South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do February 27th-March 1st

Looking for things to do with the family in Tacoma, Olympia, or Gig Harbor this weekend?

You’re in the right place for a whole list of kid friendly ideas.

Welcome to our guide to free and affordable family fun in the South Puget Sound!  We have one just like it up every Friday! Headed elsewhere? There is always lots more to explore  at ThriftyNWmom  thanks to frugal fun finder, Annaliese, of Grays Harbor Deals!

Friday

Music and Motion at the Gig Harbor Library 10:30  For babies and toddlers 0-3 with parents

Bounce Play in Gig Harbor  Free inflatable time for preschoolers and social time for parents hosted by Harbor Christian Church

Indoor Park at Pen-Met Indoor Soccer Center in Gig Harbor  Every Friday from 11:15-12:30; toys usually left up longer  2.00/child They also have a time on Tuesday mornings-9:45, I believe. Reader, Andrea, wrote in to say how much fun this was for her and her little guy.

Spring Model search at the South Hill Mall

Play all day with our friends at WiggleWorks at the South Hill Mall 7.00 come and go admission every weekday!  New hours starting soon. See their fb page for details. You can also download a pdf of their event calendar to keep up with all the fun.

Kids’ Night Out at Pump it Up! in Tacoma  Call for your spot! Tell ‘em we sent you. It’s Glo Dodge Ball tonight!

 Saturday

You can read with a princess and celebrate Dr. Seuss Saturday at free library events all over. There are many other great choices in the list. Keep reading!

You can read with a princess and celebrate Dr. Seuss Saturday at free library events all over. There are many other great choices in the list. Keep reading!

All Over

Kids’ Club at Michael’s Stores  2.00/child for 30 minute sessions between 10AM-12. It’s a personalized door hanger today.

South King County

Visit the HCC Mast Center  at Redondo   The center and its touch tanks of sea critters are free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2

Puyallup/Sumner/Greater Pierce County

Hooked On Reading at the library  Special story time events with Dr.Seuss crafts, special guest readers (Daffodil Princesses), and more fun! Various times today at Puyallup downtown, Orting, Buckley, and Graham. Follow link for all the details.

Caspar Babypants at the South Hill Library 2PM  Great chance to see the popular, kindie rocker for free!

Tacoma

Kidical Mass Bike Ride  Family friendly bike ride starts at Legendary Donuts for, “Fuel,” and heads to Wright Park

Hooked On Reading with the Daffodil Princesses  Special storytime events with  Seuss crafts and fun, special guests, and more. Various times at most Tacoma libraries; others have Seuss events or storytime. Tacoma Library Calendar is here. 

Dr.Seuss event at the Moore Library 2PM

Seussical the Musical by Tacoma Musical Playhouse family theater  There is a pretty great deal  on tickets through Goldstar.

University Place Library used book sale  Be sure to visit our friends at Frog n Kiwi while you’re there!

Visit our friends at Jozee Rooz Indoor Petting zoo!  Now open regularly on weekends!  You can read my post here for more info. about this fun place.   Meet goats, rabbits, yaks, and special guests!

Children and all ages shows at the Pierce College Science Dome/planetarium  Children’s show at 12:30 or  2PM; all ages at 3:15. The children’s show is shorter and interactive. It’s Amazing Aurora today. All ages is Undiscovered Worlds. You do want to buy tickets in advance or bring cash. No cards are accepted at the door.

 Tacoma Concert Band spring performance featuring songs from cartoons, Oscar winners, and others. It’s free for kids 18 and under. Tickets start at 18.00 for the grown ups. 7:30PM  Tickets here

Olympia

Frozen Party at Capital Mall  Hosted by Miss Moffet’s Mystical Cupcakes Princess appearances, author visit by Barbara Jean Hicks; free event, books and cupcakes will be available for purchase

Oly Pie Fest Annual bakers’ guild event. Pay 3.00 or 3 cans of food for a slice of homemade pie. You can also enter your pie in the contest and buy whole pies.

Visit the South Sound Estuarium interactive marine discovery! Open 11-4 weekends at their new location.  You may want to call to confirm hours before you go.

Visit the LOTT Wet Science Center  free admission and science based activities every weekend. Link opens a pdf with detailed info. for each date. It’s game day today. Enjoy, “The Drip Stops Here,”  “Ocean Bingo,” or other fun choices.

