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The Weekend List: South Sound Fun for Kids and Families for This Weekend, December 14th-16th

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Looking for affordable holiday fun with the kids this weekend in Tacoma, Auburn, Lakewood, Olympia, or another South Sound spot?  You’ve come to the right place 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.

Ongoing Holiday Events

 Zoolights at Pt.Defiance Zoo Zoo admission gets pricey. SFM recommends investing in an annual pass (Christmas gift from grandma?) unless you can take advantage of monthly free days for city of Tacoma residents.

Franciscan Polar Plaza is open for skating in downtown Tacoma

 Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Lake (Drive-Thru) Ongoing event through New Years

The reindeer are in at Watson’s nursery in Puyallup Santa during most hours, too. Ongoing event Link opens pdf; scroll down

Sleigh Rides and Santa at the Old Cannery in Sumner Santa Land weekends beginning the 23rd and going through December 23rd. Carriage Rides weekends beginning the 15th of December Check their Facebook page for update Link opens pdf; scroll down

Holiday Shows-For a whole variety of ongoing, family friendly shows, head here and scroll to the bottom of the page

For area Nutcrackers, go here

Events This Weekend

Friday

Read with a dog at the Puyallup Public Library  Drop in and practice your reading skills with a patient, canine listener 3:30

 Holiday Sale at Mega Brands/Mega Blocks Warehouse in Fife

Free Movie Night at the Fox Island Alliance Church

Saturday

South King County

See the top of the page for ongoing events. See the bottom of this page for shows and concerts.

See this page for reader recommendations for neighborhoods with Christmas Light displays.

Breakfast with Santa at the Family Life Christian Center in Federal Way

 Author reading at the Federal Way Barnes and Noble

Scholastic Books Warehouse Sale Continues

Winter Farmer’s Market in Federal Way

Author Story Time at Federal Way Barnes and Noble Local children’s author Jan Lydeck tells stories of Teta, the cow.

The Santa House is Open in Auburn 

Puyallup/Sumner/Greater Pierce County

See the top of the page for ongoing events. See the bottom of this page for shows and concerts.

See this page for reader recommendations for neighborhoods with Christmas Light displays.

Puppets Please! In the round marionette show performs at Pierce County Library branches  Free, drop-in event Check link for date and time at your library

Great Train Expo at the Puyallup fairgrounds  Tons of model railroads and other train goodies on display and for sale. We’ve been to this several times. There are typically a few things kids can do, but it’s mostly about looking and shopping. If your train enthusiast would be up for that, it’s worth doing.

 Holiday Sale at Mega Brands/Mega Blocks Warehouse in Fife

Dickens Carolers perform at the Bonney Lake Library at 2PM

Tacoma

See the top of the page for ongoing events. See the bottom of this page for shows and concerts.

See this page for reader recommendations for neighborhoods with Christmas Light displays.

Free showing of the Polar Express at the Grand in Tacoma Doors open at 9:30; movie at 10  Free to first 100

Santa at the LeMay Museum 11AM Saturday-4PM Sunday Check link for details and admission savings with canned food donation

The Snow Queen at the Live Paint Studio on Tacoma’s hilltop 1PM interactive children’s show with crafts. Costumes welcome For kids 3-8  Cindy Arnold and Live Paint did our 1st reader event!

Puppets Please! In the round marionette show performs at Pierce County Library branches  Free, drop-in event Check link for date and time at your library  UP/Parkland-Spanaway/Summit/Lakewood today

Santa Claus at the Barnes and Noble in Lakewood 1:30

Holiday Boat Parade travels along the Tacoma waterfront

Gig Harbor/Port Orchard/Kitsap Area

See the top of the page for ongoing events. See the bottom of this page for shows and concerts.

See this page for reader recommendations for neighborhoods with Christmas Light displays.

Fall Movies at Galaxy Uptown in Gig Harbor 2.00 bargain shows benefit Jaycox Fund. It’s the Polar Express today. Doors open at 9:30.

Santa is at Teaching Toys at Uptown and the Beach Basket in Downtown today 12-4

Afternoon Drop and Play and/or Evening Date Night with our friends at Discovery Village ! Registration and Fees required. Tell ‘em SFM sent ‘ya!

Lighted Boat Parade in Gig Harbor from Gig Harbor Yacht Club

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!

Lacey/Olympia

See the top of the page for ongoing events. See the bottom of this page for shows and concerts.

See this page for reader recommendations for neighborhoods with Christmas Light displays.

Breakfast with Santa in Lacey; preregistration required. Good chance this is full; do call first!

Puppets Please! In the round marionette show performs at Pierce County Library branches  Free, drop-in event at Lakewood/Parkland-Spanaway libraries today

Santa Claus at the Barnes and Noble in Lakewood 1:30

Mighty Microbes at the LOTT Wet Science Center in Olympia 1PM Look at microbes at visit the water quality lab. For Upper Elementary Aged Children Click on icon of the newsletter (it’s large) for more info.

Kids in Koncert at the Capital Playhouse  Children’s choir sings Christmas favorites  Free; donations welcome 2PM

Historic Christmas Celebration at the state capitol museum in Olympia enjoy decorated mansion, petting zoo, pony rides, hay rides, and more 12-3  7.00/person max of 25.00/family

Sunday

See the top of the page for ongoing events. See the bottom of this page for shows and concerts.

See this page for reader recommendations for neighborhoods with Christmas Light displays.

A Charlie Brown Christmas at Bethany Presbyterian in Tacoma 10:30  performance during service, also includes readings and carols

Children’s Musical at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church  Performance during services

Lego Mania at the Fox Island Community Center 2-4

Winter Wonderland at the Spanaway Home Depot 2-6PM inside the garden department Santa pics, horse and carriage rides, and more. Free!

Messiah Sing Along at the Fox Island United Church of Christ

 

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