Whether an activity large or small, family events can be fun for all

Staff writerFebruary 24, 2013 

Wrestling season is over, and baseball won’t begin for a few weeks. That means our family has a few weekends to sleep in and enjoy some nonsport-related activities.

Here are some events to check out with your family. Find more ideas at calendar.theolympian.com or calendar.thenewstribune.com.

Enjoy a night of games, ice cream sundaes and fun for boys ages 4-11 and their mothers or mother figures at the Mother-Son Palapalooza, 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave. NW, Olympia. The cost is $35 a couple, and $10 for each additional boy. The event is a fundraiser put on by the Capital High School Foundation. For more information, call Cynthia Wolfe at 360-888-3657 or go to seatyourself.biz/capitalosd.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with children’s author and poet Eric Ode at the Family Read-Aloud at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tumwater Timberland Regional Library, 7023 New Market St., Tumwater. For more information, call 360-943-7790 or go to trlib.org. (Ode also will be at the Tenino Timberland Regional Library, 172 Central Ave. W., at 10 a.m. the same day. For details, call 360-264-2369.)


 • Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party at 2:30 p.m. March 6 at Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE, Lacey. 360-491-3860 or go to trlib.org.

 • Dr. Seuss Night from 6-8 p.m. March 7 at Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila. The event will include an appearance by the Cat in the Hat, bouncers, arts, crafts, games and food. Free. 206-768-2822 or tukwilawa.gov/recreation/recevent.html.

 • A storytime with Cat in the Hat at 11 a.m. March 9 at Barnes & Noble, 5711 Main St. SW, Lakewood. 253-983-0852.

Take in “The Magic of Music” at the 80th annual Daffodil Parade on April 13. The parade, which will feature more than 150 entries, begins at 10:15 a.m. in Tacoma, 12:45 p.m. in Puyallup, 2:30 p.m. in Sumner and 5 p.m. in Orting. For more information, including other festival events, go to thedaffodilfestival.org.

Do the Spring Fair April 18-21 at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. This year’s Spring Fair will feature a monster truck show, garden show and many of the foods, rides and activities featured at the fall fair. Hours are 2-10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-18 and free for 5 and younger. Kids will be admitted free on Thursday, too. For more information, go to thefair.com.

Enjoy visual eye candy with Arts Walk April 26-27 in downtown Olympia. The event features visual and performing arts at more than 100 businesses. On Saturday, the Procession of the Species – a celebration of nature and art – takes over the streets of downtown Olympia; people are invited to join in the event, which features windsocks, giant puppets, dancers and costumes that are inspired by wildlife protection and the environment. For more information on Arts Walk, go to olympiawa.gov/community/parks/community-events. For more information on the Procession, including upcoming art workshops and dance rehearsals, go to procession.org.

Step back in time and discover what 1855 was like at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s Sewing to Sowing Living History Day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 27. Re-enactors will share their knowledge with visitors in a day that will include pioneer games, butter churning, a garden talk and demonstrations. Admission is $4-$6.50, and children 3 and younger get in free. Fort Nisqually is in Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. For more information, go to metroparkstacoma.org/sewing-to-sowing-living-history/ or call 253-591-5339.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433; lpemberton@theolympian.com

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