Inexpensive Fall Family Fun for the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane Areas!

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fall activities

Fall is an amazing time of year, and a great time to spend with your family. Corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin patches, there’s so much to do! There are some fun fall activities right here in the Coeur d’Alene & Spokane areas, in every price range that you can take advantage of to make some family memories!

Check out this neat list of things we found to do, and be sure to let us know if we missed anything so we can add it to the list!

carver frams

Photo Credit: Carver Farms

Carver Farms is a great place to take your children, and come home with lots of yummy veggies that you pick yourselves at great prices! My kids had so much fun going through and picking the vegetables themselves, and they even seemed to enjoy eating them more! 😉

They have hayrides every weekend, as long as the weather permits that the kids are sure to love. It’s not too often that the kids will get a chance to go on a real hay ride! There’s also authentic Mexican food and Kettle Korn on the weekends as well, so you can enjoy a special treat! They are now accepting credit and debit cards this year which is really nice for those of us that don’t carry cash! For location and farm hours click here for the Carver Farms Website!

maze game

Photo Credit: The Incredible Corn Maze

The Incredible Corn Maze is another fun family activity. They have all kinds of neat things to do as a family, including FREE Drive in Movies every Saturday night in October! Every movie is kid friendly, so dress the kids up in their jammies, and watch their favorite movies every Saturday this month.

Not in the mood for a movie? Pick from their large selection of pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. Pumpkin prices are: $2 for small, $4 for medium, and just $6 for a large pumpkin. Hungry? Grab some hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, french fries, funnel cakes, elephant ears, cotton candy, kettle corn, or a beverage at one of the concessions.

They also have some amazing corn cannons you can try your hand at! The compressed air cannon shoots cobs of corn further than the length of a football field! If you hit one of the targets, you win a prize!

Are you feeling up to a challenge? If so, you can try out the Maze Game. If you are able to find all 18 check points, you can enter to win a weekly prize! We went through these mazes and the kids loved finding each checkpoint! They also have a Tractor Tire Playground that was a HUGE hit with my twins, and a Straw Maze the kids can have fun climbing on! It’s not every day that they get to play on a playground of tractor tires! When you go at night you will also have access to the Field of Screams which is a separate 3.5 acre maze to scare those who dare to enter! (I wouldn’t bring the kiddos to the night time one).

If you have a little extra money saved up for some not-so-frugal fun, The Incredible Corn Maze also has helicopter rides (through November 2nd)! For more information, location, and prices, Click Here for the Incredible Corn Maze Website!

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Photo Credit: ScaryWood Theme Park

This next thing isn’t really a frugal thing to do, but it’s definitely something that’s unique to our area and a great way to spend an evening out! If you’re looking for a great scare, the Scarywood Haunted Nights is just the thing for you. Scarywood is only recommended for kids age 12 and up, and it’s a huge hit with the teen and adult crowds! 3Dementia is the big draw at Scarywood. It’s a 3 dimensional attraction that features new scares and 3D illusions.

Scarywood also features some great “Scarywood Scare Zones” like Clown Town, Crime Scene, The Crypts, The Dollhouse, The Scarywood Nest, Scarecrow Corner, and Quarantine Zone. These are different zones in the haunt that you can run into creatures that are sure to give you a thrill! This is sure to be a nice to remember for the more mature members of the family! Get a baby sitter for the little ones and enjoy a night of Halloween Fun! For prices, and more information click here to be taken to the Scarywood Haunted Nights Website! You can also Click Here to get Discounted Scary Tickets!

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Photo Credit: Post Falls Lions Haunted House

For more Halloween fun, you and the older kids won’t want to miss the Post Falls Lions Club’s Haunted house called “Nightmare on 4th Street”. This Haunted House has been around for so many years that I even went there with my friends when I was a teenager. I’m sure it has only become bigger and better since then!

