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 to do!

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


The big Just Between Friends sale continues at the Puyallup fairgrounds this weekend-go to this one without the kids!

The big Just Between Friends sale continues at the Puyallup fairgrounds this weekend-go to this one without the kids!

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The Pierce County Library System Presents DIY Fest!

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!

Do it yourself festival at pierce county library system

Local authors and exhibitors will be there with information on gardening, farming, household sustainability, and handcrafts. And, yes, there will be plenty to interest your kiddos. 

I’m honestly not crafty OR handy, but I’m obsessed with these shows on HGTV, and I’m definitely looking forward to checking out this event. I just have to make sure my husband doesn’t decide we need chickens and goats. Wish me luck!

DIY Fest will be at the Fruitland Grange (You know-near the Costco in Puyallup), and it’s FREE. It’s November 15th from 10AM-3. I’ll definitely remind you, but I knew some of you would want to put this fun event on your calendars now.

You can get more information about this event (There may still be exhibitor spaces) here! 

Oh, and if you’re feeling inspired, don’t forget that you can find tons of great books on all kinds of DIY topics at your library! And if you need to get a card, their great contest for new card holders is running through the end of the month!

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Pierce County Library is a 2013 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service


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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 might look like Tinkertopia. The owners call it a, “Creative Reuse Center,” and it’s filled with a dizzying array of recycled materials looking for a new lease on life. Henry was in heaven wandering from bin to bin looking for materials for his, “Inventions.”

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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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Membership Deals to WiggleWorks Puyallup-Plus, An Indoor Play Deal Round-Up!

wiggleworks puyallup

Our friends at Puyallup’s WiggleWorks are running a membership deal on Groupon you might want to check out. Note that you’ll need to scroll down a bit to see the offer for the Silver membership.  It’s 65.00, and it gets one child entry for half-off, or 5.00, on EVERY visit for ONE YEAR from the time […]

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Big Just Between Friends Kids’ Consignment Sale at the Fairgrounds This Week! Win a Gift Certificate!

Free coupon to get into Just between friends sale at puyallup fairgrounds

Update: The contest is now over, but the sale has just started! Congratulations to our winners, Felicia M. and Eva F. Their comments below were chosen via random number generator. If you didn’t win, I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this sale! I scoped it out for you (scroll down for pics), and […]

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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun and Things to Do October 10th-12th!

Wow! There are so many things to do with kids in Puyallup this weekend-you’re going to be busy! If you’re in Tacoma, Olympia, or some other South Sound spot, don’t worry! There are lots of happenings for you and your family, too! Here’s a great list of fun ideas for your family this weekend, with […]

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A Visit to the Puyallup Historical Fish Hatchery

Feeding fish at the Puyallup hatchery

Have you ever taken your kids to find salmon coming in to spawn? It’s a uniquely Northwest adventure great for your outdoor explorers. I have a link to a whole post about that at the end of this one, but first I want to highlight a salmon homecoming event you can check out this weekend, […]

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Groupon to Old McDebbies and Jim’s U-Fish in Spanaway

Groupon has a pumpkin patch deal that might appeal to those of you with young kiddos. It’s to Old McDebbies Farm and Jim’s U-Fish in Spanaway.   For 25.00, you get admission for a family of four,   two bags of food to feed the petting zoo animals, and two mini pumpkins. I’ve actually never […]

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Deal to Ziemke’s in Buckley-Corn Maze & Hay Ride! Plus, Reader Reviews of Other Area Pumpkin Patches!

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I’ve been keeping my eyes open for deals to area pumpkin patches and corn mazes, and honestly, there haven’t been a lot, so I was excited to spot one this morning! I  do think many area patches are now hosting offers on their own sites, so be sure to take a look at ‘em before […]

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