Groupon to Old McDebbies and Jim’s U-Fish in Spanaway

Groupon has a pumpkin patch deal that might appeal to those of you with young kiddos.

It’s to Old McDebbies Farm and Jim’s U-Fish in Spanaway.   For 25.00, you get admission for a family of four,   two bags of food to feed the petting zoo animals, and two mini pumpkins.

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I’ve actually never been here, but lots of readers have, and they’ve reported that  it’s a fun time for the preschool age set, in particular.

You should know that there are some add-on options not included in the Groupon (It will cost you extra if you want to fish, for example).

I’ve also heard from readers that this is definitely a place where you’ll want to wear your boots and bring your own hand sanitizer.

Finally, if you have older kids who want big, ‘ol pumpkins, and a “real,” corn maze/Halloween experience, I just don’t think this spot will have enough to wow them.

I do think it’s a great destination if you’re looking for something to do with young children close by, or if you still need to plan an outing for some preschool age pals.

You can head here to Groupon to check it out for yourself!
If you’ve been, I’d love a review!

You can click on the graphic in the sidebar for lots more pumpkin patch and corn maze options. You may also want to check out the deal at Ziemke’s in Buckley. That’s one post down, where you’ll also find a growing number of patch reviews! Growing-get it?

Disclosure: Groupon links on this site are my affiliates, and when you make purchases through them, a small portion comes back to the site. As always, never get in on any deal that isn’t a great one for you!

Deal to Ziemke’s in Buckley-Corn Maze & Hay Ride! Plus, Reader Reviews of Other Area Pumpkin Patches!

I’ve been keeping my eyes open for deals to area pumpkin patches and corn mazes, and honestly, there haven’t been a lot, so I was excited to spot one this morning!

I  do think many area patches are now hosting offers on their own sites, so be sure to take a look at ‘em before you head out.

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I DID find you this fun offer on Amazon Local to local pumpkin patch and produce stand, Ziemke’s, in Buckley.

I’d never heard of this one, but right on cue, my friend Lisa posted some adorable pictures on Facebook of her girls at Ziemke’s!

I asked her for a little review and she said, “ We really liked it! Lots to do and very reasonably priced.”

Sounds like a good bet to me! This deal gets you corn maze admission and a hay ride for four for 14.00. Not bad.  Of course, you’ll want to figure the add on costs for some pumpkins.

Readers have also shared some great reviews about other area spots I thought you’d enjoy. [Read more...]

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

Oh, Tacoma-so much free fun for you this weekend! Don’t worry if you live elsewhere- there is plenty for you, too!

Here’s a great list of fun ideas for your family this weekend, with kid friendly activities and places to go all over-including free festivals and fun in Lacey, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, and just about everywhere in between!

Headed elsewhere? There is always lots more to explore  at ThriftyNWmom  thanks to frugal fun finder, Annaliese, of Grays Harbor Deals!

 

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Get Carded! Get a Pierce County Library Card And Be Entered To Win An iPad Mini!

If you’ve been reading a while,  you already know that our library cards are treasured possessions around here.

We’ve been making regular library trips since the boys were babies, and we still all get a thrill out of checking out a stack of new books just waiting to be devoured.

Of course, we also love the free programming at the library, the downloadable ebooks, the movies, the music, and and all the treasures we find there.

Get a Pierce County Library Card

The Pierce County Library System is one of the country’s finest (It’s an award winning system-it’s not just me talking here)!

If you’ve moved here recently, or you’ve just never gotten around to checking your Pierce County Library branch out, you need to put it at the top of your to-do list. It’s truly the best, FREE way I know to keep your whole family learning and having fun.

What’s more, when you get a card this month, you’ll be entered to win an iPad mini!

Yep-it’s the library’s eighth annual card drive, and when you get your new, FREE card, you’ll be entered to win an iPad mini from the Pierce County Library Foundation.

Already have a library card?  Sign up a friend and you’ll both be entered to win. Military personnel and families may enter the drawing by showing their military ID. Or, consider getting your kids their own cards! This was a special milestone for our boys when they were able to neatly print their first and last names. It was a big incentive for Henry, and seriously such a special moment when he picked out his own card. 

Somehow the library fines are still all on me, but that’s a subject for another day……

You can get a card in person or online. They’re free, and if you’re a reader pretty much anywhere in Pierce County, Puyallup, Roy, or Tacoma, you’re eligible!

Everything else you need to know about Pierce County Library cards is right here.

Disclosure: We are super proud to be sponsored by the Pierce County Library System. As always, the opinions are all my own.

Happy October-Our Fall Guide Is Up!

Happy October!

Side note-October?? How did that happen?

South Sound Fall Family Fun Guide

September just flew by over here, and I won’t lie-it’s been a bumpy ride. Moving from the lazy days of summer to a non-stop stream of busy has been rough on all of us. My big kid has taken to communicating with a combination of snarl, snort, and eye roll. It’s kind of like I’ve been assigned a rhinoceros to drive around all day.

