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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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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.

Family Fun in the Northwest:

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 6/25 – 7/2

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!

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:

  • West Side Story – Tacoma Musical Playhouse – tickets are $15 (reg $29)
  • High School Musical – Redmond High School Performing Arts Center – $6 (reg $12)
  • 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:

  • 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!

Seattle Area Festivals:

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

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

Things To Do in Seattle Area

Friday, June 26, 2015 ~

Taste of Tacoma – Tacoma; 6/26 – 6/28; Free admission, food will cost. Food, vendors, cooking demonstrations, entertainment stages and more available all weekend. See site for times.

Family Concert & Ice Cream Social – Seattle; 6pm; Enjoy nature activities at the Children’s Garden, bluegrass concert by The Weevils at the amphitheatre, and ice cream treats. The event is free and the ice cream will be available for a fee ($1).

FREE Friday Night Live at Imagine Children’s Museum – Everett; 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm; Imagine Children’s Museum offers FREE admission on the third Friday of each month. All ages.

Kruckeberg Garden TotsSeattle; 5/29 – 9/26 Fridays; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; 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, June 27, 2015 ~

Seafair Pirates Landing – Seattle; 9:30 am – 3:00 pm;  Dress in your pirate best and enjoy inflatables, live entertainment, vendors. FREE for all ages.

Greenwood Car ShowSeattle; 8:00 am – 4:00 pm; Enjoy 1.5 miles of classic cars. This event is FREE.

Get Outdoors Expo – Olympia; 11:00 am – 3:30 pm; FREE; The Expo will kick off at 11:00 am with a short program from elected officials, outdoor leaders and sponsors. It’s fun, family-friendly and free!

Party In The Park – Kirkland; Free event with  animal entertainment, and kids’ games and activities and more. There is a run (fee for that) and $5 breakfast if you want to start early. Kids activities include: Pony rides, face painters, games, a petting zoo and more. No charge, but donations gladly accepted. A suggested donation of $5.00 for pony rides.

Crafts of the Past – Tacoma; 11:00 am  – 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!

Drive-In Movie Night at the Le May Car Museum – Tacoma; 4:30pm; Come out and watch Night at the Museum (PG) from your car or from a blanket on the lawn. Haub Field opens at 4:30 p.m. movie at dusk. Movie is FREE, donations accepted (admission to museum is not included). Concessions available.

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

Family Fun Days – Seattle; 10:30 am to 2:30 pm; Come to the Imagination Playground in downtown Seattle for family entertainment and other special activities on second and fourth Saturdays through Aug. 22. Be sure to check out our Staycation post for other ideas on things to do while your in Seattle too!

Taste of Tacoma – Tacoma; 6/26 – 6/28; Free admission, food will cost. Food, vendors, cooking demonstrations, entertainment stages and more available all weekend. See site for times.

Seattle Center Skatepark; Seattle; Saturdays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; through 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, June 28, 2015 ~

Scandinavian Festival – Kenmore, WA; 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; Celebrate Summer Solstice at the Midsommarfest, a traditional Swedish Festival. This event is for all ages and FREE.

Bicycle Sundays – Seattle; 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; 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.

Taste of Tacoma – Tacoma; 6/26 – 6/28; Free admission, food will cost. Food, vendors, cooking demonstrations, entertainment stages and more available all weekend. See site for times.

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. Spirit boats, steam boats, electric boats, schooners, ketches, yawls, and yachts: come every Sunday to sail them all, year-round, rain or shine for free.

Things To Do in Portland

Portland area Festivals:

Friday, June 26, 2015 ~

Tigard Hot Air Balloon Festival – Tigard; 6/26 – 6/28; $5 online; free for kids 6 and under; Get up early for some hot-air balloon launches (each morning from 5:45-6:15 a.m) and view glowing balloons at night. PLUS, check out the thrill rides, carnival games, Festival of Cars, and more!

Picnic in the Park – Beaverton; 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; Enjoy a FREE meal along with entertainment and meet the local leaders of Beaverton. FREE for all ages.

Portland Art Museum – Portland; 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Get FREE Admission the last Friday of the month. FREE for all ages.

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 story time collide! Fun!

