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Pick up free art kits, go on free story walks and more!
Pick up free art kits, go on free story walks and more!

Best lake-swimming spots for families

Cool off at these awesome lake beaches around the Sound.

7 more family getaways close to home

You loved our first local vacay guide; we’ve rounded up seven more fab family spots for your 2020 summer staycation.

Pierce County Fair goes virtual

Follow us on social media and our website to find out how you can get involved and join in on the fun! Find contests, entertainment, exhibit entries and more online.

Summer Reading Program

Dig deeper, read, investigate, discover. Be a part of the free Summer Reading Program at the Pierce County Library System.
The fun doesn’t have to stop! Our calendar is filled with virtual and in-person events, including our own free virtual playtime activities and parenting speakers.
1. Join a virtual family trivia night on science and nature for a chance to win a prize. (FRI.)
2. Make mobile masterpieces, wacky wands and wearable art with free to-go craft kits from BAM. (FRI.–SUN.)
3. Enjoy some good old-fashioned fun at a farm. Adorable Maine Coon kittens will also be out and ready to play! (SAT.)
4. Laugh along with a 10-year-old author as he reads from his hilarious book of STEM jokes; you also get to make slime. (SAT.)
5. Celebrate Pierce County Trails Day with a scavenger hunt, birding walks, hikes, and fun activities and giveaways. (SAT.)
6. These free story walks will get kids reading outdoors in a fun and unique way. (ONGOING)

Always available

For date nights, last-minute meetings and the occasional me-time, our reliable, professional sitters are ready to help you say, “Yes.”



5 kid-friendly hikes with wider trails


Perfect family picnic spots around the Sound


Super stroller hikes in Western Washington


Our guide to reopening

Charles Wright Academy is preparing to do whatever it takes to deliver an exceptional experience this fall for students in preschool–grade 12. More >>

Enjoy a ‘famous’ at-home meal

Staying home tastes much better with takeout from Famous Dave’s BBQ. Order online for a convenient, safe and delicious dinner. More >>
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