The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting “Go Play Outside,” which features a free kids catch and release fishing pond. Children 12 years old and under, and who are least 39 inches tall can participate. Youth with disabilities are encouraged to join. The pond is open from noon to 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. each weekend of the Fair, September 9-11, September 16-18, and September 23-25.
The pond is located in the NW Outdoors Building. Fishing gear will be provided, and volunteers will be on hand to help. Children may catch and release one fish during each session and participate in only one session per day. Every child who casts a line will walk away with a “Go Play Outside” decal, bumper sticker, and litterbag.
While you won’t find snow at the Fair, you’ll find snowshoeing for kids with “faux” snow. Straw works well for kids to practice maneuvering with snowshoes. Kids can also practice their target shooting skills with a pellet gun and a target, with skilled marksmen helping, of course.