TripBuzz found 94 things to do with kids in or near Olympia, Washington, including 72 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Lacey, Lakewood, Gig Harbor and Tacoma.
From Hands On Children's Museum to Aztec Lanes, the Olympia area offers 73 different types of family activities, including: Parks, National & State Parks, Bowling and Playgrounds.
The capital city of Washington, Olympia is home to almost 50,000 residents in an area of just under 20 square miles. The city is the cultural center of the surrounding region. Olympia boasts an array of parks, trails, and fountains amongst a variety of fine art institutions, galleries and other entertainment.
This children's museum provides hands-on exhibits. There's a café to purchase food or eat items from home. Exhibits include an Art and Parts Studio, a Build It Gallery, Tides to Tree Climber, and a half acre outdoor area with, Driftwood Fort Construction, Campfire Pit, Children's Gardens and an Art Fence.
Make it a family day of bowling at Aztec Lanes. Bumper bowling is available for little ones. Come on a Friday night for Lightning Bowl, a music and light show complete with music. League bowling is offered, and birthday parties can be booked.
Piper's Playground is an indoor facility. They offer 3 age different zoned climbing areas and a non-walker and infant Safe Zone. Piper's Playground also offers a play kitchen, workbench, a construction zone and ride-on toys.
Percival Landing is a 3.38-acre waterfront park that sits on the east side of Budd Bay. It's a gathering place for festivals and public celebrations. It's a block from the farmer's market and has a .9 mile boardwalk to view the bay and Olympic Mountains.
The park's natural terrain has steep ravines, streams and cliffs giving some areas of trail inclines that exceed 10%; steps and boardwalks are provided. The playground, first picnic shelter and restrooms are easily accessible. There are also basketball courts.
The WET Science Theatre offers an exhibit gallery that provides information on the conservation of water resources and reclaimed water use. The location also hosts family activities and features an interactive green screen.
The 50-acre Burfoot Park has 1,100 feet of saltwater beach frontage along with many hiking trails, including one with stairs for accessing the beach. Visitors can also enjoy the playground and three picnic shelters with grills.
Exhibits in this small aviation museum are hands-off even though they're not roped off, except for non-working aircraft that are outside. Those can be physically explored. Inside the hangar there are a variety of working aircraft on display. The museum can be rented for special events, and AAA discounts apply.
State Route 121 to Tilley Road Southwest, Olympia, WA
National & State Parks
Spread over 842 acres, Millersylvania State Park is a very popular outdoor recreational site and camping park. In addition with the abundance of old-growth fir and cedar trees to enjoy, the park also has 3,300 feet of shoreline that runs along Deep Lake.
A 105 acre marine park, Tolmie State Park offers many beach activities and includes an underwater park built by scuba divers. The dog-friendly park also features three miles of hiking trails, forests, a saltwater marsh and diverse wildlife.