Walking with Dinosaurs Discount Tickets – Portland & Tacoma

Walking with Dinosaurs discount tickets

Walking with Dinosaurs – the live theatrical arena event is coming to the Northwest for just a few days this month  as part of their North American tour.  They were here a few years ago, but haven’t been back for awhile. This is based on the award-winning BBC tv series & they created this live show back in 2007 in Australia to bring the dinosaurs back to “life”.

These would be a great early Christmas experience gift!

Here are the times they are coming to the Northwest::

Portland: Wednesday December 10th – Sunday December 14th, 2014  at the Rose Quarter

Tacoma: Wednesday December 17th – Sunday December 21st, 2014 at the Tacoma Dome

More information about Walking with Dinosaurs:

Imagine coming face-to-face with a giant T-rex — hearing its awesome roar and staring right into its hungry eyes — without worrying about becoming a snack. That’s what the Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular offers, as you thrill to the sights and sounds of 20 life-size dinosaurs roaming the arena floor — feeding, fighting, protecting their young and defending their territory. These amazing creatures might’ve roamed the earth 65 million years ago, but they’ve also been stomping into major cities across the globe at this theatrical event, marveled at by millions. Based on the award-winning BBC TV series and developed by scientists and internationally renowned designers, Walking With Dinosaurs is both a fascinating study in natural history and an engaging, innovative piece of live entertainment.

 Walking with Dinosaurs Discounts:

We’ve got some information on discounts available if you want to attend this show.

Discount Coupon Codes:

Use coupon code: KIDFUN for these discounts at the Walking with Dinosaurs website:

$5 off Price Level 2: $44.50 (reg. $49.50)

$3 off Price Level 3: $26.50 (reg. $29.50)

*Valid on all shows except Sat 11am/3pm & Sun 1pm

Discount Tickets at Goldstar:

Goldstar is  also offering tickets as low as $18.50 – $35.25  for the Tacoma Dome event (regularly $29.50 – $49.50) for the Walking with Dinosaurs event. They did not have any tickets I could find for Portland thru  They do not have tickets for the popular times of Sat at 11am & 3pm or Sun 1pm, though.

 Did any of you go a few years ago when they were here before? What did you think?  



FREE Santa Photos – Get Professional Pictures with Santa for FREE In the Northwest (and Nationally)!

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Free Santa Photos for the NW (Updated for 2014)!

Santa photos are a tradition for many families, but they can be so pricey. The great news is that there are some quality free options available if you want. I have compiled a list of Free Santa Photo opps I am aware of. Please comment below with any additional ones you find. Some of the free photo opps are already going on!

My favorite thing about many of these free opportunities, is that many offer experiences – rather then just a quick photo (ie there are free beverages and treats too)! We have done a few of these personally, and it has become a new family tradition for us!

Free Santa Photos Available Nationally:

Bass Pro – National – Now through December 24th. Get a free 4×6 studio quality photos with Santa in store, free games, crafts and more!

Walgreens - National – FREE In store 4×6 photo shoot with Santa, plus first 25 participants get a free magnet (find participating locations here)

Cabelas – Lacey & Marysville in NW , December 6th, 7th, 14th and 15th (check your local store for details in your area, and times – they vary by store). 

Bring your children to capture the Spirit of Christmas with Santa at Cabela’s. As Cabela’s gift to you and your family, get a free 4×6 Cabela’s keepsake frame and photograph with Santa.  Due to the popularity of this event, photo printing wait times may vary.

Free Santa Photos In The Pacific NW:


Gig Harbor Patch - Gig Harbor – December 4th – 3:30pm to 7:30pm

They will be giving out cookies, candy, cocoa, and coffee. Event is free, but please feel free to bring a canned food donation for the FISH Food Bank as well.

Cascade Valley Hospital – Arlington – December 5th, 5pm – 7pm - Bring your family for free pictures with Santa!  Cookies and milk will be provided, and a special Café menu with kid-friendly items.  If you have kids who love fire trucks, make sure they’re here at 5pm- Santa will be riding in on an Arlington Fire Department engine.  Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Fire Department’s Santa Run, benefiting local food banks.

