Free Young Athletes Program For Kids 2-7 From Special Olympics

Here’s a fun and FREE activity for ALL young sports and fitness fans from our friends with Special Olympics. It’s called Young Athletes, and we’ve got all you need to know if you’d like to try the program out! There’s a free intro tomorrow-that’s Wednesday the 11th-in Puyallup!

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What is Young Athletes:

Young Athletes™(YA) is a program focused on early introduction for young children to sports and the world of Special Olympics. It is an inclusive sport program intended to improve motor and social skills in a fun and comfortable environment that can be translated into everyday skills and events.

Who can participate:

Children, ages 2 -7, both with and without intellectual disabilities. 

How much does Young Athletes cost:


Sounds great, right? If you’d like to give it a try, or just get a sense of what the program is all about, there are three upcoming events. 

  • Edge Fitness Experience — November 11 @ 1 PM at Edge Fitness in Puyallup-Eep! That’s tomorrow! 
  • Arena Sports Experience — November 18 @ at Arena Sports in Seattle
  • East King County Area Summit – December 5th @ Eastside Catholic High School

At these events  there will be additional information for any parents, family members, teachers etc. that are interested in the weekly curriculum and opportunity for weekly events. Those are typically 8 week programs that take place in community centers, schools, or homes, although there is lots of flexibility built into the program.

Why should you consider Young Athletes:

This program was created by Special Olympics to meet developmental and physical needs of children ages 2-7. Studies have shown 7 months of motor skill development after just one eight week program. It is an opportunity for families to become more aware of a child’s abilities as well as gain an appreciation of fitness and sport through interaction with the Special Olympics network.

The following video will give you a great insight into the excitement and progression of Young Athletes!

Special Olympics Young Athletes Welcome Video 

Want to know more? You can email Madi at mvelling@sowa.og or Chara at You can also visit the Special Olympics of Washington website here. 

Note from SFM: We just got this scoop yesterday. I do apologize for the short notice, but I hope some of you can make it, and I hope you’ll consider passing on the info. in your parenting and school networks.  You can just show up at the Puyallup event Wednesday, and they’ll have t-shirts and ribbons for participants!

That Puyallup area event is at Edge Fitness Experience — November 11 @ 1 PM. Edge Fitness is at the mall in the old Bally’s. There is still some signage that says Competitive Edge, but I promise it’s the right place. 

If you’re able to make it, we’d love to hear all about it!


South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do November 6th-8th!

You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for fun things to do with kids in Tacoma, Puyallup, Olympia, or just about anywhere around the South Sound!

Don’t forget we have an awesome list just like this every Friday, just for South Sound families, and tons of other fun ideas every other day of the week!


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


Learn about life in the 1850s at Fort Nisqually's Arts of the Fur Trade.

Learn about life in the 1850s at Fort Nisqually’s Arts of the Fur Trade.

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Mini Maker Faire at Barnes and Noble stores. Craft and STEM demonstrations; hands-on activities at some locations. We do suggest calling your store to confirm details, as participation seems to vary, even when stores are listed as participating.

Kids’ Club at Michael’s Craft Stores  It’s a “Wish List,” Christmas ornament today. 10AM-12  2.00 per half hour session

Family Craft Time at Michael’s Craft Stores 1-4PM (I believe you can drop in) 5.00 per project; supplies included. Make an ornament together.

Free kids’ workshop at Home Depot stores. It’s a Veterans’ Day plane. You’re asked to register in advance for these popular, free building workshops for kids. Readers suggest going earlier rather than later.

South King County

Auburn Veterans’ Day Parade   One of the biggest in the country! Don’t miss it!

Visit the HCC Mast Center at Redondo   Touch tanks with sea critters free and open to the public Saturdays from 10AM-2


Half-off at Northwest Trek with a canned food donation! 


Lego storytime at the Puyallup Library 11AM Free, drop in program. Hear a short stories and enjoy building time.

Friends of the South Hill Library used book sale


Family nature walk at Titlow Park volunteer naturalists lead free nature walks. Not suitable for strollers; perfect for ages 3 and up 10AM

Play and Grow Storytime at the Wheelock Library

Arts of the Fur Trade at Ft. Nisqually Re-enactors demonstrate arts and crafts of the 1850s including blacksmithing, basket weaving, spinning, and more. Admission charged.