Gig Harbor/Kitsap

Lego and building madness at the Gig Harbor Library 10AM Drop in and build with the library’s Legos, connector straws, and other materials.

Kids’ Club at Michael’s Stores  2.00/child for 30 minute sessions

Dr. Seuss Storytime at Sand Castle Toys  10AM free, weekly storytime. It’s a Dr.Seuss theme today.

Kitsap area readers may also like to get the free newsletter from Macaroni Kid Kitsap

Sunday

It’s Sukiyai Dinner time at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple

Know something great we missed? Just give us a shout! If you’re new here, there is tons to explore, new ideas every weekday, and an amazing guide for your weekend just like this one every Friday morning. I’d love to have you join us on Facebook, subscribe to my daily emails, or Follow me on Pinterest or Twitter! 

When Should You Visit The Orthodontist?

If you have a 7 year old at your house, now is the perfect time to call Dr. Ethan Larson’s office to set up a first visit with the orthodontist.

Got a 7 year old? Now is the perfect time to get an orthodontic consultation!

Got a 7 year old? Now is the perfect time to get an orthodontic consultation!

Does that surprise you?

I know I always thought of braces as a right of passage for teenagers, but 7 is actually the perfect time to get in for a free consultation with a qualified orthodontic provider.

Dr.Larson explained that at age 7 molars begin to erupt. After this initial visit, the orthodontist  can monitor your child’s growth and development in order to begin treatment at the ideal time.

There are also many benefits to treating sooner rather than later-and it’s not just about a pretty smile.

Early treatment means the doctor can

Recognize any of these common problems? Don't panic! Get her in for an orthodontic visit.

Recognize any of these common problems? Don’t panic. The doctor can help!

  •  Check for functional shifts and crossbite
  •  Check for problems such as crowding, open bite, and jaw discrepancies
  • Allow for  time to  create room for crowded teeth
  • Help to create facial symmetry
  • Reduce trauma to protruding teeth
  • Check for proper eruption sequence
  • Check for thumb habits and give guidance for correction
  • Look for grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Look for biting cheek or roof of the mouth
  • Evaluate problems that may cause speech issues
Doctor Larson will help your child have a beautiful, "After," too!

Doctor Larson will help your child have a beautiful, “After,” too!

And, addressing any of these concerns earlier rather than later, increases the chances that treatment will be successful, and MAY reduce the total length of treatment (saving you time and money)!
So, yeah-Call today and get those cute 7 year olds checked out. A first evaluation is always FREE, and the doctor and his friendly staff will answer all your questions and talk about next steps.
Of course, the doctor will also be glad to look at your big kid! I’ll be honest: I had no idea that early treatment had benefits beyond a good looking smile (Oops?), so we are way behind with our big kid, but I’m super excited that we’re finally getting the ball rolling! He has his first appointment tomorrow. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.
Bottom line? Whether you’ve got a big kid or a little one, you need a professional evaluation of that smile, and if you’ve got a 7 year old,  today is the day to make your appointment. You can get more information and see some beautiful success stories at the Smiles Orthodontics website. Those after pictures are real patients! They’re also on all your favorite social media channels.  You can reach Dr. Ethan Larson’s convenient Puyallup office (It’s right by the downtown library-you were probably going there anyway) at (253) 848-4537.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As always, the opinions are my own, and decisions about your child’s care are yours! I would LOVE for you to mention Sounds Fun Mom when you call Dr.Larson’s office for an appointment. Thank you for doing that!

Hooked On Reading: Storytime With Daffodil Princesses and Dr.Seuss Fun Saturday

If you missed the first Read With A Princess date, you’re in luck! Our royal misses will be back at area libraries this weekend, Saturday, February 28th,  in conjunction with a special  Dr. Seuss celebration. Expect stories, crafts, and fun! Visitors to Pierce County Libraries may bump into Rainier’s  Mascot, Rhubarb, too!  These are FREE events, and you’re welcome to bring your camera.

Read with a princess II

This special  story time will be this Saturday, February 28th, and I have the locations and times listed below.  If you want to add to your own library, as I guessed, Amazon has their Seuss titles on sale this week.I found a nice deal on Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks) (my affiliate link). These are the ones my kids asked to hear over and over.

