Mother’s Day Teas: Make Your Reservations Now if You’re Interested!

Mother’s Day falls on Sunday the 13 this year, and I’ll have my usual list of weekend ideas for you the Friday before. A few special events do require a little planning ahead, though, so look for me to highlight some of those this week! First up: Mother’s Day teas. If you or you and mom would enjoy getting all dressed up for a spot of tea, there are several area options.

They DO sell out at a quick clip, so don’t wait long.

Mother’s Day High Tea at the White River Valley Museum in Auburn 1PM and 3PM seatings on the 12th; reservations required.12.00 per person. Hats, gloves, and fancy dress encouraged. Sweets and tea. We love this museum!  No Mother’s Day event this year, but a fancy dress Mad Hatter tea is planned in June at the Mary Olson farm. Croquet; big hats and more-grab some girlfriends.

Meeker Mansion Puyallup Teas on the 11th and 12th. Reservations required. 12.00 per person; three seatings. Call 253 848 1770 or email

Secret Garden Sumner May 11th and 12th Full luncheon menu Tickets 45.00 (gulp) adults/35.00 children Reader CoreyAnn says this is a great spot. I’ve never been here.

Hawthorn Tea Room Tacoma 35.00 per person/20.00 per child; two seatings on the 12th Henry and I have been here before and had a great time. If this is too pricey for you, you can read about our, “Any day,” outing here.Event is on Saturday, the 11th, with two seatings. I’d call to see if you can get reservations.

OR…if you can wait until the week After, there is a Fancy Nancy tea event at Learning Sprout toys in Tacoma on the 18th with tea, fancy fun, and cupcakes. Last year, it was  just 8.00 for two! I don’t see that info. this year, but I’ll let you know if I find it.  Of course, you will be smack in the middle of a toy store, which could lead to some fancy shopping….

If you know of another Mother’s Day Tea Event, let me know!

Looking to treat mom-or yourself- to something a little more substantial? Most every area restaurant does some kind of Mother’s Day Brunch, but yeah-you need to make those reservations now, and expect the bill to be somewhere in, “Wowza!” territory. A couple unique options are at Lakewold Gardens and the Tacoma Art Museum. The TAM tickets are 20.00 and include brunch, admission, and a photo. If your mother-in-law likes art, this looks like a good bet to me!

Me? I’ll be having some coffee in bed delivered by one of my favorite, “Wait staff.”

Skate for Free at Tiffany’s in Puyallup this Weekend with a Peanut Butter Donation!

I wrote last week about the friendly competition between Puyallup and Sumner-Stick it to Hunger! The goal is to see which city can collect more peanut butter for the food bank, and there has already been plenty of trash talking! Melinda, of Tiffany’s Skate Inn in Puyallup (a SFM house fav), wants to help make this drive a huge success, and she has a Very generous offer.

Just bring in a jar of peanut butter during any public, open skate May 4th-6th and you’ll get free admission, including regular skate rental!

I’ll remind you about this in my weekend list Friday, but I thought I’d give you a little heads-up so you could put peanut butter on your shopping list now!

Btw, if you’re a big fan of Tiffany’s, be sure to like their fb page. They regularly post special bogo and dollars off offers just for fb likers. Not in your area? I can’t promise you free skating, but I think a peanut butter drive would be fun to start between any two competitive groups! Wondering why the emphasis on peanut butter? Read my original post for the details.

Looking to plan your week? Here’s What Sounds Fun This Week. Don’t forget I have plenty of indoor fun in the menu bar, you know……just in case.

What Sounds Fun This Week! South Sound Fun for Kids and Families for April 30th-May 4th

Here are my favorite finds for the week ahead!

The bouncy house list and the indoor playground list are all updated. You can find both, plus South Sound malls with play areas, under Rainy Day Play. For library story times, see the list below.

Story time links:


Science Classes for Home Schoolers and other children resume at the Nature Center at Snake Lake



Creativity-Festivity sponsored by 4-H and the WSU Thurston County extension; weekly craft workshops for school age kids. 4-H membership not required. Photography theme tonight. 6:30 PM More information here


Car seat checks at Mary Bridge Link has info on other dates and locations.

Creative Movement Dance for Kids at 9:30 with Zumba for parents next door in Lakewood with Aimee and Darlene and Studio 138. Kids class at their neighbor, Freedom Dance Center

Mommy and Me Crafts at the Ben Franklin in Bonney Lake Moms and preschool age (and younger) children are invited for crafts and social time. 5.00

It’s 1.00 day at the Starplex in Federal Way (tickets are just 2.00 other days).

Power Parenting Workshop at the HOCM in Olympia 6-8PM Free parenting class for parents while kids get to enjoy supervised play in the museum. Call to register (required).

