If you haven’t started grabbing those back to school supplies, you might want to think about it. You won’t get a cheaper box of crayons all year.
There is still plenty of time to get in summer fun, too. Here are my picks for fun for kids around the South Sound this week:
Ongoing Summer Activities
Free summer reading programs at all area libraries. Kids keep track of time spent reading (or being read to) and earn prizes! All libraries offer tons of free events in conjunction with these programs. I include some of these in my weekly list, but not all of them due to space restrictions. If you have a teen, there are several good ones I didn’t have room for this week. Check the calendar for the library near you (give me a shout if you need a hand)!
Spraygrounds in many areas are open.
The fun squad is back in Puyallup.
Movies at Main It’s Gnomeo and Juliet at the main branch of the TPL. 1PM, doors open t 12:45. Just come on in.
Get Your Feet Wet Program with naturalists at Kopachuck State Park in Gig Harbor
Kids’ Club at Cedarview Park Bonney Lake park presents free kids’ concerts Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings. 6:30PM Free
Wild Tales story and special encounter with an animal from the Pt. Defiance Zoo. in Fife at the Chateau Rainier Apartments at 12:15 and in the back parking lot of the high school at 2. Pierce County Library calendar. If you’re one of my Fife readers, don’t forget there is a free playground program and free lunch served at Colburn Park by the pool most days.
The 6th avenue Farmer’s Market Get your fresh on every Tuesday!
Car seat safety checks Free weekly check at Mary Bridge in Tacoma. Link has contact info. for fire stations and other sites for seat inspections.
It’s 1.00 day at the Starplex in Federal Way (tickets are just 2.00 other days). See link at the top of this post for more 1.00 movies.
Kids’ Club at Cedarview Park in Bonney Lake Performances every Tuesday at 11AM
Mom and baby class at Good Samaritan Two class times for moms and babies 0-12
Live Paint Theater and art performance at 3:00 at the Moore Library or 111 at Main Register for the Moore performance
Readers’ Theater at the Swasey Library at 5:30 Got a dramatic tween? Kids in grades 3-5 get a script, props, and rehearsal time. Then family is invited back to watch the show. Registration required
Hooked on History Wednesdays at 10:30 before the kids’ shows, the White River Valley Museum presents stories and crafts that will give kids a hands-on taste of the area’s rich history. Free The museum is right next to Les Gove park.
Lego building club at the Mottet Library at 1PM Drop-in progam
Auburn Kids’ Summer Stage Free Wednesday kids’ concerts at noon through August 10th. Les Gove Park Be prepared for your kiddos to want to play on the playground and in the sprayground-you may want suits.
Wednesday’s for Kids Every Wednesday enjoy free kids’ entertainment at Town Square plaza in Kent 12-1 There are fountains kids may want to get wet in. . Top children’s entertainers all summer! The carousel is now open!
Live Paint Theater and art performance at 3:30 at Kobetich Library or 12:30 at Wheelock Register
Whoopee! It’s Wednesday Program for kids 7-10 at the Foss Maritime Museum Today’s theme is salmon. 12.00 for one adult and up to three children; register; limited to 20 children 12-2
Kids and Families Game Drop in Drop in at the South Hill Library between 1-3 for fun and games. Library calendar.
Cultural treasures Learn songs and stories from Africa at the Eatonville Library at 2 For kids six and up; free; no registration required. Don’t forget to make sure your kids finish up summer reading program sheets this month and get them turned in by the deadlines (usually the end of the month) to claim their prizes! Library calendar
Get Your Feet Wet Touch tank program at the Skansie Farmer’s Market in Gig Harbor with naturalists from Harbor Wild Watch
Many noises; one voice Entertaining performance by Charlie the Noise Guy at the Gig harbor Library 10:30 Free, all ages event, but come early to claim your free tickets. Library calendar.
Read with a doggie friend Kids can drop-in anytime between 2-3 to practice their reading skills with a patient canine pal. Up today is mixed breed, Dan.
It’s story and craft day at most Tacoma Public Library branches. Hear stories from around the world and make nesting dolls inspired by Russia . You need to register. From this list select your branch/time and fill out the easy form to hold your spot.
Free Market Play Day at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma Enjoy free admission every Thursday all summer!
Magician Jeff Evans performs for all ages at Tacoma Public Library branches today and Friday. Registration required at Most branches. Check the calendar for yours.
Say, Yes to Drums! Durm along with a professional musician Fife Chateau Rainier Apartment Complex at 6PM For kids 6 and up; part of the library’s world cultures themed summer reading program.
Pierce County Fair begins today in Graham Smaller fair with old-fashioned fun. Special prices and ticket deals through this link.
PenMet Family Theater presents the Wizard of Oz at Sehmel Homestead Park.
Pierce County Fair continues in Graham
Summer Sounds and Cinema begin in Auburn
Play Tacoma Free Family play nights at Tacoma Parks from 5-8PM
As always, I’ll have much more for your weekend on Friday, and I have loads of fun and frugal posts planned for all the days in between this week.
Know something great I missed? Need help finding something? Just let me know!
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