Tacoma Restaurant Week

Could you use a date night deal, Tacoma? I know how you can eat at some of our area’s best restaurants for less!

Yep, I’m taking an itty bitty break from all things kid fun to tell you about Tacoma Restaurant Week!

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It’s This Week, and it’s your chance to enjoy a special menu at one of the area’s participating restaurants at a great price.

Three course dinners are 28.00, and select spots are also offering three course lunches for 15.00.   While that’s still more than a Happy Meal, you’re getting a delicious meal at a stellar restaurant, and yes, I do suggest you leave the kids at home. Need a suggestion? Try Asado, Masa, or El Gaucho, especially if you’re a carnivore.

My husband and I have taken advantage of deals during Seattle Restaurant Week before, and we’ve always had fun. The special menus are just as delicious as the full versions, and the service has been excellent (You won’t get shoved in a corner by the kitchen because you’re taking advantage of a deal, in other words)! You do have to watch out for add-ons if you’re on a budget. Typically, the offer includes a starter, main course, and a dessert. Fancy drinks and so on are extra.

The event runs two weeks, April 12th-16th and April 19th-23rd. You can see all the participating restaurants, menus, and more right here.  They also have a Facebook page with some pretty tasty looking pics.

If your budget is more family style than date night, you can always see our guide to where kids eat/free cheap right here. We also had a great time talking budget friendly home cooked meals on our Facebook thread yesterday.  If you don’t hang out with us there yet, you should think about it. It’s fun!

 

Celebrate All Things Made At MakerFest!

We love our free family fun here, and I’m especially excited to tell you about this fun and free event coming to Lakewood that’s a celebration of creativity and imagination.

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It’s MakerFest, one of our favorite, annual events from our friends at the Pierce County Library system.

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MakerFest is a chance to show off anything you’ve made from sewing projects to woodworking, radios to robots, Legos to….well, you get the idea.

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I think there is an inventive spirit that is unique to the Northwest (maybe it’s all that time we spend indoors thinking and dreaming), and I am always impressed by the creativity of SFM readers.

If you’ve got a project to share (and I know you do!) don’t be shy! Register to share it. You do need to do that by the 17th, so get on it!

You can also just attend the event and enjoy. It’s on May 2nd from 11AM-5PM at Pierce College. I’ll remind you, but you’ll want to put it on your calendar now. You’ll have a chance to learn about library and community happenings, and see clever creations from a full size Dalek to stop motion animation and much more. There will also be plenty of chances for hands-on fun for the kids.

I think this event would be a super way to show off the clever things your kids’ homeschool science club has been doing or that robotics project your daughter’s Scout Troop just finished, and I know I have some super clever moms and dad readers, too.  I hope you’ll come show off what you’ve made!

You can learn much more about this event here. 

 

South Sound Sunday Fun!

Sunday

Books and Boats at the Foss Waterway Seaport  Family activities include rowing demonstrations, stories, and more. I’m not clear on whether there is a regular admission charge-I’ll try to find out for you.  12-4   This event runs in conjunction with the marine parade (see below)

Note from SFM: This is a great, little museum, and my family has been to several events here and always had a good time. I will tell you straight up that there is always at least one museum worker who scolds one of my kids for touching something. It’s hard to tell what they’re allowed to touch here, and I don’t think most of the employees see a lot of kiddos.

Daffodil Marine Parade  Watch decorated boats sail from Ruston Way to the Thea Foss Waterway 11:30 The front area of the museum (see above) would be a great place to watch.

One more note from SFM: Parking along here is tight. There is a pay lot just after the museum.

Last day for the Brick by Brick Lego event at Freighthouse Square Special artist led builds from 1-2:30.  You can read more about this event here.

2nd Sunday opening at the Morse Wildlife preserve in Graham  The preserve is open to the public one Sunday a month. This is a quieter, shorter, outing, but your children will enjoy the boardwalks and tower in this preserved piece of wetland. Very limited parking here-if you plan a group outing, carpool!  10AM-6PM  free, drop in

Seymour Sunday at Camp Seymour  Gig Harbor  Tour camp, participate in activities, enjoy a meal

Gig Harbor Paddlers’ Cup continues in Gig Harbor  Watch various human powered craft races, including dragon boats today.

Visit the new South Sound Estuarium  10AM-3PM

As always, if you know something we missed, just let us know! We would also love to talk to your group or business about low cost advertising.

And, finally, can you spare ONE minute to win chicken for your family for a YEAR? I thought you could! Just head here for the details. We have super low entries so far, and we have been promised two winners just from the site. This is a prize worth hundreds of dollars, folks! Go here to find out how to enter, and  Good Luck!

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do April 10th-12th!

