I had so much fun hanging out with the McChord MOPS moms this morning. Many thanks to Lana for inviting me, Linda for meeting for me, and all of you for such a great morning.
Here are links to posts and more information on everything I talked about. I think, “Regular,” readers will like them, too, especially if you’re a newer reader…..think of it as a, “Best Of,” list! Some of these posts are older, so the information is good, but you will want to confirm hours and pricing before you head out.
- My indoor playground guide is in the top under Rainy Day Play. I have separate posts for playgrounds, bounce house places, and malls with play areas. It’s organized by region and has links to sites, along with info. on hours and fees.
- Here is a link to Pierce County Parks and Rec. I’d call and request a paper catalog, because their site is kind of wacky to navigate. Or here is a link to their current youth programs-info. on the tiny tots open gym is on pg. 22
- Here is a link to the Pierce County Library System. There is TONS to explore there. Use their calendar to find a story time or other program of interest. They do have some just for babies and toddlers. Play To Learn is the program run in conjunction with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. It’s great!
- Here is my post on how to get a free museum pass from your library. (Pierce and King County Library systems and passes)
- Here is a post on how to get a pass to the Hands-On Children’s Museum in Olympia. This is a little tricky. As we talked about, you might want to go on a free first Friday evening. If those are too busy for you, we do think it’s worthwhile to invest in an annual pass. A Pt.Defiance Zoo pass is also a worthwhile investment. Neither of these are cheap-think about using Christmas money from grandma? We are also running a giveaway to the Boo Bash at the HOCM soon. Stay tuned for that!
- Here is a review of the Hands-On Children’s Museum we ran shortly after it re-opened. It will give you an idea of what to expect.
- Here is a post on how to see salmon returning to spawn.
- Here is a post on apple themed events, though there aren’t really picking options. Here is a link to the Curran Orchard if you want to adopt a tree and do that next year! Yes, in the summer you can berry pick!
- Here is the page for the LOTT Wet Science Center in Olympia. I include these events in my weekend list, up every Friday.
- Here is the page for Olympia Family Theater. I forgot to mention this one-look for their 5.00 weekday morning plays just for little ones.
- Here is info. on the South Sound Estuarium in Olympia.
- You can click on that ad in the sidebar (below content on your mobile) for the scoop on the Science Dome at Pierce College. They’re a sponsor! Tell ’em I sent you!
- Here is a post with more info. on Jozee Rooz Indoor Petting Zoo in Spanaway.
- Here is my list of South Sound area pumpkin patches. This is last year’s list, but it will help you find one. Here is the home page for Schilter. Here is the one for Lattins.
- Here is a list to the interactive parks guide from the city of Lacey. I forgot to mention the hikes in Dupont. Here is one that starts right behind city hall.
- I have information on the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge here, in this post on area nature walks-one of our most popular!
- Here is one on Priest Point, a favorite of ours in Olympia.
- Here is the Facebook page for Hike It Baby, a fun moms’ group to join if you like the idea of walking or hiking with your baby or toddler and other moms (and dads). The Tacoma group is very active, and I do believe an Olympia one has just started up. It’s free.
- Here is information on the Auburn Veterans’ Day Parade. I forgot to mention this one, but if you want to go to a Veterans’ Day Parade, it’s one of the only ones around, and it’s the biggest west of the Mississippi. It’s great!
- Pierce College has mom and child programs for babies as young as 18mos old. You might also check Bates Technical College. Local hospitals also often offer baby and mom groups; I know Good Samaritan in Puyallup does. Readers-If you know of other good playgroups or outings for very young babies, will you let me know? Thanks!
I’ll have a list of Harvest Festivals up soon, followed by Halloween events right after that, and then our great, big list of holiday events, including tree farms, Santa visits, the half-off nights I mentioned at Fantasy Lights, neighborhood light displays, and much more.
Phew! That was a lot of fun wasn’t it? If you need help finding more, or you have questions about anything we talked about, feel free to send me an email or leave me a comment.
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