Looking for things to do with the family this weekend? If you live near Tacoma, Auburn, Lacey, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Olympia-or somewhere in between-I’ve got you covered!
South Sound family fun is right here!
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!
Magician Jeff Evans performs at the Wheelock Library at 11 or Swasey at 3
Auburn Kids’ Day 11AM-4 A FREE day of fun just for kids. Touch a truck; bounce houses; community vendors. The boys and I have done these a couple of times. It’s very fun, but the lines get Very long-especially for the bounce houses. Might be better on a cloudy day, just be prepared!
Lowes Build and Grow Advance registration required for these popular, free programs. I do see some spots in a few stores. Or, try for a session on Sunday. It’s a wooden chest/Monsters U tie-in today.
Most Farmer’s Markets are open Find one here
South King County
Story Time at the Federal Way Barnes and Noble Edwina: The Dinosaur who Didn’t Know She was Extinct 11:30
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 Octopus graduation today
Saturday Story Time at Southcenter Barnes and Noble 11AM Every Saturday; perfect for ages 3-7
NorthWest Global Fest in Federal Way carnival, music, food trucks
Meeker Days! If you aren’t planning on going, be aware that traffic through downtown will be a mess! Lots of kids’ activities-rides, zip line, and more! Also Friday and Sunday
Fantasy Fair in Bonney Lake story telling; theater; entertainment-I think you can expect to see lots of folks in costume!
U-Pick Berries at Picha Farms in Puyallup Here is their Facebook page. If you’ve never gone before, you might want to read a post about our trip. It’s got some helpful tips for you!
Children’s Gardening Program with the Master Gardeners at the WSU extension in Puyallup 1PM Never been? I have a post with more about this fun children’s program here.
Read to a dog at the Puyallup Public Library 1PM Traffic alert: Meeker Days will be all around you.
Summer Reading Kick-Off at the Sumner Library Have a treat; sign up for summer reading 10AM-5PM with a concert by children’s performer, Eric Ode at 4PM
Plant a word garden at the Summit Library 1-4 Paint stones for a rock garden; sign up for summer reading
Tacoma Highland Games in Graham at Frontier Park Bagpipes, highland dancing, and more 15.00 adults/ 10.00 children/seniors/military 8AM-5PM
Got a brave kid? The spraygrounds are On in Tacoma! Free, open 10AM-8PM
Tiptoe Through the Tidepools Join volunteer naturalists from the Tacoma Nature Center at Titlow Beach to see creatures revealed by low tides Want to do it yourself? Here’s my post on low tide exploration with kids.
Most Farmers’ Markets have opened! Has yours? Check here.
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. . Also Sunday
Family Fun Swim at the Kandle Pool 2:30-5 Organized activities and fun prizes; included with pool admission.
Summer reading kick-off at the University Place Library 10AM-5PM Have a treat; sign up for summer reading
Tacoma Youth Theater presents Tom Sawyer Also shows on Friday and Sunday
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! 10-6 today. Dress for mud and meeting animal friends.
Slug Fest at Northwest Trek Special, slug themed activities included with admission Admission is spendy. If you’d go two or more times, you may to invest in a pass.You can still get one at a discount. Also Sunday
Summer Reading kick-off at the Timberland Regional Library in Olympia It’s a block party! Tons of kid friendly entertainment all day!
Llama show at the Thurston County Fairgrounds Free admission; also 8AM-6PM see llamas and alpacas. Variety of flece and fiber products for sale Also Sunday
Saturday storytime at the Olympia Barnes and Noble 1PM Every Saturday You may want to ask about their summer reading program. It’s pretty limited, but if your kiddos can’t get enough of books and prizes, you might as well!
Super Hero Adventure Night at the Hands-on Children’s Museum Registration and fees required
Join naturalists from Harbor Wild Watch to explore area beaches at low tide. Discover WA pass needed for state parks.
Summer reading kick-off at the Gig Harbor library 10AM-3 sign up for summer reading; have a treat
Savage Seas Exhibit at the Harbor History Museum
Story Time at the Kitsap Barnes and Noble 11AM Summer stories Also American Girl Club at this store at 3PM today. You may want to sign up for their summer reading program.
Lowes Build and Grow Advance registration required for these popular, free programs. I do see some spots in a few stores. It’s a wooden chest/Monsters U tie-in today.
Many areas now have farmer’s markets open on Sundays. Find one a new favorite here.
Tacoma Street Scramble Form a team and race to find checkpoints on foot or bike. Registration and fees required. Seems a little spendy, but it would probably be lots of fun.
Slug Fest at Northwest Trek Special, slug themed activities included with admission Admission is spendy. If you’d go two or more times, you may to invest in a pass.You can still get one at a discount.
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. Demonstration of primitive fire starting methods today
Family Day at Emerald Downs Sundays, beginning at 1PM pony rides, face painting free with admission; weather dependent
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