South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do May 15th-17th

Need something to do with the kids in Tacoma this weekend?

I’ve got you covered! It’s also a great weekend for free family fun in Lacey and for those of you near greater JBLM.

If your family is elsewhere in the South Sound, not to worry! We’ve rounded up a great list of ideas for kids and families all over the South Sound. New here? We have an amazing list just like this one up every Friday morning, and lots of fun all the days in between!


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.

Kids’ takeover at WiggleWorks at the South Hill Mall! Superhero theme. Safe, supervised play, and they even feed ’em! 5-9PM  I think there are still spots, but don’t wait! Be sure to ask about the summer season pass, too. It’s a deal!


All Over 

Kids’ club at Michael’s stores 10AM-12; 2.00 for half hour crafting sessions. It’s friendship bracelets today. Probably best for little-bit-bigger kids.

Ballet Cat Story time at Barnes and Noble  We suggest finding your store and calling directly to confirm. We have found participation in these fun, free events to be inconsistent-even when the store is listed as participating. Olympia and Lakewood seem to be consistently good.

South King County

MOPS sale at Riverview Community Church This is a good one, bargain hunters.

Touch a Truck in Federal Way  Got a little vehicle lover? Don’t miss this one!

Free pancakes and stable tour at Emerald Downs before the Preakness 

Petapalooza in Auburn  Fun for pets and pet lovers! Petting zoo, Farmyard follies, and lots of other fun for kids. Free event.

Block Play at the Buckley Library 1PM

Tacoma/South Tacoma/Greater Pierce  

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Free Flying Day And Camp For Kids! Includes An Airplane Ride!

If you have a kid who dreams of flying planes, or making just an adventurous child who loves anything that GOES, you’ll want to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

It’s a FREE, half day aviation camp that ends with a real plane ride!  Wow, right??
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It’s put on by Future Aviators In America, and it’s open to kids in 3rd-12th grade (If you have younger kids, maybe note this for the future).  The event is on July 25th in Renton, but I’m telling you about it now, because I think you’ll want to register as soon as you can.

Sign up begins May 18th at midnight right here.  I’d suggest saving the link and putting it on your calendar.

There have been similar flying programs in the past out at Thun Field in Graham. I can’t find any info. on that for this year (It may have flown by already….), but there is a June event coming up in Bremerton. That one is put on by a different group called Little Eagles. I don’t have more info. about that for you, but there is information about their programs and contact numbers here.

And, finally, if you have a kid who loves planes, do visit The Museum of Flight when you have a chance. It’s absolutely outstanding, and there is tons for kids to see and do.  You can go for free on first Thursday evenings.

Totally Taken Care Of For Summer With Listerine!

It may be only May (and yes, it’s raining again),  but my boys already have, “Summer knees.”

What are summer knees? They’re knees with scrapes and bumps from climbing trees, wading through creeks, and fighting back sticker bushes (Yikes!).

I have to admit I looked at Henry in his shorts this weekend and thought he looked a little rugged! At the same time, I know it’s just part of being an active, healthy kid, and I know there will be plenty more minor scrapes and dings during the summer.

Listernine knees

Fortunately, our friends at Listerine sent over a box of goodies from the Johnson and Johnson family of consumer products that will keep us Totally Taken Care Of from smiles to toes.

It included mouthwash to keep all our smiles healthy, plus Neutrogena Sunscreen, and my stand-bys: BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages and Neosporin.

Now, I know we’ll go through these quickly, so I was grateful our goodies also came with a gift card to Walgreens. Yes, my favorite cashier, Miss Annette, and I have known each other for years now, and, “My,” Walgreens is still my favorite place to stock up on on all the essential items for our busy house.

Listernine products

If you’ve been following our previous adventures, you know that we’ve been working on keeping our mouths healthy. My husband and I have been regularly using LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE , and our boys have been using the LISTERINE® SMART RINSE®.  I’m very pleased to report that the boys just had their six month check-ups, and we bagged two, “No Cavities,”  certificates.  Woot!! I was especially pleased because our older son has some new orthodontic appliances in his mouth that make dental hygiene just a little more challenging.

I love that LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE is a complete mouthwash that offers six unique benefits. Each bottle:

  • Helps prevent cavities
  • Restores enamel
  • Strengthens teeth
  • Kills bad breath germs
  • Cleans the whole mouth
  • Freshens breath

And, you get all that with just a simple swish.  There is no complicated routine, so we can be healthy and still make it to soccer camp, Boy Scouts, or an important playdate in the park.

