We often get asked where the best places are to take toddlers or young children in the Tacoma area.
In fact, we had a reader ask again on our Facebook page just yesterday. As I wrote out some of my very favorite spots for little kids around the 253, it occurred to me I should just do a little post! So, here you go….Five great spots just for toddlers and other young children in the Tacoma area.
You won’t find a more magical place for young children in Tacoma than this great museum where kids are invited to touch, do, and play! Plus, admission is still pay-as-you-will! Not near you? The Hands-On Children’s Museum in Olympia and Discovery Village in Gig Harbor are also great.
Flat trails around Snake Lake (it’s named for its shape) invite little ones to explore. The small visitor’s center has puppets and costumes, and in sunny weather there is a delightful, natural playground. Admission is free; donations are welcome.
There are many indoor playgrounds in the area (You can see our whole list in the menu bar under Rainy Day Play), but it’s worth the trip to Puyallup’s South Hill Mall to enjoy this place made Just for preschoolers and under. It features unique, bright, movable play equipment, and everything is kept safe and squeaky clean.
We can’t say enough good things about story time with the Pierce County Library system. The Tacoma Public Library and Puyallup Public Library also host weekly, free story and play times. Be on the lookout for the special Play To Learn times, which are themed story times in conjunction with the Children’s Museum. They’re free and excellent. Check your library for other options. Many have short, “Wiggle friendly,” times just for toddlers.
There is a sandbox and toys at this Fircrest playground, but what really makes it a hit with parents is that’s fully fenced, and you never lose sight of your little ones here. If you’ve got a, “Runner,” here is your new favorite place! It’s adjacent to the Fircrest Community Center. I think the street is Ramsdell-someone tell me if I’m wrong on that! For more great choices, be sure to see our round up of toddler friendly playgrounds here.
There are lots of other great places for kids around here (Have you check out our list of more than 100? You can click on it up at the top-it’s that red box that invites you to discover 100 things to do)! These are the ones we think are the tops for readers with littles. Let us know if we missed your favorite, or if you have another great idea!