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 7/31 – 8/5

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!

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

Head to Goldstar and select Family events to easily find these:

  • Grease – 5th Avenue Theater, Seattle – $42 – $87.25 (reg $80 – $115)
  • Matilda – 5th Avenue Theater, Seattle – $38 – $120 (Reg $50 – $120)
  • West Side Story – Tacoma Musical Playhouse – tickets are $15 (reg $29)
  • Seattle Storm – As low as Free – $17
  • Find more Cheap Event Tickets for Seattle area on Goldstar HERE.

Cheap Event Tickets for Portland Area

Head to Goldstar and select Family events to easily find these:

  • Mary Poppins – Mago Hunt Theater at University of Portland – $15 (reg $25)
  • Discount tickets for the Portland Aquarium – $5 (reg $10.95)
  • Portland Thorns – National Women’s League Soccer – $8-12 (reg $13 – $17.50)
  • Find more Cheap Event Tickets for Portland area on Goldstar HERE.

 Northwest Fun & Frugal Events

Don’t forget to check out our Seattle Staycation, Festivals in the NW or Summer Fun Page for more ideas on many local activities and events, if you are looking for a specific event and want to save some money!

We also have a parks review page for ideas on fun and free parks to visit with the family!  We’d love if you shared a review of your favorite park as well and if we share it on our page, you’ll get a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Puget Sound Fairs & Festivals:

See our HUGE list of NW Fairs and Festivals here for upcoming events too!

We also have a list of FREE or Frugal Summer Concerts around the Northwest!

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

Things To Do in Seattle Area

Friday, July 31, 2015 ~

Seafair Hydroplane Races; Genesee Park Seattle; FREE; 8:30 am – 6:00 pm; Kids Zone for giant inflatables, rides, games activities and vendor booths.  Check website for times of events

Summer Bash 2015; Tacoma; Kandle Park;  FREE; Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole family! Summer Bash – featuring Click! Mobile Movies – Dolphin Tale 2, shown at dusk.  Check website for other movies and parks.

Seafair Weekend – Seattle; 7/31 – 8/2; Hydroplane races on Lake Washington, south of the I-90 Bridge. Air Show features the Patriots Jet Team performing, and includes other flight demonstrations. The south beach area will host a wakeboarding demonstration. Shore activities at Genesee Park (3800 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle) and along Lake Washington Boulevard include entertainment, food and more. Check all the details on the website for parking, time and activities!

Thurston County Fair – Lacey; 7/29 – 8/2; Opens 10:00am; Music, home arts demonstrations, 4-H and FFA events, carnival rides and food. Cost: $7, $6 seniors, $5 ages 6 to 14, free ages 5 and younger. Check for special days and pricing.

UmojaFest African American Heritage Festival – Seattle; 7/31 – 8/2; 10:00am – 9:00pm; Children’s area, parade (1 p.m. Aug. 1), entertainment, music, basketball tournament (Aug. 1 – 2), vendors and more. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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.

Pianos in the Park; From Sea Tac to Bothell; Starts July 16 and last for a month; FREE;  22 beautiful pianos will be unveiled, as well as their locations for the month-long event. KEXP’s John Richards, Classical KING FM’s Lisa Bergman and Aqueduct and others will perform. Also, find food trucks and more.

Family Movies in the Park – Snohomish; Thursdays starting 7/9 at Willis Tucker Park. Its FREE, but donations accepted.

Cinema under the Stars – Sullivan Park at Silver Lake in Everett; 7pm for family entertainment & movie starts at dusk.  Free admission

Movies in the Park – Puyallup; Fridays starting 7/17; Pre-show activities start at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Free.

Kandle Park Sunset Cinema – Tacoma; Friday 7/31; 6:30 – 8pm. Free admission.  Will be showing Dolphin Tale outdoors in the park + there will be family fun & games as well.

Kruckeberg Garden TotsSeattle; 5/29 – 9/26 Fridays; 10:00am – 1:00pm; Drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a fun nature exploration in this unique, naturalistic garden. Each week they offer a simple plant activity, a themed garden exploration, and a craft project. Ideal for ages 2 to 6 with a caregiver. $7 per family, free for KBGF members.

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 ~

Magnolia Summerfest – Seattle; 8/2 & 8/2; Entertainment, children’s entertainment, craft and food booths. Starting off with the Seafair Parade at 10:30 am on Sat.

