South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do December 19th-21st!

Looking for something kid friendly to do this weekend?

There are lots of holiday events and free family activities all around the South Sound this weekend. You’ll find a list just like this every Friday-just for families in  Tacoma, Puyallup, Olympia, Gig Harbor, and Your South Sound home!

Headed elsewhere? There is always lots more to explore  at ThriftyNWmom  thanks to frugal fun finder, Annaliese, of Grays Harbor Deals!

You can say hello to the reindeer at Watson's Nursery. Santa will also be on hand select days. No Photo courtesy of Watson's Nursery

You can say hello to the reindeer at Watson’s Nursery. Santa will also be on hand select days. Photo courtesy of Watson’s Nursery

Ongoing Holiday Events

Reindeer at Watson’s nursery, holiday events at The Old Cannery, Santa at the fairgrounds, Skating at the Polar Plaza in downtown Tacoma-See our holiday events guides for all the details.

It’s the last weekend for most Nutcrackers. See the complete list here.

Still need a Santa photo? If you don’t want to deal with the mall mobs, here is a list of options. Note that Santa at the North Pole at the fairgrounds is fully booked.

Fantasy Lights at Lake Spanaway

Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo

Clam Lights has opened  at Gene Coulon Park in Renton 5-9PM nightly through January 1st. It’s Free!

Keep Reading for complete listings for Saturday and Sunday by area  
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Mom Reviewed: Walking With Dinosaurs At The Tacoma Dome

Are you thinking about going to Walking With Dinosaurs at the Tacoma Dome? There has been a ton of buzz about this Jurassic spectacular, and I was super excited to get the chance to go on opening night so I could bring you a review. I promise there aren’t any spoilers!

Dino Review One


My family had gotten a sneak peek of the show several weeks ago, so we were super excited about it even before it began,and we definitely weren’t disappointed.

Dino Review Two

The dinosaurs are incredibly realistic. They tower over the audience and roar at their prey, and they display an incredible range of personality. I know it sounds odd to say you feel like you get to know the dinosaurs, but you really do! These pics were taken from our seats so you can get an idea of what the experience is like.

The show was a great mix of education and entertainment. I was amazed at all we learned from the actor playing the palentologist/narrator, but it definitely didn’t feel like a boring lecture.

Both of my boys absolutely loved it, and my husband says it’s one of the best live shows he’s seen. There were lots of young dinosaur lovers around me who were on the edge of their seats the whole time.

A few things to know if you decide to go

  • It is dark and there are a number of sudden noises and lights. You might want to bring ear protection for young children. I would probably not take a little one with sensory issues.
  • I saw lots of preschoolers and none of them seemed to be frightened. I did see some younger children who were needing to sit on their parents’ laps.
  • The theater is configured so that all the seats really are good ones, though obviously you’ll feel a bit less part of the action from higher up.
  • The Tacoma Dome is a tad on the drafty side, so I’d dress in layers.
  • There are snacks for sale and some souvenirs, which are cute but on the pricey side in my opinion.
  • Be prepared to pay for parking, although we were able to find fairly close street parking for free near the Best Western (not at the actual hotel).
  • Do know that there will be lots of kids in attendance. The ones around us talked through out the show. While it didn’t bother us, if it would bother you, you may want to choose a section with more empty seats.

If you can fit this show in your budget this holiday season, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Dinosaur lovers in particular will be talking about it for years to come!  Don’t forget I have a post here with a code you can use on your ticket purchase. 

You can check out available tickets here at Ticketmaster. You can read more about the production here. 

Disclosure: My family was provided with tickets to facilitate this review. I was not otherwise compensated.



Scholastic Books Warehouse Sale In Auburn

If you’re looking to score some last minute Christmas deals, or  if you’re a teacher,  homeschooler, or just a book lover, you’ll want to carve out some time to hit the Scholastic Books Warehouse Sale in Auburn.

I have to confess I almost forgot to remind you about this one-it runs today, tomorrow, and Saturday-through December 20th, so make plans now if you want to go.

Scholastic Books warehouse sale

These events are hosted by Scholastic, and you’ll find new, overstocks as well as, “Scratch and dent,” titles. Now, these used to say they were just for teachers and book fair volunteers, but the wording now includes school volunteers and homeschool groups. I’m pretty sure you fall under one of those categories! It’s very unlikely anyone will ask you, in any case. I’ve been several times, and I’ve never had anyone ask for any kind of id or information.

You can go here for more information, or to preregister and get a coupon if you want to do some serious shopping. The address and hours are below. Note that it’s very much a, “Warehouse-y,” area. They usually have a sandwich board out.

Auburn Scholastic Books Warehouse Sale  

Auburn warehouse hours

There isn’t an Olympia area event this go-round, but I’ll let you know if they have one in the future.

If you go to either of these, or if you’ve been in the past, feel free to leave us a comment and let us know how you did!


Give The Gift Of GET

You say your kids don’t need one more thing? I hear you! Rather than getting another toy that will be forgotten by the New Year, consider investing in a gift that will help your child succeed for a lifetime! The Guaranteed Education Tuition Program, or GET,  is Washington State’s 529 prepaid college tuition program. You […]

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Kids’ Take Over And Winter Wonderland Workshop At WiggleWorks!


I’m so excited to tell you about two amazing events coming up from our friends at WiggleWorks Puyallup at the South Hill Mall. If you need to get some shopping done without the kids, or you could just use a break, you’ll want to sign up NOW for the takeover on the 19th! That’s this […]

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Win Tickets To Walking With Dinosaurs!

Dino winner

Update: Congratulations to our winner, Caryn! Her comment below was selected by a random number generator (I could never choose any other way)! Caryn, I’ve sent you an email! Thank you all for your tremendous interest in this giveaway. It really does help me keep bringing you great contests, and YES, we still have more […]

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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do December 12th-14th!

Looking for something kid friendly to do this weekend? There are lots of holiday events and free family activities all around the South Sound this weekend. You’ll find a list just like this every Friday-just for families in  Tacoma, Puyallup, Olympia, Gig Harbor, and Your South Sound home! Headed elsewhere? There is always lots more […]

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Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular Coming To Tacoma! Sneak Peek And A Discount Code!

Orange camera July-December 561

Are you excited about Walking With Dinosaurs? If you aren’t already counting down the days until this Jurassic spectacle opens in Tacoma, I think you will be when you see some of the pics I got during a sneak peek! Oh, and yes, I have a coupon code for you. First, I want to make […]

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Free Holiday Fun For Kids At Pierce County Library Branches


Could you use some FREE holiday activities to do with the kids? Who couldn’t, right? Our friends at the Pierce County Library system asked me to remind you that they have a whole sleigh full of holiday programming this month, and it’s all FREE! I’ve mentioned some of these great events in our holiday guide […]

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Win Two Tickets To Jack And The Beanstalk From Centerstage Theater-Federal Way

Jack and the Beanstalk One

If you’re looking for a funny, active holiday show for the kids this season, I’ve got just the ticket! Actually, I’ve got a pair of tickets, and I’m giving them away! Yep, it’s our latest great South Sound experience gift, a holiday tradition here at SFM I like to call #WinLocal! Today’s contest is for […]

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