Saturday, June 27, 2015 ~

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 11:00 am – 5:30 pm. 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;  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm; 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 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm. Rides last approximately 45 minutes. Locomotive cab rides are available for an additional fee.  Cost:  $5

Sunset Swim Center’s Wipe Out Party – 6/26 – 6/28; See site for times; Participate in the Aqua Challenge, an inflatable obstacle course that is fun for kids and adults alike. Fee (drop in rates)

Tigard Hot Air Balloon Festival – Tigard; 6/26 – 6/28; $5 online; free for kids 6 and under; Get up early for some hot-air balloon launches (each morning from 5:45-6:15 a.m) and view glowing balloons at night. PLUS, check out the thrill rides, carnival games, Festival of Cars, and more!

Sunday, June 28, 2015 ~

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 theater performances for children every Sunday morning at 11 am. 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; 10:00 am – 10:45 am; 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

Tigard Hot Air Balloon Festival – Tigard; 6/26 – 6/28; $5 online; free for kids 6 and under; Get up early for some hot-air balloon launches (each morning from 5:45-6:15 a.m) and view glowing balloons at night. PLUS, check out the thrill rides, carnival games, Festival of Cars, and more!


Bass Pro Shops; Tacoma; 6/27 – 7/26; Free Family Summer Camps include free catch & release pond & photo download, free shooting arcade, free casting challenge, free BB shooting range, free crafts, free workshops on archery, bird watching, fishing, camping, kayaking and more! Check website for dates and times of activities.

Lakeshore Learning ~ June 27; 11:00 pm – 3:00 pm; Kids design and take a Storybook Cottage

Lowe’s Build and Grow ~ June 27; 10:00 am; Kids make and take a Captain America Motorcycle; registration required.

Michael’s Kids Club ~  June 27; 10 AM – 12:00; Kids can make and take a Pie Tic Tac Toe game 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 ~ Sat June 27; 10:00 am; American Girl fun! Pastries! Be sure and register.


Free Summer Camps for Families at Bass Pro Shops!

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Free summer camps

Here is a great opportunity for families. Attend the free summer camps for families at Bass Pro Shops this June and July! The camps will run from June 27th through July 26th. They are offering multiple activities for free on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

There are many fun things to do during the summer camp program.

Family Fun Activities Include: 

  • Free catch and release pond
  • Free shooting arcade
  • Free BB Shooting Range
  • And More!

Free Workshops include: 

  • Archery
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Camping Awareness
  • Kayaking
  • Backyard Adventures
  • And More!

Workshops and activities are subject to change. Contact your local store for details

There will also be different crafts each week to participate in! There is a Bass Pro in the Tacoma area for the NW. You can find locations here, and more details on the Summer Camp program here.

Be sure to check out our Summer Fun Page here too, for more ideas on what to do with the kids this summer!

Discount Wild Waves Tickets – Get In for $10.37 (Today Only)!

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Discount Wild Waves Tickets

Discount Wild Waves Coupon Today: Only $10.37!

Here is another great Wild Waves deals for those of you who want to get out and enjoy the water park on what should be a warm day. Wild Waves has teamed up with local radio station Hot 103.7 to offer tickets for $10.37 today!

Get discount Wild Waves tickets when you Text WILD to 62305, today ONLY (Wednesday, 6/24)! You should then get a mobile coupon to get admission for just $10.37 today!

You can use one coupon for up to 4 people.

I am loving these June offers from Wild Waves. Its been a great June to enjoy the waterpark, and many areas of the theme park are well shaded too. I find June the perfect time to go if the weather is cooperating as it seems to be less crowded too!

If you have never been you can check out our review here, or find other Wild Waves Coupons and Deals available here!

Thanks The Coupon Project!

Summer Reading Programs 2015 – National & Western Washington Programs

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Summer Reading Programs in Western Washington

We are back this year with a roundup of the Summer Reading programs that are happening around the country as well as in the Pacific Northwest.  Summer reading incentive programs are a great way to keep kids motivated, stay on track with the skills they learned throughout the year & foster that love of reading they’ll carry to adulthood.