University Place Sun Fest; University Place; FREE admission; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm;  Adult & Kids Fun Zone, vendors of all kinds, food, games and even a movie in the park at dusk, sponsored by Click! Cable TV

Proctor Arts Fest – Proctor; 8/1; 10:00am – 5:30 pm; Arts and crafts vendors, Bite of Proctor, kids’ area, entertainment and more.

Waterfront Art Festival – Mukilteo; 8/1; 10:00am – 6:00pm; Children’s creative art and play activities, live music, food and beautiful original arts and crafts created by artists from the Puget Sound region.

Cops, Cars and Kids; Lacey; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; FREE; Visit the Lacey Police Station and play CSI, lift fingerprints, talk to detectives, check out the police cars and have a hot dog!

Shakespeare in the Park – 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.

Bell Street Park Saturday Fun Days Seattle; 2nd and 4th Saturdays through 8/22; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; Come enjoy giant games, Imagination Playground, art activities and more, Saturdays through Sept. 10. FREE

Free Miniature Train Rides – Skykomish; 10am-4pm Every Weekend Thru November 1st plus Holidays

Crafts of the Past – Tacoma; 11:00am  – 5:00 pm; Each weekend through September; $22 per family. Artist will host different craft making each Saturday at the Fort Nisqually Park in Point Defiance Park! Check site for this weeks schedule!

Summer Concert Series at Chittenden Locks; Seattle; 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Free; Saturdays and Sundays

Seattle Center Skatepark; Seattle; Saturdays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; June 6 – August 29, 2015 ; Free drop-in clinics for kids age 12 and under.

Bellevue Art Museums Get Crafty Saturday ; Bellevue; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm; Free craft time for kids each Saturday. $2 material fee or free with admission

Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 ~

Waterfront Whimsea Family Fun Day; Seattle Waterfront; FREE; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm; Kids prepare to take over the waterfront! With music, balloon animals, face painting, games, and more. This family friendly event is going to make everyone smile on this hot summer day! Check times for schedule of events

Adventure Playground – Mercer Island; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Adventure Playground is a one of a kind play area that allows kids to create their own play adventure, where kids are provided toolboxes, various building supplies, safety items and the freedom to create build-it-yourself play zones with the guidance of staff. Free, but Donations accepted.~See website for closed days and times.

Bicycle Sundays – Seattle; 10:00am – 6:00pm; The four-mile stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park is closed to motorized traffic 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. several Sundays through September

Cast Off! Free Public Sail at the Center for Wooden Boats – Seattle; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Free every Sunday; A Seattle tradition for more than 25 years! Our volunteer skippers and crew take passengers out on Lake Union for unforgettable voyages. Sprit boats, steam boats, electric boats, schooners, ketches, yawls, and yachts: come every Sunday to sail them all, year-round, rain or shine for free.

Monday Aug 3, 2015 ~

Kids Club Entertainment Series – Bonney Lake;  Mondays 6:30 pm & Tuesdays at 11:00 am; FREE; Great family events at the park all summer long! For the third year, Kids Club events are scheduled on BOTH Monday evenings and Tuesdays during the day, so everyone can join in the fun! Check the list of great entertainment!

Jetty Island Open;  Everett; M-Th 10am-6pm  and F, Sa 10am-9pm; $1 – $2 donation.  Hop a little Ferry and take a 5 minute ride to Jetty Island.  Discover the tide pools when the tides are way out. Fun for a day trip.

Tuesday Aug 4, 2015 ~

Kids SummerStage – Auburn; 8/4 and 8/12; Tuesdays; 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Exciting performances designed just for kids. Pack a lunch and enjoy the amenities Les Gove Park has to offer, including a new, state-of-the-art playground and a refreshing spray park, a 1/2 mile trail, the White River Valley Museum and more.

Wednesday Aug 5, 2015 ~

Movies @ Marymoor Redmond; Wednesdays; 7:00pm; Big-screen movies, cirque performers, movie trivia and the region’s best food trucks. Pre movie seating is $5, or you can wait until after the pre movie entertainment and attend the movie for free. 5 and under are always free. Pre-movie entertainment starting at 7 p.m., and movies show at dusk.

Summer Movies in the Park Bellevue; Movies start at dusk; Bring comfortable low back chair seating and enjoy the movie Epic (PG). FREE for all ages.

Things To Do in Portland

Portland area Festivals:

Friday, July 31, 2015 ~

Tillamook Forest Center – Tillamook; Every Friday 11:30am; FREE; Are you looking for something fun to do in the forest? Join the Tillamook Forest Center staff for a variety of fascinating, forest-related programs. From Dutch oven cooking presentations to wildflower walks we’ve got something for everyone. Berry Walk, Browsing Beavers and Beautiful Butterflies are just a few of the topics. Check website for fun details.

