Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Fun things to do with your kiddos...

If you live in my area, here are a few fun things that you can do with your kiddo's. There are a few definitely on our list to go and do! Enjoy!

June 18-21st – FREE Mini Golf – Be the first to play Pop-Up Art Putt… From 5-8 pm. Enjoy a free evening and participate in the new downtown event. Course Hours: Thursday, June 18, 5 pm – 8 pm, Friday, June 19, 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday, June 20, 10 am – 8 pm, and Sunday, June 21, 10 am – 4pm. The course will span the Prairie Line Trail along Hood Street between S 15th st and S 17th St in Tacoma.
June 27-28th Slug Fest at NW Trek – Celebrate all that is silly and slimy about the slug.  Human Slug Races, “slime” art, tentacle headbands, bubble tales, slug story time, photo booths with props and more.  Free with admission.

June 26-28th Taste of Tacoma Point Defiance Park, Tacoma Friday and Saturday 11 am – 9 pm and Sunday 11 am – 8 pm Free admission.

July 4th Free Swimming at Tacoma Pools Kandle Pool or Stewart Heights Pool.  Noon – 5:00pm

4th of July – Tacoma, Steilacoom, Dupont Tacoma (fair & air show, fireworks):  Steilacoom (street fair, entertainment, ice cream social, parade, fireworks):  Dupont (pancake breakfast, parade):

July 4th -  Red White and Blues Festival – at Celebration Park. Starts at 4 pm and the firework display begins at 10:15 pm. Come join us for music entertainment, food vendors, sports for all sorts, face painting, interactive arts, family games and much more!

July 11th - Free 7.11oz Slurpee of your choice at any 7-eleven store

July 13-14 Lakewood SummerFEST- at Fort Steilacoom Park - Live entertainment, Army Strong Fitness expo, food and arts vendors, Kidz Zone (for a small fee), movie Saturday at dusk – The Lego Movie

July 18th-19th Tacoma Maritime Fest Celebrating Tacoma’s working waterfront with hands-on adventures, exhibits & competitions, and kids activities (boat & train rides, catch & release fishing, toy boat building, etc.)  *Take the free Link Light Rail to downtown Tacoma and catch a free shuttle to the Fest to avoid parking probs* 10a-5p Thea's Park (535 Dock St., Tacoma)

July 23rd – Mid-Summer Carnival – Pioneer Park Puyallup, 2-5 pm, 25 cents per ticket. All carnival rides range between 1-4 tickets. There will be games, prizes, face painting, crafts, cotton candy and much more…

July 24-26th – Renton River Days – Located in Liberty Park. An annual multi-day family festival and celebration of community pride, with a variety of events, special features for the kids, arts and crafts and stage entertainment. July 25th starting at 10 am they will have their Renton River Days Parade.

August 5th Kid’s Day at Steel Lake Park: 1-5pm.  Free admission, tickets are needed for inflatable slide.  Inflatables, crafts, lego competitions, face painting, new funland playground for kids ages 2-12.   Reptile Isle is from 2-3 pm. Concessions are available for purchase. 2410 S. 312th St. Federal Way 253-209-2422

August 6th Community Campout 6 - Enjoy a night under the stars. Games, crafts, s’mores, all meals and a big screen movie at dusk "Goonies" will all be provided. Check-in begins at 2:30p Saturday; event ends at 10am Sunday.  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED by Aug. 11th.  Bradley Lake Park, Puyallup.  $20 per tent space. (253) 841-5457

August 22 – Touch-A-Truck – From 10-2 at Valley Ridge Park 4644 S 188th St in SeaTac. Come see and touch vehicles that provide safety and services to the community. FREE!