The cost is only $7 per person, but if you bring 2 cans of food, you will only pay $6 per person! As couponers, we probably have more than a few inexpensive canned food items that we can use to save some money!  :) For hours of operation, location and other information, Click Here to go to the Post Falls Lions Haunted House Facebook Page!

apple festivalPhoto credit: Green Bluff Growers

For our Spokane area readers, Green Bluff Growers is having their annual apple festival every weekend until October 26. The festival offers a great selection of cooking apples, fresh pressed cider, and other produce. This is great fun for the whole family with music, craft booths, corn and straw mazes, and wonderful food!

There are lots of things to do this fall, and I hope you take advantage of at least one of them. If you do, why not come back here and tell me what you thought! Have fun, and have a safe and happy fall! Also, we would love to hear if there are some things that we didn’t think of so we can add them to the list!

Coeur d’Alene Area Readers: Three Free Family Movie Nights at the Park!

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Coeur d’Alene area readers, are you looking for some Free Family fun?  Head over to the CDA City Park Rotary Band Shell for a Free Outdoor Family Movie night provided by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department!

Here is the line up for the Coeur d’Alene Police Free Outdoor Movie Night of 2014:

  • July 19th -The Lego Movie
  • July 26th – The Nut Job
  • August 9th- Despicable Me 2

They will have presentations from Safe Kids of Kootenai County prior to the start of the movie, so be sure to arrive early! Movies start at dusk (around 8:00pm) in the CDA Rotary Bandshell area of the City Park. Bring the kids, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and they will even provide Free Popcorn! :)

This sounds like an awesome way to spend the evening having some quality time with the kids that won’t cost anything but the memories will always stick with them! Be sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss any of them!

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Thanks for sharing this with us Chris!

Easter Egg Hunts 2014 for the Coeur d’Alene/Spokane Area!

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We have rounded up some local Easter Egg Hunts for you to have some Family Easter Fun! Be sure to let us know if we missed at any so we can update the list for everyone!


Saturday, April 19th:

Borah Elementary Coeurd’Alene. Saturday, April 19th. 10:00 am FREE Candy Hunt at 11:00. Inflatables, Hot Dogs, Balloons and Face painting.

Fernan Elementary School 520 N. 21st Coeurd’Alene. Saturday, April 19.  The free event includes lunch at 1 p.m. and live music by Shelley and Dan Powers. The egg hunt for children through 12 years old will be at 2 p.m. Drawings for 11 bikes, gift cards and gift baskets will be held. Information: 772-7541.

Real Life Ministries Post Falls. Saturday, April 19th. Egg Hunts at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (bring a flashlight) on the east lawn of its Post Falls campus on Cecil Road.

Coeur d’Alene Church will hold a hunt at G.O. Phippeny Park, 827 N. Eighth St., 10 a.m., April 19. Information: 777-7325.

Coeur d’Alene Church of the Nazarene, 4000 N. Fourth, will have its Eggstravaganza at 10:30 a.m., April 19, for children as old as 12. More than 5,000 eggs will be hidden. Prizes available. Come early because the eggs go fast. Information: 667-3543.

Bayview will host its annual hunt sponsored by the chamber of commerce at 10:30 a.m., April 19, in the Bayview Community Center Gardens, 20298 E. Perimeter Road. For questions:

Worley Fire District will hold its annual Easter egg hunt April 19 at 1 p.m., at the Worley City Park, for children ages 2-10.

Sunday, April 29th:

Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 N. Fifth St., Coeur d’Alene, will host a hunt on Easter Sunday, April 20 at 10 a.m. The youth group at will serve breakfast. All are welcome. Information: Penny Weiss, 664-5743.

The North Idaho Men’s Rugby Club will hold a hunt in City Park in downtown Coeur d’Alene on Sunday at 1 p.m. sharp. There are three separate age divisions.

Thank you to the Cda Press for helping on this list of Idaho egg hunts!

Be sure to check out the discounted CDA PRESS Couponer’s Special Newspaper Deal offered to Raking in the Savings readers! 



