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Register Now For The Next Lowe’s Build And Grow

Registration just opened for the next Lowes Build and Grow!

These popular, free kids’ building events do require registration, and they fill fast.

This one is a Monsters vs. Aliens trolley on August 9th, , and as of now there are spots at all South Puget Sound area stores. Go here to sign up! 

monsters vs aliens Lowes Build and Grow

South Sound Sunday Family Events And Activities

Looking for something to do with kids around Puyallup, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Olympia, or Renton today? You’re in luck!

I’ve got a whole list of family events below.

If your priority is keeping cool, I can help with that, too! Head here for my Beat the Heat round-up, with lists of swimming lakes, shady parks, sandy beaches, places for ice cream, and much more!


South King County Area

Renton River Days  Community Festival  at Liberty Park with arts and crafts, entertainment, and more

Sumner/ Puyallup Area 

Free Old time photos at The Old Cannery in Sumner

Meet Olympic Gold Medal snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg at the South Hill Mall 1-4PM

 GoodGuys vintage car show at the fairgrounds cars, kids’ activities, entertainment  Buy online to save on admission; be sure to get the military discount if you qualify for it; adult tickets are 17.00 kids are  6.00 6 and under are free

Tacoma Area

Ethnic Fest at Wright Park  Two big days of live entertainment from cultures around the world, kids’ zone,  Last day

Steilacoom Historical Association Salmon Bake 12-4  Salmon meal for 15.00/ kids’ hot dog meal for 6.00.  Steel drum band entertainment.

Crafts From the Past at Fort Nisqually  by Point Defiance, Tacoma Local artisans demonstrate different crafts each weekend through September 3rd.  Included with admission. I think demos. will probably only interest older children, but kids of most ages enjoy exploring the fort. It’s banjo making. Included with admission

Historic Fort Steilacoom is now open for Sunday tours 1-4PM through Labor Day

Lacy/Olympia Area

Children’s Theater Day at Huntamer Park in Lacey  Hosted by Apple Tree Productions

The South Sound Estuarium has reoopened at its new location 11-4 weekends

Meet us at the beach events  low tide exploration with volunteer naturalists *Note these are Not very low tides today. If you want a real sand and sea creature experience, plan on doing this the weekend of August 9th, the last truly minus tides of the summer.

Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival Kids’ zone, Sounders women appearances, Radio Disney on Sunday, lots of mushroom cooking and fun

Gig Harbor Area

Gig Harbor Sunday Farmer’s Market at Skansie Brothers Park  Take a Trolly?  The STAR Center in S Tacoma also has their Sunday market now (it’s next to the new playground and sprayground).

Follow That Rabbit!  Family musical outdoors at Sehmel Park in Gig Harbor  Ticket sales start at 6PM; show at 7  Families are invited to bring blankets, chairs, and picnics. Light concessions available. Also Saturday and Sundays through the 27th

If you’ve been super busy like we have, you might have missed the roll out of this year’s great, big South Sound Summer Guide!  It’s all your favorite things for summer with the kids in one, great place!  

I also have a great list of summer camps in the menu bar, a round up of savings on family fun on the deal page, and much, much more! It’s a lot to take in-you might want to become a subscriber and tackle a little bit a day. We have lots of ways to subscribe via those cute buttons at the top, but I recommend the daily emails!

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do July 25th-27th

Free festivals, free movies-it’s a weekend full of South Sound area family fun at my favorite price!

New here? I hope you’ll be back. I have lists like this each weekend and lots of great stuff in between-all just for the South Sound. You might want to get my daily emails so you don’t miss a thing!

For Seattle or Portland area fun you’ll want to check out the fantastic list over at ThriftyNWmom compiled by the newest member of their frugal finding team, Annaliese of Grays Harbor Deals! She’s found some good ones this week!


All Over

Lowes Build and Grow -All stores are full. This is a reminder if you signed up already. Missed it? Sign ups open for the next one Monday!

Kids’ Club at Michael’s Michael’s offers 30 minute craft sessions for kids for 2.00 from 10-11:30. It’s a canvas flower painting.  You may also want to read about their Passport to Imagination summer program-open for registration now.

Visit your farmer’s market!

Head here for the list of South Sound wading pools, fountains, splash pads, and spraygrounds.

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A Kid Friendly Guide To Mt.Rainier

Child Friendly Activities At Mt.Rainier

Thinking of taking kids on a day trip to Mt.Rainier? I’m here to help, with family friendly hikes and know-before-you-go tips if it’s your first time taking the family to Mt.Rainier. First, because I get a lot of folks here at SFM who are new to the area (Weclcome!) , I’m going to help you […]

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Rainy Day Round UP-A Dozen Fun Ideas For Today!

Job Carr story time

Well, this looks like a cozy kind of day! If you didn’t make it to a 1.00 movie, here are a few other fun indoor, play options for kids today. There is a special story and craft time at the Job Carr Museum in Old Town Tacoma today and every Wednesday. It’s a 1PM and […]

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Rhythm and Stomp Workshop With Allegro Dance!

A quick reminder about a fun event for your dancers tomorrow with our sponsors at Allegro Performing Arts Academy. Phenomenal tap dancer & teacher, Mark Mendonca, is teaching a one time workshop about making rhythms with our bodies, our feet and other items!   It’s one in a series of Tuesday workshops, and it’s just 15.00 […]

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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do July 18th-20th!

Henry playing some old fashioned games at Fort Nisqually's family fun night last year. Look-No wifi!

Free festivals, free movies-it’s a weekend full of South Sound area family fun at my favorite price! New here? I hope you’ll be back. I have lists like this each weekend and lots of great stuff in between-all just for the South Sound. You might want to get my daily emails so you don’t miss […]

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Endangered Species Weekend at Northwest Trek! Win A Family 4 Pack Of Tickets!

Northwest Trek Tam Ride

Update: This contest is now over. Congratulations to Kyra, whose comment was chosen by a random number generator.  Many thanks to all who entered. I’ve shared your enthusiasm with our friends at Northwest Trek, and I look forward to partnering with them again in the future! Read on for the details on Endangered Species Weekend, […]

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The Pierce County Library System Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Teen reading PCL

Know teens who need to keep busy this summer? Or maybe you know some parents of teens pulling their hair out already? Share this post about the awesome, interactive summer reading challenge the Pierce County Library system has just for teens. Yep-the library has summer reading for all ages! The teen program is super cool. […]

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Free Outdoor Showing of Frozen Tomorrow At Cheney Stadium

Cheney fransiscan

I’m guessing just a, “Few,” of you know some Frozen fans.   If you’d like to Let It Go one more time, you can catch a Free, outdoor show on the grass at Cheney Stadium tomorrow night. Of course, I’ll have TONS more weekend options in my big list tomorrow morning, but I thought a […]

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