South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do June 19th-21st!

Need something to do with the kids this weekend in Tacoma, Olympia, or Puyallup?

We’ve got fun things for families all over the 253, plus a guide to South Sound area Father’s Day Events.

New here? We have an amazing list just like this one up every Friday morning, and lots of fun all the days in between-just for the South Puget Sound.

 

Don't miss the free fun at the Proctor Farmer's Market Saturday. It's a celebration of all things bee!

Don’t miss the free fun at the Proctor Farmer’s Market Saturday. It’s a celebration of all things bee!

Saturday

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Toys R Us Lego event It’s a Jurassic World themed mini build today. 12-2 These have gotten more popular, so you want to get there as close to 12 as you can. Let us know how it is at your store if you have a chance.

Kids’ Club at Michael’s stores 2.00 for half hour craft sessions for ages 3 and up; supplies included. It’s a little, “Book,” that looks like a Popsicle today. Between 10-12. Note: I had to select my store to see this event.

Father’s Day Story time and crafts at Barnes and Noble  11AM.  We suggest finding your store and calling directly to confirm. We have found participation in these fun, free events to be inconsistent-even when the store is listed as participating. If you have feedback on one, let us know!

South King County

Tambourine Submarine  Summer Reading kick off with Recess Monkey at the Des Moines Library

City of Federal Way 25th anniversary carnival  Rides, games, and fun for all . At the former Target site, through Sunday. Free admission; there is a charge for carnival rides and games. Food and other vendors will also be on site.

Touch tanks at HCC Mast at Redondo  Free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2

Puyallup/Bonney Lake/Greater Pierce  

Yes, Puyallup, your spray ground is now open! 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily beginning Friday, May 22nd – Monday, September 7th. It’s right by the downtown Puyallup library. Try the surface parking behind city hall-it’s free and open to the public.

Meeker Days in Puyallup June 19th-21st  Street fair with vendors, kids’ activities, and entertainment. Notes from SFM: The kids’ zone is now 16.00 (or 17.00-I forget; it’s one of those) for an all day pass, or you can buy individual tickets for rides. Each of them purchased individually would add up to 32.00.  Rides include inflatable bounce houses, the swings, a spinny bucket thing, and a gyroscope that looks only suitable for adults to me. I think I spent 17.00 for a total of six rides (My kid plus his pal on three things). They had a lot of fun, though I do think this is spendy for mostly inflatables at a community festival (I’m cheap, though…..). If you need to do free things, there is lots of excellent entertainment on the stage and plenty to see and do. The Puyallup Fair traveling farm is parked right in front of City Hall, and it’s free, as, of course, is the playground and sprayground. It’s easy enough to steer clear of the ride section if you need to.

Meet Rhubarb at the Puyallup Public Library  Drop in between 11AM-1PM during Meeker Days to get a little face time with Rainier’s mascot, Rhubarb.

Summer Reading Programs at Pierce County Library Branches: Summer reading events kick off in a big way this weekend. Kick off party with the Reptile Man and more fun at the Graham Library at 10:30 and in Eatonville at noon. “Welcome Summer,” party in Sumner at 11, Frozen movie (Sing along version!) at Milton Edgewood

Tacoma

Bee Festival at the Proctor Farmer’s Market 9-2  Demonstration bee hive, information on growing a garden for pollinators, and lots of fun activities for the kids all day. Free!

Superhero Training Camp at the Fern Hill Library 1PM

Linda Severt at the Wheelock Library songs, circus arts, and puppetry in a lively, whimsical children’s show  11AM

Your Spraygrounds are open, Tacoma! Daily and free 10AM-8PM on weekends

What’s Cooking At Ft.Nisqually  Get 19th century cooking trips from reenactors trying to create tasty dishes, old style! There will also be demonstrations and activities. We think fort visits are best for school age children with an interest in history, though kids of all ages enjoy running in and around the fort towers.

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Finding Summer Balance And Staying Totally Taken Care Of With Listerine

It’s finally, finally the last day of school here at the SFM house. Seriously, there is something just so wrong about having to put sunscreen on your kids before they go to school. Bring on summer break!

Of course, I know if I’m not careful, I’ll be wishing for back-to-school by the end of vacation week one. I discovered a few years ago that the key is a balance between lazy, hazy days and more structured weeks with camps and other fun. One year, I didn’t plan a thing. I had visions of us lounging on the grass, watching the clouds roll by, and maybe reading books in our tree fort together. Yeah…..that fantasy fell apart by the end of day two, as the boys started fighting with me over screen time and with each other over everything else.