Daffodil and Seuss Storytime times and locations

  • Puyallup Library-downtown location- 11AM
  • Tacoma Main 10:30
  • Tacoma Kobetich 10:30
  • Tacoma South Tacoma 10:30
  • Tacoma Swasey 10:30
  • Tacoma Mottet 1:30
  • Buckley Library 11:30AM
  • Graham Library 10:30AM
  • Key Peninsula Library 1PM
  • Orting Library 1PM

In other library news…..This is not related at all, but I also wanted to be sure to point out that popular kindie rocker Caspar Babypants will be at the South Hill branch at 2PM Saturday.  It’s free, so you’ll definitely want to grab your cooolest friends in the 0-7 set and rock out!

If you happen to be in Puyallup and have little bit bigger kids, do go one post down to read about this year’s sign language camp for school kids at ERHS. One post down from That, I’ve got some cool scoop on Geocaching.

And, as always, I’ll have a huge list of weekend events and activities up for you Friday morning! Woot!

 

Sign Language Kids’ Camp At Emerald Ridge

Reader Jessica asked me to share this fun event for school age kiddos in Puyallup looking to fill one of those upcoming early release days (You know about those right? )

It’s Sign Language Camp, an annual one day event put on by the cool kids with the ERHS American Sign Language club and their teachers, and boy is it a deal! You can check out all the details below. To register (You can’t do it here, folks) just email Jessica at MATTSJE@puyallup.k12.wa.us  She can also answer any questions you have.

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Geocaching In Point Defiance

Have you ever gone Geocaching? It’s a real life treasure hunt you do with the GPS built right into your phone.

You can be Geocaching in minutes, and there are tons of caches hidden around the South Sound, including many in Tacoma. It’s FREE, and it’s one of those rare family adventures that appeals to little and big kids. Perfect, in other words!

First, a few basics:

A Geocache is a small container. It contains a note so you can log the date when you found it before you put it back for the next searchers. Sometimes, caches also contain small trinkets, and you can take them and put in some of your own. Make sure to bring a few small things if you want to do this (think matchbox cars, marbles….some caches are just medicine bottle sized, so nothing large/extravagant).  Really, though, the thrill is in the hunting and the  finding.  Henry made it his mission to check out every hole in every tree/stump/log. I’m not going to lie-some members of our group thought he made the progress a little slow!

Looking

Looking

You can find Geocaches to hunt for at a number of sites. We used Geocaching.com. It has a one minute video that would be perfect to show your kids, as well as lots of other information. You can get one version for free, but we ended up paying 10.00 for the app my husband downloaded to his phone.  Opencaching.com is another good site, and it’s always free.

Once you’ve found a cache you want to find, you follow the GPS coordinates to the location. As you get closer, you’ll see a line on the map on your phone letting you know about how far you have left to go. Sometimes the hider has also left clues.

It sounds simple, but some Geocaches can be downright tricky to find. On our recent adventure, we went to Point Defiance. Lot of caches are hidden in parks, and I think it’s a smart idea to choose a destination that will be fun for your kids even if you don’t ultimately find the cache. At Point Defiance there are quite a few hidden in and around the trails in the middle of the park and running along its edge. It’s a great way to explore an area that tends to get overlooked.

Finding!

Finding!

We were almost right on top of the first one before my clever husband spied it. We never did find the second one, and boy, did we look! The clue told us to look near a log-turns out that wasn’t much help in the woods! Sometimes caches do disappear-someone who isn’t a geocacher stumbles on it and takes it (You need to try to be a little sneaky when you’re hiding if other folks are around), or an animal carries it off. We knew this one had been found recently because it had been logged online. Try as we might we couldn’t find it, but we still had fun searching, and it took us on park trails we hasn’t visited in a while.

Logging our visit before returning it for the next seekers!

Logging our visit before returning it for the next seekers!

We might go have another try next weekend. Geocaching is addictive! A few things to know before you go!  [Read more…]

Kindergarten Readiness Week!

This year’s kindergarten readiness series was underwritten by our friends with the GET program-Washington’s 529 prepaid college tuition plan. Check out their website for all your college planning questions, or  Visit them on Facebook

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Is someone at your house going off to, “Big school,” next year?

It’s hard to believe, but most area districts are registering next year’s kindergarten class now or soon.

school-readiness

If you’re wondering if your child is ready, I think you’ll love this mini series of posts I did with local experts who know all about area schools.

