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Save the Date for the Mega Multiples Sale From Tacoma Parents of Multiples!

You know I love to tell you about good deals and hidden treasures. Here’s an event that’s a little of both!

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It’s the big  Mega Multiples kids’ clothing and gear sale from Tacoma Parents of Multiples.

It’s September 27th at  Bates Technical College South Campus Child Studies-Building E

The street address is 2201 South 78th St  Tacoma, WA 98409. It’s a hop and a skip from the Tacoma Mall.

I’ve personally shopped this sale multiple (get it??) times, and it’s one of my favorites. The stuff is always super clean, and there is a great variety. Oh, and since it’s a multiples sale, there’s a good chance that you’ll find doubles of your favorites!  I think this sale is a bit of a secret compared to some of the other big events, but you’ll still want to come early to get to the front of the line. OR…..wait until 1PM, and try your luck during the half off hour! You’ll also want to bring along a laundry basket to haul your finds, and I would definitely leave your kids at home!

You can get more detail about the Mega Multiples sale here. It runs from 10AM-2PM, one day only! You might also want to check out the Tacoma Parents of Multiples group on Facebook. If you’ve got multiples at home, they’re a wonderful source of support, fun, and friendship!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As always, the opinions are my own! If you get a chance, please mention you heard about it on Sounds Fun Mom! Thanks!

Register Now For September Lowes Build And Grow

Registration has opened for the next Lowe’s Build and Grow!

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These popular, free kids building workshops do require advance registration, and they seem to fill faster every time.

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This month’s on September 27th  is a fire truck with a ladder, and it looks super cute. As of now, all South Sound area stores do have spots (I can hardly believe it)!

Go here to sign up.

Oh, and…..Reader Joanna shared a pic of the rest of the schedule over on our Facebook page. Looks like kids can build a haunted house on October 11th, a science lab November 8th, and a holiday train on December 13th. Happy advance planning! Only registration for the fire truck is open right now, but I’ll do my best to give you a heads-up as the others open.

Cool Fun For Kids On Another Hot Day!

Wow! Is it really September? It felt very odd slathering the kids with sunscreen before sending them off to class!

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.  Most spraygrounds and splashy places are off for the season, but Olympia and South King County readers have some options. Here are spraygrounds and water features still on. 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.

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do September 12th-14th!

I don’t know about you, but I’m loving this, “Summer on the weekend,” thing! Here’s a great list of fun ideas for your South Sound family this weekend, with kid friendly activities and places to go-including lots of Free things to do with children in South King County, Tacoma, Lacey, Olympia, and beyond. I also have links to must-read posts if you’re headed to the fair in Puyallup.

Headed elsewhere? 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!

Western Washington State fair with kids

Watch out for fair traffic! lol

All Weekend

It’s Western Washington State Fair time-aka The Puyallup Fair   See this post for my best tips on saving a few bucks.  See this post for a list of kid friendly entertainment.

Summer is back!! At least for a while. Here’s my complete Keep Cool list with sandy beaches, tasty ice cream spots, and all you need to enjoy this bonus dose of sunshine!

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Meet Evergreen City Ballet: Dance Classes For All Ages And Levels, Including Angelina Ballerina!

Did you notice our friends at Evergreen City Ballet are back as sponsors this month? If you’ve been to their family friendly Nutcracker (Yes, I’ll remind you when ticket sales start), or one of their magical Fancy Nancy productions, you’ll be excited to know that they offer instruction for dancers of all ages and levels year round.

If you’re looking for top notch ballet or dance instruction in the greater South King County area, I think you’ll love their professional quality (and totally cute) classes for your aspiring dancers and ballerinas.  Possibly the cutest of all is their unique Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy.



In addition to Angelina Ballerina for ages 3-6, ECB Offerings include ballet and pointe,modern jazz/theater dance, and stretching. Classes are offered for all levels, from Mommy and Me to performance.

It”s not just twirling and spinning either. Dance is a physical art that benefits the whole child and helps develop important cognitive, creative, and social and emotional skills.

Ballet Classes for Kids in Auburn WA

Your dancers will also be receiving the very best in instruction as every class is taught by former professional dancers.

What a wonderful gift to give your child! And, seriously-you know those pictures are going to be The Cutest!

Enrollment for girls and boys is ongoing. Tuition is affordable, and if you sign up now you can get an additional FREE gift. New students 3-6 will receive free ballet shoes, and dancers 7 and up will get one free ticket to the ECB production, Elevate.  This offer runs just until October 25th.

Oh, and your first class is always my favorite price-FREE!

I have more detail about the Angelina Ballerina program in a post here. For more  detailed descriptions of all their classes and a schedule, you can head here. For other information about the school or to register for any of their programs you can head here (just scroll down for registration and special offers)!  or  email

Disclosure: We are proudly sponsored by Evergreen City Ballet this month. When you check out their classes, I would LOVE for you to mention Sounds Fun Mom.

Mother and Son Dance Event in Auburn

Here’s  a fun upcoming event for South King County readers from Auburn Parks and Rec September 27th. No, you don’t have to live in Auburn to attend.

mommy and me dance auburn wa boys and moms

It’s a mother and son, “Date night” just for boys 3-8 and mom or a favorite mom figure.  I kind of love that it includes a roving reptile show.

