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When the Weather Turns Cold, it’s Time to Take the Fun Indoors!

Gig Harbor’s top indoor adventure spots

Gig Harbor is known for waterfront activities, beautiful parks and majestic views, but there are also some fantastic indoor activities that make this city such a wonderful and exciting place for visitors—and locals—to explore.

From laser tag and bowling to interactive museums and adrenaline-pumping escape rooms, on those cold, rainy days—or when you need a break from the sun and sea—head indoors for an exciting adventure you won’t forget.

Ocean5 is a local favorite spot for families and individuals to gather and have fun. The 57,000-square-foot building in Olympic Town Center off Point Fosdick Drive is home to a two-story laser tag facility, 22 bowling lanes and an extensive game room featuring new and retro arcade games. The center offers traditional 10-pin bowling as well as duckpin bowling, which uses pins half the size. Private bowling suites are available, and the full-service restaurant Table 47 provides the ideal spot to stop and refresh with a bite or drink. Visit for more information.

An interactive hands-on museum, the Harbor History Museum is the perfect place for families and kids to learn about the region’s rich history. The museum offers permanent exhibitions as well as three to five special exhibitions throughout the year and provides a variety of public education programs. The Pioneer School Experience serves more than 1,500 students every year and provides an authentic pioneer school classroom experience, including period dress. Visit to find out more.

For the thrill-seeking, Escape Hour in Gig Harbor offers a 70-minute escape experience where participants must find clues and solve puzzles to get out of custom-made, elaborately designed escape rooms. They offer several different escape room experiences like The Legend of Therodonia or The Cabin—the perfect spot for an indoor family adventure. Visit for more information.

For a fully integrated movie experience, the Galaxy Theatre is ranked in the top 10 percent in the industry for its size! Providing high-impact, state-of-the-art movie entertainment, the theatre's award-winning business philosophy is "More than just a Theatre" and incorporates the best in movies entertainment combined with active community service. The Galaxy Theatre hosts the annual Gig Harbor Film Festival each year as well. Find out more, and see what’s playing, online at

If you’re in the mood to get a little dirty while creating that next masterpiece, Java & Clay Cafe is just the place! How it works is simple: Select a piece of unfinished pottery; choose your colors and paint your design; then Java & Clay will glaze and fire your masterpiece! It's the perfect place to gather groups large and small for office team building, baby and bridal showers, date night, family night out, field trips and more! For those with kids, there's Paint Me a Story, a fun morning of storytime, pottery painting and snack! And for those ladies looking for a fun night out, Ladies Night Out, held the third Friday of every month from 7 to 9:30pm, features wine, dessert and late-night pottery painting. Visit for additional details.

If you're looking to get creative, AR Workshop offers DIY workshop classes onsite or to-go kits to take and get creative wherever you choose. During the summer months (June through August), AR Workshop is crafting up unique projects to keep the kids busy with their Summer ARt Camps. Check out their website at to explore all of their creative options.

It’s never been more exciting to spend some time indoors.

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