Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fred's Creative Kids - Children's Art Classes (Puyallup)

[made by children ages 9, 5 and 8]
Fred's Creative Kids - Children's Art Classes offered at Fred Oldfield Western Heritage & Art Center


Location: Fred Oldfield Western Heritage & Art Center
Just inside the Red Gate at the Puyallup Fairgrounds,
110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, Washington.

Phone: (253) 752-9708

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One of Puyallup’s best kept secrets… professional ARTISTS teach your kids how to paint, draw and sculpt. Classes focus on learning the 7 elements of design (line, shape, form, color, value, texture, and space) through fun projects that explore various art mediums. 

Price varies on age/skill and class 
$5 per thirty min. class for the youngest beginners
$7.50 per one hour class for beginners and intermediate
$10 per one and a half hours for advanced students
$25 per two hour Saturday class (offered once a month)
**they also offer adult classes ($12.50 for a two hour class, supply cost not included)

Most classes are offered weekly. One time $10 supply fee per year. 
See website for class specifics. Classes run October - May, sign up anytime. Pay as you go. 

Note from Sarah:
I stumbled upon this art class and was thrilled when I could put three kiddos in (ages 5, 8 and 9) at the same time as multiple classes are offered at the same time. Mom Score!! You don’t have to commit, so check it out (you do have to pay the one-time $10 supply fee, but my guess is you will like it and want to stay). This class is a great value for what you get and they even offer at 10% sibling discount. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Steel Lake (Federal Way)

Steel Lake Website

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2645 S 312th St
Federal Way, WA 98003

Fun place to go in the summer with swimming and playing at the park. Lifeguards on duty (see website for days/times). Bathrooms, concession stand, picnic tables etc. Parking lot can fill quickly on busy days.

Lake Meridian (Kent)

Lake Meridian Website 

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14800 SE 272nd St
Kent, WA 98030

Amenities include: restrooms/showers/changing area, concession stand, drinking fountain, fishing, parking, picnic shelter with water & electrical outlets, bbq grills, play equipment, public art, swimming, lighted trails.

Note from Sarah:
This was a really fun lake and playground for the kids. There was a sandy beach area down below by the water and a raised grass hill area right above if you don't want to get sandy and your kids are old enough to swim by themselves. There are lifeguards on duty (see website for dates/times). The playground was also really nice and new with plenty to do. It would be hard if your kids want to split up between the lake and the playground as they are not close enough to monitor both at the same time very easily. Also, several picnic benches and a grassy hill area to play. 

Wright Park - Playground, Spray Park and Trails (Tacoma)

Wright Park Website

501 S. I Street
Tacoma, Wa 98405

This park is over 27 acres and has lots of trails, trees, a pond, children's playground and spray park, bocce ball courts, basketball court and other features.

Note from Sarah:
The set up of the playground and splash pad being next to each other is great (and the bathroom is right there too). I hear the splash pad can get really crowded on hot days. Parking can be rough as there is no parking lot (only street parking). Also, watch the signs, I think most of the street parking has a 2 hour time limit. The park is right next to Mary Bridge Hospital and has a lot of space for walking trails and enjoying the shade of the large trees.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sol Duc Hot Springs (Port Angeles)

Sol Duc Hot Springs Website

12076 Sol Duc-Hot Springs Road
Port Angeles, WA 98363

Three mineral heated circular pools and one (large) freshwater swimming pool located inside the Olympic National Forest (2015 Forest entry fee is $20 per vehicle for 7 days). There is an entry fee for the hot springs for those ages 4 and up, check website for current rates (2015 rates range from $9-$13.50 per person)

Note from Sarah: My kids absolutely love this place! There is definitely a sulfur smell, but it seems to fade the longer you are there. My kids love being able to warm up in the warm pools and then swim in the "cold pool." We love going camping at the Sol Duc Campground (they now allow reservations and book up early). There are lots of mosquitoes (but that's a given with camping, right?) If camping is not your thing, there are plenty of other options of where to stay.
Also, we enjoyed hiking to Marymere Falls - for some other ideas of things to do in the area, go here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lake Wilderness (Maple Valley)

