Weather no excuse to be inactive

February 6, 2011 

OK, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil forecast on Wednesday, spring is still six weeks away. And with that wacky wintery weather system known as La Niña, who knows how long it will be until our backyards no longer resemble peat bogs.

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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

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