Goldstar Discount Tickets: Cinderella at Pantages Theater

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Goldstar Discount Tickets

Goldstar Discount Tickets

Have you checked out Goldstar Discount Tickets? They  still have the deal on Cinderella Classic Ballet Weaves a Magical Tale. You can get tickets for just $36.50! That is down from the normal price of $73. If you enjoyed the Cinderella movie, this is a great idea to enjoy more fun Cinderella moments!

Show Dates:

  • Saturday May 16, 2015 / 3:00pm
  • Sunday May 17, 2015 / 3:00pm

Venue Details:

  • Pantages Theater at Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
  • 901 Broadway Tacoma, WA 98402
  • 253-591-5890

**There is a service fee of $7.25 that will need to be added to the price of the tickets.

OMSI Discount Membership – 20% Off! Limited Time!

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OMSI Discount Memberships

One of our favorite places in Portland is offering a great deal right now – check out the OMSI Discount Membership offer available right now. You can get 20% off any level of membership, from 2 person memberships to family or friend membership offers. Options start at $40 & go up to $172. A family of 4 will pay $84 for an OMSI membership, which is an awesome deal (a family of 4 would pay $45 typically, depending on ages of kids – so if you go twice a year, you’ve paid for it!)

You’ll  get FREE parking all year, discount prices for the planetarium, IMAX shows & the Submarine tour, plus more (see all of what’s included HERE).

No code is needed to get the discounted price. This offer is available for a limited time, with no end date listed, so we don’t know when it will end.

We’ve been to OMSI several times now and my kids could spend all day there – same with my husband! I actually have a harder time dragging him out at closing time than the kids – he loves all the hands on gadgets & experiments. Not only do they have a huge play area for the younger crowd upstairs which rivals Children’s Museums, but the rest of the exhibits provide so much fun & learning for all ages!

Make sure to read my review of our Portland trip, with information about visiting OMSI!

omsi family fun

The other awesome part of a membership is that not only will you get membership to OMSI, but you can take advantage of the reciprocal membership benefits! There are numerous science and children’s museums around the country where you can get FREE admission. The only caveat is typically that you cannot use the reciprocal membership benefits at a location within 90 miles of where you have your membership OR 90 miles within your residence.  So, for example, we used to have a Museum of Flight membership & were able to use it at OMSI to get free admission, but would not be able to use it at Pacific Science Center.

For those of you in the Northwest, here are some of the locations for free/discounted admission with an OMSI admission:

  • Pacific Science Center (Seattle) (for a family of 4, admission is $74 typically to Pacific Science Center, depending on ages – for $84 you could get an OMSI membership with free/discounted admission to all these locations)
  • The Museum of Flight (Seattle)
  • Imagine Children’s Museum (Everett, WA) – will check ID’s for residence info
  • Kidsquest Children’s Museum (Factoria, WA) – will check ID’s for residence info
  • Science Works Hands on Museum (Ashland, OR)
  • Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory (Sunriver, OR)

Thanks Frugal Living NW!

Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest!

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Northwest Fun & Frugal Events

Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest – Week Of 3/27 – 4/2

Here is this week’s list of family-friendly free or frugal events to do with kids for around the Northwest, as well as some events going on around  the country.  We have decided to go back to the list format as the calendar feature did not turn out to be as user-friendly as we had hoped. Hopefully this list feature will be more helpful for you to find the events quickly that you are interested in! Let us know how you like it & if you have any more feedback on how the Event list is working for you!

Make sure to also check out our BIG list of Children’s Consignment sales happening this spring!  The big JBF Tacoma sale is going on this weekend at the Puyallup State Fairgrounds!

We’ve shared a few highlights of Easter fun, but for more resources in the area, check out these resources:

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.

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Cheap Event Tickets for Seattle Area

Cheap Event Tickets for Portland Area

 Northwest Fun & Frugal Events

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!  Check out the  list of family-friendly Goldstar events we have shared as well. 

