Free Movie Screening in Bellevue – “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Movie

Free Movie Screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Free Movie Screening in Seattle – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

We have another FREE movie screening to tell you about – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is coming out August 8th & they will have an advance movie screening in Bellevue  at Lincoln Square Cinemas on Saturday August 2, 2014 at 10am. This movie will be shown in digital 3D.

In order to get tickets to this FREE movie screening, you’ll need to head to the GOFOBO website and put in the code: W07ZN9 when you request your tickets. There are a limited number of seats available, so make sure to request your seats right away if you’re interested.

Synopsis of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie:

The city needs heroes.  Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians.  The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

Free Kids Ticket to Thurston County Fair at Timberland Libraries – Through Saturday 7/26

Free Kids Ticket to Thurston County Fair

The Timberland Regional Library System is offering a FREE kids ticket to Thurston County Fair as a summer reading prize through tomorrow, Saturday July 26, 2014. Your child  just needs to head into a Timberland Regional Library & ask the librarian for the free kids ticket – it sounds like all you need to do to get the ticket is make sure your child is signed up for the summer reading program. They are offering different prizes every week!

Starting on Monday 7/28, your child can earn a Papa Murphy’s coupon (it doesn’t say the value) as a Summer Reading prize.

Make sure to check out our big roundup of all the Summer Reading Programs, as there are some great prizes that can be earned while encouraging kids to read.

Thanks Katie!


Lakewood MakerFest – Free Event August 9th – Sign Up to Display your Project!

Lakewood MakerFest

Lakewood MakerFest – August 9th – Pierce College

Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom Campus  is hosting the 2nd annual Lakewood MakerFest on Saturday August 9th, 2014 from 1 – 5pm at Pierce College in Lakewood.  This is a FREE event for all ages where you can meet the makers of fun, unique projects and get inspired to create your own project!

There will be kids activities as well as presentations by makers and Pierce College’s science dome will be open to check out as well.  One of the presentations will be a 3D printing demonstration by the Gig Harbor Library, which has the only 3D printers in the Pierce County Library system.

Sign up as a Maker: 

It’s not too late to sign up to display your own project too & be one of the makers at the event. If you can make it, you can bring it! Sign up here to bring a project to this event – all ages can bring a project from kids to adults!

Here are some categories of the types of projects that could be showcased: 

  • Alternative Energy
  • Art
  • Data Collection
  • Electronics/Technology
  • Gaming
  • Mechanical Things
  • Photo
  • Practical Ideas
  • Robotics
  • Sewing
  • Sculpture
  • Video

If you don’t see your category on the list, that’s ok – these are just suggested categories. The makers movement is moving across the nation as a way for people to showcase their unique DIY creations & inventions.


Rainier Building – Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA

Make sure to follow Pierce County Library on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on the latest information & you can follow the hashtag: #makerfest to learn more about the event.

This event is sponsored by:

Don’t forget to check out information about the Pierce County Library Teen Summer Challenge Program, too!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Pierce County Library system.   All opinions are 100% mine. See our disclosure policy  for more details. 


Fun & Frugal Family Events – 7/25 – 7/31 – Seafair Torchlight Parade, Renton River Days & more!

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. Be sure to check your local parks and recs website too for many local free concerts, family events, movie nights, pool days and more in your city!

Make sure to check out more ideas for summer fun around the Northwest:

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!

Greater Puget Sound Fairs & Festivals:

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, 7/25:  

*Backyard Bard: Shakespeare Plays– Seattle; Through August; 7:00pm; An outdoor, all-ages, four-actor, 45-minute production. FREE, donations accepted. This week, it’s Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings at different locations.

*Shakespeare in the Park – various Puget Sound locations; See Shakespeare performances in an all-ages, outdoor format. Bring blankets or low chairs. FREE, donations accepted. Various days and locations through August 16th. See website for time and place details.

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Pierce County Library Teen Summer Challenge Program – Hands on Activities & Teens Earn Prizes

 Pierce County Library Teen Summer Challenge

Pierce County Library Teen Summer Challenge Program 

Earlier this summer, we shared with you this huge roundup of Summer Reading Programs around the Northwest.  We recently learned about another awesome library program, this one just for teenagers offered by the Pierce County library system called the Teen Summer Challenge. It can be a lot harder to find activities to keep your teens engaged & interested in learning over the summer, so I like the fact that this program really seeks to interest the teens with popular  themes in a fun, interactive online program, as well as hands-on challenges. It looks like a cool video program or fun app, too!

