We’ve got an entire full month of summer fun left here in the South Sound! Running out of things to do with your littles? We have some AWESOME ideas for you to try in August.
We’ve got an entire full month of summer fun left here in the South Sound! Running out of things to do with your littles? We have some AWESOME ideas for you to try in August.
One of the things you can do for your kiddos to help them learn over the summer is to keep them exploring! And, what better place to explore than our very own natural playground, Puget Sound! This summer, Beach Naturalists from the Seattle Aquarium will be on hand at beaches around the Sound to help the rest of us learn more about the creatures in our waters.
Beach naturalists are trained in showing others how to enjoy the natural beach habitat while protecting it! These folks are passionate about the Sound and are enthusiastic about passing their knowledge along to future generations. If you’ve got a little who loves the water, or loves animals, this is a great way to spend some time in the summer.
Dates and times for South Sound locations with Beach Naturalists:
Saltwater State Park
Want more tips on exploring the Sound? Check out our post Exploring the Beach at Low Tide.
When you’ve got all summer long to keep the kiddos having fun, things can get pricy. We’re here to help! Try out all kinds of these things for FREE or nearly FREE all summer long. Put them on your summer bucket list, write them on your calendar, or gather friends to do something fun!
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1. We’ve got a huge list of places to cool off in the summer sun. Try out one of many South Sound spraygrounds, fountains, splash pads or pools from Auburn to Olympia!
All the spray grounds, fountains, and splash pads are FREE. The pools have modest fees.
2. If something a little more outdoorsy is more your speed, try out an area lake that’s great for swimming! We’ve got a huge list of Great Lakes for Swimming in the South Sound.
A couple spots charge for parking but most are totally free.
3. Explore one of the Best Beaches for Kids in the South Puget Sound. One of our family favs is Dash Point City Park. There is fishing pier, a little playground, sandy beach that turns rocky, and beautiful sunsets that you can only get in the PNW. The only charge for beach exploration is if you go to a state park requiring a Discover WA Pass, or there are a few city parks where you may need to pay to park.
4. Kiddos can stay busy for a very long time by playing in the sand. Choose from one of the Best South Sound Beaches with Sand, or make a day of it and drive to the ocean!
5. Explore the beach at low tide and find all kinds of critters and sea life. Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists will be at various South Sound beaches throughout the summer to help us all learn more about the amazing marine life that surrounds Puget Sound and what we can do to make sure it’s around for generations to come. The link has info. on similar programs from Harbor WildWatch, Metro Parks Tacoma, and the South Sound Estuary Association. There is one near you no matter where you live around here! All of these programs are FREE. You will need a Discover WA pass if you go to a state park.
6. Go fishing! Keep summer days easy with fishing at a local pier or river. You can even stop by Jim’s U-Fish in Spanaway if you want more of a sure thing! There are also animals to feed and pet here. This one can add up a bit, but readers have said it’s loads of fun and worth a one day splurge.
7. Try one of Five Fun Swimming Pools for South Sound Kids. One of our favs is Kandle Pool in Tacoma, which has the first wave pool in Pierce County. There are fees here, but they’re a great deal compared to a water park or a trip that requires plane tickets! Oh, and kids 4 and under are FREE.
8. If you rather stay out of the sun and get wet indoors, we’ve got a great list of Cool Indoor Pools in the South Sound just for kids! Entrance to the Covington Pool for a family is only $13.50 and kiddos under age 4 are FREE.
9. Splash and explore at the Mashell River in Eatonville. It’s great for kiddos who are a little bigger. And, my kids never seem to tire of skipping rocks.
10. Have you ever played at Wildwood Park in Puyallup? It has a teensy little crick just right for preschool splashing and mucking around. There is also great shade and paved and unpaved trails to explore. It’s totally FREE.
11. The Mast Center at Redondo is such a treasure! It’s a small aquarium with touch tanks, and it’s totally FREE to visit. 10-2 every Saturday, and Thursday evenings from 4-7.
12.Get in on the painted rock craze and you’ll be creating and hunting for painted rocks at area parks in no time. So much fun!
13. Try a new to you playground. Here’s our list of Best South Sound Playgrounds.
14. What little transportation lover doesn’t want to Touch a Truck?! Explore some of the biggest trucks around that service your community. Get all the details on upcoming events in our South Sound Touch a Truck Roundup. Don’t miss the new one coming to Fife in early August! FREE or low cost events.
