Northwest Santa: The Santa That Comes To You!


NW Santa

Have you heard of the Santa that will come to your house for FREE? I know it sounds too good to be true, but I promise it isn’t! Northwest Santa is in its 5th year of sending St.Nick out for personal visits. Santa will come for a home visit with children under 10 or children with special needs of any age. This year his sleigh is making stops December 20th-24th  in Puyallup, Orting, Sumner, Bonney Lake, and JBLM. His visits are absolutely free, though he is glad to accept donations for the food bank.

Can you imagine what a thrill this would be for your little one? I think it’s a particularly great opportunity if you have a child with special needs or sensory issues who can’t handle the, “Busy,” of a traditional Santa visit, but it is open to absolutely any child on Santa’s route, and I can’t think of any who wouldn’t be thrilled!  You can get much more information and answers to any questions you might have about the Santa visits right here.

Now, the sign up is different this year. It opens Thanksgiving, and you’ll want to check back here. I do think spots will go fast, so you might want to make a plan to carve out some time on turkey day to sign up if you want to bring St. Nick to your place. If you would like to help bring this magic to more children, this is an all volunteer group, and yes-they would love the help!  They need wrappers, drivers, donations of toys, money, and time! Get all that information on their Facebook page.

Reader Olive has had Santa to her home several years and tipped me off to this great program originally. If you had Santa come to your house last year, leave a comment. I’d love to read your reviews!

Keep Your Pets Healthy And Happy With Royal Canin


I thought it was about time I introduced you to the baby of the family!

Cisco for post

I know……isn’t he the most handsome thing ever?

Now, I know this is a site about kids’ activities, but I also know that many of you consider your four-legged friends every bit a member of the family. As you can tell, we do here. Henry is the dog’s favorite playmate-here they are heading home from one of our adventures.

Henry and Cisco

Like all young boys, our dog has gotten into his share of mischief, especially as a puppy. Naturally, when Royal Canin explained they were looking for dog owners whose pets had had tummy upsets, we raised our paws hands.

You see, our handsome boy came to us as a rescue. He was well cared for by his previous owners, but they just didn’t have time to keep up with the demands of an energetic, young field lab. He had learned some bad habits while he was, “Entertaining,” himself, including standing up on his tall back legs (He’s kind of like a lab on stilts) and getting everything he could off the counter top and tables.



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Tickets On Sale For Santa Breakfasts-Plus A Sneak Peek At Our Holiday Events Guide!

A quick note to let you know that we’ve updated our list of

Breakfast with Santa around the South Sound

Santa Breakfasts, and (drumroll, please….)

our great, big list of South Sound holiday events. There are still a few happenings we’re working on adding, but there is definitely plenty to look over and mark on your calendar!

If you do want in on one of the breakfasts, those are all on sale now, and many of them sell out, so don’t wait long.

Personally, I’m a big believer in making choices and creating memories this time of year. If you try to do it all, you’ll just go crazy, but if you select a manageable number of  special outings you’ll have time to really enjoy yourself!

What area events are must-dos for your family?

Free Jumping, Pizza, and Birthday Cake When You Help Film A New Ad Tuesday At Pump It Up!

  Hey, Tacoma area friends-looking for something to do tomorrow? Our fabulous sponsors at, Pump It Up  are filming a new commercial on Tuesday November 18th from 12:45-2:45,  and if you’re willing to have your kiddos be in it, they can jump for FREE and have FREE pizza and birthday cake! Sounds like a ton […]

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South Sound Nutcracker Performances

Updated for 2014 Here is my round up of South Sound Nutcracker Performances for 2013. I will have at least one Nutcracker giveaway later in the season, and we may see more performances pop up on daily deal sites. I’ll leave it up to you as to whether you want to wait and take your […]

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Reviews By Henry: We Check Out Petz Beach-A Great New Family Title from Ubisoft!

Petz Beach game cover

I know many of you find it challenging to find family friendly video games. We’re picky about what we let the boys play, so I’m always pleased to find a new one I can recommend. We’ve  been big fans of the positive, fun  Petz games from Ubisoft for a while, and I was particularly excited […]

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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do November 14th-16th!

Looking for something kid friendly to do this weekend? Here’s our weekly guide to South Sound area fun with activities for Tacoma, Puyallup, Olympia, and Your South Sound home! You’ll find a list just like this-just for the South Sound-every Friday morning! Headed elsewhere? There is always lots more to explore  at ThriftyNWmom  thanks to frugal fun […]

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Enroll In GET Now and Save Big On College Later!

One of the first things we invested in  for our boys-not long after we bought the strollers, the bouncy thing, and all their other, “Must haves,” was a GET  account. What’s a GET account? GET stands for, “Guaranteed Education Tuition,” and it’s a program that lets you buy college units now, at today’s prices, to […]

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Fantasy Lights 2014-Register Now To Walk; Plus Half-Off Nights And Your Coupon Link!

    If Christmas light display are one of your favorite holiday things, you may want to walk or drive through the light show at  at Fantasty Lights in Spanaway. Here’s all you need to know about this year’s event, including the Fantasy Lights walk, and how to save half off or get the coupon to save on […]

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Save An Extra 20% Off Local Groupons-Including the Santa Express (New Date)!

Update: Massive bummer alert.  I was so excited to see this deal back that I didn’t notice the fine print. Turns out this Santa Train is for 21 and over. Yes, it’s the, “Booze Cruise,” version of the Santa Express. I guess…..I don’t really get it either.  Anyway, you can still take an extra 20% […]

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