On a cheerier note, we are all looking forward to our favorite fall things-pumpkins, harvest celebrations, and trick or treating. Henry has settled on a Ninja Turtle costume, primarily because it comes with some sort of weaponry. It’s all about the accessories this season, you know!

There are some exciting things going on here at Sounds Fun Mom, and I’m looking forward to telling you more about those in the coming days! In the meantime, I’ve put all you need for fall in one handy guide. You can find it via the menu bar or over there in the sidebar, too! Enjoy!

Halloween Events And Autumn Fun For Kids

Welcome to the Sounds Fun Mom Halloween Events List. Below you’ll find fun, family events around the South Sound.

The list is organized by date, and I’ve primarily focused on family friendly Halloween events.

Every Friday I also have a complete weekend guide with many more options.

You may also enjoy these fun posts:

 

If your group has a fun Halloween event open to the public, just drop me a line. I’d be glad to list it!

Special Events (Organized by date)  Note that these are primarily Halloween events. I also have pumpkin patch and corn mazes listings and a harvest festival guide. And, as always, a complete guide to weekend family fun up every Friday morning. On to the list!  [Read more...]

Places to See Fall Color Around Here

I get lots of requests this time of year from readers wanting to see leaves changing color around the greater South Puget Sound. I have a feeling a lot of them are homesick transplants from somewhere else. Let’s face it-We are the Evergreen State! But, never fear! There is leaf peeping to be had if you know where to look. Here is a list of favorite spots for fall color straight from the SFM Facebook team. I also have a link to an article I did for our friends at Parent Map on South Sound fall hikes and walks. I think you’ll love it! Pierce County area Fall color hikes or walks Great Spots to See Fall Color and Changing Leaves Around the South Sound [Read more...]

Play to Learn Schedule For Fall 2014

Looking for something special to do with your preschoolers this week?

Play to Learn events are back at area libraries and community locations! Play to Learn events are special story times in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Each week features a different theme and special activities, in addition to play, songs, and circle time. All events are free, drop-ins, and all locations are open to the public! You can get more information here, or just try one out this week! They’re all FREE and open to the public-even those at community locations.

If these don’t turn out to be your cup of tea, there are many other story times at all area libraries. We don’t typically list these in our calendar, only because there are sooooooo many! If you’ve got a favorite, I’d love for you to leave a comment and let us know!

Play to Learn

 

Play to Learn Schedule Fall 2014

Morning 10AM-11:30

Afternoon 1:30-3

Monday [Read more...]

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do September 26th-28th!

Oh, Tacoma-so much free fun for you this weekend! Don’t worry if you live elsewhere- there is plenty for you, too!

Here’s a great list of fun ideas for your family this weekend, with kid friendly activities and places to go all over-including free festivals and fun in Lacey, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, and just about everywhere in between!

Headed elsewhere? There is always lots more to explore  at ThriftyNWmom  thanks to frugal fun finder, Annaliese, of Grays Harbor Deals!

Need a bargain for baby? Be sure to stop by the Mega Multiples sale this weekend.

Need a bargain for baby? Be sure to stop by the Mega Multiples sale this weekend.

 

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Get Sparky And The Case Of The Missing Smoke Alarms! A Fun And Free App!

Teaching your kids about safety just got as easy as, “Stop, Drop, and Download!” That’s right-when it comes to learning about fire safety, there’s now an app for that! It’s designed especially for preschoolers and young children, but our whole family enjoyed it, and I know yours will, too! Did I mention it’s FREE?

Case of the missing smoke alarms app

The app is called Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms, and it’s a FREE tool from Sparky Schoolhouse, a resource of the National Fire Prevention Association.

The idea is to make learning interactive so that kids will  actually remember the information and know what to do in an emergency (Brilliant, right)? It includes a combination of stories, games, and music from SFM favs, Recess Monkey! Yep-this is one hip safety lesson.

Smoky and the case of the missing smoke alarms story

Both my boys LOVE nothing more than fiddling around on their dad’s phone, and Henry thought the whole thing was awesome. I loved seeing how engaged he was with the story, although the little game was his favorite part (naturally).  Ready for the shocking confession? As we were playing with this app together, I realized that the smoke detector  by our kitchen was disconnected. Can you guess why?? Yes, we also had a conversation about what you should REALLY do when you hear the smoke alarm- besides yelling, “Mom’s cooking. Can we get pizza?” What can I say? Don’t be me!  If your kids aren’t… ‘ahem…quite as familiar with the sound of the smoke alarm, there is a super catchy song that explains what it is, and what you should do when you hear it!

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Now, I know your life is super busy, but this is really one of those things to do now while you’re thinking about it. In addition to the app, the site also has great resources for teachers, homeschoolers, and parents.  It’s  packed with freebies  including lesson plans,  printables, guides for teachers (yes, it’s all aligned to core standards), handouts for parents, and much more.  You can check it all out here. 

To download Smokey and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms, just head here! It’s FREE (and totally priceless).

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post I was super proud to do on behalf of  We Are Teachers for  the NFPA/Sparky.org Fire Prevention Week app, Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms.