Summer vacation is a blast, but we inevitably have weeks where creativity and inspiration run out. If your kiddos need somewhere to have a little fun during weekly errand runs, consider signing them up for Camp Capital at Olympia’s westside Capital Mall this June and July.

Child at a craft table at Capital Mall
This summer, bring the kids to Camp Capital at Olympia’s Capital Mall for some interactive storytelling and craft fun. Photo courtesy; Capital Mall

This is the kick-off year for Camp Capital with fun activities planned for Saturday afternoons. Sessions run from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Macy’s Court with a check-in table for parents to sign-in their little ones. Recommended for ages 4 through 10, each child must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of their visit.

Camp Capital is sponsored by the West Olympia Timberland Regional Library, itself conveniently located inside the mall between Macy’s and Shoe Department Encore. “From 1 to 2 p.m. we will host a themed craft and a campfire-style story time with a representative from Timberland Regional Library,” says the mall’s Marketing and Business Development Manager Stef Cicerello. “Then, from 2 to 3 p.m., there will be a performance or show. The only exception is DinoCrew NW on July 9 because they are strolling and interactive so for that day, we will also keep the crafts and stories going the full two hours.”

Weekly performances and crafts include:

Child at a craft table at Capital Mall
After Camp, visit the Mall’s many food, shopping and entertainment options to stay cool and have fun all summer long. Photo courtesy; Capital Mall

If your littles are inspired by these delightfully silly afternoons, head over to the library’s storefront and pick up some themed books and music expanding on that week’s topics. The on-site branch can sign families up for a free library card to check out books and DVDs for all ages. They also provide computer and wi-fi access, self-service copy/scan/fax services and a 24-hour book drop outside the mall entrance near Total Wine. You can even place holds online through the TRL website with pick-up while wandering the mall.

Before camp kicks off, swing by one of the mall’s restaurants or snack shops for something delish. Whether your craving a quick snack from Wetzel’s Pretzels or Cinnabon, or need to fill your belly at a sit down meal from Applebee’s or Red Robin, there’s something for everyone. Moms and dads can find a little caffeine kick thanks to Hawley’s Gelato.Fudge.Coffee where they serve locally-roasted Dancing Goats Coffee, formerly Batdorf & Bronson.

Prefer something a little more interactive? Kids under 12 can make their own pizza to be fired in the woodburning ovens at I.talia Pizzeria and Chuck E. Cheese’s arcade full of games is air-conditioned, indoor fun.

Speaking of the world’s second most famous mouse, both Chuck E. Cheese’s and Rising Tide Karate host amazing—and all-inclusive—birthday party packages. Or let everyone choose their own treats from the food court then catch a movie at Century Theatres, just be sure to save room for popcorn.

group of kids sitting and listening to a speaker at the Capital Mall
After camp, visit the Capital Mall’s many food, shopping and entertainment options to stay cool and have fun all summer long. Photo courtesy; Capital Mall

Capital Mall is now dog-friendly to well-behaved pooches, so four-footed family can enjoy some cool air and summer fun. Look for the window cling at individual store entrances to see which allow our fuzzy friends and there are doggy relief stations inside several mall entrances as well. Remember to clean up after your pup if and when accidents happen.

Find the latest resources and activities on the mall’s events page, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Sign up for their Capital Mall Insider email newsletter to get the latest and greatest delivered straight to your inbox. This includes grand openings and incoming stores, deals, promotions and #CapitalMall signature events.

Staying busy during the summer months can be tricky. Relaxation and freedom occasionally give way to a major case of cabin fever, especially on those long hot days without air-conditioning. If you can’t escape to the beach, pool, or backyard sprinkler, sign up for Camp Capital and spend some time indoors where it’s cool and bug-free. There are plenty of stores to check-off that honey-do list, meal options galore, entertainment and now a way to keep the little ones engaged and happy. That’s truly a summer win/win for everyone.

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