Check Out the New Cool Pool
The long-awaited Eastside Community Center is now open. Its pool is open to the public and boasts splashy fun and exercise with something for everyone, including lap lanes, a slide, a diving board, spray features, a climbing wall, a water vortex, aqua zip, and more. Swim for free the first Saturday of every month during the first recreational swim.
Work Out at the Playground
Let the kids play at a new play spot, like Brookville Gardens Community Park in Fife, or an old favorite, like the playground at Tacoma’s Kandle Park, while you get in a grown-up workout. Check out “Playground workouts” on YouTube for simple exercises you can do while the kids hit the swings and slides.
Take Up a New Hobby Together
Our son surprised us this year by turning out for his school’s golf team. While no one would call golf an inexpensive sport, we have been happily surprised to find reasonable fees for students and kids at many courses, and it’s a great intergenerational activity. Other active hobbies everyone can do together include hiking, tennis, geocaching, letterboxing, and bird-watching.
Have an Adventure
Trying something new together is great for family bonding. During the winter months, children 8 and up can join a ranger-guided snowshoe walk at Mount Rainier, typically on select dates through March. Contact the Jackson Visitor Center Information desk for more information on dates and sign-up options.
Train for the Spring
If cabin fever is setting in, grab your rain gear and try a lowland hike. You’ll be in shape for longer treks at higher elevations when the snow melts. You might also consider a living room campout to try out that new gear, and it’s not too soon to think about reservations to popular campgrounds, either. The folks at wta.org recommend McCormick Forest Park just outside of Gig Harbor as one good choice for a winter walk.
Try the Play Place Where Everyone is Welcome
The new We Rock the Spectrum in Federal Way is a fun indoor playground where all children are welcome, including those on the autism spectrum or with other special needs. We love its slogan, “Finally a Place Where You Never Have to Say I’m Sorry.” Whether you’re getting moving or curling up on the couch this winter, we hope you make warm memories with your kids.