ONE, 15601 E. 24th Ave., Spokane Valley, WA50,000 eggs scattered across the field and playgrounds for the kids, along with jump castles, a petting zoo, face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny and an awesome appearance of the Chipmunks! Make sure to bring your baskets for the egg hunt. Saturday, April 19th.

Join us for our 2nd Annual Go BIG Event at West Valley City School (Argonne & Valleyway)! We have expanded it from an Egg Hunt, and added a Carnival! We will have inflatables, free food, carnival games, and of course BIG prizes that have been donated by local businesses. With over 5000 eggs in 3 egg hunts, and the chance to win some BIG prizes, you are not going to want to miss out! April 19, 2014 – April 19, 2014 (4-6pm) Free. West Valley City School 8920 E Valleyway Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99212

Real Life Green Acres, WA 1831 S. Barker Green Acres, Washington 99016. Saturday, April 19th 11:00 Egg Hunt, Prizes and Games (egg hunt starts at 12:30).

Liberty Lake Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m.  Pavillion Park. The hunt is open to toddlers through fourth grade, but registration is required to participate. Registration, which is $3 per child or six plastic eggs filled with wrapped candy, takes place 5 to 8 p.m. April 14 and 4 to 6 p.m. April 16 at Liberty Lake Municipal Library. For more: 921-6746 or


Hayden Discount Cinema Family Summer Film Festival only $10 for 10 movies + 2 Guest Passes!

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During the summer months I always have to get some fun activities lined up for my kiddos just so that I don’t lose my mind! I was completely thrilled when I found that Hayden Discount Cinemas is running a Family Summer Film Festival from June 13-August 21st!

They have passes available now to buy at the box office and $10 will get you into 10 (selected) movies + 2 Guest Passes (12 tickets).   The $10 price is for one person to get in. If you have multiple kids, you will need to get the pass for each child. The passes do not have names on them, but are punched each time they come in. So if you are not able to go one week, you could let a neighbor use them that week. Each week, one movie is schedule to play every day  of the week and weekend at 12 noon with additional times on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am! I love the flexibility of not having to choose between two mornings and having the times a little later in the day!


Pictured above is the listed schedule of the movies playing and the dates they are playing.  For more information check out Hayden Discount Cinema’s online.

Spokane Area Readers: Harlem Globetrotters – Spokane Arena for Only $32

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Right now over on Groupon you can grab this deal to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Spokane Arena for Only $32  on Tuesday, February 18 (Up to $46.25 Value) This would make a great family fun day!!

The Deal

  • $32 for one ticket to a Harlem Globetrotters game (up to $46.25 value)
  • When: Tuesday, February 18, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Spokane Arena
  • Seating: row R, S, or T, section 103—105 or 115—117
  • Door time: 6 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.

The Fine Print

Expires Feb 18th, 2014. Limit 8 per person. Redeem starting 2/18 for a ticket at venue will call. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Spokane Arena. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Harlem Globetrotters’ current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before game time. For ADA accommodations, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher – availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Valid At

  • Spokane Arena

720 W Mallon Ave.
Spokane, Washington 99201

Don’t miss out this is only available for a limited time or until it sells out! Grab your tickets now!!

Get Yours For Christmas Break! 2 Hours of Jump Time at Sky High Sports in Spokane Only $10! Save 50%!

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Spokane/Coeur d’Alene readers, you are going to want to get in on this great buy now so you can have something fun for the kids to do during Christmas Break! Right now we can grab a voucher to pay only $10 for 2 hours of jump time at Sky High Sports ($20.00 Value!!) We are always looking for something fun to do with the kiddos! I love it when we can let them enjoy themselves for half the cost, especially during spring break when it’s too cold to send them outside for too long!

Plus if you refer a friend, you will get a $10 credit when they  their first purchase!  You might be able to get your certificate for Free if a friend buys one!

When you get to the next page, it will show a different deal, just click on “All Deals” at the top of the screen and you will find the Sky High Sports Deal.

This is the image you will be looking for on the deals page:

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2 hours of jump time at Sky High Sports valued at $20 for $10!

Jump Sky High! 360° of Trampoline Entertainment!

Not Valid For Large Parties 8 Or More
Walk-In Only Please

Trampoline Floors • Trampoline Walls • Full Arcade • Pool Tables • Cafe • Jump by the Hour • Birthday parties • Corporate Events • Team Events • Munchkin Mondays • Airobics • Dodgeball!

Fine Print

  • Not Valid For Large Parties 8 Or More
  • Walk-In Only Please
  • Cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer.
  • Certificate Expires 02/13/14

Sky High Sports

1322 E Front Avenue
Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 321-5867

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Today is the Last Day to Get Your Discounted Silverwood Season Passes! Did You Get Yours?

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If you are looking for some summer fun next year with the family, today is the last day to buy your Discounted Silverwood Passes for the 2014 Season! If you buy them by November 15th, you will see up to 47% savings on them!

Get a summer full of fun for one low price!

With a Silverwood Season Pass, you’ll get admission to Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park all summer long!

Plus these extra benefits:

  • Free parking
  • 10% discount at Lindy’s Restaurant
  • 10% discount at Mugg’s Old Tyme Photos
  • 10% discount at Silverwood RV Park.

Here are the prices through November 15th, 2013 only:

Single Pass (Pass Holder Admitted Only)-Regular $139.99

Purchase 1-4 Passes: $84.99 (Save 39%)

Purchase 5-20 Passes: $78.99 (Save 43%)

Purchase 21 or more Passes: $73.99 (Save 47%)

Gold Pass: (Pass Holder + 2 Guests Per Day)-Regular $444.99

Purchase 1 or more Passes: $314.99 (Save 29%)

How to order your Discounted Passes before November 15th, 2013:

Call: (208) 683-3400 ext. 3  (They take your credit card info and everything is done over the phone)

Fax: (208) 683-3601

Online: Click Here to buy your passes online

Don’t forget, TODAY is the last day to get these discounted prices with the Early Bird Special, so get your passes while you can!

I just called and ordered ours! 😀

HURRY! Save 50% on The Coeur d’Alene Lake Journey to the North Pole Cruise! This Sold Out Fast Last Year!

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Woo Hoo! This HOT Groupon is back again for us this year! Save up to 50% on tickets to the Lake Coeur d’Alene Journey to the North Pole Cruise! I ordered this for our family last year, and we had an amazing time! The kids were asking if we could do it again this year, so I am so excited to see it back again! :)

Choose Between Two Options

We have even been on the national news for this amazing cruise! We are so blessed to have it right in our backyard! :)

Here are the details:

During each 40-minute festive Journey to the North Pole cruise, passengers admire the Holiday Light Show’s more than 1.5 million lights, which illuminate the night sky as the boat glides over the sparkling waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene to Santa’s workshop, where Santa greets each kid by name. At the toy workshop, a living, animated Christmas tree with more than 30,000 sparkling LED lights soars to nearly twice the height of New York City’s Rockefeller Center tree. Cruises depart from the Boardwalk Marina at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., as well as additional times to accommodate demand. Children 5 and younger are admitted for free.

In a Nutshell

Festive cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene, passing more than a million lights and arriving at Santa’s workshop, where he greets each kid by name

The Fine Print

  • Expires Dec 12th, 2013. Limit 10 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Limit 10 per visit. Subject to weather conditions. Valid 11/22/13-11/27/13, 12/1/13-12/5/13, 12/8/13-12/12/13. Ages 5 and under are free. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. See the rules that apply to all deals.

This Groupon says it has 3 days left, but there are a limited quantity of these available and over 500 have already been bought, so head over and grab yours before they are gone! They could sell out on us again, and you won’t want to miss it!

Halloween Fun! 750+ FREE Pumpkin Carving Stencils! The Kids Will Love This!

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jack o lanterns

Who is ready for some Halloween Jack-O-Lantern fun? We found 750+ FREE Pumpkin Carving Stencils to make your jack-o-lanterns the coolest in the whole neighborhood this Halloween!