Tualatin Crawfish Festival; Tualatin; July 31 – Aug 2; FREE; Start the events at 5:00 pm Friday.  Cook-off, eating contests, running events, dog show, kids’ zone, weekend beer and wine, and live entertainment.

Lets Go Camping – Various state park locations, weekends through 9/13; $30 per family. Tent, sleeping bags and mattress pads provided if you need them. Lots of fun activities for everyone. A very secure event with ranger-led activities and experienced volunteers on hand to assist you 24/7.

Red Yarn at Warehouse Cafe – Portland; 10:00 am – 10:45 am; Weaving together energetic live music, puppetry and storytelling, Red Yarn teaches positive values while reviving American folklore for a younger generation. Join Red Yarn & his lovable critters every Friday morning at Warehouse Cafe. Audiences will sing, dance, act, and experience the joy of community during Red Yarn’s interactive shows. This show is hosted by Warehouse Cafe, a coffee shop, market and community space committed to healthy food at fair.

Music From Mr. Hoo from The Alphabeticians – Portland; 11 am – 12 pm; Mr. Hoo will be singing songs with and for kids. He’ll play his guitar and sing some original songs, some Alphabeticians songs, some classic kid songs and Hoo knows what else? $5 per family.

Storytime and Craft at The Craft Factory; Portland; 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm; Free; Crafts and storytime collide! Fun!

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 ~

Alpenrose’s Dairyville ; Portland; Dairyville is open every Sunday afternoon through August; Alpenrose Dairy, Oregon’s oldest family-owned dairy, is a Western-themed “town” located right on the 52-acre dairy farm. Visitors can peak into Grandma’s Bakery, the Great Western Bank, the Dairyville School, and the post office.  Kids can watch model trains chug through tiny Oregon landscapes and learn from some of the area’s train club experts.

Rox in Sox Family Music and Literacy Festival – Lake Oswego; 8/1; 10:00am – 3:00pm;  This unique interactive family festival features  performances by some of the country’s leading children’s musicians and authors. There are plenty of fun activities for kids and families to enjoy together, great food and a chance to exciting prizes! Bring socks,shoes, and books for kids who need them in the USA, Kenya & Jamaica.

Al’s Garden Center; Gresham, Woodburn, Sherwood; 11:00 am; $5 per participant to cover material;  Al’s Kids Club offers fun, educational classes designed to nurture children’s awareness, confidence and connections to the natural world, and foster hands-on learning. This week: The Very Hairy Caterpillar

Super Saturday Demo Day; Portland; 11:00 am – 5:30 pm; Free; Every Saturday down at Finnegan’s Toys and Gifts! We do crafts and demos from 11:00am – 5:30pm. Learn a new game, color a picture, play with some sidewalk chalk, design your own jewelry or paper airplane, the possibilities are endless!

Oregon Pacific Railroad Train Rides at Rail Heritage Center – Portland;  1:00pm – 5:00pm; The Oregon Pacific Railroad is offering round trip diesel locomotive powered passenger train rides to the public from the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, located near OMSI. Passenger trains will operate on Saturdays and depart the Oregon Rail Heritage Center at 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30 pm. Rides last approximately 45 minutes. Locomotive cab rides are available for an additional fee.  Cost:  $5

Sunday Aug 2, 2015 ~

2015 Dragon Boat Races; Vancouver; FREE; The lake is the home of the Vancouver Lake Aquatics Center and has a six lane, fully buoyed regatta course.  Come and enjoy the races.

Columbia River Concours d’Elegance & Car Show; Vancouver; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; FREE; Over 150 classic cars and motorcycles will be on display on the grounds of Officers Row. The concours is like a temporary outdoor museum where the public can see a unique collection of a wide variety of vintage cars and motorcycles brought together only for this event.

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company; 11:00 am; $5 for children 5 and over; Artists Rep is thrilled to offer performances for children in its Alder lobby. Traveling Lantern will present interactive theatre performances for children every Sunday morning at 11am. The performances will run approximately 45 minutes and include a Q&A with the cast afterward. Tickets are $5 for all who attend over 5 years old.

