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Meet Steilacoom Cooperative Preschool

Are you looking for a great preschool you can afford near Lakewood, Steilacoom, or JBLM?

Steilacoom Cooperative Preschool is joining our sponsorship team this month, and they do still have spots! Plus, if you join now, you won’t have missed a thing!

steilacoom cooperative preschool classroom

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I loved my co-op years with my boys. It was wonderful to be there for so many of their, “Lightbulb,” moments, and I really appreciated that because parents were involved, the adult to child ratio was great, and the tuition was super affordable.

Steilacoom Coop also has a very generous 25% discount for military families, available while funds last. I honestly don’t know of a preschool with a tuition discount this generous, and I do hope you’ll help spread the word to military families you know who might enjoy this program. [Read more...]

South Sound Labor Day Fun!

 

Take the family to jump with our sponsors at Trampoline Nation, and you'll be springing into fall for sure!

Take the family to jump with our sponsors at Trampoline Nation, and you’ll be springing into fall for sure!

Happy end of summer for those of you with big kids! Here are a few ideas for today.

Free hot-dogs and other fun at the Old Cannery in Sumner for their tent sale

It’s half-off most items at local Value Village Stores.  PS If you’ve been meaning to do any back-to-school shopping, you should probably get on that!

Our sponsors at Trampoline Nation in Federal Way  have special open hours for Monday 12-8 today. Tell ‘em I sent you!

Our sponsors at Pump it Up in Tacoma are turning off the lights and turning up the fun today for special glo-bounce sessions. Mention Sounds Fun Mom if you have a chance!

Get Out of the Rut Weekend at Northwest Trek continues  variety of special, themed activities and trailside encounters included with admission. Admission to Trek is pricey. If you’d go more than once this year, you may want to invest in a membership. You should be able to use kids’ get in free coupons if yours earned some during summer reading. Or, it’s half-price for seniors in September, so maybe grandma wants to come? You can’t combine discounts.

The Blackberry Festival continues in Bremerton

Other ideas:  Try a hike, visit a sandy beach, hit one of our favorite playgrounds, splash at a sprayground, ……… In other words, seize the last drops of summer, friends! Indoor play will be here soon enough! Speaking of which, there are great deals to some of our favorite spots for rainy day play on the Deal of the Day page.

Want to feel like you really DID something? There is a list of some favorite day trips at the bottom of this post.

Spark the #SwifferEffect and Get Your Kids Cleaning!


If you’ve been reading a while, you know that we struggle with cleaning around our wild boys and the rescue Lab (Oh, the dog fur)!!

My husband and I recently sat down and worked out a new list of chores for the boys because we realized we really hadn’t been asking enough of them, and it had all gotten to be way too much for any one person to handle alone.  We might have had this cleaning talk on our 17th wedding anniversary. Yes, we are romantic fools!

Happily, around that same time a #BigGreenBox  arrived at our door. It didn’t come with cleaning elves, but it came with the next best thing-a load of handy products from Swiffer.  Not only are they great at grabbing dirt, they actually make my kids think cleaning is fun. I’m not sure why, but I don’t really care! When my kids are arguing about who gets to clean the floor, that’s the kind of magic that can only be the #SwifferEffect!

 

#SwifferEffect

 

My husband begged me not to show you what we picked up with the Swiffer, but I’m keeping it real here, friends. Yes, that much dog fur and general nastiness was on my actual floor. You’ll note that by using the Swiffer we actually got it picked up instead of just pushing it around. I know-gross.  Want to come over? It’s better now. Thank you, #BigGreenBox!

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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do For Labor Day Weekend!

Need something to do around the South Sound this Labor Day weekend? I’ve found free movies, free festivals, and all kinds of other ideas for August 29th-31st-plus, some bonus staycation ideas for you Labor Day family fun seekers.

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!

Saturday

All Over

Rain, Rain…..it’s back….Head here for my complete list of indoor playgrounds (do call before you go, as I haven’t updated this list for the fall yet). The Rainy Day tab in the menu bar also has lists of malls with indoor play areas and bounce house places!

Need a deal on one? I found four different indoor play places offer great Groupons right now. Check them all out on my Deal of the Day page.

Got a brave kid? Head here for my list of every sprayground, wading pool, fountain, and water feature in the South Puget Sound! 

Kids’ Club at Michael’s Michael’s offers 30 minute craft sessions for kids for 2.00 from 10-12:oo. It’s a Grandparent’s Day card 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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Win Tickets To Caspar Babypants And Recess Monkey-One Great, Tacoma Show!

We’re proud to be sponsored by our friends at the Broadway Center for Performing Arts this month, and they’ve got great news (and a great giveaway) for all of you kindie rock fans!

TWO of our area’s best family friendly groups-Caspar Babypants and Recess Monkey- will be performing in one great show right in Tacoma!

