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Meet The Little Gym Puyallup-Try A Class For Free!

Got busy kids in Puyallup? I know you do….

We’re thrilled to have the new team at The Little Gym as sponsors this month.

The Little Gym is the world’s premier experiential learning and physical development program for children ages 4 months through 12 years. In other words, they help children gain not just physical skills but social and life skills-all through a specially designed curriculum that uses physical activity as a tool (I’m guessing your kids will just think they’re having a blast)!

Puyallup Little Gym

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Dog Gone Easter Egg Hunt in Lacey-Hunts For Kids And Dogs!

I’m highlighting a few exciting Easter events today.

First up, a hunt this weekend that’s fun for your Whole family!

Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs Lacey

It’s the 7th Annual Dog Gone Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Pet Connection magazine this Saturday, the 12th, in Lacey. [Read more...]

Mountain to Bay Art and Poetry Contest for Kids

Here’s a fun contest to enter with your class or home schooling group.Citizens for a Healthy Bay invites any child 4-18 who lives within the Puyallup River Watershed to enter poetry or artwork inspired by exploring it!  Not sure what or where that is? Head here!

mountain to bay

Citizens for a Healthy Bay has been working since 1990 to clean up Commencement Bay and surrounding waters, and they do lots of fun activities with families, kids, and schools. I think those of you who are teachers or home schoolers could have a lot of fun with this contest. I love that it combines science, geography, art, and writing! Plus, the prizes are pretty cool. The big winner gets a private pizza party on board the CHB patrol boat!

I hope you’ll pass this on to your teacher pals, or get busy with those clever kids of yours. You have until May 1st to get your entry in, and you can find out much more about the contest and the rules here. Do be sure to let us know if you or one of your kiddos or students ends up being a winner.

Free Workshop on Parenting In a Digital World

If you’re concerned about keeping your kids’ use of technology safe and healthy (and aren’t we all??) you’ll want to know about a FREE workshop put on by our sponsors at Charles Wright Academy tomorrow from 6PM-7:30.

2014 Parenting In A Digital World Workshop

It’s the 10th annual Parenting In A Digital World Workshop hosted by Charles Wright Technology Coordinator Holly Gerla and Middle School Librarian Sam Harris. Certified parent coach Emily McMason of Evolving Parents will be returning to lead a discussion on a variety of issues related to kids, parents, and technology in the 21st century. They’ll be helping to provide advice on how to help your child navigate the ever-changing world of social media and how to help him or her create a responsible digital footprint. Guests will learn about the latest trends in technology, digital media, and social networks and hear about the latest research on how technology use impacts kids. It will be an interactive event, with lots of time to ask questions.

I know it can be so frightening to think of your kids out there on the world wide web-what a great way to feel informed and empowered instead! It’s open to the public and totally free. They are asking you RSVP so they know how many folks to expect. You can do that here. I hope you’ll also pass this on, especially to parents of tweens and teens you know.

Disclosure: We are proud to present this content on behalf of our sponsors at Charles Wright Academy.


Ask the Dentist: What Should I Be Asking My Insurance Provider?

It’s another in our series of Ask the Dentist posts presented by our sponsors at Just for Kids Dentistry. Today Dr.Sakai’s team addresses a reader question about dental insurance.

Q: The booklet I got on our insurance is so confusing! Do you have any tips?

Kids' Dental insurance

A:If you weren’t already confused about dental insurance, you may be now with changes to so many insurance company websites after the Affordable Healthcare Act. Don’t feel bad if you’re confused because you’re definitely not alone!  [Read more...]

What Sounds Fun For Spring Break! Family Fun for April 7th-11th!

Looking for Spring Break ideas for your South Sound kids and family? If you’re doing a South Sound staycation or daycation this week and looking for cheap Fun for kids in Tacoma, Puyallup, Olympia, or Your South Sound home-Sounds Fun Mom is the place for South Sound family fun.

Here’s a special edition of my weekday guide with, “All Week,” ideas at the top, followed by a daily dose of fun!

For Indoor Play Options See My Lists of

Outdoor Adventures

It’s supposed to be sunny this week! Woot! Click on Outdoor Adventures in the menu bar for all kinds of walks, hikes, playgrounds, and more!

You might start by visiting one of the fun spots on my list of Best South Sound Playgrounds!

Other Weekday Events and Fun

All Week

Extended hours at the super cool pool at the Federal Way Community Center. Guests can get an inexpensive day pass!

