Living Social Coupon Code – 30% off Sitewide (with Promo Code)

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Living Social Coupon Code – 10% off Sitewide!

Living Social is also offering a special discount today – get 30% off sitewide with a maximum of $25 discount. All you need to do is use the coupon code: BESTMOM at checkout to receive your discount. This discount is available through tomorrow, April 22nd, 2014 at 11:59pm pst.

I love these kinds of discounts as you can get a rare discount on a higher priced item, getaway, etc (although there is a maximum of $25 discount but still a way to save even more if you’re needing a night away or have a higher priced item to buy thru Living Social.

Here are a few deals I spotted with the discount::

Neiman Marcus

Get a $50 voucher for the Neiman Marcus Last Call website, for just $18.75 after promo code

semiahmoo resort

Semiahmoo Resort – Blaine, WA - $104 for 1 night stay – after 25% off 

This is a beautiful resort up north of Bellingham & on the border of Canada, at the top of the Semiahmoo Spit on 1100 acres of peaceful tidelands. This area is home to more than 300 tide pools, estuaries & waterways. The resort offers a spa & a beautiful golf course designed by Arnold Palmer.

  • Limit 2 per customer, additional as gifts; up to 2 vouchers may be combined to extend stay
  • Only valid for stays now – June 15, 2014
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Not valid toward existing or room block reservations
  • Voucher includes one welcome appetizer and drink per guest upon arrival (max 2 per room) and late 12 p.m. checkout
  • Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during one stay
  • Voucher valid for 2 guests; additional guests may be added based on availability and at an additional cost
  • Merchant cancellation/rescheduling policy and fees apply once booking is made; voucher subject to forfeiture
  • Taxes/resort fee not included; payable directly to the property
  • Incidental charges, charges for additional services and gratuity at the property are not included
  • Credit card information and photo ID is required at check-in
  • Upgrades available; please inquire with merchant at time of booking reservation
  • Blackout date(s): May 23-25, 2014

portland hotel

North Portland Best Wester -  OR – rooms start at as low as $53.25 after promo code savings! (and find our tips for visiting Portland with Kids here, and some of our favorite spots to eat with kids here too)!

Peter Pan Discount Tickets – Show Runs April 12th – 26th

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*Just a reminder that there are 2 performances of the Peter Pan performance this weekend if you’re looking for something fun to do! 

Peter Pan Discount Tickets!

As we have mentioned  earlier, Peter Pan is playing at the Kirkland Performance center starting this Saturday evening, April 12th and running through April 26, 2014.  The play is put on by the Lyric Light Opera of the Northwest, based out of Camano Is, WA.

You can buy your tickets at the box office at Kirkland Performance Center or call (425) 893-9900.  The Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12pm – 6pm.

Peter Pan in Kirkland

Here’s a brief synopsis about the play:

 Join Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, and John in the high-flying timeless Broadway musical that will whisk you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! PETER PAN is one of the most beloved family favorites of all time. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook. PETER PAN is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.

Here are the dates for the performances:

Saturday 4/12 – 2pm
Sunday 4/13 – 2pm
Friday 4/18 – 7:30pm
Saturday 4/19 – 2pm
Friday 4/25 – 7:30pm
Saturday 4/26 – 7:30pm

Address for the Performance:

Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland, WA 98033

Peter Pan Performance

Ticket Prices:

Adult: $34
Senior: $31
Youth 12 yrs. and under: $24

Peter Pan Discounts:

If you’re looking for a way to get a discount on Peter Pan, we had shared earlier about Goldstar discount tickets that are no longer available.  So, we’ve found some more discounts for you that are direct through the Kirkland Performance Center & your best ways to get a discount to this fun performance.

Friday Night Show Discount – $5 off  - Use coupon code: FIVEFRI
Saturday Discount: $4 off – Use coupon code: FOURSAT
Group Discounts:
Group of 5 – 9 – 10% off – Use coupon code: KPCFAM
Group of 10 or more – 20% off – Use coupon code: KPCGRP
Fine Print:
  • One discount per ticket.
  • No refunds/exchanges on previously purchased tickets.

Photography images courtesy of StageImages.com

Disclosure: Lyric Light Opera sponsored this post.  All opinions are 100% mine. See our disclosure policy  for more details. 


