The Weekend List: South Sound Fun for Kids and Families October 12th-14th

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend in Tacoma, Auburn, Lakewood, Olympia, 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.

Don’t forget to check my list of pumpkin patches and corn mazes, for still more seasonal fun!


Super (Community) Heroes at Story Time. Puyallup Public Library hosts members of the police department for this special, preschool story time. 10-11

Nature Numbers  At the STAR  Center in South Tacoma 10:30 Nature themed math lessons and fun for preschoolers 3-6. Registration and fees required.3 in a Tree Today

Read with a dog at the Puyallup Public Library  Kids can drop in and practice their reading with a patient, canine listener 1-2

Harvest Festival at the Portland Avenue Community Center Activities from 5-7; movie 7-9  Event rotates around Tacoma community centers this month

St.Matthew’s Church in Brown’s Point presents a, “Dinner With Dinosaurs,” Dinner, followed by a talk by dinosaur experts and artifacts. Childcare available. All free! Dinner begins at 5:30


All Over

Visit your farmers market! Here’s my list of which ones are still open.

Nickelodeon Activity Day at Toys R Us stores Sponge Bob and Ninja Turtle activities 12-2 I always suggest calling your local store first to confirm participation.

Lowes Build and Grow It’s a Ghoul Bus! Advance registration required for these popular, free programs  Thanks, ThriftyNWMom for the reminder.

South King County

Cedar River Salmon Migration  More on salmon watching coming in a post next week!

StoryTime at Southcenter/Tukwila Barnes and Noble 11AM Every Saturday in the children’s section

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 from 10-2 Here’s their Facebook page

Nordic Festival at Edgemont Junior High in Edgewood.  Celebration of Scandinavian culture with food and crafts for sale, plus free entertainment and an exhibit of Viking life

Tacoma/Greater Pierce County

 Zaniac Comedy Show at the Milton/Edgewood Library at 2PM Magician/stunt man Alex Zerbe puts on a free show for the whole family

 Free Saturday movie at the Fife Library at 2PM

Reptile Show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds Adults are 7.00; But wait….ThriftyNWmom has the scoop on tickets for 3.00 kids 10 and under are free

Cider Squeeze at the Meeker Mansion  Buy apples there and use the presses to make your own cider

U-pick Apple Picking and Cider making at Terry’s Berries on River Road in Tacoma/Puyallup 

Orting Pumpkin Fest 10AM-6PM entertainment, bounce houses, pumpkin themed costume parade at 12; variety of food and pumpkin items for sale

Lego! my Library at the Puyallup Public Library 11AM Build creations inspired by stories. New club. No registration required; for kids 3-8

Read with a dog at the Puyallup Public Library 2PM  Kids can drop in to practice their reading skills with  a patient, canine listener

Emergency Preparedness Fair at the South Hill Mall

All Bethel Community Day Emergency vehicles, face painting, bounce houses, entertainment, health checks Free! Food items for sale

Family story time at the Wheelock branch of the Tacoma Public Library

Free nature walks in Tacoma parks with Nature Center staff  Two different walks today

 Horrogami at the Steilacoom Library at 1PM  Halloween themed paper folding  *Probably better for older children

Geek Dad event at the Lakewood Library Kids 7 and up do cool projects with their moms or dads. Registration required. Based on the Geek Dad books. 1-3PM

Founder’s Day Celebration at the Pioneer Farm Museum  Free tour!

Gig Harbor/Kitsap/Beyond

2.00 movies at the Galaxy in Gig Harbor
cheap, Saturday movies are back all fall A benefit for the Jaycox Benevolence fund Doors open at 9:30  Every Saturday  It’s American Tale today.

Hats Galore! story time at the Kitsap Mall Barnes and Noble 11AM

Recess Monkey performs on Fox Island The popular kindie rockers will play at the Nichols Community Center at 4   Use link to purchase required tickets for a very reasonable 8.00.  Proceeds go to the playground fund

All Hallows Halloween celebration at Volunteer Park on the Key Peninsula
6-8PM  Haunted hayride, flashlight hunt, smores, and more

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


Fetch Club at the Dupont Library  Science themed club for kids 6 and up based on the popular, PBS show. No registration required at this location. 1PM

Make a natural lip balm at LOTT Wet Center  Every Saturday the center is open with free, themed activities for the family. This one is designed for kids 11 and up. Lecture on toxins in hair care and personal products; how to read labels; lip balm making 1-2 Link opens large pdf.

Saturday Story time at the Olympia Barnes and Noble 1PM  Ongoing event

Apple Festival at Lattin’s Cider Mill  (Ongoing event). Thanks, ThriftyNWMom for the reminder

Harry Potter Costume Contest and Scavenger Hunt at the Olympia Barnes and Noble for teens and tweens 7PM

Sausage Fest at Gull Harbor Lutheran   Bavarian themed dinner and goodies


 Open trails at the Morse Wildlife Preserve in Graham

Apple Festival at Lattin’s Cider Mill  (Ongoing event).

Reptile Expo continues at the Puyallup Fairgrounds Want to go?

Know something I missed? Don’t be shy-let me know!   Oh, and don’t forget to enter to win tickets to the Adorable Three Little Pigs at StoryBook theater in Renton!

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  1. amy says

    just have to say I love your blog….was trying out another one…but didnt like it all…to much reading :) you make it easy to read and I always find something if not 2 or 3 things for us to do! Keep up the hard work…it lets me play with my family!

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