SPIRIT 105.3 at the Evergreen Beauty College in Renton and Everett (December 6th, 1:30pm – 4:30pm) Join Spirit 105.3 at the Evergreen Beauty College (both Everett and Renton locations) for:

(limited to the first 150 groups at both locations)

  • Free Santa Photos for the first 150 groups!
  • Free Haircuts for kids!
  • Free Mini Styles!

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Dinosaur Train Live Discount Tickets – As low as $14.90

Dinosaur Train Live Discount Tickets

Dinosaur Train Live Discount Tickets – Paramount Theater

Dinosaur Train Live is coming to the Paramount Theater in Seattle on Sunday February 15, 2015, and right now Goldstar is offering discount tickets for the show. Prices range from $14.90 – $20.08 (regularly priced at $25 – $35). If your kids are a fan of this show, then this sounds like a great show to attend!

The show is on Sunday February 15, 2015 at 2pm.

Here’s more information about the show:

Join Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, Don and all of their prehistoric buddies in this fun trip to the Mesozoic. Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy’s Big Adventure takes the whole family back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth — and rode in trains! From giant King to teeny Tiny, all of your favorite characters from the hit animated series Dinosaur Train will be brought to life in an exciting musical adventure created just for the stage. Kids will love seeing their dino pals come to life among the lush, animated vegetation, large video screens and full-sized replica of the Dinosaur Train itself. A combination of hybrid walk-around and puppeteered costume characters plus shadow, mechanical and blacklight puppetry makes the show’s superstars and their adventures truly seem larger than life.

If you’re looking for more holiday events, Goldstar is an awesome place to look for discount tickets with a variety of fun family friendly events happening all month long.

Ticket Deals On The Nutcracker in the Northwest!


Ticket Deals on the Nutcracker in the Northwest

Ticket Deals On The Nutcracker

If you are wanting to go and see The Nutcracker, there are a few really great deals on tickets available right now!

Oregon Ballet Theater – Portland, OR:

Goldstar has discount tickets for the Oregon Ballet Theatre Dances The Nutcracker starting at just $25! These tickets normally start at $50. So you are saving 50%!

Another option for the Oregon Ballet Theater’s Nutcracker is through Get My Perks.   You can get tickets to see the Nutcracker by the Oregon Ballet Theatre for $34! These tickets are for the 1st Balcony. There are dates from December 14th – December 27th, 2014. There is a limit of 8 per person & a ticketmaster fee of $8.05/ticket.

The Nutcracker by Cornerstone Studio – Bellevue, WA:

Pay just $8.50 (Reg $18) to get tickets to the Nutcracker in Bellevue on December 20th & 21st, 2014. This takes place at the Bellevue Performing Arts Center.

The Nutcracker in Edmonds, WA: 

The Olympic Ballet Theater will be at the Edmonds Center for the Arts on December 19th and 20th & Goldstar is offering discount tickets for $17 – $18.75 (Reg $37.50).

The Nutcracker – Everett, WA:

The Olympic Ballet Theater is offering discount tickets to the Nutcracker at $18.75/ea (reg $37.50) for December 13th & 14th, 2014. This will be at the Everett Performing Arts Center.


What is your favorite place to watch the Nutcracker? We’d love to hear reviews if you’ve been to any of these locations!

Wild Waves Cyber Monday Sale – Annual Pass $49.99! Family 4 Pack of Tickets $79.99

Wild Waves Cyber Monday Sale

Wild Waves Cyber Monday Sale

Wild Waves has a rockin’ deal available for Cyber Monday (good through tomorrow, Tuesday December 2nd). Get a Wild Waves Season Pass for just  $49.99 + tax/fee. The regular season pass price is currently $59.99. That price will go up again at the end of January, so this is a great deal if you plan to purchase a Wild Waves Season Pass!