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Naturally, I went too far in the other direction the next year. I had the boys in so many swimming lessons their hair turned to straw. We were all exhausted by August.

This summer, I think we’ve found a better balance that will keep us all feeling healthy and calm. Both of the boys are going to do a soccer camp, and Henry will do a week of Lego camp. He’ll also do some swim lessons (just not ALL of the sessions), and his brother is going to take guitar lessons, though just once a week. The big kid also does a week of overnight Scout camp the same week Henry will go to VBS (Proof that yes, Jesus loves me)!

That will still leave plenty of time for trips to the beach, running through the sprinkler, and chilling out with the neighborhood kids.

Listernine 005 for June

One thing I won’t have to leave room for is a complicated routine for our teeth. If you’re a regular reader, you know that we’ve been faithfully using the Listerine family of products for a while now. One of the many things I love about them is that they get us Totally Taken Care Of in no time flat. In fact, with LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE I can keep all of our smiles healthy with one bottle, and each swish

  • Helps prevent cavities
  • Restores enamel
  • Strengthens teeth
  • Kills bad breath germs
  • Cleans the whole mouth
  • Freshens breath

We get all those benefits without having to slow down (unless we want to)!

Walgreens can help your family get ready for summer, too. You’ll find all the wellness products you need there, including LISTERINE® TOTAL CARELISTERINE® TOTAL CARE ZERO, and LISTERINE® SMART RINSE®.

How are your summer plans shaping up?  Do you have a schedule of activities, a bucket list of fun ideas, or do you play it all by ear? I’d love to hear your best strategies for keeping everyone Totally Take Care Of!

Disclosure: “I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Brand Totally Taken Care Of program. All thoughts and opinions expressed  in this post are my own.”

South Sound Father’s Day

Hey, South Sound! Need last minute plans for Father’s Day? Here are some ideas that might work! These are events specific to celebrate dads and Father’s Day. We have other weekend happenings for dad or anyone, in our weekend events guide. I have a link to that at the bottom.

Tacoma Father's Day Events 2015

South King County Area Father’s Day Events

Free admission for dads at the Museum of Flight with a paid child’s admission Sunday  There will also be a free, family activity and a Lego zone today.

Father’s Day cap giveaway at Emerald Downs   Sunday Kids’ activities and free caps for dads while supplies last

Father’s Day at Wild Waves  Sunday Daddy and Me ticket admits dad and child for 20.00

Tacoma Area Father’s Day Events

Dads are half price at Point Defiance Zoo Sunday

Father’s Day Cruise-In at the LeMay Family Collection   Sunday 5.00 admission for dads/ 15.00 general/5.00 student  tour the vintage car collection; bring a picnic or purchase BBQ on site  Note that this is the LeMay in Spanaway/South Tacoma-not the Tacoma Dome location It’s pretty much always on Groupon, but I don’t know if you can use the Groupon for special events days. I’m guessing not.

Tacoma Mall On Par Event Saturday  1-3PM Make a golf themed craft with dad and twist your own pretzel with Auntie Annes You may have to join the, “Kidigits,” club to do this.

Free entry for dad at Jim’s U Fish and Old McDebbies Farm Sunday

Free Family Car Show at the New Tacoma Cemetery  Canceled this year due to the US Open

Puyallup Area Father’s Day Events

WiggleWorks at the South Hill Mall  Saturday and Sunday  Free Father’s Day goody bags for the first 25 dads in the door Saturday and Sunday! Bags stuffed with over $100 in great values from our fellow South Hill Mall merchants! I heard that the Mother’s Day bags were Awesome, guys

Olympia Area Father’s Day Events

Free admission to the Hands-On Children’s Museum for dads and grandpas

Beyond the South Sound

Northwest Railway Museum-This is the one in the Snoqualmie area. Dads ride free with a paying child all weekend.

-Note that the Mt.Rainier Scenic Railroad train out of Elbe (a different train) is sold out for their father’s day event.

All Over

Free Father’s Day decorating station on Saturday June 20th from 12pm to 4pm at all Albertsons or Safeway stores in Washington.Kids can decorate a 10 inch cookie cake (starting at $7.99) , or a 8 inch cake ($7.99)  just for dad.

I suspect Fred Meyer and Top Foods/Haggen are doing similar events, but I haven’t confirmed them. Let me know if you find out for sure!

If nothing here suits your fancy, you can check our regular weekend events guide. It’s got lots of great ideas for the whole family!