Pierce County Library DIY Fest  FREE community event with demonstrations and info. on all things DIY-from gardening to canning to home improvement. Kids’ activities, too!

Family storytime at the Summit Library 10AM stories, rhymes, and fun for families with young children

Keep reading-there’s so much more! 

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Free Kids’ Workshops At McClendon, Home Depot, and Lowe’s!

Site friend, CoreyAnn sent over this fun tip about STEM workshops for kids at McClendon hardware stores! Head here to register.   They do typically fill, so don’t wait long. You might also want to get on their mailing list to get advance notice of these fun, free kids’ clinics.

Registration has also just opened up for the next Lowe’s Build And Grow. It happens to be the exact date and time as the McClendon’s workshop, so you will have to make a choice. It’s a pull back race car, building project. Maybe decide if your kiddo would be more interested in science experiments or building?

There are also two free kids’ building workshops coming up at Home Depot. One is this Saturday, and one is at the end of the month. You can go here to register for those! 

McCLendon STEM

Have You Visited Jozee Rooz Indoor Petting Zoo Yet? Party Special And Animal Fun For All!


Could you use a new way to spend a rainy day? How about an indoor petting zoo?

Yep, Jozee Rooz Indoor Petting Zoo is your new fun solution if you’re looking for indoor fun for your kids in Tacoma, Lakewood, or Puyallup.  It’s worth a drive if you live elsewhere and have an animal lover in your house!

Don and Debbie, who used to run City Goat Farm And Zoo, are the animal lovers behind this unique destination where lids can meet and pet yaks, goats, rabbits, wallabies, and more cute critters!

Jozee Rooz One

I visited with my younger son when they first opened, and he had an absolute ball making friends with each and every one of the critters. Because it’s indoors, you don’t have to worry about the rain or mud or puddles, so this can be a year round destination for fun. I just know your little animal lovers are going to want to go every day!

Jozee Rooz

Don and Debbie also plan on having two of their staff members on hand at all times, including one dedicated to keeping the animal area clean. I don’t have to spell that out for you, do I?

Jozee Rooz Three

There is also an area for parties, and right now if you book a party for November, you’ll get 15 free pony rides!  If you have someone wanting a pony, cowboy, or animal themed birthday, this is your answer! Yes, they can make, “Unicorns,” happen!  Plus, it’s very reasonably priced. It would also be great fun for your preschool/home school groups, or just a playdate that’s a little different than the ordinary. And I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how cute your pictures will be!  Oh, and PS If you’re in charge of a Christmas production somewhere, they do have camels that can come to you, but you need to get. on. that.

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Half Off At Northwest Trek With A Food Donation!

It’s hard to find good deals or discounts on a family trip to Northwest Trek, so I was excited to hear about this great deal that benefits a great cause!


Details: Visitors who bring two or more food items to the wildlife park between Nov. 6 and Nov. 29 will receive half off general admission, and they’ll be making a donation to the non-profit Emergency Food Network at the same time. The special offer applies to adults and children.

Bison at Northwest Trek

All of the food donations collected at the wildlife park’s Main Gate during this month of Thanksgiving will benefit the Emergency Food Network, a Pierce County-based nonprofit that serves more than 70 food banks, hot meal sites and shelters. In 2014, the Emergency Food Network distributed 15.3 million pounds of food!

If you’d like to donate items that are especially in demand,Emergency Food Network officials say the agency is experiencing a shortage of shelf-stable food items such as canned tuna, chicken and salmon; canned fruits and vegetables; peanut butter; pasta; low-sugar granola bars and cereal; and baby food.

Northwest Trek Tam Ride

Every visit to Northwest Trek comes with a narrated tram ride through the 435-acre Free-Roaming Area, which is home to American bison, Roosevelt elk, bighorn sheep, moose, deer and other animals. Sharp-eyed visitors might get a view of 4-month-old moose calf Willow and her mom Connie. Willow is the first moose born at the wildlife park in 15 years. And as a sweet surprise, she was born on Northwest Trek’s 40th birthday – July 17th.