15. One of our favorite things to do in the South Sound is explore a nature trail. Here’s our list of Ten South Sound Nature Walks Perfect for Young Hikers. Hylebos Wetlands in Federal Way is a great first start! FREE except for locations requiring passes.
16. If you’re ready to explore an actual hike, you can’t go wrong with Mt. Rainier. We’ve wrangled some of the best hikes near Mt. Rainier for kiddos!
If you actually go in the park, you will have to pay for a pass unless you go on a FREE day! For hikes outside the park the pass you’ll need varies, so do check on that. Got someone who just finished 4th grade? You can go to national parks for FREE through August!
17. Are your littles not yet ready for hiking or nature trails? Try one of the beautiful South Sound Stroller Friendly Trails. If you’ve got one with a bike and one in the stroller, try out the Puyallup Foothills Trail, which is wide enough for all of you!
19. Have you tried geocaching yet? There are some great caches in Pt Defiance, with some easily discovered near the Rose Garden area. Or, take a hike where you can find some that are slightly more difficult.
20. Now that it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a visit to the Puyallup Fish Hatchery should be on your summer agenda! Explore the Educational Center if it’s open and take a walk around the hatchery to see the fish. You can even hike into Clark’s Creek Park if you’re up for more adventure.
21. Sign up for a Library Summer Reading Program, where your kiddos can avoid the summer slide and win cool prizes, too! When you go in to sign up be sure to get a list of all the awesome programs being offered for FREE and mark some on your calendar so you don’t forget!
22. Hit up a museum for free! There are FREE days during each month at area Tacoma and Seattle museums. Or, go on your own schedule by checking out a pass from your library.
23. Catch an excellent planetarium show at Pierce College that’s just for kids! Shows are just 6.00 for ages 3-12 and FREE for everyone else. If you’ve never been, definitely make sure it’s on your bucket list this summer.
24. For only $3/parking you can explore the beautiful Nisqually Wildlife Refuge near Olympia. Kids will have extra fun becoming Junior Wildlife Refuge Managers while you’re here.
25. Do your kiddos enjoy getting dirty in the garden? How about signing them up for FREE gardening classes with the Pierce County Master Gardeners in Puyallup. These programs are FREE and include a short story time, lesson and activities. Programs are designed for children ages 3-11.
26. Need a place for your kids to play a game that won’t make a mess in your house? Sign them up for Kids Bowl FREE all summer long!
27. Tiffany’s Skate Inn in Puyallup doesn’t offer free skating, but they do have lots of fun deals and a new mini golf place next door! Feel free to tell us about your favorite roller rinks, too!
28. No AC at home? Getting cranky with the stickiness of summer? Hit up one of the many South Sound Mall Play Areas. Meet up with friends and make it extra fun! Unless you do some shopping, it’s always Free to play!
29. You can also opt for an Indoor Playground. We suggest investing in the unlimited play pass from WiggleWorks. Yes, it will cost you upfront, but if you go enough you can get each visit down to just a couple of bucks (or less). Challenge accepted!
30. Got tiny history buffs? Try the pay-as-you-can Job Carr Cabin Museum. They have special summer story times and take home crafts on Fridays.
31. Catch a cheap movie! Regal Summer Movie Express is offering $1 movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this summer.
32. There are all kinds of FREE Summer Concerts and Shows for Kids in the South Sound all summer long!
33. Want something a little more magical? Enjoy the sights and thrills of magician Jeff Evans! He brings the magic of science alive to kids in a way that’s engaging, entertaining and FUN! Check out the schedule of FREE shows all summer long featuring Jeff!
34. Nothing says summer like FREE outdoor movies under the stars! We’ve got a HUGE list of Outdoor Summer Movies in the South Sound just for you and your kiddos!
35. There is an awesome variety of festivals around the South Sound all summer long. You could go to a different one each weekend.
36.The Pierce County Fair is coming up the 9th-12th. While not free, you can have a very reasonably priced time at this fair that has a more rural, small town feel than the, “Big One.”
37. Hit the Kid Kraze with Pierce County Parks and Rec
Our 2nd annual Kidz Kraze Children’s Festival is a FREE event for kids ages 3-12 and their families. The festival will feature a bounce house and obstacle course, lego workshop by Bricks 4 Kidz Tacoma, arts & crafts by Art Studio27, field games and more! Brew Dog will be on-site serving hot dogs and festival fare!