If you’ve been super busy like we have, you might have missed the roll out of this year’s great, big South Sound Summer Guide!  It’s all your favorite things for summer with the kids in one, great place! 

I know it’s all a lot to take in-you might want to become a subscriber and tackle a little bit a day. We have lots of ways to subscribe via those cute buttons at the top, but I recommend the daily emails!

Great Groupons To Remlinger Farms, The Hands-On Children’s Museum, And More!

It’s been too long since we’ve posted about a family fun deal, so let’s fix that in a big way!

I found a bunch of fun deals on local family fun for you.

First up, you can score this Groupon to Remlinger Farms.

Remlinger Farms

This is a little out of my, “Territory,” but readers have raved about this spot in Carnation, especially for littles.  There is a train and all kinds of kiddie rides, plus farm fun and ponies. This deal gets you a pass for two for 17.00 (You can buy an additional one). That’s not bad for an all day pass. Do read the fine print for restrictions. My pal Angela, over at The Coupon Project, has a post with some pics she took of her cute kids at Remlinger.

Ringling Brothers

I also saw a good deal on tickets to the Ringling Brothers Circus coming to Kent in September. I honestly haven’t compared prices enough to tell you how strong this deal is, but if you’re wanting to go, it’s worth checking out.

And, finally, My favorite deal is admission to the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia-one of our very favorite places.

Olympia Hands on Children's Museum

If you’re never been, you really must put it on your summer bucket list. It’s got absolutely tons for kids to do, explore, and touch. Henry could pretty much live here. I love that this deal lets you choose from admission for one, two, or four-each offer is basically half-off, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

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I also saw fun deals to SFM favs like Discovery Village in Gig Harbor, Pump It Up in Tacoma, Daffodil Bowl in Puyallup, and LOTS more. Groupon is kind of feast or famine, in my opinion. This is definitely one of those times when there is a bunch of deals worth exploring, especially if you’re planning some staycation outings, or you just want to have some boredom busters in your back pocket.
You can check them all out here!

Do let us know if you spot one we should highlight!

Disclosure: Links in this post are my affiliate. Using them doesn’t change your purchase price at all, but it does mean a very small percentage of what you spend comes back to support the site. We super appreciate using them, but as always, read the fine print and only get in on deals that make sense for you!

Weekday Highlights! What Sounds Fun June 15th-19th!

If it’s not officially summer, it sure feels like it!

Puyallup still has another week of school, but I know many of you are already on vacation or in fun planning mode.

With that in mind, here are a few fun things to do with the kiddos this week. Don’t forget you can always check our Summer Guide for much, much more! Need somewhere else for the kids to be? The Summer Camp Guide is a great resource, too! You’ll find both of those in the menu bar.

Low tide exploration is one of many fun and Free things to do around the South Sound this week. Don't forget your sunscreen!

Low tide exploration is one of many fun and Free things to do around the South Sound this week. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

All Week

Some of the summer’s first really low tides are this week. Tuesday, you can join volunteer naturalists at Titlow Beach in Tacoma. Wednesday, Olympia area readers can check out a similar event at Tolmie. Seattle and South King County area readers have events several days this week.

Want to do it yourself? Head here for my post on low tide exploration, including where to go and how to use the tide table. It also has details/links to the events mentioned above.

Monday, Wednesday, or Friday

Michael’s Passport to Imagination program begins this week.  My store still had spots all three days, but they are filling fast. This is a low cost, kids’ crafting program.

Tuesday

Toddler Time at WiggleWorks at the South Hill Mall 10 AM-12 PM: Special sensory activities for our smallest wigglers (0-3 years old). Included with admission.

Wednesday

Puppet shows and steel drum band performances kick off the summer reading program at Tacoma Public Library branches Wednesday

Thursday

 Summer Carnival at WiggleWorks at the South Hill Mall! 3-7 PM! It’s Summer and we’re celebrating! Come in for fun, food, games, & prizes! *FREE with the price of admission

Family science event at the Wheelock Library in Tacoma today.

Super Hero event at Mottet Library

It’s a 3rd Thursday, so you can enjoy extended hours and free Evening admission at Tacoma’s major museums and the Seymour Conservatory at Wright Park.

It’s Members’ Wild Night at the Point Defiance Zoo. If you’re a zoo member, you can enjoy special animal encounters and behind the scenes tours tonight. We went last year, and it was a lot of fun, though I think it’s best for slightly bigger, school age kids with reasonably long attention spans.

