And, yes, it also seemed like a good excuse to dig up a baby picture-you can tell he’s a Washington kid with the raincoat/sun hat combo! Back to you and your free fun…..
Where to Go?
I always recommend Saltwater State Park on free days. It’s a bit of a trek for some of you, but there is so much to explore. Dash Point is also great; it has miles of trails in addition to an amazing beach. Near the other end of our, “Territory,” Tolmie State Park near Olympia is a great option.
If you’d like to go to Mt.Rainier, I have a list of kid friendly hikes here. I originally wrote this post in the summer-you won’t find wildflowers blooming now-but the mountain has a different kind of beauty this time of year. We do always recommend checking current conditions of any hike you’re considering at Wta.org.
Think About the Watershed Festival
If you like your fun less do-it-yourself style, one of my favorite organized events this time of year is the Nisqually Watershed Festival. Tons to do and it’s FREE! Be sure to bring your own t-shirt to make a salmon print!
If none of those are up your alley, don’t worry! As always, I’ll have a huge list of local fun up Friday.
There are also a number of public events on the 30th if you’d like to help out with cleaning or maintaining parks or lands near you. I found some here, but check with your local parks department for more options.
More Free Days
Got a 4th grader? You need to check out the amazing and Free Every Kid in a Park program!