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Low tide walks

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Low tide walks

When the waters of Puget Sound retreat, the shoreline reveals a world of fascinating sea creatures. Exploring the beaches at low tide is a fun activity for the whole family. You're likely to spot crabs crawling on the rocks and sea stars clinging to a pier. If you're lucky, you'll see

Get pickin’

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Get pickin’

Pacific Northwest summers bring sunshine and delicious, locally-grown berries. Local farmers sell berries at farm stands and farmers markets, and many offer u-pick strawberries and blueberries. Due to the thorny nature of blackberry bushes, you'll have to buy those or brave the thorns on wild thickets.  For a fun, family adventure

Armed Forces Day deals

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Armed Forces Day deals

May is Military Appreciation Month. It's a time to honor the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. Many national and local businesses show their appreciation this month and year-round with military discounts and special offers. Check out just a few of the many deals available.  ARMED FORCES

Local farmers markets

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Local farmers markets

Summer brings a bounty of fresh produce and farmers market fun. Area farmers markets offer locally-grown produce, specialty foods, handmade crafts and live entertainment. Visiting these markets is a great way to eat healthy, find one-of-kind products, and support local farmers and artisans. Olympia Farmers Market Open year-round, the Olympia

Move the party outside

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Move the party outside

Take advantage of the gorgeous Pacific Northwest summers and host your next get-together at one of the South Sound's many outdoor venues. If your child has a summer birthday, check out the party packages at these Tacoma wild spots. Tacoma Nature Center At this nature-themed park, kids can climb in a

Local swim spots

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Local swim spots

Swimsuits, flip flops and sunglasses ... hello old friends. It's that time of year. The sun is starting to shine and the pools will soon be open. Luckily, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and its surrounding communities have many fun spots to swim and splash. SWIMMING POOLS JBLM has two pools for recreational swimming.

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West Olympia

As part of Washington's capital city, West Olympia sits on the west side of Budd Bay and Capitol Lake. It includes the South Westside and Northwest Olympia neighborhoods and is home to plenty of green space including family parks and waterfront trails.  How to get there This pocket of Thurston County is primarily accessible

Anderson Island

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Anderson Island

Anderson Island's unspoiled beauty is just a 20-minute ferry ride away. As Puget Sound's southernmost island, Anderson Island is refreshingly undeveloped. There are no crowds, no traffic -- not even a stoplight. What you will find are pristine beaches, natural lakes and beautiful parks. It's a great place to hike,

Seattle with kids

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Seattle with kids

One of the benefits of living in the South Sound is that you can enjoy Seattle like a local. Pop up for a few hours to visit a museum or explore a neighborhood. Seattle offers plenty of family fun -- start with these introductory itineraries and keep going back for

Quick nature escapes

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Quick nature escapes

The South Sound may be congested, but it's amazing how quickly you can escape the gridlock and hit the beach. Whether you need a refreshing lunch break or have all day to hang out, check out these local parks and trails. Sequalitchew Creek Trail, DuPont This three-mile round-trip trail winds through a

Yelm

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Yelm

Yelm is a small town in Thurston County known for its rural setting and stunning views of Mount Rainier. Referred to as the Pride of the Prairie, it's home to many independently-owned shops and restaurants. Natural beauty is abundant in Yelm, from farmlands and forests to the Nisqually River, which

Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon

Portland is a fun weekend getaway two hours south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Oregon's largest city, it sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers and is known for its parks, bridges and museums. The centrally located Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Portland is a good choice for families traveling with children.

Paint & Go Studio opens on JBLM

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Paint & Go Studio opens on JBLM

Military families can now paint their own pottery at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Arts and Crafts Center on McChord Field. All ages and abilities can tap into their inner artist to create one-of-a-kind pieces. "Ceramics is a fun and familiar pastime for a lot of families," said Arts and Crafts Center

Swim, slide, splash

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Swim, slide, splash

Just 45 minutes south of JBLM, Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound is home to a family-friendly indoor water park. Whatever your thrill tolerance, you'll find it here -- from waves and water cannons to a take-your-breath-away plunge into a giant funnel. While Great Wolf Lodge is a full-service resort, its main

Pierce County's love locks bridge

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Pierce County's love locks bridge

You don't have to travel all the way to Paris or Prague to declare your love with a padlock. Pierce County has its very own love locks bridge at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place. Built in 2010, the pedestrian bridge curves over the railroad tracks providing safe passage to

Santa to visit the Fort Lewis Thrift Shop Dec. 16

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Santa to visit the Fort Lewis Thrift Shop Dec. 16

Skip the crowds at the mall and head to the Fort Lewis Thrift Shop to finish up your Christmas shopping. The Thrift Shop will be open an extra day to help with your holiday preparations. Come out Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to find affordable treasures

Indoor family fun

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Indoor family fun

As the rain falls and the temperature drops, you may be wondering how you're going to keep your kids entertained this winter. Luckily, indoor recreational opportunities are plentiful in the South Sound. Here are just a few adventures worth checking out. For some airtime and seriously sweaty kids, head to BoomShaka Extreme

"The Nutcracker" comes to JBLM

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"The Nutcracker" comes to JBLM

Share a cherished holiday tradition with your family this year at SKIESUnlimited's second annual performance of The Nutcracker. This beloved ballet captures the magic of the season with beautiful music, dancing, scenery and costumes. Performances will be held Dec. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

Cut your own Christmas tree this season

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Cut your own Christmas tree this season

Create a new tradition this season at one of the local Christmas tree farms. Bundle up the family, take an old-fashioned wagon ride and wander down rows of perfectly shaped evergreens to pick the ideal tree for your home. If this sounds good ... you live in the right place. According to

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