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.

100 Year Anniversary of Washington State Parks and Things to do April 26-28


We’re celebrating the 100th year of Washington State Parks with events across the state all year long. Wondering what’s coming up this week, next week and beyond? Find your next adventure in our weekly events round-up. Be sure to visit our events calendar for a full list of upcoming events.

via Events Round-up – Washington State Parks – Adventure Awaits.

Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Washington State Parks and enjoy some spring time activities! Click the link above for a calendar of events.

Science Show & Planetarium in Puyallup

Friday April 26th at 7pm – Visit the South Sound’s only planetarium! Shows start with an interactive tour of our current night sky. Explore the stars, planets, constellations and other celestial objects then watch a 20-35 minute fulldome video. A question and answer period will follow the show if time permits. Please visit our website for more information. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door with cash only

Adult – $6, Youth 3-18 years $3, Pierce College Student – $3
Pierce College Science Dome
Rainier Building, Room 263
9401 Farwest Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98498
(253) 964-6440

Museum of Glass Mosaics

Saturday from 1-4pm
Make a mosaic at the Museum of Glass – FREE with admission: Adults $12 / Children $5 (Don’t forget, you can check out a pass from your local Tacoma Library. Then, it really is FREE)

Snoqualmie Train Excursion

Saturday April 27th
Departing Snoqualmie–12:01 pm, 1:31 pm, 3:01 pm, 3:45 pm (Last departure from Snoqualmie travels to Snoqualmie Falls and return only) Departing North Bend–12:31 pm, 2:01 pm, 3:31 pm (One way to Snoqualmie only)Come celebrate over 50 years of public programs at the Northwest Railway Museum. The Museum operates an Interpretive Railway Program called the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad. This five mile common carrier railroad allows museum visitors to experience a train excursion aboard antique railroad coaches through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley.

Cost: $15 Adult and $10 Child
Northwest Railway Museum
38625 SE King St.
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
(425) 888-3030

Family Nature Walk – Gig Harbor

Saturday April 27th From 1-2pm in Gig Harbor at Adam Tallman Nature Park
Please call at least 24 hours before the day of the walk to RSVP. Meet at the Adam Tallman Nature Park parking lot (6626 Wagner Way) Gig Harbor, WA, 98335, as we leave promptly at 1pm. We return by 2pm. Note the paved trail is stroller-friendly for your little wee ones.

Seumas Gagne & Friends – Scottish Gaelic Music

If you don’t have anywhere to be Monday early – this concert looks kind of fun. Sunday 7-8:30pm at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Harpist, singer, songwriter, storyteller, longtime friend of Puget Sound Revels Seumas Gagne combines his classical training with traditional Scottish Gaelic music to offer us music, humor and wit. The concert includes Christine Traxler on fiddle, Colin Isler on cello, Tom Fallat on percussion and Revels back-up singers. You can hear bits of his wonderful music on SoundCloud (

Price $16.50. (no mention if there is a difference in price for children)

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 it’s Almost Friday!

Thank goodness its almost Friday is a new series where I highlight one or two things going on around town that are fun and pretty inexpensive. My life and my blog have somewhat changed over the years from focusing on things to do around town to focusing more on the everyday life of my family. I hope you enjoy these things, because frankly living in the South Sound is pretty fantastic, even when it rains!

This weeks events are:

Daddy Daughter Dance

put on by Metro Parks Tacoma Star Center – 6pm

Metro Parks Tacoma – Click for Registration

3973 S 66th Street
$30 for Daddy/Daughter ‘Couple’ + $10 for each additional Daughter.

Included are:

  • Dancing
  • Refreshments/Dessert
  • Momento
  • Photo

They say dads have a great impact on a girls life. Having once been a young girl (not THAT long ago) I would agree. I hope you dads out there are able to have a fun ‘date’ night with your girls. Have fun and enjoy

Family Day at Museum of Glass

Reserve yourself a pass at your local Tacoma Library and go for free from 1-4pm, or pay
$12 – Adults
$5 for kids 5-12
Free for kids under 5

You get to do an art project, watch the hotshop and participate in other activities throughout the museum. Ive been and its a good time to be had for all!