Pointed Man Band at Village Ballroom – Portland; 10:00am – 10:45am; Pointed Man Band has stories to tell of adventure, emotions and even fun facts about bugs through music made for all to enjoy.  Original tunes, tall tales and plenty of High-Fives! You’ll dance, laugh and sing along as we all grow and play together.  Suggested $5/family

First Tuesday Art Walk; Hillsboro; 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm; FREE; Have a night out enjoying tasty snacks and adult beverages while visiting several downtown Hillsboro venues featuring a variety of art and music


Michael’s Kids Club ~  Aug 1; 10 AM – 12:00; Kids can make and take Kids can make and take a Rain Stick craft . At just $2 per child, they get 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Sessions start every half hour from 10 AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up.

William Sonoma Junior Chef ~ Aug 1; 10:00 am; Tomatoes are ripe and ready for eating and cooking this summer! Learn some delicious dishes you can make with them.  Be sure and register.

Free Craft Activities at Lakeshore Learning Stores– Saturdays;  11am to 3pm; Kids can come to this free craft time each week for a new craft. This week: Friendship Day Keepsake craft.

Home Depot Kids WorkshopsAug 1; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Come learn how to make a chalkboard door hanger FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12

Bank Of America Museums On Us Free Entrance –  Aug 1 – 2; Bank Of America card holders can get free entrance to Museums Nationwide. Check website for participating museums in your area.


NW Getaway Ideas on a Budget (New Deals Updated Weekly) – Stay for up to six at Grandivew on the Lake in Chlean, WA for $162/night, relax at the GuestHouse Inn in Seaside, OR for $55/night, 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).

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Seattle Mariners Baseball Deal: One Ticket For $14 (Reg $23)

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Seattle Mariners Baseball Deal

Seattle Mariners Baseball Deal

Looking to catch a Seattle Mariners game? Be sure to check out this Seattle Mariners baseball deal! Groupon is offering one ticket for $14! These normally sell for $23. This game will be at the Safeco Field.

Product Details:

  • One ticket to see the Seattle Mariners take on the Arizona Diamondbacks
    Where: Safeco Field
    Gate time: Two hours before game time

Dates & Times:

  • Monday, July 27, at 7:10 p.m.: Suite, Club, Main, or View
    Tuesday, July 28, at 7:10 p.m.: Club, Main, or View
    Wednesday, July 29, at 12:40 p.m.: Club, Main, or View


  • Safeco Field
    1250 1st Ave. S
    Seattle, WA 98134

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad & Mt Hood Railroad – Discount Tickets!

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Mt Rainier Railroad

Mt Rainier Scenic Railroad – Tickets as low as $26 for 2 people for railroad trip & museum entrance:

The Mt Rainier Scenic Railroad is currently on Groupon with discount tickets to ride the train & admission into the train museum.  You will pay $32 for two tickets for a regular train ride + a museum visit (this is up to a $64 value). However, if you use the coupon code: HOT3 at checkout, you’ll get an extra 20% off this Groupon Local deal, making it just $25.60! This deal is only available thru Tuesday 7/21/15, so make sure to check it out!

You’ll pay just $25.60 for 2 tickets to ride the train & tour the museum. That’s just $12.80/per person! Regular price of tickets for the summer are $32/person or $27/youth (ages 5-12) or $18 for ages 3-4. So this really is a fantastic deal for this train ride! You will need to pay $2 for parking.

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My daughter & niece in front of the train  a few years ago

This would be a fun trip on your way up to Mt Rainier as it’s right on the way to the Longmire/Paradise area of Mt Rainier. If you have a train enthusiast, they would love this trip, along with the trip to the museum as well!

mt. rainier scenic railroad

View of Mt Rainier & the river on our train ride

Our family took a trip a few years ago and here is a review of our experience:

I took my brother, SIL, niece & mom on the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad last summer using a previous Groupon ride & we all had a great time! It was a great way for them to see some beautiful views of Mt Rainier as well as for the kids to enjoy the old steam locomotive train ride. We also made a short little stop at a lake for about 30 minutes & walked around for a bit & then got back on the train for the ride back. I think the whole trip was around 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Honestly, I wouldn’t pay the full price to go (although if I had a child who was fascinated by trains, then I would), but for this discounted price, it was a great deal for us & something fun to take our out-of-town guests to show them the area & Mt Rainier.

