Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Federation Forest State Park (Enumclaw)

Federation Forest State Park

49201 Highway 410 E. 
Enumclaw, WA 98022

Federation Forest State Park is a day-use natural area. There are two picnic shelters without electricity and five sheltered picnic tables. The upper picnic area has drinking fountains, a covered shelter, and restrooms with running water. Both are first come, first served.

Closed Winter October 1 - April 1

**Discover Pass Required**

 Note: When we went in May, 2015 the water down below was turned off. The kids had a blast throwing rocks in the river, exploring trails and enjoying the sun. It would be fun to go back when it is warmer and let the kids play in the water.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fort Worden (Port Townsend)

  • Fort Worden

  • Address: 
  • 200 Battery Way
  • Port Townsend, WA 98368

Phone: (360) 344-4400

**Discover Pass Required**

Visit the beach
The beach at Fort Worden is nice with clean sand.

Explore the bunkers
They are quite big, so don't get lost and you may want to bring a flashlight or headlamp.


Visit the Light House - Point Wilson Light House


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Seattle Gum Wall (Seattle)

1428 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

The Market Theater Gum Wall is a local landmark in downtown Seattle in Post Alley under Pike Place Market. The Market Theater Gum Wall is a brick alleyway wall now covered in used chewing gum. Parts of the wall are covered several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Black River Blues Blueberry Picking (Rochester)

Black River Blues Website

17132 Moon Road Southwest
Rochester, WA 98579

Phone: (360) 273-3489

2013 Prices

Hand-Picked blueberries
$3.50 per pint, $21.00 half flat, $35.00 full flat.
*note- the berries are packed in a true old -fashioned pint container, not 1/2 pints which seem to be the standard these days. 
U-Pick Blueberries
Available for $2.00 per lb.
We provide buckets to pick in and package your berries for the ride home. All ages welcome, no pets please. Please call ahead to insure current availability and further information.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bug Museum (Bremerton)

Bug Museum Website

Phone: (360) 373-7691

1118 Charleston Beach Road West
Bremerton, WA 98312

Hours: 10am - 5pm daily

Cost: FREE

This museum has a tarantula, stick bugs, African Praying Mantis, beetles, millipedes and much more. In addition to live bugs there are many preserved bugs to look at from all over the world. Also, a large nature store.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Olympia's Artesian Well (Olympia)

The Olympia Artesian Well
Olympia's Artesian Well Website
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415 4th Ave E
OlympiaWA 98501

This natural, free-flowing artesian well was originally constructed a century ago and continues to flow 10 gallons per minute to this day. Recently remodeled, it's a great place to stop, rest and refill as you explore downtown. 

WET Science Center (Olympia)

WET Science Center Website
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500 Adams St NE
Olympia, WA  98501

Phone: (360) 528-5742

Admission: FREE

Monday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm


The WET Science Center has hands-on educational exhibits to learn about the water cycle, wastewater treatment processes, and the importance of water conservation. It is open to all age groups, and offers fun family activities every Saturday. For more information and upcoming activities be sure to check their website. 

Yashiro Japanese Garden (Olympia)

Yashiro Japanese Garden Website

Address:1010 Plum Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501

This .74 acre garden represents a joint effort of the Olympia-Yashiro Sister City Association and the City of Olympia. The garden is symbolic of the ties between Olympia and Yashiro, Japan. The park features picnic areas and public art. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mima Mounds Trail (Olympia)

Mima Mounds Website

Mima Mounds Natural Area
Olympia, WA 98512

Hike through a landscape that almost appears lunar (except for the vegetation of course). Weave in and out and even over a few of the hundreds of 4- to 6-foot mounds scattered across this Thurston County prairie. 

The Mima Mounds are exceptionally beautiful in April and May, when prairie flowers such as blue violet, buttercup, and camas paint them in dazzling colors.

***Discover Pass Required*** (no paying station at Mima Mounds-so make sure you get one a head of time)

Take I-5 (South from Olympia) 
Take Exit #95 (Littlerock-Maytown)
Drive west on Maytown Road SW through the small town of Littlerock to a ''T.'' Continue straight on Maytown Rd until you come to Waddell Creek Rd. 
Turn right on Waddell Creek Road and go about a about a mile to the entry road on left, which leads to the parking area and trail head. 

McLane Creek Nature Trail (Olympia)

McLane Creek Nature Trail Website

Address (aprroximately):
5044 Delphi Road Southwest
Olympia, WA

Hikers of all ages, especially children, will love this easy loop, one of the finest nature trails in Western Washington. On good tread and boardwalk this trail takes you on an up-front and personal journey along McLane Creek and an adjacent beaver pond. Plenty of birds and critters will captivate you along the way.
Approximately 1.1 miles of mostly dry, flat trails with fun elevated boardwalk sections. 
Great salmon viewing. 

