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Yes, it rains in the beautiful PNW – that’s what makes it so green here! Some people are worried that there is nothing fun for kids when the weather isn’t so great…THAT’S NOT TRUE! One great place to visit for JBLM area indoor play is the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. I have taken my kids here numerous times and they love it! One of my favorite things is that it is donation based only! You don’t have to break the bank to go! They do have days that are not open to the public so make sure you check the hours before you go. Mondays are reserved for members only and Tuesdays are reserved for special needs play.

The kids can spend hours here and be completely entertained! There is also a cafe in the lobby if drinks or snacks are needed. I love that there is plenty of space to sit and watch your children play, sometimes places like this lack seating areas. The staff is always wandering around as well to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves and that all the rules are being followed.

My daughter also did a summer camp here and she really enjoyed it. It was five days and from 9am-2pm and the kids were required to pack a lunch. It was a great intro into what kindergarten was going to be like. The camps are a little pricey, but I’m really glad that we did it. They also offer a bunch of other stuff as well:

After we have our fun at the museum, we always head over to Hello Cupcake for a special treat so make sure to check that out as well!

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Thinking about making a day trip up to Seattle? Since the travel time from JBLM to Seattle is a little less than an hour, it makes for a great trip! We decided to head up there and celebrate our daughter’s 5th birthday by taking her to lunch at the Space Needle and then headed over to the Pacific Science Center.

To get to the Space Needle (we wanted it to be a surprise) we parked at Westlake Center and then hopped on the monorail for the short trip over to the Needle. On the way there, the kids noticed an awesome park right by EMP so we promised we would check it out after the ‘surprises.’

When we arrived at the Space Needle the kids were super excited!  When we checked in for the restaurant (we had made reservations and let them know it was her birthday). When the elevator doors opened at the top, little miss was greeted by the staff at the desk with a heartfelt happy birthday, it made her feel so special. On our table was a birthday card for her signed by the staff. I was very impressed with all of that! Take a look at my Space Needle Yelp review. The birthday dessert was awesome and the food was pretty good too. The service we received was amazing and incredibly friendly. And the views…amazing! Keep in mind that the menu prices are a bit high, but they do include the ride up. For example, my lamb burger was about $25, which seems high, but I would have paid $22 just to ride up to the observation desk. So really I had a $3 + tip burger, not too bad!!

After lunch, we walked over to the Pacific Science Center. It was pretty much exactly the same as I had remembered it as a kid…I was a little disappointed. I really thought it would have been a little more updated and fun. While the kids did have a pretty good time, I would not suggest this for kids under around 7 or so (ours are 3 and 5). Most of the stuff was over their heads as I explain in my Pacific Science Center Yelp review. We skipped out on the IMAX experience but I would like to take them to that when they get a bit older.

Our final stop was at that park next to EMP. It’s called Artists-at-Play and it is amazing! I wish we would have spent more time here; the kids were having SO MUCH FUN! I have to admit, I was pretty nervous letting them climb up that high the first time, they did great though so I didn’t worry too much after that! They must have climbed up those ropes stairs at least 10 times in the 30 minutes they were there. I really wish this playground was closer to home so I could go more often!

So, that was our day trip to Seattle, and it was a lot of fun. The kids keep asking to go back again! There is still so much for them to explore up there so we will head up again soon. Next time we will hit up more of the Seattle Center and the Seattle Children’s Museum.

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With the super hot weather lately, it’s nice to find a park that has lots of shade! That way the kiddos can play without the worry of heat exhaustion or sunburns! Wildwood Park in Puyallup is just the place! On 80 gorgeous acres with ball fields, playground, trails  and picnic areas you can’t go wrong! Not only does this park have shaded shelters you could enjoy a meal in, but the entire playground area is shaded! Most of the walking trails are shaded the entire way as well. The playground has a nice little creek that runs next to it, perfect for little feet. There are also a number of geo-caches there if you’re into that kind of stuff! We tried to find some but the trails are so vast that we eventually gave up since my kids are fairly young to stay focused for a while!

If you do want to walk on the trails, I highly suggest taking a look at the Wildwood Park map. There are so many trails to choose from! There also the Jim Martinson Exercise Trail that has signs throughout the trail with exercises to do and necessary equipment.

Video tour of Wildwood Park

Driving directions from JBLM to Wildwood Park

Yelp reviews of Wildwood Park, including mine!

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