Meet WiggleWorks Kids Puyallup

You may have noticed WiggleWorks, Puyallup’s newest indoor play place, has joined our sponsorship team. Woot!

If you’ve already been, you know that this bright and fun place right at the South Hill Mall is just made for the preschool set. You probably also noticed that everything from their unique, moving equipment to their bathrooms is kept spotlessly clean. Honestly? It even smelled good on my visit!

While you can’t see them, you should also know that WiggleWorks facilities have many special safety features that go far beyond what is required.

wiggleworks puyallup

Oh, and whether you’re a regular or planning a first time visit, I want to make sure you know that there is always a deal to be had!  [Read more...]

Play To Learn This Week

Play to Learn is always a great rainy day outing for the preschool set.

These are special story times in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Each week features a different theme and special activities, in addition to play, songs, and circle time. All events are free, drop-ins, and all locations are open to the public! You can get more information here, or just try one out this week! The South Hill library also has them organized around special themes!  They’re all FREE and open to the public-even those at community locations.

If these don’t turn out to be your cup of tea, there are many other story times at all area libraries. We don’t typically list these in our calendar, only because there are sooooooo many! If you’ve got a favorite, I’d love for you to leave a comment and let us know! You’ll find the complete schedule below.

Play to Learn

 

Play to Learn Schedule Fall 2014

Morning 10AM-11:30

Afternoon 1:30-3

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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do October 17th-19th!

Wow! If you’re looking for something to do with your family around Tacoma this weekend, I’ve got you covered!

There are great events and activities for children and families all over the South Sound this weekend-whether your stomping grounds are near Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, or somewhere in between,  there is something fun for you to do!

Headed elsewhere? There is always lots more to explore  at ThriftyNWmom  thanks to frugal fun finder, Annaliese, of Grays Harbor Deals!

 

The big Just Between Friends sale continues at the Puyallup fairgrounds this weekend-go to this one without the kids!

The big Just Between Friends sale continues at the Puyallup fairgrounds this weekend-go to this one without the kids!

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The Pierce County Library System Presents DIY Fest!

The Pierce County Library System just keeps on hosting great events for your family!

The latest is DIY fest, an event you’re going to love if you’re a gardener, crafter, do-it-yourselfer, or just wish you were!

Do it yourself festival at pierce county library system

Local authors and exhibitors will be there with information on gardening, farming, household sustainability, and handcrafts. And, yes, there will be plenty to interest your kiddos. 

I’m honestly not crafty OR handy, but I’m obsessed with these shows on HGTV, and I’m definitely looking forward to checking out this event. I just have to make sure my husband doesn’t decide we need chickens and goats. Wish me luck!

DIY Fest will be at the Fruitland Grange (You know-near the Costco in Puyallup), and it’s FREE. It’s November 15th from 10AM-3. I’ll definitely remind you, but I knew some of you would want to put this fun event on your calendars now.

You can get more information about this event (There may still be exhibitor spaces) here! 

Oh, and if you’re feeling inspired, don’t forget that you can find tons of great books on all kinds of DIY topics at your library! And if you need to get a card, their great contest for new card holders is running through the end of the month!

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Pierce County Library is a 2013 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are entirely my own! I LOVE it when you mention Sounds Fun Mom at events and businesses you visit. Thanks!

 

Visit the Crazy and Creative World of Tinkertopia!

With the wet season upon us, I thought I’d update some posts on favorite area places for creative and cozy play. First up: Tinkertopia!

Tacoma’s Tinkertopia is a craft supply store like no other, and it would be a great rainy day destination with your kids this week.

If Willy Wonka opened a store for artists it might look like Tinkertopia. The owners call it a, “Creative Reuse Center,” and it’s filled with a dizzying array of recycled materials looking for a new lease on life. Henry was in heaven wandering from bin to bin looking for materials for his, “Inventions.”

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Stay Connected With Life360!

My kids are big trick or treating fans. In fact, Henry has his Ninja Turtle costume and has already been practicing! Hey, you can never be too prepared!

We’ve told our 11 year old this is probably his last year on the doorbelling for candy circuit (Call me a big meanie, but I think it’s a little weird when you have kids with mustaches at your door!). Anyway, naturally he wants to be allowed to go around by himself with his bff and some neighborhood pals.

Life 360 first

Now, I was a little nervous about letting him roam the ‘hood on his own, but then I remembered the coolest app I learned about this summer.

It’s called Life 360, and it’s the easiest way to stay connected with your kiddos without being ‘ahem…a, “Smother mother.”

You simply create a private circle of friends and family members. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to see where everyone is on a map and even send a group message, with one quick check. No more burning your minutes texting, “Where are you?” fifty times! I love that I’ll have the peace of mind of knowing where my big kid is without interrupting his fun. Here’s a screenshot from my hubby’s phone to give you an idea of how it works.

Life360 locator app

You can also set up alerts for when circle members arrive at certain locations. Let’s say you have a tween or teen who is a bit of the, “Absent minded professor,” type. Now, instead of having to text him from work, you can get an automatic alert letting you know he’s arrived home after school safe and sound!

I think this is just the perfect thing for Halloween. I also think it would be great if you and your spouse are dividing duties at a school carnival, or heck-the corn maze!  You can also easily create separate groups, for example, if you’d like a temporary circle just for the trick or treating gang.

Now, this is some seriously space age technology. When I saw my exact location pulled up on my hubby’s phone for the first time I was pretty blown away. It makes sense, then, that Life360 is a tool for families. It’s about staying connected to your kids, your spouse- the very nearest and dearest people in your life. You’ll also be glad to know that Life360 uses bank level security to keep your information safe, and no one can add you to a circle without your permission.

