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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do August 8th-10th!

Need something to do around the South Sound this weekend? Boy, have I got you covered! 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!  It’s Seafair week.

 

Child at festival

Friday

 

Pierce County Fair continues in Graham

The science of sword fighting with the Knights of Veritas at the Puyallup Public Library  3PM   sword fighting demonstrations. My boys’ very favorite library program ever. Yes, your kids will want to whack each other with whatever they find afterwards.

Fircrest Fun Days food and craft booths, live entertainment, continues Saturday

Sunset Cinema at Kandle Park   After the wave pool closes, there will be a mini soccer session with a Sounders player followed by an autograph session and snacks provided by Subway. At dusk, catch a free showing of Hotel Transylvania.

Free outdoor showing of Mr.Peabody and Sherman at the Tumwater Valley Golf Club

Free cinema under the stars at volunteer park Key Peninsula Every Friday evening in August; free-food bank donations invited.  Activities start at 6:30.  Show is Despicable Me tonight.

Free outdoor movies in Gig Harbor  Big Miracle tonight; Wall E Saturday   I believe it’s at Skansie Bros. Park, but correct me if it’s Donkey Creek, please. Thanks!

Free outdoor movie at Bradley Lake Park in Puyallup. It’s Despicable Me. Show at dusk.

Saturday

All Over

Need to keep cool? Head here for my list of every sprayground, wading pool, fountain, and water feature in the South Puget Sound! 

Trying to plan for next week? Head to the, “Summer,” tab in my menu bar for quick info. on summer camps, VBS, free kids’ activities, and much, much more!

Kids’ Club at Michael’s Michael’s offers 30 minute craft sessions for kids for 2.00 from 10-11:30. It’s a fun dough craft bug today.  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.”

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Pierce County Fair in Graham

It’s Pierce County fair time out at Frontier Park in Graham!

 

Pierce County Fair

The fair begins today,  Thursday, which  is Family Day. Kiddos can get in for just 1.00 with a canned food donation and adults get 1.00 off! You can also the kiddos  6 rides or games for 16.00 with the Funtastic coupon.  The link is on this page under pricing info.  Look for, “Money Saving Specials,” and the word coupon. Sunday is military day, with free admission for members of the military in uniform or with id.

Regular admission and parking are a very reasonable 5.00, and the stage entertainment is all free. Kids 5 and under are Always free.

This is a much smaller, down home fair than the, “Big one,” which I think makes it a nice choice for younger children (Oh, and kids 5 and under are always free). It runs through the weekend, though the ride deal and 1.00 admission for the kids is only offered Thursday. Readers gave some nice reviews at our Facebook page, too.

You can get more information at the Pierce County Fair home page.

 

Day Trip Idea: Riding the Gondola at Crystal Mountain

While we’re All About the South Sound here, in August we also like to run some ideas for those of you doing staycations or looking for day trips or even short road trips.

A ride on the Crystal Mountain gondola is a great South Sound area day trip with some major, “Wow!” factor.

Riding the Gondola at Crystal Mountain with children

 

While Crystal is known as a place to ski and snowboard, this time of year you can take a gondola ride to the top and enjoy mountain views and blooming wildflowers.  No reservations are needed, and it operates weekdays from 10AM-5:30, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10AM-7PM through September 21st.

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Walk Tacoma Scavenger Hunt Wednesday

If you’re looking for National Night Out events near you, go one post down!

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A quick note for Tacoma area readers that tomorrow is the Walk Tacoma scavenger hunt. If you’ve ever wished you could go an Amazing Race style adventure, here’s your chance! You and the kiddos get to explore Tacoma as you solve fun clues!

This is the final event in a series of fun, summer outings put on by Downtown On The Go, a great community group whose mission is to get residents away from the one person/one car grind and moving towards walking, bicycling, and using transit instead.

Last year, I asked organizer, Meagan, how kid friendly she thought this event would be, and she told me her own kiddos who were 4 and 7 would  be participating with their dad. She did say it probably wouldn’t be suitable for children who can’t walk far, and it’s probably not a good idea for the stroller set. I think kids who are readers will most enjoy the clues, but I think kids of all ages will love racing about town and riding the link. Just judge how much endurance yours have-keeping in mind that you don’t have to make it to every location. 