Last year, there were just two other mom and son events in the area, so if this is of interest to you, you’ll want to check it out.

This event is from 6-8:30, and there will be music and dancing, a craft, and a professional photo. Tickets are 25.00 per pair for residents and 31.00 for non residents. Additional kiddos are 8.0o or 11.00. While not a bargain, it’s right in line with the cost of similar events. Pre-registration is required. You can go here for  more information!  Oddly enough, they don’t make it super clear how to register. I’d just call 253 931 3043

There are TONS of father/daughter events in the South Sound. These are typically around Valentine’s Day, and yes, I’ll have a whole list of them right here!

Fans of a different kind of dress-up may want to check out the Superhero party coming up in Lakewood! 


Win Tickets To Caspar Babypants And Recess Monkey: A Second Great Giveaway!

What’s better than a giveaway? A giveaway with TWO prizes!

Kids concert coming to Tacoma

Our friends at the Broadway Center for Performing Arts have a second family 4 pack of tickets to the Caspar Babypants and Recess Monkey show coming up at Tacoma’s Rialto Theater September 20th.

This is such a great opportunity to see TWO kindie favorites in ONE great, local show!

Now to enter I want you to go here to the original post. It has all the scoop you need on the show AND how to enter.

If you already entered you don’t need to do it again, but if you forgot………here’s your 2nd chance! 

Head here to read all about the performance and enter to win these great tickets.



Free, Online Tutoring From The Pierce County Library System

Do your kids have homework yet?

I know last year it didn’t take long before my boys were bringing home stuff that confused me.

Seriously-how can math be different?

Free online tutoring pierce county library

Luckily, our friends at the Pierce County Library are ready to come to your rescue with an amazing, FREE tool!

It’s called Brain Fuse, and it’s FREE, live help! That’s right-students from kindergarten through college can get one on one tutoring in English, math, science, social studies, or any other subject. Test prep for everything from the ACT to a GED  is available, too!  The program is offered from 1-10PM daily, and it’s a tremendous resource whether your kids have a specific homework hurdle to overcome (Fractions, anyone?) or just need a hand getting, “Unstuck.”

You can access Brain Fuse pretty much anywhere you can get internet, and you’ll be connecting with trained, certified tutors who have teaching experience and are thoroughly background checked.

You can find more information, or get your child connected with a live tutor, right here! 

You won’t need anything but your Pierce County Library System card.

Disclosure: We are THRILLED to have the Pierce County Library System as a sponsor.  We hope you mention the site whenever you attend an awesome library function or use a program you’ve heard about here!



Just Between Friends Sale In Olympia This Weekend!


Olympia JBF Sale free coupon

A quick reminder  about the Huge, Just Between Friends Sale coming up in Olympia this weekend. If you’re trying to outfit your kiddos on a budget (and who isn’t?) this is a great chance to find gently used clothing and gear. Here are the rest of the details from organizer, Jenny. Oh, and SFM readers can just pull up this post on your phones and flash the free coupon image for free entry!

The sale is at South Puget Sound Community College (Student Union Building) – 2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia 98512  the 12th-14th.

PRIME TIME Shopping is  available before the public sale beginning at 5pm on Thursday, September 11th.   or at the door for $15.  This allows public shoppers to shop first!

Beginning at 6PM Thursday there is an exclusive presale for 1st Time Parents, Military Families, Foster Parents, and Teachers. If you qualify for that presale, be sure to sign up!  Registration is required.

Everyone else gets to shop beginning Friday. You’ll find great bargains all weekend long. Sunday get free entry and half off most remaining clothes and gear!

The complete schedule is here.

If your own closets could use a good clean out, be sure to get information about consigning at the next event while you’re there! Jenny also keeps the JBF Olympia Facebook page up to date, so you may want to like that. Don’t forget to keep this post handy (or print out the coupon) for your free admission to the sale.

Disclosure: Sounds Fun Mom receives promotional consideration at the JBF Olympia sale in exchange for this post. Be sure to let the folks there know you’re a reader!

Fall Activities From Tacoma Bricks4Kidz

Back to School time means the return of sports and after school fun around here.

If you’re looking for something to keep your kiddos busy-maybe something Different for a child who loves to use his hands AND mind-you’ll want to check out the fall offerings from our sponsors at Bricks 4 Kidz.

Tacoma Lego Camps

They’re now in 20 different schools, offering programs that teach math and science concepts cleverly disguised as Lego building fun!

You can check them all out here. Classes at Chambers Creek, the STAR Center, and the Federal Way Community center are open to the public.

You can also use the same link to sign up for their popular kids’ night out programs at Frog n Kiwi cafe in University Place.

These are such a great deal-your kids get to build awesome Lego projects including motorized builds. Junior  builders are supervised by trained staff who keep everything safe and fun, and they even get pizza and drinks.  The next one is coming up October 3rd from 6-9:30PM and as of now, there are 9 spots left (they fill fast).  It’s 25.00 per child, and 15.00 for siblings, which is very reasonable.

You can get more information about their KNO events here. 

There is also tons more info. on their site. If you have questions, or if you’d like to bring Bricks4Kidz programs to your greater Tacoma or Gig Harbor area school, you can email or call  (253) 777-3481.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. We really love the Bricks4Kidz team, and I hope you mention the site when you get in touch or check out a class or event!