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Fun & Frugal Family Events 4/18 – 4/24

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.

PUGET SOUND AREA:: 

Friday, April 18th :  

*Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – Various locations throughout the Skagit Valley; 4/18 – 4/30; Daily events and attractions through April 30, most with appeal for kids and families. Mount Vernon Street Fair is April 25-27. Prices vary, many events FREE. Various locations throughout the Skagit Valley. Download the festival map and brochure online.

*Kruckeberg Easter Egg Hunt – Shoreline; 4/18 – 4/20; 10:00am – 5:00pm; Bring the whole family to the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden during our month-long Easter egg hunt. Avoid the crowds at the single day events and come search at your own pace for eggs that are actually hidden! Younger children will enjoy collecting an egg or two and then exchanging them for a treat. Older children will enjoy hunting for clues to a plant-themed puzzle. FREE, donations appreciated.

*Snap! Shows for Kids – Seattle; 4/18; 11:15am – 11:45am; Snap! is a series of immersive and inspiring performances. This month features String. Performer Mary Margaret Moore takes young children on a journey of discovery with dance, body language, and simple objects. Limited seating. Advanced tickets recommended. $5.

*Youth Appreciation Week Field Day – Seattle; 4/18; 3:00pm – 7:00pm; Youth ages 11 to 19 are invited to enjoy food and fun activities.

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Free National Parks Day 2014 – THIS Weekend is FREE! April 19th & 20th

Free National Parks Day 2014

The National Parks have announced the FREE National Parks Days for 2014! On these Fee Free Days, you can get admission to parks across the US that usually charge fees to enjoy. Such a great way to explore new parks or old favorites with your family on a budget!

This weekend, Saturday April 19th and Sunday April 20th are FREE National Parks Days in honor of the start of National Park  week coming up next week!

I love these fee free days, and we have some beautiful parks in the NW worth exploring. Pack a picnic to take on your trek, and all you need is some gas to get there for a great money saving day out!

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Here are the Free National Parks days schedule for 2014 -

  • April 19-20 - National Park Week
  • August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day

Looking for a suggestion on where to go. Read about my family trip to Mt. Rainier National Park (pictures included!).

Do you have a favorite National Park you would like to recommend to the rest of us. Leave a comment below, or share on the Thrifty NW Mom Facebook page (you can even upload your favorite photo from your family’s trip there!).

Woodland Park Zoo – 50% Off Today!

The Woodland Park Zoo offers a special discount  just for rainy days. On select days that they determine will be lower attendance based on the weather forecast & projected attendance, they will offer the Rainy Day discount, which is 50% off admission for up to 4 people per coupon.

The Rainy Day discount is ON for today, April 17th, so it looks like a good day to enjoy the zoo (fewer crowds & discounted prices!). You will need to download a coupon to get the savings for up to 4 people.

I think this is a great idea to encourage people to come to the zoo as there are still many great indoor & covered exhibits you could take advantage of. If you have a larger family or it’s just more difficult to visit the zoo due to finances, this is a great deal if you’re willing to get a little wet. Just grab a raincoat or umbrella & it could be a fun day for your kids to see the animals & get in some puddle jumping fun, too!

You can check the zoo’s website on their Rainy Day discount page to see if they are offering the discount for future days if you are not able to make it out today. Here are the regular admission prices:

  • Adults (13-64 yrs) – $12.75
  • Child (3-12 yrs) – $8.75
  • Toddler (0-2 yrs) – Free

Find our post on more ways to save at the Woodland Park Zoo here too!

Fun & Frugal Family Events 4/11 – 4/17

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.

Check out tips for ways to save and FREE Events at The Washington State Spring Fair, April 10th – 15th in Puyallup.

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.

 

PUGET SOUND AREA:: 

Friday, April 11th :  

*Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – Various locations throughout the Skagit Valley; 4/11 – 4/30; Daily events and attractions through April 30, most with appeal for kids and families. Mount Vernon Street Fair is April 25-27. Prices vary, many events FREE. Various locations throughout the Skagit Valley. Download the festival map and brochure online.

