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Thrifty Thurston Splashes at Local Swimming Pools and Beaches

  By Katie Doolittle It’s the classic conundrum: how can we keep our families entertained throughout these hot summer months without over-heating or over-spending? Happily for the sweat- and splurge-averse, there are plenty of free or inexpensive local options. Keep cool and kid-friendly on a shady hike, or enjoy air-conditioned activities at a Timberland Regional […]

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Feeling Crabby? Head to Nearby Hood Canal to Catch Dungeness Crab

  By Margo Greenman Crab cakes, crab melts, deviled crab and crab dip are just a few different ways you can prepare and devour the ten-legged crustaceans. But before you get your hands messy in the kitchen, load up your gear and get your hands wet by catching your own Dungeness crab in the Hood […]

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Olympia Kiwanis Food Bank Garden – A Small Farm with a Volunteer Crew

  By Madeleine Elliott Rows of cabbages, pole beans, and snap peas line the plots at the Kiwanis Club of Olympia’s Food Bank Garden on the west side of Olympia. Members of the Kiwanis Club work together with volunteers to plant, weed, and harvest vegetables for donation to the Thurston County Food Bank. Every day, families […]

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Find Family Friendly Tennis This Summer at Woodruff Park

  By Nikki McCoy There comes a moment every summer, when the kids are fighting, the dishes are piling, and the phrase, “go outside and play” is returned with “but mom, that’s boring.” A possible cure? Rallying balls back and forth in a beautiful park setting. Where tantrums turn to giggles, competitiveness takes a friendly […]

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Hang Out at Huntamer Park for the Lacey Children’s Entertainment Series

  By Kathryn Millhorn “Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.” Author Regina Brett’s prescription can be easily filled at the 2015 Lacey Children’s Entertainment Series. […]

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Thrifty Thurston Lists 25 Free Things To Do with Kids in Olympia

  By Kate Scriven Whatever your yardstick for marking the start of summer – school calendar, summer solstice, or weather patterns – we can all agree it’s coming (or here) and most of us are pretty happy about that. With the warm temperatures, more open schedules, and kids home from school, you’ll have time to […]

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5 Hikes to Celebrate Summer Solstice

  By Douglas Scott The longest day of the year is quickly approaching, giving the cities, waterways, mountains and trails a few extra minutes of light and warmth. On June 21, the Pacific Northwest will have nearly 16 hours of daylight, making it a perfect day to get out an explore the beauty of our […]

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Summer Reading for Kids and Teens at the Timberland Regional Library

  By Maddie Elliott “Every hero has a story.” That is the theme for this year’s summer reading program at the Timberland Regional Library, a program that encourages kids and teens to read during the hot summer months away from school. Thanks to the program there is no shortage of encouragement. “Timberland does something kind […]

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Thrifty Thurston Watches $1 Movies with the Kids in Olympia this Summer

  By Kate Scriven It’s baaaackkkk!!! Summer. Yep. It’s here for the next three months and so are your kids. All day, everyday. Once the final week of school with its performances, celebrations, picnics, field days and teacher gifts is behind you, enter leisurely mornings and lazy afternoons. However, no matter how much I look forward […]

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