play Park


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

Gig Harbor

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

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

Beyond the South Sound

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