ParentMap, March 2011 issue

Published on: February 24, 2011

March 2011 ParentMap Issue 

'Cause it's all about the savings!

We know how much it means to save a buck, so our editors went in search for all of the best deals that can be found locally and online -- for shopping, eating, playing and going green! Check out 101 ways to save money for great tips on how your family can start saving now.

Got a Grandma who knows best? Learn how to play nice and set important parenting boundaries in 'Butt out, Grandma!'

Mother-daugther bonding -- so pretty! Get tips on girly-girl rituals and how you can bond over beauty with your favorite little princess.

And be sure to get the scoop on all things fun happening around the Puget Sound in this month's Spring arts preview -- There's plenty of classics, puppets, acrobats and more!

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Read the entire issue online, or scroll down for links and cool online-only content.

Ages & Stages:

Getting School Ready: Who's sorry now?

Out & About:

Feature: 101 ways to save money!

NEW! Mind + Body Health and wellness news for women


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About this issue

Spring forward?

I’ll bet you’re ready! Great escapades and ideas await you in these pages. My kids give me a solid C for “quiet focused play” but an A+ for “infinite music and arts adventures.” Feeling smart reading this wildly robust arts content and unable to sit still, I leapt into (online) action to scoop up as many theater and music experiences as I thought my family could tolerate and afford! (We’ll talk deals later!)

I’m known for going overboard booking multiple arts adventures in a single day, and I suggest you try choosing a few yourself! Kindiependent music is stormin’ this city, just as Teatro ZinZanni launches Zirkus Fantazmo. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” Bobby McFerrin, big Broadway shows like “Mary Poppins” and the ballet Pinocchio are balanced with sweet brothers Eli (8) and Oliver (12) playing old-time music with their parents and great community theater.

Adventures with your family may be priceless, but we’ll assume this economy has all of us feeling a bit more thrifty. Our editors pooled super-savvy sources for “101 ways to save money” to enlighten you to new and memorable ways to find deals as you “Shop, Eat, Play and Go Green” around town. Shop surplus, eat for free, play at Pike Place, and go green with Freecycle to name just a few; we couldn’t pack in all of the deals we found, so you’ll find dozens more on

The buzz around town this month is our new ParentMap Honey: sweet deals for a good cause! We’ve partnered with all the best retailers, theaters, museums, enrichment programs, kid-friendly restaurants, and other family-centric businesses to offer great e-deals for families. What makes this honey so sweet? Our deals donate 5 percent of each purchase to our Giving Together partners, such as Wellspring Family Services, which deals with root causes of homelessness and instability for children, adults, and families in King County. You get a sweet deal and do good — all at the same time! Sign up before March 31st to enter to win a family getaway to Sleeping Lady!

P.S. Don’t miss Dr. John Gottman on March 2nd!

—Alayne Sulkin, Publisher/Editor

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