Free fun for little ones at Kids Day at Steel Lake Park in Federal Way

Mark your calendars for the 10th annual Kids Day at Steel Lake Park, coming up Aug. 1.

Families with kids between the ages of two and twelve years old are invited to the free day of fun from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Steel Lake Park.

Activities include $3 slide and train rides, games, arts and crafts, live music from Batch 5 and ShowBiz Kids, performances by magician Rick Anderson and the Federal Way Summer Craze Day Campers. Concessions are also available for purchase.

via Free fun for little ones at Kids Day at Steel Lake Park | Events | Federal Way News.

This looks like so much fun, especially the water!  If you are nervous about keeping your kids near the water, check out this program from an earlier post.  You can borrow, on a short term basis and for free, life vests for the kiddos.


Chip in with Metro Parks

CHIP In! > Metro Parks Tacoma I always like a great opportunity to give back, especially to our Parks program, Metro Parks.  The parks program has so much low-cost ways of entertaining our kids in a healthy and engaging way, it can’t be beat!  But, sometimes, they need help too.

There are 3 dates available for volunteering to help clean up Metro Parks areas, facilities and generally lend a helping hand where its needed.  Check the link above, but here are a few details:

  • June 23rd – 9am to noon – Help clean up Titlow Beach off 6th Ave or Point Defiance Marina or Dash Point.
  • July 21st – 9am to noon – Point Defiance off-leash area can use a helping hand.  Bring your pooch, and help keep their space lovable and livable.
  • Sept 21st – United Way Day of Caring – You can collect more information about this great, community-wide event, by emailing

Tiptoe in the Tidepools

Metro Parks continues to offer the tiptoe through the tide pool program.  This is a great program that lets you learn what lurks in a tidepool or just enjoy the scenery and critters that abound at low tide.

Tiptoe through the Tidepools

Turn an ordinary day at the beach into an unforgettable adventure. Get an up close look and feel for the marine life at Titlow Beach. Touch tanks and low-tide exploration provide fun for the whole family to enjoy with the Tacoma Nature Center’s beach naturalists! Make sure your child can touch gently as marine life can be fragile.

July 3rd 10am-1pm

Explore the Shore

At Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park, just show up.  Come prepared with sunscreen (hopefully) and appropriate clothing and shoes.

  • Thursday, June 21, 11:30 am
  • Monday, July 2, 9 am
  • Tuesday, July 31, 9 am
  • Wednesday, August 29, 9 am

Explore the Shore is FREE and no registration is required! There will be a tent and table set up near the main Owen Beach parking lot for participants to meet. Learn more here:

Razor Clamming Digs

The article below was taken from the WDFW website with excerpts from the March 10th weekend removed. Of you like to eat clams, then this is a great opportunity to enjoy some outdoor fun, and add some yummy nibbles to the freezer pretty inexpensively.

March 6, 2012

Via: Dan Ayers, WDFW

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers approved a morning razor clam dig at four ocean beaches after marine toxin tests confirmed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

The dig, scheduled at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches, marks the first time this season that clam diggers will be allowed to harvest razor clams on morning tides. No digging will be allowed after noon at any of those beaches.

“This is the first in a series of multi-day morning digs tentatively scheduled in the coming weeks,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “A lot of people wait all year to dig razor clams on morning tides.”

Ayres recommends that diggers hit the beach about two hours before low tide for best results.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have a 2011/2012 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licensing options range from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, which can be purchased on WDFW’s website ( and from license vendors around the state.

Shellfish managers have also tentatively proposed two other morning digs through early April, although final approval will depend on the results of future marine toxin tests. Proposed beach openings, along with morning low tides, for those digs are:

March 24, Saturday (8:25 a.m., +0.3 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
March 25, Sunday (8:59 a.m., +0.3 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
April 7, Saturday (7:36 a.m., -1.2 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
April 8, Sunday (8:23 a.m., -1.5 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
April 9, Monday (9:11 a.m., -1.5 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch
Updated information on razor clam seasons is available on WDFW’s toll-free Shellfish Hotline at (866) 880-5431.

Point Defiance Volunteer

I love supporting local causes and this one is great!  Every month, Metro Parks sponsors a beach clean-up effort at Point Defiance.  It is a great way to teach the kids about how we are all responsible for making our world better.  And, lets face it, it is a day at the beach, even in the winter, its fun!  It has been difficult getting out with the baby wanting to walk everywhere just like his brothers, but not quite able to navigate the pebbly beach.  So, Im hoping that perhaps it generates some interest and more people can volunteer.

Whos with me? March 17th looks like a fun day!!