Gig Harbor Christian School   Concordia Lutheran School   Tacoma Summer Camp at Charles Wright        

South Sound Harvest Festivals 2014

Get your fresh on at South Sound area harvest festivals and celebrations. I know this picture is Crazy, but I promise he had the teeth for it. I don’t like to brag, but my kid was very advanced in teeth!


There is  again no Harvest Fest Farm Tour in Pierce County or King County for 2014-at least there isn’t the one that used to be organized in conjunction with the WSU extensions.

There are still many harvest celebrations and farm tours all around the South Sound. These are great opportunities to introduce the kids to animals, check out real working farms, or just enjoy some fall fun as a family.

Read on for the full list. You’ll note that a few of these are out of my usual, “Territory,” but I did try to stick to the South Sound as much as possible. Also note that I tried to keep the list to harvest events-more Halloween/pumpkin oriented events will be in a different list.

Saturdays and Sundays-September 27th-October 26th Remlinger Farms Harvest Pumpkin Fall Festival  kiddie rides, u-pick pumpkins, market with items for sale  This one is a day trip/almost road trip, and it’s not a bargain,  but it’s a super fun day with younger children.

September 27th, Duvall Heritage Festival cider making, Pioneer era job/craft demonstrations

September 28th Pumpkin Festival at Oxbow Farm in Carnation 12-4 5.00 in advance/7.00 at the gate hay rides, farm games, crafts, produce for sale. Working, organic farm-dress for mud

October 4th-Fife Harvest Festival   We’ve been to this with the boys several times. Carnival games, kids’ entertainment-all kinds of fun. In the past, I didn’t think it had much of a, “Harvest,” flavor, but the organizers told me they were adding more of those elements. We didn’t make it last year, so if you did, leave a review! There will be vendors on hand, but admission is FREE. [Continue reading...]

South Sound Apple Picking and Cider Making



If finally feels like fall! If the cool air has you thinking about apple picking and cider making, you’re not along! Sadly, there just aren’t many places for u pick apples in the South Sound, and Terry’s Berries, which offered organic u pick apples, isn’t open for public picking this year. The good news is there are several local apple festivals and cider events where you can get something that tastes fresh picked, even if you can’t do it yourself! If you don’t mind a road trip, I also have links for the closest u pick apple orchards to the greater Seattle area at the bottom.

[Continue reading...]

Tacoma Maritime Fest This Weekend!

The Tacoma Maritime Fest is coming up this weekend, and it’s full of my very favorite thing-free fun for your family! Woot! You can imagine how excited we are to be media sponsors.

The Maritime Fest is a celebration of Tacoma’s history, and it’s full of free things to see and do.

Boat Festival Tacoma

There is a zone just for kids with a marine touch tank,arts and crafts, and more. Henry loved hanging out with the pirates!

You can also watch the, “Quick and dirty,” boat building competition, check out boats of every size and description, and generally thrill your little transportation lovers.

Oh, and if you go on Sunday you can get a free boat tour of the Port of Tacoma. This is an amazing, once-a-year opportunity to get an up close look at the big container ships in the port.  The rides are Sunday only, and you do need tickets. Those are first come, first serve, and yeah-I’d plan on getting there at 9AM to snag one. I’d also suggest not over promising to your kiddos, because these can be hot tickets. It’s definitely worth a go, though. And did I mention they’re FREE? You can get more information about the boat tours here.  [Continue reading...]

Save the Date for the Mega Multiples Sale From Tacoma Parents of Multiples!

multiples sale graphic

You know I love to tell you about good deals and hidden treasures. Here’s an event that’s a little of both! It’s the big  Mega Multiples kids’ clothing and gear sale from Tacoma Parents of Multiples. It’s September 27th at  Bates Technical College South Campus Child Studies-Building E The street address is 2201 South 78th […]

[Continue reading...]

Register Now For September Lowes Build And Grow

Lowes banner

Registration has opened for the next Lowe’s Build and Grow! These popular, free kids building workshops do require advance registration, and they seem to fill faster every time. This month’s on September 27th  is a fire truck with a ladder, and it looks super cute. As of now, all South Sound area stores do have […]

[Continue reading...]

Cool Fun For Kids On Another Hot Day!

Wow! Is it really September? It felt very odd slathering the kids with sunscreen before sending them off to class! If you need to keep cool with the kids today here’s a link to a post with a round-up of great ideas. I guess that makes this post a round up of a round up.  Most spraygrounds […]

[Continue reading...]

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

I don’t know about you, but I’m loving this, “Summer on the weekend,” thing! Here’s a great list of fun ideas for your South Sound family this weekend, with kid friendly activities and places to go-including lots of Free things to do with children in South King County, Tacoma, Lacey, Olympia, and beyond. I also […]

[Continue reading...]

Meet Evergreen City Ballet: Dance Classes For All Ages And Levels, Including Angelina Ballerina!

Did you notice our friends at Evergreen City Ballet are back as sponsors this month? If you’ve been to their family friendly Nutcracker (Yes, I’ll remind you when ticket sales start), or one of their magical Fancy Nancy productions, you’ll be excited to know that they offer instruction for dancers of all ages and levels […]

[Continue reading...]

Mother and Son Dance Event in Auburn

mommy and me dance auburn wa boys and moms

Here’s  a fun upcoming event for South King County readers from Auburn Parks and Rec September 27th. No, you don’t have to live in Auburn to attend. It’s a mother and son, “Date night” just for boys 3-8 and mom or a favorite mom figure.  I kind of love that it includes a roving reptile […]

[Continue reading...]

Win Tickets To Caspar Babypants And Recess Monkey: A Second Great Giveaway!

comment two

Update:  Congratulations to our two winners-Lisa W.  and Wendy C. Lisa’s comment,    and Wendy’s comment were selected via random number generator! Congratulations, gals! I hope you have so much fun! Wendy, I do still need your contact info. Look in your email for a note from me. Thanks!  As always, I really appreciate everyone […]

[Continue reading...]