I just love a simple solution!

Walgreens can help your family get ready for summer, too. You’ll find all the great wellness products in this post there, including LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE and LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE ZERO and LISTERINE® SMART RINSE®

Henry loves the characters on the LISTERINE® SMART RINSE®, so he’ll be getting some in his, “Summer Kit.” It’s a simple pail I’ll fill with must haves like Bandaids, as well as some favorite books for summer reading and journal to write about his adventures. I also included some just for fun things, like bubbles and chalk, and maybe a new squirt gun if I’m feeling crazy brave.

Yes, we’ll have our whole summer guide up soon, if you’d like to use this idea at your house!

What are summer must haves for your family? Do you have your own way to welcome summer and plan your adventures? I’d love to hear about it!

Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Brand Totally Taken Care Of program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. I promise the child in this photo took a bath shortly after it was taken. :)

Check Out Camp At the Hands On Children’s Museum, And Enter To Win A Family Pass To The Museum! Five Winners!

Are you looking for a great daycamp for kids who love art, science, or using their imaginations?

The Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia offers unique programs and topics you just won’t find elsewhere. 


At the museum’s camps kids might find themselves planting seeds, inventing robots, identifying rocks, dusting for fingerprints, or painting a masterpiece. The Hands On Children’s Museum’s caring staff members are also subject area experts, and your curious kids will be learning and discovering while they’re having a ball.

There are tons of choices to choose from, with something sure to appeal to your little one.

Camps are available for children in preschool through 4th grade, and half day camps can be combined for a full day experience.


All camps are reasonably priced and include instruction from their outstanding staff and plenty of time in the amazing museum.

Olympia Hands on Children's Museum

And, seriously-if you haven’t been to the Hands On Children’s Museum in a while, you should get there soon! It’s a treasure for those of you near Olympia, and definitely a worthy day trip for those of you a bit further. Henry could pretty much live there. Here is a review we wrote when they first re-opened. It has some good tips you’ll want to read before you go.  There is also lots of new, outdoor fun at the HOCM.

We’d love to hear your review of your next visit!

But, wait……I mentioned a contest! Yep, our friends at the Hands On Children’s Museum are so excited about their camps that they’ve given us FIVE family passes to give away to FIVE lucky winners. I just love a contest where lots of readers get to win.

Each pass will let in up to two adults and three children. Yay!

Ready to enter?

Here’s what to do!

  • For a first, required entry, check out the camps at the Hands-On Children’s Museum and leave a comment on this post telling us which of them your child would like the most!
  • For a second, optional entry, follow Keri on the new Sounds Fun Mom Instagram. Then come leave a comment here, and tell us you did so!
  • For a third, optional entry, follow me on Twitter, check out the boards on Pinterest, or join us over on Facebook, and leave a comment here that you did so. Note: Fb only shows you a fraction of my posts these days, so while we LOVE our Facebook community and won’t be quitting it anytime soon, we do encourage you to follow us in other ways, so you don’t miss out.
  • For a fourth, optional entry, share this post! A fb share is easy, but feel free to tell your peeps at the bus stop, send an email to your homeschool group, or whatever suits your fancy. If you’re really in it to win it this morning (It’s o.k.-we get it!) maybe you want to share with Grandma, so she can enter for you!

All entries must be left as comments on this post. To improve your odds, each should be left as a separate comment. If you’ve never commented before, it will first go to me to moderate before you see it here. I do have to be offline some today, but don’t panic. I promise it will be there.

Good Luck!


Disclosure: I was provided with the passes for this giveaway. I was not otherwise compensated. By entering you agree you are eligible to enter this contest. I will mail you your prize; you are responsible for its use.

Happy Mother’s Day!

If you’re looking for Mother’s Day events, just head here! 

If you’re looking for something anyone would enjoy, there is list at the bottom of our weekend guide under, “Sunday.”


It’s a particularly great day if you’re an outdoors lover.

Whether you’re mom, stepmom, grandma, or a hero who has stepped in to fill those roles, all of us here at Sounds Fun Mom wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day. And to those of you for whom this may be a difficult day, we send a big, virtual hug. We love you all-we really do.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again-without you, it’s just typing! Have a beautiful day.


South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do May 8th-10th


Come have coffee with us! Keri and I are hosting an informal reader coffee event at the Anthem in Puyallup by the library. 10AM-11AM. I’m buying coffee for the first 10 of you or so, and yes, there will be a chance to win some prizes! No RSVP or ticket required-just show up!

