Win Tickets To The Nutcracker From Evergreen City Ballet

Each  holiday season we bring you a fantastic, local experience giveaway every week. I know-it’s amazing! If you’re not already checking in daily, you should really start!

Today, I have a family 4 pack to Evergreen City Ballet’s Nutcracker. What a magical event for you and your sugarplums!


Now, just to be clear-this is not the Nutcracker in Seattle. This one is in Renton at the Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center, and it’s from our friends at Evergreen City Ballet, one of the area’s finest ballet companies.

Professional dancers in beautiful costumes will bring all the Nutcracker magic to life, including favorite dances such as the Waltz of the Flowers. Performers will pose for pictures with your young dancers or fans after. Readers who have gone in the past have had nothing but great things to say about this production. So, who’s ready to #WinLocal?

First, you need to know that these tickets are for the show on Saturday, December 20th, at 1:30. They can’t be transferred, so please make sure that date and time work for you before you enter. Done and done? Great!

  • For a 1st, required entry, leave a comment on this post.
  • For a 2nd, optional entry, subscribe to my emails, and leave a comment letting me know you did so. My email is a once daily digest of all my posts. Do note that after you subscribe, you’ll get an email asking you to confirm that you really want them. You won’t be a subscriber until you take this step.
  • For a 3rd, optional entry, share this post. Facebook it; tweet it; send an email, or just chat up your pals at preschool pick up. Leave a comment and let me know what you did.

Remember to leave an email you check regularly-if I don’t hear from my winner within 24 hrs. I have to redraw, and remember to leave each comment as a separate entry on this post. Your odds won’t improve if you don’t leave separate comments, and I can’t accept entries left elsewhere.  I’ll choose the winner Friday morning. Good Luck! Oh, and PS-If you don’t see your comment right away, don’t panic. It just means I’m offline, and I haven’t approved it yet.

Disclosure: Our friends at Evergreen City Ballet provided the tickets for this giveaway. I have not been compensated.

Save On Northwest Experience Gifts

Are you looking to give the gift of experiences this year?

It’s a great solution for kids who already have too much Stuff, and there are some wonderful Northwest Experience gifts with deals today! Many of these are still spendy, but they’re great values for places you go frequently. We also think they make great gifts from grandparents!

Memberships And Annual Passes

Point Defiance Zoo Membership Sale

Unless you live in Tacoma city limits and can take advantage of monthly free days, I do recommend investing in a zoo pass. It pass for itself in just a few visits, and it’s wonderful to be able to stop in for a short visit or leave when you need to (Nap time?) without feeling pressured to, “Get your money’s worth.” There are also some other nice perks to memberships.

Right now, for Cyber Monday, you can save 20.00 off the Deluxe Household zoo membership, or 40.00 off the combo. zoo and Trek membership AND today, only, you’ll get two free Zoolights tickets.

You can use this deal to renew a membership, and it is about as sweet as it gets for the Deluxe membership. Now, the basic difference between the deluxe membership and the Household is that the Deluxe allows you three guests with every visit. If you frequently hit the zoo with playdates, cousins, or out of town guests, it’s an awesome value. On the other hand, if everyone you know has their own zoo pass, then you might want to get the Household, which is a bit cheaper. There is also still a 10% deal on Household memberships (You can read about that here).  Keep reading for special deals to Wild Waves, the Pacific Science Center, and many more!  [Read more…]

Never Pay Shipping Again!

If you’re getting ready to do some online shopping this Cyber Monday, you’ll want to check out first!

Free is a cash back site with a bonus-free shipping!

Free Shipping Final One

You just go to the site, find one of thousands of retailers you’d like to shop with, and the site will redirect you AND automatically reward you 10% back! Plus, if you didn’t find a free shipping offer at the site, you can get your shipping costs refunded.

Yep-you may never pay shipping again. Oh, and in addition to your free shipping and 10% cash back every day, you also get free returns and price protection. Plus, through Monday, you can score an awesome  20% off at five amazing stores every day.

This year, I’ll be skipping the mall mob and shopping from my couch (It’s nice here)!

My favorite thing about is that you can stack your cash back and shipping benefits with other available deals and discounts.

My older son has been desperate for a Russell Wilson jersey for a while now. I was able to find one on sale at Kohl’s. Plus, Kohl’s was already offering free shipping with a 25.00 purchase and an extra 20% off. Remember-You can use those deals along with your perks!

Wilson jersey

I was able to get the jersey for 30.00, and with my membership, I’ll get an additional 10% back, so it’s like I got it for 27.00-which is a great price for this item.