Friday

TAKEOVER at WiggleWorks at the South Hill Mall! Closing at 4:30 pm to host our Takeover program! Our theme is animal safari! We’re watching Madagascar, playing, eating dinner, and making animal masks! Get your ticket now! *advanced booking required. 

 

You can make a golf bug craft and watch a family film at the Graham Library this afternoon.

and, of course, I’ll have your whole weekend list up Friday morning as always! Don’t forget to find the Summer Guide in the menu bar for much more summer fun. Keri is also hard at work getting our new calendar up and running. Thank you for your patience during this transition. As always, our goal is to make the site your one stop for South Sound family fun finding!

South Sound Sunday Fun

Sunday

A unique chance to mini golf right through downtown Sumner is one of several fun, family friendly options today.

A unique chance to mini golf right through downtown Sumner is one of several fun, family friendly options today.

Many areas now have a Farmer’s Market open on Sundays. Get your fresh on!

Maple Valley Days -last day!

Putt Around Sumner Do a little mini golf style putting at themed holes right around downtown summer! Free to participate; donations welcome. Finishers entered for a chance to win prizes, including US Open tickets! 11AM-3PM

Open Trails at the Morse Wildlife preserve in Graham The preserve is open for visitors the 2nd Sunday of every month. This is a quiet, shorter  outing, but children will enjoy the boardwalk and the bird watching tower.

Flag Day ceremony at Chambers Bay and a chance to see the US Open Championship trophy. Pierce County Communications guy and cool reader, Hunter, sent in some more scoop on this

  • U.S. Open Kickoff Celebration at Chambers Bay
  • U.S. Open Championship week will begin with a series of special events on the grounds of Chambers Bay on Sunday, June 14. The family-friendly activities, which are free and open to the public, will focus on youngsters and a celebration of the region’s military community. In honor of national Flag Day, the I Corps Army Band and a color guard from nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord will participate in a 1:30 p.m. PDT flag-raising ceremony, led by Major General Kenneth Dahl and USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. 
  • Note from SFM-It sounds like pre-registration was required for the junior cllinic, so I would not plan on being able to do this, though, who knows-you may still be able to get in on some of it? Spectators under the age of 18 are welcome to attend a junior clinic at 2:15 p.m. PDT at Chambers Bay’s practice facility. A variety of fun and engaging activities, presented in collaboration with the First Green, The First Tee, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, and the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, will take place after the clinic.
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the U.S. Open Trophy, as well as visit the official U.S. Open Main Merchandise Pavilion.
  • Sunday will also represent the last opportunity for non-U.S. Open ticket holders to purchase merchandise at the Main Merchandise Pavilion, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The merchandise pavilion will be open to the public for pre-championship shopping from Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PDT daily).
  • Attendees are asked to follow signs to pre-championship parking, which will be located in the New Tacoma Lot in close proximity to the course. A complimentary shuttle will be provided.

Join naturalists from Harbor Wild Watch at the Purdy spit to look for creatures revealed by low tide; you can also visit Harbor Wild Watch and their touch tanks at the Skansie Visitor Center in downtown Gig Harbor regularly

Historic Fort Steilacoom is now open for Sunday tours  Be mindful of increased traffic for the US Open in the coming weeks. Actually, This might be the day to do this!

Visit the South Sound Estuarium   open 11-4 weekends

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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do June 13th-14th!

Need something to do with the kids this weekend in Tacoma, Olympia, or Puyallup?

We’ve got fun things for families all over the 253. A special note to regulars-The site has been quiet this week. It’s just been an odd mish mash of things all at once. I promise everything here is fine, and we’ll be back to daily posting next week. Keri is also working on getting our new and improved calendar (Woot!!) up and running. I also hope you’ve checked out our summer guide up in the menu bar. It’s got a little bit of everything for your summer fun planning.

New here? We have an amazing list just like this one up every Friday morning, and lots of fun all the days in between-just for the South Puget Sound.

Take a free walking tour and learn about Tacoma's history as our first port. It's one of many fun families ideas this weekend. Keep reading for all of them.

Take a free walking tour and learn about Tacoma’s history as our first port. It’s one of many fun family ideas this weekend. Keep reading for all of them!

Saturday

All Over 

Fun Family Craft Time at Michael’s stores Make a tie-dye t-shirt with day today! 7.00 1-4

Touch the Brightest Star Story time and crafts at Barnes and Noble  11AM.  We suggest finding your store and calling directly to confirm. We have found participation in these fun, free events to be inconsistent-even when the store is listed as participating. If you have feedback on one, let us know!