Play to Learn is back  Special, collaborative story time and fun for preschoolers with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma at area libraries and community partners, including free, public sessions with our sponsors at Charles Wright Academy and Annie Wright. Use the calendar to find a date and session near you!

Our new sponsors at the Hands-On Children’s Museum in Olympia have special fun going on all week. If your Spring Break is Next week it isn’t too late to sign up for one of their great camps!

The Tacoma Public Library and Pierce County Library system host their regular slate of story times for all ages as well as play to learn. Go to the date of your choosing to find one.

Check out a Free Museum pass from your library and turn your spring breakers into junior culture vultures!

Use your vouchers! Didn’t you buy a Groupon to the Family Fun Center, or a Living Social deal to a bowling place? This would be a good time to use ‘em! Need some deals? My Deal of the Day page has a great round-up of current offers on family fun!


Read to a Dog at the Summit Library 4-5PM 


Kids’ activities at Ikea  kids eat free Tuesdays, balloon twisters, face painting and other activities through the 10th.

Lego Building Madness at the Parkland/Spanaway Library Kids can drop in and play with the library’s Legos and other building materials 3:30-5

2.00 Tuesday at Tiffany’s Skate Inn in Puyallup 2.00 admission; 2.00 rentals and food specials, too! Special Spring Break extended hours from 1-8PM

Indoor Toddler Play Park in Fife  see  my indoor playground list for more options.

It’s 1.00 day at the Starplex in Federal Way! Tickets are just 2.00 other days. Small upcharge for 3D The Nut Job looks like your best bet for the kids today.

Your Brain on Words  Kids’ book program at the Puyallup Public Library for kids in grades 3-6 based on Susanne Selfor’s books. Kids need not have read them to participate. 3:45

Kids’ Book Club at the South Hill Library Kids in grades 1-3 are invited for book discussion and more. Register at the library and pick up a copy of the book at the help desk.

Insect Night at the Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound Free family evening featuring the museum’s extensive insect collection! 6PM

Read to a Dog at the Graham Library 6:30-7:30PM  [Read more...]

Spring Fair Tips and Tricks

Looking to save at the Spring Fair in Puyallup? Want a few tips to make the most of your visit? You’ve come to the right place!

We live up the hill from the fairgrounds, and as I’ve mentioned before, I actually prefer the Spring Fair to the big one. It’s just less busy and has more old-fashioned fun. Plus, the traffic doesn’t get snarled up for weeks…..there, I said it.

Fair boys text

Here are my best tips for making the most of your Spring Fair going:

Admission Deals-  Go on Thursday-unless you’re in the military

Thursday is opening day and kids are free thanks to BECU (kids 5 and under are always free). You can also get the ride saver deal on Thursday without a coupon, which gives you any 6 rides or games for 16.00, not including the roller coaster and the extreme scream.

You can get discounted adult tickets at Fred Meyer, Safeway, and South Hill Mall customer service. If you have an Entertainment book, there may be a Bogo coupon that is an even better deal (I don’t have an Entertainment book this year, so if someone can confirm that, please weigh in).

If you can’t make it on Thursday, do one of the options above for your tickets, or if you have school age kids, they will probably come home with either a free ticket or a coupon for 2.00 off their admission. If you’re in the military, your best deal is Friday, which is free day for active and retired  members of the military, National Guard, and their dependents and also for disabled veterans. Do note you’ll need a valid military id

Ride Deals- Get The, “Ride Saver,” Offer. If your kids are little enough, you can probably just skip rides and save yourself some cash. If they’re old enough to know about rides, this is your best bet.  You can get this deal on Thursday without a coupon. Your kids might come home with coupons offering the deal on other days. I’ll let you know if mine do. If there is no way your kids will settle for six rides (or sharing six rides if you’re cheap like I am), you can check out the other ride deals here. Most of these are only good deals if you do a Lot of rides, and none of them are exactly like a bargain.

Entertainment Deals- Check out the Kids’ Zone

The Spring Fair has a whole pavilion of mostly free fun, including face painting, a reptile show, science exhibits, and more. There are also tons of contest exhibits at the Spring Fair, all of which are free to check out.   AND

Check out the animals and the live entertainment

Again, it’s all free, and seriously-what’s cuter than a bunch of baby animals? Besides your baby, of course! You can see much more here.

