If you’re coming here from The Coupon Project-welcome! While this isn’t a bargain blog, you’ll find that many of my posts have a thrifty angle, as I’m firmly convinced that it’s possible to have fun without empyting the bank account or filling the gas tank twice. Head a couple paragraphs down for some great examples of frugal fun in our own backyard! Be sure to check around the archives, too. I have a great list of area bounce houses with open playtimes. I update my site daily, and I’d love to have you come back. Consider subscribing to my emails or RSS feeds, or “Like,” Sounds Fun Mom on Facebook!
If you’re one of my regular readers I’m going to take a minute to tell you about a really great post of mine that you won’t find here! This is kind of a big deal for me. As some of you know, when the boys and I aren’t off looking for adventure, we’re off shopping for bargains-usually with a fistfull of coupons. I’ve tried convincing the boys that this is also a fun adventure, but so far no dice.
One of my very favorite bargain bloggers is Angela Russell, and she’s very graciously agreed to publish a guest post for me over at her blog, The Coupon Project. Even if you’ve never wanted to be a, “coupon lady,” you’ll find her blog a great source of thrifty inspiration (thrispiration?) Be sure to check out the pictures of her Amazing garden! Of course, I also hope you’ll head over there today to read my post on secret treasures at your local library-it’s a good one!
Now for the ghosts…
There are two really special events coming up at Fort Nisqually. The first is the candelight tour on October 1st and 2nd. While not intended to be spooky, it does involve walking around in the night and watching people in costume. It’s a chance to get a close-up look at life in the 1800’s. There will even be a blacksmith in action. There is only one nightly tour of the fort a year, and you’ll want to get tickets. When I called yesterday, I was told Friday night slots are going fast, but quite a few times remain on Saturday.
The second event is Bonfires & Boogeymen on the 29th and 30th. There aren’t tickets to this event,but put it on your calendar now, and I’ll remind you about it in the coming weeks. It’s an evening of old-fashioned ghost stories around a campfire. The events begins with gentler stories, and there is a cookie break before the more intense tales begin. A volunteer will come out and invite children to, “Go home if you think your grown-ups might be too scared.” How cute is that?
I spoke with storyteller, Jerry, and he assured me that while the stories are intended to be scary, they aren’t bloody or gory. He thinks 2nd grade and up is probably the target age. He also asked me to remind you to dress warmly as this is an outside event, and he said a seat cushion is a good idea, too! On the fence about this one? The Fort is participating in Smithsonian Free Museum Day so you could take a free preview during the daytime this weekend. Btw, the Fort was never used for military purposes. Read up about it before you go and dazzle (or annoy) your family.