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Win Tickets To Caspar Babypants And Recess Monkey: A Second Great Giveaway!

Update: 

Congratulations to our two winners-Lisa W.  and Wendy C.

Lisa’s comment, comment two

 

and Wendy’s commentcomment one

were selected via random number generator! Congratulations, gals! I hope you have so much fun! Wendy, I do still need your contact info. Look in your email for a note from me. Thanks! 

As always, I really appreciate everyone who took the time to enter. You can still get tickets to this awesome show-and don’t forget-you’re seeing two amazing acts in one, local event! Get tickets via the Broadway Center  or you may want to check out the options offered via ticket discounter Goldstar.

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Free, Online Tutoring From The Pierce County Library System

Do your kids have homework yet?

I know last year it didn’t take long before my boys were bringing home stuff that confused me.

Seriously-how can math be different?

Free online tutoring pierce county library

Luckily, our friends at the Pierce County Library are ready to come to your rescue with an amazing, FREE tool!

It’s called Brain Fuse, and it’s FREE, live help! That’s right-students from kindergarten through college can get one on one tutoring in English, math, science, social studies, or any other subject. Test prep for everything from the ACT to a GED  is available, too!  The program is offered from 1-10PM daily, and it’s a tremendous resource whether your kids have a specific homework hurdle to overcome (Fractions, anyone?) or just need a hand getting, “Unstuck.”

You can access Brain Fuse pretty much anywhere you can get internet, and you’ll be connecting with trained, certified tutors who have teaching experience and are thoroughly background checked.

You can find more information, or get your child connected with a live tutor, right here! 

You won’t need anything but your Pierce County Library System card.

Disclosure: We are THRILLED to have the Pierce County Library System as a sponsor.  We hope you mention the site whenever you attend an awesome library function or use a program you’ve heard about here!

 

 

Just Between Friends Sale In Olympia This Weekend!

 

Olympia JBF Sale free coupon

A quick reminder  about the Huge, Just Between Friends Sale coming up in Olympia this weekend. If you’re trying to outfit your kiddos on a budget (and who isn’t?) this is a great chance to find gently used clothing and gear. Here are the rest of the details from organizer, Jenny. Oh, and SFM readers can just pull up this post on your phones and flash the free coupon image for free entry!

The sale is at South Puget Sound Community College (Student Union Building) – 2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia 98512  the 12th-14th.

PRIME TIME Shopping is  available before the public sale beginning at 5pm on Thursday, September 11th.   or at the door for $15.  This allows public shoppers to shop first!

Beginning at 6PM Thursday there is an exclusive presale for 1st Time Parents, Military Families, Foster Parents, and Teachers. If you qualify for that presale, be sure to sign up!  Registration is required.

Everyone else gets to shop beginning Friday. You’ll find great bargains all weekend long. Sunday get free entry and half off most remaining clothes and gear!

The complete schedule is here.

If your own closets could use a good clean out, be sure to get information about consigning at the next event while you’re there! Jenny also keeps the JBF Olympia Facebook page up to date, so you may want to like that. Don’t forget to keep this post handy (or print out the coupon) for your free admission to the sale.

Disclosure: Sounds Fun Mom receives promotional consideration at the JBF Olympia sale in exchange for this post. Be sure to let the folks there know you’re a reader!

Fall Activities From Tacoma Bricks4Kidz

Back to School time means the return of sports and after school fun around here.

If you’re looking for something to keep your kiddos busy-maybe something Different for a child who loves to use his hands AND mind-you’ll want to check out the fall offerings from our sponsors at Bricks 4 Kidz.

Tacoma Lego Camps

They’re now in 20 different schools, offering programs that teach math and science concepts cleverly disguised as Lego building fun!

You can check them all out here. Classes at Chambers Creek, the STAR Center, and the Federal Way Community center are open to the public.

You can also use the same link to sign up for their popular kids’ night out programs at Frog n Kiwi cafe in University Place.

These are such a great deal-your kids get to build awesome Lego projects including motorized builds. Junior  builders are supervised by trained staff who keep everything safe and fun, and they even get pizza and drinks.  The next one is coming up October 3rd from 6-9:30PM and as of now, there are 9 spots left (they fill fast).  It’s 25.00 per child, and 15.00 for siblings, which is very reasonable.

You can get more information about their KNO events here. 

There is also tons more info. on their site. If you have questions, or if you’d like to bring Bricks4Kidz programs to your greater Tacoma or Gig Harbor area school, you can email twalker@bricks4kidz.com or call  (253) 777-3481.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. We really love the Bricks4Kidz team, and I hope you mention the site when you get in touch or check out a class or event!

Smithsonian Free Museum Day!

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Smithsonian Free Museum Day is coming up September 27th!

This is a once a year event, where anyone who registers can score two free entry passes to many area museums.

Now, almost all of the museums in this list also participate in other free entry programs, such as the library pass program and third Thursdays in Tacoma. The Children’s Museum in Tacoma continues to be pay-as-you-will for another three years.

My suggestion is you choose one that rarely offers discounts, like Fort Nisqually, or if you’re just not someone who likes to hassles with library passes or free days, there are lots of kid friendly choices-the history museum in downtown Tacoma is a favorite of ours.

Note that you are allowed two free passes per household, so you’ll need to plan on paying for children, or anyone else you bring along. Oh, and when you get your tickets you get a free digital subscription to The Smithsonian. I don’t know if anyone but me is excited about that, but I thought I’d put it out there.

You can see all the Free Museum Day choices here.

For a list of every South Sound area museum offering free entry with a library pass, you’ll want to see this post. It also has info. on free days and coupons. What South Sound museum is your kids’ favorite?

 

Superhero Party at the Lakewood Community Center!