May Day Celebration at Fireman’s Park in Tacoma Free, all ages celebration hosted by Puget Sound Revels Songs, dance, and flower crowns!


Tot Time at Learning Sprout Toys in Tacoma 10:30AM Class in the upstairs room; just show up and sign in on the clipboard!

Mommy and Me Fitness Class at Elev8te Fitness in Tacoma I haven’t been here or tried this, but reader Corey sent in a note that she takes her whole crew weekly and has a blast

Art after school at the Steilacoom Library 4PM Drop in and create! All supplies provided. For school age children

Super Hero Celebration at the Parkland/Spanaway Library! 4PM No registration required. Come on in and celebrate your favorite good-guy by making masks and wrist bands.

Movies at Wheelock 6PM Catch the Muppets at the Wheelock Branch of the Tacoma Public Library

Juice and Jammies Wednesday at Barnes and Noble in Olympia 7PM


Creation Station at Learning Sprout Toys in Tacoma Call or check their fb page to confirm

Family Fun Day at Westfield Southcenter Mall 10AM-1 Silly stories, make and take craft for mom and more

Read with a Dog at the Puyallup Library Drop in between 3:30-4:30 to practice reading with patient listener, Dan.

Yoga for Kids at Waves Studio in Olympia 4PM  for kids 4-11 with instructor, Lisa. 10.00 per child or 15.00 for parent plus child.


J is for Jellyfish Nature storytime for preschoolers at the Tacoma Nature Center Registration required.


Read with a Dog at the Puyallup Public Library Drop in and practice your reading skills with Bruiser. 3:30-4:30 Also at the Gig Harbor library today from 3:30-5; Gig Harbor listeners are certified therapy dogs, and you’re asked to reserve your 10 minute slot at the information desk.

As always, I’ll have loads more fun up Friday in the weekend list, and lots of fun posts every other day, too-including free roller skating, a May Day craft and a sneak peek at mother’s day events. You won’t want to miss any of it!

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The Weekend List: South Sound Fun for Kids and Families for April 27th-29th

Here it is….a great big list of weekend fun for kids in Puyallup, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Olympia, Sumner, Fife, and Your area of the South Puget Sound!

If you’re headed north or south, you’ll want to check out the fantastic list over at ThriftyNWmom compiled by super bargain sleuth Sia of Centsible in Seattle.

If you’re one of my Kitsap area readers, you’ll enjoy the Kitsap Macaroni Kid. You can sign up for Diane’s newsletter to get the scoop on all kinds of events around you!

All Weekend; Ongoing

StoryBook Theater presents A Little Mermaid at the Carco Center in Renton

Cinderella performances by DASH at Mt.Tahoma High School Tickets are 10.00-15.00 You can purchase them for Sunday online, or for other performances at the door. More information here.

Footloose the musical at Tacoma Little Theater (Best for older tweens and up) Tickets 17.00-27.00

Free Admission to National Parks! Enjoy free park admission through the 29th as part of National Parks week.


Chalk the walk at Frost Park in Tacoma noon

Read with a Dog at the Puyallup Public Library Drop in and practice your reading skills with Bruiser. 3:30-4:30

Scholastic Book Sale continues at Bates S Campus in Tacoma; Also Saturday; Book deals, plus kids’ activities and an appearance by Clifford.


Kids’ fishing tournament at Bradley Lake in Puyallup

Most Farmer’s Markets are open. Is yours?

Lowes Build and Grow Registration required for these popular, free programs. It’s a terrarium.

Families in Motion at the Riverwalk Trail in Puyallup Meet at the Goodwill Parking Lot Free; Annual event to promote activity and the River Walk Trail  Thanks, ThriftyNWMom for the reminder.

Springamajig comes to the Center at Norpoint Free, family festival with crafts, entertainment, a petting zoo, and more.10AM-2PM

Free Seedlings from the Urban Gardener in Tacoma

Family Nature Walks With Metro Parks Swan Creek Park today; free; not recommended for strollers.  10-11AM

Gig Harbor Arbor Day Celebration Free admission; free trees! 11AM-2PM Kids’ activities

Water Weekends at HCC Mast at Redondo Every Saturday you can get up close with critters in the touch tanks and learn about sea life. Free

Reptile Expo in Renton

Soar Into Learning Event in Federal Way at Silver Lake Elementary School Federal Way Public Schools and other early learning providers present this event with free kids’ activities and learning stations. 10:30-12  Each family will take home a bag with activities to help kids get school ready.

Family Green Fest in Federal Way Kids can climb in a recycling truck, play games, and get their faces painted. Grown-ups can drop off items to be shredded or recycled. *SFM note: Car seat redistribution and/or disposal available. Rare chance!! 12-3

Healthy Kids’ Day at the YMCA I believe all Y locations are participating, but double check before heading out. Free and open to the public. Games, activities, BBQ, water safety. Free swim at some locations. No joining fee if you sign up today (SFM note: Kids only memberships never have joining fees).