38. Celebrate your small town at one of these great events:
39. The Kite Festival at Chambers Creek (Saturday, August 4th 10:00am-3:00pm) is fun for the whole family! Head down to the Central Meadow for an amazing day of kite demonstrations, family kite flying, face painting, bounce houses, and more! The first 250 kids will have an opportunity to make their own kites!
40. Hop in the car for a day trip! There is so much variety all within 3 hours driving distance of Tacoma, including Leavenworth, Port Townsend, and Snoqualmie Falls!
41. Head to Seattle for the day! The kids will get a kick out of the simple pleasures such as exploring Pike Place Market, the Gum Wall, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. Also worth a visit is the Ballard Locks, where kids will be mesmerized by boats passing through the locks or viewing the salmon in the fish ladder.
42. Kids can eat FREE lunches all summer long at locations all across the Puget Sound. Find the location nearest you at USDA Summer Food Rocks site. These are usually offered at local parks and schools and sometimes have free fun and games, too.
43. Community festivals and street fairs also abound in August.
Held at Les Gove park, there will be live entertainment, a car show, literary fair plus lots of free kid’s activities.
Bonney Lake Days – August 18 This festival is VERY family friendly with Kids Zone, chalk art competition, parade, and more!
Milton Days– August 18 Events and activities TBA.
44. While this isn’t free, getting ice cream is a cheap outing that your kiddos will LOVE. Hit up one of our Reader’s Favorite Ice Cream Spots in the South Sound! Don’t miss Ice Cream Social if you’re near Tacoma!
45. Summer fun should always include some berry picking! Be sure to put this one on the calendar because it always seems to sneak up on us with everything else going on all summer. For where to get the best berries, head to our South Sound Berry Picking Guide.
46. If you haven’t been to Cabela’s in Lacey or Bass Pro Shop in Tacoma, summer is the perfect opportunity. How can you resist a free excursion with a description like this: the 185,000-square-foot retail showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a decor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats. Bass Pro Shop boasts a 12,000-gallon freshwater aquarium, 3-D diorama of a running waterfall with mountain lion, big horn sheep, and mountain goats against a backdrop mural of Mount Rainier, not to mention the unique bowling alley!
47. Got a kid who is into military history? Visit the McChord Air Museum for FREE, Wednesday-Friday, 12:00pm-4:00pm, and as of April 2016 open to the public. There are specific document requirements for gaining access to the base, so be sure to check those out before promising your kiddos this one!
48. Kitsap Live Steamers invites you to Port Orchard on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month through October to ride a miniature steam train for FREE (donations are welcome).
49. Have you been to the new Point Ruston? The Playground on the Waterwalk is made to look like a large ferry, and kiddos can pretend they are charting their own course across the Sound. You’ll also want to check out the Grand Plaza Sprayground, open from noon-10pm, daily. This is more of a splashpad for littles, but it’s free and lots of fun! Note there is now a charge to park in the garage at Point Ruston.
50. Visit Daddy or Mommy at work for lunch! This can be a fun way for the kids to see what Daddy or Mommy does, and also break up the long workday! Find a nearby park to make it a fuller trip, and explore the area. There may even be other family members who would enjoy a visit like this from your kiddos!
If all else fails, a good old fashioned slip n slide from Target is always fun!
Need still More ideas?
You can find even more fun in our complete summer guide! We’ll also have our awesome weekend round ups every Friday all summer long plus more playground reviews, hike reports, and outing ideas the rest of the week! We’d love to see you every day!
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Are your kiddos super excited to be done with SCHOOL over summer break? Maybe you can trick them into being done with learning by signing them up for a Summer Reading Program.
We’ve got all the details on South Sound Summer Reading Programs at your local library, right here for you!
Double dip on these programs by signing up for a Retail Store Summer Reading Program. Places like Family Christian Stores, Chuck E Cheese, Barnes and Noble, offer reading programs with prizes just for kids.
Got a teenager in the house? There is an awesome Teen Summer Reading Challenge going on at Pierce County Libraries. Your kids won’t mona and groan over this because the prizes are super cool, things like iTunes gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, and tickets to the Rainiers.
Be sure to stay tuned to our Summer Fun Guide all summer long for more ideas, tips and events that you’ll want to check out to keep your kids busy when the days are long.