Northwest Trek

In addition, visitors can walk forested pathways past natural exhibits inhabited by native Northwest animals such as a grizzly bear, two black bears, wolves, foxes, a cougar, Canada lynx, river otters, a beaver, fishers, owls and others.

Northwest Trek is open Fridays through Sundays during November, with additional special openings on Veterans Appreciation Days (Nov. 11-12), so Help Out for Half Off days are:

  • Nov. 6, 7 and 8
  • Nov. 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15
  • Nov. 20, 21 and 22
  • Nov. 27, 28, 29

The Help Out for Half Off discount cannot be combined with any other Northwest Trek offers or promotions and applies to general admission prices.

For more information about Northwest Trek, go to

To get additional information about Emergency Food Network, go to

If you’ve never been to Northwest Trek before, you’ll enjoy this article I wrote on visiting Trek for our friends at Parent Map. 

South Sound Sunday Fun


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Alice in Wonderland at Tacoma Musical Playhouse 2PM Last show!

Jet City Comic Con costume contest, character appearances, and lots of fun for comic fans.

Our town family day at the Harbor History Museum 1-3PM Mexico is the theme today. Learn about the Day of the Dead and try your hand at traditional paper crafts.

Dia de los Muertos event at the Tacoma Art Museum  FREE community festival with music, dance, and more. Free museum admission Terrific community festival! Note from SFM: Elsewhere in the museum there is an exhibit related to artistic responses to AIDS. You may not want to visit this section with young children due to the content. Don’t miss the art studio on the main floor!

Dinner and bazaar at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple  teriyaki and other favorites and crafts for sale

Visit the South Sound Estuarium interactive marine discovery! Open 11-4 weekends at their new location.

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You also might want to take a minute to enter our current giveaway-we’ve got tickets to Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Musical! It’s a big one!

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do October 30th-November 1st!

Boo! Yes, we’ve got indoor trick or treating and Halloween fun in Tacoma, Puyallup, and your neck of the woods!

But, we’ve also got tons of other fun things to do, including some ideas for those of you who may be tired of all-things-boo!

This list has non-Halloween happenings, and some harvest festivals and Halloween events. For our COMPLETE list of Halloween happenings, check the, “Fall Fun,” tab in the menu bar for carnivals tonight and trick or treating tomorrow!  For indoor trick or treating, head to this post. It’s also, “Stuck,” to our top page. For More ideas, just read on! There is no way you can’t find something fun to do this weekend!


Trick or Treat! See this list for our complete guide to South Sound trick or treating options.  See this post for Indoor options.

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Monster Bash at Michael’s  Kids can make a trick or treat bag for 2.00. 9AM-3 face painting, hourly costume parades  Grown-ups must be on hand.

trick or treat outlet collection Seattle

South King County

Fear on the Pier, MaST Aquarium, Redondo Head on down to this FREE Halloween festival with a Puget Sound theme! There will be underwater pumpkin carving, face painting, crafts, pirates, and a costume contest with prizes! 12-3

Monster Mash Party at the Covington Library 11-12 kindie rock and roll, costume parade, and fun

Harvest Festival at Northwest Church 6-9PM face painting, bounce houses, 1.00 hot dogs, tons of candy!

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Great Wolf Lodge on Living Social

Want to feel some Warm water falling on you for a change? Here’s an idea!

Great Wolf Lodge is back on Living Social today!  Eep! 8 hours left as of this writing!

This one is a good deal if you have a bigger family or a pal to team up with, or if you’d just like to try a nicer room.

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Now, before you grab it, here are a few things to know:

  • This is NOT the cheapest deal you can find. The cheapest deal is to get one of their regular family suites during a sale. They can be had for as low as 150.00.
  • If you are a regular size family, you may be able to get a better price with one of their current offers-If you’ve gone before, look in your email. Members of the military and first responders can use code HEROES to save 20% off best available rates any time, so you’ll also want to compare that rate before you get in on this deal. Yes, they do confirm eligibility for these offers.
  • There are blackout dates with this deal. Be sure to check them and read the rest of the fine print..