Kohls Order

Right now, you can sign up for a 30 month free trial of for FREE. Just enter the Clever Girls coupon code HOLIDAY2014 . After your trial period, you can also get a special discounted membership rate of 9.95 a month (If you shop online as much as I do you know how quickly that will pay for itself).

Honestly, since a trial is free right now you’ve got nothing to lose, unless you really enjoy paying for shipping and don’t like getting cash back! But that doesn’t sound like you!

Will you be shopping online this year? I’d love hear about the deals You score. There should totally be victory dances for cyber shopping wins!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do November 28th-30th

Looking for something kid friendly to do this weekend?

Here’s our weekly guide to South Sound area fun with activities for Tacoma, Puyallup, Olympia, and Your South Sound home!

You’ll find a list just like this-just for the South Sound-every Friday morning!

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

You can say hello to the reindeer at Watson's Nursery. Santa will also be on hand select days. No Photo courtesy of Watson's Nursery

You can say hello to the reindeer at Watson’s Nursery. Santa will also be on hand select days. Photo courtesy of Watson’s Nursery

Ongoing Holiday Events

Reindeer at Watson’s nursery, holiday events at The Old Cannery, Santa at the fairgrounds, Skating at the Polar Plaza in downtown Tacoma-See our holiday events guides for all the details.

Fantasy Lights at Lake Spanaway

Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo


Kids’ Night Out at Pump It Up in Tacoma  Every Friday  Registration and fees required-kids enjoy jumping and pizza, while you get some grown-up time!  They also have a drop n shop event this afternoon.

 Got Princesses? Tree lighting, stories, and special guests at A Simple Wish in Puyallup Tickets $20/person. Call for reservations. Also enjoy “Christmas with Belle” on December 14th. Events sell out, so get tickets in advance if this is a must do for your princess! 

Tree Lighting in Edgewood-Santa and more!

Bridge Lighting and holiday fun at The Old Cannery in Sumner

“Let it snow,” event at the Conservatory in Wright Park   The glass walled conservatory is transformed into a snow globe!  [Read more…]

Happy Thanksgiving!

From my turkeys to yours…….Happy Thanksgiving!


Here at Sounds Fun Mom, we are truly thankful for you, our readers. Without you…….it’s just typing!

If you’d like to do something after you eat, Fantasy Lights at Lake Spanaway opens tonight!

See this post for your Fantasy Lights info. and coupon for 2014.

If you’re trying to entertain a whole pack of visiting relatives never fear! I’ll have your whole list of South Sound family events and activities up tomorrow morning! 

I’ll see you then! 


It’s Our Season of Giveaways! Win Tickets to A Christmas Carol at Sumner ManeStage!

It’s the holiday season, and that means it’s time for Sounds Fun Mom’s annual season of giveaways!

That’s right-If you’re new here, every year about this time, I give away tickets to one fabulous South Sound event each week. Just because I love you, and I love the businesses and groups who work with us.

Christmas Carol

I know…….it’s kind of mushy! At any rate, if you’re not already following the site somehow, I’d encourage you to become an email subscriber, follow me on Twitter, like the site on Facebook. OR just make sure that you make Sounds Fun Mom an everyday habit!

With that out of the way…….

I’m giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to A Christmas Carol with our friends at ManeStage Theatre Company in Sumner.

It’s the heartwarming, Dicken’s story you know with Scrooge, the ghosts of Christmas past, Tiny Tim, and its enduring message about what really matters. It would be a great one to share with the whole family. I think elementary aged children and up would probably enjoy it the most.

If you haven’t yet discovered ManeStage Theater, you really should. They’re committed to producing quality, family friendly productions that showcase their actors and enhance the community. In other words, they’re the kind of group worth supporting!

The show runs November 29th-December 20th right in Sumner (You know we LOVE local)!  Our winner gets to PICK the show to attend! Woot!


and, on to the contest….

If you’ve never commented before, yours will go to moderation first, but I promise I’ll get them approved just as fast as I can.

I’ll draw a winner Friday morning, and you’ll have 24 hours to respond. Puh-leze leave an email you check and check back for the announcement of the winner. Good Luck!

Where To Get Santa Photos For Free

Looking for somewhere to get a Free photo with Santa near Tacoma, Puyallup, or beyond?

We’re here to help! Full disclosure-we go to, “Our,” Santa for a professional photo every year, but I’m a big believer in budgeting for the things that matter most to you this time of year. If you need to save on a picture with Santa here is a list of spots you can get a pic of your kids with Santa for free or cheap. Let me know if we missed one!

Bass Pro Shops Tacoma   Bass Pro Shops has a, “Wonderland,” with free activities and crafts. You can get a free 4 x 6 photo. Ongoing-December 24th

Tree lighting in Fife  Tuesday, December 2nd  Free photos with Santa are available at Fife’s tree lighting/Santa arrival event

Santa arrival in Edgewood  November 28th  Santa will be available for photos. I believe these are free, do-it-yourself style.

