Updated for 2017
Sticking around the South Sound for Spring Break? Sounds Fun Mom is here to make sure you don’t go crazy trying to figure out what to do with your Spring Breakers for an entire week!
Scroll down for enough fun ideas to get you through a week and then some whether you have little or big kids!
Play On A Rainy Day
If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we have lots of options for indoor fun. Click on each image for round ups of awesome indoor swimming pools, great indoor playgrounds, and cheap movies!
Have An Outside Adventure
If the sun decides to make an appearance, or you just need to get outside no matter what, you might want to check out the outdoor fun featured on the site. Here are some of our favorite posts for opting outside:
- Ten South Sound Nature Walks Perfect for Young Hikers PS If you’re one of our Gig Harbor area readers on break, try one of these great spots!
- Geo Caching in Pt Defiance
- Best South Sound Playgrounds
- South Sound Rainy Day Hikes & Trails with Kids
- Painted Rock Hunting and Hiding
- Prefer your outdoors indoors? Bass Pro Shops in Tacoma and Cabela’s in Lacey both offer lots to look at and things to do!
Check out a free museum pass from your local library! Yep, just use your card and get in free to popular choices like the Washington State History Museum. Or head to the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, which is always pay as you will.
The Hands-On Children’s Museum in Olympia is well worth the trip from anywhere (and aren’t you lucky if you’re close by!). They have special activities planned for all area spring break weeks including science demonstrations and live animal visits. This spot is free to EBT card holders (this post has info. on other discounts as well). We do think it’s well worth the price of admission. And-Alert! Right now, it’s on Groupon .Head here for a Groupon to save on admission to the HOCM.
Plan a Playdate
Plan a meet up with your pals at a local park or your favorite indoor spot. Create a Facebook event and invite anyone who can show up at a specific day/time. This is a fun way to see lots of folks at once, and it’s a built in play date for the kids. One suggestion? Our lovely sponsor WiggleWorks offers discounts when you come with friends on Mondays, or call for a group rate if you want to get the whole gang together another time. They even have a room where you could hold your book club or whatever….
Learn Something New
We found lots of free fun at area libraries. Here are links if you’d like to check out something near you at KCLS, Tacoma Public Library, the Puyallup Public Library, or the Pierce County Library system. And here a few of our favorites to mark on your calendar:
Sip and Play
If you need an escape from the house and want to drink some strong coffee while doing that, check out one of our favorite Five Kid Friendly Coffee Shops in the South Sound.
Deal Yourself Some Fun!
Did you buy a deal to The Family Fun Center or laser tag a while back? Now is the time to use them! If you don’t have any, You can head here to browse “Things To Do on Groupon” Right now I see deals to Pump it Up, Laser Quest, and the Hands On Children’s Museum.
Visit Mommy or Daddy at work for lunch
Let your kiddos see what the grown ups in their lives do when they’re not at home! It’s a fun way to break up the work day for mom or dad and fun for kids to see somewhere different for lunch and exploration.
We have 15 fun trips within 3 hours of Tacoma in this post. Many would also make for good overnights. We did originally write this post for the summer, so check the links carefully as some of them may not be, “In season,” yet-save those for your summer adventures!
And, as always we’ll also have lots more fun here at the site including our huge weekend events lists each Friday. You might also want to explore our 100 Places To Go In the South Sound round up. Our contributor, Tiffany, has been working hard on this, and it’s all spiffed up and better than ever. New here? I hope you’ll think about subscribing to our emails, joining us on Facebook, or following Sounds Fun Mom on Twitter or Instagram.