Chances are it could be a drizzly Northwest spring break, but temperatures at Great Wolf Lodge typically sit around 84 degrees. Bring the outdoors inside and become the coolest parent ever with waterslides at Great Wolf Lodge or the hands-on, Northwest-inspired fun at the Children’s Museum. Book a room at Great Wolf or explore one of the family friendly lodging options listed at VisitOlympia.com as a launching pad for some of these spring break adventures. IG Photo via @captainlittle_olympia
- A popular stop for the young and young at heart, Captain Little is an independently owned toy store in downtown Olympia. A variety of toys, crafts and books adorn the walls of this family destination that often comes to life with author readings, music, and puppet shows. Follow Captain Little on Facebook to stay up to date on upcoming happenings.
- The world’s largest selection of beads resides in Thurston County at Shipwreck Beads. Plan a visit to bring home the jewelry making tools, or hone the craft at a variety of classes taught by experts and visiting artists. Current options include Beading 101 or an Introduction to Precious Metal Clay, where students will create beautiful jewelry from soft, workable "clay like" silver. Search “classes” in the tool bar at shipwreckbeads.com to view the current schedule.
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- The Hands on Children’s Museum offers both indoor and outdoor learning areas, chok-full of Northwest-inspired exhibits. “Shop” for a healthy meal at the Good for You Center, learn about local wildlife in the Fabulous Forest, or brave the elements and enjoy the nature trail and outdoor learning center. For a full map and to plan your visit, click here.
- Scope 20+ air-worthy vintage planes and helicopters at the Olympic Flight Museum, an aviation museum ideal for the older set at the Olympia Airport. Save the date for June 18-19 when these vintage birds take to the sky at the Olympic Airshow. Visit olympicflightmuseum.com for more information.
- When it’s time to refuel and unwind, local breweries offer suds for the older set and entertainment for the little ones. Top Rung Brewing in Lacey has a dedicated area to keep kids busy while parents sample seasonal ales from this craft brewer. Furry four leggers are welcome too! Fish Tale Brew Pub in downtown Olympia just recently added a family section to its previously 21+ pub.
Capital Food and Wine Fest, March 19
Photo via Capital Food and Wine Festival Sample more than 100 selections from 40 Washington state wineries and 40 beers on tap at this festive annual event. Tastings from South Sound wineries, such as Scatter Creek Winery and Madsen Family Cellars and will be poured alongside sips from all over the state. Culinary characters from around the South Sound will provide tasty bites including freshly shucked oysters from Taylor Shellfish, southern delights from Beau Legs and much more. Presented by the St. Martin’s Alumni Association, the fun takes place at the Saint Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion and Worthington Conference Center at 5300 Pacific Avenue in Lacey. For more information and a full line-up of wineries, breweries and restaurants visit www.capitalfoodandwinefestival.com.