Lowes Build and Grow-Stores are full; this is a reminder if you signed up. Missed it? Sign up for a future event and be sure you’re following Sounds Fun Mom.

Free Day at Washington State Parks-no Discover Pass needed-in honor of National Get Outdoors Day. Need a suggestion? Go to Dash Point and hit the beach!

South King County

Maple Valley Days carnival rides, car show, live entertainment, parade, and more  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Touch tanks at HCC Mast at Redondo  Free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2

Puyallup/Bonney Lake/Greater Pierce  

Yes, Puyallup, your spray ground is now open! 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily beginning Friday, May 22nd – Monday, September 7th. It’s right by the downtown Puyallup library.

Tacoma

Your Spraygrounds are open, Tacoma! Daily and free 10AM-8PM on weekends

Toucans Steel Drum performance at the Wheelock Library 11AM A free, summer reading program event

Theater Simple performs The Owl and the Pussycat at Tacoma libraries  11AM at Main or 3PM at Moore high energy, interactive show for children  A free, summer reading program event

Walking Tour hosted by the Job Carr Museum 11AM-12  Free, no registration required; walk and learn the history of Ruston Way and Tacoma’s role as our first port. You may also want to take some time to visit the little cabin museum.

Stop Motion animation at the Main Library for kids 10 and up Drop in to the story lab between 12-5

National Marina Day at the Point Defiance Marina-discounted boat rental, fishing derby (registration required), demos. and free safety inspections

Crafts of the Past at Ft.Nisqually  Traditional crafts are demonstrated Saturdays and Sundays through the fall. Included with fort admission. This outing is probably most interesting to school age children, though younger ones will enjoy running in and around the fort towers.  Also Sunday Much more continues! Just Click to Keep reading!  [Read more…]

Meet Steve And Kate’s Camp!

Hey, Tacoma, It’s not too late to find a great, summer day camp, and I know one that will work with you if you just need a few days, or if you’re still working on your summer schedule. Nope, it’s not too good to be true!

 

It’s Steve and Kate’s camp, the day camp for kids in grades K-7 that’s been named the very BEST in the South Sound.

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It’s truly a day camp experience like no other. Kids get to plan their own days-they don’t have to adhere to a set schedule or stick to the same group. There are always amazing, fun experiences to be had for every kind of kid. My kids and Keri’s got to check out the stop motion animation movie making that they offer to campers Every. Day. Keri’s little ones and my fussy tween and his pals all loved it.

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Other specialty studios to choose from include the culinary studio, build studio, design studio, style studio, animation studio, dance studio, and style studio.   Seriously, can I go??

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Kids can also always play sports and games, and a snack and meal are provided. You literally don’t have to send your kids with anything but a swimsuit and sunscreen.  As the folks at Steve and Kate’s put it:

We don’t believe in that whole “batteries not included” jazz. Once you pay for camp, we include everything needed between the hours of 7:30am to 6:00pm. That means we’ll make sure your little camper is eating like a…a …a champ-er? Anyway, lunch is designed by three esteemed top chefs and snacks are provided throughout the day. Any and all materials your child needs to get the full camp experience are taken care of. And all activities are open to every camper. So, as long as you remember to bring your favorite kids, we’ll bring the rest.

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Camps are geared towards children in grades K-7 (some exceptions for preschoolers). Enrollment is ongoing, and customized according to your needs-including day pass options! Let me say that again…..You can buy by the day! And, if you buy a block of 12, let’s say, and you don’t use them all, you will get your money back. Oh, and you don’t even have to tell them you’re coming. You can literally just. show. up.  I don’t know any other camp with that kind of flexibility. Period.
Whether you’ve got just one week when you need a hand, or a few odd days to fill, or you just want to make sure your kids have a Blast this summer, you’ll want to give them a look.  Just head here to Steve & Kate’s Camp for more information!
Disclosure: We are sponsored by Charles Wright Academy, which hosts Steve and Kate’s camp. Laurel, the camp director, provided my kids with pizza and an afternoon of animation fun. I was not otherwise compensated. The opinions are my own, except where indicated.

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do June 5th-7th!

Need something to do with the kids this weekend in Tacoma, Olympia, or Puyallup?

You’re in luck! June 5th and 6th seem to kick off the festival season around the South Sound! Look for big festival fun in University Place, Gig Harbor, and Tumwater. Plus, great free and fun things to do with the kids everywhere else in the 253 this weekend.

New here? We have an amazing list just like this one up every Friday morning, and lots of fun all the days in between-just for the South Puget Sound.