Kids concert coming to Tacoma

If you haven’t discovered these kid friendly artists, turn off that tired track you’re playing (ahem…..Let it go, perhaps?) and get hip to these groups that produce catchy, child friendly music that is fun for grown-ups, too.

Honestly? My kids have caught me grooving along to both of these artists many times. I only wish I’d discovered them sooner!

Caspar Babypants is Chris Ballew, of the Presidents of the United States of America, and his lyrics are G rated but somehow clever and funny!

Recess Monkey is a trio of Olympia area teachers, and they just, “Get,” kids.  Their songs are lively and high energy, and so are their shows. [Read more...]

Meet Youth Acting Studio! Fun And Affordable Acting Classes For Kids in Lacey and Dupont!

Looking for acting classes or theater programs for your dramatic kids? I’m thrilled to have Dupont’s Youth Acting Studio back as a sponsor this month.

Your Hollywood wannabees will love Melissa’s fun and positive acting classes for kids near Lakewood, Lacey, JBLM, Dupont and the greater Olympia area-and let’s face it-If you’ve got kids, you’ve got drama!

Some of the young actors at Youth Acting Studio. Get those autographs now!

Some of the young actors at Youth Acting Studio. Get those autographs now!

All classes include improv work, fun games, and a finale showcase for families. The emphasis is on building confidence in a supportive environment. Owner Melissa is a professionally trained actress (and mom) who has worked with some of the country’s most respected theater companies. This is a great opportunity for your creative kids to get top notch instruction locally, at a very reasonable price. Seriously-if you’ve checked out other kids’ acting programs, I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the very reasonable prices for these programs.

Classes are now offered in Lacey and Dupont. New is TheaterLAB where tweens and teens write, design, direct, and perform their own show!

Like all of Youth Acting Studio’s great classes, it’s so much more than memorizing lines. Classes encourage students to create their own characters, think on their feet, and work as a team.

Plus, you can always try a first class for free!

You can head here to check out the classes and  sign up, or contact Melissa with any questions at youthactingstudio@gmail.com

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The opinions are my own. I hope when you talk to Melissa you’ll thank her for supporting this site! You can also try a first class for free!

Register For The Next Lowe’s Build And Grow

Lowe’s has just opened registration for their next Build and Grow.

Build and grow event at Lowes

These popular, free kids’ building workshops do require advance registration, and they seem to fill faster every time! This one is Saturday, September 13th, at 10AM and it’s a binoculars project (they look like play binoculars to me, but who knows?!).

As of now, all South Sound area stores do have spots, but yeah……don’t wait.

You can head here to register.

If you’re a regular at these, feel free to leave us your reviews and tips! I know newbies will appreciate them!

Great Wolf Lodge 48 Hour Sale

Great Wolf Lodge has announced another 48 hour sale.

Sale at Great Wolf Lodge

These sales do typically offer the cheapest deals you’ll find on their family suite, with rates as low as 139.00 if you can go midweek.  (Living Social and Groupon have had stronger offers on the fancier suites, though neither is running one now).

If you have big kids, and you’d like a little mini-vacay, you may want to check your school calendar. Quite a few districts have three or four day weekends coming up in October. [Read more...]

Free Day At Washington State Parks and National Parks Monday, August 25th

It’s a free day at Washington State and National Parks Monday, August 25th,  in honor of the National Parks Service’s Birthday.

Child Friendly Activities At Mt.Rainier

Woot!

If you’re looking to send off summer in a big way, you could do a lot worse than a visit to Mt.Rainier, or one of our many beautiful state parks.

If it’s a been a while since you’ve been to Mt.Rainier, or if you haven’t been with the kiddos, I have a kid friendly guide to Mt.Rainier right here. There should still be wildflowers.

If you’d like to stick closer to home, Dash Point State Park is a summer perfect destination, with a stretch of glorious sand. You really won’t find a better beach around here.

Saltwater State Park is also a great choice for your junior hikers and explorers. I also always recommend Kopachuck and Penrose for Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula area readers and Tolmie for those of you near Olympia.   Here’s a map of Seattle/Tacoma state parks (You can also select different regions). You can click on each map name for more detail.

I’ll have some more ideas for those of you who looking to seize every minute of summer up later! I say we don’t let a drop of it go to waste! Who’s with me?

Oh, and naturally, I’d love to hear about your favorite parks, hikes, and wild spaces if you have a minute to leave a comment!

 

 

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do August 22nd-24th!

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!

 

Learn all about boats that go with steam at the Foss Waterway Seaport this weekend. Check the listing below for a deal on admission.

Learn all about boats that go with steam at the Foss Waterway Seaport this weekend. Check the listing below for a deal on admission.

Saturday

All Over

Hometown Heroest story time: Cars and Trucks and Things That Go! at Barnes and Noble stores     Many area stores are offering a special vehicle themed event. 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! 

Kids’ Club at Michael’s Michael’s offers 30 minute craft sessions for kids for 2.00 from 10-11:30. It’s a personalized chalkboard plaque 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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