South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do For October 24th-26th

Boo! There are tons of Halloween happenings and fun things to do in Tacoma, Puyallup, Olympia, and all over the South Sound this weekend!

Best of all, there are lots of great, kid friendly events at my very favorite price-Free!

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


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Santa Express on Groupon

The Santa train is on Groupon!

This one is the Santa Express from Mt.Rainier Scenic Railroad that runs out of Elbe. You can read more about my family’s fall outing on this train here.

This deal gets you two tickets for 31.00, and while that’s still a good chunk of change, it is half off! You are allowed to buy up to two additional deals as gifts, so if you have a family of four, simply buy two Groupons. I doubled check with our friends at MRSR, and they confirmed that this is fine.

Bigger Santa on train

Do note that you need to choose a particular ride and time and call to make your reservations after you buy your deal.

Kids 5-12 are 24.00, so you will save on their tickets with this deal, though not as much.
3 and 4 year olds are 15.00, and kids 2 and under are free, so don’t bother with it for them.  **Do mention them when you call-everyone needs a ticket to board, even the free tots.

The train ride itself is very fun. It’s a storybook perfect steam engine, and if your kids are fans of Thomas the Tank Engine or trains in general-they’ll LOVE it. You should know that it is very loud and jostles gently. If you have a child with sensory issues, this may not be the outing for you.

Reviews are mixed on the scenery-despite the name you only get a little peak at Mt.Rainier. I would consider this much more a trip about the experience.

During this ride, Santa will come out to mix and mingle with the kids, and there will be cocoa and cookies and a small gift for kids 12 and under. It sounds super cute to me!  [Continue reading...]

Free and Cheap Museum Going Around the South Sound

A museum trip is a great way to spend a rainy day with the kids, and you can almost always get in for FREE! One of the best deals going is the free museum passes available from area libraries. Just check ‘em out like you’d borrow a book, show up at your museum of choice, and in you go! Here’s my attempt at a summary of your options:


Note: The new Children’s Museum in Tacoma is pay-as-you-will every day, thanks to a very generous, 5 year grant from Key Bank. No special pass or coupon needed-just show up and donate as you’re able!

Pierce County Library System-Passes to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, the Museum of Glass, and the Tacoma Art Museum Passes are on display in the lucite holders on the end of the stacks when they’re available. To check, type “Museum Pass,” into the catalog to search. It will show whether passes are in at your branch, although you cannot reserve them. More information. [Continue reading...]

Win Tickets To Disney On Ice!

Mickey and Minne at Disney on Ice

I’ve gotten lots of questions about Disney on Ice deals and discounts, so I’m thrilled to bring you all the scoop today and (wait for it…..) a ticket giveaway!! First, a little about the show! The theme this time is Let’s Celebrate, and your kids will get to see Mickey and Minnie and over 50 […]

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Meet WiggleWorks Kids Puyallup

wiggleworks boy

You may have noticed WiggleWorks, Puyallup’s newest indoor play place, has joined our sponsorship team. Woot! If you’ve already been, you know that this bright and fun place right at the South Hill Mall is just made for the preschool set. You probably also noticed that everything from their unique, moving equipment to their bathrooms […]

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Play To Learn This Week

Play to Learn is always a great rainy day outing for the preschool set. These are special story times in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Each week features a different theme and special activities, in addition to play, songs, and circle time. All events are free, drop-ins, and all locations are open to […]

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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do October 17th-19th!

Wow! If you’re looking for something to do with your family around Tacoma this weekend, I’ve got you covered! There are great events and activities for children and families all over the South Sound this weekend-whether your stomping grounds are near Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, or somewhere in between,  there is something fun for you […]

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The Pierce County Library System Presents DIY Fest!

Do it yourself festival at pierce county library system

The Pierce County Library System just keeps on hosting great events for your family! The latest is DIY fest, an event you’re going to love if you’re a gardener, crafter, do-it-yourselfer, or just wish you were! Local authors and exhibitors will be there with information on gardening, farming, household sustainability, and handcrafts. And, yes, there will be […]

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Visit the Crazy and Creative World of Tinkertopia!

With the wet season upon us, I thought I’d update some posts on favorite area places for creative and cozy play. First up: Tinkertopia! Tacoma’s Tinkertopia is a craft supply store like no other, and it would be a great rainy day destination with your kids this week. If Willy Wonka opened a store for artists it […]

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Stay Connected With Life360!

Life360 locator app

My kids are big trick or treating fans. In fact, Henry has his Ninja Turtle costume and has already been practicing! Hey, you can never be too prepared! We’ve told our 11 year old this is probably his last year on the doorbelling for candy circuit (Call me a big meanie, but I think it’s […]

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