This can be used for children & adults ages 3 & up (kids 2 & under are free).

Here’s what’s included::

  • UNLIMITED Admission to Wild Waves Theme Park – a water park and amusement park – in 2015
  • Pays for itself in 2 visits based on peak season pricing
  • Buddy Vouchers for select days to bring a friend
  • Valid all regular operating days starting May 2015 through early January 2016 – come as often as you want!  This includes Fright Fest in October & Holiday Lights in December
  • EXCLUSIVE Coupon Book with over 15 money saving coupons
  • Now through January 31 – sign up for their Payment plan for low monthly payments and auto billing

There is also a special deal if you want a souvenir bottle included with the season pass for $57.99/person as well.

Family Four Pack of Tickets - $79.99 : 

If you don’t want to pay for membership, they do have an offer for a Family Four Pack of Tickets for $79.99.

  • Buy now and receive FOUR (4) Single-Day Admission tickets.
  • Tickets are good for any regularly scheduled operating day in the 2015 operating calendar.
  • Limit of 2 per family.
  • Family name must be entered at time of purchase and cannot be changed.
  • All 4 tickets must be used on the same day

Point Defiance Zoo and Northwest Trek Cyber Monday Deal – Up to $40 Off Membership!

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Point Defiance Zoo and Northwest Trek Cyber Monday Deal 

Not only is Cyber Monday a great time to find deals online, it turns out it is also the perfect time to find a discount for a favorite local attraction.  Today, both the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek are offering Cyber Monday deals on membership!  These deals expire at 11:59pm pst!

These make the best Christmas gifts – the gift of making memories!! We got this two years ago as our family gift instead of individual gifts for each person – BEST gift ever!! So we ended up doing this deal ourselves last year & loved being able to go the zoo whenever we wanted!

I can’t recommend getting a membership enough! We have had a membership to PDZA & Northwest Trek & not only did we save money on all our trips to both places, but we also got in free or discounted admission to zoos around the country when we were traveling (including the Oregon Zoo). These memberships totally pay off, especially when you can get a very rare discount like they are offering today!

Here are the discounted membership deals::

point defiance zoo northwest trek discounted membership


Combo Deluxe Household Membership or Combo Deluxe Grandparent Membership - $210 (regularly $250)

*This is just $10 more than the regular membership price but you get the extra tickets for family/friends! Plus 2 FREE Zoolights tickets!

  • FREE admission to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium AND Northwest Trek Wildlife Park for an entire year!
  • 2 adults and legal dependents or up to 5 grandchildren
    (18 years & younger).
  • Up to 3 additional guests FREE per visit.
  • TODAY ONLY: 2 FREE ZOOLIGHTS TICKETS ($17.50 value; pick up at Zoo front gate)
          USE CYBER MONDAY PROMO CODE: 965000750
Point defiance zoo discounted membership
  • FREE admission to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for an entire year!
  • 2 adults and legal dependents or up to 5 grandchildren
    (18 years & younger).
  • Up to 3 additional guests FREE per visit.
  • TODAY ONLY: 2 FREE ZOOLIGHTS TICKETS ($17.50 value; pick up at Zoo front gate)
          USE CYBER MONDAY PROMO CODE: 965000750
  • FREE admission to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for an entire year!
  • 2 adults and legal dependents or up to 5 grandchildren
    (18 years & younger).
  • Up to 3 additional guests FREE per visit.
  • TODAY ONLY: 2 FREE ZOOLIGHTS TICKETS ($17.50 value; pick up at Zoo front gate)
          USE CYBER MONDAY PROMO CODE: 965000750
Point Defiance Zoo Discounted Scuba Dive with Sharks
  • Experience the thrill of scuba diving among more than
    a dozen sharks, including a 9-foot, 450 lb. lemon shark.
  • Learn about sharks, the challenges they face, and how you can help save them.
  • Eye-to-Eye Sharks is the only warm-water exhibit dive in the Pacific Northwest with so many sharks.
  • Ages 15 and up; must be SCUBA certified.
          USE CYBER MONDAY PROMO CODE: 960100281

Small Business Saturday – Share YOUR Small Business & Support TNWM Readers!