(This did not include the train museum at the time, though – so that is a nice addition! We haven’t checked it out but it sounds like it’s a fun visit)

mt rainier scenic railroad

View of the eating area (if you choose to upgrade to the BBQ) & the start of our little hike during our train stop

Fine Print:
  • Promotional value expires Oct 20, 2015.
  • Amount paid never expires.
  • Reservation required.
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts.
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit.
  • No cash value. Tax not included. Not valid with other offers.
  • Upgrades available only towards adult price ticket. Upgrades are subject to availability.
  • $2 per vehicle fee for parking not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Mt Hood Railroad Discount Tickets:

Mt Hood Railroad

Did you know that there is also a train that goes up near Mt Hood in the Hood Valley area? We’ve also found discount tickets for this train ride on , a daily deal site for Seattle & Portland as well as other cities. They are offering discount adult tickets for $19/ea and discount child tickets for $16/ea. Tickets are regularly $30 for adults & $25 for kids, so this is a great deal as well. You will need to pay for parking, though.

You will have your choice between the Parkdale Excursion or the Western Train Robbery Ride and see views of both Mt Hood and Mt Adams.

Here’s more info about both routes on the Mt Hood Railroad:
Western Train Robbery Ride:
Stake your claim on this Old West favorite with gamblers, robbers and musical entertainment on board. Passengers be warned: the Gilhouley Gang has been spotted in the valley so hold on to your valuables if there’s a hold-up. The Sheriff may be on board to keep the peace but watch out for the fast action of gamblers Doc Adams and Matt the Maverick. Our food, music and entertainment will offer you a true Western welcome aboard this family favorite ride!
Parkdale Excursion:
Beautiful in all seasons, our most popular ride journeys through woods, orchards, and vineyards to witness picturesque views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams.  Spring offers fresh blossoms, summer’s busy with many family activities and fall colors round out nature’s display. A short stop at Parkdale offers a walk around the park before the relaxing return ride.  Be sure to bring your camera because each season has something amazing to share. There will be a 45 minute layover in Parkdale (boarding at 10:30).
Fine Print:
  • Vouchers can be redeemed 48 hours after purchase.
  • This is a date-specific event. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges.
  • Not valid after expiration date.
  • Reservations required; subject to availability.
  • Parkdale Excursions take place Thursday-Friday in June and September; Wednesday-Friday in July and August; and Fridays in October.
  • Western Train Robbery rides take place every Saturday from June 6 – October 31, 2015 (excluding July 4).
  • Both rides board at 10:30 a.m., depart Hood River at 11 a.m., have a 45-minute layover in Parkdale and return at 3:15 p.m.
  • Food and drink available for purchase.
  • Paid parking facilities are available at the depot for $5 per car, $6 for RVs and $7 for buses.
  • Valid for one adult (ages 13+) or one child (ages 2-12).
  • Subject to weather conditions.
  • Children two years and younger ride free when accompanied by an adult.
  • Cannot combine with other offers. Must use in one visit.

GoDirect Foods – Live Now to Order! Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.67/lb, Organic Chicken & more!

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GoDirect Foods - Now Live & ready to Order Bulk Meat at a Discount!

Update: Don’t forget that GoDirect Foods is now taking orders through tonight, Tuesday 7/21 for Oregon & Idaho to deliver at the beginning of August! Chicken breasts just $1.67/lb and much more!


We’ve been talking about GoDirect Foods for several months and we’re excited to tell you that they are now OPEN for business so you can start ordering your meat to be delivered as early as first or second week of August!  I think you’re really going to like this new way to save on meat products for your family!

If you like to buy your meat in bulk to save money, GoDirect Foods is the place to go to do this as you no longer have to wait for only special sale times, but you can buy your meat any month of the year at fantastic prices. This is available right now in select locations in Washington, Oregon & Idaho. If you don’t see your location listed yet, make sure you still sign up for their emails, which will give them your location, so they can keep expanding around the Northwest.

Make sure to check out our reviews & more information about GoDirect Foods here:

How it Works:

To save by shopping through GoDirect Foods, you will place your orders online during a specific window of time to then be picked up within 30 days of your order time. You’ll then pick up at a designated location near you. They will keep a record of the price histories of every product, so you know when you want to buy, and it is no more then 30 days from time of order to pick up!

Even better, you can order all the meat /seafood products you’re interested in & they will all be delivered on the same day that month – no need to go different days to pick up your orders, which makes it so much more convenient!

Right now, the window of time is open for Oregon & Idaho to order from now until July 21st and then you will receive your products the first or second week of August. If you live in Washington (western or eastern), we can order again at the beginning of August to pick up our order at the end of August.

Here’s the schedule for ordering::

July 15th – 21st – These locations will order during the 2nd half of the month to have delivery during the first two weeks of the next month (August). Gresham, Oregon City, Beaverton, Salem, OR; Nampa, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, & Meridian, ID.