Over 43 million families are already using Life 360 to make it simple to stay connected, no matter how busy their schedules get. If you’d like to give it a try, it’s FREE and easy to download. Do know that it will fill in suggested circle members for you. Go to the bottom of the screen and choose the manual entry option, if you don’t want to do that.  You can check out all the features and get answers to your questions here, at the website. 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions are my own!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Membership Deals to WiggleWorks Puyallup-Plus, An Indoor Play Deal Round-Up!

Our friends at Puyallup’s WiggleWorks are running a membership deal on Groupon you might want to check out.

Note that you’ll need to scroll down a bit to see the offer for the Silver membership.  It’s 65.00, and it gets one child entry for half-off, or 5.00, on EVERY visit for ONE YEAR from the time of your first visit.

If you go twice a month, it will pay for itself in a little over six months.

If you go A LOT, you might also consider their Gold Level membership, which gets one child Unlimited, free visits for one full year from the time of purchase. It’s 255.00, so a pretty healthy chunk of change, but a good investment if you’re regulars.

wiggleworks puyallup

Both levels also include a discount on products and services, and the Gold Level also includes priority registration for special events.

Now, anytime you’re springing for a membership, I think you should think about how often you’d really go and do the math for yourself.

If it’s just more than you want to commit to, I’d encourage you to check out the WiggleWorks web site to see all the discounts available every day . I bet they have more than you realized!  The best deals can be had by getting a group of friends together. Brilliant idea for a rainy day, right? [Read more...]

Big Just Between Friends Kids’ Consignment Sale at the Fairgrounds This Week! Win a Gift Certificate!

Update: The contest is now over, but the sale has just started! Congratulations to our winners, Felicia M. and Eva F. Their comments below were chosen via random number generator. If you didn’t win, I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this sale! I scoped it out for you (scroll down for pics), and remember you can get in free when you show this post!

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Here are some pics I took during the presale Wednesday. There was so much that I’m sure you’ll still find plenty. I also thought consignors had priced things really fairly this time.

Anybody need clothes? Bring your own totes or reusable bags!

Anybody need clothes? Bring your own totes or reusable bags!

Bouncy seat anyone? Look at all the equipment for sale! One nice feature you won't find at a yard sale? Everything is checked to make sure it isn't on a recall list, and it's all shiny clean!

Bouncy seat anyone? Look at all the equipment for sale! 

 

This BIG Just Between Friends sale at the fairgrounds in Puyallup continues all weekend! Do bring your own bags or totes for your finds and try hard to leave your kiddos at home! This is one of the biggest in the country!

Never been before? Just Between Friends is a children’s consignment event, and you’ll find gently used clothing for babies, toddlers,  and big kids from preemie to 20 for boys, and preemie to juniors for girls!

Free coupon to get into Just between friends sale at puyallup fairgrounds

You’ll also find maternity clothes, infant care items, kids’ furnishings, toys, books, strollers, and basically everything you need to get the kiddos dressed up and geared up.  Best of all, it’s all clean, organized, and under one roof!

Shopping Just Between Friends Sale Tacoma Puyallup

Tips: Do remember to bring your own baskets or reusable bags to haul your loot.

Be prepared for Very Long checkout lines. Bring a book.

Leave the kiddos at home. Really-you’ll be overwhelmed trying to shop with them.

Don’t forget to say, “Hi,” to the community vendors. It’s nice to support local, small businesses!

The public sale runs 12-8 Thursday, 11-7 Friday, 9-5 Saturday, and 11-2 Sunday (most remaining items are half-off on Sunday).  You can also see the complete hours and schedule here.

There are free admission coupons all around town, or you can get in free when you show the coupon in this post on your phone!

 

Oh, and I also have a little giveaway for you!  

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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun and Things to Do October 10th-12th!

Wow! There are so many things to do with kids in Puyallup this weekend-you’re going to be busy!

If you’re in Tacoma, Olympia, or some other South Sound spot, don’t worry! There are lots of happenings for you and your family, too!

Here’s a great list of fun ideas for your family this weekend, with kid friendly activities and places to go all over-including free festivals and fun in Lacey, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, and just about everywhere in between!

Headed elsewhere? There is always lots more to explore  at ThriftyNWmom  thanks to frugal fun finder, Annaliese, of Grays Harbor Deals!

 

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A Visit to the Puyallup Historical Fish Hatchery

Have you ever taken your kids to find salmon coming in to spawn? It’s a uniquely Northwest adventure great for your outdoor explorers.

I have a link to a whole post about that at the end of this one, but first I want to highlight a salmon homecoming event you can check out this weekend, and tell you about a very special place you can have fishy fun with your kids in Puyallup all year round.

The Puyallup Historical Fish Hatchery is a hidden treasure tucked away on a residential street just a few streets away from the fairgrounds.

It’s been part of the community for generations now, but it was almost closed and turned into a private, commercial facility.  Luckily, an amazing group of community members came together to make sure that didn’t happen. Founding Director Patty Carter told me how their group went from sitting around a table at Denny’s to lobbying in the halls of Olympia. It’s one fish story that’s no tall tale!  You can read a bit more about it here. The hatchery is now on the historical registry, which means it will be preserved permanently, and thanks to the generosity of still more community groups and volunteers, there is an awesome educational facility just waiting for your field trips.

Patty and some of her team gave Henry and me a little tour. The fish in these ponds are trout, and there are thousands of them. Henry was thrilled to get to toss them some food. Can you see them all going wild for it? It was crazy!

Feeding fish at the Puyallup hatchery

 

The educational center is open by appointment. If you have a class or homeschool group or other bunch that would like to come visit, just get in touch. Field trips can be tailored around your units of study, and they’re free! The center is super cute, and Henry loved the little film (naturally). [Read more...]