If you have a library card for a particular library system, remember that those library systems typically have a reciprocal relationship where you can also check out library books with the other library systems, so make sure to look into that if your child is feeling particularly ambitious this summer! :)

We’ve teamed up once again with Angela from Frugal Living NW and Karrie from Happy Moneysaver to bring you a comprehensive list of summer reading programs around the Northwest.

You can also find out about Amazons Summer Reading program here, for online options!

Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Thrifty NW Mom – Library reading programs around the Puget Sound area (from Whatcom County – Lewis County)
  • Frugal Living NW – Library reading programs for southwest Washington & western Oregon
  • Happy Moneysaver – Library reading programs for central/eastern Washington and central/eastern Oregon

National Reading Programs:

Barnes & Noble:

Barnes Noble Summer Reading Program

If your child reads at least 8 books, they will earn a FREE book. Download a reading journal and once your child has read 8 books, bring it in to a local Barnes & Noble store to pick out their free book.

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Wild Waves Coupon – Daddy & Me Ticket for $19.99 for Fathers Day

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Wild Waves Coupon

Wild Waves Coupon – Daddy & Me Ticket for $19.99

If you are a Wild Waves Fan, head to Wild Waves for Father’s Day to get a Daddy & Me ticket for just $19.99. You need to purchase this at the front gate ONLY (no online tickets) and you will receive 2 tickets for the price of 1 regular priced ticket (tickets at the gate are $19.99/ea). Or it’s like paying for $5 for a ticket for dad over the $14.99 online price. Just mention KUBE’s Daddy and Me Ticket at any Wild Waves Theme Park front gate ticket booth to purchase your tickets.

You can also get tickets for the rest of the family for $14.99 if you purchase your tickets online before you go; otherwise, they will be $19.99 at the gate for adults & kids over 48″. You can find out more information on the Wild Waves $14.99 tickets for June !

So, what you could do is purchase all but 2 tickets online before you go & then head to Wild Waves to purchase a Daddy & Me ticket for $19.99 (ticket for dad & 1 child) to get the best price!

Make sure to follow Wild Waves on Twitter and Facebook to get the most up-to-date info on Wild Waves & special promotion info.


You can also find Sia’s review of Wild Waves from last June, if you have not been before and are wondering what to expect.

We headed to Wild Waves yesterday & had a blast! You might be thinking Wild Waves is not the place to go on a cooler, cloudy day – but for us, it was perfect as we were able to ride tons of rides in the amusement park with little to no lines. We weren’t quite brave enough for the water park but there were a lot of people also enjoying the water park, too, but the lines were also shorter & moving quickly. So, it’s a great time of year to really be able to take full advantage of all Wild Waves has to offer without the busy summer crowds!  My girls can’t wait to go back and check out the water park, along with the amusement park since there was so much to do to keep them busy! And mom & dad can’t wait to ride more of the roller coasters. :)

Waterparks in the Pacific Northwest (The Master List!)

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washington waterparks

The sun is out in the Northwest, and what better way to enjoy it then at a waterpark with the family! We have compiled a list of waterparks in the NW for you to enjoy! If you have a favorite spray park or water park that you would like to see included please comment below and we will get them added in as we are able to.

We share some deals for the bigger NW waterparks, but many of the local city waterparks are where the real savings opportunities are. There are free spray parks all over, and some of the city aquatic centers have great water attractions/amenities for much more affordable prices!

We would also love to hear your favorite tips for visiting the water park (items to bring, best picnic items, when to go, etc), so share those below too!

Be sure to sign up for emails, or follow them on their social media sites to get possible water park coupons too!

The BIG Waterparks

These are waterparks that you can schedule your vacation around. They are bigger parks, and generally have some other amenities too (like they are in a resort, or some are theme water parks too, etc). These will also be more expensive, and require a little more planning.


Wild Waves (Federal Way)

Get steeply discounted admission tickets for the month of June too! This is probably the largest outdoor water park in Wa. They also have amusement park rides, and carnival games, shows, food spots and more! Plus be sure to check out our review of Wild Waves here!

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Great Wolf Lodge (Grand Mound)

Largest indoor water park and resort in the NW area. You get free waterpark access with your hotel stay. We have tips on how to save on lodging here, and tips on how to save on your stay here. Plus there is a current deal on Groupon for Great Wolf Lodge here.

