I LOVE musical theater! Who doesn’t? In an effort to shove culture down my kids throat give my kids exciting experiences they can use to become well rounded adults, I might just do this. It’s free, except for the time involved in waiting in line. So, the real question is ‘Will I have enough patience and serenity to deal with what I expect will be hoards of people?’ Lets hope so!

Seattle Pockets


See The Music Man at Seattle’s The 5th Avenue Theatre for FREE – just stand in line on Saturday, January 26th (limit 4 per household, while supplies last) for February 10th performance! Details, here.

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Circus Oz – FREE


For my South-enders! This looks so amazing, and its free! Mark your calendars for a free while tickets at the Pantages range from $39-$129 ($129 price includes a meet and greet) If the timing isn’t right for you to see the free one, you can still score a 20% discount online by clicking the link below and follow the prompts to order tickets online.

Wednesday, January 30

Broadway Center presents CIRCUS OZ: From the Ground Up.

Join us for a FREE preview with Circus Oz Members:

Wednesday, January 30

4:30 pm

Star Center, 3873 S. 66th, Tacoma (253) 404-3939

Get ready for the beautiful and the absurd, the downright kooky and breathtakingly brilliant thrills with Australia’s National Circus – a rock ‘n’ roll, animal-free circus show! Known as Australia’s National Circus, Circus Oz features powerful acrobatics that defy gravity, graceful aerial artists who will win your heart, knock-about comedy that will bowl you over and live musicians that energize the whole show.

Join this wildly popular company in a glorious rebellion against the generic as they deliver a delightfully ridiculous show generally appropriate for all ages.

No tickets are necessary for this free preview,

just mark your calendar, load the kids in the car and show up!

via Metro Parks Tacoma.

Click Family Flick

I love free and the Grand has an especially wonderful program where you can watch family friendly movies for free, sponsored by Click.  On the 3rd Saturday of the month, at 9:30am, the Grand opens up one of its viewing rooms to show the film.  Seating is limited to the first 100 people, so for very popular movies, be sure to get there in plenty of time.

January 19:

Small Willy

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – 1971 (100 min, G)A poor boy wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all.Watch the trailer!

February 16:


Puss In Boots – 2011 (90 min, PG)

Long before he even met Shrek, the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss in Boots becomes a hero when he sets off on an adventure with the tough and street smart Kitty Softpaws and the mastermind Humpty Dumpty to save his town. This is the true story of The Cat, The Myth, The Legend… The Boots.

Official Site & Trailer

March 16:Mouse and the MotorcycleThe Mouse and the Motorcycle  1988 (41 min, NR)

Live-action and stop-motion animation combine to adapt Beverly Cleary’s novel about a young boy’s friendship with a talking rodent.Movie Excerpt
April 20:Despicable Me

Despicable Me – 2010 (95 min, PG)

When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

Watch the trailer!

May 18:

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1981 (115 min, PG)

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Watch the trailer!

June 15:


The Lorax – 2012 (86 min, PG)

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Watch the trailer!

2013 Free Entrance Days At Point Defiance Zoo

If you are Tacoma resident, you can get into the zoo for free! All it takes is proof of residency: letter, drivers license etc. And for you to show up!

So, show up! Enjoy what Tacoma has to offer. You won’t be sorry, unless you show up late and it’s really, really crowded. Even then, it’s fun!

Saturday, Jan. 26
Thursday, Feb. 7
Thursday, Feb. 28
Tuesday, Mar. 5
Thursday, Mar. 21
Wednesday, Apr. 10
Wednesday, May 8
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Thursday, Nov. 7
Thursday, Dec. 5

Veterans Day Free Meals 2012

I am a HUGE supporter of our troops and this weekend is special for them. In the past, military members have not always been supported and loved as many of us do now. So, I take the time to honor my family (Dad and Husband) as well as the many friends and co-workers who have served. One way to do that, take them out to eat on Sunday November 11th. Its even easier with these participating restaurants:


  • Applebees
  • Olive Garden
  • Dennys (Monday Nov 12th)
  • TGI Fridays (Monday Nov 12th)
  • Chilis
  • Famous Daves
  • Red Robin (Monday Nov 12th)
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Outback Steakhouse (Sunday & Monday Nov 12th) – Blooming onion only
  • Einstein Brothers Bagels
  • Sizzler (Monday Nov 12th)
  • Red Lobster – Appetizer only
  • McCormick & Schmicks
  • Little Ceasars (crazy bread only)
  • BJs Restaurant & Brewhouse (Monday Nov 12th)

There are plenty of Veterans Day free meals to be had this year as well as some other additional discounts on items other than food. You’ll be able to stop into any of the restaurants below on or around Veterans Day this year to get your free meal.

Tip: Pay close attention to the date listed and what you need to bring so you qualify for the free meal. They don’t all take place on Veterans Day (Sunday, November 11, 2012 but observed on Monday, November 12, 2012) and some require different forms of identification.

Tip: Some of these Veterans Day free meals are nationwide but some are only at participating locations. Please call the restaurant you plan on visiting before you leave home to make sure they are taking part.

Looking for more freebies like this one? There are plenty of other military freebies that are available all year round. You can also get free meals on your birthday at many restaurants around the country.

via Veterans Day Free Meals 2012.