Day of the Children/Day of the Book at the Puyallup Public Library 2-4 pM Free family celebration of culture, kids, and books. Appearance by Clifford.

Kids’ Club at the Steilacoom Historical Museum 1-3PM Monthly event through the summer. Kids’ crafts and activities It’s spinning, weaving, and spool knitting this month.

Open Gym/Lorax reading at Gymboree in Federal Way

Sewing to Sowing: Living History Day at Ft.Nisqually 11AM-4PM Actors in costume recreate life at the fort in the 1800s. Try your hand at churning butter, see old-fashioned laundry techniques and more. Admission gets steep fast, but this is always a fun time.

Norwegian Heritage Festival at PLU *Link opens a pdf; festival details are on pg. 7  Food, vendors, displays 11AM-3 at PLU, university center

Procession of the Species in Olympia Surely, one of the country’s most unique parades. A celebration of animals, plants, and the environment, with lots of creative costumes and entertainment. The TNT says cars are being towed from the route this year, so watch for signage.

Visit the LOTT WET Center in Olympia

Gig Harbor Paddle Cup Watch canoe, kayak, and stand up paddle board races. Also on Sunday.

Pier Into the Night with Harbor Wild Watch Check out sea critters at the dock in Skansie Park 7:30


Tacoma Youth Chorus junior and senior high choirs perform at Christ Episcopal Church

Kids Design Glass Each month you can watch the artisans in the hot shop create a glass sculpture from a drawing done by a local child. Get a pass from your library for free admission. 12-5

Libby the otter celebrates her 1st birthday at the Pt.Defiance Zoo. At 11:30 and 3 you can watch her enjoy special toys and treats. Included with admission. Admission is pricey; SFM highly recommends investing in an annual pass, unless you can take advantage of free days for Tacoma city residents. If you go, don’t miss the clouded leopard cubs.

Phew! That’s a lot of weekend fun! Don’t forget I have posts about South Sound family fun all the rest of the week, too! If you haven’t already done so, I hope you’ll consider subscribing to my emails or joining me on Facebook. If you’d like to support this site (Hey, thanks!) I appreciate you telling your friends about it, and telling my sponsors you found them on Sounds Fun Mom!

Tacoma’s new STAR: The STAR community center in South Tacoma

Oh, South Tacoma, I am so excited for you! Why? You’ve got the brand new STAR center, a new community hub for exercise, classes, parties, and so much more.I had a chance to get a sneak peek at the center last week with Leigh Ann and Adam. It’s a beautiful, state of the art facility, and I was truly impressed with all it has to offer kids and families.

The center will be home to a variety of classes for kids and adults-everything from tumbling for your tots to painting for your little Picassos. This summer, it will also be the site of a Sunday farmer’s market, noon tunes kids’ concerts, and one of the area’s free kids’ lunch programs (Hint: Subway!).

Soft play area for the younger set. There is a junior climbing wall, too.

The highlight for your kids will probably be the urban safari area. This part of the building  will be secured and staffed, and it includes both a funky, soft play area for the younger set, and a super cool climbing area for bigger kids. There will also be an outside extension with features like a rope bridge and a climbing wall, opening this summer. Kids can play here while you work out, or just sit in the lobby and enjoy the wifi!

The urban safari indoor playground.

There are fully furnished rooms next to the climbing areas that can be reserved for birthday parties.  Party packages start at 6.00 per child and go up, depending on whether you want exclusive use of the play area, or a themed package. I found the rates to be right in line with other area party places, and a very good value if you’re willing to go the do-it-yourself route.

You can use the center with a 5.00 per person day pass, or you can get a membership for 15.00 a month for the kids, or 63.00 for the whole family.  You will pay more if you aren’t a city of Tacoma resident, though it’s not prohibitive. There is financial aid available, so don’t be shy about asking.

Members get access to everything in the center and a ton of programming.  Much like the Y, there are some classes that have additional fees, but you could easily stick to the free ones without getting bored. STAR members will also have access to the pool at Mt.Tahoma High and discounted rates on fee based classes, party packages, golfing at Meadow Park, and facility rentals.

Of course, I can’t tell you what makes sense for your family, but you can check it out for yourself. You can take a tour any Thursday at noon or by appointment, or you can go to the grand opening on May 19th (I’ll remind you). If you sign up for a membership after your tour or at the grand opening, your joining fee is waived. So, yeah, if it’s even on your, “Maybe,” list, I’d make a point of checking it out.

Have you checked out the STAR center? Are you planning on getting a pass? I’d love to know your thoughts, so chime right in!