Check all of these these out!

20 Nick Jr. Pumpkin Stencils

27 Cute Pumpkin Stencils – Easy for kids.

21 Disney Pumpkin Stencils

19 Traditional Stencils

30 Geeky Pumpkin Stencils – Star Wars, Dr. Who, Star Trek, Angry Birds, Pokemon, Hello Kitty, Mario, Gangnam Style, and more!

47 More Geek-Inspired Stencils – Marvel Comics, Dr. Who, Ghostbusters, Walking Dead, Hunger Games, True Blood, Harry Potter, Twilight, and more!

Pop Culture Pumpkin Stencils – Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga, Kate Middleton, Robert Pattinson, and more.

30 Pumpkin Stencils from Hershey’s – Organized by difficulty.

46 Intricate Pumpkin Stencils – These are for the more advanced carver.

20 Random Stencils – From Tinkerbell, to Colonel Sanders, to Gary Coleman.

10 Halloween Stencils

13 Face Stencils AFrom clowns to traditional Jack’O’Lanterns.

100 Pop Culture Stencils – Ranging from Bettie Page, to the Beatles, and from the Mona Lisa to Rocket from Little Einsteins.

56 Extremely Detailed Stencils – They range from Angry Birds, to fantasy creatures like dragons and unicorns.

25 Stencils – They range from pretty and frilly to spooky and scary.

16 Halloween-Themed Stencils – There are some for every skill level here.

12 Midwestern Themed Stencils – Corn, barns, wheat, etc.

12 Themed Stencils – Patriotic, awareness ribbons, and some traditional halloween themes.

11 Star Wars Stencils

8 Military Themed Stencils

14 Pop Culture Stencils – Assassin’s Creed, Facebook, Glee, Winnie the Pooh, and more.

100 ‘Un-Halloween’ Pumpkin Stencils – Animals, celebrities, fantasy, patriotic, Christian, and more.

8 Halloween Stencils – From faces, to whole-pumpkin decorations.

28 Cat Stencils

59 Pumpkin Stencils – They range from traditional Halloween designs, to Mario, Thomas the Train, and Smurfs.

8 Simple Stencils – Probably be more appealing to beginning carvers or small children.

6 Random Stencils – They have tons of stencils to purchase, but they always have a random selection of free ones as well.

We would love to see some pictures if you do one of these! The kids will have a blast picking out which ones to try! I love FREE Holiday fun!

DIY: Adorable Mummy Candy Bucket!

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halloween mummy bucket

Sometimes I get tired of serving the trick or treaters candy in the same old plastic bins every year, so I thought this year it would be fun to liven up a cheap bucket from the dollar store! I was able to purchase all of the supplies I needed for this project at the dollar store and paid a whopping total of $5 (plus tax)!


Here’s everything that you will need for this project:

1 large container

3-4 boxes of rolled gauze

2 pack of googly eyes

Hot glue or other adhesive

tissue paper or regular paper (optional)

tape (optional)

The first thing I did with my bucket was cover it with some tissue paper I had on hand. I didn’t want the orange color to come through the gauze, and I didn’t want to use so much gauze to try and hide it. This is optional for you. It all depends on the color of the plastic, or if it matters to you whether or not some color might show.


After I taped the tissue paper on, I started unrolling the gauze. To start, I just tucked the end into one of the tissue folds, but you could also just tape it on. Wrap it as much or as little as you would like. I ended up using 3 rolls of gauze, and I was happy with the amount of coverage. Each time I ended or started a new roll, I would just tuck the ends into the gauze that was already wrapped and it stays in place really well. No tape or glue needed.


The last thing is to just start hot gluing the eyes all over. I only had small eyes on hand, but you can get creative and do different sizes, or just two big ones. It is all up to you!  As soon as you are done with the eyes then you are all finished! I love that it makes a cute decoration for the whole month, plus you can use it to hand out the candy!