Looking for something to do with the kids this Thanksgiving Weekend?
Here’s our weekly guide to South Sound area fun with activities for kids in Tacoma, Puyallup, Olympia, and Your South Sound home!
You’ll find a list just like this-just for the South Sound-every Friday morning!
Ongoing Holiday Events
Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo Opens the 24th!
Ice Skate at Point Ruston Tacoma’s temporary outdoor rink has a new location at Point Ruston this year!
Lantern Light Festival at the Puyallup Fairgrounds-I spent a little bit of time researching this. Most reviews say the lights are cool, though you’ll get through them in about an hour, and the tickets are spendy. Most folks say the activities are not worth the extra price, but keep in mind your kids may want to do them anyway……Let us know how you like this if you go! It’s here for quite a while, so you do have time.
*Our Complete guide to holiday events will be up soon! Follow our fb page or go directly to the site to see it by Saturday at the latest!
Reindeer at Watson’s Nursery, Puyallup – ongoing! Donner and Blitzen are spending their holiday vacation at Watson’s! Quick, free outing-the reindeer are outside. Watson’s is also fun to walk through this time of year, though I wouldn’t do it with little ones who grab or with a stroller.
North Pole at the Fair, Puyallup –Woot! Reserve a photo time with Santa and enjoy a full afternoon at the North Pole, with an entire village just for kids. You can also go play at the pole without getting photos-new this year is a, “Season Pass,” option; such a great way to spend a rainy day! See the FAQ at the link for more on photos and what’s new this year.
Storytime at Barnes and Noble stores Most area stores do a free, weekly storytime at 11AM; however, we do suggest calling yours to confirm first, as we have found participation to be inconsistent.
South King County
Beauty and the Beast Opening! Centerstage Theatre, Federal Way; November 25-December 21. The classic story with a panto twist makes this show perfect for the whole family. Note from SFM-This is a parody with slapstick humor and PG-13 jokes that most kids won’t get. It’s fun but not for everyone and not a traditional Beauty and the Beast.
Have you ever wondered how the elephant got his loooooong trunk? Find out in this adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Story “The Elephant’s Child.” This production is especially suitable for young or new audience members. Tickets: $10. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043 or order online for The Elephant’s Child print-at-home tickets. All tickets subject to $0.75 processing fee.
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
Greater Pierce County-Puyallup/Sumner
Manestage Theater in Sumner presents It’s A Wonderful Life Opening! November 25 – December 16, 2017
Based on Frank Capra’s beloved cinematic masterpiece, this faithful musical adaptation follows George Bailey’s life in Bedford Falls as he discovers what the world would be like if he had never been born. Featuring a beautiful contemporary score, this heartwarming and uplifting Holiday musical captures the true spirit of the Christmas Season!
Farm Santa Pictures and Pony Rides in Graham Note from SFM: I don’t know anything about this! But it looks fun; we’d love a review if you try it.
Play and Grow storytime at Wheelock Library 10:30 stories, rhymes, and fun for young children and their grown-ups
Gingerbread Jamboree at the Hotel Murano with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma 50.00/family of four, includes one house and candy buffet for trimmings. Two time slots both Saturday and Sunday. I find this kind of spendy, but I have friends who say it’s totally worth it to get the gingerbread experience without the mess all over your house! Online registration is closed as of this writing, however you can get tickets at the door for the 2nd session on Saturday and both sessions on Sunday. You *may* want to have a back-up plan in case they sell out.
All Aboard! Chugga, Chugga, Choo, Choooooo! Lay tracks, build bridges, refuel, and go from town to town. Duplos are larger Legos while Mega Bloks are even bigger and safer for very little ones but just as fun!
Coloring and other activities for little ones will be offered. If you have relatives in town for the Thanksgiving holiday, bring them along. This event is fun for the whole family. Recommended for ages 5 to adult.
First come, first serve. Limited seating.
Tacoma Musical Playhouse Presents Once Upon A Mattress
Based on “The Princess and the Pea” by Hans Christian Andersen. Princess Winnifred arrives at Prince Dauntless the Drab’s castle hoping for the hand of the prince. His mother, Queen Agravain, insists that her son can only marry a princess of true blood (one who can feel a pea that is underneath a pile of mattresses). Winifred passes the test, unable to sleep all night from discomfort and they live happily ever after. Through December 17th Order Tickets
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop Tacoma – Gather the family and come to experience the joy of a classic Christmas. Stay for FREE games, crafts and activities that celebrate the season. And, don’t miss the FREE photo with Santa!!! Ongoing-see link for schedule Free-unless you buy something 🙂
We’ve got green felt coming out our ears so we thought it would be fun to make some silly felt scrap wreaths that can be embellished with all kinds of amazing upcycled repurposed goodies. Bring old sweaters to deconstruct and wrap into the felt too. We’ll even bust out some jingle bells, sequins and GLITTER!! Cost: $10.00 Registration: email@example.com Children must be accompanied by an adult. This is not a drop of kid workshop
Kick off the holiday shopping season at Museum of Glass on Small Business Saturday, November 25th,from 4:00pm-7:00pm, for a sip & shop event in support of local artists.
