There’s nothing like fall in the Pacific Northwest and the Olympia region is the perfect destination for families who love to explore! Washington’s capital community inspires adventures for families, from blazing a trail with short hikes made for little legs, to packing a picnic and exploring state parks. Here’s a handful of family-friendly inspired activities:

Inspire Little Minds on a Learning Daycation. The learning doesn't have to stop on vacation. Olympia and beyond offers a plethora of options for education and fun throughout the season. Inspire little minds at The Hands On Children's Museum see historic warbirds and aviation artifacts at The Olympic Flight Museum, check the calendar for special kid-focused tours of the sanctuary at Wolf Haven International or peep the 200+ species of wildlife at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  

Go on a Mural Scavenger Hunt. The streets of downtown Olympia offer water views aplenty, locally-owned shops, vibrant characters and 70 colorful, creative murals. Did you know that each piece of art has a story? The City of Olympia provides a handy self-guided tour to share the artist, vision and theme behind each one. Go here for the full tour or cut to the photo opp with five Instagram approved options outlined in one of our previous blogs!  

Play Indoors with Inspired Places. Keep rainy, summer days lively with indoor adventures. Explore the WET Science Center, a fun, hands-on place for children to learn all about water through interactive exhibits and games. Venture to DEFY, an indoor sports facility that offers families the chance to move, jump and explore in a padded, trampoline environment.  The facility offers more than 10,000 square feet of connected, world-class trampolines, including the famous angled wall trampolines, launching decks, and other surprises to test your vertical. Craft the day away with finds from Shipwreck Beads, offering the world’s largest selection of beads.

Events for Everyone. Catch some cool, kid-friendly events in the Olympia region. Oly on Ice beckons you to lace up your skates starting Nov. 22 for the return of the pop-up ice rink to Isthmus Park. Prices start as low as $3-$12, with discounts for seniors, families with foster children or military and first responder families. If it's learning you're leaning toward, the WET Science Center next to the Hands-On Children's Museum is hosting Things That Go Bump In The Night, an opportunity to learn about nocturnal wildlife. It's bound to be a hoot. When night time does finally approach, gear up for something great! The legendary Harlem Globetrotters are here for a game where you and the fam will have opportunities to spend time on the court with the Globetrotters – shooting, trying out ball tricks and getting autographs and photos!


Share your adventures with us or find more family inspired finds in Olympia and beyond. Tag social posts #DecidedlyDifferent and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter (@Experience_Oly) and Instagram (@ExperienceOly). 

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