Looking for fun kids’ activities today? 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! As always, there are also plenty of adventures to explore in the fun-finding menu up above!
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’ Workshop at the Home Depot Advance registration now required for these popular, free workshops. Kids do a free, hands-on building workshops and get an apron. This month’s is a Despicable Me movie tie-in.
Kids’ Club at Michael’s Stores 2.00/child half-hour sessions while you shop in-store Craft is summer games today
Most Farmer’s Markets are open Find one here
South King County
Families can visit the restored Mary Olson farm in Auburn for free on Saturdays and Sundays all summer While not a huge outing, it’s fun and neat for the kids to see.
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 Vintage Races in Kent Hundreds of vintage cars on display and racing. Adult tickets are a little spendy, but may be worth it if you’re interested in vintage cars.
The spraygrounds are On in Tacoma! Free, open 10AM-8PM
Visit a Farmer’s Market! Check here for one near you!
Arts and Crafts Day at Learning Sprout Free event 10-2
Plant Conservation Day at the Point Defiance Zoo Special plant activities and enrichments for the animals Included with admission Zoo admission gets spendy fast. SFM recommends investing in an annual pass unless you can take advantage of monthly free days for City of Tacoma residents.
Family Nature Walks with Metro Parks Staff 10-11 at Swan Creek or 1-2 at Wapato Free, but sign up required. Not suitable for strollers or children under 3
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
Visit the LOTT Wet Science Center Arts and Crafts all day; tour of the Budd Inlet Water Treatment Plant at 1 for ages 10 and up (Closed toe shoes)
Saturday storytime at the Olympia Barnes and Noble 1PM Every Saturday; Today is Independence Day stories and a Founding Fathers scavenger hunt for all ages.
Savage Seas Exhibit at the Harbor History Museum Harbor Wild Watch will be there with touch tanks in the lobby today
Story Time at the Kitsap Barnes and Noble 11AM Fun in the Sun stories today You may want to sign up for their summer reading program.
Freedom Fair Wings and Wheels at the Narrows Airport Airplane and car show Park off site unless you purchase tickets in advance
Cinema Gig Outdoor Movie at Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor It’s the Sandlot today at 9:15
Explore the Shore Low Tide event with Metro Parks staff at Owens Beach 10AM Free, so sign-up necessary; Dress for beach exploration!
Join naturalists from the South Sound Estuary Association to explore area beaches at low tide. 11-2 at Tolmie and Frye Cove today Discover Pass required for Tolmie State Park
Want to do it yourself? Head here for my post on how to find a beach to explore at low tide, and when to go!
Many areas now have farmer’s markets open on Sundays. Find one a new favorite 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. 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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