Well, not quite all the kiddos are back to school, but that means some of you have extra time for family fun! Lucky you: I’ve got a list full of it, and there are lots of great things to do with kids in Tacoma this weekend, in particular!
Highlights include Friday morning’s Rodeo Parade in Puyallup, a celebration of pioneer fun in Old Town Saturday (so cute, you guys), and the BIG Touch A Truck at Sprinker Rec Center. Don’t miss this one if you have a little vehicle lover. Sunday is Downtown to Defiance. This is a unique chance to explore the waterfront car free. There is more fun for kids this year, and it would be super fun to do with your walking buddies, stroller crew, or preschool or school bunch! All that and much more fun around the Sound Sound is right ahead!
There are more than 50 family events this weekend (not kidding!) so if you’re reading this from the home page, you’ll need to do one more click. I promise it’s worth it!
Rodeo Parade, Cattle Drive and Free Fair Admission Watch the parade for free, and then head into the fair for free admission from 10:30-12:30 when you donate new school supplies!
School age kids are invited to drop in and read to a trained therapy dog. Each child chooses the book and amount of reading and petting. Sign up for a private ten-minute slot at the front desk.
Join us each Friday from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm for a fun activity! Activities will vary each week, but will consist of Family Game Days, S.T.E.M. activities, crafts, and more!
Tinker with hydraulics, build and take apart scribble bots, and explore nature making!FREE, or pay what you will! A suggested donation of $5 per family helps to support Free Access Programs and exciting learning experiences. 5-9PM
Pacific Seas Aquarium Opening Weekend at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Come celebrate the opening of our new Pacific Seas Aquarium! Be wowed by Baja Bay full of green sea turtles, rays, sharks and fish; get up close with marine creatures in the Tidal Touch Zone and so much more.
Free with admission. More information here.
Saturday- Events are organized by area.
Story time at Barnes and Noble “Corduroy Takes A Bow,” story time at 11AM at most stores. We do suggest calling to confirm participation.
Kids’ Club at Michael’s Stores Kids craft sessions from 10-12 5.00 per project “Leafy fun,” for ages 6 and up this week
South King County
Puyallup/Bonney Lake/Graham/Greater Pierce County
Tacoma/NE Tacoma/South Tacoma/Steilacoom/Lakewood
*Live music and storytelling
*Arts and crafts
*Games and racesAdmission to the Museum and all events are “pay as you can.”
Harvest home at Ft.Nisqually Celebrate harvest 1800s style!
Pierce College Science Dome show Children’s shows at 12:30 or 2 See an interactive show in the area’s only indoor planetarium! Nice, indoor option!
Don’t miss event for your truck lovers! Climb in and explore all kinds of big rigs. No horns hour for children with sensory issues.
Join us for food, fun and entertainment for the whole family! There will be a vintage car show, carnival games, good food, laser tag, biergarten, a 5K run, entertainment, and live music from Baking With Julia!
Tour the tugboat sandman Open to the public, free of charge most weekends at Percival Landing
Treat grandparents to a personalized card or piece of art for Grandparents Day (Sunday) Handmade gifts are perfect for all grandparents!
NW Viking Festival – a FREE fun festival for the whole family. Viking Sword Fights! Bouncy houses for kids*, games*, bow and arrow classes, survival classes, beer making, food trucks and more is added every week! This will be EPIC!
Produced by the Norsemen of the West Viking Festival.
Sept 8 & 9. City of Rainier, WA approved.
You can visit our website at www.NWVikingFestival.com for more.
Harbor Hounds Walk Dog friendly community fair!
Any weekend activities: visit your farmer’s market, tour the Harbor History Museum, or enjoy one of your gorgeous parks or trails. You might also see what’s going on at Discovery Village or the YMCA. Your Michael’s does typically do the craft as well.