It’s a great weekend for family fun around the South Sound. The list this weekend is full of outdoor adventures and things to do with the kids in Puyallup, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Olympia, and just about everywhere else around the South Sound. Lots of them are Free, too!
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! She’s found some good ones this week!
It’s National Donut day! Get a free donut at Krispy Kreme or a free mini 6 pack at a Franz Bread Outlet (Thanks, ThriftyNorthwestMom). If you know of other local donut deals, let me know!
Metro Arts Youth performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Tacoma Tickets are 14.00/8.00 in advance or 20.00 for all day-of. Also Saturday
Seussical the Musical in Auburn Also Saturday
Parent’s Night Out at the Children’s Museum in Tacoma Registration and fees required
Free kids workshop at the Home Depot You’re now asked to register in advance for these popular, free building workshops for kids. Reader suggest going early.
Free fishing weekend! No license required Saturday or Sunday Other rules and regulations still apply. Go here for a coupon for boat rental at the Point Defiance Marina.
Free day at Washington State Parks (No Discover Pass needed) in honor of National Trails Day and Free Fishing Weekend If you’d like to volunteer, Point Defiance Park is looking for volunteers for tail maintenance.
Kids’ Club at Michael’s Michael’s offers 30 minute craft sessions for kids for 2.00 from 10-11:30. They are no longer listing the crafts on their site, so your best bet is to check with your store. You may also want to read about their Passport to Imagination summer program-open for registration now.
Visit your farmer’s market! SFM recommends the Puyallup market. It really is amazing. Just be prepared to find street parking.
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South King County
Grand reopening of the Metropolitan Gym in Kent Free open gym time 12-2
Touch tanks at HCC Mast at Redondo Free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2 Reader Joanna wrote in to say they Were able to touch creatures in the touch tanks last week.
The sprayground at Les Gove in Auburn is on, and readers report the surface has been improved and seems less slick. Yay! Leave a report if you go!
Greater Pierce County- Puyallup/Sumner/Orting/Graham
Read with a dog at the Puyallup Public Library kids can practice reading with a patient canine buddy. Sign up for summer reading while you’re there!
Note from SFM-Between the large and popular farmer’s market and the parade, there is going to be thick traffic in downtown Puyallup Saturday morning. Take back routes.
Northwest Pinpall and Arcade Show at the Convention Center Passes are spendy, but I *think* once you get one you get free play on the machines as much as you want. There is also a kids’ zone.
Crafts From the Past at Fort Nisqually Local artisans demonstrate different crafts each weekend through September 3rd. Included with admission. I think demos. will probably only interest older children, but kids of most ages enjoy exploring the fort. Included with admission Beadwork demonstrations today; I’m not sure whether there will be a chance to try this one. Also Sunday
Visit the Job Carr Cabin Museum in Old Town Open 1-4 Wednesdays-Saturdays Small, cabin replica A quick outing, but fun for children and free (donations welcome).
Science Fact or Fiction Event at the Pierce College Science Dome/planetarium FREE event hosted by astronomy students 12-3 Learn the science behind science fiction; hands on demonstrations. Free screening of a film on Space Junk at five different times. You’re asked to choose one register for that.
Duck Dash at Tumwater Falls kids’ activities, rubber ducky drop for prizes, and lots more fun
Visit the LOTT Wet Science Center The center is free and open to the public every weekend 2PM presentation on, “Shrinking Your Water Footprint.” There are typically activities offered in the center all day.
Gig Harbor Area
Maritime Gig Festival! It’s festival weekend in Gig Harbor, with two big days of kids’ activities, a parade, live entertainment, and much more. Note that many downtown streets will be closed. Maybe park and trolley down? Let me know what you think of that idea.
The trolley is back! .50, free for kids 5 and under.
Gig Harbor Farmer’s Market is now open! Kids music is on the calendar for 9AM, though there aren’t any other details on that.
Craft at Michaels The Gig Harbor store does a craft for children every weekend. Call for details.
Kitsap readers may also enjoy Macaroni Kid Kitsap
Get your berry on! U-pick strawberry picking is available at Picha in Puyallup. See my post here for all the berry delicious details!
Northwest Pinpall and Arcade Show continues at the Convention Center Passes are spendy, but once you’re in, the machines are all set on free play. There is also a kids’ zone. I believe it goes until 3.
Free fishing weekend! No license required! Other rules and regulations still apply
Gig Harbor Sunday Farmer’s Market at Skansie Brothers Park Take a Trolly? The STAR Center in S Tacoma also has their Sunday market now (it’s next to the new playground and sprayground).
Historic Fort Steilacoom is now open for Sunday tours 1-4PM through Labor Day
Crafts From The Past At Fort Nisqually Local artisans demonstrate different crafts each weekend through September 3rd. Included with admission. I think demos. will probably only interest older children, but kids of most ages enjoy exploring the fort. Included with admission Craft today is historical illustration and calligraphy. Visitors will get to try one (illustrations for younger guests).
If you’ve been super busy like we have, you might have missed the roll out of this year’s great, big South Sound Summer Guide! It’s all your favorite things for summer with the kids in one, great place!
I also have a great list of summer camps in the menu bar, a round up of savings on family fun on the deal page, and much, much more! It’s a lot to take in-you might want to become a subscriber and tackle a little bit a day. We have lots of ways to subscribe via those cute buttons at the top, but I recommend the daily emails!