Here are a few more family-friendly events you can check out:

Things To Do in Seattle Area

Friday, Mar. 27, 2015 ~

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival; The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1-30 (but the flowers have been blooming earlier this year & it’s in full bloom now!). Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom! It is a beautiful sight that you do not want to miss! Make sure to check out the current pictures from FB readers who have been visiting this week.

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NW Getaway Ideas on a Budget (New Deals Updated Weekly) – Salish Lodge & Spa, Hotel Monaco, and More!

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Cheap Weekend Getaways

Living in the Northwest we have so many wonderful options for budget friendly or cheap weekend getaways. Within driving distance we can see the mountains, wine country, beaches, and city getaways. We have access to family vacations, romantic escapes, outdoor vacations or urban site seeing. Plus, you can do many of these things on a budget too!

Here are our favorite picks this week, for some great deals you can get on Pacific Northwest Getaways. Be sure to bookmark this page (or pin it to your travel board here) as we will be updating it weekly (each Thursday) with new ideas!

If you want to know what some of these destinations are like, be sure to check out our northwest travel reviews page for some of our favorite affordable getaways (and savings tips).

Seattle Hotels (Washington area):


Stay at the Bavarian Lodge in Leavenworth, WA starting at $99/nt!  Experience a taste of the German countryside with this hotel.  Your room features views of either the village venter or the mountains.  In fact, all of the little details of this hotel earned it a spot in the list of Best Hotels in the Northwest as published by Evening Magazine, and it has also earned a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.  Breakfast is free each morning and features Starbucks coffee, cinnamon rolls, and more.  Some options feature a $30 dining credit good toward food and drinks in the onsite Pub.  There are two outdoor hot tubs, a heated outdoor pool and board games and DVD in the library.  Dates through June!  Be sure to check out our review of the Leavenworth area!


Stay at the posh Hotel Monaco for just $132/nt! The Hotel Monaco is in the heart of Seattle’s downtown shopping district. Enjoy free nighly wine hour with extras such as cooking demos or live music. Borrow a bike for free to explor the area. Monaco Hotels are so unique! The hotel is pet-friendly, and if you didn’t bring a pet you can simply ask for a goldfish for your room for your stay, with the kids LOVE! WiFi is free for Kimpton Karma loyalty membrs to make sure to sign up for that before your stay (it is free to join). The hotel offers a lot of amenities for kids, such as milk-and-cookie turn down service and small bath robes, so make sure to inform them if you have children staying with you. Check out Jen’s review of the Portland Monaco Hotel, and make sure to take a look at our Seattle Staycation Post for ideas on what to do during your stay!

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Washington State Fair – Discount Tickets for Spring Fair (Puyallup Fair)

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Will you “Do the Puyallup” this year for the Spring Fair? Amazon Local currently has the following discounts available for the Spring Washington State Fair if you plan on going!

The Washington State Fair is what used to be called the Puyallup Fair. The Spring Fair will be running from 4/16 – 4/19 this year! There will be an opportunity to get in free on 9/5 with a canned food donation, but this  is generally one of the best deals we see if you want the ride tickets or special attractions passes to the Vision Dome.

The Washington State Fair is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington and continually ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the world. The Spring Fair is a great opportunity to enjoy that same fun, but on a little bit smaller scale (crowds are generally smaller, there are some perks like free parking, and it is a smaller fair and easier to navigate with younger kids).

Here are a couple of discounted ticket packages you can get to the Fair this year!

Find all of the Washington State Fair discount ticket options (Puyallup Fair discounts) here! (select Tacoma as your city if you have any issues finding the offer)

Tacoma Restaurant Week – Two Weeks in April – 3 Course Dinners for $28!

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Tacoma is back with the popular Tacoma Restaurant Week . It hasn’t run since 2012, but they are bringing it back again this year, so I’m really excited about that as it’s a great opportunity to try out new restaurants without having to pay full prices!  It will run from April 12th – 16th and April 19th – 23rd  and like the Seattle Restaurant Week (running during the same time frame), you will have the opportunity to enjoy fine dining at a fraction of the price.

During Tacoma Restaurant Week, you can try out 3 course dinners for $28 at over 25 of the South Sound’s best four-star restaurants. There will also be some restaurants offering a 3 course lunch for $15. This is only Sunday – Thursday during those 2 weeks in April.

