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A Kid Friendly Guide To 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 talk like a local. Ready? If it’s a clear, sunny day, we say, “The mountain is out.” Fun, huh?

Moving on….Whether you’re entertaining out of town guests or just looking to wow your kiddos, it’s hard to beat a real life mountain (and a volcano at that), for a daycation destination.

Child Friendly Activities At Mt.Rainier

There are several possible routes to Rainier. We typically head to Sunrise, going through Enumclaw and Greenwater on 410, just as if you were headed to Crystal Mountain.

You might also consider heading to Paradise first, via Elbe. has good options and directions. also has a great round up of  ideas for family fun at Mt.Rainier.

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

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.

Job Carr story time

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 features a “Nature in Your Neighborhood,” theme and bookmark making!

You can also head to a special story and craft event at the Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park, and it’s always tropical there! 

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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 for the 7:30-9PM class.

Allegro also still has spaces in their great summer classes and camps for all ages, and their fall schedule is up, too! As always, instruction is available in every kind of dance, from top notch professionals committed to helping kids Dance, Thrive, and Grow with Allegro! Their studio is on Central in Kent, just down the road from Auburn, and convenient to the greater South Sound.

For more information on all  their current offerings you can head here  or call 253 813 9630(D

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I do hope you mention Sounds Fun Mom when you call. Thanks for doing that!


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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Ten Great South Sound Parks With Shade!

Pierce County area parks with good shade

Need a fun place to cool off with the kids today? If a little natural air conditioning is in order, I’ve got a list of great shady parks and playgrounds! I’d love for you to share any I missed in the comments.  At the bottom of the post I also have a round up of […]

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Grand Slam Camps: Great Baseball Day Camps for South South Kids

Grand Slam pic

Looking for a baseball or softball camp for the kids this summer? Grand Slam Baseball Camps have fun sessions planned for Tacoma, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Sumner, and more South Sound locations. I’m especially pleased to have Grand Slam back as a sponsor this year because this is a camp I can personally recommend to you. […]

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South Sound Swimming Lakes

swimming area at Lake Meridian in Kent

Ready to go for a swim  with the kids? If this heat has you ready to go jump in a lake (literally) here’s a list to hep! This round up comes from Sounds Fun Mom Facebook readers who responded to my request for their favorite South Sound lakes for swimming. If I missed a great one you […]

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