Wondering what to do with kids around the South Puget Sound this weekend? Here’s your big list!
If you’re headed north or south, you’ll want to check out the list over at ThriftyNWmom compiled by super bargain sleuth Sia of Centsible in Seattle. If you’d rather stick to family and kids’ events around the South Puget Sound, I’ve got a whole list of them right here.
Pacific Days Old-fashioned fun in Algona this weekend with kids’ parade, free inflatable slides, and more. Algona, Pacific
America’s Family Pet Expo at the Puyallup fairgrounds All kinds of pet entertainment from dog shows to an aquarium contest, plus loads of products available to purchase for your “other,” children. Adults are 12.00 (save 2.00 by purchasing online); kids 6-12 are 6.00; under 6 and active military are free Puyallup
Cornucopia Days in Kent Street festival, dragon boat racing and more Kent
Want to visit the mountain? The Sunrise Visitor’s Center is finally open, but do know that you will still encounter snow. Take extra precautions with Any hiking this season-tricky stuff lingers thanks to our miserable spring.
Lavender Fest at the Blue Willow Farm in Gig Harbor Free admission While not specifically a kids’ event, if you think your children would enjoy music and picking some lavender from the u-pick area, why not? Products for sale as well.
Pierce County Library Events: Pierce County Libraries continue to hold activities in conjunction with this summer’s global exploration theme. Saturday choose from a story telling safari and a juggling show. Some libraries hold performances on Friday. Choose the day on the calendar to the left and scroll to find the library and event you’re interested in. These are free, all ages events. Some smaller libraries require tickets. Various times Pierce County
Lowes Build and Grow Register early for this popular, free program. It’s a tow truck!
Visit your area farmers’ market!
Children’s program with the master gardeners (link opens a pdf) in Puyallup. It’s butterflies! Program begins at 1:00 in the children’s garden and lasts about an hour an a half. Read more about this outstanding free program.
Maurice Sendak events at the South Hill library (this is a pdf) The library will be home to a traveling exhibit of art by the author of Where The Wild Things Are A variety of events will be held in conjunction all month, beginning with special events today including the chance to meet a wild thing at noon! Puyallup
First annual Rhubarb Days in Sumner Rhubarb games, antique tractors, pie eating 10AM-5PM Sumner
At work? Baby sleeping? Site opens with seriously funky jazz music. You’ve been warned! Mountain Meadow Lavender Festival in Roy Free admission; family friendly with crafts, music and products for sale. Also on Sunday
HC MAST water weekends at Redondo-The center is open again every Saturday from 10-2. Kids can touch sea critter in the tanks and learn about other aquatic animals. See the new octopus! Free Redondo
Family Day at Gig Harbor Albertson’s – Free event from 10am – 3pm at the Albertson’s store Cowboy themed games; coupons and samples and a celebrity cook-off featuring Heather of Queen Bee Coupons. Stop by and help her win for her charity! Thanks, ThriftyNWMom for the scoop!
Make it; Take it event-the Knack at Michaels It’s an elephant themed craft inspired by the culture of India as part of their Passport to Fun series 11AM Thanks, Centsible in Seattle! This should be free, but you may have to purchase supplies; write in if you know.
KeyFest 2011 Annual festival in Key Peninsula Talent show, parade; fireworks, and more Also Sunday
Low tide event Join naturalists from the South Sound Estuary Association and explore low tide at Frye Cove near Lacey
If you’re a member of the military, don’t forget about the Blue Star Museum program, which gives you and your family free entry to many area museums all summer.
Peter Pan opens in Sumner Shows the 9th-24th Tickets are 10.00-16.00 Photos available with Pan, Tinkerbell and Wendy following every show. Bring your camera! Sumner
Cinema Gig is back! Outdoor movies in Gig Harbor Saturdays are family nights at Skansie. Tonight’s show is Despicable Me. Free popcorn and soda, too!
Sunday, July 3rd
Low tide events at Burfoot Park and Tolmie near Olympia Free
Art on the Ave Stroll the 6th avenue business district and check out original works of art Tacoma
Several of Saturday’s events also continue today.
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