Indoor activities to survive rainy days in Tacoma

10 weather-proof adventures .. plus a few just for kids

Photo courtesy of Original House of Donuts website

Rain forecasts are never outside of the realm of possibility when you live in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the price we pay for our “Evergreen” quality. Still, there is no doubt that months upon months of cold, gloomy weather can result in a severe case of cabin fever. While you’re waiting for some inspirational sunbeams, seek solace with this list of to-dos. There is something for every age and interest, and even the bonus section below for our youngest demographic. Don’t forget to check out our community events calendar for more up-to-date ideas.

  1. Bass Pro Shop, Fish Bowl and Restaurant
    Step out of the rain and into the sea with an extensive underwater-themed bowling and dining venue hidden within Tacoma’s Bass Pro Shop directly off I-5 at the South 84th/72nd Exit. This place packs out on weekends but is open late on week nights and priced per lane for a family-friendly fare. Follow up your game with a hot meal and shopping spree.
  2. Indoor Rock Climbing
    From Edgeworks Climbing in the Narrows district to Climb Tacoma downtown, the local outdoor enthusiast has found their sweet spot. With day pass pricing, you can come in and out to escape the showers by elevating your senses and upper body strength.
  3.  Visit the Library
    Your local library is a world of linguistic adventure but also a hub of special events and free commodities from tax filing workshops and book clubs, to relaxation groups for the elderly and story times for the kids. Check it out!
  4. Antique Row and Donuts
    This is a true hidden commodity in downtown Tacoma, located downtown on Broadway. Venture down into Opera Alley and beyond for a maze of treasure. Whether you’re buying or browsing, the extent of the collections will have you meandering for hours, or even days. Enjoy coffee and donut breaks at the Original House of Donuts which spreads cheer on the corner of 9th and St. Helens with their gluten-filled goodness. For more insight on Antique Row, check out the local blog Things to do in Tacoma.
  5. Seymour Conservatory and Rhein Haus
    Stadium district boasts a conscious collaboration of business and leisure, from the vast 27-acre arboretum between 6th Avenue and Division and it’s glass castle greenhouse on the hill, to the Rhein Haus bier hall which has earned local fame for good food, music and indoor bocce tables.
  6. Corina Bakery and Independent Films
    Spend an enlightening afternoon at the historic Grand Cinema enjoying newly released independent films and a warm cup of coffee at your friendly neighborhood bakery.
  7. Bars and Board Games
    Pass the time with drinks over some friendly competition at these local bars and restaurants equipped with board games – The Copper Door (21 +) and The Forum (all-ages).
  8. Arcade Adventures
    Discover the arcade master in you. Try The Triple Knock (21+), boasting booze, beer and pinball on 6th Avenue, or Dorky’s Arcade (all-ages) downtown.
  9. Tacoma Museum Tours
    Since the cluster of downtown museums is within short walking distance, with a partially covered and visually appealing pedestrian commute, this could be the perfect way to pass a long, wet afternoon. Learn about Washington State History, Explore Tacoma’s Glass Museum and a gallery of inspiring artwork at TAM. Be it the third Thursday of the month, admission will be free between 5 and 8 pm.
  10. Yoga and Meditation
    Emotions can run high and energy levels low when you’re Vitamin-D deficient. Recharge from within during a session at Samdhana-Karana Yoga, offering four free classes each week, including community yoga and meditation, at this non-profit yoga center in the heart of a beautiful old downtown building.
Photo by Trygve Blixt

Five for the Kids

  1. Odyssey one + laser tag … for the young and the restless.
  2. People’s Pool (yes, indoor) is “the best pool in Tacoma” according to nine-year-old born and bred local, Aiden Bailey. Red Elm Café sits across the street with complimentary reading material and a small play-scape for kids.
  3. Rolling 253, because rock and roll is rain or shine.
  4. Children’s Museum of Tacoma, welcomes on a donation-based entry and even offers “Parent’s Night Out” childcare twice a month.
  5. Star Center Treetop Playground, for ages 6 months – 12 years.