Small business saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday – it’s a day when you can show your support for your favorite, local small businesses in your area as you do your Christmas shopping. This is a great reminder to shop within your community and remember all that these small businesses have to offer.  It’s also a day to support those who run a small business online.

For the 3rd year in a row, we thought that Small Business Saturday would also be the perfect time to give our Thrifty NW Mom readers the chance to share if you have a Small Business – whether it be a local, small business here in the Northwest, an online business such as an Etsy shop or Facebook page for your handcrafted items or if you’re a consultant for a business such as Scentsy, Pampered Chef, & more.

Since it’s also Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend, it’s a great opportunity for you to not only share about your business, but let us know if you have any specials going on this busy shopping weekend – or even better, if you have a special deal just for Thrifty NW Mom readers.

We’re looking forward to seeing the variety of small businesses that all of you readers are involved in and hope it will be a great opportunity for the Thrifty NW Mom community to support each other!

How to share your business / sale:

I’ve set up a Linky so that you can have a link directly to your site and so it’s easier for the readers to connect with your business.  You’ll need to put the name of your business & a very brief description of a sale that you’re offering  & if you have a special coupon code – this all needs to go under the “Link Title”. The actual link to your business will go under the “URL” .  If you have further information about your business or if you do not have a website to link to, you can leave that information as a comment on this post.

{If you don’t have a link to a business, feel free to leave a comment with your information on this blog post!}

Example:  Pacific NW Crafty Gals – Use coupon code: THRIFTY for a 20% discount on your purchase (thru 11/26)
This would be what you would put for the title under “Link Title”

Here are a few guidelines:

  1. You must leave the link to your website or blog on this blog post only (not on Facebook) – if you don’t have a website but have a local business, then feel free to leave the specific information for the business.
  2. It’s best to leave a link to your business website, Etsy page or Facebook Fan page. However, if you don’t have a website and want to leave your email address in the comments,  I recommend typing it out like this to avoid spam comments (thriftynorthwestmom (at) gmail (dot) com.
  3. Small Businesses must be family-friendly since this is a site for families  – we will delete those links/comments that are not family-friendly or that we feel are not appropriate for a small business listing.

Cirque Du Soleil: Kurios Tickets for Redmond Show on Goldstar!


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Cirque Du Soleil: Kurios Cabinet of Curiosities Tickets

*These prices have dropped by $10 & they’ve added some additional dates for this show if you’re interested!


Cirque Du Soleil is coming to Redmond and tickets are on sale right now through GoldStar! This popular show is offering a discount through Goldstar for the Redmond area. There are quite a few dates to select from starting January 30th and going through February 13th.  Goldstar is offering Cirque du Soleil: Kurios tickets from $55 – $84 (these prices have dropped $10 from a few weeks ago) $65.00 to $88.00, which is  lower than the regular prices of $65 to $110.00.  Ticket prices vary depending on the date, time and seats you choose.

Note – Depending on the ticket you choose, there may be an additional service fee.

About Cirque Du Soleil – Kurios:

What if, by engaging your imagination and opening your mind, you could alter reality and unlock the door to a world of wonders? Welcome to the realm of KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that’s as beautiful as it is mysterious. Stunning acrobatics blend with unusual curiosity acts, and otherworldly characters spring to life before your eyes. Is this magical, mechanical land real, or just a figment of your imagination? You have to see it to disbelieve it. Your ticket to this thrilling experience from Cirque du Soleilincludes a souvenir to take home as well as popcorn and a soft drink to enjoy during the show.


Grand Chapiteau at King County’s Marymoor Park
6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast
Redmond, WA 98052

Disney On Ice – Lets Celebrate, Coming to Everett This Weekend (& Review of Kent Show)!