22500 SE 248th St 
Maple Valley, WA 98038

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Description: There are two entrances - the second one (on 224th Ave SE) leads you to a parking lot that is closer to the swimming area. There is a roped off swimming area, beach area and grass. Shade is limited, so you may want to bring an umbrella, etc. There are bathrooms, life guards on duty from 12-7pm (although you can go swimming before 12 just be aware life guards are not on duty), snack bar and boat rentals during the summer.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Stewart Heights Pool (Tacoma)

Stewart Heights Pool Website

402 E 56th St.
Tacoma, WA 98404

Phone: (253) 573-2532

2015 Admission                        
Adult (Age 18 & Over)    
  • Full Session (12-5pm) $10    
  • Half/Evening Session  $8     
Youth (Age 5-17)    
  • Full Session (12-5pm) $8   
  • Half/Evening Session  $6        
Tot (Age 4 & Under)    
  • Free
Full Session: 12-5pm
Half Session: 2:30-5pm
Evening: 5:30-7:30pm (evening session is held weather permitting)

160 foot Water Slide, Lazy River, Zero-depth entry, Bubble Pool, Water Play Structure, Water Basketball, Tumble Buckets



Kandle Pool (Tacoma)

Kandle Pool Website

5302 N. 26th St.
Tacoma, WA 98406

Phone: (253) 404-3920

2015 Admission                        
Adult (Age 18 & Over)    
  • Full Session (12-5pm) $10    
  • Half/Evening Session  $8     
Youth (Age 5-17)    
  • Full Session (12-5pm) $8   
  • Half/Evening Session  $6        
Tot (Age 4 & Under)    
  • Free
Full Session: 12-5pm
Half Session: 2:30-5pm
Evening: 5:30-7:30pm (evening session is held weather permitting)

The main attraction is the wave pool with gradual beach like entry. There is a large bucket that dumps water, a smaller pool (looks like a hot tub with bubbles in the middle, but the same temperature as the wave pool) and a kiddie area with buckets and sprayers. Complimentary life jackets available for use. Large grassy area with lawn chairs. Right outside the paid section is a nice playground and mini spray park. Parking can be hard to find on hot days. 

Burfoot Park (Olympia)

Burfoot Park Website

6927 Boston Harbor Rd NE
Olympia WA 98506

for more pictures and yelp reviews go here

When you first enter the parking lot there is a big grassy field with a playground. There are several picnic tables, a bathroom and three covered picnic shelters on the property. There are trails to explore and a trail down to the rocky beach. 

Flaming Geyser State Park (Auburn)

Flaming Geyser State Park website

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23700 S.E. Flaming Geyser Road
Auburn, WA 98092

Flaming Geyser State Park is a 480-acre day-use park with more than three miles of freshwater shoreline on the Green River. The park's most unique feature is its geysers, methane seeps. The Green River is popular for rafting and other summer activities. There is an area for remote-control model-airplane flying.
Geyser Non-functional: The historic Flaming Geyser is no longer lit due to the depletion of its methane source. You can, however, use a lighter and just maybe it will light up for you briefly. 
**Discover Pass Required**

There is a remote-control, model-airplane flying area in the park.
Open lawns are available for softball and other lawn games.
October through December the Salmon Interpretive Trail and the walkway on the Flaming Geyser Bridge offer excellent opportunity to view wild salmon spawning areas.

Small playground, lots of picnic tables, trails, river access, and bathrooms.

Note from Sarah:
Don't let the name of this park confuse you. Go for the trails, the river, picnic tables, grass, etc and to enjoy nature. The flaming geyser itself isn't very cool (although you can use a lighter to add a small flame for a short time). Bubbling geyser also isn't very cool, but a fun little trail to explore. Last time we went, there were people floating down the river - so if you go on a hot day and you are up for the cold water, then that could be a fun (possibly dangerous) option. See yelp reviews. 

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.