It’s a bird; it’s a plane-it’s your cute kid at a Superhero Party!

Henry Robin

This event was popular with readers last year, so I thought I’d give you a heads up again. It’s a ways-off, but I know some of you have the superpower of planning ahead. I wish I did……

It’s Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s Superhero Party at the Lakewood Community Center coming October 25th from 4-6PM.

pierce county parks and rec superhero party

Kids are invited to dress as their favorite caped crusader, and they’ll get to enjoy special themed games, snacks, and more. Kids 5 and under need to have favorite grown-up sidekicks along, and staff tells me most parents of older kids stick around, too.

It’s 15.00 per child, which I think is reasonable. Of course, if you can’t swing it, you could try to convince one of your friends to plan one for you!

I do think this is a fun option, especially since most dress up events tend to be tilted towards the princess set. It might also work as a Halloween party alternative-if you’re needing one.

To register, go here You’ll have to create an account if you haven’t signed up online before. It’s kind of a pain, but not too bad. If you don’t want to hassle with it, you can  call 253-798-4177.  If you need more info, call 253-798-4753.

Registration is due by October 20th.

If you did this last year leave a comment and let us know what you thought!

Meet Kent-Meridian Co-op Preschool

We’ve been talking a lot of preschool here lately, and today I’m delighted to welcome Kent Meridian Co-Op back to our sponsorship team.

Cooperative Preschool Kent

If you’re looking for a school in the greater Kent area, they do still have spots, and if you join now, your kiddo won’t have missed a bit!

In addition to their preschool classes, they also offer mommy and me classes for babies and toddlers-the only programs of this kind I know of in the area. What a great way for your little one to have fun and gain social skills while you make friends, too!  Ask about trying out a class for FREE!

Kent Meridian’s preschool program offers a fun, play based curriculum that recognizes the individual strengths and needs of each child. The emphasis is on helping children learn and grow through play and exploration in an environment where they feel safe and welcomed.

Co op parents picnic Kent Washington

Their teachers have a high level of education and experience, and parents get to part of the learning, too, through classes taught by parent educators and time spent in the classroom. Now, I know if you haven’t tried one, a co-op can sound intimidating. I did co-op experiences with both my boys, and honestly, it was so much fun. I learned a ton from watching how their teachers handled things and from talking to the other parents. It was great to know that other moms and dads had the same issues, and to this day some of my closest friends are moms I met at co-op.

You can check out the school’s detailed listing in our preschool directory, or visit their website for much more information. The best way to find out if it’s right for you? Get in touch and set up a visit! Contact: their friendly registrar at : 253-951-1115  or Email:registrar@kmcoop.org  Don’t forget you can try a mom and child class for free!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I would LOVE for you to mention Sounds Fun Mom when you contact any of our great advertisers. They’re what keeps this site up (literally)!

 

 

Registration Opens Today for the Next KBTC Sparks Program

Hey, Tacoma,

Registration opens today-that’s Monday the 8th-for the next KBTC Sparks program at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

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These are themed programs focused on math or reading literacy with tie-ins to favorite PBS shows. This one will be Saturday, the 13th, from 10-11AM. It’s FREE, and this month’s featured show is Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman.

These programs are  recommended for ages 3 and up. Fetch is a show my boys like, so I’m wondering if this one might be good for little-bit-older kids. I’m trying to find out for you.

I’ve also never been to one of these personally, so if you have, I’d love a review!

They do fill almost as soon as they open for registraion, so if you think you might want in, go here at noon. If you don’t see an active link by then, you can always call.

If you’re looking for something to do today, I think the cooler weather would make it a nice time for a fair trip. If you’re going, be sure to read my post on how to save on your trip.  If you’d like a little more of a, “In a nutshell,” post, I also wrote an article for our friends at Parent Map I’d love you to read.

If you’d like to keep everything cozy, there are still a bunch of deals to indoor play places on our Deal of the Day Page! 

 

South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun and Things To Do September 5th-7th!

TGIF! Looking for fun for your South Sound family? There’s a little something going on in Puyallup, but that’s not all!

If you’re anywhere near Tacoma, Lakewood, or Greater Pierce County, you’re going to want to take your little transportation lover to Touch a Truck at Sprinker. There are several special community events in  Lacey and Olympia, too, especially for my military families-and fun, in-store events all over!Headed elsewhere? 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!

Western Washington State fair with kids

Watch out for fair traffic! lol

All Weekend

It’s Western Washington State Fair time-aka The Puyallup Fair   See this post for my best tips on saving a few bucks.  See this post for a list of kid friendly entertainment.  You can get in free, today-Friday, the 5th-until 12 with a canned food donation.

Summer is back!! At least for a while. Here’s my complete Keep Cool list with sandy beaches, tasty ice cream spots, and all you need to enjoy this bonus dose of sunshine!

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The Fair Starts Today! 2.00 Breakfast, Free Parade, and Free Entry Until Noon!

A quick reminder that today is opening day for the Washington State Fair-aka The Puyallup Fair.

You can get a 2.00 breakfast at Pioneer Park (the one by the downtown Puyallup Library), then watch the cattle drive and parade for free, and then get free admission to the fair until noon with your canned food donation for the food bank! Bring ‘em something good like peanut butter, mac n cheese, or a can of tuna, won’t you?

If you have a flexible schedule this is an awesome way to do the fair.

I’ll have your whole weekend list up in just a jiffy-and yes, there is plenty of other fun around here this weekend!

I also have a post here with tips on how to save on your fair trip. If you’re a fair newbie (or a veteran), and you’d like the straight scoop on where to park, what to do, and how to find the best of free fun, I have an article here that I wrote for our friends at Parent Map!

I’ll see you back here for your weekend list in just a bit!