So here are six indoor activities to keep your family busy until the thermometer reaches some outdoor park-worthy temperatures.
1. Enjoy animé on the big screen: The Olympia Film Society is bringing “Summer Wars” to the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia.
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda, the 114-minute animated feature is about a fierce battle fought between the past and future at a family reunion. This movie is Japanese with English subtitles and is recommended for ages 7 and up. It is rated PG.
Showtimes vary this week. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for film society members and $3 for kids 12 and younger. Matinee prices are $7 for general admission and $4 for members.
For more information, call 360-754-6670 or go to www.olympiafilmsociety.org.
2. Take a journey to Wonderland: The Olympia Family Theater presents “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” now through Feb. 20 at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. There will be an additional 7 p.m. show on Feb. 19. Tickets are $8.50-$15.50 with a $2.50 service fee. For more information, call 360-570-1638 or go to olyft.org.
3. Join a communitywide literacy effort: Lacey Loves to Read returns this month, and celebrates the work of Kirby Larson,author of Newbery Honor Book “Hattie Big Sky.” The literacy program includes a bookmark-design contest, book discussions and other special events. In addition, Larson will be at a free community reception from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. S.E. Lacey. For more information, call 360-412-4418 or go to www.nthurston.k12.wa.us/read.
4. Fold and take flight: Learn the basics of homemade aircraft at Paper Airplane Flight School at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Olympic Flight Museum, 7637 Old Highway 99 S.E., Olympia.
Cost of the class is $7 a person; spectators pay $5, which is general museum admission. For more information, call 360-705-3925 or go to www.olympicflightmuseum.com.
5. Watch a Spelling Bee: From now through Feb. 19, Capital Playhouse, 612 E. Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, is performing “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” an award-winning musical about six New York kids facing off in the battle of their lives.
This week’s showtimes are 2 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday , Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets range from $28-$39, but if you buy four or more tickets, you get a 20 percent discount. For more information, call 360-943-2744 or go to www.capitalplayhouse.com.
6. Bond with your boy: You’ve heard of “father-daughter dances.” Well, the Mother-Son Palapalooza is for boys ages 4-11 and their moms or mother figures. The event will feature games, an obstacle race, and entertainment and will be from 6-9 p.m. March 5 at the Capital High School gymnasium, 2707 Conger Ave. N.W., Olympia.
Cost is $32 per mother and son, and $10 for each additional boy. Tickets can be bought at www. seatyourself.biz/capitalosd. For more information, call 360-888-3657.
Lisa Pemberton covers education for The Olympian. She’s also one busy mama with three children, ages 3, 6 and 10. Reach her at 360-754-5433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.