Looking for something fun to do with the kids in Tacoma this weekend? Wondering where to watch the Daffodil Parade in Puyallup, or just need something fun and free with your kiddos somewhere around the South Puget Sound. We can help with all those questions and more!

Welcome to our every Friday guide to family fun just for the South Puget Sound. If you’re new here, I do hope you’ll explore a bit and make us a regular stop!

Saturday

All Over

Kids’ club at Michale’s stores 2.00 per child for 30 minute crafting session. It’s a Ladybug clay pot this week.

Lowe’s Build And Grow  This is a reminder if you registered, as all stores I see are full. Missed it? Subscribe to my emails, and I’ll let you know when sign up opens for the next one!

South King County

Touch tanks at HCC Mast at Redondo  Free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2

Puyallup/Sumner/Greater Pierce County

It’s Daffodil Parade Time!  Cheer on princesses, floats, school marching bands, and more. Great, small town fun, although (Don’t shoot the messenger) rain is in the forecast. Go here to see the start time for your town. Go here for a digital version of the newspaper insert with the parade route. Go here to our Facebook page for great tips from our readers if you’re never gone before. If you’re NOT doing the parade, do be mindful of road closures anyway.

Lego my library at the Puyallup Public Library  story time and building fun perfect for ages 4-8; free, drop in event

Healthy Kids Day at the Gordon Family YMCA  FREE fun for the whole family at the site of the future Sumner Y!  Please tell them we sent you! [Read more…]

Meet Keev Farm

Readers often ask me about good places for kids’ horseback riding lessons, and I’m so excited to finally have a great answer!

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Keev Farm offers kids’ horseback riding lessons at their farm just outside of Olympia, convenient to Lacey and JBLM area friends looking for kids’ horseback riding, and worth the trip for those of you elsewhere in the Puget Sound, too! We’re thrilled to have them joining our sponsorship team this month.

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Now, a lot of, “Horse people,” just aren’t, “People people.” Happily, the O’Brien  family, the owners and operators of the farm,love horses and love working with children, too.

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Traci O’Brien is the head trainer. She has over 20 years of experience riding and training horses, and she’s the mom of three young daughters herself. The word, “Keev,” is an Irish/Gaelic term for gentle, warm, and pretty, which Tim tells me reflects Tracie’s vision for the farm, her teaching style, and the horses. Her calm and patient instruction is just what you’ll want for your child’s introduction to the sport of horse riding.

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Keev Farm has five school horses for lessons. Three of the horses are Shetland Ponies (Britches, Trouble, and Ellie), and two of the horses are Arabs, Billy and Belastra.  They are all gentle, sweet, kid friendly horses. Tracie teaches both English and Western riding disciplines to her clients, and she can help them decide which discipline to pursue after their initial lessons.

Keev Farm is an eight acre horse farm with rolling pastures, barn/stables, and a brand new, sand riding arena (sand arenas provide the best footing for the horses, and make the riding much more enjoyable). I love the Facebook reviewer who commented that it’s a beautiful facility with, “Pampered ponies.”  Tim and Tracie O’Brien live on-site, own, and operate the farm as a family business.

We love their reasonably priced lessons and flexible times. 

  • Lessons are $40 per hour for a 1 hour, private, 1:1 lesson with Tracie. There are multi-lesson discounts available, and Keev Farm accepts Cash, Check, Visa/MC. There is also a multi-rider discount (brothers and sisters take lessons at the same time, or friends take lessons together – up to 3 at a time). How fun would that be?
  • The farm also hosts an annual Spring Break Pony Camp as well as two separate Summer Horse Camps in addition to their regularly scheduled lessons. You can see more details on those in our Summer Camp Guide, or ask about them when you schedule your first lesson.
  • Keev Farm offers lessons after school, early evening (6pm to 9pm – March through Nov), during the day (homeschool children), and weekends.  Love that!
  • Want to get in on the fun or bond with your little equestrian? Keev Farm also offers beginning horseback riding lessons for adults, too!

You’ll find much more information here at the KeevFarm website. You can also visit them on Facebook. 

To contact Tracie with other questions or get your first lesson set up, just call 360 584 9988 or tracie@keevfarm.com

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with a combination of my opinion and text supplied by our friends at Keev Farm. We simply cannot have Sounds Fun Mom without our great sponsors, so do thank them when you get in touch!

 

Princess Party From Pierce County Parks and Rec

Here’s a princess party for my Puyallup area readers,or those willing to hop in your carriage.

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Yep, it’s time to get your gowns and tiaras ready for the Princess Party from Pierce County Parks and Rec.

It’s Saturday, April 18th, at Meridian Habitat Park on South Hill (that’s the one with the fountain in front, kitty corner from the Walgreens), but you do need to preregister by the 8th (Gulp! That’s tomorrow).

