Tom Sawyer Auditions and Mothers Day

Remember this Sunday is Mothers Day, plan ahead for something fun!

If watching your kid perform is your idea of a great time, and you live in Tacoma, consider registering or applying your child to one of the following two organizations:

Both organizations currently have openings for children as young as 5 to join. In fact, this weekend the Tacoma Youth Theater is having a casting call for its production of THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER. Tuition is $300 or pay as you can.

Auditions May 11th

2-2:45 for ages 5-7 (even non-readers)
3-4:30 for ages 8+

Mothers Day

My friend Megan from Sounds Fun Mom has a whole list of Mothers Day activities for you here.

Remember, for any brunch or tea to call ahead and ask about reservations. You don’t want to be sitting, hoping for a table with a crowd of hungry kids. The will mutiny and threaten to eat the very parent you are trying to celebrate.

Weekend Events April 12th-14th

It is supposed to rain this weekend. No surprise there. But, get your gear on and head out to see and do some really neat stuff!

Tacoma Daffodil Festival & Parade

Great stuff here. You can watch a parade on Saturday morning, and enjoy all the other Daffodilly type items that come with such a fun time. Be sure to click on the link above or on my FB page for more details!\momismmoments

Washington Trails

TrailsI heard on the radio this morning that the Washington Trails Association has updated their phone app! I downloaded mine and it is really neat. The website and their iPhone app is really comprehensive and has great tips and maps on how to find the best trail for you and your family. Use it to find a great way to spend time outdoors with the family.

Zip Line & Obstacle Course

Point Defiance has new zip lines open to the public this weekend! Ages 5 and up, get the kids climbing. Its kind of expensive, starting at $19.95 or $29.95 depending on the difficulty of the course. If you already have a membership, this might be more doable. Either way a special treat for a special weekend, this could be a TON of fun!

Family Nature Walk

Swan Creek Park (Pioneer Way E) Sat April 13th at 10am: Explore Tacoma Parks during these seasonal naturalist-led family walks. Discover the amazing plants and animals that live in these parks and how they adapt in the different seasons. Not recommended for strollers or children under 3.  Pre-registration requested.

Earth Day at Tacoma Nature Center

Sat April 13 12-4pm at 1919 S Tyler Street: Celebrate wiggly worms, creepy crawlies and buzzing bees with fun family activities that help you learn about the earth and how we can all keep it healthy!

Freighthouse Square 2nd Saturday Craft Fair

Sat April 13th at 10 am. Come and explore our monthly craft fair featuring a variety of local artisans. Find the specialty gifts you have been looking for with quilting, wood turning, paintings, photography, candles, handmade soaps, jewelry, clothing, pottery,holiday decor and so much more! We look forward to seeing you there!

Lego Club and Storytime at Puyallup Library

Puyallup library 324 S Meridian Sat April 13th at 1pm is hosting a story time and time to build with your favorite blocks, Legos! Listen to great books and then build LEGO creations inspired by the stories, let your imagination run wild with LEGO building bricks! Recommended for children 4 to 9 years old. No registration required.

Geek Dad at Lakewood Library

Sat April 13 from 1-3 (6300 Wildaire Road and 253-548-3302) The whole family will learn together by completing fun, geeky projects inspired by the “Geek Dad” books by Ken Denmead. Contact Lakewood Pierce County Library for specific project information. Projects are designed for ages 7 and up, accompanied by an adult.

Morse Wildlife Preserve

Free (which I always like) to explore trails along the Morse Wildlife Preserve Sun April 14th 1-4pm.  Discover distinct habitats from upland forest to riparian to prairies to wetlands. Morse Wildlife Preserve has it all! The preserve is located in Graham at 25415 70th Ave. E. Call 253-565-9278 for more information and directions. No registration needed.

Easter Events 2013

I missed the Thursday Thank Goodness its Almost Friday post. Sick kids, training and cooking took all my time, whoda thunk? This weekend is Easter. I don’t know about you, but the time has flown and it is time for Spring Break next week for the kiddos! Yikes. They want to go to Grandmas for a quick vacation, but 1 week is not enough to fly back and forth to Nebraska. They were sad. So, instead of hanging on Grandma and Grandpas farm, we are doing some of these things:

Easter Egg Hunts

Try out your local church for a great Easter Egg hunt. Life Center Church on S19th and Union always has a great time, but they now have opened up a second location off 80th and S ‘J’ street at Baker Middle School.