Scholastic Book Sale at Bates in S Tacoma-Bargain Books Plus Clifford!

I’ve got more scoop on local family fun at bargain prices!

Bates Technical College is sponsoring a Scholastic Customer Appreciation Sale.

The prices are up to 80% off-much like you’d find at one of their warehouse events. Plus, they’ll have kids’ activities available, including a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog (True story: We scarred my oldest for life taking him to see Clifford as a 2 year old. He climbed my leg like a howler monkey, and to this day he will have nothing to do with costumed characters-even at Disneyland). Back to you…..

The sale dates and times are below.  If you go, I’d love to hear what you find. And if your kids aren’t a little crazy like mine, be sure to bring your camera for photo ops with you-know-who.

Event schedule and location: Bates Technical College South Campus, 2201 South 78th St., Tacoma:  Thursday, April 26, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Friday, April 27, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturday, April 28, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Just Between Friends Sale Coming to Lacey/Olympia!

I’ve got crazy exciting news for those of you in the Lacey/JBLM/Olympia area. A brand new Just Between Friends sale is coming your way!

Many of you know about Just Between Friends already. It’s a consignment event, where you can sell and shop for gently used children’s duds and gear. I’ve gotten lots of cute things for my boys at consignment events. I love that everything is neat, just like in a “Real,” store, and I can find fancy brands I wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.

If you’ve got a garage full of duds that are ready for a new home, consigning is a great solution! Could you hold your own garage sale or put it all on ebay? Yeah, sure….but this is Soooo much easier. You’ll get all the tools you need to price and tag your items. Then, you can bring them to the sale, drop ’em off, and come back for your check. Easy-peasy! You can also volunteer at the sale to get early shopping privileges.

All the information you need to consign is at the site, and event organizer, Jenny, will be glad to answer any questions you have. You can follow the JFB Olympia sale on Facebook too, for the latest updates. The sale is May 11th-13th, so don’t wait too long if you want to sell. If you’re looking to shop, mark your calendar now, and tell your bargain loving friends.

Finally, if you’re a new or expectant parent, a member of the military or  first responder, a foster parent, or teacher, you can shop early. Volunteers get in early, too! For more scoop on that, just email Jenny at

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Great, Free, Children’s Gardening Programs With the Master Gardeners in Puyallup Starting Soon!

If your kids planted a pumpkin seed at the Spring Fair, you probably met a master gardener. The master gardeners are highly skilled volunteers who can help you with a whole variety of gardening questions. They also run a truly amazing, Free program for children! Programs are on Saturdays at 1PM, and this year’s schedule runs May 5th-September 22nd. I’ll also remind you about these in my weekend lists, but I knew you’d want to put a few on your calendars now.

The first class is Weather Wise, where kids will learn about weather, rainfall, and make their very own weather stations. Seriously, how cool is that?? Other programs on the schedule will have kids planting veggies, making stepping stones, learning about bats, and so much more.

You can see a pdf of the whole schedule here Click on, “Children’s Garden Programs.”

All sessions are held at the Jack and the Beanstalk garden at the Master Gardener Demonstration garden which is in Puyallup where Pioneer meets Fruitland (for my Tacoma readers, it’s just a bit further down the road that goes by the Puyallup cemetery). You can just show up at these events.

Not close enough for you? There is a monthly kids’ garden club at the Summit Library, also led by Master Gardener volunteers.  Windmill Gardens in Sumner holds periodic kids’ gardening events (the next one I see is a mini rose garden for Mother’s Day in May).  Rodgers’ Country Nursery in Bremerton has a weekly Felix and Fritz Kids’ Club. These last two do require registration and have supply fees. If you know of other places offering gardening fun for little sprouts, please let me know!

For more advice on how to make gardening kid friendly (as if it isn’t enough to give them some dirt and seeds), I found a great article from the garden gurus at The News Tribune and The Olympian. If you’re in charge of planning field trips for your school or home school group, check out the new educational garden tours in Puyallup from none other than, Ed Hume!

If you’re one of my Lacey, Olympia area readers, I haven’t found similar programs near you, but let me know if you know of any. I do have a special post just for my readers in this area later today, so be sure to  check back!

Winner of Tickets to A Little Mermaid

And, we have a winner! selected the following comment from reader, Maria.

Thank you for posting this, my daughter loves Ariel!

Maria, I’m not sure StoryBook Theater’s mermaid will look like the Disney version, but I know your family will love the show! Email me at, and I’ll help you claim your prize!

If you didn’t win, StoryBook Theater does still have tickets available, and I think they’re very reasonably priced for the quality. I heard from several readers who attended their last production, and it was all rave reviews.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter. If you enjoy these giveaways, do let me know, and I’ll keep bringing them to you!