Washington State Spring Fair Starts – 4/10 – LOT’s Of Free Fun This Year

Washington State Spring Fair

Just a reminder that the Fair starts Today, and its the BECU FREE Day for kids!!!

The Washington State Spring Fair starts April 10th and runs through April 13th. It’s a 5-day fair, similar to the regular fair, only scaled back a little. To be honest, my family prefers the Spring Fair. With young kids especially, it’s a great alternative. There is still plenty to do and explore, but the crowds are somewhat smaller (at least they have been in past years) and so we are able to enjoy the fair at a pace that is more comfortable to us.

This year there are MANY free things available for the kids to enjoy (the whole family too). Here are a list of some of the best freebies you can expect to find at this years Spring Fair::

  • FREE Parking at the Spring Fair! (I love this one, as it makes it convenient to get there)
  • TotSpot area – Free activities including Thank a Farmer Magic Show, Let’s Pretend Show, & AG-Ventureland
  • FREE KidZone (including Free Face Painting for Kids 12 and under) & Master Gardening exhibit. You can view the activity schedule for Kid Zone here.
  • Brads World Reptile Show – Free activity;  See, touch and learn about captive raised turtles, frogs, lizards, snakes and insects from the near and far places of our world. Science artifacts, nature videos, hatching snake eggs, parrots and even an alligator are included in this unique exhibit.
  • MindWorks Hands On Interactive Exhibit - Free activity; this is new this year in the KidZone with 36 fun & interactive games, puzzles & construction zone activities
  • Free Entertainment! There are many free entertainment options including Pig Races, a JR. Rodeo, a choir festival and more!

One of the free entertainment options is called Kids Pretend. This is a small stage over near Kiddyland. There is a tent set up with plenty of dress up costumes and a small set. My kids did this last year and it was a great break time. My husband and I were able to sit in a covered area while the kids played and played. They then got to put on a small show for us, and it was one of the highlights of our trip. When we visited, this area was not crowded at all (which was part of what was so nice about it). That may be different this year, but its still a great stop for those with young children.

There are also many opportunities to save on admission to this years (2014) Spring Fair:

  • Kids 5 and Under are always FREE

BECU Kids Free Day:

Kids (0-18) get in FREE on opening day  – Thursday April 10th from 2pm – 10pm. They recommend that you bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Puyallup Food Bank.

Plus Thursday, April 10, buy six rides for just $16 at any ride ticket booth. Includes all Funtastic ride and games.* No coupon necessary to redeem offer. You can ride the Extreme Scream all day Thurs for $7.50

*Not valid on the Classic Coaster, Rainier Rush and Extreme Scream rides.

Amazon Local offer (Best Deal available for rides and admission):

Military Appreciation Day – Friday April 11th:

Military members gate admission is FREE on Friday, April 11. Who qualifies:
All active, reserve, and retired military and National Guard and their dependents, plus disabled veterans receive FREE gate admission on Friday, April 19 with valid military ID at any Fair gate.

Fred Meyer or Safeway or Online for discount prices (buy tickets ahead of time – must purchase by 4/9):

  • Adult tickets are $7.50
  • Student Tickets are $5.50

Discount tickets include a Ride Saver Coupon to purchase any* 6 rides for $16, up to 30% savings! 

The Quack Pack  -  $72  (must purchase online, and by 4/9):
  • 2 adult and 2 student (ages 6-18) Spring Fair gate admissions
  • plus a Ride & Game FunCard with 120 tickets
Available online pre-fair only through 4/9/14.

Ok, here is my all time favorite money saving tip for the Puyallup Fair….Splurge on a scone. For under $2 (at least in years past), you can get a real treat – and trust me, that is a bargain when it comes to food and the fair!

What are your favorite money saving tips for The Fair?

Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Tickets + Meal + Hats For 2 – $35 ($17.50 ea!)

Calling all Baseball Fans! Amazon Local is offering the following deasl for a Tacoma Rainers Baseball Game, with prices starting at $35:

  • $35 ($82.40 value) for two tickets on Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m., plus two ballpark meals and two hats
  • $40 ($105.40 value) for two tickets on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m., plus two throwback Ken Griffey jersey T-shirts and two hats
  • $40 ($105.40 value) for two tickets on Saturday, April 5 at 5 p.m., plus two throwback Felix Hernandez jersey T-shirts and two hats
  • $35 ($82.40 value) for two tickets on Sunday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m., plus two ballpark meals and two hats
To find this deal login or create a free account at Amazon Local. Select Tacoma as your city and then select the Tacoma Rainiers deal!
What You Need to Know

