With the weather in the South Sound dictating what we can and can’t do outside for much of the year, the winter months can feel like they stretch on forever. Just because the rain and cooler temps have arrived doesn’t mean you can’t find things to do around the area. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly destinations, want to keep physically active, or a place to take your office happy hour, there’s plenty of indoor options out there.
Climb Tacoma has over 5,000 square feet of varied bouldering terrain for both beginning climbers and experienced veterans. Climbing can be a great way to build stamina, strengthen muscles and your core. If you’re not sure climbing is right for you, new climbers receive an introduction to the gym and are given a brief orientation. And there’s a short-term membership option that offers one month of prepaid membership that gives members unlimited access to the facility for 30 days. Staff are always available on-site or over the phone to answer questions and give climbing advice. For a more in-depth dive into climbing technique, anyone can schedule a one-hour private lesson.
Offering laser tag, bowling and a game room, Ocean 5 is a newer spot in Gig Harbor that is a great place to take the family or to host office parties. If you’re looking for activities besides gaming or bowling, there’s plenty of events happening throughout each month including, comedy, live music, bingo, as well other forms of entertainment. When hunger strikes, there’s also a restaurant as well as a coffee lounge and bar.
Have fun while rolling along on four wheels as you skate to lively music and get a great workout in. Skateworld Tacoma is a skating rink that offers public skating sessions, birthday parties, event space for parties and fundraisers, as well as offering lessons.
Located in Federal Way, Trampoline Sportz is an indoor trampoline facility. This establishment offers jumping fun for all ages. Besides trampolines, there is also a gaming room with arcade games. All that movement and gaming can make you work up an appetite, and there’s a menu that offers a variety of pizzas, as well as wings, chips and soft drinks.
Bass Pro Shops
This outdoor retail shop located in South Tacoma also has a bowling alley and restaurant inside. The 16-lane bowling alley is decorated with an under-the-sea theme and has fish hanging from the ceiling that will make you think you’re underwater. With ball returns that are sharks, octopus and alligator mouths, this whimsical bowling alley is sure to delight the little ones and those who are young at heart.
Bass Pro Shops is located at 7905 S Hosmer Street. Find out more by calling them at 253-671-5700.
Pump It Up Party
Home to inflatable indoor playgrounds, Pump it Up Party in Tacoma is a place that offers family fun. A perfect spot to host a birthday party, or to just spend a day inside to jump and play. There are themed jumps like glow in the dark jumping and character jump, where children can interact with popular characters like Olaf from the Frozen movies, or Mickey Mouse.
Inside Metro Parks Tacoma’s STAR Center is an indoor and covered outdoor play area. Treetops Playground has slides, bridges, ropes, tunnels and lots of other opportunities for interactive indoor play for children as young as 6 months up to 12 years. There is a fee to play at the playground, but there are options to purchase passes by the day, month or year.
STAR Center is located at 3873 S 66th Street. To find out more, call 253-404-3939 or visit their website.