This amazing weather has me itching for summer fun! And, one of the awesomest things about summer is being OUTSIDE! Did you know communities around the South Sound host big name kids’ entertainers all summer long for FREE? It’s true! I’ll have these in your calendar, but I know some of you like to plan ahead, so grab your calendar, call some pals, and make plans for a picnic play date with a free show!
Virtually every city hosts free concerts during the summer months. We’ve highlighted the concerts geared specifically towards kids and families. If you’re a music lover, check out the sites linked below for more offerings. The complete list continues by city below.
Need something fun for your kids to do this summer? Consider finding them one or more weeks of VBS with our South Sound Vacation Bible School guide! This year we have organized our Vacation Bible School list by area-South King County; Puyallup; Tacoma; Gig Harbor and Olympia.
A few notes about this guide:
Dates: August 5th-8th 9AM-12pm
Cost: There is a suggested donation of $10 per camper, or $20 per family, that will be collected during VBS.
Dates: July 8th-12th 9AM-12:15
Cost: 35. one child/50.00 two children/60.00 three or more
Ages: Preschool-5th grade *at least 3 and potty trained
Dates: July 8-12, 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $25/child; inquire if you need scholarship assistance
Ages: 4 years old through 6th grade
Dates:July 23rd-26th 9AM-12
Ages: 3 years to 6th grade *all participants must be potty trained
Dates: July 8th-12th 9AM-12
Cost: I believe this one is free.
Ages: Kids 5 to entering 6th grade
St. Luke’s now offers multiple, themed camps different weeks. Really cool-check it out!
Dates: June 24th-27th
Dates: June 25-28 9AM-12:30
Dates: July 8-12 (AM) or July 8-11 (PM) Choose from morning or evening 9-12 or 6:30-8:30
Cost: Cost is $25 per child. Family of 3 or more total $70
Ages:4 years-6th grade
We would love to have your child join us for a fun week of sports instruction, songs, Bible stories and object lessons. They will have great instruction on their chosen sport and learn how to have a rock solid foundation.
Registration Fee, of $25 per child, includes a T-Shirt, snacks, Sports Instruction and fun!
For More Information:
Director, Buzz Dailey
or call the Church Office
Join us for a four-day expedition! The days are full of crafts, music, games (water games included), snacks, an interactive story time, and LOTS OF FUN!
• 9am to noon & 2pm to 5pm
• Ages 4 years old – 5th grade
(based on the current 2018/2019 school year)
•Cost: $40 per child
First Session Pre-K/Kinder/first Groups FULL!
July 16th-19th; opening day event on the 15th
Hours by Grade entering Fall 2019:
Pre-K (4 by 8/31/19): 9:00 – 12:00 noon Mon-Thurs (no Friday)Kindergarten: 9:00 – 12:00 noon Mon-Thurs (no Friday)Grades 1-6: 9:00 – 12:00 noon Mon-Fri
8-11 (12), 2019
We are so excited for our BOOM CAMP this year. We can’t wait to have your child join us for a fun-filled day camp where they will experience God, participate in engaging services, have outdoor activities and so much more! Sign up now to reserve your spot!
This event is for children entering kindergarten in the fall – 5th grade. Our camp runs 9:00am – 1:00pm. Doors will open on the first day of camp at 8:00am for check in!
Join us for our “Grande Finale” of camp on Wednesday night for a Family Service with food, bounce houses, games and more!
July 15th-17th “Under the Sea” South Hill
July 29th-31st :Into the Jungle” Puyallup
kindergarten through 5th grade; free
Save the dates ROAR VBS is coming late July 22-26! Students will be grabbing their safari hats as we head to the African savanna to learn that even though life is wild, God is good. We have limited spaces this year and expect to sell out, so make sure to register early. Open registration for campers and student leaders begins on May 8th, 2019. Register NOW! Tuition is as follows:
First Child Camper (k – 5th grade): $30
Additional Campers (k-5th Grade): $25
Roar! VBS 2019 – July 29-Aug. 2 6:00-8:30 pm
Tacoma Christian Reformed Community Church
Vacation Bible School
At “Roar” kids will explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferious faith that powers them through this wild life! Online registration is now open. Click hereto register.
At Miraculous Mission VBS there is something for everyone! Dinner and program, songs, learning and games will be for preschoolers through middle school. An adult class is offered simultaneously making our VBS something for working adults, the whole family and retired individuals as well.. High School.