 

Saturday

All Over 

Kids’ Workshop at the Home Depot  You’re now asked to register for these popular, free workshops for kids. It’s a load and go truck today. Readers suggest arriving toward the earlier part of the event.

Kids’ club at Michael’s stores 10AM-12; 2.00 for half hour crafting sessions. It’s a Father’s Day project today.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Story time and crafts at Barnes and Noble   Special storytime with crafts celebrating the Dr. Seuss classic. We suggest finding your store and calling directly to confirm. We have found participation in these fun, free events to be inconsistent-even when the store is listed as participating. If you have feedback on one, let us know!

Free Day at Washington State Parks-no Discover Pass needed-in honor of National Trails Day. Need a suggestion? Go to Dash Point and hit the beach!

South King County

Hooked on Fishing at Steel Lake Park  hosted by Federal Way Community Center  Call to reserve your spot! They provide the pole, the bait, and even clean your fish! 4.00 per child/5.00 day of; 20 minute spots. Photo ops with the Ivar’s clam, too! 2-12 years old. 7AM-12

Touch tanks at HCC Mast at Redondo  Free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2  Reader Joanna wrote in to say they Were able to touch creatures in the touch tanks last week.

Puyallup/Bonney Lake/Greater Pierce  

AKC dog show at the Puyallup fairgrounds  It’s Free! Great fun for kids if they’re animal lovers.

Children’s Program with the Master Gardeners in Puyallup 1PM, “Tiny Plots Square Foot Gardening,” Free  Link takes you to details and full schedule for the summer.

Yes, Puyallup, your spray ground is now open! 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily beginning Friday, May 22nd – Monday, September 7th. It’s right by the downtown Puyallup library.

Read with a dog at the Puyallup Library  3PM  Kids can drop in and practice their reading skills with a patient, canine listener

Read to a Dog at the Graham Library  Kids can drop in and practice their reading skills with a patient, canine listener 2PM  It’s also family game day at the library from 1-4PM  Variety of new and old board games and more will be available.

Tacoma

Duck Daze in University Place  9AM-3PM in front of the UP Library. Booths, free bounce house and putt putt for kids and more. Stop in to the library to sign up for summer reading while you’re there!

Your Spraygrounds are open, Tacoma! Daily and free 10AM-8PM on weekends

Play and Grow Story time at the Wheelock Library 10:30

Northwest Pinpall and Arcade Show at the Convention Center Passes are spendy, but I *think* once you get one you get free play on the machines as much as you want. There was a kids’ zone last year-I’ll try to get more scoop on this year. It’s all weekend.

Crafts of the Past at Ft.Nisqually  Traditional crafts are demonstrated Saturdays and Sundays through the fall. Included with fort admission. This outing is probably most interesting to school age children, though younger ones will enjoy running in and around the fort towers.  Also Sunday Much more continues! Just Click to Keep reading!  [Read more…]

Free Summer Story Time, Lunch, And Activities For Tacoma Preschoolers

 

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Ready! Set, Read-Tacoma is back this summer! This is a free, fun, and interactive story time brought to you by Communities in Schools. It’s designed just for your soon-to-be kindergarten students. Librarians and volunteers at Tacoma elementary schools will  read specially selected stories and lead fun activities focusing on science, math, literacy, movement, and the arts. Plus, there will be a free lunch for anyone under 18 at noon.

Parents are asked to stay and participate. You’ll be learning too, as librarians who know the school expectations will model the best ways to read with your child and keep his interest. If you’ve got siblings, bring them along! Though the targeted age is 2-5, coordinator Rachel says older children are good helpers, and your kiddos are never too young to be read to! Here’s the schedule.

Ready Set Read Schedule

You are not required to attend all sessions, but they do need you register so they have an idea of numbers (especially for lunches). If you aren’t sure which elementary is closest to you, or if you have any other questions, the friendly folks at Communities in Schools will be glad to help you.

If you are interested in having your preschool aged child attend the RSR‐T Summer Program, please call or email Mallerie Kost @ 253.571.1054 or mkost@tacoma.k12.wa.us to register. You can also view the flyer and register online here.

You’ll be asked to provide your child’s name and date of birth, the guardian’s name, phone number, and email, and the location you will be attending.   Please note: space is limited at each site. No lunch program offered at Crescent Heights

 

Not your area? I have the details on the Pierce County Library System’s free summer reading program one post down, or you can just click here! Be sure to check the menu bar later this week for our complete Summer Guide!