If you’ve been thinking about having a child with a summer birthday wait a year, you’ll want to read it. It has lots of thoughtful pointers, and readers have left some great comments, too.  [Read more…]

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do February 20th-22nd

Looking for things to do with the family in Tacoma, Olympia, or Gig Harbor this weekend?

You’re in the right place for a whole list of kid friendly ideas.

Welcome to our guide to free and affordable family fun in the South Puget Sound!  We have one just like it up every Friday! Headed elsewhere? There is always lots more to explore  at ThriftyNWmom  thanks to frugal fun finder, Annaliese, of Grays Harbor Deals!

Lunar New Year Celebrations Are Among the Fun Choices This Weekend!

Lunar New Year Celebrations Are Among the Fun Choices This Weekend!

Friday

Bounce Play in Gig Harbor  Free inflatable time for preschoolers and social time for parents hosted by Harbor Christian Church

Indoor Park at Pen-Met Indoor Soccer Center in Gig Harbor  Every Friday from 11:15-12:30; toys usually left up longer  2.00/child They also have a time on Tuesday mornings-9:45, I believe. Reader, Andrea, wrote in to say how much fun this was for her and her little guy.

Play all day with our friends at WiggleWorks at the South Hill Mall 7.00 come and go admission every weekday!  New hours starting soon. See their fb page for details. You can also download a pdf of their event calendar to keep up with all the fun.

The Monster Under the Bed opens at Olympia Family Theater   Not-so-scary show for the whole family

Kids’ Night Out at Pump it Up! in Tacoma  Call for your spot! Tell ‘em we sent you.

Father/Daughter dance in Auburn; also Saturday-check for ticket availability before you go. [Read more…]

Monkeyshines Are Out!

Yes, Tacoma, Monkeyshines are out!

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I’ve seen reports of finds in Proctor, the Lincoln neighborhood, and 6th avenue.

No clue what I’m talking about? Head here for all you need to know about this unique to Tacoma, real life treasure hunt! 

Happy hunting!

PS I have a round up of other Chinese or Lunar New Year Events here.

Save The Date For The South Sound Sustainability Expo!

Hey, Tacoma, here’s a fun and informative event you’ll want to put on your calendars. Oh, it’s FREE, too!

The South Sound Sustainability Expo will be on Saturday, March 7th this year from 10AM-3PM at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (Yes, I will remind you).

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I know it sounds fancy, but I promise there will be lots of down to earth and good for the earth fun and information for all.  I invited the organizers to send over some highlights. You’ll be able to

·         Explore resources for sustainable living including local food and gardening, community building, transportation choices, energy conservation, green construction and more

·         Bring goods to exchange at a free Book-Movie-Music Swap  How great is that?

·         Shop at a mini Farmers’ Market

·         Visit the Kids’ Corner for activities including a scavenger hunt, reuse crafting, and more with the Tacoma Nature Center

·         Participate in workshops, including a family friendly session called Save Our Salmon

·         Bring unwanted items to be collected by Goodwill

That’s a lot of great fun and learning for FREE! I know many of you try to make choices that are good for the environment and the community already. If you’ve been looking to incorporate more earth friendly living in your daily routine, you’ll definitely want to check this event out.  Do be sure to mark your calendars for March 7th, and tell a friend.  You can get more information about this event here.

 

A Kid Friendly Kings Cake for Mardi Gras!

A kid friendly Mardi Gras? You bet! Make this too-easy King’s Cake with your kiddos, and you’ll have a Fat Tuesday celebration the whole family will enjoy. I know I’m late getting this up, but trust me-you can pull this off in minutes.

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It’s supposed to resemble the glittery crown of a king. Wikipedia has an entry on king cake if you want to know more.

This recipe is from my cyber friend Jennifer, of Pensacola, Florida’s favorite family blog, Pensacola for Kids, and you can see the whole recipe at her site. Hint: The base is premade cinnamon rolls. Clever, huh?

Many times a small trinket is hidden inside of the cake, and the finder gets special privileges for the day. Jennifer didn’t do this because she was concerned about chocking hazard potential. I’ll let  you decide if you can think of a way around that.

Btw, I know I’m mish-mashing religious and secular customs here, but if by any chance you’re giving up Facebook for Lent, do make sure you’re following SFM some other way! I suggest bookmarking the site and checking it eleventeenhundred times a day, but the emails are also good!