Do you need something to do with the kids this weekend? We’ve found some great, fun and free things to do around Tacoma, Puyallup, Lakewood, Olympia, Auburn, and Your part of the South Sound. Do be sure to also check the, “All over,” section this week. Have a great one!
Lego and Building Madness at the Sumner Library 4:30
Legos, Straws & Connectors, blocks and more to construct fabulous contraptions.
After School Craft Club at the Tillicum Library 3PM
Join us for Legos, board games, button-making and more.
Shrek the musical Jr. at Capital High School, Olympia Also Saturday; performance by Marshall Middle School
Big Just Between Friends Olympia consignment event. Score a bargain on gently used kids’ clothing and gear. All weekend!
Fairy Fest begins at Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood Hunt for fairy houses, see live entertainment, shop for fairy merch. 9.00 general admission; children 12 and under are free.
Featured Sponsor: Family Game Night at WiggleWorks Here’s a great chance to play at WiggleWorks with the whole family! WiggleWorks kids Puyallup is excited to announce our partnership with PLAYlive Nation! Enjoy playing board games with your little ones and getting the wiggles out on our playground, while older siblings get to play games on our BIG SCREEN TV, brought in by PLAYlive Nation! PS Adults can play, too! 5-7:30PM Free with admission
Hatchimals event at Toys R Us 12-2 free collectible and a coloring activity
Kids’ Club at Michael’s Stores 2.00/child for 30 minute sessions 10-12 It’s a, “Family Terrarium,” today-sort of a 3 D diorama of your family in a flower pot? You may also want to ask about summer activities.
“Little Ree,” Storytime at Barnes and Noble stores First picture book from The Pioneer Woman. We do suggest confirming events with your store as participation has been inconsistent in the past.
South King County
A free event for pet lovers and a special day for your four-legged family member or other furry friend. The event features an animal-related entertainment stage, the K9 Kings High Flying Dog Show, flydog and agility demos, and lots of vendors. Leashed, licensed and well-behaved pets welcome.
Touch a truck in Federal Way Don’t miss your chance to climb in and on big rigs of all kinds! We heard this was great last year.
Visit the HCC Mast Center at Redondo The center and its touch tanks of sea critters are free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2
Bear Camp at Northwest Trek Learn about staying safe around bears. Included with admission.
Puyallup/Greater Pierce County
NW Kids Fair at the Puyallup Fairgrounds Demonstrations, character appearances, and other fun! Let us know how this is if you go!
Read with a Service Member Story time, conversation and photo ops with real life heroes-local service members! Graham, South Hill and Sumner at 11AM Bonney Lake, Fife, and Orting at 2PM Ask at your library service desk for more information.
Totally Kid Only race at Wapato Park Low cost one or two mile races around the Wapato Lake trail just for kids 14 and under CANCELLED We apologize for any inconvenience; this was apparently cancelled after we published this list.
Job Carr Cabin Craft Saturday 1-4 scavenger hunts today Small but fun museum; admission is always pay as you will
In case the sun comes back, you’ll be glad to know that Tacoma’s free spray grounds are open on weekends. 10-8; daily openings begin May 27th.
Family nature walk at McKinley Park 1PM Not appropriate for strollers; perfect for ages 3 and up. These are free but advance registration is now required.
Tacoma Public Schools Students Pre-K through 5th Grade Parents and pre-K through 5th Grade students are invited to enjoy a day of fun Learning at the Union Ave Office Depot; Hands-on activities, make and takes and other fun. It’s free, but you are asked too register. For more information call 253-571-7980 or email: email@example.com
The Emporium of the Weird is in Tacoma this weekend I don’t know anything about this, but if you have older kids and a spirit of adventure, admission is free….It looks to be sort of a craft and knick knack fair with an emphasis on the quirky.
Queen Victoria’s Birthday at Fort Nisqually Party 1800s style with volunteers in period dress, games and demonstrations. We think the Fort is a lot of fun for children in the intermediate elementary age group, but even young ones will enjoy exploring the towers. Admission is 8.00-10.00.
Featured Sponsor: Children and all ages shows at the Pierce College Science Dome/planetarium Children’s show at 12:30 or 2PM; all ages at 3:15. The children’s show is shorter and interactive and now suitable for ages 3-12! Do bring cash or get your tickets in advance. This is a Great outing-If you haven’t gone yet, what are you waiting for? Note the current show has a very fun rocket theme, and is playing for just two more weekends!
Dragon Boat Festival at Thea’s Park This is races only, but they might be fun for the kids to watch. Free!
Free military admission at LeMay America’s Car Museum Adult admission here is spendy, so this may be worth doing if you’re a member of the military and have been wanting to visit.
Read with a Service Member Special story time with real heroes-local service members!
Parkland Spanaway, Tillicum, at 2:00 P; Steilacoom and UP at 11AM; check at your library service desk for more info.
Fairy Fest at Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood 10AM-4 all weekend Find fairy houses, enjoy fairy appearances and live entertainment, plus lots of opportunities to buy fairy items or treats.Admission to the garden also gets you admission to fairyfest. General admission is $9. Military, Seniors and Students $7. Children 12 and under are always FREE!
Featured Sponsor: Lacey S.T.E.M. fair It’s here! Don’t miss this FREE event with tons of hands on activities. If you have a kids who loves rockets, robots, or just building, tinkering, and learning, you won’t want to miss it! Huntamer Park 10AM-3:30
Experience the 2017 Armed Forces Day activities at JBLM-Lewis Main May 20 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. at Cowan and Memorial Stadiums.
See military equipment, encampments and displays and enjoy carnival rides, bounce houses, a petting zoo, roving entertainers, a volksmarch, plus your favorite fair foods and vendor giveaways.
The day’s events are open to the general public; use I-5 Exit 119 for entrance. DOD ID cardholders can use any open gate.
Big Just Between Friends consignment event. Score a bargain on gently used kids’ clothing and gear. All weekend!
Story time, conversation, and photo ops with real life heroes!
Learn about,”Extremeophiles,” at the LOTT Wet Science Center presentation at 2PM followed by a microscope lab. Activities available all day. The center is free.
Read with a Service Member at the Key Center Library 11AM
Meet a real life hero for story time, conversation, and photo ops!
Visit the Gig Harbor Farmer’s Market veggies, artisan crafts, and much more!
Featured Sponsor: Mini Maestros Concert at UPS in Tacoma It’s Peter and the Wolf at 2:30 Each character is represented by a different instrument or group of instruments. No, “Petting zoo,” at this one, but a great show! Don’t miss this last kid friendly performance from the symphony this year! Perfect introduction to classical music, and especially great if you’re thinking about band or orchestra in the coming years!
Sunday family movie at the Auburn Library It’s Finding Dory 2PM
Last day for JBF Olympia. Many items should be half off.
Fairy Fest at Lakewold Gardens-see detailed listing above.
Know something great I missed? Want publicity for your group or advertising for your family friendly business? Just let me know! Things are starting to really *hop* around the South Sound with summer (and hopefully more sun!) around the corner. Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, so you don’t miss a thing. We also have a weekly e-newsletter that comes out on Thursdays. It’s a sneak peek of this list, and it’s perfect if you like to plan your weekend a little further ahead of time.