Intrepid Kids is excited to invite all kids, ages 4 – 5th grade (entering Fall 2019) to Power Up!
This 4-day Vacation Bible School from July 15 – 18 will help kids to raise their game because knowing God and trusting in Jesus fills each of us with the Fruit of the Spirit! Here’s more info about Power Up and how to register:
When: Monday July 15th – Thursday July 18th
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm each day
Where: Intrepid Christian Church: 5775 Soundview Dr. #E-103, Gig Harbor
Cost: $30.00 per child, $20.00 per sibling
Ages: 4 years – 5th grade (entering Fall 2019)
Please note: Due to popular demand, we have a waitlist for the 5 year/Kindergarten group. If your child is 5 years old or in Kindergarten in the Fall, please register them, but DO NOT pay. You will be contacted if they are moved from the waitlist to active registration.
To register for Power Up, click here.
To pay for your registration, click here.
To print and fill out the Activity Participation Agreement, click here. You’ll need to bring this to the first day of VBS.
For questions about Power Up or registration, email us.
Memory Verse: “God’s power has given us everything we need to live a godly life.” 2 Peter 1:3a, NIrV
Our Kids’ Camp is four days filled with outside games, learning stations, snacks, bible stories, singing, and more.
July 8th-12, 2019
9am – Noon
Soccer, basketball, cheerleading, martial arts or flag football
It’s almost time for cheap summer movies for the kids! I’ll remind you about these, but here’s the rundown if you want to plan on some now.
Not familiar with these great programs? Theaters run them to bring families in, and it’s a great way to entertain the kids. If it’s a particularly hot day, it’s also a great way to beat the heat. Or, heck, take a nap while your kids zone out.
Movie choices are often second run films, but you still get the big screen experience. And, if your kids are anything like mine, seeing a movie they love over and over again is one of their favorite things to do.
The Summer Movie Express from Regal offers movies for only $1 all summer long on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00am beginning on June 28. Each week both movies will play on both days. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Here’s the schedule:
In years past, Cinemark has also hosted a Summer Movie Clubhouse. But, it appears that this summer you will have to drive all the way out to Bellevue to get in on that action.
There will also be free, outdoor movies at parks all over the South Sound this summer. You can be sure to find those in our South Sound Weekend Guide and our Summer Fun Guide coming soon!
You can also find Movies on the Cheap in the South Sound year round:
We’re also rolling out lots of other great posts on cheap summer fun this week. Be sure to check in often! Or, head to our Summer Guide for a giant list of ideas!
Looking for ways to get your kiddos to appreciate history and what things were like, way back when? You know, when there was NO wi-fi, and no screens of any kind! There are a number of awesome upcoming events at the newly reopened Fort Nisqually at Point Defiance.
This living history museum invites visitors to see what life was like in the 1850s right here in Tacoma. The exhibits include crafts of the 19th century, games, award winning National Historic landmark buildings, and more!
Each month there is a special event put on by the museum. Mark these on your calendar for a fun, family outing that’s frugal and educational. Each event is only $8/adults $5/children and FREE/ages 4 and under, and includes museum admission.
Saturday, May 21, 11:00am-5:00pm
Relive the festive 19th century celebrations surrounding a royal holiday during Queen Victoria’s Birthday. A merry mood permeates the Fort on this occasion. At noon, bagpipes announce the start of the traditional tributes to the queen. The pipes are followed by a musket volley, toasts to the queen, and a cannon salute. Many of the Fort’s ladies and gentlemen will be dressed in their finest, 1850s fashion. Throughout the day, guests can join in croquet and other 19th century games.
Saturday, June 18, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Discover farm to table, 19th century style, as informative speakers mix with 1850s reenactors to inform and demonstrate heritage foodways. Speakers will give a variety of presentations and demonstrations on heritage food topics such as pickling and smoking, foraging for native plants, and raising chickens. Visitors can tour the fort’s heritage kitchen garden and chicken coop, orchard, and grain patch and learn how these relate to the agricultural history of the Fort. Throughout the day, the Fort’s reenactors will be creating 19th century meals on a wood stove, over campfires, and in a brick bake oven. The reenactors will compete for the coveted “Golden Skillet,” doing their best to impress a panel of judges with the taste and presentation of their dish.
Friday, July 15, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Children will be racing for saltwater taffy fired from the candy cannon. Several cannon firings punctuate an evening of 19th century fun with the Fort’s re-enactors. Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner and join in scavenger hunts, games, contests, and dancing of the mid-1800s. Lemonade and ice cream available while supplies last!
