Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend in Tacoma, Auburn, Lakewood, Olmypia, or another South Sound spot? You’ve come to the right spot for a whole list of affordable South Sound fun for kids and families this weekend.
If you’re headed north or south, you’ll want to check out the fantastic list over at ThriftyNWmom compiled by super bargain sleuth Sia of Centsible in Seattle. It is Seafair Weekend, so if you’re headed towards Seattle, be aware you’ll need to work around Seafair traffic.
If you’re one of my Kitsap area readers, you’ll enjoy the Kitsap Macaroni Kid. You can sign up for Diane’s newsletter to get the scoop on all kinds of events around you!
Summer Bash at the Norpoint Community Center in Tacoma 5PM Free community celebration with games, entertainment and movies at dusk
Children’s Art: Exploring Whales and Water at the capital museum in Olympia from 1-3 For children 6-12; 2.00 per person Art activities inspired by the current whale exhibit, plus special tour and hands-on activities
Outdoor Family Movie Night in Frederickson at the Sound Life Church. It’s the Wizard of Oz. Community booth and fun and games beginning at 6:30. Movie at dusk.
Free Outdoor Movie in Kent. It’s Men in Black
Friday Night Flick in Bonney Lake It’s Soul Surfer
Lowe’s Build and Grow Advance Registration required for these popular, free programs. It’s Shrek’s onion carriage.
South King County
Water Weekends at HCC Mast at Redondo Every Saturday you can get up close with critters in the touch tanks and learn about sea life.
Back to School Barbecue and Health Fair at the Mountain View Community Center in Edgewood Free school supplies, health screenings, and more. Pass this on to pals who could use a hand with back to school expenses this year. 10-2
All-American Salute to the Troops at the Old Cannery in Sumner face painting, bouncy house, and more. The 2nd Styker Brigade will be on hand. Thanks to ThriftyNWMom for the reminder.
Hounds on the Hill at Pierce College Charity dog walk and street fair
Kids’ Gardening Class with the Master Gardeners in Puyallup Free classes start at 1 at the WSU extension on Pioneer. It’s backyard birds/feeder making today. Click on “Children’s programs.” I’ve written more about these programs here.
Arts in the Park at Pioneer Park Valley Arts United presents this free event in conjunction with the farmer’s market. Native American dance performance at 10:30, art projects with TAM, and chalk-the walk in front of the library
Tacoma/Greater Pierce County
Maritime Fest! Free kids’ activities, entertainment, and boat tours! Go early, use the shuttle, and bring your patience and a couple of grown-ups. Also Sunday
Crafts from the Past at Ft.Nisqually Each weekend, a different 19th century craft will be demonstrated. It’s Native American basketry this weekend. Included with regular admission.
Family Fun Day with Life Center South in Lakewood 11AM-5PM at Clover Park High School music, games, first 150 kids get a free backpack.
Kids’ Club at the Steilacoom Historical Museum It’s ice cream making today.
Life on a Colonial Lavender Farm at Blue Willow Farm on the Key Peninsula Every Saturday through August 25th the farm is open with costumed actors recreating life during the colonial era. Free but lavender and items available for purchase.
Sand in the City Huge community event in Olympia, with art activities, entertainment, and giant sand boxes for kids to play in. All free, though a 5.00 per family donation is suggested.
Visit the LOTT WET Center in Olympia Every Saturday the center is open with free, science and environmental education activities This weekend the center is open from 10-4 both Saturday and Sunday with a variety of art activities in conjunction with Sand in the City Link is a large-ish pdf
Maytown Family Festival Free entertainment, roast pig dinner and more. Fun for the whole family. Click on the purple hyperlink in the right hand side for a pdf.
Many of the events above continue today, including Sand in the City in Olympia, Maritime Fest in Tacoma, and the Kitsap County Fair.
Lowe’s Build and Grow Advance registration required for these popular, free projects. It’s Shrek’s onion carriage.
Clay Pot, Make it-Take it at Michael’s for ages 3 and up 1-3 I’d call to confirm at your store before heading out.
Family Fun Days at Emerald Downs in Auburn From 1:30-5:30 kids can get free pony rides and face painting
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