4 Fun Places to Take Kids in the South Puget Sound Area

April 18th, 2019 by

Olympia, Washington, and the south Puget Sound area have plenty of bars, nightlife, and other entertainment options for adults. However, it doesn’t leave kids out of the equation. Whether you’re searching for an educational experience, a day outdoors, or another remedy for a rainy day, check out these fun places to take kids in the area.

1. Children’s Museum of Tacoma

Featuring five interactive playscapes designed to educate and entertain children, there’s no better educational institution in Tacoma than the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. The playscapes include areas that dive into subjects such as woods, water, invention, space, and Becka’s studio, which invites children to create works of art. For the little bookworm in your family, there’s also a book nook that provides comfortable and fun seating while your little one reads.

Children’s Museum of Tacoma is located at 1501 Pacific Ave. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. It also offers pay-as-you-will admission, allowing you to give a donation based on your budget or what you think is fair.

2. Charlie’s Safari

If it’s raining outside, head over to Charlie’s Safari for some wholesome family fun. This family fun center has all types of activities, including laser tag, a bounce house, and an arcade with fun games and the opportunity to win tickets for prizes. Parents can hang out at the Watering Hole, which offers food, drinks, and free Wi-Fi. Finish off your visit with a trip to the Safari Freeze Ice Cream Shop.

Charlie’s Safari is located at 1401 Marvin Road NE in Lacey. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

3. Wolf Haven International

As a nationally recognized wolf sanctuary, Wolf Haven International is the ideal place to go if you have kids interested in these beautiful creatures. At the sanctuary, you’ll learn about the efforts to save wolves from habitat destruction while discovering the habits, howls, and other tidbits of the dog’s closest relative. A 50-minute guided tour is the top attraction, giving you the opportunity to see the wolves up close.

Wolf Haven International is located at 3111 Offut Lake Road SE in Tenino. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Monday, as well as 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

4. WET Science Center

Who thought water could be so interesting for kids? At the WET Science Center, your children can learn about what makes two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom necessary for life. Featuring interactive presentations, hands-on exhibits, and guided tours, the science center touches on all the interesting aspects of water while keeping the attention of your children.

WET Science Center is located at 500 Adams St. NE in Olympia. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

No matter what you decide to do with your kids in Olympia or the south Puget Sound area, you’re sure to have a day to remember.

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