Spring break is halfway over, and by now parents might be hearing the dreaded phrase "I'm bored."
Here are nine fun ideas to keep families busy for the rest of the week and beyond.
• Participate in the Math for Life Scavenger Hunt, hosted by the Thurston County Chamber.
Through April 18, South Sound students are encouraged to visit at least five participating businesses and learn how they use math on a daily basis, answer a math question, get a stamp and enter to win prizes including a netbook computer. To download a map for the scavenger hunt, go to www.nthurston.k12.wa.us.
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• Get dizzy at the Spring Funtastic Carnival, a longtime spring break tradition. The carnival runs through Sunday at South Sound Center, at Sleater-Kinney Road Southeast and Sixth Avenue Southeast, Lacey. Hours vary and are weather-dependent, but the rides usually open in the early afternoon and run until about 10 p.m. For information, call 360-491-6850 or go to www.facebook.com/southsoundcenter.
• Create collages, drawings and other artwork that celebrate water at the LOTT Cleanwater Alliance’s Spring Break Art Activities, 1-4 p.m. today through Friday at the LOTT WET (Water Education and Technology) Center, 500 Adams St. N.E., Olympia. For more information, call 360-528-5742.
• Check out the Olympia Farmers Market, which rings its opening bell this week after a long winter hiatus. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, call 360-352-9096 or go to www.olympiafarmersmarket.com.
• Go to camp for a day: South Sound YMCA is operating day camps at Roosevelt Elementary School in Olympia, Michael T. Simmons Elementary School in Tumwater and Chambers Prairie Elementary School in Lacey. Cost is $32-34 a day. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call 360-705-2642 or go to www.southsoundymca.org.
• Take a walk on the wild side at Wolf Haven, 3111 Offut Lake Road S.E., Tenino. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, noon-3 p.m. Sunday. Tours start every hour on the hour. Admission is $9 for adults; $7 for ages 3-12; and $8 for seniors, students and active-duty military members with identification; and free for ages 2 and younger. For more information, call 800-448-9653 or go to www.wolf haven.org.
• Kids can create a folded-paper flying Japanese dragon, paint animal tracks or create artwork at the Hands On Children’s Museum, 106 11th Ave. S.W., Olympia. The museum is offering free spring break activities with paid admission or membership from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. through April 16. (On Sunday, the spring break activities will be offered from 12:30-3:30 p.m.) Admission ranges from $5.95-$7.95 and is free for children younger than 1. For more information, call 360-956-0818 or go to www.hocm.org.
• Several Seattle-area museums offer free admission during certain hours on the first Thursdays of every month. Here are two that were made for families:
– Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, free admission between 5-9 p.m. Thursday, 206-764-5720, www.museumofflight.org.
– Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle, free admission between 5-8 p.m. Thursday, 206-770-2700, www.empsfm.org.
• Also, if you’re heading to the big city, check out Whirligig, which runs daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through April 24 at the Seattle Center House, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. The annual carnival features bounce houses, face painting and kid-friendly entertainment and other activities for ages 12 and younger. Ride tickets are $1.50 each or $7.50 for an all-day pass. Rides are free on Thursdays. For more information, call 206-684-7200 or go to www.seattlecenter.com.
Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 firstname.lastname@example.org