This Weekend: What to do for Fun with Kids and the Family in the South Sound! January 18th-20th

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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. She’s found some fun Seattle happenings this week!

Indoor Play Options See My Lists of

Weekend Events and Fun by Area


Valentines for Vets  Through January 26th, stop in at Tacoma Public Library branches to make a valentine for a local veteran.



South King County

Animal shelter re-opening and open house in Auburn. Goody bags for pets while supplies last; pet fair next door at the elementary school.

Water Weekends are back at the HC Mast Center at Redondo Every Saturday, check out sea creatures and enjoy the touch tanks. Free!

 Story time at the Southcenter Barnes and Noble 11AM Ongoing event, but it’s never a bad idea to call to confirm.

Auburn Avenue Kids present Never Forgotten-a story about a boy sold into slavery, and his father’s love for him. Tickets just 6.00. Sounds like a good choice for older kids.

Tacoma/Puyallup/South Hill/ Greater Pierce County

Let’s Play! at the Tacoma Dome  Family sports and fitness event with demonstrations and activities to try. Free for kids; adults are 7.00 or 6.00 with the donation of 5 canned food items. Parking is free.

Free movie at the Grand in Tacoma Click! Family flick free to the first 100. Doors open at 9:30; movie at 10. It’s the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Family Nature Walk with the Tacoma Nature Center/Metro Parks  at Swan Creek Park in Tacoma 10AM Free, but you’re asked to sign up. Not for children under 3 or suitable for strollers.

Family story time at the Wheelock Library 10:30

Lego my Library at the Puyallup Public Library Free, drop-in event 11-11:45  Come do some Lego!  Henry and I have done this. It’s just sitting on the library floor doing Lego. Naturally, he loved it! Ms.Bonnie will take pictures of your creations.

Straws and Connectors Open Build at the Summit Library 10AM

Science Dome Opening at Pierce College.

Block Play at the Parkland/Spanaway Library 10AM

Sing along with Caspar Babypants at the Lakewood Library  Kids 6 and under and their parents are invited to this free concert with one of the area’s favorite, “Kindie Rockers.”

Pier Peer at the Point Defiance Marina Registration requested.  Night time event for kids 8 and up to find and observe sea critters.

Gig Harbor/Beyond

Winter Stories at the Kitsap Mall Barnes and Noble 11 AM  Rhyme time for very young children at 7PM.   It’s never a bad idea to call and confirm with national chain events. Note to teacher readers: This is teacher appreciation week at Barnes and Noble, which means a nice, little discount for you on class and personal purchases.

Discovery Village is open 10AM-6  Special activity, “Scratch mittens,”  Drop and Play is race car building!  Fees required. Call or check their Facebook for details, and tell ’em SFM sent ‘ya!

It’s looking a little skimpy, GH peeps. Don’t be shy about sending in your tips! Of course, I grew up there when the only excitement in town was the Dairy Queen.

If you’re in the Kitsap area, you will also enjoy the weekly newsletter and calendar from Kitsap Macaroni Kid.

Olympia/Lacey/Dupont Area

Science Dome Opening at Pierce College. If you read my original post, you might have gotten in one of the free shows! If you didn’t, get your name on a wait list as soon as you get there. They will actually have some spots on cushions in the front for wait listers. If you don’t get in, there will be other free science activities, presentations from the astronomical society, and dental screenings! If you bump into staff or have the chance to fill out a survey, be sure to let ’em know you saw this event on Sounds Fun Mom. They’re sponsors, and I’d love them to know they’re getting their money’s worth. Thanks so much! Note: This is the Pierce Fort Steilacoom location in Lakewood.

Block Play at the Parkland/Spanaway Library 10AM

Sing along with Caspar Babypants at the Lakewood Library  Kids 6 and under and their parents are invited to this free concert with one of the area’s favorite, “Kindie Rockers.”

American Girl Book and Craft Club at the Olympia Barnes and Noble  1PM  There is also a children’s story time scheduled at the same time. It’s never a bad idea to call and confirm with store events, as they’ve been known to look different than the online listing!

Amphibians of the Northwest at The LOTT Wet Center in Olympia PDF of winter offerings . Free program from 10-3 on Northwest amphibians. Registration is required, and I don’t know how many spots are open. Contact: or call (360) 753-8336.  My guess is this would be best for your older grade schoolers. There will also be amphibian related activities available to guests who drop-in.

Stunt Dog Experience at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia  Rescue dogs performing amazing tricks and stunts. Kids 7.00-11.00; adults 14.00-22.00, plus fees. Military discount. Shows at 2PM and 7PM. A little on the spendy side, but this looks realllly cool!


Tacoma Symphony presents a special children’s performance of Peter and the Wolf 2:30PM at the Rialto theater  Designed for kids 4-9, with a musical petting zoo after. Adults 7.00; kids 5.00.

I’ll try to round up a few more ideas for Sunday, and yes, I’ll also have a list of kid friendly options for Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. day.  If you haven’t checked the school calendar lately, your big ‘uns are probably home Monday!

Btw, if You come here mainly for the weekend list, you might have missed some other good stuff this week.

Where to Play in the Snow

Daddy and Daughter Dances *Some of these area already Full!

Pierce County Parks and Recreation Princess Party

Sale at Great Wolf Lodge

As always, if you know something great I missed, just let me know!

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