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10 Great Summer Activities with Kids in Downtown Olympia

Enjoy summer kid-friendly activities Downtown!


 School’s out and for parents, that means more time with their children - and the challenge of finding activities to enjoy together. Fortunately, Olympia provides a multitude of options for families during the summer months, from interactive centers to programs at the local library. Here are 10 to get you started: 


Hands On Children’s Museum. This local favorite is chock-full of interactive displays focused on art and science. Kids can spend hours exploring the more than 150 exhibits spread out over two floors, including an outdoor section. 


WET Science Center. Admission is free to this resource for games and exhibits centered around water conservation, wastewater treatment, reclaimed water use and more. Parents report that their kids have so much fun they don’t realize they’re learning.  


Storytime at Olympia Farmers Market. Every Saturday morning the Olympia Timberland Regional Library hosts Family Storytime, or as they call it, ‘Music, movement and books for the whole family.’ Open to all ages. 


Heritage Park Fountain. Running through the circular array of water jets at this 1.1-acre downtown park never gets old, especially during a heat wave. 


Exit Puzzles Escape Room. Kids ages 7 and up will enjoy the challenge of solving clues to make their way out of Olympia’s original escape room. More complex rooms are recommended for ages 13 and up. Cost: $30 per person. 


Olympia Family Theater. Children (and parents!) of all ages can explore their theatrical side at this local non-profit that engages audiences through creative and fun programs and performances.  


Percival Landing Playground. Rain or shine, you’ll find children swarming the two sets of playground equipment at this popular park, which includes a two-level merry-go-round for older kids and a slower version for their younger siblings. 


Puget Sound Estuarium. Learn about the sea life around us in Puget Sound from the estuarium’s knowledgeable staff. Visitors find this hidden gem both entertaining and deeply informative and kids will enjoy watching feeding time for the anemones, fish, crabs and more. 


Washington State Capitol Building Tour. Trained tour guides make this hour-long experience engaging for all ages, although slightly older children with an interest in history will undoubtedly get the most out of it. Tip: make a game out of finding the seven winged statues on the capitol campus. 


Olympia Timberland Library Scavenger Hunts. Come to the library any time between July 1st and August 18th for a scavenger hunt featuring new things to find every week, from astronomical wonders to local landmarks. 


Enjoy these close-to-home vacation moments and happy summer!



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