August 22-23th Sand in the City: Saturday 1-7 and Sunday 10-5 features Sand sculpting, dozens of free art and STEM activities, live entertainment, face painting, dig and create in giant sand boxes, meet live guest animals, blow giant bubbles, climb the rock wall, splash ball, 250 foot interactive stream. Free.  Port Plaza, Downtown Olympia

August 25th Fee Free Day in the National Parks

FREE Outdoor Movies – Begins at dusk:
·         Puyallup (July 11, July 25th, August 8 August 22)
o   Located at Bradley Lake Park – 531 31st Ave SE
o   July 11: Man of Steel, July 25th: The Sandlot
o   August 8: Despicable Me 2, August 22: Planes
·         Tacoma (July 25, July 31, August 14, August 15, August 21)
o   July 25: The Book of Life, Wright Park
o   July 31: Dolphin Tale 2, Kandle Park
o   August 14: Big Hero 6, Stewart Heights Park
o   August 15: How to Train your Dragon 2, Gray Middle School
o   August 21: Penguins of Madagascar, Norpoint Park
·         Lacey (July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8)
o   Located at Huntamer Park in Woodland Square
o   July 18: The Goonies
o   July 25: Disney’s Jungle Book
o   August 1: Muppets Most Wanted
o   August 8: Back to the Future I, II and III

Summer Outdoor Concerts / Children’s Entertainment
o   Lacey – Saturdays July 11-August 8 @ 7:00pm
§  Located at Huntamer Park in Woodland Square
o   Steilacoom – Wednesdays starting June 24, July & August 6:30pm
§  Located at Pioneer Park. The Steilacoom Community Center is backup location due to weather.
o   Puyallup – Tuesdays July 14-August 18 Noon-1:00p located at Pioneer Park; Thursdays July 9-August 20 6:30-8:30p located at Pioneer Park, Wednesdays July 29 & August 12th 12-1 and 6:30-8 located at Bradley Lake Park
o   Kent Summer Concerts can be found here.
o   Auburn Summer Concerts can be found here.
o   Bonney Lake Events can be found here.

Tacoma Nature Center – Two miles of nature trails and habitat, indoor exhibit area and lab. Outdoor nature-themed play area, Discover Pond, open daily 9:30am-Sunset. Location: 1919 S Tyler Street, Tacoma. There is no admission fee, but donations are gladly accepted (Suggested donations $3 per family, $10 for larger groups).

West Hylebos Wetlands Park - 411 S. 348th St., Federal Way.  Open dawn to dusk daily.  FREE.  Equal parts wildlife refuge, ecological and hydrological conservatory, nature trail, and just plain natural wonder.  The one-mile-long boardwalk (great for strollers) immerses you in forested wetlands. 

Kitsap Live Steamers 7 1/2 inch gauge railroad at South Kitsap Regional Park.  Rides are given to park visitors on a donation basis the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, April through October, weather permitting.  10:00 am-4:00 pm.  Departures are from the passenger depot near the Jackson Ave. play field and riders traverse about 4000 feet of ground level railroad track, one trestle and one bridge.

Blueberry Park Playground, picnic area, and FREE blueberries to pick (Jul-Sept).  7402 East D St, Tacoma

Fircrest Tot Lot Fenced playground just for the 5-and-younger-set.  Convenient bathrooms, sandbox, picnic tables, swings and play equipment.  Across from Fircrest Park at 444 Contra Costa, Fircrest. 

Spray Parks:
·         Tacoma – Opens daily May 25th-September 7th, hours are 10 am-8 pm. Parks listed below:
o   Franklin Park, Jefferson Park, Kandle Park, Norpoint Park, SERA Campus, South Park, Titlow Park, Verlo Playfield, Wapato Hills Park, Wright Park
·         Seattle – Opens May 23rd – September 7th. Parks are listed below:
o   Ballard Commons Park, Georgetown Playfield, Highland Park, Jefferson Park,                            John C. Little Park, Judkins Park, Lake Union Park, Miller Playfield,                                       Northacres Park and Pratt Park
·         Lynnwood – Open June through Labor Day, 11 am until 7 pm
o   North Lynwood Park and Daleway Park
·         Auburn
o   Les Gove Park
·         Puyallup – Open daily from 10 am until 8 pm
o   Kiwanis Kids Spray Park

Recommended Blogs:
· : The Place for you to find ways to live and parent in a more meaningful way.  Each day filled with an activity, tip and a character development idea. 
· : Fun for kids & families in the SOUTH sound.

“Kids spell love T-I-M-E.  To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today. “

1 comment:

  1. What a great list! I have forwarded it too a friend with kids.

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