The theme for this year’s Teen Summer Challenge is Spark a Reaction, which focuses on activities with STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. So, even though this is set up as an online program, the actual activities range from a variety of different hands -on activities & “challenges” to reach students with different interests. The activities focus on popular themes such as Doctor Who, Hunger Games, Harry Potter & more.

The program runs through August 31, 2014, so it’s definitely not too late for your teen to sign up now & have plenty of time to complete a number of activities during this timeframe.  The Teen Summer Challenge has the opportunity for the teens to earn prizes, everything from an Amazon Gift Card to the top prize of an iPad Mini.

What to Know:

  • Anyone ages 13 & up can register online for the Teen Summer Challenge program
  • If you have a Pierce County Library card, you’ll be eligible for prizes (so make sure your teen has their card so they don’t miss out on cool prizes)
  • Prizes include a drawing for an iPad Mini (every activity completed gets you an entry into the drawing) and top earners in the program will earn an Amazon Gift Card (Prizes courtesy of the Pierce County Library Foundation)
  • Teens will complete activities to earn badges & qualify for prizes.  As of right now, over 11,000 activities & over 800 badges have been completed thru this program. As the summer progresses further, more badges will be unlocked for more activities teens can complete.
  • Teens can also enlist friends to help complete activities – so make sure to tell their friends to join up too, so they can pair up on some of these activities.
  • Teens can connect with other teens thru the online community or through community meetups at local Pierce County libraries, where they can work on the challenges together or just hang out & get to know other kids.

Here are a few of the activities I saw on the site: 

Teen Summer Challenge Activities


Cardboard Challenge – Teens have to grab a cardboard box & complete a variety of different activities where they get creative & come up with unique concepts, such as a cardboard arcade game, cardboard comic strip, & more.

Design a Video Game

 Video Game Challenge – View, Play & Create your own Video Games

Hunger Games Activities

 Hunger Games – Try out  Activities & Challenges all centered around the Hunger games

The Pierce County Library’s Teen Summer Challenge is in its 3rd year and just last year, they won 7th place in Clickipedia’s Top 25 Best Examples of Gamefication in Business list. They really have put a lot of effort into making this an interesting & fun experience for teens, so make sure to have your teen sign up for the program to check it out.

You can also follow the Pierce County Library on Facebook & Twitter for more information & updated information on library programs.

Don’t forget to check out more Summer Reading Programs going on around the Northwest this summer.

Have any of your teens checked out this program yet – what do they think? 

Disclosure: Pierce County Library system has sponsored this post so we can share about this cool program for teens in Pierce County. All opinions are 100% mine. See our disclosure policy  for more details.

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, July 23rd, 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) – $18.75
  • Child (3-12 yrs) – $11.75
  • Toddler (0-2 yrs) – Free

(Note – the admission prices just went up on May 1 to reflect their summer pricing, so its a good time to take advantage of 50% off!)

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

Seattle Storm Tickets – 50% Off Tickets for July & August games

seattle storm tickets

Get discounted Seattle Storm Tickets here!

If you’ve been wanting to try out a Seattle Storm women’s basketball game, Goldstar is the way to go as they are offering 50% off Seattle Storm tickets right now. You can pay just $14 – $17 (+ service fees) for game tickets as compared to $28 – $34 / ticket.

Here are the dates available right now:

  • Thurs 7/24 – 7pm
  • Thurs 7/31 – 7pm
  • Sun 8/3 – 6pm
  • Sun 8/10 – 6pm

Note from Sia:

I took my girls to a Seattle Storm game a couple of summers ago and they are still talking about it! We started at Alki beach for some fish and chips on the beach, and then headed across the West Seattle Bridge into downtown Seattle. Next we made a stop at the Seattle Center fountain for some free fun, and then hit the game later that evening. It was lots of fun  and a very family friendly atmosphere. I highly recommend it for a summers outing.

Have you been to a Seattle Storm game – what did  you think?


Charlie’s Safari – Great Birthday Party Package for $95; Admission for 2 + Dinner/Drinks for $25 & more!


If you are a Charlie’s Safari fan, they currently have several specials available on
Charlies Safari is a Family Fun Center located in the Lacey, Wa. area. They offer indoor play structures, a laser tag-2 story arena, arcade, inflatables to bounce/jump/slide and more.