Tacoma Restaurant Week:

  • April 12th – 16th, 2015
  • April 19th – 23rd, 2015

Check out the menus for Tacoma Restaurant week here:  Also follow TRW and new restaurants joining the promotion on Facebook at

 I haven’t tried out Seattle Restaurant week yet as it’s just not worked with our schedule to go up there during the week, but I definitely want to take advantage of Tacoma Restaurant week to try out a new restaurant that would normally be much more pricey!

Make sure to check out these other cities offering a special restaurant week / month:

Seattle Restaurant week - this will be going on during the same timeframe this year as Tacoma Restaurant week with over 165 participating locations

Portland Dining Month – This is the tail end of this, but it’s going on for a few more days through the end of March. But make sure to mark it on your calendars for next March 2016, too.

There will be 25 participating restaurants in this years Tacoma Restaurant Week including:

  • Asado
  • Bar Bistro
  • Bite
  • Boathouse 19
  • CI Shenanigans
  • The Cliff House
  • Doyle’s Public House
  • El Gaucho
  • Engine House No. 9
  • Harmon Brewery & eatery
  • The Hub
  • Lobster Shop
  • Masa
  • The Matador
  • The Melting Pot
  • Morso
  • Oakhouse
  • The Office Bar & Grill
  • Pacific Grill
  • Paeson Kitchen
  • Salty’s at Redondo
  • Smoke + Cedar
  • The Social Bar & Grill
  • Stanley & Seafort’s
  • Steel Creek

What’s your favorite restaurant on this list?

Make sure to check out our list of more restaurant discounts and coupons available this week!

Living Social Coupon Code – Extra 20% off (Today Only)

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Living Social Coupon Code

Living Social Coupon Code – Extra 20% Off 

If you like to shop Living Social, there is a nice offer today. Today only there is a Living Social Coupon Code for an extra 20% OFF! You just have to enter coupon code JUSTBECAUSE at checkout.

There is some fine print for this coupon code as it will only work for up to maximum discount of $20. It is also only good on select items.

Fine Print:

  • *Maximum discount of $20
    Promo code must be used between March 10, 2015 12:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) and March 10, 2015, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time)
    Promo codes may only be used on new purchases and cannot be applied to previous purchases.
    Promotion requires a LivingSocial account, and is subject to terms and conditions found at here.
    Entire amount must be used in one transaction; no partial redemptions; may not be combined with any other offer.
    Promo codes not valid for ticket or Deal purchases required to be completed on a third party site.
    Promo codes may not be used on government provided services.
    LivingSocial reserves the right to cancel the promotion at any time.
    This offer is single-use and non-transferrable.
    If you return your purchase, you will be refunded the amount paid.
    Offer good while supplies last.
    Void where prohibited.
    Valid in the US and Canada only.

Pass It On Childrens Consignment Sale: Beaverton, Oregon – March 5th – 8th, 2015

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Pass it On Children's Consignment Sale

Pass It On Childrens Consignment Sale – Beaverton, Oregon

Now that it is almost spring, that means a very busy consignment season here in the Northwest. We will have a list of Northwest consignment sales soon for you, but we wanted to first tell you about a huge one that is coming up later this week & all weekend long. This is one of the top children’s consignment sales for the greater Portland area called the Pass it On Childrens Consignment Event, which takes place in Beaverton twice a year.

This year the Pass it On sale will be happening from Thursday March 5th – Sunday March 8th, 2015.  The Pass It On Children’s Consignment sale is very well established as it has been around for a number of years, so you will find an amazing selection of items to shop for, all under one roof!  This sale is totally FREE for admission & plenty of free parking as well.

I am just amazed by the sheer size of this sale (you can get a glimpse by looking at the pictures) as they will have over 100,000 items from 600+ local families.  They will feature everything you could possibly need for babies & children – from Christmas dresses & handmade items to clothes for every age (preemie – juniors plus maternity for women), shoes, toys, baby equipment and gear, books, games, bedding, feeding & more.  Just look at the picture of some of the baby equipment – they have everything from baby furniture, strollers, highchairs, toddler beds, bouncy seats and more!  They will also have Melissa & Doug new items for sale at 20-25% off the retail cost.

