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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.

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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!

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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do July 18th-20th!

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! She’s found some good ones this week!

Henry playing some old fashioned games at Fort Nisqually's family fun night last year. Look-No wifi!

Henry playing some old fashioned games at Fort Nisqually’s family fun night last year. Look-No wifi!

 

Saturday

All Over

Kids’ Club at Michael’s Michael’s offers 30 minute craft sessions for kids for 2.00 from 10-11:30. It’s a ,”Bug display mount”-real bugs not involved. You may also want to read about their Passport to Imagination summer program-open for registration now.

Visit your farmer’s market!

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

Endangered Species Weekend at Northwest Trek! Win A Family 4 Pack Of Tickets!

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, or head to the home page for the whole weekend list!

It’s Endangered Species Weekend out at Northwest Trek, and our friends at this Northwest family favorite have a family 4 pack of tickets I get to give away to celebrate!

Endangered species weekend

Come learn about species that are endangered in our state and find out what you can do to help protect these animals and their habitats. Kids can make a mask and participate in a survival game around the park, enjoy special themed crafts in the Cheney Discovery Center, and much more.

Everything is included with your admission, which also includes a  50 minute tram tour around the 400 plus acre free roaming area (My kids’ favorite thing)!  It’s baby animal season at Trek, too, so expect to see bison, elk and caribou calves, bighorn sheep lambs and deer fawns. Oh, the cuteness! And speaking of cuteness….that’s my baby below on a tram tour. The bison pic is one of he took to give you an idea of how close you get! Tour drivers are trained naturalists, so you’ll also learn a lot.  Before or after your tram ride, walk the paths around Trek to see other animals including wolves, bears, and many more. It really is a special place. 

Northwest Trek Tam Ride

Bison at Northwest Trek

Admission to Trek does add up, so I always advise getting an annual membership if you’d go more than twice in a year (You can add one to an existing Point Defiance Zoo membership). If you can’t swing a membership, you should know that you’re getting a really full day of fun for your ticket price.

The Endangered Species weekend is going on Saturday and Sunday. You can get more scoop about it here. 

I’ve also got a Family 4 pack of tickets to give away. If you can’t make it this weekend, they will be good through the end of August. Woot! Read on for the easy-peasy contest details!  [Read more...]

The Pierce County Library System Teen Summer Reading Challenge

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.

Teen Summer Challenge Pierce County Library

Yep-the library has summer reading for all ages!

The teen program is super cool. Participating readers create profiles and then earn virtual badges that have them reading books and completing a variety of fun tasks. In keeping with this year’s  theme, Spark A Reaction, activities and badges focus on learning in STEM  fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Teen reading PCL

For example, teen readers can earn the Hunger Games badge by keeping a journal from the point of view of a Hunger Games character, watching a parody video and answering questions, and making their own bow and arrow.  Badges include Dr.Who, Code An App, Stop Motion Animation, and more. Of course, there are also badges for hours spent reading and story writing.

Teen library programs pierce county library

I was really impressed by the look of the site, which I think teen gaming fans will love, and the creative and current challenges. I know a lot of you who love Young Adult fiction will be wishing you could join this program, too!  You can have your favorite teens check it out here. I also hope you’ll take a minute to share the scoop on this program. I know many of you have younger children, but I also know you have lots of friends and connections whether on your kid’s soccer team or your Facebook page, and you know they’ll be grateful to learn about this program.

Oh and teen challenge participants can also look for meet-ups where they can work on challenges together or just hang out.

Anyone ages 13 and up can register. Participants with a Pierce County Library card qualify for prizes. Each completed activity equals another entry into a grand prize drawing for an iPad mini. Top point earners win an Amazon gift card. Prizes are courtesy of Pierce County Library Foundation.

 

Disclosure: We are thrilled that the Pierce County Library System, one of the finest in the country, sponsored this post! I hope I can count on you to help spread the word about the Teen Summer Challenge.

 

 

Free Outdoor Showing of Frozen Tomorrow At Cheney Stadium

I’m guessing just a, “Few,” of you know some Frozen fans.

