It’s your guide to family fun and free or cheap things to do around the South Sound this weekend!
We have just a couple of splurge worthy events, too.
It’s a big weekend if you love exploring the outdoors, and festival season has officially arrived! Make it a great one whatever you choose!
Featured Sponsor: Get in on the painted rock craze without destroying your house! Woot! Our friends at WiggleWorks are hosting another Painted Rock party this morning. 10-12; rocks and supplies provided. Included with you all day, come and go admission. Children must be 48 inches or Shorter and wearing socks in order to use the playground. Bigger kids are welcome to come paint, but don’t have them expecting to play. Rock on!
It’s National Donut Day! My pal Angela of The Coupon Project has a round up of free donut action for you.
Many farmer’s markets have opened. Find yours here!
Home Depot Kids Build It’s a Tic Tac toe game today. Advance registration is now required for these popular, free building events for kids.
Storytime and Wonder Woman event at most Barnes and Noble stores Most stores have a Wonder Woman event with free comics at 10AM and a regular story time for young children at 11AM. We have found Barnes and Noble stores to be inconsistent with their participation, so you may want to call yours first.
Kids’ Club at Michael’s Stores 2.00/child for 30 minute sessions 10-12 It’s a flip book today. You can also save on their summer kids’ classes, Camp Creativity, when you sign up today.
South King County
Hooked on Fishing at Steel Lake Park 20 minute slots from 7AM-12. All equipment is provided, and kids are guaranteed to catch fish! You must pre-register for a spot by calling the Federal Way Community Center at 253-835-6916 $4 per child or $5 day of event.
Kent International Festival at the Showare Center entertainment, educational booths, food vendors, and more
Summer reading kick off at the Auburn Library 2PM Free, all ages show with children’s entertainer, Eric Herman. Sign up for summer reading after!
Come for a show bursting with comedy, creativity and audience participation! Songs about food, animals, science and transportation celebrate the things that make our world fun and interesting.
Visit the HCC Mast Center at Redondo The center and its touch tanks of sea critters are free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2
Hairspray at the Auburn Avenue Theater This should be appropriate for most ages, but I’ll let you decide.
City wide yard sale in Auburn We don’t typically list yard sales, but this is one of two weekends (the other one is Next weekend) when dozens (scores?) of Auburn households have yard sales, and the city even provides you a list with addresses!
Duvall Days Small town, festival fun!
Puyallup/South Hill/Sumner/Greater Pierce
Dozer Days at the fairgrounds Kids get to check out and even ride! Bulldozers and all kinds of big rigs. You do need tickets. Also Sunday 11-4 Hours: 11am – 4pm; Location: SillyVille – Enter at SillyVille Gate (Parking – $5 per car); Admission: Kids (ages 2-12) & Seniors (ages 60+): $8, Adults: $10 Note from SFM: This gets a little spendy when you take everyone, but we did hear from readers last year that it was a lot of fun.
Read to a dog at the Puyallup Library 3-4 Kids can drop in and practice their reading skills with a patient, canine listener
Free kids’ gardening class in Puyallup with the master gardeners. Learn about pollinators today.
Tacoma/South Tacoma/University Place/Lakewood
Kids Code Club at the Main Branch of the Tacoma Library 9:30 Coding and developing fun for ages 7-17 every Saturday morning
Summer reading kick off at Tacoma Public Libraries Drop in any TPL branch between 1-2PM; decorate a tote bag and sign up for summer reading. Free
Coloring and cookies at the Swasey Branch of the Tacoma Public Library 10-11:45 Free, drop in event
Ocean Commotion at the Point Defiance Zoo Enjoy special ocean themed activities with admission. Note from SFM: The zoo does get spendy fast. We recommend investing in an annual pass unless you can take advantage of free days for City of Tacoma residents. We do have info. on how to get a free kid’s ticket from Stonyfield yogurt here and on another offer for free kids tickets from the Rainiers here!
Crafts from the Past at Ft.Nisqually Each weekend artisans demonstrate crafts and trades from the 1800s. Learn about spinning this weekend. Included with fort admission
Food truck festival at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse local food trucks and live music
Duck Daze in University Place parade, car show, fire station open house and more fun!
After the annual Duck Daze Parade along Bridgeport Way, (27th to 37th St) head to Windmill Village for a tour of cool cars at the bigger than ever UPTown Cruisin’ car show!
Fire Station 31 will be open to visitors and will be grilling up some of their famous hotdogs, hosting a watermelon eating contest and have life jacket and helmet fittings!
Featured Sponsor: See a show at the Science Dome Children’s show is planetary explorers.
Olympia Family Theater presents Fishnapped! An all ages tale about the case of a missing pet goldfish. Last weekend. If you have littles, you may want to check out their upcoming short, daytime shows of Jack and the Beanstalk
Duck Dash at Tumwater Falls Buy a rubber duck for charity and watch it race down the falls for a chance at prizes; plus more family fun, including a whole Kids’ World section.
Olympia Comics Festival Signings, panels, lots of chances to add to your collection; various locations I am not clear on how kid friendly this is; let us know if you go!
Visit the LOTT Wet Science Center and learn about glaciers today. The center is free.
Nature Nurtures Farm open day tour the farm, meet/pet/groom animals A 5.00 per person donation is requested.
Maritime Gig Festival Two big days of fun in Gig Harbor-parade, vendors, fun run, and more! Lots of other fun at area merchants as well. Want to make getting around easier? The trolley runs have started! There is a special option to get you to the parade, too!
Sunday, June 5th
Maritime Gig Festival continues in Gig Harbor vendors, kids’ activities, and more!
Dozer Days continues at the fairgrounds Kids get to check out and even ride! Bulldozers and all kinds of big rigs. You do need tickets. Gets a little spendy once you take everyone, but we did hear from readers last year that it was a lot of fun.
Sensory Friendly Sunday at the LOTT Wet Science Center. 12-4 Special time for children with sensory issues. You can also connect with the Olympia area Exceptional Families Network at this event.
Crafts from the Past at Ft.Nisqually Each weekend artisans demonstrate crafts and trades from the 1800s. Learn about spinning today. Included with fort admission
Family fun day at Emerald Downs Pony rides, Wild West themed obstacle course, and more fun.
Save the date: If you’re a homeschooling family, a teacher, or someone who has given even a little thought to homeschooling, do make sure to mark the big WHO convention on your calendar. It’s next weekend and has all the resources you can imagine in one place! We’ll be there, too!
What else? We are rolling out TONS of summer content. ICYMI: here is our huge round up of FREE outdoor family movies in area parks this summer. Here is our round up of FREE kids’ concerts and shows. You’ll definitely want to mark some of these on your calendar.
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