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.

 Mother and Son Dance Friday Pierce County Parks and rec sponsors this one in Puyallup at the Meridian Habitat Center  music, dancing, games, and crafts. 15.00 per pair/6.00 siblings  Registration required 7-9PM


All Over

Lowes Build and Grow-This is a reminder if you already signed up. All stores are full. Missed it? You might want to sign up for my daily emails!

South King County 

Backyard Bird Festival in Tukwila children’s activities, plant sales, educational talks and more

Mother’s Day at the Rhododendron Garden in Federal Way  Enjoy music while you stroll through the rhody garden; food cart on site with treats  Not a super exciting place for kids, but very pretty and reasonably priced.-general admission is 8.00; children under 12 are free

Creme Brulee Kids consignment sale in Kent  Deals on higher end brands.

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

Auburn Avenue Kids presents the Ugly Duckling 2PM Presented by StoryBook Theater  Looks cute!

Tacoma-Greater Pierce County

Family nature walk at McKinley Park Volunteer naturalists lead free walks. Not suitable for strollers. Perfect for ages 3 and up. 10AM-1PM

Play and Grow Storytime at the Wheelock Library 10:30

Saturday is a Family Day at the Museum of Glass  Visiting artist will help kids make a paper mache bowl. Maybe a gift for grandma or mom?  I believe this is included with admission (I’ll try to find out for you).

Humane Society Kitten Shower at the Tacoma Humane Society  Bring a kitten supply donation and enjoy free refreshments, shower games, and meet the kittens. 11AM-2PM. I’m not sure I’d go to this unless you’re open to coming home with a new kitten!

Half-off admission for moms at Pt.Defiance Zoo  plus many special activities. Expect a crowd at this one!

Free family movie at the Moore Library 2PM It’s the one based on Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Come Have Coffee With Sounds Fun Mom!

Can I meet you for coffee? Keri and I are hosting the first of what I hope will become a series of informal reader meet ups.

We’ll be at the Anthem in Puyallup Friday from 10AM-11AM. It’s right by the library. You’re welcome to bring the kiddos, though you’re also welcome to leave ’em at home! There aren’t any toys here, but it’s family friendly, and there are plenty of eats besides coffee.

You’ll  be able to meet other local parents (Maybe make a few playdates for the summer?), and chat with the folks behind the scenes here at SFM (That would be Keri and I). If you’re new to the area, or you’ve just been wanting to connect with some other parents, this would be a great way to do it.


Because I always like to do a little something special for my readers, I’ll also be raffling off an amazing bunch of goodies courtesy of the fabulous folks at the March of Dimes and their retail partners in the #imbornto campaign.

We can talk summer plans, what you’d like to see at the site, or whatever……

I’m aiming to keep this informal, so there’s no ticket or RSVP required, but it would be great if you could leave a comment here, or at the Facebook page, so I can tell our friends at Anthem about how many of us to expect.

Oh, and I’m buying for the first ten or so of you, so if hanging out with me isn’t incentive enough, maybe hanging out with me and a free cup of coffee will do it?

I hope I see you there! We’ll have our section clearly marked, so you’ll know how to find us, and if this makes you nervous in the slightest, please know that we are the goofiest, least intimidating moms you’ll meet all day. Seriously.

Save All Summer With The WiggleWorks Summer Play Pass!

Looking for affordable things to do with the kids near Tacoma and Puyallup this summer?

I’ve got a great deal for you from a place that never scrimps on fun-WiggleWorks!!

Yep, I’m super excited to announce that our friends at WiggleWorks in Puyallup at the South Hill Mall,  have just launched a new summer pass option, and it is a crazy good deal. I did the math so you don’t have to!

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Here’s the scoop!

You can purchase a pass for UNLIMITED play for just 17.00 a month, per child. 

OR purchase a pass for a whole summer of UNLIMITED play for just 45.00 per child when you buy the Full Summer Play Pass prior to June 1st!

Plus, with this early purchase you’ll also get

  • a 5.00 credit toward any single WiggleWorkshop (These are so much fun), or Takeover registration (Hello-Date night!),
  • AND if you pay in full for a summer pass on a weekday, and you bring your kids along, two of them will play for free that day.
  • That’s in addition to all the play you can handle!

In case you got lost in that story problem, your pass pretty much paid for itself already…..

