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and verify times and rates as they are subject to change
HARBORSIDE FOUNTAIN PARK
Pacific Avenue, Bremerton
On a warm day, bring the kids over to Bremerton to visit
beautiful Harborside Fountain Park. The new park runs along side
Pacific Avenue downtown Bremerton with cascading rivers, gorgeous
granite sculptures, and amazing fountains! It's also a history
museum with relics from a decommissioned navy ship and submarine.
Bring an extra set of clothes for the kids, or their swimwear,
because this fountain park is wet! Designed by the creators of the
Bellagio's fountains in Las Vegas, towering "volcanoes" erupt
periodically into wading pools. And the "playground equipment"
surrounding the pools is entirely made of polished granite rocks
(which feel awesome to sit on after being warmed in the sun!). The
park is completely free, and has restrooms near the wading pools.
You can bring a picnic lunch and use the tables around the park, or
go to nearby restaurants. If you're coming from Seattle, don't
bother bringing your car on the ferry -- just walk right off and
into the park. There is construction on Pacific Avenue and detours
in downtown Bremerton right now, so if you bring your car, you'll
need to be creative with parking.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS- Free
Family Fun! Great to keep kids cool on a hot day.
Restrooms conveniently located nearby.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS- Limited parking.
KITSAP LIVE STEAMERS
Jackson Ave just north of Lund Ave in South Kitsap Regional
Park, Port Orchard
HOURS: April - October: Every other weekend
10 am - 4 pm
If your little guys and girls are into trains, this is a great
day trip! The Kitsap Live Steamers operate a fleet of small scale
trains that can carry dozens of kids and parents (on bench-like
seats) through an enchanting forest. The rides are free, but
donations are accepted. The trains are truly life-like, with a
steam engine, diesel engine, and several other models. Along with
donations, the group earns money through the sale of fun souvenirs,
books, and snacks. The Kitsap Live Steamers are always present at
Tacoma's Model Train show in December, and are wonderful enthusiasts
that will talk trains with you and your kids as long as you like!
The trains are located in the South Kitsap Regional Park which also
offers a fun playground and large field for picnicking. Learn more
about the trains at
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-
Inexpensive fun for the family. Friendly staff loves to
share info on the trains.
TACOMA- TERRY'S BERRIES
4520 River Rd., Tacoma 253.922.1604
COST: Check website for cost
HOURS: Monday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
Terry's Berries is a hands-on, get-yourself-dirty, outdoor
experience for your kids. And it's not just a berry patch. This
organic farm raises vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, chickens, and of
course, pumpkins for the fall. We took a group of 7 kids (all under
5 years old) and their moms to the farm and enjoyed a guided tour.
The kids took a hayride through the farm, picked apples from the
orchard trees, fed the chickens, dug up potatoes, and picked out a
pumpkin at the end. It's a wonderful place for the kids to run,
play, and learn about farming. The farm staff encouraged the kids to
have fun and get dirty -- but they do warn them that the mud puddles
are known to eat little boots. Very family friendly with a very fun
staff of farmers.
For guided tours of 15-20 people, the cost is $7 per child and that
includes the produce the children gather. If you want to make it a
year-round family affair, you can "share-crop" and help raise and
harvest fresh organic produce for your family.
The location is convenient, just a few miles from downtown Tacoma.
Parking is limited, so carpool if you can. During the week, the
farm is busy with school tours, so be sure to reserve your tour
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-
The staff is child friendly and the tour is informative and great
even for young children. The price is reasonable considering
the tour and the ability to keep the produce.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS- Parking is limited. The farm is
busy during the weekdays so reserve a tour in advance.