 Food Deals- Eat Before You Go-Not to be a total grinch, but here’s what’s going to get you. If you can avoid going hungry, you will save yourself a ton of money. My husband always has to get a bag of scones. It pretty much doubles the cost of the outing, but they are tasty!

 Deals for Military Families- If you’re a current or retired member of the military, go on Friday when your admission and that of your dependents is free with a current, valid i.d.

Parking Deals-Parking? Parking for the Spring Fair is always free. Yippee!


Deals to the Monster Truck Show or Demotion Derby-A previous offer to the Monster Truck Show sold out before I could post it, but there is still a deal to the Slamfest Demolition Derby via Living Social that’s a good one if this is something you’re wanting to do. You can check out that offer right here.You can check out that offer right here!

Do you do the Spring Fair? Do you prefer it to the big one like I do, or do you think I’m nuts? I’d love to hear your best tips, too-especially for first timers and families with little ones. I know they’ll help out other moms and dads planning a trip!


What to Do Today! South Sound Fun For April 6th


Tarzan! at ManeStage theater in Sumner- Last show!

The Jordan World Circus performs in Puyallup  Link has a free child’s ticket (these may also be at area stores). Adults are 18.00

Historical Fort Steilacoom presents The Flett Family Descendants of the Flett family share photos and talk about the history of the area once known as Flett (now Lakewood)! Might be of interest to your older children. The museum is free and open first Sundays. Donations are accepted. Program is at 2PM

Migratory Madness at Northwest Trek Special themed activities included with admission. Trek is spendy; SFM recommends an annual pass if you can swing it, and you’d go even twice this year.

Gig Harbor Paddler’s Cup  I am not sure what vendors or activities are on shore today. There are more races to watch this morning if you hustle down.

 Visit the new South Sound Estuarium in Olympia  10AM-3PM

Just Between Friends Sale in Olympia  Last day, with many items half off or just 1.00 8-2PM; free admission; bring reusable shopping totes.

If you’re new here, I hope you’ll stick around and explore a while. I have new content daily, a great events calendar, and my famous (Well, it should be….) weekend list every Friday morning. We have lots of ways to subscribe, but I recommend the daily emails!

I know many of you have big kids home on Spring Break in the coming weeks. If you’re not going anywhere fabulous (Hey, us neither!) don’t panic! I’ve got a special series of staycation/daycation posts planned just for you!

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun and Things to Do April 4th-6th!

Need something free or affordable to do around the South Sound this  weekend? Here’s a whole list of fun family activities, including lots of great deals!

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!


Marble madness at the main branch of the Tacoma Library 2PM Kids are invited to make a marble track with cardboard tubes and other materials.

Just Between Friends children’s consignment event in Olympia  All weekend!

Free First Friday Night at the Hands-on Children’s Museum in Olympia

Doktor Kaboom at Knutzen Family Theater in Federal Way

Pier Peer at the Boston Harbor Marina in Olympia

The Jordan World Circus performs in Puyallup Friday, 4pm & 7:30pm;  Link has a free child’s ticket (these may also be at area stores). Adults are 18.00 Also Saturday and Sunday

Tarzan! at ManeStage theater in Sumner- various show times


All Over

Michael’s Kids Club 2.00 for half hour sessions whimsical painting today 10AM-12

Home Depot Kids Club  Build a birdfeeder today (It’s a Rio II tie-in). You are now asked to register for these popular, free programs [Read more...]

Open House at Gig Harbor Cooperative Preschool Today!

Gig Harbor area readers, be sure to check out today’s (Friday, April 4th) open house from 10AM-12 with our friends and sponsors at Gig Harbor Cooperative Preschool. They’re now enrolling for next year, and this is a great chance to check out the school, meet the teachers, and talk to current parents.

Cooperative Preschool Gig Harbor

The school has been serving area kiddos for 62 years, and I’ve heard from so many readers who have loved the caring teachers, the play centered curriculum, and the lasting friendships they’ve made. Plus, because parents volunteer in the classroom and help with fundraising, the tuition is very affordable!

You can get an idea of what they offer, and see some serious cuteness, here at their website.

You can also email their membership coordinator with questions, or to schedule a visit. Or call 253.858.6911.

The best way to check out any school, though, is to visit in person.  They’re right next to Crescent Park, and they’d love to have you drop in this morning.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. When you check out Gig Harbor Co-op be sure to say I sent you!