There is some fine print below, but I promise you this value is just as great as it seems, and because you can use it from May 25th through Labor Day, you’ve got plenty of time to play. There are also bound to be a few days too cool (or maybe too hot?) for the kids to play outside this spring and summer. As always, you’ll be taking them to a place that loves play and loves kids and families. Their unique, moving equipment is super fun and built to the highest safety standards. The facility is squeaky clean, and the staff is amazing.

I have been to a LOT of indoor playplaces, and I can tell you that the WiggleWorks team is the real deal.

So, make some playdates, plan some date nights, or just take a break from being the entertainment committee. But DO get in and get your pass before June 1st. Today would be a good day to stop by anyway!

Fine print stuff: When you buy before June 1st you can get the early bird special- This discounted Full Summer Play Pass must purchased prior to June 1, 2015 to receive this 10% discounted rate of $45 (regularly a $51 value).   Valid for unlimited play from Memorial Day (May 25th) through Labor Day 2015 (September 7th).   This pass entitles buyer to one $5 credit towards a single WiggleWorkshop or TAKEOVER registration (discount to be applied after full payment).   Terms: No additional discounts apply,  only usable at WiggleWorks kids Puyallup, $5 discount is not eligible for use with birthday parties. Summer pass is not eligible for refund after first visit OR 2 weeks after purchase.

To get yours stop in at WiggleWorks today! For more information you can check out their site, or follow them on Facebook.  I also suggest downloading their monthly calendars. They do so many cute things.

Disclosure: WiggleWorks is a sponsor of Sounds Fun Mom. We would LOVE it if you thanked them for supporting the site, and we sincerely appreciate you patronizing the businesses that bring you Sounds Fun Mom!



South Sound Sunday Fun!

Get out with the kids today! Lots of fun and affordable things to with the family in Tacoma and all over.

Do note that it’s marathon day in Tacoma if you’re out and about early this morning.


May the 4th Be With You  Star Wars build at Toys R Us. Free mini figure while supplies last. These do seem to have gotten more popular. 12-2

Guinness World Record Hopscotch attempt at the University of Puget Sound-Tacoma  join in the attempt to set a new record for the longest hopscotch course. Art activities for the kids, barbecue, and more. 10AM-1PM. 253-879-3100.  The campus isn’t huge, so I’m guessing you’ll be able to find a giant hopscotch event fairly easily.

Crafts of the Past at Fort Nisqually  Each weekend, artisans demonstrate a different craft from the past. This weekend’s is leather tooling. There will be a hands-on activity for participants. Included with paid admission.    We think the fort is most interesting for school age children with some interest in history. available between 11AM-5PM

Just Between Friends event in Renton  Huge sale on gently used kids’ gear and duds! Jenny of the Olympia event has taken over this sale-the closest JBF event to Seattle, and she’s made it better than ever   Half-off many items today.

Family Fun Day at the Meeker Mansion in Puyallup

Family Days at Meeker Mansion include pioneer games, storytelling, dress up, arts & crafts and a tour of the mansion. $10 per family; begin in the Education Building, 11am-2pm.  May 3:Victorian Spring~plant seeds, paint a ladybug.    312 Spring St., Puyallup, WA

Note from SFM: One of these ^ was canceled at the last minute last year, so I’m a little leery about listing it, but it does look super fun! I’ve included all the contact info. if you want to double check before you go. If you’re nearby, it’s probably worth a chance!

Cinco de Mayo celebration at Wild Waves

w and the Budgie exhibit open for the season at the Point Defiance Zoo   *Zoo admission is pricey. We suggest investing in an annual pass unless you can take advantage of free days for City of Tacoma residents. Saturday is likely to be busy. Go early if you want to feed the budgies, or you’ll find their tummies full.  All day; also Sunday

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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do May 1st-3rd!

Wow! If you want something free and fun to do with kids this weekend, and you happen to live in Tacoma, Puyallup, Lakewood, Lacey, or Olympia-boy, have I got you covered.

Our weekend list is full of festivals, bargains, and good old fashioned fun for your South Sound family. As always, give a holler if I missed something great!


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.

Just Between Friends event in Renton  Huge sale on gently used kids’ gear and duds! Jenny of the Olympia event has taken over this sale-the closest JBF event to Seattle, and she’s made it better than ever!

Scholastic Books Sale at Bates South Tacoma Campus   Book bargains, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and kids’ activities

Celebrate May Day at Wright Park in Tacoma with the Puget Sound Revels tonight

Free Friday night at the Hands-On Children’s Museum in Olympia

Studio West presents Peter Pan at the Washington Center for Performing Arts in Olympia


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