There are two opportunities for old-fashioned fun coming up this weekend that I wanted to highlight.
First, you’re invited to picnic 1800s style at Fort Nisqually. It’s the annual family fun night, where families are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy old-fashioned games and entertainment as well as ice cream and lemonade. There will also be periodic firings of the ever popular candy cannon. Candy-shooting from a cannon-what’s not to like?
Admission is 7.50 for adults and 4.00 for kids 4-17 (Under 4s are free). There will be a family rate, but it hasn’t been added to the website yet. Typically, it works out to being the better deal if you have more than 4 in your family. Tickets can only be bought at the door, but Lane and Peggy promise that even if there is a bit of a line up you won’t miss anything. It’s a nice idea to bring a ground cover to sit on, but you won’t want to tote chairs or other gear as you’ll end up being asked to move it all for the games.
This Saturday is the Pioneer Festival at the Job Carr Cabin Museum in Old Town Tacoma. I’ve written about an outing to the Job Carr Museum before. It’s small, but lovingly restored. At the Pioneer Festival, you can try your hand at panning for gold, using a washboard, grinding coffee, and more. There will also be entertainment and gunny sack races. Best of all, it’s all free! There will also be a walking tour offered for a small charge, which will feature actors in costume talking about their lives as early Tacoma residents. It’s about 90 minutes, so I’d probably only do that part with older, interested children. The festival will be at the cabin from 11:30-4:30.
If you go, you may also want to talk about scheduling a field trip for your school or home school group. They do good ones. The nice thing about an outing here is that though the museum is a pretty quick stop, you’re next to the playground and a kid friendly Tully’s. Plus, you can also walk just down the hill to Ruston Way and throw some rocks at the beach (Just use caution crossing all the streets).
If this isn’t in your area of the South Sound, don’t worry! There is plenty more old school style fun all over coming up in my weekend guide. I also have tips on Lakefair for those of you near Olympia coming later. Finally, there were a bunch of great posts here in the last couple of days (If I do say so myself!). Take a gander at recent posts in the sidebar to your right to see what you might have missed. The kids’ classes at PLU are going to fill fast, so don’t wait long on those.