All prices are approx. and subject to change

$ ($1-$19) $$ ($20-$39) $$$ ($40 and up)

  1. Marvin Road Mini Golf – has mini golf, batting cages, driving range, rock climbing tower –  $ (under $10 per person)
  2. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge – great place to take a walk with the family – you can see a variety of local wildlife.  They also have a new feature.  The Nature Explore Area – Designed for kids ages 2-8 with adult supervision, the Nature Explore Area provides a place for up-close and hands-on interaction with nature.  Kids will love exploring and being in this newly created space at the Refuge.  Parents will enjoy watching as their kids create, explore and discover while using natural materials.  $ ($3 for a family of four, kids 16 and under are free)
  3. Airport Golf and Batting Centerbeautiful Greens with a stunning view of Mount Rainier. A Driving Range w/ brand new golf balls that’s lighted, heated, covered. Indoor Batting Cages open Year-Round. They also have FootGolf – FootGolf is a blend of soccer and golf that combines two fun sports into one. Players use a regulation 5 size soccer ball to kick the ball while following the rules of golf. You keep score like golf, each kick down the fairway counts as a stroke, and the lowest number of strokes wins.  $ (under $10 per person)
  4. Painted  Plate Painted Plate is an art filled paint your own pottery studio. Your perfect place for for a fun and creative way to have a great time as a family. Child and Parent Outing $30 for child & parent, $15 for each additional child. INCLUDES: 2 pieces of pottery from our selection.  Drop in and choose an item for each of you to paint! We have a fun selection of pieces just for you. Included is a scoop of Olympic Mountain ice cream or a beverage from our exclusive drink menu for each painter. For adults and kids only. They can participate in other activities also –  $-$$ ($10 – $20+ per person)  
  5. BoomShakaBoomShaka Extreme Air Sports is a cutting-edge entertainment, fitness and sports facility unlike anything you have ever experienced! $-$$ ($10-$25+ depending on ages and length of time)
  6. GO BOWLING! – we have a number of bowling alleys in the area. Hours and prices vary.  
    1. Aztec Lanes
    2. Westside Lanes
    3. Tumwater Lanes
  7. Olympia Family Theater “Let’s Play” daytime shows (days/times vary) – great for young ones.  $ ($5 per person).  Mainstage Stories – (day/time vary) –  $-$$ (prices vary by performance) – 
  8. Hands on Children’s MuseumThe Hands On Children’s Museum stimulates curiosity, creativity and learning through fun, interactive exhibits and programs for children, families and school groups. Hours Vary $ ($12.95 age 2 and up)
  9. South Sound Estuaryis a marine life discovery center featuring aquariums, interactive activities and interpretive exhibits. The Estuarium is a great place to visit for all ages!  Open on weekends – $ ($1, $3, $5 – depending on ages)
  10. Rent Kayaks or SUP at Tugboat Annies – great way to for a family to connect with nature.  – they aren’t open yet….. 🙁 – but will be open before Spring is over $ ($15+ depending on length of rental)

BONUS – 10 FREE things to do!

  1. Visit your local library – find a new favorite book!
  2. Lattin’s Cider Millbring your family and friends, wander around the flower and vegetable gardens, picnic and feed the animals. Kids will enjoy our new play area including a maze that’s open year round.
  3. Tour the Capitol and Legislative Buildingsgreat learning opportunity on a rainy Spring day.
  4. Yashiro Japanese Gardensthis .74 acre garden represents a joint effort of the Olympia-Yashiro Sister City Association and the City of Olympia. The garden is symbolic of the ties between Olympia and Yashiro, Japan. The park features picnic areas and public art. 
  5. Visit your local farmers markets
    1. Olympia Farmers Market
    2. Tumwater Farmers Market
    3. West Olympia Farmers Market
    4. Yelm Farmers Market
  6. Mima Mounds Natural Preservethis 625-acre prairie has mysterious mounds up to six feet high and 30 feet in diameter. Theories on the mounds’ origin range from ancient Ice Age glaciers to large, burrowing animals. The area is known for its bird-watching, with more than 20 species of ground-nesting birds, and three miles of hiking trails. 
  7. Visit the Tugboat Sandman at Percival Landinga vintage 103 year old vessel moored at Percival Landing
  8. Grass Lake Nature Parkthe park contains the headwaters of Green Cove Creek and one of the most environmentally intact wetland systems in northern Thurston County. Over 100 bird species and 200 plant species have been recorded in the park.
  9. WET Science Center the WET Science Center is a fun, hands-on place to learn all about water.
  10. Take the DASH – the Dash shuttle through the heart of downtown Olympia from the Capitol Campus to the Olympia Farmers Market.


The following are “suggestions” for things to do this spring.  Living Water doesn’t endorse and/or not responsible for your experience.

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