I just wish I lived closer as I would totally go to this sale based on the huge selection & size of this sale as I think you could accomplish so much shopping for your children! You could definitely be set for spring & summer, as well as planning ahead for future sizes. Just don’t forget those reusable shopping bags to carry all your items!

Here is the schedule for the sale:

  • Thursday March 5th- 10am – 8pm
  • Friday March 6th - 10am – 8pm (they will have new items on this day as well due to more drop-offs on Thurs night of items)
  • Saturday March 7th- 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday March 8th – 10am – 5pm – many items will be 50% off on this day

Location of Pass It On sale:

Pass It On! Children’s Consignment Sale
18000 NW Evergreen Parkway (former Haggen Store)
Tanasbourne Shopping Center
Beaverton, OR

They do prefer cash, but will accept debit & credit cards with a minimum $15 purchase.

Diaper and Formula Drive:
The Pass It On sale will also be having a diaper and formula drive on all days of the sale. They accept unused/unopened formula & diapers of all sizes for donations. Also, any unsold items donated by consignors will all be donated to the NW Children’s Outreach program.

Have you ever been to the Pass It On Children’s Consignment Sale? If so, let us know what you thought! And if you go this year, we’d love to hear what deals you find! 

Cherry Blossom Viewing at the University of Washington during the Spring

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Cherry Blossom Viewing at University of Washington


If you’ve never headed to the University of Washington campus to see the Cherry blossoms in bloom  on the gorgeous, old cherry trees, it is an amazing sight to see in the springtime. The University of Washington campus has a special area on the campus called the Quad, which is a big grassy area right in the heart of the campus.

Just to give you a little history about these trees, they are Yoshino cherry trees, which originated from Japan & these particular cherry trees were once part of the Washington Park Arboretum across the lake, planted in 1939. However, they were in the section of the Arboretum which was in the path of the 520 bridge, so they transplanted them to the UW campus & all of the trees survived amazingly & are obviously thriving. They are now at least 80 years old, so these trees are very sturdy & large.

Cherry Blossom Viewing at University of Washington

We headed there last year to celebrate my mom’s birthday for the day, as she graduated from the University of Washington years ago, so we thought  it would be fun for her to head there for a beautiful spring day & reminiscence about her years there. Little did we know that this would also turn out to be the prime time for the Cherry Blossoms to be in bloom and it was over the campus’ Spring Break. We had planned to head first to the Arboretum to see the flowers & trees in bloom, but it was so crowded on that beautiful spring afternoon that we were unable to find any parking in the lots or close by, so we decided to head to the UW campus.

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Snowshoeing at Mt Rainier – Affordable Family Hike during the Winter & Spring Season.

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Snowshoeing at Mt Rainier - Tips on Where to Find Snowshoes, What to Bring & more

This winter season has been a very unusual season with so little snow in the mountains and many people have been disappointed to not make it skiing or sledding up to the mountains. We found out a few weeks ago, though, that even though there is not enough snow for regular snow play up at Mt Rainier, there is another fun activity you can take advantage of during the winter and spring at Mt Rainier and it gives you a chance to experience the beauty of winter at Mt Rainier from different vantage points. This is not only a winter sport either, as the snow at Mt Rainier lasts well into most of the spring.

Snowshoeing is an affordable sport as we found out and the great thing is that there are so many places you could go snowshoeing which opens up a whole other world that you wouldn’t normally be able to experience and see in the winter time without a way to access this beauty.

Snowshoeing Fun at Mt Rainier

Even better, this was an enjoyable, fun family activity. We took our 6 & 8 year old daughters and they found the snowshoes very easy to use as they are quite short in length for kids & they didn’t feel like it was much harder than just walking along the hike.  As you can see…one of our daughters liked it more than the other (this was about 2 minutes into our hike). :) But once she got going, she ended up really enjoying it too!

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