TGIF! So many fun things all over this weekend-meet firefighters in Bonney Lake, check out a museum for free in Tacoma, meet Alpacas near Puyallup, and celebrate salmon in Olympia.
If you’re anywhere near Bethel, don’t miss your free community celebration! All that and much, much more South Sound family fun is right below!
Smithsonian Free Museum Day Get two free passes per household to one of a number of area museums. My post has some of my favorite suggestions!
National Public Lands Day! Free admission to national and state parks (no Discover Pass required). I have some suggested outings here.
Kids’ Club at Michael’s stores Kids can craft while you shop in store. 2.00 per child; sessions start on the half-hour. From 10-11:30. Monster paper craft today. Looks like they’re encouraging you to register online in advance now, though it doesn’t seem to be required.
Cra-z-Loom Bracelet making event at Toys R Us Free bracelet make and take event Every Saturday August 24th-October 26th 10AM-12 Always a good idea to call your local store to confirm. There is a good chance your kiddos will want to buy this bracelet making thing-which looks pretty cool!
Lego Friends Event at Toys R Us12-2 kids can build and take home a free Lego Friends picture frame
Many Farmer’s Markets are still open for just a few more weeks! Find one here Get your fresh on while you can!
South King County
Gentlemen Desperado at the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn Interactive theater show based on real life events from the early 1900s. Simulated gun violence-suggested for children older than 5 Various show dates and times through October 6th 10.00 adults/ 5.00 kids
Llama Llama Story Time at Southcenter Barnes and Noble with therapy dogs 11AM Stories from the llama llama series, plus light refreshments and a visit from trained therapy dogs Weekly story times are perfect for kids 3-7.
Touch tanks at HCC Mast at Redondo Free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2 Kids can touch a variety of sea critters
Chili Cook Off at the Federal Way Farmers Marketpolice vs firefighters! 10.00 includes chili and sides; proceeds benefit charities
11AM-4PM Used book sale at the Milton/Edgewood Library
Duvall Heritage Festival cider making, Pioneer era job/craft demonstrations
Teen Night with our sponsors at Trampoline Nation3 big hours of jumping fun Just for teens for 15.00!
East Pierce County-Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Firwood…
Harvest Day at Tehalehwagon rides, face painting, food trucks
East Pierce Fire and Rescue Open House 1-4 at the headquarters in Bonney Lake. Meet firefighters and check out the trucks; safety demonstrations; low cost helmets available for purchase and more! 1-4 Be sure to check link for parking details
Festival of Books at the Puyallup Public Library storytelling on the stage, author appearance and book signing
Alpaca Days at Firwood Alpaca Farm 10AM-5PM Meet and learn about alpacas items available for purchase
Luminasia lighted lantern show continues at the Puyallup fairgrounds. There is a great discount on tickets through Amazon Local right now!-Scroll down to see it at the bottom of the page, along with a great, Mosby farm deal!You may want to go on Sundays when kids get in free, too!
Not wet enough? Bwa, ha, ha…..It’s your Last chance to splash! It’s the last weekend for The spraygrounds in Tacoma
Pajama Block Party at the University Place Library11AM wear your pajamas, hear a story, play with blocks! Everyone takes home a goody bag Free, drop in program. Sounds best for young children to me.
The play area at Frog n Kiwi is open all weekend from 8AM-5PM Tell our sponsors thanks if you have a chance, won’t you?
Visit the Lighthouse Museum at Browns Point Lighthouse Park Free and open 1-4 on Saturdays through November Small, but super friendly folks and lots for the kids to touch and try!
Crafts of the Past at Fort Nisqually Artisans demonstrate different crafts from the 1800s each week. Included with fort admission. Fort Nisqually is participating in Smithsonian free museum day! (See the top of the list).
Stadium Faire open air craft market in the Stadium District
Lumins Festivus Lighted lantern parade through Tacoma’s theater district evening event
All Bethel Community Day! 5th annual fun and free event-booths, rescue vehicles, Spiderman appearance! and the petting zoo from City Goat Farm and Zoo will be there!- Free admission and petting; fees if you want to feed ’em or get a zebra ride! **Don’t go out to the regular City Goat Farm and Zoo location as they’ll all be at Bethel Days! Do be sure to tell Don and Debbie, our great sponsors, that I sent you! 9AM-3PM at Spanaway High School overflow parking and shuttle available at Evergreen Elementary and Sprinker Rec Center If you park at Evergreen you can get a horse and carriage ride!
Lego Master Builder Academy at the Lakewood Barnes and Noble 11AM Lego building event for kids 8 and up
Children and all ages shows at the Pierce College Science Dome/planetarium2PM children’s show on Pluto; 3:15 all ages show on black holes
Living History Day at Historic Fort Steilacoom Actors portray soldiers, officers, and wives in the 1800s 10AM-4PM Free; donations accepted
Visit the LOTT Wet Science Center Free and open every weekend from 10AM-4PM with environmental information and activities “Salmon Saturday,” today with all kinds of special, salmon themed activities
Nisqually Watershed Festival at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge entertainment, guided walks, crafts (bring a t shirt for a salmon print)! Parking is off site at River Ridge High School off Martin Way (Free shuttle beginning at 7AM).
Big Green Monster storytime and costume parade at the Olympia Barnes and Noble 11AM Big Green Monster stories and stickers, activities, short parade, and treat Costumes encouraged (non scary; this is a young children’s event) regular Saturday storytime at the Olympia Barnes and Noble at 1PM also scheduled, Plus
Lego Master Builder Academy at 1:30 kids 8 and up will learn building techniques and create a robot!; go in to customer service to register (required)
Ride the trolley (opens pdf with map and schedule)
Meet Cookie Mouse e at the Kitsap Barnes and Noble 11AM Story time and costumed character appearance with the, “Star,” of the, “If You Give a Mouse…” book
American Girl Club at the Kitsap Barnes and Noble 3PM Club for fans of the dolls; reading, chat, sometimes crafts-newcomers welcome!
Children’s author Catherine Follstad is at the Federal Way Barnes and Noble 1PM Author of many books, including Itty Bitty Kitty
Roll for a Roll at Tiffany’s Skate Inn in Puyallup Donate a pack of toilet paper and skate for free during the 12:30-3:30 session!
Sea Otter Awareness Day at Point Defiance Zoo Special activities included with admission. Zoo admission is pricey! SFM recommends investing in an annual pass unless you can take advantage of monthly free days for City of Tacoma residents.
Crafts of the Past at Fort Nisqually Artisans demonstrate different crafts from the 1800s each week. Included with fort admission.
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