I know several readers participated last year and had a great time. If you were one of them, I’d love for you to leave a comment!   Check in for the event starts at 4:30 at Social Bar and Grill. You can get loads more information right here! 

 

 

South Puget Sound National Night Out Events

There are fun events all around Pierce County and the greater South Sound for National Night Out tonight.

This is an annual event meant to help prevent crime by getting neighbors out and meeting each other.

National Night Out events Pierce County

While there are still lots of block parties, there are now also many cities offering free, organized events. Here are a few I know about in the South Sound, but please feel free to leave info. on yours in the comments so your neighbors can come, too! If you’re one of my readers in Bonney Lake, Fircrest, or Gig Harbor, these are don’t miss events for the kiddos! Keep reading for a list of events by city. [Read more...]

Trampoline Nation On Groupon!

Our sponsors at Trampoline Nation are running their first Groupon!

Whoop!

Trampoline Nation

12.00 gets one child TWO big hours of jump time (and, seriously, that is going to be plenty)!  Readers have loved  this Federal Way fun spot, and you have until October 15th to use this one.

If you don’t want to save it to rescue a rainy day, Trampoline Nation is air conditioned, And they have WiFi, so you could chill out in the lounge if you didn’t want to join the jumping.

They have already sold close to 1,000, so don’t wait long if you want in on this offer. Head here to check out the Trampoline Nation deal!

 

Disclosure: Trampoline Nation is an advertiser at  Sounds Fun Mom, and I”d love for you to mention the site on your next visit. The Groupon link in this post is my affiliate, and I receive a small percentage of any sales made through it. As always, only get in on offers that are great ones for you!

Playground Report: The New Playground at Pioneer Park in Downtown Puyallup

Here’s a quick report on the new playground at Pioneer Park by the library in Downtown Puyallup.

The highlights include two play structures, some fun music and literacy components, and two slides that are literally the biggest slides I’ve ever seen at a playground.

I heard more than one kid say, “Whoah!” I also heard one little girl saying they were, “So, so, scary,” but I could tell she’d gone more than once, so it must have been a good scary!

Puyallup Library Slides

Henry said they weren’t too fast-just dark.

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South Sound Weekend Kids’ Calendar: Family Fun And Things To Do August 1st-3rd!

Need something to do around the South Sound this weekend? Boy, have I got you covered! 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!  It’s Seafair week.

 

Child at festival

Friday

Fridays are big days in the Pierce County Library system. Head here for a list of kids’ events today. 

Military appreciation day at the Thurston County Fair 2.00 admission tickets and 5.00 off carnival ride bracelets with id

Be a toxic investigator! Free program from the Pierce County Health Department at the Puyallup Public Library 3PM

Once On This Island  by Green River’s Heavier Than Air Theater   “Island,” adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid

Free night at the Hands-On Children’s Museum in Olympia  Enjoy free admission the first Friday of the month from 5-9PM

Free movie at Cheney Stadium at the jumbo screen. It’s The Lego Movie.   Heads-up that readers said the sound/picture wasn’t great, and they were asked not to take strollers on the field. But it’s outdoors on  a big screen, and it’s Free!

Summer Sounds and Cinema in Auburn 7PM Free outdoor movie  It’s Despicable Me 2! Children’s art activities, inflatables, and id kits before the show; concessions available

Movies in the Park with Pierce County Parks and Rec  Free showing of the Lego movie at the Heritage Rec Center on South Hill  preshow activities at 7PM; movie at dusk; concessions available

Saturday

All Over

Need to keep cool? Head here for my list of every sprayground, wading pool, fountain, and water feature in the South Puget Sound! 

Trying to plan for next week? Head to the, “Summer,” tab in my menu bar for quick info. on summer camps, VBS, free kids’ activities, and much, much more!

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 keychain and bracelet.  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.”

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Blueberry Picking at Charlotte’s Blueberry Park in Tacoma

Update-Want to go on a u pick berry adventure with your kiddos? I have to confess we haven’t made it to Charlotte’s yet this summer, but my Twitter peeps tell me they are finding ripe berries! If you’ve never heard of this spot-where you can get free, chemical free blueberries, read on for all the scoop! If you go, do leave a comment and let us know how the picking was!