  • Sold by Tacoma Rainiers
  • Limit 8 vouchers per purchaser; send as many as you like as gifts
  • Voucher(s) redeemable at a designated table at the first base gate up to 90 minutes before game time
  • For April 4 and 5 option: voucher valid for 2 baseball tickets, 2 throwback jersey T-shirts (Ken Griffey on the 4th, Felix Hernandez on the 5th), and 2 Tacoma Rainiers hats
  • For April 3 and 6 option: voucher valid for 2 baseball tickets, 2 ballpark meals, and 2 Tacoma Rainiers hats
  • For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher; subject to availability
  • Groups wishing to sit together must have 1 customer redeem all vouchers for group; subject to availability
  • Gates open 1 hour before game time
  • Valid ID required to redeem
  • Entire value per voucher must be used in a single visit by same pair
  • Amazon Local will refund your voucher within 24 hours of purchase for any reason. Amazon Local will also refund your voucher if the event is cancelled or rescheduled. No refunds are available after the event has passed
  • The deal is valid only for tickets on the dates of the event as listed and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates



Amazon: The Bible, The Epic MiniSeries $24.99 + Free Shipping!

Have you seen the miniseries the Bible on the history channel? If you haven’t, or you have and you want to own the miniseries, you can order The Bible – The Epic Miniseries DVD on Amazon right now for ONLY $24.99! The BluRay set is $29.99.  This item qualifies for free shipping with Amazon Prime, or FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders of $35+.

My family loved this series, and its a great one to add to your movie library.

From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes The Bible — an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television event is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.

*Remember that Amazon prices are subject to change at any time. Make sure the price is current before you purchase the item. 

Find more Amazon deals on Thrifty NW Mom.  And don’t forget that when you search the web using Swagbucks, you can earn Amazon gift cards for further savings at Amazon. Read more about using Swagbucks as your search engine to earn gift cards as you search the web.


Redbox FREE Movie Codes! New Code Available (Good Today Only)

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Redbox Free Movie Codes! 

Looking for Redbox free movie codes? Here is a new one that will get you one FREE Redbox Rental, good through tonight, just use promo code HBTY6712 at the kiosk for a free movie!

Just remember that you need to return it the next day or you’ll pay the regular price for the following day.

If you have not used these codes yet, here are more Redbox free movie codes that may get you a free movie rental:

DVDNIGHT (must be used at Kiosk, not valid online)

Find a Redbox rental location near you.

If you haven’t checked out Redbox Instant yet, you can get 4 FREE Redbox rentals with a Free 30 Day Trial of Redbox Instant - and try it free for a month.

Thanks Money Saving Mom!


Fun & Frugal Family Events 3/21 – 3/27

Here is this week’s list of family-friendly free or frugal events for around the Northwest, as well as some events going on around  the country.

Don’t forget to check out Goldstar for Discount Tickets on many local activities and events, if you are looking for a specific event and want to save some money!


If you see a fun, frugal event that’s not listed, feel free to leave a comment so we can add that event to our list.



Friday, March 21st :  

*Kruckeberg Leprechaun Hunt – Seattle; 3/21 – 3/23; 10:00am – 5:00pm;  The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is a magical place, just perfect for leprechauns and other enchanted creatures.  Visit them during open hours in March to join our leprechaun hunt. Pick up their leprechaun scavenger hunt at the garden, or download it from our website.

*FreeTête-à-têter At Frye Museum – Seattle; 3/21; 11:00am – 5:00pm; Frye Museum entrance and parking are free all the time. You can check their events page here, for a list of weekly events.

*Pay-What-You-Can at Seattle Symphony’s “Soundbridge”- Seattle, Beneroya Hall; 3/21; 12:00pm – 4:00pm; Soundbridge is a music discovery center and Friday afternoons are “Pay What You Can” entrance- suggested donation $5 – $15 per family; Ages 2-5, 30 minute interactive storytelling with song & rhythm, dance & musical instruments at 1:45pm.

*FREE Friday Night Live at Imagine Children’s Museum – Everett; 3/21; 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Imagine Children’s Museum offers FREE admission on the third Friday of each month, 5:30 to 9 p.m. All ages.

*Bouncy House Family Night – Seatte; 3/21; 6:00pm; Come enjoy an evening of family fun with bouncy houses. $2.

Saturday, March 22nd :

*Toddler Carnival – Redmond; 3/22; 9:00am – 1:00pm; Redmond Toddler Group invites you to their annual Toddler Carnival, perfect for ages 1 to 5. Enjoy games, crafts, prizes, a cake walk and more. Due to space limitations and safety concerns, please do not bring strollers or hot beverages inside. $5 family, $1 game tickets.