August 1st – 7th – These locations will order during the 1st half of every month to have delivery during the last two weeks of August.  Puyallup, Olympia, Lynnwood, Marysville, Pasco, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Coeur d’ Alene, ID and delivery will be the 3rd and 4th weekends in August.

Prices for Meat on Sale this Month::

Here are some of the meat prices that are available this month for you to order from GoDirect Foods. Remember that you are buying in bulk to save money, but this is a great way to go in with a friend if you don’t think you will use it all or want to try out less:

Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast – $1.67/lb for a 40 lb case = $66.80

Organic Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, 40 lb case – $6.99/lb

93/7 Fresh Ground Beef in 40 lb case (all ground beef will soon be in 20 lb cases to order) – $3.79/lb

73/27 Fresh Ground Beef, 40 lb case – $2.89/lb

Hamburger Patties (80/20), Frozen, 30 lb case – $2.99/lb

Hardwood Smoked Honey Cured Center Cut Bacon, Frozen, 30 lb case – $2.99/lb

Fully Cooked Chicken Tenderloin Fritters, Frozen, 20 lb case – $1.97/lb

How to Sign Up & Order or just check out their products:

  1. Head to GoDirect Foods and sign up for a free account
  2. Click on “Products” & search for the products you’re interested in
  3. Put the products you want to buy in your “cart”
  4. Go to Checkout & pick a location and a pick-up time to pick up your products. (my location had from 7am – 12pm available to choose from)
  5. Pick up your meat products on the pickup day at the location you chose.
  6. You can then sign up again the next month if you want more products or whenever you want!

What makes Go Direct Foods unique & a great way to save money on meat & seafood::

Order the same quality meat products you’re used to… but at a lower price!

Have the option to order your favorite products every month so you don’t have to wait around for the best sale, you can determine when the best prices will be for your family to order

Have a large variety of products to choose from & order every month

Know all the delivery dates for the whole year

Receive your product within 30 days from the time you order it

Have all your favorite fresh meat products come on the same delivery date

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – Half Price Day on Friday July 17th

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Point Defiance Zoo Half Day Admission

The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will be offering half-priced admission this Friday, July 17th. The reason they do this is that they are only open half a day that day, but if you can get there right when they open, it can still be a pretty full day at the zoo & a way to save if you have been wanting to go but not pay full price. It can be difficult to find ways to save on admission in the summer.

The admission prices for half-day admission are::

  • $8.50 for adults
  • $4.25 for toddlers
  • $6.50 for youth
  • $8 for seniors

The zoo will be open from 9:30am – 2pm on Friday July 17th, 2015. They are closing early that day to prepare for their annual fundraiser gala. (No other coupons or discounts can be combined with the half price day)

Schedule for Friday 7/17:

11:00 am Aquarium Encounter Community Feed, North Pacific Aq.

11:30 am Polar Bear Keeper Talk, Arctic Tundra

11:45 am “The First Adventure” Preshow, Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

12:00 pm “Indiana Bones and the Golden Treasure” Live Animal Show, Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

12:30 pm Asia Keeper Talk, Asian Forest Sanctuary

1:00 pm Elephant Keeper Talk, Asian Forest Sanctuary

1:30 pm
Aardvark Close Encounter (Fri only, near muskox exhibit, weather dependent)

Budgie Buddies: 10:30 am-1 pm

Stingray Cove (South Pacific Aquarium) 10 am-2 pm

More Summer Family Fun ideas around the Northwest::

Summer Fun on a Budget

Summer Festivals in the Northwest

Frugal Summer Fun in the Northwest

Seattle Staycation Ideas

Check out more free or frugal events to do around the Northwest as a family!

BECU Wild Waves Coupons 2015 – Save $15 Off For BECU Members (Or $12 off for Everyone)!

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Wild waves coupon

Wild Waves Coupons 2015

It’s that time of the year again, time for some water park and theme park fun! Are you looking for Wild Waves Coupons? If you are a member of the Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU) you are in luck. They have again released a Wild Waves deal, good for $15 off regular admission (making your tickets $24.99 each instead of $39.99!). They will also be offering kids tickets at a $5 discount this year (making them $14.99 vs $19.99 regular price, for kids 3-7 years old. 2 and under are free).

This year, rather then printing a coupon for your Wild Waves discount, you will actually have to pick your tickets up at any BECU Financial center.

If your not a BECU member, you can still get discount tickets from Safeway or Albertsons this year for as low as $27.99 (new this year, and a great savings!).

