Monday, May 23, 2011

Year of the Staycation 2011: Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater

I am so excited to be able to write about free and inexpensive things to do around Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater this summer.  Gas has gotten so expensive, most people are probably going to be sticking closer to home this summer.  This doesn't have to be a downer!!  There are tons of great things to do as a family around town! 

If you don't live in the Olympia, Lacey, or Tumwater area, no worries!  There are over 100 bloggers writing about Staycations all over the United States.  Tomorrow, I will post links to all of their posts so that you can check out other places to enjoy some inexpensive activities. 


Summer Lunch Program and Playground Pals
Lacey Parks and Recreation offers school aged kids under 19 free lunch and snack Monday through Friday (June 27 to August 19).  Lunch is from 12-12:30 and snack is from 3-3:30.  They offer supervised free play, arts and crafts, games, fitness activities and reading activities for children ages 6 to 12.  These activities are held at Mt. View Elementary, Lydia Hawke Elementary and Pleasant Glade Elementary.  Participants may come and go at any time.  There is no program on July 4.  For more information, visit the Lacey Parks and Recreation page.

Lacey In Tune
*All take place at Huntamer Park (corner of 7th Ave NE and Woodland Sqaure Lp in Lacey)*

Childrens Entertainment Series, Tuesdays (June 21-August 2), 6:30pm
Noon Tunes, Wednesdays (June 22-July 27), 12pm
Music and Movies, Saturdays (June 16-August 13), 7pm

Check here for a list of performers/movies, All events are FREE

Lacey Community Market
Huntamer Park
July 10, August 14, September 11, 10am-4pm
For list of performers/vendors/activities click here

Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express
Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX, 5400 Martin Way E, (360) 455-0182
$1 G & PG Movies, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (June 28-August 31), 10am
Go here for a list of movies showing

Thurston County Fair
3054 Carpenter Rd SE
August 3-7, Wednesday-Saturday 10am to 10pm, Sunday, 10am to 8pm
Adult $7, Senior (60+) $6, Youth (6-14) $5, 5 and under FREE, Family Pass $18

One Buck Wednesday:  Bring a can a food for the Thurston County Food Bank on Wednesday, August 3 and get in for only $1.

Kids Day:  Thursday, August 4 is kids day.  All kids 14 and under are $2.

Buddy Day:  Thursday, August 4, bring a buddy when you get an arm band for the rides and you will get another one free.  One costs $23 and allows you unlimited rides.



Timberline High School (indoor), Tuesdays and Fridays, July 5 to August 19, 1-3pm, FREE

River Ridge High School (indoor), 350 River Ridge Dr SE, Monday through Friday, July 5 to August 19, 1-3pm (closed July 4)
Saturday, June 4 to September 10, 1-3pm (closed June 18, 25, and September 3), $4 per person, $2 Senior (55+), 3 and under are FREE

Tanglewilde Pool, 414 Wildcat St SE, (360) 491-3907, Recreational Swim 1pm-6pm, Family Swim 6pm-8pm, $6 individual day pass, $3 Evening Rates (6pm-8pm)

Long Lake Park, 2790 Carpenter Road SE, 7am-Dusk, FREE


Lacey Museum, 829 Lacey St SE, (360) 438-0209. Thursday-Friday 11am-3pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, FREE, donations appreciated

Childrens Storytimes

Cabelas, 1600 Gateway Blvd NE, 1st Saturday of every month, 10:30am, Ages 4-9, Cabela's Deli will provide snacks after the story

Other Events:

Dixieland Jazz Festival
Huntamer Park and St. Martins University
June 23-26
For Times and Prices click the link above

Fireworks at South Sound Center

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