Tacoma U pick Blueberroes

What’s better than fresh blueberries? How about fresh and free blueberries?

Charlotte’s Blueberry Park in Tacoma is a Metro Parks Tacoma property, and thanks to the efforts of volunteers, like its namesake, the late Charlotte Valbert, it’s full of thriving blueberry bushes, and the picking is free! Plus, they grow naturally-no pesticides or other gunk.

The pictures in this post are from my family’s outing last August. The picking season typically runs July-September. I think all the berries are a little early this year because of all the hot weather we had in June.

There are thousands of berries at Blueberry Park, including some on bushes right next to a nice, paved path. The only bushes we saw that had really been picked over were a few right by the path.

 

The bushes are tall and dense. The hubs says to tell you to keep your kids right by you, if you don’t want to loose ‘em in the shrubbery!

We found tons of berries-ripe and still green. I’m guessing you will, too!

We picked around half a gallon in about an hour. We probably could have gotten more if we hadn’t brought the rescue lab to help.

The boys had fun, although Henry got crabby once he realized he was working hard. When I wrote about strawberrry picking last year (season is done for those), my brilliant friend Traci suggested bringing some small cars to let kids play with between the bushes. Great idea, huh? We also saw lots of kids riding bikes on the path and generally running around yelling. If you’re fine with having yours out of your sight, that’s an option. Do bring sunscreen, hats, and water,if you go on one of the upcoming sunny days. There is a nice, shaded area for a picnic, but you’ll get plenty warm picking.

Several readers have suggested going to this spot Early to beat the neighborhood competition. Honestly, we found plenty mid day by going back in the middle and looking high and low. This time of year there may be fewer ripe, so an early start is probably smart (and it will be cooler).

If this spot isn’t near you, you might want to check out Gile Blueberry Farm in Olympia, which was recommended by area mom, Gretchen of That Momma Gretchen (a super fun blog, if you’re looking for a new read).  I also found a spot called Blue Dot Farm in Enumclaw, and a place called Canter Berry in Auburn They both open for u pick today! You can look for others at PugetSoundFresh.  I do suggest calling any spot to confirm details  before you go.

I haven’t been to either of these, so report back if you go!

You can head here for directions to Charlotte’s Blueberry Park in Tacoma.

You might also like to read last year’s post on wild blackberry picking. You should be able to find those most anywhere!

 

South Puget Sound School Supply Donation Drives And Give Aways

Looking for a South Sound location to donate school supplies? Or maybe you could use a hand yourself?

Those lists definitely seem to get longer every year!

Here is a round-up of area businesses and events in Pierce and South King County where you can donate school supplies, as well as places you might be able to receive assistance. Thanks to the SFM Facebook team, for all these great suggestions. I’m sure there are still Lots more to add, though-so please leave a comment if you know of one we should include.

Places to donate or receive back to school supplies   *Note-If you are needing to pick up supplies for your kiddos, please check the details before you head out. Some of these are donation event/collection sites only; others require you to register before attending. 

South King County/Federal Way Red Canoe locations in Federal Way and Puyallup  Red Canoe Credit Union hosts an annual, “Fill the Canoe,” drive and donates supplies through Communities in Schools and other charity partners.  Donation event only.

Federal Way Christian Faith Center Federal Way  backpack and school supply giveaway on the 23rd. Accepting donations now.  Link has email contact if you’d like to attend the giveaway event.

Enumclaw Youth and Family Services  Currently collecting backpacks and supplies

Auburn/Seattle Area TreeHouse works with foster kids in the Seattle area and has information on how you can host a school supply drive. Tom Matson Dodge in Auburn is currently collecting for TreeHouse.  Donation opportunity only. If you are fostering a child in need, get in touch with their offices.

Edgewood/Milton/ Puyallup Mountain View Community Center  Edgewood  Free back to school barbecue and school supply giveaway August 23rd.  Backpacks, free haircuts, dental screenings, fun for kids, and more. Donations and volunteers are welcome. Anyone can attend the event.

Bonney Lake Lions 4 Kids Bonney Lake accepts donations year round. They are particularly in need of backpacks right now, as well as supplies for older students.  Contact them if you are in need. They provide year round assistance.

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