TripBuzz found 184 things to do with kids in or near Olympia, Washington, including 167 fun activities for kids in nearby cities like Seattle, Bremerton, Gig Harbor and Lacey.
From Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge to Hands On Children's Museum, the Olympia area offers 61 different types of family activities, including: Parks, Museums, Bodies of Water and National & State Parks.
Hiking Areas, Parks, Bird Watching, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge visitor activities include wild life photography, limited hunting, limited boat access only fishing, self-guided and ranger lead tours, and wildlife viewing. Kids can also explore the Nature Explore Area or join the Junior Refuge Manager Program. The program is free.
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.
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.
Hiking Areas, Parks, National & State Parks, Playgrounds
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.
This farmer's market has music, crafts, fresh seafood, locally grown and organic fruit, berries, vegetables, meat, and dairy products. There are also packaged items like homemade salsa, herbs, and homemade jams. Fresh flowers are available in many varieties.
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.
Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the lake from the many benches in Capitol Lake Park. There is a gravel path surrounding the lake for walking and biking. The lake is occupied with geese, ducks, and heron.
Gardens, sculptures and walking trails are all found in the Monarch Sculpture Park. More than 140 different artists feature their art outdoors, and an indoor gallery features additional artistic works.
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.