Official Trailer featuring Will Arnett in SHOW DOGS

Show Dogs will be a great family movie night, because what kid doesn’t love a crime fighting talking dog?

show dogs movie

Crack the case with the Official Trailer and Poster for Global Road Entertainment’s upcoming family comedy SHOW DOGS! Starring Will Arnett, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Natasha Lyonne, Jordin Sparks, Gabriel Iglesias, Shaquille O’Neal, Alan Cumming, and Stanley Tucci, SHOW DOGS is a family comedy about the unlikely pairing of a human detective (Arnett) and his canine partner (voice of Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), who has to go undercover at the world’s most exclusive dog show to solve his biggest case yet. Catch it in theaters May 18, 2018!

New features now available for Marvel’s Black Panther #BlackPanther

New features now available for Marvel’s Black Panther #BlackPanther

Excited to learn more about who the Black Panther is because let’s be honest he is one character I don’t know anything about, can’t wait for this Marvel film!

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER opens in theaters everywhere on February 16th!

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List of free (or cheap) activities for Babies & Toddlers in Pierce County

Fun isn’t just for the older kids! Babies and toddlers can have it too! There are quite a few free or cheap activities for babies and toddlers in the Pierce County area. Story time, open gym, play to learn were all activities I really enjoyed taking Mason to when he was younger. It’s about time to start taking Piper to all these, especially while Mason’s at school and the park isn’t always an option.

If you are local to the Pierce County area and have young ones at home, please save or at least take a look at the list below. I will try to keep it updated and please if you know of anything I’ve forgotten to add, send me an email or leave a comment. And of course say hello if you see us!

Updated: 1/8/2018

  • Fircrest Community Center 555 Contra Costa Ave, Fircrest, WA 98466
    Toddler sized sports equipment for children. Child must be accompanied by an
    adult at all times.
    Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
    Time: 10:30- 11:30 AM
  • Lakewood Community Center 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
    Parents are required to supervise their children at all times, maximum of three children per adult. For: Ages 5 & Under
    Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays, October-Mid June
    Time: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Fee: $2 drop-in per child
  • Key Peninsula Civic Center Indoor Park 17010 S. Vaughn Road
    Tuesday & Thursdays (now- June 7)
    9:30am-11:30am
    Suggested donation: $1.00 per child
  • Tacoma Nature Center – Open 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday-Saturday, go check out the indoor part, like the library there is no room to run but it has a great little quiet play section and a few live animals
  • Tacoma Children’s Museum – it’s free but they do accept donations, GREAT way to let your kids run. And to add a little extra fun and save money on parking (except Sundays when parking is free) we park at the Freight House Square(free) and ride the Tacoma link which is free!
  • Star Center – $7 per day or $15 a month at the play area. Check out the website for more info. The indoor playground is perfect for littles under 5.
  • Discovery Village – play all afternoon or day for less than $9, they have many sensory type play, perfect for young ones.
  • Wiggle Works – this one is definitely for the little ones as you have to be under 48″ to play, check their website for more information but admissions is under $10
  • Library – your child may not be able to run but it is a change of scenery from sitting in your house and it gets you out of the rain. Also check out their calendar for all kinds of fun events and story times they host.
    Block Play – The KaBOOM Imagination Playground travels to multiple Pierce County Library locations as well as some community sponsored events. It is made up of lightweight, oversized, mobile foam blocks and is meant to encourage and empower balanced and active play for children while building gross motor skills. 
    Story Times
    – check out the link for locations and times, too many to list.
    Babies 
    – Birth to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. Program length is 20-60 minutes. Join in with your child and enjoy books, action rhymes, knee bounces, songs and more.
    Toddlers – Ages 2-3, accompanied by an adult. Program length is 20-30 minutes. Enjoy simple picture books, songs, fingerplays and movement games.
    Preschoolers – Ages 3-6. Program length is 30 to 60 minutes. Stories, art activities, rhymes, singing and fingerplays are followed by a learning filled playtime for children and caregivers.
    Family/Bilingual – For families with preschool age children. Program length is 30 minutes. Pajamas may be worn to evening story times. Bilingual story times are offered in Spanish and English.

° Play to Learn is a free program for children and their adults to play and learn together. Drop in so no registration is required, 21 different locations. You can find the winter program schedule below or on their site, be sure to check their website for any date changes but I will try to update the list.