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Redbox Games: Promo Code for FREE Video Game Rental



Redbox games has a new promo code for those of you wanting a FREE Video Game rental. Just text THIEF to 727272, and they should send you back a code valid for the first night free on your video game rental! This offer is good through April 11th, 2014.

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Plus right now, if you rent 2 movies you will get $.50 off the first night of one of those movies!  *Must rent discs in a single transaction. Valid email req’d. Subject to cancelation or change at any time.

Other Deals Still Available:

** Get a free movie rental the first time you rent online.

** You can also earn free movies by referring friends!

** Also, if you have never rented from Redbox before, or if you have recently gotten a new debit or credit card, here is a list of Redbox promo codes you may still be able to use to get one free movie with (you should be able to use each code once per debit or credit card that you have).

Redbox Promo Codes:THIEF to 727272. 


Thanks Queen Bee Coupons!

Frozen Movie Digital Download – $10 at Target Ticket

Frozen movie digital download

If you are wanting to watch the movie Frozen, but only need the digital download, check out Target Ticket, which is offering the Frozen Movie Digital Download for just $10 to buy right now (as compared to $14.99 on Amazon). You can also just rent the movie to watch digitally on Target Ticket for just $4.99.

If you’re new to Target Ticket, it’s a way to download & stream movies & tv shows thru Target, similar to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video & more. If you’re a new customer, you can get 10 FREE HD downloads when you sign up for a new account (from a selection of select videos).  Find out more about Target Ticket.

Make sure to check out our Disney Frozen Movie DVD & Blu-Ray Roundup, featuring the best places to buy Frozen both in-store & online if you’re looking for more ideas of owning your own personal copy as well.

Goldstar Comp Train – FREE Tickets To Events (LIVE Now)!

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Looking for FREE tickets Seattle and surrounding areas? Well, actually all over the country! The Goldstar once a year Comp Train event we told you about yesterday has gone LIVE, and they are giving away free tickets to many events here in the Seattle area. Comp Train is a promotion when Goldstar offers complimentary tickets to events across the country, including live theatre, dance, comedy, opera and more. It sounds like it will be running TODAY Only (3/12).

You will have to pay service fees for the tickets range from around $3-$9 usually, but this is a great deal. These will likely sell out fast, so check them out early if you are interested. 

Some of todays comp train events include:

5th ave

All-Student Production of Monty Python’s Spamalot - This is a fun opportunity that the 5th Avenue presents to students to do a full production at the 5th Avenue Theatre!

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Improv Showdown: Unexpected Productions’ Theatresports – I love Theatresports, its improv comedy and so its based on feedback from the audience and the shows I have been to were hilarious!


Bach’s Masterpiece St. John Passion From Northwest Sinfonietta

And many more. Visit the Goldstar Comp Train page for a full listing of events available today.

Try Hockey for Free Day – Saturday March 1st!

try hockey for free day

Try Hockey for FREE Day 

Today, Saturday March 1st, USA Hockey & local programs around the country will be offering a chance for kids ages 4 – 9 to come to a local participating ice rink and try playing youth hockey to see if it’s something that will interest them. These times do start early in the morning for many locations, so definitely check it out right away if you’re interested as I know this is late notice, but I just saw this tip from reader Susan.

Head over to the website & put in your location to see if there’s a participating location near you. I found a fair number of locations around the Northwest.

This sounds like a great chance just to see if your child has any interest in this sport to pursue it further.

For more ideas of free or frugal family fun, make sure to check out our big Northwest events list with lots of great indoor & outdoor activities going on this weekend.

Disney Frozen Movie on Amazon Instant Video NOW!

Disney Frozen Amazon Instant Video

Disney Frozen Movie on Amazon Instant Video

If you just can’t wait to own Disney Frozen, here’s your chance to get it now! You can download it now on Amazon Instant Video for only $19.99 for HD or $14.99 for the regular movie. This offer is for the HD Disney Frozen download. This offer comes with two download licenses, so you can watch it on two different devices. If you have the Roku, you can basically watch it anywhere through the Amazon App.

You are able to get the HD Version NOW but the regular movie ($14.99) won’t be available to watch until the March 18th release date though.

If your kids love to watch a movie over and over again, this might be the best option. No lost DVD’s. No scratches!

If you still want to own the DVD version, you can still pre order your Disney Frozen DVD now. Release date is scheduled for March 18th.