If you have never been to Wild Waves before you can check out our Wild Waves review here, including tips on How To Save On Your Visit to Wild Waves!

Here are some more details on this Wild Waves discount:

  • $15 off general park admission with proof of BECU membership*
  • $5 off a child or senior admission ticket with proof of BECU membership*
  • Valid July 1 – Sept. 7, 2015
  • Wild Waves Theme Park donates $1 of each general park adult admission ticket to the BECU Foundation, providing scholarships for high school seniors and undergraduate college students

*Proof of BECU membership is satisfied by displaying the following: BECU debit or credit card, BECU check or copy of your most recent BECU statement.

In past years, this has been the best Wild Waves deal out there for Wild Waves discount tickets, and I expect it will be similar this year, so be sure to share this with anyone you know who is a BECU member. One BECU member can purchase up to 6 tickets per coupon at this price (not everyone else in the party has to be a member, just the purchaser!). They will require proof of membership for the purchaser (show them your BECU debit or credit card, check or monthly statement).

Find more deals on Wild Waves Coupons on their deals page here.

You might also be interested in our Master List of Water Parks in the NW here too!


Grease Discount Tickets: Grease Is the Word: Hit Musical On Stage – Tickets as low as $42!

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Grease Discount Tickets in Seattle

Grease Discount Tickets for Seattle

If you like musicals, here is a nice deal you may want to check out. Right now Goldstar is offering Grease discount tickets for the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle! You can grab tickets for the Grease Is the Word: Hit Musical On Stage for as low as !

Here’s more about the Grease Musical: 

Take a trip back to the 1950s when Grease slides on to the stage at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. It’s up to the kids of Rydell High to teach good girl Sandy how to be cool and win the heart of bad boy Danny. It’s senior year for the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds, and they’re ready to rule the school. Their high-octane antics have made Grease an American classic on stage and screen. Featuring beloved songs like “You’re the One That I Want,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and the title tune, Grease is a can’t-miss musical.

Dates Available

  • Tuesday July 14th – 7:30 pm – $42 – $68.50
  • Wed. July 15th – 7:30pm – $42- $68.50
  • Thurs July 16th -8pm – $49.50
  • Friday July 17th – 8pm – $54.50 – $87.25

There is an additional service fee as well (prices are regularly $80 – $115)


  • The 5th Avenue Theatre
    Located between University and Union 1308 5th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101

**There is a additional $6.50 service fee that you will be charged.

Make sure to check out other Goldstar Discount tickets we’ve shared, including 50% off Dancing with the Stars tickets for Friday July 10th, 2015!

Dancing with the Stars Live Discount Tickets in Portland – $19.75 for Friday Evening Performance!

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Dancing with the Stars Live Discount Tickets in Portland

Dancing with the Stars Live Discount Tickets In Portland 

Goldstar, one of our favorite sites for discount entertainment tickets, is offering discount tickets for Dancing with the Stars Live in Portland at the Keller Auditorium for tonight’s performance (Friday July 10th at 8pm)! I know this is a last-minute option, but those are sometimes some of the best deals!

You’ll pay just $19.75 for tickets to tonight’s Dancing with the Stars Live show tonight at 8pm in Portland at the Keller Auditorium (these are regularly $39.50 for tickets, so a 50% off discount!)

Here’s more info about the show::

Following a sold-out winter tour and the 10th anniversary season of Dancing with the Stars, now’s your chance to see some of your favorite dancers and stars from the hit ABC show in person on the Perfect Ten Tour at the Keller Auditorium in Portland. Come watch Dancing with the Stars All-Stars champion Melissa Rycroft tear up the stage with dancers Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev and Peta Murgatroyd. Emma Slater, who was also in Mama Mia, will be there with her dancing shoes on as well as Valentin Chimerkovskiy, a 14-time U.S. national Latin Dance champion. Fans of the show, or simply fans of dance, will love the chance to see these pros outside of the TV screen performing choreography never before seen on the show and also some of the most memorable numbers from all 10 years of Dancing with the Stars.

Find more Goldstar discount ticket deals we’ve shared!

Charlottes Blueberry Park in Tacoma – Free Blueberry Picking

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Charlottes Blueberry Park in Tacoma

Charlottes Blueberry Park – Tacoma, WA

We discovered an awesome park last year that I couldn’t wait to tell you about this year called Charlotte’s Blueberry Park in Tacoma.  This is a Metro Parks Tacoma neighborhood park that is 20 acres, although around 10 acres or less is the actual blueberry park. The best part of this park is that it is open to the public to pick FREE blueberries at any time! And they have thousands  of blueberry bushes – the park website says there are more than 3,300 blueberry plants & 5 different varieties.

