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Rainy season may be upon us in the Pacific Northwest, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the kids out of the house for some indoor fun. From bowling alleys to indoor mini-golf to hands-on play centers, you’ll find fantastic options for your little ones to refuel in the heart of the beautiful South Sound area. With winter and colder weather on the way, be sure to check out Tacoma’s kid-friendly indoor activities for fun spots you can enjoy with the whole family.

Tacoma Children’s Museum

1501 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kid-Friendly Indoor Activities in Tacoma
Use your imagination at the Tacoma Children’s Museum. Photo credit: Tacoma Children’s Museum

Step into the magic of learning and hands-on exploration at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, where children who play are honored. “Everything we do starts with our image of the child. Our vision is to be a leader in our community using play to learn, grow and thrive. Established in 1985 by parents, teachers and community leaders, this museum is dedicated to creating unique resources for families in the Tacoma and South Puget Sound area.

Kid-Friendly Indoor Activities in Tacoma
Explore your artistic side at the Tacoma Children’s Museum. Photo credit: Tacoma Children’s Museum

Daily sessions are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Low sensory hours are available on Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is on a ‘pay as you like’ basis to ensure access for all families, regardless of income. This means admission is by donation only, the only one of its kind among children’s museums nationwide. Also check out Play to Learn, a free program for kids and adults to play together, now offered at five Pierce County locations. There’s always something fun happening at the Tacoma Children’s Museum, so consider bringing the family for an exciting day of learning and exploring.

Odyssey 1

2310 Mildred Street, Suite 110, Tacoma

Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Kid-Friendly Indoor Activities in Tacoma
Your kids will love the jungle gym, including clubhouse and roller slide at Odyssey 1 in Tacoma. Photo courtesy: Odyssey 1

Get your adrenaline pumping with laser tag, thrilling arcade games and a jungle safari gym at Odyssey 1 in Tacoma. At Odyssey 1, it’s all about family fun and making sure you want to come back again and again. Enjoy classic arcade games, superheroes and military-themed laser tag, and the Jungle Gym Soft Play Park, perfect for toddlers. Check the pricing for current rates and regular promotions waiting to welcome your family. Odyssey 1 is even a fantastic option for hosting your next birthday party. Go online for more information on creating your own party and party packages. Bring your appetite as Odyssey 1 offers a kid-approved menu with all the classic dishes, including pizza, chicken nuggets, nachos, drinks and more. There’s so much excitement waiting for your family at Odyssey 1 in Tacoma, providing a fun atmosphere for kids of all ages.

Funtastic Playtorium Tacoma

4502 S Steele Street, Suite 416, Tacoma

Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Kid-Friendly Indoor Activities in Tacoma
Enjoy the indoor space of the Funtastic Playtorium Tacoma. Photo credit: Funtastic Playtorium Tacoma

Come to the Tacoma Mall and experience the ultimate indoor playground for kids at Funtastic Playtorium Tacoma, where the fun never ends for kids. “We think all kids (and quite a few adults too) benefit from going wild and pushing the limits of what they can do – at least once a day.” This is exactly the environment your child will receive, a safe space for kids to be kids. Let your child take part in free play, where his imagination is sure to run wild.

Weekday admission is $11.99 for unlimited play time with one adult entry free with every paid child ticket. Additional adults can be added for $9.99 each. Admission on weekends is $12.99 for unlimited play. Are you looking for added value? Check out the Family Value Pack, featuring ten children’s admissions for $99.99 with no expiration date. Funtastic Playtorium Tacoma is also a great place to host birthday parties. For more information on available packages and pricing, go online for details. Relieve your cabin fever this winter and step into Funtastic Playtorium Tacoma, conveniently located inside the Tacoma Mall.

Kid-Friendly Indoor Activities in Tacoma
Get your extra energy at Funtastic Playtorium Tacoma, where the fun never ends. Photo credit: Funtastic Playtorium Tacoma

Take the kids this winter to one of these great indoor activities in the South Sound. Spend less time stuck in the house and more time playing, creating and learning with the whole family. There are plenty of indoor activities in the South Sound waiting for your enjoyment. Spend time exploring the Children’s Museum of Tacoma or play laser tag at Odyssey 1 in Tacoma. You can even stroll through the mall and shop before letting the kids have fun at the Funtastic Playtorium. With cold, rainy weather ahead of us, check out South Sound’s kid-friendly indoor activities perfect for the whole family.

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