Updated for 2018
Note-This post was originally written in 2015, so some attractions may have changed. The kids’ fishing pond is definitely still there, and we think the general experience will still be the same. We have updated the hours and dates.
If you’ve been wondering what the Sportsmen’s show in Puyallup has for kids, or whether it’s worth checking out for yourself, I’m here to help!
Henry and my husband went last night, and they reported back on all that’s kid (and….’ahem…big kid) friendly.
Most of the show is about looking at products and services, from fishing guides to drift boats to camping gear.
The highlight for kids is the trout pond. It’s a good sized one, and yes, your kids WILL catch a fish. Henry burst in the door super excited about his two. If you don’t want to bring a dead fish home, you can also do catch and release. There is no additional charge for the pond.
I asked the folks at the Sportsmen’s Show what else there was for kids this year, and sports guy Trey sent this over.
Note from SFM: Now, would I take the kids to this if you’re not interested in outdoor recreation yourself? No, I wouldn’t, only because I think it’s pricey (I’m pretty cheap). But, if you’re going to go, I do think it’s worth bringing the kids along.
Kids’ tickets are just 5.00, and honestly just the trout pond is worth that much. If you think your kids would have more fun than you would, my suggestion is to send them along with somebody else! This is a great outing to do with dad or grandpa (Yeah, o.k…..sweeping gender stereotypes here. I know there are lots of women who love hunting and fishing and what not……just don’t tell my husband because I’ve been denying that for years)!
If you’d like to go, the show runs Wednesday through Sunday at the Puyallup fairgrounds. Parking is free. Hours and ticket prices are below!
January 24 – 28, 2018
Wednesday: 12noon – 8pm
Thursday: 12noon – 8pm
Friday: 12noon – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Box office closes 1 hour prior to show closing.
$5 / Juniors
to children 5 and under
$15 / All-Day Ticket
Good all day, any day of the show.
$8 /After 4pm Ticket
(4:00 pm – Closing) (Wednesday – Saturday only, not available on Sunday. Not combinable with any other discount or promotion)
2 for 1 Military Ticket
($15 / 2 for 1 Military ticket , good all-day, every day, valid with proof of any military ID – active, retired, reserve) Not combinable with any other discount or promotion.
$24 / 2-Day Pass
($12.00 per ticket, good any two days of the show) Not combinable with any other discount or promotion.
There is a 2.00 admission coupon good Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. You can get that and other info. here at their site!
Keep in mind the coupon can only be used in person, so decide if that’s worth it as usually online purchasing gets you in faster.
If you’ve gone to this with your kids, I’d love to hear your best tips, too!
As always, I’ll also have a whole list of other ideas for weekend family fun up Friday morning!