Weekend Warriors: October 24-26

October 22, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, October 24th

Ladybug Nature Walk in Forest Park. Children are guided along the trails by an environmental educator as they learn about forests, water, insects, plants, and animals. Only a few walks are left this season! $4/child. Friday 10-11am. 

Squishing of the Squash at the Oregon Zoo. Watch as some of the world's largest land animals demolish some of the area's largest pumpkins. Regular admission rates apply. Friday 10:30am. This event marks the beginning of the weekend-long celebration of "Howloween" at the zoo, where costumed trick or treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. 

Halloween Enchantment at the Micha-el School. Take your child on a journey in the autumn twilight, where they will encounter many enchanting characters. $10. Call to reserve your tour time. Friday 4:30-8:30pm.

The Great Garden Home Pumpkin Hunt. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities, a flashlight pumpkin hunt, prizes, treats, and more. Come in costume and bring your flashlight. $10. Friday 6-8pm. 

Saturday, October 25th

Apple Cider Pressing in Woodland, WA. Help make apples into cider (8000 pounds of them!). The event and cider are free, but a $3 donation per jug is appreciated. Saturday 9am-5pm. 

Make a Difference Day in Vancouver. Volunteer to help with tree planting and take part in watershed activities. Pre-registration is required for plantings. Free. Saturday 9am-1pm. See website for schedule. 

Harvest Festival at PCC Rock Creek. This fall celebration will have free pumpkins, face painting, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, hay rides, music, children's arts & crafts, and Learning Garden tours. $5 per family suggested donation. Saturday 10am-2pm. 

Hillsboro Airport Air Fair. Explore the airport, take a tour of the airfield, try the Hillsboro Airport simulator, and more. Free. Saturday 11am-3pm. 

Westmoreland Park Grand Reopening and Salmon Celebration. Check out the simply amazing nature-based playground and learn about Native American culture. Free. Saturday 11am-4pm.

Closing Weekend for Northwest Children's Theatre's Sherlock Holmes. This is your last chance to check out this fun, fast-paced production about the world's most famous detective. $18-22. Saturday and Sunday, 11am and 3pm.

Opening Weekend for Oregon Children's Theatre's Ivy & Bean. Tickets are selling fast for this fun adaptation of the well-loved children's book. $18-30. Saturday at 2 and 5pm, Sunday at 11am and 2pm. 

The Alphabeticians 4th Annual Halloween Party at Mississippi Pizza. Wear your costume and join the Alphabeticians with a full band. $5/person or $20/family. Saturday 4-5pm. 

Sunday, October 26th

Museum Monster Mash at the Children's Museum. Enjoy all sorts of special fun like Greasy Kid Stuff, a scavenger hunt, and blacklight play lab. Free with admission. Sunday 9am-5pm. 

Baby Loves Disco in SW PDX. Come shake your booties at Boo Baby Boo: freeze dance, costume contest, Simon says, and more with a real DJ and MC. $13. Sunday 11am-1:30pm. 

Monster March in SE PDX. Dress in costume and parade around the Westmoreland-Sellwood neighborhood, then meet up for cider and cookies. Sunday 3pm. 

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

Weekend Warriors: October 17-19

October 15, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, October 17th

Hood River Harvest Fest. This old-fashioned fall festival brings together 125 vendors with food, arts & crafts, and more. There will also be a kids zone with bouncy houses, face painting, and other activities. Kids 12 and under free. Daily admission $3-6; kids Kids under 12 are free. Friday-Sunday.

Geology Rocks! Geologic Map Day Open House in NE PDX. This event features hands-on geology activities, Q&A with geologists and cartographers, and more. Free. Friday 11am-4pm. 

The Tangled Threads at Treehouse Children's Boutique. Check out their inaugural performance at this venue! The Tangled Threads includes music, dance, juggling, clowning, stilt-walking, and more. $5/child. Friday 4pm. 