The trick with Charlotte’s Blueberry Park is to go when the berries are in prime season. We actually made about 3 different trek’s there last year, trying to find the perfect time to go (the berries will be more sour if you go to early plus there’s just not many available to pick). And every year will be different based on the blueberry season. Last year, the prime time was definitely the first few weeks of August (we went the first time on July 24th & there were berries, but many were still small & not as sweet. A friend of mine just checked today (7/8/14) and she said there were only a couple berries ripe on each bush, so it most likely will be a few more weeks before most of the bushes are ready. Keep us updated if you check it out over the next few weeks!


Charlotte's Blueberry Park Berry Picking

Charlotte’s Blueberry Park is a fun place to head with your family for a day of blueberry picking! Not only are you coming home with FREE blueberries, it’s also just a pretty park to enjoy with your family. Bring a picnic lunch or snack as they have picnic tables around the park to use, as well as a nice, shady area with some tall trees. The great thing is that even if there are a lot of people visiting & berry picking, it’s so big that it doesn’t feel crowded at all & there are so many blueberry bushes that it doesn’t ever feel like it gets too picked over (unless you go really late in the season).


Charlotte’s Blueberry Park is located in south east Tacoma at 7402 E D St. The 72nd exit from I-5 is the best way to get there from the freeway. I take Hwy 7/ Pacific St heading north from 512.

Things to Know:

Picnic Tables at Charlottes Blueberry park

This park does get busy during prime blueberry picking season, but there should be plenty of parking. It’s all street parking along D street – you may just have to park a little ways down if it’s a busy day for picking.

They do have picnic tables for snacks or lunches, as well as several portable toilets. Most of the picnic tables are in the sun, but there were a couple in the shade.

I’d recommend bringing good sunscreen and hats as all the blueberry picking is in the direct sun. There is a section where there are nice tall trees for shade if you & your kids need a break, but otherwise it will be warm in the sun.

Recommended for Ages:

Charlotte's Blueberry Park Path

 All ages will enjoy this park as there is a 6 foot wide path for strollers, wheelchairs & more. Kids can run & play on the path while you’re busy picking blueberries.

Recommended Places Nearby:

What I love about going to Charlotte’s Blueberry park is that there are several other great places to save money close by. We take Pacific St from 512 to get to the blueberry park & along Pacific St, there is a Franz Bakery Outlet so we stock up on bread & bagels while we’re out there.

Another great place to check out if you’re wanting really frugal prices on produce & more is Valley Liquidation! They have some seriously amazing prices on regular & organic produce as well as other close-out prices on groceries. I love to see what deals they might have in store as they are constantly changing. It’s not  a fancy place by any means, but if you’re looking for a deal on summer produce, this is the place to come. A friend of mine did a ton of strawberry jam & she found this had the best price by far on strawberries.

If you’re wanting another fun spot to take the kids close to the Blueberry Park, Wapato Park is a beautiful park to check out. It has a pretty walk around Wapato Lake, as well as a nice playground, display gardens & a pergola & more. When we were there last year, there was no swimming or wading in the lake & they have had issues keeping the water clean, so this most likely will be closed to actually using the lake unfortunately. But it doesn’t stop you from enjoying the pretty park.

When we head to the blueberry park, we make an afternoon of it with stops at the Franz outlet, Valley Liquidation, the Blueberry Park, Wapato Park & then ending with frozen yogurt at Black Bear yogurt in the shopping center in front of Wapato Park (which also houses Winco).

In early fall, the new Bass Pro Shop will be open at this same area at 72nd & I-5, so next year, you can drop the hubby off at Bass Pro shop while you go pick some blueberries! :)

How many of you have checked out Charlotte’s Blueberry Park? Any more tips for us about this park or your favorite places nearby? 

Mini Blueberry Donuts #10

You might want to use those blueberry’s to make Blueberry donuts

Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe

Or Blueberry Coffee Cake

Easy Blueberry Pie

Here’s my favorite way to use up some of those blueberries you pick – Easy Blueberry Pie! This pie is seriously one of my most favorite pies! It’s delicious!

Also, make sure to check out this kindle book: The Blueberry Dessert Cookbook: Favorite Blueberry Recipes: Blueberry Pies, Cakes, Crisps, Cheesecakes & more from Grandma’s Kitchen for more inspiration with using your blueberries.

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