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!
Free day at Washington State Parks No Discover WA Pass needed today.
A rumpus reading of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” followed by a craft.
Ticketed event at this princess party place with princesses, Santa, and more. Also Saturday. Pre-registration is required. Doors open at 6:45 Generalized Seating
Event Time: 7pm-8:30pm Tickets: For more information or to reserve a spot call (253)- 848-7023
Ongoing Holiday Events
There’s a skating rink in Auburn this year! Let us know about this if you go; we haven’t had a chance to check it out.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Santa will be at The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse for complimentary photos with your families! Sleigh rides and other fun select dates
Zoolights at Point Defiance ZooOpens the 23rd
Ice Skate at Point RustonTacoma’s temporary outdoor rink is back!
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; it’s 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
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
Ticketed event at this princess party place with princesses, Santa, and more. Also Saturday. Pre-registration is required. I believe this one is also at 7PM. For more information or to reserve a spot call (253)- 848-7023
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop Tacoma – free crafts and fun
73rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Tacoma Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. On Broadway & Pantages Lobby Since World War II, the South Sound community has gathered to celebrate at the corner of 9th & Broadway in downtown Tacoma. Gather for carols and photos with Santa at this free community event. If it isn’t already, make it part of your family tradition!
4:30 p.m. – Lobby doors open for Santa photos
5:30 p.m. – Live holiday music begins
6:00 p.m. – Speaking program begins
6:15 p.m. – Tree lighting with community photo
This is a free event, followed by a ticketed event at 7:30 p.m. – Tacoma Arts Live presents Imago Theatre’s Frogz*
* Tacoma Arts Live presents Imago Theatre’s Frogz is a separate, ticketed event (see below)
Whimsical and inventive, this show is a clever intersection of vaudeville, cirque, and mime that will delight children 3 and up.