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Grand Slam Camps: Great Baseball Day Camps for South South Kids

Looking for a baseball or softball camp for the kids this summer? Grand Slam Baseball Camps have fun sessions planned for Tacoma, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Sumner, and more South Sound locations. I’m especially pleased to have Grand Slam back as a sponsor this year because this is a camp I can personally recommend to you.

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My big kid’s very first experience with baseball was at the Grand Slam Camp in Sumner two years ago, and  I’m happy to say he loved it! Everyone on staff is a high school coach and/or has played college or professional ball. They love the game, and they make sure the kids are having a blast and also really learning-it’s not just glorified babysitting. I saw kids of all levels there, and I was very impressed with how positive and encouraging the coaches were, while still giving lots of specific pointers. Your future all-stars can do the complete camp in the morning, and then there is an option of adding on an afternoon skills camp to focus on pitching, catching, or infield. The coach to camper ratio is low, so kids get lots of personal instruction.

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They run both baseball and softball  camps all over the South Sound, and the price is very reasonable. If you have boys or girls interested in baseball or softball-whether they’re seasoned veterans or just starting out-I encourage you to check them out.

Disclosure: I was so impressed with Grand Slam that they were the first camp I approached about being a sponsor. I’m so pleased to have them back again. If you check ‘em out, I do hope you’ll tell them you’re a reader. Thanks for that!

South Sound Swimming Lakes

Ready to go for a swim  with the kids? If this heat has you ready to go jump in a lake (literally) here’s a list to hep!

swimming area at Lake Meridian in Kent

This round up comes from Sounds Fun Mom Facebook readers who responded to my request for their favorite South Sound lakes for swimming. If I missed a great one you know, leave a comment!

Please do remember that even if a lake has lifeguards, it is important to be vigilant when your children are around water.  You knew that, right? :)

Lakes Where You Can Swim in the South Puget Sound

Renton-Gene Coulon Swimming beach on Lake Washington, walking trails, playground. food concessions  Lifeguards on duty 12-8 through Labor Day

Maple Valley -Lake Wilderness LIfeguards on duty from 12-7  playground, boat rentals, concession stand  Reader Brooke adds that there are clean potties. Bonus!

Kent-Lake Meridian  Lifeguards 12-7  swimming beach, fishing, picnic areas, playground    You can read more about the park in a post of mine here. [Read more...]

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do July 11th-13th!

Free festivals, free movies-it’s a weekend full of South Sound area family fun at my favorite price!

New here? I hope you’ll be back. I have lists like this each weekend and lots of great stuff in between-all just for the South Sound. You might want to get my daily emails so you don’t miss a thing!

For Seattle or Portland area fun you’ll want to check out the fantastic list over at ThriftyNWmom compiled by the newest member of their frugal finding team, Annaliese of Grays Harbor Deals! She’s found some good ones this week!

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There are loads of daytime events in Pierce County Library system branches. Too many to list, in fact! Go here to browse!

Free night at the Hands-On Children’s Museum

Many of this weekend’s festivals begin today. Scroll down for those by area.

Man of Steel shows at Bradley Lake in Puyallup outdoor movie in the park at dusk!

Free Birds shows at Meridian Habitat Park in Puyallup  Free show at dusk!


All Over

Kids’ Club at Michael’s Michael’s offers 30 minute craft sessions for kids for 2.00 from 10-11:30. It’s a summer keepsake box. You may also want to read about their Passport to Imagination summer program-open for registration now.

Visit your farmer’s market!

More than two dozen events around the South Sound continue below the fold. Just click, “Continue Reading.” [Read more...]

Plaza Play Days in Olympia Begin Today

A quick note for Olympia area readers that today is the first Plaza Play Day


Head on down to the East Bay Plaza and enjoy special science themed activities and play in the stream.

Today’s activity is an edible aquifer (It’s a sundae!)

Drop in between 1-4 and look for future Plaza Play Days every Thursday and Friday through out the summer.

The stream is open daily for waterplay from 9AM-dusk. It’s right by the Hands On Children’s Museum and the LOTT Wet Center downtown.

Here’s the plaza’s fb page. 

Look for waterplay options around the South Sound, in my list here!

Ride Coupon For Kent Cornucopia Days-Plus Reader Reviews of Library Events!

If you’re one of my Kent area readers, you might want to do the carnival rides at Cornucopia Days today, so you can take advantage of the ride coupon. 


Kent Cornucopia Days

It’s only good today, although the festival and the rides will be ongoing all weekend.

For readers in Greater Pierce County, be sure to check the library schedule. There are just TONS of programs today and tomorrow-too many to list, in fact.

I’ve hear that the puppet show and the Eth-Noh-Tec storytelling event are both great. There are also several science oriented activities. [Read more...]

Half Day For Half Price At The Point Defiance Zoo

You can get a half day at the Point Defiance Zoo for half price on July 18th!

Half day at the zoo

We love the zoo here at SFM, but it is one spendy outing. I truly recommend investing in an annual pass. While it’s a good chunk of change, it pays for itself in just a couple of visits, and then you can go whenever you want! It’s really nice when you have young children because you can leave for a nap without feeling like you have to get your money’s worth!  We usually pay for ours with Christmas money from the grandparents.  [Read more...]

Get Half Off A Day Of Day Camp At Pump It Up Tacoma! Reader Exclusive From Our Sponsors!


