Thrifty Thurston Entertains Kids Indoors

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seven inlets spaLoyal fans know that our Thrifty Thurston stories center on inexpensive family fun around Olympia.  On Thursday mornings, readers tune in for the latest installment in our weekly series.  This week, however, I gave the Thrifty Thurston writers a week off.  Instead, I’m going to take a short departure from our usual post.  Instead of fresh content, I’m going to reinvigorate some stories suitable for entertaining kids during rainy days.

ymca olympiaFear not, a fresh Thrifty Thurston will arrive in this slot next Thursday.  Our writers have their fingers on the keyboard, drafting excellent stories focused on holiday cheer.  Until then, enjoy some of my favorites.

Hike Staircase – Rain or Shine

Yes, I know that I promised a summary of Thrifty Thurston stories suitable for indoor fun, but I couldn’t resist.  The Staircase Hike, in nearby Mason County, is a family-friendly hike.  Geared for all abilities, kids enjoy this route, especially the suspension bridge, rain or shine.  Bookmark this article for a clear day when family is visiting from out of town.

Play Board Games in Downtown Olympia

Did you know Wind Up Here rents board games?  Grab a new game or an extra copy of a family favorite for just a few bucks.  See how many hours of the rental period (72 hours) you can entertain your crew.   Alternatively, swing by the downtown Olympia toy store on Friday nights to tackle a craft project, listen to an author, enjoy active play or try a science experiment.

The Olympia Downtown Branch of the South Sound YMCA offers swim lessons as well as family activity nights in the pool.
The Olympia Downtown Branch of the South Sound YMCA offers swim lessons as well as family activity nights in the pool.

Swim Indoors – Pools in Olympia

My belief is that a dip in a local swimming pool is one of the best ways to burn off extra energy.  The warm air also combats winter doldrums.  Click on the link above for a list of local pools.  Also, check out hours for open swim at The Evergreen State College.  A few laps (or splashes) and everyone’s outlook seems to improve.

Visit Olympia Area Museums

Our beloved Hands On Children’s Museum is approaching its one-year anniversary.  The new space is a kid’s paradise.  But, did you know that there six other museums where you can educate (and entertain)?  All the details you need to make your trip worthwhile are included in this article.

Olympia is full of fantastic activities.  We are proud to be bringing you a weekly article about free (or really cheap) family fun.

Thrifty Thurston highlights inexpensive family fun in Thurston County.  The weekly series focuses on family-friendly activities throughout our community.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.

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