List of free (or cheap) activities for Babies & Toddlers in Pierce County

Fun isn’t just for the older kids! Babies and toddlers can have it too! There are quite a few free or cheap activities for babies and toddlers in the Pierce County area. Story time, open gym, play to learn were all activities I really enjoyed taking Mason to when he was younger. It’s about time to start taking Piper to all these, especially while Mason’s at school and the park isn’t always an option.

If you are local to the Pierce County area and have young ones at home, please save or at least take a look at the list below. I will try to keep it updated and please if you know of anything I’ve forgotten to add, send me an email or leave a comment. And of course say hello if you see us!

Updated: 1/8/2018

  • Fircrest Community Center 555 Contra Costa Ave, Fircrest, WA 98466
    Toddler sized sports equipment for children. Child must be accompanied by an
    adult at all times.
    Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
    Time: 10:30- 11:30 AM
  • Lakewood Community Center 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
    Parents are required to supervise their children at all times, maximum of three children per adult. For: Ages 5 & Under
    Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays, October-Mid June
    Time: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Fee: $2 drop-in per child
  • Key Peninsula Civic Center Indoor Park 17010 S. Vaughn Road
    Tuesday & Thursdays (now- June 7)
    9:30am-11:30am
    Suggested donation: $1.00 per child
  • Tacoma Nature Center – Open 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday-Saturday, go check out the indoor part, like the library there is no room to run but it has a great little quiet play section and a few live animals
  • Tacoma Children’s Museum – it’s free but they do accept donations, GREAT way to let your kids run. And to add a little extra fun and save money on parking (except Sundays when parking is free) we park at the Freight House Square(free) and ride the Tacoma link which is free!
  • Star Center – $7 per day or $15 a month at the play area. Check out the website for more info. The indoor playground is perfect for littles under 5.
  • Discovery Village – play all afternoon or day for less than $9, they have many sensory type play, perfect for young ones.
  • Wiggle Works – this one is definitely for the little ones as you have to be under 48″ to play, check their website for more information but admissions is under $10
  • Library – your child may not be able to run but it is a change of scenery from sitting in your house and it gets you out of the rain. Also check out their calendar for all kinds of fun events and story times they host.
    Block Play – The KaBOOM Imagination Playground travels to multiple Pierce County Library locations as well as some community sponsored events. It is made up of lightweight, oversized, mobile foam blocks and is meant to encourage and empower balanced and active play for children while building gross motor skills. 
    Story Times
    – check out the link for locations and times, too many to list.
    Babies 
    – Birth to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. Program length is 20-60 minutes. Join in with your child and enjoy books, action rhymes, knee bounces, songs and more.
    Toddlers – Ages 2-3, accompanied by an adult. Program length is 20-30 minutes. Enjoy simple picture books, songs, fingerplays and movement games.
    Preschoolers – Ages 3-6. Program length is 30 to 60 minutes. Stories, art activities, rhymes, singing and fingerplays are followed by a learning filled playtime for children and caregivers.
    Family/Bilingual – For families with preschool age children. Program length is 30 minutes. Pajamas may be worn to evening story times. Bilingual story times are offered in Spanish and English.

° Play to Learn is a free program for children and their adults to play and learn together. Drop in so no registration is required, 21 different locations. You can find the winter program schedule below or on their site, be sure to check their website for any date changes but I will try to update the list.

PROGRAM TIMES
Morning 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Evening 5 – 6:30 p.m. (Salishan Family Investment Center only)

MONDAY
January 8, 22, 29 | February 5, 12, 19, 26 | March 5, 12, 19, 26
*No Classes January 15

Madison Complex | 10 a.m.
3101 S. 43rd Street, Tacoma, WA 98409
Key Peninsula Civic Center | 10 a.m.
17010 S. Vaughn Road, Vaughn, WA 98394
South Hill Library | 1:30 p.m.
15420 Meridian East, Puyallup, WA 98375
Willard Early Learning Center | 1:30 p.m.
3201 S. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98418



TUESDAY
January 9, 23, 30 | February 6, 13, 20, 27 | March 6, 13, 20, 27
*No classes January 16

Charles Wright Academy | 10 a.m.
7723 Chambers Creek Rd. W., Tacoma, WA 98467
Regular class January 16 | No class March 27
Puyallup Public Library | 10 a.m.
324 South Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371
Inclusive Circle Time Only at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma | 10 a.m.
Instruction in American Sign Language and English
Tillicum/American Lake Gardens Community Service Center | 1:30 p.m.
14916 Washington Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98498
Sumner Pierce County Library | 1:30 p.m.
1116 Fryar Ave, Sumner, WA 98390
*No class January 30

Salishan Family Investment Center | 5 p.m.
1724 East 44th Street, Tacoma, WA 98404

WEDNESDAY
January 10, 24, 31 | February 7, 14, 21, 28 | March 7, 14, 21, 28
*No classes January 17

Parkland/Spanaway Library | 10 a.m.
13718 Pacific Ave S., Parkland, WA 98444
Graham Library | 1:30 p.m.
9202 224th Street E., Graham, WA 98338

Wednesday classes on Joint Base Lewis McChord.
Escape Zone | 10 a.m.
841 Fairway Road, McChord Field
Raindrops and Rainbows | 1:30 p.m.
8197 American Lake Drive, Lewis North

THURSDAY
January 11, 25 | February 1, 8, 15, 22 | March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
*No classes January 18

Lakewood Library | 10 a.m.
6300 Wildaire Rd. SW., Lakewood, WA 98499
Bay Terrace Community Center | 10 a.m.
2550 S. G St. Tacoma, WA 98405
Portland Ave. Community Center | 1:30 p.m.
3513 E. Portland Ave., Tacoma, WA 98404
Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library | 1:30 p.m.
900 Meridian E., Suite 29, Milton, WA 98354
*No class January 11 & February 8

FRIDAY
January 12, 26 | February 2, 9, 16, 23 | March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
*No classes January 19

Asia Pacific Cultural Center | 10 a.m.
4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409
Key Peninsula Civic Center | 10 a.m.
17010 S. Vaughn Road, Vaughn, WA 98394
Prairie Ridge Recreation Hall | 10 a.m.
14205 215th Ave. E, Bonney Lake, WA, 98391



List of free (or cheap) activities for Babies & Toddlers in Pierce County

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