PROGRAM TIMES
Morning 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Evening 5 – 6:30 p.m. (Salishan Family Investment Center only)

MONDAY
January 8, 22, 29 | February 5, 12, 19, 26 | March 5, 12, 19, 26
*No Classes January 15

Madison Complex | 10 a.m.
3101 S. 43rd Street, Tacoma, WA 98409
Key Peninsula Civic Center | 10 a.m.
17010 S. Vaughn Road, Vaughn, WA 98394
South Hill Library | 1:30 p.m.
15420 Meridian East, Puyallup, WA 98375
Willard Early Learning Center | 1:30 p.m.
3201 S. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98418

TUESDAY
January 9, 23, 30 | February 6, 13, 20, 27 | March 6, 13, 20, 27
*No classes January 16

Charles Wright Academy | 10 a.m.
7723 Chambers Creek Rd. W., Tacoma, WA 98467
Regular class January 16 | No class March 27
Puyallup Public Library | 10 a.m.
324 South Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371
Inclusive Circle Time Only at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma | 10 a.m.
Instruction in American Sign Language and English
Tillicum/American Lake Gardens Community Service Center | 1:30 p.m.
14916 Washington Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98498
Sumner Pierce County Library | 1:30 p.m.
1116 Fryar Ave, Sumner, WA 98390
*No class January 30

Salishan Family Investment Center | 5 p.m.
1724 East 44th Street, Tacoma, WA 98404

WEDNESDAY
January 10, 24, 31 | February 7, 14, 21, 28 | March 7, 14, 21, 28
*No classes January 17

Parkland/Spanaway Library | 10 a.m.
13718 Pacific Ave S., Parkland, WA 98444
Graham Library | 1:30 p.m.
9202 224th Street E., Graham, WA 98338

Wednesday classes on Joint Base Lewis McChord.
Escape Zone | 10 a.m.
841 Fairway Road, McChord Field
Raindrops and Rainbows | 1:30 p.m.
8197 American Lake Drive, Lewis North

THURSDAY
January 11, 25 | February 1, 8, 15, 22 | March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
*No classes January 18

Lakewood Library | 10 a.m.
6300 Wildaire Rd. SW., Lakewood, WA 98499
Bay Terrace Community Center | 10 a.m.
2550 S. G St. Tacoma, WA 98405
Portland Ave. Community Center | 1:30 p.m.
3513 E. Portland Ave., Tacoma, WA 98404
Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library | 1:30 p.m.
900 Meridian E., Suite 29, Milton, WA 98354
*No class January 11 & February 8

FRIDAY
January 12, 26 | February 2, 9, 16, 23 | March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
*No classes January 19

Asia Pacific Cultural Center | 10 a.m.
4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409
Key Peninsula Civic Center | 10 a.m.
17010 S. Vaughn Road, Vaughn, WA 98394
Prairie Ridge Recreation Hall | 10 a.m.
14205 215th Ave. E, Bonney Lake, WA, 98391

List of free (or cheap) activities for Babies & Toddlers in Pierce County

Pierce County Birthday Party Locations for Kids

Birthday’s are so magical for children, and they only have so many magical ones. It’s almost time to start planning Mason’s birthday party, we do a friends party every other year and we usually have it at a location. If you are local to the Pierce County area, we actually have quite a few locations for birthday parties. If you are planning a birthday party and need an idea, I’ve compiled a list of locations. Most we’ve been to a party at, a few only for younger kids, I’ll leave links and write a short review for the locations we’ve been!

*Perfect for little ones under 5
Updated 1/2018, prices may change so be sure to check out the prices page on each website.

University Place

*Odyssey 1 – for any age! This is a popular birthday location; with an arcade, jungle gym and laser tag. It does get busy during peak hours because it’s open to the public. So, if you are wanting less crowd than go for a weekday or early morning weekend. Included each party package you get a party attendant, set up and clean up, pizza, soda, 10 tokens for each child, supplies. Pizza taste good, and you have the option of purchasing more food/drinks. The jungle gym package $135.00 minimum, up to 7 kids, $15.99 for each additional child and the laser tag package $159.00 minimum for up to 8 kids, $16.99 for each additional guest

Rollin 253 – great price if your child likes skating and you do the public session party, they have plenty of the walker for beginner skaters, a few arcade games. You have the party room for an hour, we’ve been to one party here and the only thing I didn’t quite care for the party attendant wasn’t very attentive to the party and seemed very rushed and busy.

Narrows Bowling Alley – we’ve never attended a party here but this bowling alley is very fun, has a great arcade and lots of lanes. 3 different party packages; Basic $14.99 each child, Economy $9.99, Themed $17.99

Tacoma

Tower Lanes – we’ve bowled and played mini golf here but have never attended a party here! They have a small arcade area with pool tables. But you do have the option to do a bowling party $12.00 per child OR a mini golf party $12.00 per child

*Pt. Defiance Zoo – if you have an animal lover this location is perfect! Party package is $299 for 15 ticket admission, use of the room, unlimited carousel rides and a special visit from one of the animals.

