Looking for fun things to do with the kids around Tacoma, Puyallup, or your South Sound home this 4th of July? It’s a different kind of celebration this year, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bummer summer! Here are ten great ideas for the greater 253 (a few of them will work no matter where you live).
- Free Go tide pooling! Some of the lowest tides of the whole summer are this weekend.
- Not free but reasonable Play a round of mini golf! King’s has open times on the fourth. If you want to spend zero dollars challenge the kids to set up their own in the yard.
- Fun splurge See some animal friends! The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has reopened, and they do have times on the 4th. One big change is you need to get timed entry tickets online, in advance (yes, members, too).
- Free Watch fireworks. The fireworks show in Puyallup (pretty much the only professional one around this year) has sold out of viewing spots, BUT you can go watch at Pioneer Park by the library for free. You’re encouraged to social distance, of course.
- Chow down on Fair Food to Go. I bet your kids will think it’s fun to drive right on the fairgrounds to get their scones and Earthquake Burgers. Bring your appetite! Nope, not free, but as expensive as you make it!
- Free-you will need a Discover WA pass for state parks. Hit the beach! Here is our list of best beaches. Note I haven’t updated that post in a while, but it should still have good info. If you see anything that needs a correction, let me know.
- Free most places Take a hike. Most all area places where you’d go for a hike are open, and all my posts have links so you can confirm details before you go. Here’s a favorite in Dupont that ends in a beach. Or head to Wildwood Park in Puyallup. It has a tiny creek the kids can play in and a new, “Story walk,” I think they’ll love.
- Find a geocache! Have you ever tried this real life treasure hunt? Why not start this summer? It’s a perfect outdoors, socially distant adventure. Free unless you choose to buy an app or a GPS or go to a location requiring a pass.
- Paint a rock. Here’s another cheap and easy trend that’s two activities in one. Love it! Cheap
- Watch Hamilton. I admit you probably didn’t me to suggest this one, but for your kids old enough to be interested, it really is pretty great. Not free but included if you already pay for Disney.
- Bonus: Make bubbles! This will cost you a few dollars (literally just a few), but you may already have the ingredients on hand. Bonus, bonus: Picha Farms has berry picking Sunday (and maybe beyond?). It’s not free, but you’re paying for the berries, and you get to take them home and eat them. Yum, yum!
PS This is going to be a different kind of summer, but I promise you fun isn’t cancelled. Check back in a couple of days for my completely revised (and still totally awesome) South Sound Summer Guide.