Are you a little worn out from being the family’s Chief Entertainment Officer?

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Take a day off with an Amazing  deal on kid favorite camps with an exclusive offer from our friends at Pump It Up in Tacoma!

Get half off-yes HALF OFF-a day at their super fun day camp!

What can your kids expect at Camp Pump It Up? Here’s what our friends asked us to share

Camp Pump It Up where the doors to imaginative play open through themed activities and events, Kids have a blast exercising their minds and bodies with our weekly themes and active play.
Camp Pump It Up is a one-of-a-kind camp, offered exclusively at Pump It Up. Kids spend part of their time exploring their inner artist, scientist while discovering new friends during games and scheduled activities to keep them busy all day!
Camp will be offered Monday – Thursday with weekly rates and daily prices available.
Starting our day at 9:30 am and concluding the camp at 2:30 pm.  
Remember to bring a sack lunch, simple small snack will be provided. 
Early registration is recommended, camps can fill up fast and sell out!

To get your kid’s day of  camp for HALF off, Just head on in and mention the Sounds Fun Mom reader offer, or pull up this post.  The regular price is 40.00, but your kiddo gets to stay and play the day away for just 20.00. It pays to be a Sounds Fun Mom reader!

You can get more information here, or just stop by or call (253) 254-7971    Oh, and while your kids will probably get plenty warm jumping, they do have air conditioning, so you can feel good about dropping them off during this crazy heat wave! 

****One half off camp per family, per month. Limited to new campers; not retroactive. Offer good for one day. Ask about weekly rates.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. We LOVE that our sponsors bring you fun for less. Say, “Thanks,” when you have a chance, won’t you?



Help! The Playground is a Mosh Pit: Strategies for Dealing With Summer Crowds

A trip to your favorite playground can be a little startling in the summer. School is out, and all those big kids have to go somewhere.  Here are my best strategies for having fun on days your regular hang out is a seething kidapalooza. See if I have yours!

Playground Crowds

1.Go Early   Have your fun in the morning, and you’ll beat a significant portion of the crowd, including day care field trips and bored teenagers. Plus, it will be cooler, and your kids will probably be in a better mood.

2. Go Elsewhere   At the risk of stating the totally obvious, most communities have one really popular park, and a bunch of smaller parks that hardly anyone goes to. Head to your park department web site, or the one for a neighboring community and make a little list. Neighborhood parks are often good bets. If you’re a local, Metro Parks Tacoma tends to call these, “Pocket Parks,” There are also a few they call, “Tot Lots.”

3. Go to school  My son’s school has a great little playground, and in the summer there is almost never anyone there. There is something totally delicious about getting to hop on the equipment without having to wait your turn.

4. Go wild   While playgrounds tend to get packed, less developed parks are much less likely to see a whole group, and even if they’re crowded there is room to spread out. We’ve been to Owens Beach and Dash Point on days the parking lots were nearly full and easily found room to spread out by walking a bit.

5. Just embrace it! A park full of kids means you might get to skip a day of tag duty. Just teach yours to answer loudly, “Here I am,” when you call and scope out the exits to the play structures.

What’s your favorite less crowded playground? I’d love to hear about if if you’re willing to spill!

Puyallup Wading Pool Hours And Tips!

Looking for the 2014 schedule for the Pioneer Park wading pool in Puyallup?

It can be hard to find the hours for this popular wading pool by the library, but I’m here to help!  You’ll find the hours right below! You’ll notice they’re a bit different on Tuesdays due to the summer concerts.

Note that the pool is closed on Sundays, and there are daily times when it has to be completely drained and refilled. Try to avoid going during these times if your kiddos aren’t great at waiting! The playground structure by the library is currently being replaced. Look for the new one on July 23rd!


Hours For wading pool by the Puyallup library

And here are the times it will be drained and refilled.  [Read more...]

The South Sound Beat the Heat List!

Here’s my complete list of ways to keep cool with the kids around here today!

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Whether you’re too hot in Tacoma, sizzling in Sumner, or Overheating in Olympia-well, you get the idea…..I’m here to help!

Here is my complete list of South Sound spraygrounds, wading pools, pools, fountains, and water features!   Yes, Puyallup-your wading pool is filled! Grab your favorite waders and head to Pioneer Park! A link to the schedule is in the sprayground guide.

Here is my list of readers’ favorite ice cream and cool treat spots. I wrote this before all the froyo joints popped up, so let me know if you’ve been to one I haven’t included yet. We’re fans of Menchies as well as Puyallup fav, Elements. My oldest says to tell you he likes the atmosphere at Black Bear best (Yes, he really said that…..I know)! Also, there is a new place on 6th Avenue in Tacoma that’s supposed to be amazing!

Here is a list of beaches with sand.

Here is my list of other  favorite beach outings.

Here Is A List Of Ten Great South Sound Parks With Shade

Here is a round up of South Sound lakes where you can swim

1.00 movies are a cheap  and cool option Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I have the scoop on those and many other options under, “Summer,” in the menu bar.

Discovery Village in Gig Harbor has ac.. Trampoline Nation also has ac, though jumping might get the kids warm!  Most museums have ac. Libraries have ac.. Be sure to sign up for summer reading if you haven’t already!

and, finally….here is my list of South Sound malls with play areas. Because, let’s face it, you might be that desperate!