Membership Deals to WiggleWorks Puyallup-Plus, An Indoor Play Deal Round-Up!

Our friends at Puyallup’s WiggleWorks are running a membership deal on Groupon you might want to check out.

Note that you’ll need to scroll down a bit to see the offer for the Silver membership.  It’s 65.00, and it gets one child entry for half-off, or 5.00, on EVERY visit for ONE YEAR from the time of your first visit.

If you go twice a month, it will pay for itself in a little over six months.

If you go A LOT, you might also consider their Gold Level membership, which gets one child Unlimited, free visits for one full year from the time of purchase. It’s 255.00, so a pretty healthy chunk of change, but a good investment if you’re regulars.

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Both levels also include a discount on products and services, and the Gold Level also includes priority registration for special events.

Now, anytime you’re springing for a membership, I think you should think about how often you’d really go and do the math for yourself.

If it’s just more than you want to commit to, I’d encourage you to check out the WiggleWorks web site to see all the discounts available every day . I bet they have more than you realized!  The best deals can be had by getting a group of friends together. Brilliant idea for a rainy day, right? [Read more...]

Big Just Between Friends Kids’ Consignment Sale at the Fairgrounds This Week! Win a Gift Certificate!

Update: The contest is now over, but the sale has just started! Congratulations to our winners, Felicia M. and Eva F. Their comments below were chosen via random number generator. If you didn’t win, I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this sale! I scoped it out for you (scroll down for pics), and remember you can get in free when you show this post!

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Here are some pics I took during the presale Wednesday. There was so much that I’m sure you’ll still find plenty. I also thought consignors had priced things really fairly this time.

Anybody need clothes? Bring your own totes or reusable bags!

Anybody need clothes? Bring your own totes or reusable bags!

Bouncy seat anyone? Look at all the equipment for sale! One nice feature you won't find at a yard sale? Everything is checked to make sure it isn't on a recall list, and it's all shiny clean!

Bouncy seat anyone? Look at all the equipment for sale! 


This BIG Just Between Friends sale at the fairgrounds in Puyallup continues all weekend! Do bring your own bags or totes for your finds and try hard to leave your kiddos at home! This is one of the biggest in the country!

Never been before? Just Between Friends is a children’s consignment event, and you’ll find gently used clothing for babies, toddlers,  and big kids from preemie to 20 for boys, and preemie to juniors for girls!

Free coupon to get into Just between friends sale at puyallup fairgrounds

You’ll also find maternity clothes, infant care items, kids’ furnishings, toys, books, strollers, and basically everything you need to get the kiddos dressed up and geared up.  Best of all, it’s all clean, organized, and under one roof!

Shopping Just Between Friends Sale Tacoma Puyallup

Tips: Do remember to bring your own baskets or reusable bags to haul your loot.

Be prepared for Very Long checkout lines. Bring a book.

Leave the kiddos at home. Really-you’ll be overwhelmed trying to shop with them.

Don’t forget to say, “Hi,” to the community vendors. It’s nice to support local, small businesses!

The public sale runs 12-8 Thursday, 11-7 Friday, 9-5 Saturday, and 11-2 Sunday (most remaining items are half-off on Sunday).  You can also see the complete hours and schedule here.

There are free admission coupons all around town, or you can get in free when you show the coupon in this post on your phone!


Oh, and I also have a little giveaway for you!  

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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun and Things to Do October 10th-12th!

Wow! There are so many things to do with kids in Puyallup this weekend-you’re going to be busy!

If you’re in Tacoma, Olympia, or some other South Sound spot, don’t worry! There are lots of happenings for you and your family, 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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A Visit to the Puyallup Historical Fish Hatchery

Have you ever taken your kids to find salmon coming in to spawn? It’s a uniquely Northwest adventure great for your outdoor explorers.

I have a link to a whole post about that at the end of this one, but first I want to highlight a salmon homecoming event you can check out this weekend, and tell you about a very special place you can have fishy fun with your kids in Puyallup all year round.

The Puyallup Historical Fish Hatchery is a hidden treasure tucked away on a residential street just a few streets away from the fairgrounds.

It’s been part of the community for generations now, but it was almost closed and turned into a private, commercial facility.  Luckily, an amazing group of community members came together to make sure that didn’t happen. Founding Director Patty Carter told me how their group went from sitting around a table at Denny’s to lobbying in the halls of Olympia. It’s one fish story that’s no tall tale!  You can read a bit more about it here. The hatchery is now on the historical registry, which means it will be preserved permanently, and thanks to the generosity of still more community groups and volunteers, there is an awesome educational facility just waiting for your field trips.

Patty and some of her team gave Henry and me a little tour. The fish in these ponds are trout, and there are thousands of them. Henry was thrilled to get to toss them some food. Can you see them all going wild for it? It was crazy!

Feeding fish at the Puyallup hatchery


The educational center is open by appointment. If you have a class or homeschool group or other bunch that would like to come visit, just get in touch. Field trips can be tailored around your units of study, and they’re free! The center is super cute, and Henry loved the little film (naturally). [Read more...]

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...]