Running out of ideas to keep your littles entertained during the rainy season? There are a variety of ways to keep your kiddos entertained that won’t break the bank. Check out this South Sound rainy day guide for a complete list of indoor activities in Tacoma, Olympia, and the surrounding area, certain to keep your kids busy and having fun when it’s wet outside.
Bounce E House
If your kiddo is a jumping machine and you are looking for an inexpensive way for them to burn off some energy — Bounce E House in Tacoma is the place for you! For just $8 for your first kiddo and $5 for each additional, kids can jump for up to two hours during open jump times. Check Bounce E House’s website as times and dates are subject to change and become a member for unlimited savings. They also have locations in Puyallup and Lakewood.
This Olympia bounce facility is not like the rest. From extreme trampolines to a ninja course, Boom Shaka will keep your kiddos begging to come back — and will probably end with a good nap, too! Boom Shaka has hours available for all ages, times for teens 15 and older, and a special ‘KidJump’ time, as well. From 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, kiddos 6 and under can claim the extreme jump facility to themselves. Plus, with each children’s ticket purchased during this time, one parent can jump for free.
The Little Gym
If you are looking for something consistent for your kiddos during the school year, The Little Gym is the place for some ‘Serious Fun.’ With locations in Federal Way and Puyallup, this developmental gymnastics program is perfect for ages four months to 12 years old. Register for weekly classes to get your little one moving in a safe and nurturing environment. Each The Little Gym facility is independently owned, so call or check their websites for class times and rates.
Check out Washington’s largest roller-skating rink, Skate Tiffany’s, with your kiddos for discounted skate days, themed skates, and all day skate days. As long as your kiddo can fit in their roller skates — rentals starting with toddler size six — they are old enough to skate. This family owned and operated business has been in service since 1969 in Puyallup, and is a great way to keep your kiddos entertained — and you can have some fun yourself!
Burien Community Tot Spot
For only $2, your tiny tot can get moving from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at Burien Community Top Spot. From the smallest crawlers to kids 5 year old, children will enjoy playing on equipment away from the rain at the playground. Contact the community center for more information on Tot Spot and the other activities it offers.
Pierce College Science Dome
Pierce College Science Dome, located at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood, is a 58-seat digital planetarium that offers a variety of entertaining and educational activities for all ages. Children’s shows can be seen from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoons, and all ages shows are available at 7 p.m. on Fridays and 3:15 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is $6 for attendees ages 3 and up.
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
The Children’s Museum of Tacoma has a variety of programs for kiddos of all ages aimed to inspire hands-on creativity and exploration. From themed Parents’ Night Out evenings twice a month, to museum fun days celebrating obscure holidays, this museum has something for kiddos of all ages. Built specifically to get your kiddo learning and playing, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma offers pay as you go admission, members only days, special events, and more. Check out the museum’s schedule online.
Have a mover on your hands? Kiddos under 48″ are invited to move and groove through the Wiggle Works soft play playground. Located in the South Hill Mall, drop-in rates and unlimited monthly passes are available. There also is a waiver available on Wiggle Works’ website so you can walk in ready to play.
Look out below! Spend the afternoon scaling walls with your kiddo and being adventurous. Children ages 6 and up are invited to get on the wall and climb. You can pay a drop-in fee or become a member with Cirque Climbing’s package plans to take advantage of this unique activity with your kiddo.
Do you have a creative kiddo on your hands? Bring him down to Tinkertopia on Pacific Ave. in Tacoma where your little inventor can get crafty with some unusual materials. For 90 minutes of crafting time and $7, your kiddo can get his hands on materials and start creating. Drop-in sessions are intended for those over the age of 5, and times and dates can be found on Tinkertopia’s website.
Children ages 6 months to 12 years old can swing like monkeys, gallop like horses, and play like kids at the STAR Center’s Treetops Playground! Located in Tacoma, this playground provides creative fun for your littles, and it is the only one of its kind around the Puget Sound. Classes, preschool, Kids’ Night Out, and other activities also are available with a membership.