I Do think this is a good deal for some of you-specifically those of you with larger families, or those of you who might want to go with a friend. If you have a couple kiddos, and you have a pal with a couple of kiddos, you could grab this deal and split the cost.  If the one night, weeknight option suits you, you could stay in the super cool Kids Kabin suite for just over  100.00 (assuming you split it), and you’d have a 29.00 resort credit, too!

We’ve heard from readers who have done this as a moms and kids getaway before and thought it worked great.

Don’t forget when you stay one night you can use the waterpark for two days! For more tips on Great Wolf Lodge going, you’ll want to read my post on Great Wolf for newbies here. It’s and old one, but it’s got some good tips.  If you’d just like to swim in a fun pool for a few bucks instead of a couple hundred, I have a list of South Sound pools with waterpark style features here.

If you do decide this deal is a good one for your family, you can head right here to Living Social.  You have just eight hours on this particular deal, so don’t wait too long if you decide you want in! 

Disclosure: Living Social links on this site are my affiliates, and I do appreciate you using them. As always, don’t buy any deal unless it’s a good one for You!

Alvin And The Chipmunks The Musical Coming To Seattle! Win Tickets!

I’ve got three words for our latest giveaway!

Alvin! Simon! Theodore!

Yep-Alvin And The Chipmunks the musical is embarking on a live national tour,  and the show is coming to the beautiful Paramount Theater in Seattle on November 29th for two great shows at 2PM and 5PM (Doors open at 1 and 4).


The show promises to be entertaining for the whole family, as The Chipmunks will perform classics, original material, and hits by One Direction, Elvis Presley, Maroon 5, and more. Produced by Twentieth Century FOX and Iconic Entertainment Studios, Alvin & The Chipmunks Live On Stage! is an interactive experience – featuring world-class production, music, special effects, and immersive interactivity to encourage audience participation. Expect a pop concert and theater event show in one.

 The show’s world-class team includes TONY winning Lion King costume designer Michael Curry, and the production team that won the Billboard Touring Creative Content award for its show Yo Gabba Gabba.

If you’ve got a Chipmunks fan in your house, you don’t want to miss it!

Want to know more? You can preview the musical here!   To purchase tickets you can head here,  or you may want to check out this (My affiliate) deal on tickets to Alvin And The Chipmunks Live on Groupon. I haven’t compared this offer to their regularly available tickets, so be sure to research that.

But, wait…..I mentioned a contest! Yep,I also have TWO family 4 packs of tickets to this show to give away to two lucky readers. This is for the 5PM show (Doors open at 4PM), and it is only on this date, so double check your calendar before you enter. Ready? O.K….. [Read more…]

South Sound Sunday Fun


Looking for something to do today? There’s an event at the Museum of Flight today that looks really fun (It’s science-y, not spooky), plus free festivals, children’s theaters, and an event at Target stores.

You might want to take a raincoat if you go out. We’re hearing thunder over here. Anyone else?


Halloween event at the Museum of Flight

Fall Festival at Riverview Community Church in Kent  games, face painting, and fun. Food items for 1.00.

Yelm Farmer’s Market Harvest Fest  Come to the last market of the year for all kinds of seasonal fun.

Sunday Spooktacular at Target stores   trick or treats and fun for kids in costume

Salmon spotting on the Cedar River Trained naturalists will help kids spot salmon returning to spawn  Every weekend in October at four locations-link takes you to a detailed post.

Alice in Wonderland at Tacoma Musical Playhouse-check for showtimes

Haunted Theater at Tacoma Ballet  Backstage tour and short, themed dances. Magical not spooky! Ongoing event with various dates and times, but tickets go fast.

Harvest Fest at Miracle Ranch in Port Orchard

Visit the South Sound Estuarium   open 11-4 weekends

It’s apple festival time at Lattin’s

Mercy Watson to the Rescue at Olympia Family theater

Want to visit a pumpkin patch or a corn maze? Here’s our master list! 

And……if you love using this list to plan your family’s weekend, we’d love your vote for Best Parenting Blog over at Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington. Thanks so much for that!

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