Enjoy free admission, classic holiday film screenings, hands-on activities for all ages, and live music. Gift wrapping available, and raffles will be drawn throughout the event! Note from SFM: While this is primarily a, “Shop local,” type event, it does mean that you can get in the museum free during its last open hour.
A Christmas Carol at the Lakewood Playhouse; November 24-through December 17.
An adaptation of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from an embittered, ungenerous creature into a giving, caring human being at the hands of three spirits, who, one Christmas Eve, show him what life means. This richly textured play brings the full spirit of the book, as well as those of Christmases Past, Present and Yet To Come, to life on the stage.
Children and all ages shows at the Science Dome presentations and shows on the overhead dome at the area’s only indoor, digital planetarium. Great, low cost, indoor activity-we really recommend the children’s version! You can also reserve tickets online.
Visit the Kennedy Creek Salmon trail and see salmon returning to spawn wear your boots! Open weekends through November 27th. Today is the chum, chocolate, and chowder fundraiser. Enjoy hot chocolate and chowder or chili. Suggested donation of 5.00/bowl
Visit the South Sound Estuarium interactive marine discovery! Open 11-4 weekends at their new location.
WINNIE THE POOH at Olympia Family Theater through December 23rd
Studio West Dance Presents the Nutcracker! 1PM at Barnes and Noble
Characters from the Nutcracker will paint faces — you can be a nutcracker, a sugar plum fairy, a solider or a mouse. Delight in a reading of The Nutcracker story. Dancers will serve cocoa and sugar plum cookies. Enjoy a special preview performance of the Nutcracker! Note from SFM-I *think* this is free with donations welcome, but we haven’t confirmed that yet. You may want to call before you go.
Fridays and Saturdays through December 9th; 2 or 7:30 today. Tickets here.
Any weekend outings: See what’s going on at Discovery Village or the Y, or walk your downtown and visit the touch tanks at the Skansie Visitor’s Center.
The big WinterFest arts and crafts event is going on at PHS this weekend; I’m not sure if it has anything to interest kiddos. Let us know if you find any!
PS There are still spots in the free gingerbread house making event at your library on December 2nd, but they’re going fast. Sign up now if you want in.
For more options, also check the “Ongoing,” section at the top. Most of the live plays above also have performances today.
Indoor and outdoor options; 25 minute sessions include 12 (!) edited images for 125.00 & tax. Link to info and booking is here photos.findingmoments.com/minisession
One day a month artisans create a glass version of a drawing submitted by a young visitor. You can watch them create it in the hot shop with your paid admission. Note: MOG admission is pricey. If you plan ahead, you can get a pass from your library and go for free.
Make a mess in the name of SCIENCE!! Kid workshops are a great way to have some fun with the kiddos while making something awesome and useful. Class is $30 for each parent/child pair and includes instruction, materials, and light snacks. Note from SFM: Reservations required; check for availability before you try this one.
Sing Along Annie at the Washington Center for Performing Arts Olympia 5PM Tickets are 11.oo-22.00 Very limited as of this writing. Don’t wait long if you want to do this one.
This is a private home that goes all out with lights and opens their yard up for the community to walk through! Free but donations for the food bank are welcomed or get “Soup Tickets,” at Thriftway. Be sure to read all the details on their fb page for parking and so forth. This is their, “Opening night.” Also check the page for hours.
at Olympia Barnes and Noble Characters from the Nutcracker will paint faces — you can be a nutcracker, a sugar plum fairy, a solider or a mouse. Delight in a reading of The Nutcracker story. Dancers will serve cocoa and sugar plum cookies. Enjoy a special preview performance of the Nutcracker! Note from SFM-I *think* this is free with donations welcome, but we haven’t confirmed that yet. You may want to call before you go.
Downtown for the Holidays Olympia Santa, a parade, a tree lighting, and much more!
Be sure to also check, “Ongoing Holiday Events,” at the top and come back for our complete guide to holiday fun around the South Puget Sound. We’re hard at work on it now. You might say we’ve made a list, and we’re checking it twice…..
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