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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 few of you might want to grab some pals for this one.

You can get the rest of the details here.

 

Ten Great South Sound Parks With 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 all my other posts on keep cool strategies for the South Sound, including places to swim, play, eat, and just plain beat the heat!

Pierce County area parks with good shade

Mud Mountain Dam  Children’s wading pool with spray feature, playgrounds, and shaded walking trails   Out towards Greenwater-make it a full day, day trip.

Tehaleh Trails  Bonney Lake  Many shaded walking trails at this Bonney Lake area development. No, you don’t have to be a resident, and yes, they have a trail map!

Loyalty Park Sumner  Fun playground, and huge trees that provide ample shade.

Wildwood Park Puyallup  A great choice on a hot day. It features a little crick for kids to splash in right next to the playground, and tall trees provide shade. Kids will get very dirty here. [Read more...]

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

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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My big kid’s very first experience with baseball was at the Grand Slam Camp in Sumner two years ago, and  I’m happy to say he loved it! Everyone on staff is a high school coach and/or has played college or professional ball. They love the game, and they make sure the kids are having a blast and also really learning-it’s not just glorified babysitting. I saw kids of all levels there, and I was very impressed with how positive and encouraging the coaches were, while still giving lots of specific pointers. Your future all-stars can do the complete camp in the morning, and then there is an option of adding on an afternoon skills camp to focus on pitching, catching, or infield. The coach to camper ratio is low, so kids get lots of personal instruction.

Grand Slam pic

They run both baseball and softball  camps all over the South Sound, and the price is very reasonable. If you have boys or girls interested in baseball or softball-whether they’re seasoned veterans or just starting out-I encourage you to check them out.

Disclosure: I was so impressed with Grand Slam that they were the first camp I approached about being a sponsor. I’m so pleased to have them back again. If you check ‘em out, I do hope you’ll tell them you’re a reader. Thanks for that!

South Sound Swimming Lakes

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!

swimming area at Lake Meridian in Kent

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 know, leave a comment!

Please do remember that even if a lake has lifeguards, it is important to be vigilant when your children are around water.  You knew that, right? :)

Lakes Where You Can Swim in the South Puget Sound

Renton-Gene Coulon Swimming beach on Lake Washington, walking trails, playground. food concessions  Lifeguards on duty 12-8 through Labor Day

Maple Valley -Lake Wilderness LIfeguards on duty from 12-7  playground, boat rentals, concession stand  Reader Brooke adds that there are clean potties. Bonus!

Kent-Lake Meridian  Lifeguards 12-7  swimming beach, fishing, picnic areas, playground    You can read more about the park in a post of mine here. [Read more...]

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do July 11th-13th!

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! She’s found some good ones this week!

Child at festival

Friday 

There are loads of daytime events in Pierce County Library system branches. Too many to list, in fact! Go here to browse!

Free night at the Hands-On Children’s Museum

Many of this weekend’s festivals begin today. Scroll down for those by area.

Man of Steel shows at Bradley Lake in Puyallup outdoor movie in the park at dusk!

Free Birds shows at Meridian Habitat Park in Puyallup  Free show at dusk!

Saturday

All Over

Kids’ Club at Michael’s Michael’s offers 30 minute craft sessions for kids for 2.00 from 10-11:30. It’s a summer keepsake box. You may also want to read about their Passport to Imagination summer program-open for registration now.

Visit your farmer’s market!

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

Plaza Play Days in Olympia Begin Today

A quick note for Olympia area readers that today is the first Plaza Play Day

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Head on down to the East Bay Plaza and enjoy special science themed activities and play in the stream.

Today’s activity is an edible aquifer (It’s a sundae!)

Drop in between 1-4 and look for future Plaza Play Days every Thursday and Friday through out the summer.

The stream is open daily for waterplay from 9AM-dusk. It’s right by the Hands On Children’s Museum and the LOTT Wet Center downtown.

Here’s the plaza’s fb page. 

Look for waterplay options around the South Sound, in my list here!