*Tacoma Children’s Museum – this place is a lot of fun, great place for kids 10 and under! Packages up to 15 kids; $200 for shared play time or $300 for 1 hour private play time in the museum!

*Pump It Up – this is probably one of my favorite party places! Any age kid(and their adults) will love this place! You get the play area to yourself so if you had a little one and didn’t want some random preteens jumping all over your kid, this is your location. Not to mention these are the most involved party attendants I’ve seen, they will help yell tell kids to slow down or be nice! Go to the link for pricing!

Chuck E Cheese – if your child loves the arcade this is a good location for a party! They have three different party options; $13.99, $18.99, and $23.99 per child.

*Tacoma Nature Center

*STAR Center – this place is so much fun! The indoor play area is perfect for littles under 5 and the older kids love the outdoor play area. Package prices range from $120- 240

Stewart Heights Pool – have a summer kid? This pool is great fun and has a party room available, can bring in your own food.

Edgeworks Climbing – got a kid who loves to climb? Great birthday location idea. For up to 10 participants between $200-250

*Jozee Rooz – a petting zoo is always perfect for young children! And this place is fairly new to the Tacoma area. They have packages range from $100 to $300

Bounce E House – a place full of bounce houses and a party area, you can bring in outside food which is a huge plus. I haven’t been there in a while, we’ve played there once and been to one party at the old location. starts at $249

Edgeworks Climbing – if your child loves climbing you may want to check out their birthday party info $300 for 10 participants

Puyallup/Spanaway

Skate Tiffany’s – packages from $14.99 to $18.99 per person

Sprinker Ice Skating – got a fan of ice skating? We have a rink in Spanaway and has birthday party packages $170 and $200

*Wiggle Works – perfect for young children, 48″ and under! Prices range from $129-350

*The Little Gym – for ages 1-12 $225-315

*Jumping Juniors – a little farther out in Sumner, a new bounce house location with a little arcade area and baby/toddler closed off section. Go to the site for info http://jumpingjuniors.org/party-info/

Paintball Sports Park – perfect for the older ones and they have low-impact paintball which is just that the balls are traveling at a much slower pace and they have special markers they use. Must be 8 years and older to participate. $55 per player

Old McDebbies Farm & Jim’s U Fish – check out more info

Gig Harbor

*Discovery Village – small play area, for children preschool age and under. Packages for $80 and $325

ALL AREAS

*YMCA’s – go to the page for more info, depending on the location – they have pool, gym, gymnastic parties! For members and non members $150-200

*McDonalds – contact your local McDonalds for prices

*Parks/Pools – looking for a cheap option? Rent a parks picnic shelter and let the kids play on the playground for free!

Bowling Alley – there are more than the two I named!

Round Table Clubhouse – most have arcades and what kid doesn’t love pizza

Movie Theaters

 

Don’t see your location on here, send me an email and I will gladly add it to the list.

pierce county birthday party locations for kids

Free & cheap rainy day fun in Pierce County!


free & cheap rainy day fun in pierce county

If your family is anything like ours, you are always looking for a way to burn off energy and kill those winter blues. Especially where it rains 80% of the season 😉 And we’d be broke if we were paying $10+ every time your child needed to run and not get soaking wet! So, I’ve compiled a list of our favorite places to play that won’t break the bank.

FREE

Library – your child may not be able to run but it is a change of scenery from sitting in your house and it gets you out of the rain. Also check out their calendar for all kinds of fun events and story times they host.

Tacoma Children’s Museum – it’s free but they do accept donations, GREAT way to let your kids run. And to add a little extra fun and save money on parking (except Sundays when parking is free) we park at the Freight House Square(free) and ride the Tacoma link which is free!

Play to Learn – check out the website for all the dates/locations, but this is a amazing program put on by the Children’s Museum at local libraries and some schools, ages 0-5

Tacoma Nature Center – Open 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday-Saturday, go check out the indoor part, like the library there is no room to run but it has a great little quiet play section and a few live animals

“Covered” trails – there’s a chance you may get slightly wet, but when we need to get out for some fresh air and take a walk, we like the mostly covered trails at Pt. Defiance Park, Tacoma Nature Center(snake lake), Titlow

Covered Schools – some schools have a section near the playground with a covered area, sometimes they will have a basketball hoop under it but usually it’s just an open area. So, make sure you bring some toys(think hula hoops, balls, bike/scooter/skateboard) and go when school isn’t in session. It is a great free option that is covered and you get fresh air! I know Geiger Elementary in Tacoma and Whittier Elementary(a huge one) in Fircrest has a covered area.

