Can you believe it’s March? We may have to wait a while for it to feel like spring, but there’s no need to wait to have fun! Here’s a round up of free or frugal/affordable family events around the South Sound you won’t want to miss this month! Honestly? There’s more than 11 here!
There are two great cultural celebrations coming up. The Ethnic Celebration in Lacey is FREE and features live entertainment, hands-on activities for the kids, and more. The Karshner Museum in Puyallup is hosting their Gathering of Families event, a celebration of Native American culture. Both of these are FREE events, though you may want to bring cash for food vendors.
There are TWO free days at the Pt. Defiance Zoo for City of Tacoma residents this month. Sunday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 22. Photo id and proof of residence, such as a utility bill, is required. The park is also a great place to try Geocaching-a free activity all year round!
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We’ll be at the Healthy Family Show at the South Hill Mall on the 11th. There will be lots of community info. and I’m told the gift bags for the first 200 are pretty great! This is a free, drop in event, so feel free to work it in around the other fun things you have planned that weekend.
March 14th is Pi day (3.14-get it?). The Puyallup Public Library is having a free event for the whole family, but feel free to have your own at home (we think it should involve pie, naturally)! Free, all ages event; no registration needed.
Looking for a way to get your child interested in the Symphony? Mini Maestros at UPS in Tacoma is the perfect start just for kiddos 3-8! Each of the shows in the series has been designed by early childhood experts. Shows are lively, interactive, and just the right length for young listeners. Jungle Jam is the next one on the 17th. Don’t miss the, “Instrument petting zoo.” Not free but tickets are very reasonable.
Spring is coming (we hope??), and that means lots of wetness in our area. Don’t let unpredictable weather stop you from opting outside! Explore our list of South Sound Rainy Day Hikes and Trails, from Federal Way to Olympia, we’ve got a lot of great options. No Discover Pass? You’ll want to hit a state park or two on March 19th-it’s a free day at your state parks in honor of the park system’s birthday! Rather stay dry? You can always find a place to play in our indoor playground guide. Our friends at WiggleWorks have fun specials and activities every day of the week.
The City of Kent hosts Kid’s Arts Day at the Kent Commons on Saturday, March 11, from 10:00am-4:00pm. Admission is $10/child (free for adults), and includes materials to make all kinds of hands on projects. This is a great event and well worth your 10.00. Low cost food items will also be on sale.
Are you thinking summer? You can meet many summer camp providers in person (and the kids can play in the Treetops Playground at the STAR Center for Free) at the Parent Map Summer Camp Fair March 25th.
Make A Robot!
Both The Pierce County Library System and Tacoma Public Libraries are hosting Lego Mindstorm events this month. Kids build and learn to program a simple robot. These have been filling almost faster than we can mention them, so if you’re interested, find one near you and register now. The easiest way is to use the calendar to search for events for Tweens. Other library highlights this month-all FREE
- Luck o’ the Irish Craft. Thursday, March 9th Orting 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM All ages; under 6 with an adult.repare for St. Patty’s Day with an Irish folktale. Then craft a leprechaun catcher to take home. The same event is offered Wednesday the 8th at the South Hill Library at 4PM.
- Planet Science: Wednesday, March 8th Science Explorer: Planet Science
Parkland Spanaway 4:30 PM Ages 5 and up. Build on an earthquake table and explore augmented reality topography. Paint with earth pigments and navigate with robots. Discover dinosaur fossils and create waves.
- Explore Your World: Microscopes. Tuesday March 14th DuPont 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM All ages; under 6 with an adult Learn to use a microscope and look at prepared slides of mosquitos, butterfly wings, plant cells and more.
Take in Kid Friendly Live Theatre
Olympia Family Theater presents The Emperor’s New Clothes just for young audiences March, 9th, 10th, and 11th. These daytime shows are just 5.00.
Another great option for the Olympia area preschool set is the Puppets Please Marionette Show at the Olympia Library on the 16th. These are great-and FREE.
This time of year many junior highs and high schools all over are putting on plays or musicals. You might call the one near you to ask if they’re doing anything family friendly.
Score a Bargain!
There are some big consignment events coming up this month. If you’d like to save money on gently used kids’ clothing and gear (Wouldn’t we all?) you’ll want to put at least one of these on your calendar. The Rhea Lana sale is coming up on March 19th. This is a great location for my readers near Lakewood/South Tacoma/JBLM. The JBF sale is coming up at the Puyallup Fairgrounds on March 30th (We’ll have a Prime Time pass giveaway coming up).
And, yes, we’ll have our guide to South Sound Easter Egg Hunts and other Easter fun coming up soon!