Back-to-school season is here which means finding cheap and free entertainment to get you through the last few weeks of summer break is a must. (Because who has money to spend on activities when you’ve got new shoes and clothes to buy along with a school supply list a mile long.) That’s why we rounded up six parks that are worthy of the drive to get to and are guaranteed to keep everyone in your crew busy for hours. Read on and get ready to plan a day (or two!) at the park.

Kandle Park – Tacoma, Wa

Holy makeover Batman! Kandle Park in Tacoma is fantastic! Recent improvements to this park include a huge new playground with climbing rocks and a soft surface to make tumbles less traumatic. The park also includes new skate dots, a mini-sprayground, a walking trail and is home to a brand new outdoor wave pool (open until Sept. 4, 2017). While the new pool is an extra fee, it is definitely worth checking out as it includes a gradual beach-like entry point, a separate tot pool and larger sprayground with spray toys.

2323 N. Shirley St.
Tacoma, WA 98406

photo: Andrea B. via Yelp

Pack a Lunch
All six of these destinations make for great picnics areas, with or without a table. Don’t worry about being too fancy either. Pack some sandwiches or some lunch meat and cheese sticks and let the Littles roll their own lunch.

Pack a Few Extra Supplies
You can never have too many wet wipes and paper towels on hand for whatever you kids might get into. Also, think about sunscreen, Band-Aids and anything that might spoil your day if you have to leave early.

Pack Extra Clothes
Living in Seattle is unpredictable and with most of these parks, there is a good chance you’ll get wet. Be sure to pack a towel and a hoodie (in case it gets chilly) and a change of clothes is always a good idea.

Does your family have a favorite park to visit during the summer months? Tell us in the comments below.  

— Jeffrey Totey

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