CHEAP

(Insert your cities) Community Center – I know Fircrest and Lakewood have an open gym for the younger kids for like a dollar or two and they get to run around and play with the gym equipment

Star Center – $7 per day or $15 a month at the play area. Check out the website for more info. Mason really loves the covered outdoor area, so if you have older kids make sure you know the hours of the outdoor section

McDonalds – On occasion we will get a treat and play in the toys, just remember to WASH YOUR HANDS! And for anyone in the area I advise not going to the play area on 38th st near the Tacoma Mall, it’s nasty!

Round Table – we love going to the lunch buffet and at the University Place location they have a great little play area up top and us adults can sit at a table below and watch them play, the arcade games up top are even free. And the “Clubhouse” locations have a nice arcade area.

Odyssey 1 – play for $7-8, JUST REMEMBER TO WASH HANDS!! I will admit this is usually our last choice(or a birthday party) it’s a great way to run off energy but it is germ fest and we usually come home with a cold! Or play in the arcade or lazer tag

Pump it Up Tacoma – $8 per child for 2 hour session, just go to their website to check out their calendar. We love this place!

Bounce E House – $8 for a 2 hour session, check out the hours and more info

Discovery Village – play all afternoon or day for less than $9, they have many sensory type play, more for younger kids

Chuck E Cheese – bring money to play in the arcade, admission is free

Rolling 253 – check out the skate hours and prices online but they do have many good deals like early bird Fridays for $3

Tiffany’s Skating Rink in Puyallup – go to website for schedule

Sprinker Rec Center has ice skating- check website for skate times

Wiggle Works – this one is definitely for the little ones as you have to be under 48″ to play, check their website for more information but admissions is under $10

Jumping Juniors – bounce houses in Sumner, $7.50 for two hours of play, check out the website for hours

 

Hope I’ve helped you think up some fun for those rainy days.

Our lives changed big in 2017!

It’s almost a new year, we are hours away from 2018! We started 2017 as a family of 3(okay 3 1/4) and ending it a family of 4, it was an amazing year in our household! Although we didn’t “do” much, I’d say a lot happened.

Mason has had a great year of growing up and learning how to control his emotions. He’s also doing an amazing job being an older brother, he really loves it and Piper. Piper has brought our family such joy, she is such a happy easy going baby.

I still can’t believe almost 6 months ago we were celebrating 4th of July and early the next morning we would be welcoming our baby girl into our hearts. I still can’t believe the magical delivery I had and I gave birth pain free. Parenting two has came fairly easy for us, it really helped that Mason was so much older.

We decided I could quit my job as a caregiver and stay home with the kids full time. Although I thought life would of slowed down and I’d have more down time, that didn’t happen. We took on managing another trailer park, so we have a total of 4 parks and about 200 tenants. So, not really any downtime. By the way this year I’ve decided to write a “trailer park” series and the reality behind them.

As for the blog; I branched out of my comfort zone and attended a couple blogger events. I blogged some here and there but for the most part I wasn’t 100% committed to my blog as I would of liked to have been.

Here’s to a new year, new beginnings. I’ve got big goals for myself and my blog. Bring it on 2018!!

 

Most popular posts of 2017

  1. Must Have Baby Items – It had been 9 years since we were buying baby stuff and honestly I was a little surprised by all the cool gadgets and products they have now a days like a formula dispenser. I’ll probably update the list this year as we’ve found some more must have items.
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  2. 10 Best Things to Buy at Trader Joes this Fall – Who doesn’t love Trader Joe’s!! If you don’t frequently shop at TJ’s, at least take a trip there each season.
    10 Things to buy at Trader Joes this Fall!
  3. Visiting Washington’s Wine Country #Prosser – We visit Prosser a couple times a year, it is a beautiful area and town. Although I visited fall 2016, this post was published in 2017, it was a media trip I took and had an amazing time learning all about the town and wine country!
    visiting prosser washington travel wine country
  4. (Tie between) Why the Ergobaby Omni 360 is the best baby carrier for you – I’ve got two Ergobaby carriers, the original and this one which was provided to me for review. I honestly love them both and still use them just about everyday, but this Omni 360 is my fav!
    Ergobaby Omni 360Do you know about Goodwill’s Hidden Side? – Goodwill is an amazing company and not just a place to buy used items!
    Goodwill's hidden side
  5. Baby girl’s birth story – Probably one of my favorite post of the year. We had an amazing and magical birth with Piper, she was born less than 15 minutes of pushing and en caul.
    birth story

Happy New Year everyone!!