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15 Fun Ways to Fling Yourselves Into Spring

Your ultimate March play list for spring fun with kids

Devon Hammer
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Published on: February 23, 2021

father with his son on his back with both wearing raincoats outdoors

We made it through a pandemic winter and that is something to celebrate! Warmer spring weather and longer days beckon with plenty of options for playing outside. More kid-focused indoor attractions are opening with safety precautions in place, and there are still plenty of cool virtual activities to do as well. We’ve handpicked our fave ways to play as a family this March — whether your comfort zone is inside, outside or on a screen, check them out!

Grab your art supplies and join a virtual ParentMap Play Time event with a professional cartoonist. She’ll show you how she creates characters for her graphic novels, and everyone is invited to draw along with her. Thursday, March 4, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. 

Peer under the pier virtually with Harbor WildWatch. See what lies beneath the Salish Sea, live, from home, as a scuba diver explores at night using an underwater drone. Saturday, March 6, 7 p.m. Free. 

Will March offer our last chance for snow play? Head out with the family to the new Easton Reload snow play area to build snow people and make snow angels. Note that there isn’t a sledding hill at this spot. A Sno-Park parking permit is required. 

Help build your kid’s reading confidence by connecting them with a therapy pup live over Zoom. Sign up for a 30-minute session so your young reader can read aloud to a patient furry friend. Tuesdays (4–5 p.m.) and Saturdays (10:30–11 a.m.) in March, Free. 

Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of your favorite resident animals at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium through online animal encounters. Zoo staff will highlight a different animal during each session. Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Fridays at 1 p.m. in March. $10; preregister. 

Spot signs of spring blooming all over the Washington Park Arboretum while exploring with your crew on a self-guided adventure. Pick from nine downloadable guides full of games and fun ideas to enjoy while at the park. 

Don your green garb and join the St. Patrick’s Day Dash at Green Lake, IRL (a virtual option is also available)! Select a date and time on Saturday or Sunday, March 13–14, to take your turn to run the loop around Green Lake all decked out in your St. Paddy’s Day duds. $30–$40; preregister. 

Celebrate Irish cultural traditions with an online edition of Seattle Center Festál’s Irish Week 2021. Enjoy performances and play games over five days. Saturday–Wednesday, March 13–17. Free.

Explore our spectacular state parks for free in honor of our state park system’s 108th birthday. No Discover Pass is required to park on Friday, March 19. 

Desperate for exercise but have a little one in tow? Pack up the stroller and get moving on a stroller-friendly trail around Seattle, the Eastside or South Sound. Bonus. Most trails run adjacent to a play area along the way so your tot can get their wiggles out, too. 

KidsQuest Children’s Museum is open again! Book a two-hour time slot and explore 12 exhibits designed for immersive, hands-on play! $10 per person; ages 1 and younger free. 

Dive into the world of summer camps and classes — conveniently from home — with ParentMap’s 2021 Puget Sound Camp Fair virtual resource event. Discover the perfect camps and activities for your little adventurer while they are being entertained with fun virtual activities. Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Free; preregister. 

Plan a family date night spent in the kitchen! Hop on Zoom with Metro Parks Tacoma with your junior sous chef and work together to cook a meal while learning some new tips and tricks in the kitchen. Saturday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. $15 per family; preregister.

Get to know some groovy goats while brushing, feeding and playing with them! Book the splurge-worthy Groovy Goats Experience at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to enjoy some behind-the-scenes action with these lovable creatures. 

After its annual winter closure, the Seattle Japanese Garden reopens in March. Plan a day to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the garden, teeming with new spring life. Open Tuesday–Sunday. $4–$8; 5 and younger free. 

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