Wow, Tacoma! Have I got a huge list of kids’ activities and family fun for you this weekend!
Not your area? Don’t feel left out, I’ve found tons of things for families to do (lots of them free or cheap!) all over the South Sound this weekend!
Headed elsewhere? For Seattle or Portland area fun you’ll want to check out the fantastic list over at ThriftyNWmom compiled by the newest member of their frugal finding team, Annaliese of Grays Harbor Deals!
Kids’ Club at Michael’s stores. It’s a decorated flower pot, “Thanks for Helping me Grow,” 2.00 per child sessions on the half hour from 10AM-11:30; you’re invited to shop while they craft. I think this is supposed to be a Teacher Appreciation Gift, but it would be cute for grandma, too.
May the Forth Star Wars Lego event at Toys R Us This should be at all stores, but it’s never a bad idea to call first. Kids will get to build and keep a small Lego model. Expect plenty of company at this free event!
Home Depot Kids Club Free workshops on the 1st Saturday of every month. Looks like they’re now asking you to register. Anyone know if you can still just show up?
It’s Free Comic Book Day! I see stores participating in Lacey, Olympia, and Tacoma. Use the link to find one near you!
Activities at JoAnn’s Some JoAnn’s stores are doing a Mother’s Day event. Call yours to see.
South King County
It’s Kentucky Derby Day Wear a festive hat and get free admission at Emerald Downs Free, family activities, weather permitting (and it looks good to me)!
Water Weekends with HCC Mast at Redondo Every Saturday visit the center for free from 10-2 and get up close with sea critters in their touch tanks
Puyallup/Tacoma/ Greater Pierce County
Kids need to cool off? The spraygrounds are On in Tacoma! (Weekend hours only for now). Thanks to reader Argent for the reminder on fb!
Free Comic Book Day and May the Fourth Day at the Puyallup Public Library Free comic books and Star Wars activities 10AM-3PM; specific schedule at link Henry and I will be there at some point, for sure. Say, “Hi!” if you see us!
Family Fun Fest in Bonney Lake 10-2 at Mountain View Middle School Variety of events to promote fun and fitness!
Just Between Friends Sale continues at the Puyallup fairgrounds Get a free admission coupon at the link
May the Fourth Be With You at the Summit Library 3PM Star Wars fun!
Library Book Sales Used books and other goodies for sale at South Hill and Graham Libraries
Family Nature Walk Nature Center Staff leads these free, family friendly walks. You are asked to register; not suitable for strollers; great for 3 and up 1-2PM Oak Tree Park
Birthday Celebration at the Tacoma Art Museum Free admission, activities, and entertainment to celebrate the museum’s 10th birthday
The Tall Ship, The Adventuress is docked in Tacoma at the Foss Waterway. Show up dockside between 10-12 for a free tour! There is also still room in the morning public sail on Sunday. These aren’t cheap, but I’m sure it would be amazing. Call if you’re interested in that.
May Day Festival at the Tacoma Waldorf School Music, crown weaving, May Pole dancing Shortcakes on sale for 5.00
Crafts of the Past at Fort Nisqually Each weekend, artisans demonstrate a craft that would been used in the 1880s. While not a total bargain, a trip to the Fort is fun for most children and a good resource if you have one doing some kind of report. I think intermediate age children would be most capable of joining in the craft demonstrations.
The new Stingray Cove exhibit is open at Point Defiance Zoo Included with admission. SFM Note: The zoo gets spendy fast. Consider investing in an annual pass unless you can take advantage of free days for Tacoma residents.
Family Fun Fest at Wapato Lake Park Information on rain gardens, natural yard care, and children’s activities 10:30-12:30 Free and open to all; you are asked to register.
Wizard of Oz at Theater on the Square Tickets are 17.00; shows also on Sunday
Pierce College Science Dome Shows Special shows for children every Saturday at 2PM in the amazing new dome theater at their Lakewood campus. Tickets just 3.00; adults free! Link also has info. on other public shows. General audience at 3:15
Visit our new sponsors at City Goat Farm and Petting Zoo in Spanaway Here is their fb page . I’ve had sooooo many nice notes from readers who have loved it here. If you do, too, be sure to ask about their season pass!
Spring Fun Fair at Lacey Cooperative Preschool Open to the public games, bake sales, raffle
Saturday storytime at the Olympia Barnes and Noble 1PM Every Saturday
May the Fourth Be With You/Free Comic Book Day at the Olympia Library Free comics and Star Wars activities
Free comics also at the Yelm branch.
LOTT Wet Science Center CLOSED Today due to construction related power outages.
Open Play at Discovery Village in Gig Harbor Be sure to ask about their, “Spring Sampler,” special and summer camps and preschools. Tell ’em SFM sent you!
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus at the Kitsap Barnes and Noble Special story time celebrating the Mo Wilem book.
Cinco De Mayo Festival at Wild Waves Free admission for kids, 9.99 for grown-ups, 10.00 for parking. 25 rides included, food trucks on site, mariachi entertainment (water park NOT open)
Last Day for the Just Between Friends event at the Puyallup Fairgrounds Free admission and half off many items today
Seymour Sunday at Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor Free; you’re asked to do a registration form Free taste of camp life Thanks, KitsapMacaroniKid
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