You can do that online, though you’ll need to create an account if you haven’t done so before, or you can just give them a call.

These are low cost princess events compared to many others, and readers have had a lot of fun at them in the past.

It’s 13.00 per child, and there will be refreshments, plus  a craft and a goody bag for each girl to take home. Other, “Real,” princesses will also be on hand from Emerald Kingdom Parties. You may drop off royal misses 5 and up. You’ll need to attend with preschool age princesses.

You can get more information about this event and registration details, right here! 

 

Happy Spring Break!

Need some ideas for your Federal Way or  Tacoma area spring break staycation?

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If you’re on spring break this week, but you’re not headed anywhere glamorous, we’ve got you covered!

Just head here for our complete guide to Spring Break fun, or click the graphic in the sidebar.  Keri will keep updating our list all week, so do check back.

We’re also rolling out our summer camp guide, so if you’re starting to make those plans, get ready!

 

Breakfast or Brunch With The Bunny at Pump It Up in Tacoma

Tacoma! It’s not to late to do something special with the kids for Easter.

If you need a last minute Easter Egg Hunt, I’ve got something even better!

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Head over to Pump It Up for one of two special events for your little bunnies. Here’s all the scoop!

At Breakfast With The Bunny  from 9:30-11:30 Kids will bounce, play, search and collect exactly 6 Easter Eggs hidden around our huge arenas and inside our gigantic inflatables. Kids then bring their found eggs to the Easter Bunny & he will give them a treat! Children will then continue into the party room for a yummy breakfast/brunch and fun craft project! The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures on our Inflatable Throne and each child with a paid admission will also receive an awesome Goody Bag! Food Option for adults available for an additional $5.00 per person. Reservations are Required and Space is Limited! Book Online or Call Today ~ 253 254-7971

The same fun is also available at Brunch With The Bunny from 12:30-2:30

More information is on their site. You do need to call and reserve your spot. Just call (253) 254-7971.  I also suggest following their fb page to keep up on special offerings and fun happenings.

Disclosure: We are proud to be sponsored by Pump It Up of Tacoma. Please do thank them for their support of Sounds Fun Mom!

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do April 3rd-5th!

Happy Friday! Welcome to Sounds Fun Mom, where you’ll find an amazing list of things to do with kids in Tacoma, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Olympia, and Your South Sound home!

We also have tons to explore when you’re done planning your weekend. Consider using our outdoor adventures tab to take advantage of the sunshine, or you might want to visit our Easter Egg Hunt guide to make your game plan for the big day.

Need something to do with Spring Breakers? We’re here to help, with a whole guide to Spring Break adventures right here! 

Friday

Bounce Play in Gig Harbor  free inflatable time and conversation for moms and preschoolers and tots  Missed it this week? Follow them on Fb and preregister to hold your spot for next time.

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

It’s always kids’ night out at Pump It Up on Fridays. Call for details and to hold your spot.

Many libraries have story times and fun on Fridays. Here is the Puyallup Public Library site, and here is the PCL site.

Free night at the Hands-On Children’s Museum in Olympia  Free admission first Fridays from 5-9PM

Parent’s Night Out at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma  Advance registration and fees required.

Saturday

All Over

Free Day at Washington State Parks (no Discover Pass required).

Home Depot Kids’ Build  Advance registration now required for these popular, free kids’ building workshops. Readers suggest getting there early.

There are many Egg Hunts and Easter events today. Please head here to our list if you’re looking for one of those!

Keep reading for a whole list of Saturday options organized by area!  [Read more…]

Meet Hike It Baby: A Parents’ Group For Families Who Love To Explore!

I get lots of questions from moms and dads looking for kid friendly hikes near Tacoma and the greater South Sound. I also get lots of questions from readers looking to connect with other fun loving parents.

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Problem solved alert! Hike It Baby is a different kind of parents’ group  that gets outdoors loving moms and their little ones together for kid friendly walks and hikes around here. Yes, dads and older kiddos are most welcome-so are moms-to-be!

I know-fabulous, right? Whether you’re looking for help exploring the area, or you’d just like some company on your adventures, I think this will be just the thing.

The group is a branch of a larger national network, and you can learn more about the Hike It Baby philosophy here. 

To get involved with the Tacoma group, simply head to their Facebook page and send a request to join. Then you’ll want to read the post pinned to the top with answers to frequently asked questions, and you can check the, “Events,” tab for an upcoming hike near you! They’ve gone to quite a few spots, and I know there is also talk of a new Olympia area group. All their outings are free!

If you get involved and want to lead an outing, I do know a family website with lots of kid friendly nature walks and hikes you might want to try. Hint, hint!

You can tell the Hike It Baby gals I sent you over. They’re super cool.