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Resources for Women in DV Situations

October 12, 2014

Domestic violence seems to be becoming more and more a part of my peripheral world. At the moment, it's one person removed from my bubble, but there have been times when it was a friend or family member that was the mama on my mind. Today I received an email about one such mama and her friend is trying to collect resources to pass along. 

Let's rally.

Leave a comment with your resources for a mama who is trapped in an abusive, hostile relationship and feeling hopeless. A couple of things to note: finances are extremely tight, he's controlling, there are children involved, and she doesn't have any local friends. 

I would like to add that if you find yourself in a similar situation, please contact the Portland Women's Crisis Line503-235-5333 and click here for additional resources. 

Weekend Warriors: October 10-12

October 08, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, October 10th

Parke Diem Parklandia. Give back and beautify Portland today and tomorrow with this community-driven volunteer extravaganza. There are over 70 projects at 60 parks, gardens, and natural areas to choose from. Many are family-friendly. Please pre-register. 

Gem & Mineral Show in Hillsboro. In addition to many rocks and gems on display and for sale, there will also be a kids corner with games and activities, exhibits, presentations, and demonstrations. $5 adults, kids 12 and under free. Friday 10am-6pm and throughout the weekend. 

Portland Nursery Apple Tasting Event. Taste as many as 60 varieties of apples and pears and see cider pressing demos. On the weekend, additional activities abound. Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. 

9th Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival in North PDX. This family-friendly event allows you to listen to and learn from generations of Native Americans through the art of storytelling. $20. Friday 7-8pm.

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Weekend Warriors: October 3-5

October 01, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, October 3rd

Ladybug Nature Walk at Irving Park. Preschoolers can explore a different location each week with a trained naturalist. $4/child. Friday 10-11:15am.  

Weekly Storytime and Craft at the Craft Factory. Enjoy storytime followed by the opportunity to make a craft. Storytime is free. $5 for 2 tiny craft bases. Friday 10:30-11:30am.

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Check out the museum, plus the new Wizard of Oz exhibit, for free! Friday 4-8pm.  

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Delayed Gratification equals Success: do you believe it?

September 29, 2014

My line of work brings me into contact with lots of schools, many of them charter schools or alternative schools.  One site visit last week brought me to a charter school in a low-income neighborhood, where the administrator stated a few times that the staff believes in the studies of delayed gratification where they result in better adult outcomes: more success in school, career and life.  

I had never heard of the "marshmallow experiment" wherein researchers presented children with a marshmallow, stating that - if they waited - they could have two marshmallows instead.  That was in 1972.  After following those same marshmallow kids, the ones that delayed their marshmallow desires to wait for the two marshmallow treat were the ones that got better grades.  AND: they dealt with stress better and they were less likely to be obese and on and on.

Having never heard of this study and having never really noticed my kids' abilities to delay gratification, I suddenly started to notice.  My teenager wolfed down some brownies the other day immediately when she got home from saying "Oh my god, I am so hungry."  My five-year old boy spied a new Matchbox car at the store, and when I said: "your birthday is in just a week; let's put this on your wish list!",  he burst into a tantrum unable to fathom waiting.

Does this mean they will be less likely to succeed when they grow up?  Should I be training them to withhold pleasure and delay gratification?


Weekend Warriors: September 26-28

September 24, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, September 26th

Open Studio at the Portland Child Art Studio in NW PDX. Get unlimited studio time and use of materials at this creative, kid-friendly space. $10. Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5:30pm. 

 Ladybug Nature Walk in NW PDX. Preschoolers and parents can explore nature in Portland's parks with trained naturalists. This week, go on an expedition in Wallace Park. $4/preschooler. Friday 10-11:15am.

Annual Swift Watch at Chapman Elementary. Time is running out to see the spectacle of thousands of swifts converging on Chapman Elementary school's chimney. Audubon society volunteers will be on hand to share information. Free. Friday 6-8pm. 

Girl Be Heard at the Sellwood Playhouse. This unique performance will raise awareness around issues such as bullying, homelessness, mental health, body image, race, and identity, among other issues facing girls today. $10-15. Friday 7:30-8:15 pm.  

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