For this week’s column, I’m going to tell you fun facts about the Paul Titus Carousel at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma. Why? Because its history is fascinating. And because the kids love it. I like it, too. But … I’m also the Debbie Downer who gets mercilessly ill on anything that dips, tilts and spins. So I decided to look into its history in order to like it more, haha. And it worked!
Seeking some post-Christmas cheer while the kids are still out of school? Here’s the last of the local holiday events, albeit most are in the Tacoma area — but the worth the drive! If you’ve got something to add, email me at email@example.com.
With almost all my blog posts going to my column over at Gig Harbor Now, I haven’t posted on this blog in awhile! But fear not. Here’s your next family-friendy Gig Harbor outing on the next non-rainy day.
Point Anderson Park in Kitsap County trades pokey pebble shores for the warm and fluffy sands of summer.
Is it just me, or is “sprayground” just the coolest play on words ever?! WAY more fun than the regular ‘ol splash pads.
Well, Metro Parks Tacoma came out with a reminder last week to visit its ten spraygrounds before the water goes off on Oct. 1, 2023.
Here’s a closer look at all ten locations – plus some splash pad hygiene tips from the CDC.
Last week, the kids and I stumbled on a lovelock bridge right here in Gig Harbor. We’d just gotten our wiggles out by running down the big grassy slope at Donkey Creek Park, then headed up to North Harborview Drive when the distinct glint of boxy brass and steel caught our eye. Sure enough, roughly 150 padlocks hung from the crisscross of cables between the guard rails of the 2013 city bridge over Donkey Creek.
With longer days, warmer weather, and hopefully an epic beach day or two, summer break in Gig Harbor returns with an enthusiastic nudge to gear up for a literary adventure and read, read, read.
The Pierce County Library Summer Reading Program is back, running now through Aug. 31.
Make Music Day Gig Harbor is back and has some new family-friendly fun just in time for the last day of school Wednesday, June 21!
The international event, popping up in cities worldwide for the summer solstice, invites the public to a day of free music and jam sessions. Locally, live music is planned from 1 to 9 p.m. at Uptown Gig Harbor, our favorite fancy shopping center at 4701 Point Fosdick Dr.
This spring, the kids and I visited Lemay-America’s Car Museum in downtown Tacoma for the very first time – after it stood idling on our South Sound bucket list for nearly a year. After thoroughly exploring its 165,000 square feet of shiny chrome, vintage curves, and even an old-school slot-car track – I wondered what the heck took us so long to get there!
Here’s a closer look at why we went for the cars – but stayed for the fun.
Yep, that’s right. Bowen and I took the kids to see everyone’s favorite minor league baseball team, the Rainiers, at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. And it was surprisingly family-friendly!
Read on for the full list of everything kiddo approved there.