You can also see Sounds Fun Moms page for Easter events, not all are church related.

The Coupon Project also has a link to a Fred Meyer bunny event.

Freighthouse Square also has an event from 10am-2:30pm with a ton of fun free stuff to do1
11am – noon Kids Craft Zone
12:15 – 12:30 pm Costume/Outfit Contest
1:30 – 2:30 Easter Cookie Decorating
11:00 – 2:30 Lego Zone

Wright Park also has an egg event on Sat 10-11:30 through New Community Church

NW Trek also has a Grizzly of an egg hunt on Sunday from 1:30-2:30

Free CIGNA days at Pacific Science Center

This is only for the first 200 entrants, so get there early! But you can get in free to the Pacific Science Center courtesy of The Cigna Foundation.

Prairie House Museum Kids Days

Spanaway for Free, meet and pet animals and see how people lived in the time of the Prairie. From 1-3 on Wed April 3rd
812 176th St. South, Spanaway, WA, 98387

Free First Thursdays at Seattle Museums

See post here:

Thank Goodness Its Almost the Weekend

Thank goodness its almost Friday everyone! Does anyone else need extra sleep after all this Daylight Savings nonsense? I do! But in an effort to keep the kids amused, and maybe even give yourself a mini-break, try one of these events out!

Kids Night Out

Check out my page under “The Weekend is Almost Here” and find the Kids Night Out link, or click here:

Titlow Mud Run

Sign up for the Titlow Mud Run through Metro Parks next Saturday. Its full of mud, fun and obstacles. Its a perfect run for the family. Its only 2 miles in length and check in starts at 11am!

Point Defiance Beach Clean-up

Enjoy a day at the beach when its not that crowded. At the same time, join volunteers from Surfriders and CHIP in! to make a difference in the health and cleanliness of our beaches. Beach clean-ups are held on the third Saturday of every month.

Meet at Point Defiance Marina Complex, 5912 N. Waterfront Dr. 9am-12m

Tacoma Northwestern Model Railroad Club

This club is open on Saturdays 10am-2pm when not at a show. They use the basement of Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square and house a large display for model trains. The club shows this display all over the Northwest in various model railroad shows. When we visited, they were gracious and let the kids watch the trains to their hearts content. Word to the wise: bring well-behaved children. These club members are gracious they allow visitors to watch without charging a fee. Remind your children to always ask permission before touching trains, track or any part of the display. These trains are delicate models and would not survive if my 2 year old threw it across the room.

With that said, our experience was great. The last time we went, my boys got to ask questions of the club members, the baby just kept saying “train, train” and the olers were even given an opportunity to drive a train around the track once. It made their day.

Click Family Flick

The click family flick at The grand Theater is a great experience with some of the best popcorn in the south sound! Go and experience them at 10am Sat March 16th for Free

NW Family Expo

This is an Expo full of fun and services for the family. Wondering what school to enroll your child at next year, or where to find dental care or even what great play areas Tacoma has to offer? Then this is your place! $6 for adults and proceeds benefit our own Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital! March 16th from 9am-6pm

Second Saturday at the Library

The Second Saturday of the month is a busy day for the Pierce County Library system.  They hold special events and activities to interact and engage families.  This is also a great opportunity to learn about something new, like Chinese Dance.

Below is the list for March:

2nd Saturdays – Book Buddies

DuPont  10:30 AM

Second Saturday each month 10:30 a.m. Practice reading to a book buddy! We are always looking for more book buddy volunteers, just ask us for information! Ages 5-11.

2nd Saturdays – Magic Show

Explore the magical world of reading with magician Jeff Evans.Key Center  11:00 AM

2nd Saturdays – Saturday Matinee

Eatonville  2:00 PM

Bring the entire family and watch a family-friendly film!

2nd Saturdays – Saturday Matinee

Fife  2:00 PM

Bring the entire family and watch a family-friendly film!

2nd Saturdays – Chinese Dance

Tillicum  2:00 PM

2nd Saturdays – Japanese Tea CeremonyExperience a performance by the staff and young students from the Evergreen Chinese Academy.

DuPont  2:00 PM

Learn the history, differences and manner of drinking tea with the Asia Pacific Cultural Center. Registration required.*

* Register online @