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Star Wars Meets The Daffodil Festival-You’re Invited To An Epic Party!

Mark your calendars for epic fun for kids who love Star Wars or Princesses (and that should cover most every kid I know)!

Daffodil Festival Star Wars Party

May 4th (Get it??), the Daffodil Festival and our favorite princesses will be hosting a Star Wars themed event at the Mel Korum YMCA in Puyallup from 5-7PM.

This is one of your last chances to mingle with the girls, and it’s great news if you forgot to get tickets to their sold out tea event. [Read more...]

Scoopfest at Baskin n Robbins


Scoop Fest

Baskin n Robbins is currently running their Scoopfest promotion, with scoops of ice cream for 1.00.

Do call your store first to see if they’re participating. Ours in Puyallup has always been on board with promotions in the past (I haven’t checked on this one yet), but some readers have run into trouble trying to find one offering this deal. I’d hate for you to go and have disappointed kiddos!

If you’re in the mood for a sure thing today, the Deal of the Day page still has ongoing offers to practically every indoor play place for kids in the area, and with this weird weather, you’re sure to have some days you’d like a dry place to play!

Speaking of which….Don’t forget to go one post down to read all about our next reader event with our sponsors at BounceEHouse. It’s going to be so much fun!


You’re Invited to The Next Sounds Fun Mom Reader Event

We had a super fun reader event in February, and I forgot to tell you about it!

I remembered just now because I’ve planned another one for you, and you’re going to love it!

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First, a little snapshot of our last event to give you an idea of the fun in store for you. Our friends at University Place’s awesome cafe and play place, Frog n Kiwi, were nice enough to host, and we had a great group of reader moms and dads who brought their super cute kids to play. Seriously-SFM readers have the cutest, smartest little people. You knew that, right? Lynnae from Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles came and served up samples. She also served my cake-Yep, she and her partner Aly are big deal pickle people, but there she is schlepping my goodies. Such a sweet person. Buy some of their pickles when you have a chance. I do warn you-they’re addictive. My husband was seriously stoked to find them at Top Foods.

The kiddos played, did some crafting, and the parents had a chance to chat. Meeting readers is one of my absolute favorite things to do-so seriously-(big, belated) Thanks to all who came!

Now if you’re feeling bad for missing it, here’s the good news!

Sounds Fun Mom reader event

Our next reader event is right around the corner. This time, our sponsors at BounceEHouse are hosting. Your kids get to bounce for just 2.00 (Holy cow-what? Yep, it’s a deal!), and parents are Free! It’s Thursday, May 15th, from 5:30-7:30. Stay for the whole thing, or just come when you can. It will be a great way to get ‘em ready for bedtime! BounceEHouse owner, Matt, will also have a special discount if you want to book a party at the event, and I do hope some of you will. I’ve heard nothing but raves about BounceEHouse parties so far, and we LOVE to support the local businesses who support this site. [Read more...]

Mini Touch a Truck Event Tuesday in Kent

A quick shout-out from our friends at Kent Meridian Co-Op.

They’re having a small,  Earth Day themed touch a truck event Tuesday morning, and the public is welcome. Kids will get to check out a garbage truck, and they’ll get coloring books, too!

There was a time that garbage trucks were my Henry’s favorite thing in the world!

The truck will be there from 11:30-1. Here is the address:  9425 S. 248th St. Kent, WA 98030-4867  The school’s Facebook page is here.

Thanks, Shelby!


Kids, Teens, and Technology Lecture Wednesday in Tacoma-Reader Ticket Discount!

Few things give me the shivers these days like thinking about my kiddos out on the world wide web. If you have wondered about how to monitor your kids’ use of phones and computers, or if you’ve been concerned about cyber bullying or (gulp!) sexting, or other issues, you’ll want to attend this lecture in Tacoma Wednesday, April 23rd, at 7PM.  It’s presented by ParentMap as part of their outstanding lecture series, and our sponsors at Annie Wright in Tacoma are the hosts.

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Nationally recognized expert, Katie Greer, will address what every parent needs to know about these important topics. I know many of you have younger kiddos, but I really don’t think you can get a handle on this too soon. I also hope you’ll consider sharing this post with parents of tech savvy kids you know. Oh, and if you’re one of my co-op preschool readers, do check with your coordinator, but I think you should be able to get parent ed. credit for attending!