Slidewaters Lake Chelan (Chelan)

Slidewaters is a large water park in the Lake Chelan area, so you could plan a getaway around the lake and enjoy the waterpark too! Prices will range from free (for 2 and under) to $19 for adults (48″ or larger). They also have a PM Plunge Special, where you can save around $3-$4 per ticket if you go 3 hours before park closing (which may help save alot of you have a larger family)! Find hours of operation here.

Birch Bay Waterslides (Blaine)

Birch Bay Waterslides are in Blaine (up near Bellinham). There rates are similar to the ones we listed for Slidewaters above (kids 2 and under free, then youth pricing and $19.95 for adults). You can bring in outside food, and through 6.27 you can get a discounted rate of $15.95 per person for groups of 8 or more.


Wings and Waves Waterpark

Photo credit: Wings and Waves

Evergreen Wings & Waves, McMinnville

The Evergreen Wings & Waves water park seems to be a local reader favorite for the Oregon area. We have heard many good reports from folks who have visited.

Wings and Waves
Photo credit: Wings and Waves

The description on their site states “Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark is an indoor, all-season educational waterpark that includes ten waterslides (ranging from slides for the little ones to slides for daredevils), a wave pool and a hands-on museum dedicated to teaching students about the power of water. Slide out of a real Boeing 747 aircraft sitting on the roof, and enjoy a day of educational fun!”

This is much more then a waterpark, you can find a full list of their attractions here. They offer pricing for dry visits for $12, or $27 – $32 to include Water park passes. Find their pricing options here.

You are also able to apply for a scholarship to visit here.



Silverwood is one of my families favorite summer time destinations for vacation. Its the NWs biggest Theme Park / Water park, and is lots of fun! Half of the park is a Western themed theme park, and the other half is a great water park. There are all kinds of fun things to do here, and some great local campgrounds to make the vacation more budget friendly. If you are a die hard water park fan, there is even a local hotel you can stay at with an indoor water park. You can read our review of Silverwood here for more money saving tips for your visit!

Roaring Springs Waterpark, Meridian

Roaring Springs has a wave pool, float river, two family raft ride, bowl slide, racing slide, tube slides, kiddie play area, 6-story speed slide, full service restaurants, gift shop and more.

Plus they offer Friday & Saturday Family Slide Nights where moms, dads & kids can slide under the stars and enjoy cool summer evenings as the sun sets on Roaring Springs. You’ll have unlimited access to all of Roaring Springs’ attractions for $52 for a family of 4.

More Waterpark Fun

These are smaller to mid sized waterparks, and are the waterparks that my family enjoys the most, many times. They are smaller, but that means less expensive usually. It also means that they are often less crowded, but still offer plenty of water play for kids of all ages! If you live in the city of these waterparks, all days passes will often be less then $10 per person, and some offer a family pricing option. You will often may a few dollars more if you do not live in city limits.




King County


  • Henry Moses Aquatic Center (Renton)  If you are a Renton resident this outdoor aquatic center is a super deal in the summer ($4-$8 per person)! If your not a resident, you will pay between $8-$14. This is a great outdoor waterpark for the price. There are 26 feet high water slides, multiple pools, a wave machine, water spray play area, a water play structure, a lazy river and an island lagoon and more! You can find a brief review of the park here too.
  • Federal Way Community Center (Federal Way, Wa)  This one is great for indoor water play. The water park indoors includes a fun spray park for little ones, a couple of water slides, a lazy river and swim area. They also have rooms you can rent for parties, or there is lots of outdoor park space with picnic tables and more. There are soccer fields and an outdoor playground and park that is next to the Aquatic center too.
  • Covington Aquatic Center (Covington, Wa)  The Covington Aquatic center is basically a city pool that has a water slide, and brings out a big floating octopus and water bridge on the weekends for indoor waterplay for kids. They also have a family swim area, where kids can play with noodles, floating boards, water basketball and more!


  • Center Fountain (Seattle Center, Downtown Seattle) – If you are looking for more urban water fun, kids (or all ages!) can play in the fountain at the Seattle Center. Plus be sure to check out our Seattle Staycation post for lots more ideas on free and affordable fun in Seattle too!

