Things to do this weekend April 18-21

Spring Fair


Well, the big news is of course the SPRING FAIR. Locals and people know about the Puyallup fair, well the Spring Fair is smaller, not as many rides or animals or people. Its perfect. I like to take my kids to the Spring Fair vs the Puyallup because there is just enough stuff to do without overwhelming them or without completely breaking the bank. My friend Meagan from has a great list of ways to do the fair for a really reasonable price!

Parks Appreciation Day

Sat April 20th , ages 8 and up:

Celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day, National Parks Week and your local parks in one fun event.

It’s gratifying to know you are part of a major county-wide effort with nearly 2,000 other people working in their local parks at the same time.


  • Parks and recreation programs bring tremendous benefits to people of all ages and our community.
  • They contribute to helping us live longer, better lives through active pursuits, new life skills, educational programs and safe activities.
  • Great parks and programs also help build a stronger community, connecting individuals, families and groups through the power of play.
  • Recreation programs and engaging, exciting facilities help keep kids active and off the streets. There are also benefits for the environment and the economy.


  • April 20, 2013 will be the 12th Year of the Event
  • County-wide throughout Pierce County (find a site)


  • Wear warm, appropriate clothing, depending on the weather.
  • Bring tools such as small hand tools, loppers, pruners, gloves, rakes, shovels, small pitch forks and even wheelbarrows (make sure and label them!).
  • You are encouraged to carpool to the site you chose.
  • Most of all bring your enthusiasm, smiles and be ready to burn some calories and have fun!

Click Family Flick

The Grand Theater is showing Dispicable Me on Saturday April 20th at 9:30. (Hint: The Grand has some of the BEST popcorn!!)

Bellevue Art Museum – Free Family Day

Sunday April 21st from 12-4pm. Fun art activities, demonstrations, and performances for the whole family! Plus, free admission to the galleries. Ages 4 – 12.

Seattle Family Dance

Sunday April 21st 3-5pm at Phinney Neighborhood Community Center I love dancing with my boys. Granted they dance like Elaine from Seinfeld, but we all have a good time and it is great exercise. Ive never been to this event, I just heard of it. But hey, it looks like a blast! So if you go, let me know!  $6/person and $18/family – not a bad way to spend an evening with music and dancing with the kids!


Don’t Miss the Building Blocks Early Learning Festival, Nov. 3

Babies, crawlers, toddlers and preschoolers are invited to bring their parents to the FREE Seattle’s Child Building Blocks Festival on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hamlin Robinson School on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Parents can learn about more than 50 preschools and early learning opportunities at this event, which is sponsored by the Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program.

There will be several mini-lectures on hot topics for parents, including:

  • Choosing a Preschool,
  • Funding Your Child’s Education, Teaching Young Kids a Second Language and a talk by co-op teacher and Joyful Play with Toddlers author, Sandi Dexter, about how to provide low-cost, easy
  • fun activities for your children at home.

Kids get to have fun, too, boogying to live music, enjoying a puppet show and storytelling from Frye Art Museum and Seattle’s Children’s Theater, trying their hand at a dinosaur matching game provided by the Burke Museum and a craft and storytelling session with the Nordic Art Museum.

Free active fun (parents, read ‘FREE childcare’) will be provided by Seattle Preschool teachers from the Seattle Gymnastics Academy. Goody bags will be given to the first 200 families.

via Don’t Miss the Building Blocks Early Learning Festival, Nov. 3.

Second Saturday at Pierce County Libraries Near You

The Pierce County Library has a great 2nd Saturday program.  From gardening with your kids to flying a kite.  Below are some that seem like a particularly cool way to entertain your young ones this weekend! Sat October 13th

Fetch with Ruff Ruffman

DuPont  1:00 PM
Ages 6 and up.
Event audience: Children, Tween (ages 9-12), Teen/Young Adult

The Zaniac Comedy Show

Buckley  11:00 AM
Milton Edgewood  2:00 PM

All ages.
Event audience: Family

Watch amazing feats of juggling! See why two-time Guinness World Record holder Alex Zerbe was voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comic

Horrorgami –  Halloween origami: spooky paper folding!

Steilacoom  1:00 PM

Event audience: Family

Get Geeky! 

Lakewood  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Ages 7 and up, accompanied by an adult.   Event audience: Family

Calling all geek dads and moms! Learn by doing fun, geeky projects for the whole family to complete together, inspired by the “Geek Dad” books by Ken Denmead.

Backpack event in Tacoma

Life Center Church in Tacoma is hosting a back to school fair, complete with free backpacks filled with school supplies.  Is it any wonder I love going to this church? Its outreach and caring for the community that surrounds it and communities abroad is astounding! While my littles are not allowed to help with this particular event, I will be there!  I will be helping in the community resource group. But come buy with your young one, register for the event on site, and partake of:

  • Community Services: WIC, Dental and Medical screenings, After school programs and more!
  • Free Haircuts, just in time for that first day of school photo
  • Arts and Crafts and bouncy houses, Oh MY
  • Lunch
  • Face painting

DOn’t forget to see me and say “HI”. I would love to meet you.

Maritime Fest


Every year the Thea Foss waterway in Tacoma opens it arms and says ‘Come Visit’ us and see how amazing Tacoma really is! The Maritime Festival is an annual event, the 20th for 2012, and offers all kinds of free fun for families on Aug 25th and 26th. You can tour the Port of Tacoma by train or by boat, for free or participate in a boat building contest. My building skills are not great, but if yours are and you have a bunch of friends that want to have fun, the pictures look pretty neat from years past.

The festival has Pirates, Music, Food, and I have also seen a fishing tank there put on by the local union. This really is a great event!

Thea Foss:
Park at the Tacoma Dome and take the Link Light Rail to the very last stop, Theater District

The Festival runs a shuttle bus (every 20 min) from that stop to the festival – ALL FREE

If you want to pay for parking downtown or on the waterway, you can, but its not advisable unless you are trying to catch the 1st boat or train. The Link Light rail starts at 10am, so does the festival events.

SATURDAY – Festival & Boat Building & Train rides

    Boat Building

Set up: 7-9am
Build: 9-3pm
Race: 4:30

Cost is $60/team with no more than 3 people per team ($20 ea person)
Teams Supply their own tools, but the boat building materials are provided…

There are more rules/information, but you need to look HERE for more information.

    Train Rides

Mark your calendar to ride the rail around the Tacoma Tideflats at Tacoma Rail’s open house. Learn how Tacoma’s own freight-switching service supports the economic health of the Port of Tacoma and the Tideflats industries.

In addition to free train rides, you will be able to walk through a locomotive, view railroad maintenance equipment, visit the locomotive shops, see two large model railroad layouts, have your face painted, visit with clowns, play a game, eat food… and more! Children will receive a token of their visit.

SUNDAY – Festival & Boat rides
The free Port of Tacoma Boat Tours provide a close-up look at one of the largest container ports in the United States.

Boat tour boarding is first-come, first-serve. Best to arrive 30 minutes prior to sailing times. For those who need special assistance boarding, the last tour at 4:00pm will have the highest tide and will make boarding easier.