We have been having an AMAZING Spring here in the South Sound! Are your kiddos itching to be done with school and move on to more fun things? We have a great list of events you don’t want to miss in May. These will provide lots of opportunity for quality time with your kids and special memories.
Wednesday, May 4, 6:00pm
Your little Jedis will be so excited to head out for a ball game on Star Wars Night as the Tacoma Rainiers take on the Salt Lake Bees. Star Wars characters from Garrison Titan and Alpha Base will be on hand to wow your kiddos and make this a truly special occasion.. Tickets are CHEAP, running from $5.50-$11.50 each. We love to sit on the grassy mound so the kids can goof around when they start getting antsy. Note-the graphic above is old, but we promise this event is MAY 4th (May The Force….get it?).
Saturday, May 7, 10:00am-11:30am
Kids ages 3-11 are invited to learn all about gardening in the Puget Sound! Classes run periodically through August with a varying themes. This week check out Jurassic Gardens. Not in Puyallup? Check out our other South Sound Kids’ Gardening Activities!
Saturday, May 7, 10:00am-3:00pm
Explore all of the services offered by the City of Tacoma at this fun, interactive community event featuring activities, games, and prizes! Kiddos will love seeing a fire truck up close and talking to a police officer!
Saturday, May 7
Kids can get a FREE Comic Book on the first Saturday in May at multiple comic book stores around the South Sound. Go to FreeComicBookDay.com to find the location nearest you.
There are lots of fun events to celebrate Mom around the Sound. Our favorites include free train rides for Moms at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. Or, how about half price admission for Moms at the zoo to see those adorable newborn clouded leopard triplets!
Thursday, May 12, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Check out the South King Fire and Rescue Headquarters at this annual open house. See equipment in action and try on fire fighter gear, meet Sparky the Fire Dog and Pluggie the talking fire hydrant robot. Kids can even spray the fire hose! There will be free hot dogs and prizes!
Saturday, May 14, 11:00am-2:00pm
This highly anticipated annual event is one you don’t want to miss if you have truck lovers in your house! Kiddos can sit in the driver’s seat of all kinds of city vehicles including armored trucks, buses, tow trucks, construction equipment and more! Best of all, there is a no horn or siren hour just for kids with sensory issues. Be sure to check out our post for upcoming Touch a Truck events in the South Sound in the coming months.
Saturday, May 21, 11:00am-5:00pm
Celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday in 19th century style! This living history museum invites visitors to see what life was like in the 1850s right here in Tacoma. The exhibits include crafts of the 19th century, games, award winning National Historic landmark buildings, and more. Admission to this special event only $8/adults $5/children and FREE/ages 4 and under, and includes museum admission.
Saturday, May 22, 2:30pm
Looking to enjoy the symphony with your kids in tow? This concert series is the perfect opportunity because it is composed just for kids ages 2-8 and their favorite grown ups. Be sure to show up early for the instrumental petting zoo that starts at 1:30pm. This month’s concert features Peter and the Wolf. Tickets are only $10/adults and $7/kids.
If you’re still looking for more fun to be had, check back here on Fridays for our South Sound Weekend Guide!
Did you know that it’s National Park Week next week? From Saturday, April 16 through Sunday, April 24, gain Fee Free Access to National Parks! The National Parks System is celebrating it’s 100th birthday this year! As an American, you owe it to yourself to wish the parks system a Happy Birthday and opt outside!
I’m a sucker for getting outdoors with my family. I can honestly say it gives me goosebumps to think of all of the memories we have shared exploring nature, including our amazing national parks system. When I lived in Europe, most of the folks there dreamed of visiting the US specifically to see our national parks.
Here in the South Sound, Mt. Rainier is the nearest National Park.
Check out some of our most popular posts featuring Rainier:
Before you go, be sure to check out the Spring Opening Forecasts for Mt Rainier, which details expected opening dates for specific roads, Visitor Information centers, and campgrounds.
If next week doesn’t work for you to venture to a national park, check out all the other Fee Free Days to Washington State and National Parks in 2016:
Also, if you have a 4th grader in your house, the Every Kid in a Park Initiative allows all 2015-2016 4th graders and their families free access to national parks. Get more info at our post about Every Kid in a Park!
Have you visited any national parks with your kiddos?