Giant fir trees surround terraced seating—carved from the side of a natural amphitheater— while verdant ferns serve as the “footlights” for the performance stage. This non-profit outdoor theater run by the Mountaineers Players on a 460-acre Rhododendron Preserve has been a treasured family tradition in the greater Seattle arts community since 1923, and is one of the oldest nonprofit theater groups in the country. Combining the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with top-quality musical theater, this is the perfect way to introduce children to theater. All of the shows are family-friendly, and if kids get antsy sitting through a 2-hour show, they have a whole forest to explore. They present two musicals each year. Performances are Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Seating starts at 1pm, and show begin at 2pm. The first show opens Memorial Day weekend and runs through the 3rd weekend in June. The second show opens the last weekend of July and runs through the 3rd weekend in August. The theater is just 7 miles west of Bremerton, and a short ferry ride from Seattle. Picnic areas and beautiful hikes through old growth forest to one of the biggest Douglas Firs in the nation make this one of the best family day trips in the Puget Sound area.