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Family Friendly Magic Show-2.00 Tickets If You Register Now!

Here’s a fun family outing at an affordable price!


pierce county magic show for the family august 26th

It’s a family friendly magic show from Pierce County Parks and Rec and Goofy Gideon coming up on August 26th at Meridian Habitat Park on the South Hill.

The first part will include instruction in magic for the kids (Hey, maybe they’ll learn how to make their vegetables disappear), followed by a family friendly show.

If you get tickets before the 22nd, they’re just 2.00 a person. At the door, they’re 4.00, so still pretty reasonable.

The show is 7PM, and you can call 253-841-8515 for more information or tickets.

Also, coming up from Pierce County Parks and rec is a free showing of Frozen. That’s Friday at Sprinker, and it’s their last free, outdoor movie of the season. If Friday doesn’t work for you, Fife is showing it Saturday.

Of course, those are just a few of these weekend’s fun events. Make sure to check back Friday morning, or become a subscriber (lots of choices via those cute buttons at the top of the page) to get the South Sound’s biggest weekend family events guide! It’s going to be great!

Meet Benson Hill Cooperative Preschool

Are you on the hunt for a fun and affordable preschool in the Kent or Renton area?

Renton or Kent cooperative preschool

Good news! We’re so pleased to have our friends at Benson Hill Co-op as sponsors this month, and they have spots and a deal for you, too!

Their preschool offers classes for children from Birth-6 years. Their large, bright classrooms are the perfect places for children to make friends and learn through play. Kiddos enjoy art, a children’s library, a drama room, block play, large indoor/outdoor play areas, and much more.

Co-op parents earn college credits through Green River Community College, and because they take turns helping out, the tuition is super low, and the adult to child ratio is great. Plus, you get to play an active role in your child’s education and be right there for those special moments. If you’ve been reading for a while, you might remember that I met some of my dearest mom friends through a similar program.

The school is just a short drive for families from Renton, Kent, Auburn, and Tukwila.

If you’d like to check it out for yourself (the very best way to pick a school), you’ll want to stop by the open house picnic on the 23rd.  It’s from 11AM-1PM, and you’re invited to bring a blanket and meet other parents. You’ll also have time to check out the school and meet the teachers,  and if you sign up by August 31st, you’ll get 10.00 off the registration fee! Score!

You can get more information about the open house picnic here.  You can also learn much more about the school at their website, or check the preschool guide for their detailed listing! If you’d like to contact them for a tour at another time or other registration info. just head here, or if you make it to the picnic, ask for Tina or Nicole!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Sponsors support the site, and I do hope you’ll mention Sounds Fun Mom when you check them out!

Beach Report: Narrows Park in Gig Harbor

We’re rerunning some favorite warm weather outings this week.

Summer may be wrapping up, but there’s still too much of it to waste.

Here’s a great South Sound beach my Tacoma and Gig Harbor area friends will want to find!  At one time, I would have called it a hidden treasure, but judging by the crowd there on our last visit, word is out.

It’s at Narrows Park in Gig Harbor, and it’s just a minute or two from the bridge itself, which makes it a nice destination for those of you in the West End of Tacoma and University Place, as well as my Gig Harbor friends.

The parking lot is just steps from the beach, and there is a nice, paved path with a telescope for checking out the bridge up close.

Look through the telescope to see the Narrows Bridge up close.

The beach itself is pretty standard for the Northwest, although if you look closely, you can find a bit-just a bit-of sand. Once you’ve plunked your chair down, you can try to spot seals or check out the passing boat traffic.

Beach at Narrows Park in Gig Harbor

Plenty of beach for play and exploration, water for splashing, and a view with wow factor!

The water is as cold as any you’ll find out here, and it has a decent bit of wave most every day. Your kids will still want to splash around; just watch them closely.

If the tide isn’t up, you can get more privacy by walking a bit in either direction. It was quite high when we were there, so it didn’t feel like a spot for quiet. On the other hand, it was very much a family atmosphere. No party crowd-just families and dogs (Lots of dogs). [Read more...]

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

Need something to do around the South Sound this weekend? Boy, have I got you covered! 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 a thing!

For Seattle or Portland area fun you’ll want to check out the fantastic list over at ThriftyNWmom compiled by the newest member of their frugal finding team, Annaliese of Grays Harbor Deals!


Tacoma military parade this weekend



All Over

Pete the Cat story time and other fun events at Barnes and Noble stores     Many area stores are offering a special Pete the Cat story time or other fun, including a bookfair event in Lakewood. We have found that participation in these events varies a great deal, even when they are advertised. We suggest calling your store to confirm the activities before you go.

Need to keep cool? Head here for my list of every sprayground, wading pool, fountain, and water feature in the South Puget Sound! 

Trying to plan for next week? Head to the, “Summer,” tab in my menu bar for quick info. on summer camps, VBS, free kids’ activities, and much, much more!

Kids’ Club at Michael’s Michael’s offers 30 minute craft sessions for kids for 2.00 from 10-11:30. It’s a Back to School treasure pocket today.

Visit your farmer’s market!

More than two dozen events around the South Sound continue below the fold. Just click, “Continue Reading.”

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Milton Days Schedule 2014

Milton Days is this weekend! If you’re Looking for the Milton Days schedule, or wondering when your favorite events will be happening, I’ve got it right here!

You can also find information on the Milton Days parade and events in the park in the free newspaper, the Milton-Fife-Edgewood Signal. They’re all around town.

or check the Milton Days Facebook page! 