Pierce County

  • Kandle Pool (Tacoma)  This one has a wave pool if your kids love those as much as mine do!  There is also a separate shallow tot pool and sprayground ensure a fun time for the whole family. Admission prices range from $5-$9.


Photo Credit: Stewart Heights Pool

  • Stewart Heights Pool (Tacoma) This is another great outdoor summer option, for a small to mid size water park. There are food court style snack shacks so you can make a day out of it. They have water slides, zero entry pool, lazy river, water basketball and small spray fun area for kids. Plus there is a park right outside if your kids want to continue to the fun there. My kids had a blast in the wave pool a few summers back! Prices range from $5-$9.

Snohomish County

snohomish county aquatic Center

  Photo Credit – Snohomish County Aquatic Center

  • Snohomish County Aquatic Center (Snohomish) Check out the Red Tri review on this aquatic center here. Its a large indoor facility with waterslides, spray park, wave rider and much more! Plus they have a wave rider (basically a surf simulator). My teen loves these, so this might be a great spot if you have kids of multiple ages (as there is a toddler spray area too)!

Outside of the Puget Sound Area

Moses Lake Waterpark

Photo Credit – Surf and Slide

  • Surf and Slide Water Park (Moses Lake)  This is a fun one, as it provides a fun and affordable getaway from the Seattle area if your looking for a quick summer break! Its all outdoors, so its perfect for summer fun. They have a surf simulator, lazy river, water slides, kids play area, full concessions, olympic size pool and more. Plus there is a large sandy beach area with kids playground for sand play and a playground, and its very affordable for families! You could camp nearby or stay in affordable motels. Plus there is the lake and some of its beautiful parks to enjoy too! My family had a wonderful short getaway here a few years back.

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  • Splash! Lively Park Swim CenterSpringfield A family of four can visit this indoor water park for as little at $20 (and $3.50 per extra person) for the day!


Remlinger Farms on Groupon – All Day Pass For Two For $17.99! (Its Back!)

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Remlinger Farms on Groupon

Remlinger Farms on Groupon

The deal for Remlinger Farms is back again this summer. For $17.99 get an All Day Pass for Two to Remlinger Farms. Admission includes unlimited access to the farm’s more than 25 rides geared toward children and families, including a miniature steam engine, live entertainment, and hand-led pony trail rides.

You can check the farm’s schedule for hours of operation. Also note that infants 12 months and younger receive free admission.

We love Remlinger Farms. My favorite time to visit is the fall, but this voucher expires Sept. 21st. You could use it for summer fun, or wait until the September time frame and catch the beginning of fall festivities. My whole family loves (my husband’s grandfather used to  take the family yearly before he passed). It’s a fun family tradition, and this is a great savings opportunity!

Head over to purchase the Groupon deal for $17.99 to get an All Day Pass for Two to Remlinger Farms.

This offer is only available for 4 days, so grab it soon if interested!

Fine Print:

  • Promotional value expires Sep 21, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid during Festival Weekends. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Thanks, The Coupon Project!

Wild Waves – 1/2 off admission for Sunday June 14th with Clothing Donation

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Wild Waves Discount

Wild Waves is offering half-price admission tomorrow Sunday June 14th, 2015  when you bring a donation of any new clothing donations to be donated to Sleep Country’s Foster Kids program. You will only be able to receive this discount at the ticket booth on Sunday June 14th  after you’ve made your donation. The donation amount will be $9.99 after the discount. This is not valid on senior or child admission tickets, only on adult admission tickets to get that $9.99 price.

The park will be open from 10am – 6pm tomorrow. All donations must be new.

Wild Waves Discount Admission with Sleep Country Donation

We took advantage of this deal last year & it worked out great. It wasn’t nearly as busy as it would be during the busy summer months so it was a nice way to enjoy the water park & the amusement park at discounted prices.

Here are some ideas of needed donations:

  • Jeans
  • Zip-up Hoodies
  • Athletic Shorts
  • Cargo Shorts (guys)
  • Jean Shorts (girls)
  • Leggings
  • Pack of Underwear
  • Pack of Socks
  • Sweatshirts

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