The Weekend List: Fun for Kids and Families in the South Puget Sound for Friday July 13th-Sunday July 15th

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend in Tacoma, Auburn, Lakewood, Olmypia, or another South Sound spot?  You’ve come to the right spot for a whole list of affordable South Sound fun for kids and families this weekend.

If you’re headed north or south, you’ll want to check out the fantastic list over at ThriftyNWmom compiled by super bargain sleuth Sia of Centsible in Seattle.

If you’re one of my Kitsap area readers, you’ll enjoy the Kitsap Macaroni Kid. You can sign up for Diane’s newsletter to get the scoop on all kinds of events around you!


Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth kick off noon tunes at the STAR center in South Tacoma

Puppet Theater Presents: Stone Soup and Other Stories for Kids 6 and up. South Hill at 1 or 2:30

Starry Night at the Puyallup Library 3PM Kids will create their own version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night Recommended for grades 3 and up.

Alex Zerbe Comic, stunt show at the Mottet Library at 11 or Swasey Library at 3

Magician Jeff Evans at Fern Hill at 3PM

Pacific Days begins in Pacific at the City Park

Cornucopia Days begins in Kent


Hit your farmer’s market!

Lowes Build and Grow It’s a Kung Fu panda. 10AM Advance registration required for these popular, free programs

Kent Cornucopia Days Downtown street fair with kids’ rides, entertainment, many vendors  All weekend

Pacific Days in Pacific kids’ parade, inflatables, car show, and more  All weekend

Powell’s Wood Storytelling Festival 9AM-4:30  in Federal Way 10.00 adults/5.00 children/20.00 family Tales for listeners of all ages told by professional storytelllers. Food available for purchase.

Water Weekends at HCC Mast at Redondo Every Saturday you can get up close with critters in the touch tanks and learn about sea life.

Old-Fashioned sing-along behind  the Kobetich Library 2PM Bring a blanket and an instrument and celebrate the 100th bday of Woody Guthrie (think This Land is Your Land).

Rhubarb Days in Sumner   vendors, family activities in Heritage Park, kids’ games and more

Free kids gardening class with the master gardeners at the WSU extension in Puyallup. ! 1PM Click on, “Children’s Programs,” for a pdf schedule.

Graham Jam at Frontier Park in Graham Free event sponsored by Graham Emmanuel Baptist Church trout pond, inflatables, face painting. There is a new playground at Frontier Park. Look for our report next week!

Summit Garden Club at the Summit Library  Kids 6 and up are invited to get dirty with garden fun right behind the library. Master Gardeners lead the event. 1-3 PM

Fancy Nancy’s Day with Dad at the Tacoma Public Library  Registration required 10:30

Family Day at the Museum of Glass 1-4PM Special activities included with admission; try to score a pass from your library

Free Family Nature Walk at Wapato Park 10AM Register; not suitable for strollers After the walk stay for the Grand reopening of Wapato Park Catch and release fishing for kids, live entertainment

Crafts from the Past at Ft.Nisqually Each weekend, a different 19th century craft will be demonstrated. Included with regular admission. Also on Sunday

Geek Dad Event at the Lakewood Library  For kids 8 and up with an adult Projects inspired by the, “Geek Dad,” books Free but requires registration 1-3PM

Grand Opening at UPlay Town Center at the Frog and Kiwi Cafe in University Place 11AM Kids can check out the new indoor, play area for free. Enter to win great prizes! Please tell Marc and Kelly you found out about them on Sounds Fun Mom, won’t you?

Kites on the Fly  Kite building event at the University Place Library 2PM

Michael’s Passport to Imagination Craft for kids 3 and up 1PM It’s a kite inspired by the culture of Japan

Family Funfest at Sehmel Homstead Park in Gig Harbor  Free event with a variety of children’s entertainers and inflatables. Bring your socks, and tell our friends at Jump!, “Thanks,” for being a Sounds Fun Mom sponsor. 1-AM-4PM

 Lavender Fest at the Blue Willow Farm Gig Harbor

KeyFest 2012 12-6  Also on Sunday Community festival at volunteer park with fireworks, Krazy Key parade, and more

Visit the LOTT WET Center in Olympia Every Saturday the center is open with free, science and environmental education activities


Lowes Build and Grow It’s a Kung Fu panda. 2PM Advance registration required for these popular, free programs

Family Fun Days at Emerald Downs in Auburn

Families can visit the restored Mary Olson farm in Auburn for free on Saturdays and Sundays all summer

Crafts from the Past at Ft.Nisqually Each weekend, a different 19th century craft will be demonstrated. Included with regular admission. Also on Sunday

As always, if you know something great I missed, do let me know.

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