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Disney on Ice – Lets Celebrate, will be playing at the Everett Comcast Arena this weekend.  Make sure to check out our post on ways to save on tickets to Disney on Ice  to see the show.

Here are the details on the upcoming shows:

Xfinity Arena in Everett:

  • Thursday, November 20 –  7:00 PM
  • Friday, November 21 –  7:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 22 –  11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, November 23 –  1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

They will also be going to Vancouver, BC the week of Thanksgiving – 11/26 – 11/30.

Disney On Ice Halloween Scene

My family went to this past week’s show in Kent and had a blast! It was a packed show, so you will definitely want to get your tickets as soon as possible. The theme of Lets Celebrate has the Disney Crew taking you through the holidays, in a series of celebration segments. The story line was a little less cohesive than I have seen in the past (was a little different jumping from the darker Halloween characters, to the princess dance), but overall we really enjoyed the show. I do think the contrast was fun though (not quite sure who might come out next, a villian, princess, Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and so many more characters)!

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One highlight for my kids was the Valentines Day celebration, when they brought out many of the Disney Princesses and their Princesses. They got to see Cinderella, Mulan, Jasmine, Belle, Snow White and many more!!

They did have audience interactions planned a few spots in the show (they asked the kids to yell out common phrases like “bippity boppity boo” and more. It was fun to see and hear how much all of the kids around us were having. The characters waved out into the audience and the kids were waving back like crazy, trying to connect with the characters.

Disney on Ice Hawaii Scene

They also added in a scene from Hawaii, which was fun and lighthearted.

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The show ends with a Christmas Celebration, including snow and a light display that mimicked fireworks. They bring out the Toy Story crew, and I felt like this scene had the best interaction with the crowd. It was definitely the highlight of the show. Both my girls LOVED the show, and my husband and I had a great time too!

When we were on our way out, we got a flyer announcing that next year’s Disney on Ice show would be about Frozen. My girls were so excited…. they cannot wait for Frozen!

I will warn you ahead of  time, snacks and souvenirs are a fortune. Slushys were $12, popcorn was $12, etc. (I don’t think we found anything under that price range). We brought Disney light up princess wands we got at the dollar store and let our girls dress up in their Frozen outfits (we saw many kids dressed up for the event), and avoided the extra costs at the show.

I mention this so you can either be prepared ahead of time for the cost, or prepare your kids ahead of time if you don’t plan to buy the extra items. You will find they are selling these items everywhere (even when you are seated), so if you don’t want to spend all the money, it did work well to prepare the girls so they knew, before being surrounded by it all.

Disclosure: Disney on Ice provide our families complimentary tickets to be able to provide this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Free Red Robin Tavern Double Burger and Fries Promotion – Good TODAY!

 Free Red Robin Tavern Double Burger and Fries

Update: The Seahawks scored a touchdown in the Red Zone during the last Football game, which means the Red Robin Tavern Double promo is on for today!! 


Get a FREE Red Robin Tavern Double Burger and Fries at Red Robin, when you purchase any burger, entree salad or entree + 2 beverages at Red Robin participating NW restaurants, each Tuesday, if the Seahawks score a touchdown inside the Redzone in that weeks game! They ran this promotion last year and it was very popular. Just mention Tavern Double Tuesday to your server, on the Tuesday following any game that the Seahawks score a touchdown from the red zone to get this offer!

This special Red Robin & Seahawks promotion will be going on the entire 2014 Seahawks season for participating WA, and OR restaurants.

red robin tavern double burger

We headed into Red Robin and my husband tried out the Tavern Double burger & he most definitely approved! It is slightly smaller than the rest of their signature burgers, but with the bottomless fries, too, it’s a nice size so that you don’t feel like you’re overeating as I can often feel like after finishing one of the larger burgers.

Make sure to sign up for the Red Robin Royalty Club to find out about awesome discounts like this in your area. And check out our list of restaurant deals and discounts available right now for more ways to save when dining out.