This deal is found under the city of Olympia on

Here are several deals available right now:

My girls absolutely love Charlie’s Safari as there is not only the big bouncy toys to play on, but they also love the 2 story climbing treehouse. What I love about this place is that there is no limit on the playtime – once you’re there, you have unlimited playtime, not just an hour or two like many bouncy house places.  You can definitely spend several hours here with your kids & it’s a great way to beat the heat or head there for indoor fun during rainy weather.

Fine Print:

  • Promotional Value valid until 09/21/2014 12:00 AM.
  • Paid Value does not expire.
  • No cash value. No cash back for unused portion.
  • Certificate cannot be combined with other coupons, discounts or promotions.
  • Reservations must be made at least 5 days in advance.
  • Must be 4 feet tall and wearing tennis shoes to play Laser Tag.
  • WA State sales tax will be charged at time of voucher redemption.
  • 1 voucher per purchaser/Household; Additional 1 may be purchased as a gift.
  • Option 3 requires reservation to be booked 5 days in advance.

Ongoing Discounts at Charlie’s Safari:

  • Fire fighters, Law Enforcement & EMT  workers – you will always get 10% off discount for play time for your family
  • Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard – you will always get a 10% discount for play time for your family

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Sale – Zaycon Foods – $1.89 / lb ($1.49/lb if you buy with Ground Beef Purchase)!

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast – $1.89/lb

Zaycon Foods is back with their popular sale on 100% Fresh, Natural, Boneless Skinless Chicken breasts for the Northwest. They will be offering their Boneless, Skinless chicken breasts for just $1.89/lb for this sale, which is a great price for fresh chicken. This works out to $75.60 for a case of 40 lbs of chicken. This is a little higher than their previous chicken sale, but it only works out to just a couple dollars more & still a wonderful deal for the quality of chicken you’ll buy.

They are also currently running a promotion where if you buy the Ground Beef for $3.99/lb you can get the chicken for just $1.49/lb. So if you like to buy their ground beef you will definitely want to take advantage of that price for chicken!

The dates they will be delivering the chicken is in October for Washington & Oregon – however, they almost always sell out quickly, so don’t delay if you want to order!  Make sure to check out the sales going on for chicken wings & milk, too!

If you’re new to Zaycon Foods, they are a Pacific Northwest company based out of Eastern Washington, which offers significant discounts on fresh meats, seafood, fruit & vegetables & more by selling it in bulk! This is the only way that we have been buying our chicken for the last two and a half years – in my mind, the quality, freshness & taste can’t be beat! This sale only comes around about 2 or maybe 3 times a year – they offered it in the fall & they are offering it this spring, so I doubt it will be back again before the fall, so make sure you stock up!

Zaycon Foods has now expanded to 48 states, so if you’re not in the Northwest, make sure to sign up for an account & select your area, so that you will  be notified by email when they have new shipments coming to your area.

100% Fresh, Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – $1.89/lb:

Zaycon’s chicken is  100% fresh, natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients. The reason Zaycon Foods can bring you these lower prices is that they bring the chicken directly to you from the farm, which means that you will need to do some prep work before freezing the chicken (trimming the fat, etc). The chicken  arrives in four 10 lb bags for a total box of 40 lbs of chicken.  If it’s your first time, you may want to try splitting a box with someone, although we are always glad we buy the full box, especially as they only come around a few times a year with this chicken sale!   Make sure to check out my previous post with pictures & more details on Zaycon Foods chicken.


Make sure to check the Zaycon Foods website to find out the times & locations for when the sale will be in your area. You need to pre-order the chicken & it often sells out at least a few weeks, if not a month before, the delivery date.

Thanks This Beautiful Frugal Life!

Annie at the Kitsap Outdoor Theater – Tickets Half Off!


Here is another summer fun idea for the family. You can get tickets to see Annie at the Kitsap Outdoor Theater for half off right now on Goldstar! Currently there are two dates in July and one in August available (one has already sold out). Tickets are $9 plus a $3.50 service fee. Its $20 at the door, or $18 online (** note – kids 5 and under are FREE and kids 6-12 are $10 online on their site – so you would save a few dollars on kids tickets by purchasing them direct).


This looks like tons of fun to me! I have never been, so if you have personal experience with the Kitsap Outdoor theater be sure to leave a comment to let us know about it. It is near Bremerton. If you are not on the Kitsap Pennisula you could walk on the Bremerton Ferry to save money, and catch a shuttle to the play ($5). Find more information on that and other helpful tips here.

You might also be interested in discount tickets for Fiddler on the Roof at the Snoqualmie Outdoor Theater.