Need something to do with the kids this weekend in Tacoma, Olympia, or Puyallup?
We’ve got fun things for families all over the 253. A special note to regulars-The site has been quiet this week. It’s just been an odd mish mash of things all at once. I promise everything here is fine, and we’ll be back to daily posting next week. Keri is also working on getting our new and improved calendar (Woot!!) up and running. I also hope you’ve checked out our summer guide up in the menu bar. It’s got a little bit of everything for your summer fun planning.
New here? We have an amazing list just like this one up every Friday morning, and lots of fun all the days in between-just for the South Puget Sound.
Fun Family Craft Time at Michael’s stores Make a tie-dye t-shirt with day today! 7.00 1-4
Touch the Brightest Star Story time and crafts at Barnes and Noble 11AM. We suggest finding your store and calling directly to confirm. We have found participation in these fun, free events to be inconsistent-even when the store is listed as participating. If you have feedback on one, let us know!
Lowes Build and Grow-Stores are full; this is a reminder if you signed up. Missed it? Sign up for a future event and be sure you’re following Sounds Fun Mom.
Free Day at Washington State Parks-no Discover Pass needed-in honor of National Get Outdoors Day. Need a suggestion? Go to Dash Point and hit the beach!
South King County
Maple Valley Days carnival rides, car show, live entertainment, parade, and more Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Touch tanks at HCC Mast at Redondo Free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2
Puyallup/Bonney Lake/Greater Pierce
Yes, Puyallup, your spray ground is now open! 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily beginning Friday, May 22nd – Monday, September 7th. It’s right by the downtown Puyallup library.
Your Spraygrounds are open, Tacoma! Daily and free 10AM-8PM on weekends
Toucans Steel Drum performance at the Wheelock Library 11AM A free, summer reading program event
Theater Simple performs The Owl and the Pussycat at Tacoma libraries 11AM at Main or 3PM at Moore high energy, interactive show for children A free, summer reading program event
Walking Tour hosted by the Job Carr Museum 11AM-12 Free, no registration required; walk and learn the history of Ruston Way and Tacoma’s role as our first port. You may also want to take some time to visit the little cabin museum.
Stop Motion animation at the Main Library for kids 10 and up Drop in to the story lab between 12-5
National Marina Day at the Point Defiance Marina-discounted boat rental, fishing derby (registration required), demos. and free safety inspections
Crafts of the Past at Ft.Nisqually Traditional crafts are demonstrated Saturdays and Sundays through the fall. Included with fort admission. This outing is probably most interesting to school age children, though younger ones will enjoy running in and around the fort towers. Also Sunday Much more continues! Just Click to Keep reading!
Children and all ages shows at the Pierce College Science Dome/planetarium CASH Only at the door-you can use charge cards if you buy tickets in advance. Mission to Mars is the children’s program; experience the Aurora is for the grown-ups. The children’s program is shorter and interactive. Henry and I loved the one we went to. This is seriously still such a hidden gem in our area. Go!
Block Party at the Parkland/Spanaway Library 10AM-11:30 Drop in and build with blocks! All families are welcome, with a special invitation to Spanish speaking parents and children.
Make a Kite at the Tillicum Library 2PM Free and all materials provided! Children under 9 should bring a grown-up.
Sea Monsters at the LOTT Wet Science Center short presentation on sea monster myths at 2PM followed by a, “Create a Creature,” event.
Visit the South Sound Estuarium open 11-4 weekends
Tour the Sandman Tug Boat at Percival Landing Free and open for tours must weekends
Canoe families celebration at Millersylania State Park Canoe rides, Native singers and storytellers, salmon and fry bread lunch available for 10.00. No Discover Pass needed today.
Gig Harbor is a little short on organized activities this weekend-I suggest riding the trolley, checking out your farmer’s market, and enjoying some of the natural beauty around you! Narrows Beach Park is a favorite of ours. Sandbox Toys has also been doing a Saturday morning storytime, but you’ll want to call to check on that. Be sure to also check the, “All over,” listings at the top.
Many areas now have a Farmer’s Market open on Sundays. Get your fresh on!
Maple Valley Days -last day!
Putt Around Sumner Do a little mini golf style putting at themed holes right around downtown summer! Free to participate; donations welcome. Finishers entered for a chance to win prizes, including US Open tickets! 11AM-3PM
Flag Day ceremony at Chambers Bay and a chance to see the US Open Championship trophy. Pierce County Communications guy and cool reader, Hunter, sent in some more scoop on this
- U.S. Open Kickoff Celebration at Chambers Bay
- U.S. Open Championship week will begin with a series of special events on the grounds of Chambers Bay on Sunday, June 14. The family-friendly activities, which are free and open to the public, will focus on youngsters and a celebration of the region’s military community. In honor of national Flag Day, the I Corps Army Band and a color guard from nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord will participate in a 1:30 p.m. PDT flag-raising ceremony, led by Major General Kenneth Dahl and USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole Jr.
- Note from SFM-It sounds like pre-registration was required for the junior cllinic, so I would not plan on being able to do this, though, who knows-you may still be able to get in on some of it? Spectators under the age of 18 are welcome to attend a junior clinic at 2:15 p.m. PDT at Chambers Bay’s practice facility. A variety of fun and engaging activities, presented in collaboration with the First Green, The First Tee, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, and the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, will take place after the clinic.
- Participants will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the U.S. Open Trophy, as well as visit the official U.S. Open Main Merchandise Pavilion.
- Sunday will also represent the last opportunity for non-U.S. Open ticket holders to purchase merchandise at the Main Merchandise Pavilion, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The merchandise pavilion will be open to the public for pre-championship shopping from Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PDT daily).
- Attendees are asked to follow signs to pre-championship parking, which will be located in the New Tacoma Lot in close proximity to the course. A complimentary shuttle will be provided.
Join naturalists from Harbor Wild Watch at the Purdy spit to look for creatures revealed by low tide; you can also visit Harbor Wild Watch and their touch tanks at the Skansie Visitor Center in downtown Gig Harbor regularly
Historic Fort Steilacoom is now open for Sunday tours Be mindful of increased traffic for the US Open in the coming weeks.
Visit the South Sound Estuarium open 11-4 weekends
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