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Register Now For The Next Lowe’s Build And Grow

Registration just opened for the next Lowes Build and Grow!

These popular, free kids’ building events do require registration, and they fill fast.

This one is a Monsters vs. Aliens trolley on August 9th, , and as of now there are spots at all South Puget Sound area stores. Go here to sign up! 

monsters vs aliens Lowes Build and Grow

South Sound Sunday Family Events And Activities

Looking for something to do with kids around Puyallup, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Olympia, or Renton today? You’re in luck!

I’ve got a whole list of family events below.

If your priority is keeping cool, I can help with that, too! Head here for my Beat the Heat round-up, with lists of swimming lakes, shady parks, sandy beaches, places for ice cream, and much more!

Sunday

South King County Area

Renton River Days  Community Festival  at Liberty Park with arts and crafts, entertainment, and more

Sumner/ Puyallup Area 

Free Old time photos at The Old Cannery in Sumner

Meet Olympic Gold Medal snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg at the South Hill Mall 1-4PM

 GoodGuys vintage car show at the fairgrounds cars, kids’ activities, entertainment  Buy online to save on admission; be sure to get the military discount if you qualify for it; adult tickets are 17.00 kids are  6.00 6 and under are free

Tacoma Area

Ethnic Fest at Wright Park  Two big days of live entertainment from cultures around the world, kids’ zone,  Last day

Steilacoom Historical Association Salmon Bake 12-4  Salmon meal for 15.00/ kids’ hot dog meal for 6.00.  Steel drum band entertainment.

Crafts From the Past at Fort Nisqually  by Point Defiance, Tacoma Local artisans demonstrate different crafts each weekend through September 3rd.  Included with admission. I think demos. will probably only interest older children, but kids of most ages enjoy exploring the fort. It’s banjo making. Included with admission

Historic Fort Steilacoom is now open for Sunday tours 1-4PM through Labor Day

Lacy/Olympia Area

Children’s Theater Day at Huntamer Park in Lacey  Hosted by Apple Tree Productions

The South Sound Estuarium has reoopened at its new location 11-4 weekends

Meet us at the beach events  low tide exploration with volunteer naturalists *Note these are Not very low tides today. If you want a real sand and sea creature experience, plan on doing this the weekend of August 9th, the last truly minus tides of the summer.

Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival Kids’ zone, Sounders women appearances, Radio Disney on Sunday, lots of mushroom cooking and fun

Gig Harbor Area

Gig Harbor Sunday Farmer’s Market at Skansie Brothers Park  Take a Trolly?  The STAR Center in S Tacoma also has their Sunday market now (it’s next to the new playground and sprayground).

Follow That Rabbit!  Family musical outdoors at Sehmel Park in Gig Harbor  Ticket sales start at 6PM; show at 7  Families are invited to bring blankets, chairs, and picnics. Light concessions available. Also Saturday and Sundays through the 27th

If you’ve been super busy like we have, you might have missed the roll out of this year’s great, big South Sound Summer Guide!  It’s all your favorite things for summer with the kids in one, great place!  

I also have a great list of summer camps in the menu bar, a round up of savings on family fun on the deal page, and much, much more! It’s a lot to take in-you might want to become a subscriber and tackle a little bit a day. We have lots of ways to subscribe via those cute buttons at the top, but I recommend the daily emails!

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do July 25th-27th

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!

Saturday

All Over

Lowes Build and Grow -All stores are full. This is a reminder if you signed up already. Missed it? Sign ups open for the next one Monday!

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

Visit your farmer’s market!

Head here for the list of South Sound wading pools, fountains, splash pads, and spraygrounds.

More than two dozen events around the South Sound continue below the fold. Just click, “Continue Reading.”
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A Kid Friendly Guide To Mt.Rainier

Thinking of taking kids on a day trip to Mt.Rainier? I’m here to help, with family friendly hikes and know-before-you-go tips if it’s your first time taking the family to Mt.Rainier.

First, because I get a lot of folks here at SFM who are new to the area (Weclcome!) , I’m going to help you talk like a local. Ready? If it’s a clear, sunny day, we say, “The mountain is out.” Fun, huh?

Moving on….Whether you’re entertaining out of town guests or just looking to wow your kiddos, it’s hard to beat a real life mountain (and a volcano at that), for a daycation destination.

Child Friendly Activities At Mt.Rainier

There are several possible routes to Rainier. We typically head to Sunrise, going through Enumclaw and Greenwater on 410, just as if you were headed to Crystal Mountain.

You might also consider heading to Paradise first, via Elbe. VisitRainier.com has good options and directions.  VisitRainier.com also has a great round up of  ideas for family fun at Mt.Rainier.

Here are my other top tips. Let me know if I missed your favorite! [Read more...]

Rainy Day Round UP-A Dozen Fun Ideas For Today!

Well, this looks like a cozy kind of day!

If you didn’t make it to a 1.00 movie, here are a few other fun indoor, play options for kids today.

Job Carr story time

There is a special story and craft time at the Job Carr Museum in Old Town Tacoma today and every Wednesday. It’s a 1PM and features a “Nature in Your Neighborhood,” theme and bookmark making!

You can also head to a special story and craft event at the Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park, and it’s always tropical there! 

That one is at 11AM, and the book is the Tale of Benjamin Bunny today-one of my favorites! [Read more...]

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.