*Kruckeberg Easter Egg Hunt – Shoreline; 4/11 – 4/13; 10:00am – 5:00pm; Bring the whole family to the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden during our month-long Easter egg hunt. Avoid the crowds at the single day events and come search at your own pace for eggs that are actually hidden! Younger children will enjoy collecting an egg or two and then exchanging them for a treat. Older children will enjoy hunting for clues to a plant-themed puzzle. FREE, donations appreciated.

*FreeTête-à-têter At Frye Museum – Seattle; 4/11; 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; 4/11; 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.

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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?

Free Night at KOA Campground – May 10th (when you pay for one night)

Winthrop KOA Campground

KOA campgrounds are offering a FREE night’s stay coming Saturday night, May 10th when you pay for a night’s stay on Friday night, May 9th.  So, stay as a paying guest on Friday night & you’ll get a FREE night of camping on Sat 5/14. It’s a great way to check out a new campground at a discounted price, and support a good cause, as this is a fundraising even to support kids with cancer. This applies to campsites, cabins & lodge rooms, although the cabins & lodge rooms may be booked faster, so you’ll want to reserve right away.

Find a participating KOA campground location.  There are a number of participating campgrounds in the Northwest, as well as around the country.

“Now in its 11th year, funds raised during this weekend help send children with cancer to KOA Care Camps across North America. These 56 specialized, medically equipped facilities offer a true summer camp experience to children undergoing treatment or recovering from cancer. The KOA Care Camps Trust distributes $500,000 annually to these camps to help send children to the summer camps of their dreams.”

We do have this review of the Winthrop KOA if you want more info on that location!

I have heard some good things about some of the local KOA campground (like ones with fun bouncy things for kids and more). What are your thoughts on camping at a KOA park? Where is your favorite KOA location to camp at?

Thanks Susan!

Ikea: Spring Break Activies for Kids April 8th -10th (Including Kids Eat Free!)

 

Just a reminder that the Ikea Spring Break activities start today. If you plan to let your child play in the play area I would plan on getting there early or you may have a wait time, it will likely get busy today!

Mark your calendars now, Ikea is back with their Spring Break for Kids activities, starting April 8th.  

The Seattle Ikea store is also offering some FREE fun kids activities over these dates for kids who are out of school for Spring Break.

Here’s the list of FREE activities for kids:

  • ? Tuesday 11am – Close Kids Eat FREE in the Restaurant
    ? Wednesday 12-3pm Balloon Twister & Face Painter
    ? Thursday 12-3pm Balloon Twister & Face Painter

You might also want to sign up for the Ikea Family program (a free store loyalty program) – they offer monthly discounts and offers, free coffee or hot tea in the restaurant, 90 day price protection and an extra 30 minutes in the kids play area (otherwise kids can play for an hour, which goes fast for them – and you when you’re busy shopping). You can find out more about the kids play area by checking out our tips and pictures for the Ikea free kids area.

 

 

 

 

Portland Childrens Museum – Half Off Admission


The Portland Children’s Museum has a great deal available from Get My Perks right now. Pay$5 for admission (reg. price $10)! This is great for those of you down in the Portland area, but may also make a fun day trip from Seattle if you are looking to get away with the kiddos.

PLUS you can use promo code gomobile14 to save an additional an extra 25% off too (Thanks Cathy!).

We went to the Portland Children’s Museum last summer & my girls had a blast! Definitely ranks right up there as one of the top Children’s museums in the area, especially for those of you with kids in the toddler & preschool ages.  It’s right across the parking lot from the Zoo, too, if you want to head there as well.

Fine Print:

Limit four per person.

· Portland Children’s Museum will be closed on Easter, April 20, 2014.

· Admission tickets not valid on May 26, 2014.

· Cannot be used towards memberships, camps, classes, birthday parties, or online purchases.

· Expires June 30th, 2014.

If you’re headed to the Portland area, make sure to check out our posts about family friendly travel around Portland::

Family Friendly Travel in Portland - Money-Saving Tips, Family Friendly Activities & more (including the zoo, OMSI & more!)

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Portland, OR

Hotel Monaco Review - Kid & Pet Friendly Hotel in downtown Portland – you can walk just a block or two to the Max station to ride up to the Portland Children’s Museum

Resort at the Mountain Hotel Review - Just an hour away from the Portland Children’s Museum as a great, affordable option up near Mt Hood