Milton tree lighting event  Saturday, December 6th Santa and elves will be available for photo ops. between 6-8PM. I believe these are free, do it yourself style


Pierce County Connector On Sunday, December 7th, Santa and Mrs.Claus  will be riding the Pierce County Connector Bus in Puyallup. Rides will be free, and you can get a Santa picture for free, which will be emailed to you. Keep in mind it’s operating as normally-in other words, you’re taking a bus ride with Santa! [Read more…]

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do November 21st-23rd!

Looking for something kid friendly to do this weekend?

Here’s our weekly guide to South Sound area fun with activities for Tacoma, Puyallup, Olympia, and Your South Sound home!

You’ll find a list just like this-just for the South Sound-every Friday morning!

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

Friday night is family science night at the Science Dome at Pierce College, or go Saturday for one of their regular, weekly films on the science dome screen.

Friday night is family science night at the Science Dome at Pierce College, or go Saturday for one of their regular, weekly films on the science dome screen.


 Dynamic Earth with Hands-On Activities at the Science Dome  Hands-on science stations beginning at 6PM (one pg. says 5:30-you might want to split the difference and try 5:45)!  followed by a half hour astronomy presentation and a 25 minute movie on the domed screen. The movie is 3.00, and you’ll want to get tickets in advance. The activities are free, drop-ins. Events here are always Great! If you have a child with an interest in science, you should go!

Kids’ Night Out at Pump It Up in Tacoma  Every Friday  Registration and fees required-kids enjoy jumping and pizza, while you get some grown-up time!


All Over

Booksgiving Day At Half-Price Books  Free storytime at 1PM and every child who attends gets a free book.

Kids’ Club at Michael’s Michael’s offers 30 minute craft sessions for kids for 2.00 from 10-12:oo.  It’s a DIY felt stocking today.

South King County

Visit the HCC Mast Center  at Redondo   The center and its touch tanks of sea critters are free and open to the public every Saturday from 10-2

 Tree Lighting at the Landing in Renton

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Northwest Santa: The Santa That Comes To You!


NW Santa

Have you heard of the Santa that will come to your house for FREE? I know it sounds too good to be true, but I promise it isn’t! Northwest Santa is in its 5th year of sending St.Nick out for personal visits. Santa will come for a home visit with children under 10 or children with special needs of any age. This year his sleigh is making stops December 20th-24th  in Puyallup, Orting, Sumner, Bonney Lake, and JBLM. His visits are absolutely free, though he is glad to accept donations for the food bank.

Can you imagine what a thrill this would be for your little one? I think it’s a particularly great opportunity if you have a child with special needs or sensory issues who can’t handle the, “Busy,” of a traditional Santa visit, but it is open to absolutely any child on Santa’s route, and I can’t think of any who wouldn’t be thrilled!  You can get much more information and answers to any questions you might have about the Santa visits right here.

Now, the sign up is different this year. It opens Thanksgiving, and you’ll want to check back here. I do think spots will go fast, so you might want to make a plan to carve out some time on turkey day to sign up if you want to bring St. Nick to your place. If you would like to help bring this magic to more children, this is an all volunteer group, and yes-they would love the help!  They need wrappers, drivers, donations of toys, money, and time! Get all that information on their Facebook page.

Reader Olive has had Santa to her home several years and tipped me off to this great program originally. If you had Santa come to your house last year, leave a comment. I’d love to read your reviews!

Keep Your Pets Healthy And Happy With Royal Canin


I thought it was about time I introduced you to the baby of the family!

Cisco for post

I know……isn’t he the most handsome thing ever?

Now, I know this is a site about kids’ activities, but I also know that many of you consider your four-legged friends every bit a member of the family. As you can tell, we do here. Henry is the dog’s favorite playmate-here they are heading home from one of our adventures.

Henry and Cisco

Like all young boys, our dog has gotten into his share of mischief, especially as a puppy. Naturally, when Royal Canin explained they were looking for dog owners whose pets had had tummy upsets, we raised our paws hands.

You see, our handsome boy came to us as a rescue. He was well cared for by his previous owners, but they just didn’t have time to keep up with the demands of an energetic, young field lab. He had learned some bad habits while he was, “Entertaining,” himself, including standing up on his tall back legs (He’s kind of like a lab on stilts) and getting everything he could off the counter top and tables.



I’m happy to report he’s now a very well mannered dog, but during the first months he was home, I lost track of the number of times I found myself frantically Googling something he had ingested. [Read more…]