***Discover Pass Required***

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Snow Tubing/Sledding (Mount St. Helens)

Snow Sledding or Tubing near Mount St. Helens up towards Cold Water Lake

This is a winter activity (usually January or February) be sure to check snow levels before going.

Directions from Olympia, WA
take I-5 South
Exit 63 for WA-505 toward Winlock/Toledo
take a left and go straight through the city of Toledo
turn left at the "T" onto WA-504 E/Spirit Lake Memorial Hwy
follow signs up towards Mount St. Helens

look for a place to pull off and sled!
go here to see original map (can zoom in)

sledding spot pictured above is to the left just past the forest learning center when heading up toward Mount St. Helens or to the right just before the learning center when heading down. 

Note: no bathrooms (just use nature) could possibly check Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center to see if open and if bathrooms are available (360) 274-5200.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Yauger Park (Olympia)

Yauger Park Website

530 Alta Street SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Park Features:

  • Picnic Areas
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Nature Trails
  • Playground
  • Athletic Fields
  • Running Track
  • Horseshoes 
  • Skate Court 
  • Restrooms
  • Concession Stand (Summer Only)
  • Community Garden   

Priest Point Park (Olympia)

Priest Point Park Website
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2600 E Bay Dr NE
OlympiaWA 98506

Park Features:
  • Picnic Areas
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Nature Trails
  • Playground
  • Basketball
  • Restrooms

Percival Landing Playground (Olympia)

Percival Landing Playground Website

325 Columbia St NW
Olympia, WA 98501

The playground includes eight swings, two rotating nets, climbing structures, a big grassy area and a bathroom.

Lions Park (Olympia)

Lions Park Website

800 Wilson St SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Park Features:

  • Picnic Areas
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Public Art
  • Restrooms
  • Water feature
  • above: water feature
  • (not too exciting, but nice to let the kids cool off)

LBA Park (Olympia)

LBA Park Website

3333 Morse-Merryman Rd SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Park Features:

  • Picnic Areas
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Athletic Fields
  • Running Track (0.7 mile loop)
  • Restrooms
  • Concession Stand (summer only)
My kids loved the zip line and the huge climbing structure. We also brought bikes and they road around the paved trails (some are a bit steep and we had a few scraped up knees).

Kettle View Park (Olympia)

Kettle View Park Website

1250 Eagle Bend Dr SE
Olympia, WA 98501

(located in southeast Olympia within the Brigg's Urban Village development near the Brigg's YMCA)

Park Features:

  • Playground and Swings 
  • Tennis Court
  • 1/4 Mile Paved Loop Trail
  • 1.8 Acre Play Field
  • Restroom

Friendly Grove Park (Olympia)

Friendly Grove Park Website

2316 Friendly Grove Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98506

Park Features:
Picnic areas, picnic tables, picnic shelters, playground, basketball, tennis, restrooms, beginner skate court, public art.

Long Lake (Lacey)

Long Lake Park Website

2790 Carpenter Road 
Lacey, WA 98503

Long Lake Park features one of the finest swimming beaches in Thurston County, as well as sand volleyball and barbeque facilities. The swimming area has gravel/small rocks on the shoreline.  The upland area has picnic facilities and pedestrian trails through the woods. There is a large grassy area hill that goes down to the gravel and water.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Thorbecke's Indoor Swimming Pool (Centralia)

Thorbecke's Indoor Swimming Website

Phone: (360) 736-1683

910 Johnson Rd
Centralia, WA 98531

Day Use Fees:
Kids (0-10) — $5.00
Youth (11-15) — $7.00
Adults (16 & up) — $9.00

If you have a party of 8 or more and want to get a group discount... call ahead
$4 kids
$6 adults

**You can rent out the pool for $85/hour for 0-25 people. This is available Saturdays & Sundays after 5pm**

Open Swim
Saturdays & Sundays
1pm to 4pm.

Weeknights 7pm to 8pm.

Fridays 7pm to 9pm
(Our Dive-In movie night)

Main Pool
25 meter, 6 lane pool ranging in depth from 3. to 12.5 feet. Temperature is maintained at 81.5 degrees but can fluctuate do to changes in air humidity. Includes a slide and 1-meter diving board, both are available for use during OPEN SWIM.

Junior Pool
Our Junior Pool ranges in depth from 6 inches to 2.5 feet. Wide steps the length of the pool are great for introducing little ones to the aquatic environment. Every effort is made to maintain the Junior pool at 86 degrees.

Jacuzzi & Sauna
Use is limited to those 16 year and older unless under the care/supervision of a trainer or coach. Exercise in the Sauna is not permitted; towel is required. Jacuzzi is kept at 101 to 103 degrees. All persons must shower before using the sauna or Jacuzzi. You must consult a physician prior to using our sauna and Jacuzzi units if you have a history of high blood pressure, heart trouble or for any other health reason.