Milton Days is at the community park, aka Triangle Park. Except for the raffle and vendors, activities are free.

For those of you who just want to pull up a quick list of Milton Days events and time, here you go:

Milton Days Event Schedule for Saturday, August 16th

All Day Events Both Days-Styker Display, fire truck display, rock wall, family games, air hockey, foosball, food, vendors, Beer garden, blood mobile

All Day Events Saturday-Bike and car show, chalk art contest, gaming van

Parade 10AM  begins at 19th and Milton Way and goes down Milton Way to 11th St.     If your kiddo is walking in a parade group, he/she is likely supposed to be meeting at Surprise Lake at 9AM.

Opening Ceremonies 11:30

MotownwCowboys 12-1

Bennest Karate 1PM

Raffle/games 1:30-2PM

Larry Jones, Impersonator 2-3PM

Raffle 3PM

Games 3:15PM

Band Unloaded 4-5PM

Bike/Car Show Trophy 5PM

Games 5:15

PopOffs 5:30-9:30

Raffles hourly from 7-9PM

Milton Days Schedule for Sunday, August 17th [Read more...]

Day Trip: Paddling the Arboretum in Seattle

During August, we venture out of the South Sound (just a bit) to share some of our favorite day trip ideas.

Whether you’re looking for ideas for your Puget Sound area, “Staycation,” or just working on squeezing in all the fun you can, we’re here to help!

Today’s post takes you to the waters of the Arboretum in Seattle, where you can paddle right under the busy freeway and into a world of gentle water and lily pad covered coves your explorers will love. We spotted great blue herons, a beaver, and all manner of ducks. The water is totally placid, making it an easy paddle for even a first time boater.

If you have your own canoe or kayak you can find a put in spot on this map (link opens pdf).

If you need to rent a boat, there are a couple options. The cheapest (and therefore the best, if you ask me), is to get one from the waterfront activities center at the UW. It’s in the same parking lot as Husky Stadium if you go to the bottom right, just past the rock climbing wall. You’ll need to pay a small fee to park. The parking lot does fill up, especially on weekends, and boat rental is a popular activity. Go early on a weekend or you may have to wait. [Read more...]

Concordia Bonney Lake-Now Enrolling Preschool And Pre-K Students! Meet Them At Bonney Lake Days!

We’re thrilled to have our friends at Concordia Bonney Lake Preschool returning as sponsors. They offer top notch programs taught by experienced, loving teachers right near you!

They’re currently enrolling both preschoolers and Pre-K students-great news if you’ve been procrastinating a bit, or if you just haven’t found that, “Just right,” spot for your student yet.

You can get more information this weekend when you stop by their booth at Bonney Lake Days at Allen Yorke Park. They’ll be there Saturday, August 16th, from 9:30AM to 5PM. It’s a great chance to get acquainted with their staff and programs. Pick up a packet with fun and informational items just for YOU.

Concordia Preschool Bonney Lake



You’re also always welcome to stop by their bright and cheery campus for a tour. For more information, you can visit their website ,  (look for the Bonney Lake Campus info. on the right) or  Contact Lynette at 253-229-6782 with any questions.

Stay tuned – Daycare coming soon for ages infant up to Kindergarten on site!  Concordia Bonney Lake-a place where every child is treasured. 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with a combination of provided text and my opinion. If you check out Concordia Bonney Lake I’d be very grateful if you mentioned Sounds Fun Mom. Thanks!

Deal Round-Up! Four Great Offers On Indoor Play!

Does indoor fun sound good today? I’ve rounded up some great deals to kids’ play places in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Federal Way today.

Over here? Maybe I’ll be able to make something with the rest of this zucchini now that it’s not too hot to turn on the oven. Who am I kidding? We’re swamped with it…….anyone know a recipe that uses about 50 Cups of zucchini?

On to the deals………..!

First up, Puyallup readers will want to check out a new offer from Wiggleworks on Groupon.

29.99 gets one kiddo UNLIMITED play through September 30th. If you have a toddler or preschooler who really loves this spot, this is a great offer. They also have a family option.


There are also still great deals available for pop in play at Jump n Jack and Jill in Sumner-a cozier spot great for young children

and with our sponsors at Bounce E House in South Tacoma.  Both of these get your kids jumping for more than half-off!  As always, do make sure the dates and terms work for you.

AND if you’ve got little bit bigger kids or tweens/teens, you’ll want to check out the first ever Groupon offered by our sponsors at Trampoline Nation. [Read more...]

Register Now For The Next Lowes Build And Grow

Registration just opened for the next Lowe’s Build and Grow, and currently all South Sound locations do have spots. Woot!

Lowes Build And Grow

These popular, free kids’ building workshops do require advance registration, and they fill faster all the time.

The next one is August 23rd, and kids get to make a Monsters vs Alien robot.

Go here to sign up.

Thanks, Hip2Save

Cool Fun For Kids On Hot Summer Days!

Wow! Summer just keeps on being amazing, doesn’t it? If you need to keep cool with the kids today here’s a link to a post with a round-up of great ideas. I guess that makes this post a round up of a round up. Don’t forget that sunscreen! I keep finding new freckles on Henry despite slathering him up regularly. I wish there was a way to just dip him in a vat of it. I do have some other fun posts coming up later today, so check back for those when you’re on a sun break!Things to do in hot weather with kids in the South Puget Sound        Photo credit:The kids eating ice cream photo is via Flickr taken by David McSpadden and used under a creative commons license.  I resized and added it to the collage with the other images.