Frugal Summer Fun in the Northwest – 2013


If you’re looking for activities to keep your family busy this summer, look no further! We’ve got a big list of summertime activities -  everything from hitting up the $1 movies & free bowling for kids to checking out local parks! Keep checking back as we add more fun activities to the list! Also, make sure to check out our Summer tab up on our Navigation bar, where we’ll be adding new summer fun activities all summer long!

If you’re looking for activities specific to the Northwest, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for information all about frugal fun in the Northwest. We also offer a free or frugal weekly events list on Friday mornings to give you tons of great ideas of what to do over the weekend or the next week around Puget Sound and Portland areas.

Don’t forget to check out our BIG list of staycation / vacation ideas for things to do in Seattle on a budget for the summer!

Frugal Summer Fun:

Summer Bucket List - contains free download of  a blank Summer Bucket List sheet to use when creating your own family “Summer Bucket List”

Ways to Save on Summer Travel

Saving Money at the Pump - 5 Ways to Reduce your Gas Budget for Travel

Summer in a Jar: Canning 101

Top 5 Tips for Saving Money while Camping

Summer Boredom Busters - Paddle Ball & Ring Toss games in frugal fashion

Summertime Fun Activity with Sponge balls

Frugal Entertainment Options for Families:

Regal Entertainment Group - $1 Kids Movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings

Cinemark/ Century Theaters - $1 Kids movies or pre-pay 10 shows for $5

Kids Bowl Free Program - Sign up for each of your children to receive 2 FREE bowling games for every day of the summer

Kids Skate Free Program - Sign up for each of your children to receive 2 FREE Skating Passes a week for kids ages 12 & under

Saving Money at the Ballpark 

Northwest Travel:

Northwest Factory Tours

Great Wolf Lodge: 

Ways to Find Discounts on Lodging Rates at Great Wolf Lodge

Tips to Save the Most at Great Wolf Lodge


Seattle, WA:

Wild Wave Theme Park – Coupons for Wild Waves Tickets + Tips To Save while visiting!

Pacific Science Center - Ways to save on admission, food, transportation & more.

Woodland Park Zoo - Go on one of their Half Priced Rainy Day Specials for discounted admission

Tillicum Village / Blake Island - Cruise & Salmon Bake on Blake Island (or you can cruise out to Blake Island)

         Leavenworth, WA – ways to save on lodging, getting there, dining & frugal family activities in Leavenworth


Portland, OR:

Portland Family Friendly Activities, Money saving tips & more

Family-friendly Restaurants around Portland

Summer Adventure Park at Skibowl – Mt. Hood


Silverwood Theme Park -  North Idaho.  Ideas for budget lodging & ways to save on Silverwood admission tickets, food & more!

Northwest Parks:

Tumwater Falls Park - Tumwater/Olympia, WA

Les Gove Playground & Spray Water Park - Auburn, WA

Visit Georgetown (Urban Outing in South Seattle) – Oxbow Park, Spray Park, Trailer Park Mall, Indoor Beach & Mor

Forest Park - Everett (Petting Farm, Waterpark, Hiking Trails and more!)

Lake Meridian - Kent, WA

Lake Goodwin - Stanwood, WA

Kelsey Creek Farm Tour - Bellevue, WA

Mt Rainier - Grove of the Patriarchs Trail, WA

Washington Park Arboretum - Seattle, WA (this is our post about the Fall Colors, but it’s gorgeous during the summer too!)

Northwest Campgrounds:

Fort Flagler State Park - Jefferson County, WA

Winthrop, WA KOA Campground Review - Winthrop, Wa

Northwest Hotel Reviews:


The Vintage Park Hotel in downtown SeattleRomantic getaway in Seattle

Residence Inn by Marriott in Seattle - great destination for families wanting to visit Seattle, but not be right in the middle of the downtown area


Hotel Monaco - Kid & Pet Friendly Hotel in the heart of downtown Portland

Keep checking back as we’ll be adding more summertime activities & park reviews all summer long!