I had a great time a few years ago with my oldest son at Mother & Son Palapalooza at Capital High School.
We raced in an obstacle course, indulged in an all-you-can-eat ice cream sundae bar, and played a bunch of carnival games. I vaguely remember being on a team of moms who lost a game of dodge ball that night. (OK, fine, the other team basically schooled us, but they were mostly fifth-graders, and some of the moms, like myself, hadn’t picked up a dodge ball in decades.) It was intense.
I’m hoping the Busy Family’s scheduling stars will be aligned so that I can take both of my sons to this year’s event, scheduled from 6-9 p.m. March 7 at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave., Olympia. Cost is $35 for a mom/son pair and $15 per additional son.
It’s recommended for boys in preschool through fifth grade and their mothers, and this year’s event will feature Scott Petersen, who also is known as “The Reptile Man.”
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Other activities include gator golf, ice cream, games and face painting. Photos will be available for purchase.
The event is organized by the Capital High School Parent Organization and raises money for classroom grants. For more information, go to chspo.org.
Some other upcoming kid-friendly activities in South Sound:
• Learn simple Buddhist principles such as kindness and respect for others duringMeditation for Kids and Families
from 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays at Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center, 211 Legion Way SW, Olympia.
The classes are geared to children ages 6 to 13 and their parents. They include stories, songs, meditation and crafts. Suggested donation for the class is $10 per family. For more information, go to meditateinolympia.org or call 360-754-7787.
• The Capital High School Foundation and Parent Organization’sFather/Daughter Dances
are so popular, they’re offered twice. And, yes, pairs can go to both events. Or if a dad has two daughters, he could make separate dates with each of them.
This year’s theme is “Frozen,” and the dances will be from 6-9 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 7.
Each dance costs $35 for a father/daughter pair and $15 for each additional daughter. The dances are for girls ages 3 and older and their father figures.
Proceeds are split between Capital’s junior class (to pay for a grad party and baccalaureate) and classroom grants.
For more information, go to chspo.org.
• Participate infree Zumba classes
from 6:45-7:45 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday at Family Education & Support Services, 1202 Black Lake Blvd., Suite B, Olympia. Drop-ins and all ages are welcome. For more information, go to familyess.org.
• South Sound kids in grades 3 to 6 are invited to theTumwater Youth Program’s Grade School Activity Night
from 7-9:30 p.m. Friday at Tumwater Middle School, 6335 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater.
The event will feature carnival games, crafts, karaoke and other activities. Cost is $7.
Other grade-school activity nights are scheduled for Feb. 21, Feb. 27 and March 27.
Tumwater Parks also offers middle school late-night programs for Tumwater School District students in grades 7-8 and their guests.
For more information on either of the programs, call Tumwater Parks and Recreation at 360-754-4160.
• Enjoy a free concert byRecess Monkey
and other activities from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 28 at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. The event is part of the “Parenting Tools Lecture Series” which is sponsored by the Thurston Early Childhood Coalition, SPSCC, Family Education & Support Services, and other partners. For more information, call 360-596-5293.
• Sample exotic food, look at displays, and watch music and dance performances from around the world during theEthnic Celebration
from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 7 at Saint Martin’s University Worthington Center and Marcus Pavilion. The event is free.
For more information, call Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360-491-0857.