And-I have a discount for you! Use Soundsfun when you buy your tickets, and you’ll save 20%! Just head here to get yours!

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Disclosure: I occasionally write articles for ParentMap, and I love their publication and work in the community. This event is being hosted and co-sponsored by our sponsors at Annie Wright Schools.

Got Easter Leftovers? Try This Ham and Hash Brown Bake

If your family celebrates Easter, there is a good chance you’ve got some extra ham hanging around.  Here is the BEST recipe to use it up. My food photography still leaves a lot to be desired, but I promise this is sooooo good.  Readers raved about it last year. Plus, like all the recipes I share, it’s super simple.  I’d love to hear what you think, too!

Casserole misc. Easter 007

Ham and Hash Brown Bake

Spray the inside of a casserole dish

In a large bowl combine 2 cups chopped ham, 1 can of cream of celery soup or cream of mushroom if you don’t have it, 1 16 oz. container of sour cream, and  almost all of a large package of frozen country style hash browns (shredded, about 30 oz. worth) *If you don’t like to use canned soups, you can get a crockpot recipe for cream of mushroom soup here at A Year of Slow Cooking. That will obviously take a little more work.

Pour the mixture into the casserole dish. Mine was a 1.3qt. oval [Read more...]

Happy Easter!

Yes, there are Easter Egg Hunts today.

Old McDebbie’s Spanaway  Purchase a family pass and enjoy an egg hunt, treats to feed animals at the petting zoo, and more. Good only through today. Note-If you don’t see the deal at the Dealsaver site initially, just scroll down. It’s there!

High Pointe Church Puyallup 9:30 and 11:00 kid zone, with hunts after

CenterPoint Christian Fellowship Egg hunts for children following services – there is a hunt after the 10AM service


Olympia- Eagles Hunt at Priest Point Park  2PM for kids ages 1-12

Olympia-Easter Egg Hunt at the South Sound Manor-Tumwater  sponsored by the Masonic Lodge; egg hunt and bunny meet and greet 4PM

If you’re looking for something non holiday related, there is a last show of Orphan Train from Olympia Family Theater

today at 1pM. Or, it looks like we have some sunshine! You’ll find lots of fun under my outdoor adventures tab.

Someone forgot to buy the ham? Try open table.

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun and Things to Do for April 18th-20th!

Wow! Our list of great things to do this weekend is absolutely jammed packed this week with Easter egg hunts, outdoor adventures, fairs, expos, and more fun things to do in Puyallup, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Olympia, and just about everywhere else around the South Sound. Lots of them are Free, too!

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!

Lacey Wa Easter Egg Hunt



All Over

It’s a Free Day at Washington State Parks (No Discover Pass needed).

Michael’s Kids Club 2.00 for half hour sessions 10-11:30

South King County

Easter Egg Hunts at Xtreme Bounce of Fun at the Outlet Collection

Touch tanks at HCC Mast at Redondo  Free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2  Reader Joanna wrote in to say they Were able to touch creatures in the touch tanks last week. [Read more...]

Indoor Easter Egg Hunt at Xtreme Bounce of Fun!

Thinking you might need some indoor Easter fun?

Our returning sponsors at Auburn’s new, indoor play place for kids, Xtreme Bounce of Fun,  have you covered (Literally)!

Indoor Playground Auburn supermall-outlet collection


They have two fun Easter hunts planned at their preschool perfect play space at the Outlet Collection (aka The Supermall).  There are two times to choose from: Saturday, April 19th from 10AM to 12:30 or again from 7PM to 8:45. There will be snacks and drawings for free passes, too. The whole event is covered by your regular open play admission. You can just hop on in, or stop by Friday to decorate a bag to use for the hunt, and bring it with you on Saturday to save 20%.

As always, you’ll find more scoop on Xtreme Bounce of Fun at their website, or their Facebook page. Don’t forget to ask about party packages while you’re there.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I’d Love for you to say you saw it on Sounds Fun Mom!

Great Wolf Lodge Sale

Great Wolf Lodge is having a Spring Sale, and if you can stay on the weekday, these are about the best prices I’ve seen! You can get a family suite for as low as 153.00 mid week-and Yes, that’s a very good deal for this spot.

Sale at Great Wolf Lodge

Naturally, the rates go up (and UP!) when you start looking at weekend or holiday times, but if your schedule has some flexibility this could work out for you. [Read more...]