Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tacoma Area Winter Ideas (for kids and moms)


Each year I always start to panic when the rain starts and my kids are jumping off furniture to burn off energy. So, this year I decided to write a list of fun ideas to do with kids during the lovely NW winter months. Here ya go...

Library - craft times, special events, story time, check out books and movies
http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/Default.aspx

Tacoma Children's Museum
http://www.playtacoma.org/

Olympia Children's Museum - AMAZING!
http://www.hocm.org/

Lattin Cider Mill (love this one - donuts, animals and lots more, Olympia area)
http://lattinscider.com/

Point Defiance - hike through the woods in the rain or head to the zoo/aquarium
http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/point-defiance-park/

The Outlet Collection (formally known asAuburn Supermall)  Head to the play area, grab coffee and let your kids run wild. They also have an indoor carousel!
http://www.outletcollectionseattle.com/

Fort Steilacoom - play on the awesome castle play area, walk around the lake, explore! (cloudy day fun)
https://www.cityoflakewood.us/government/departments/parks-and-recreation/lakewood-parks

Chambers Bay Playground - another cloudy day - don't go if it's raining or windy.
https://foursquare.com/v/chambers-bay-park-playground/50285045e4b031f7a2c681f7

253skate - rollerskating fun!
http://rollin253.com/

Ride the Link to Learning Sprout - park at Freighthouse Square and ride to the end, walk to Learning Sprout
http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Tacoma-Light-Link-Rail
http://www.learningsprout.com/

IKEA - it's a bit of a drive but you can check your potty trained kiddos into the play area for one hour, in case you need a break :)
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/store/seattle

Discovery Village - I haven't been here yet, but, I've heard great things. Look on Groupon or Living Social for deals.
http://www.discovery-village.com/

Pump It Up - look for coupons online
http://www.pumpitupparty.com/event-calendar/tacoma-wa

Odyssey 1 - kids can crawl through tubes for hours!
http://www.odyssey-1.com/

Tacoma Mall - grab some quarters and have your kids ride the cars/trucks/boats near Sears and then grab coffee and let the kids run around in the play area (it's a very sad and small play area but it works great for toddlers)

Become a member of ParentMap SouthSound for updated fun events and happenings all over the Puget Sound. http://www.parentmap.com/

I hope this helps with your sanity during the NW winter months. Please feel free to add any other ideas you have or know of in the area!






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