WEEKEND WARRIORS AUGUST 28-30

August 26, 2015

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

Friday, August 28th
Preschool Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park in SW PDX. Delve into nature exploration, art, literature, movement and outdoor play. Geared toward ages 2-6, but all are welcome. Pre-registration required. Friday, 10-11:15 am. Free!
 
Big Night Out at Tualatin Commons in Tualatin. Rhythm and blues, contemporary jazz, big band, bluegrass, salsa, reggae - they've got it all at this outdoor summer music series. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs, pack a picnic and enjoy an evening of terrific music. Friday, 6:30 pm. Free!

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WEEKEND WARRIORS AUGUST 21-23

August 19, 2015

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

Friday, August 21st
Families in the Field: Scouters Mountain Nature Park in Happy Valley. Children ages 6-10 and their families are invited to dive into the hidden secrets of the volcano and to search for signs of animals that live on the mountain. Pre-registration required. Friday, 10 am-noon. Free!
 
Afternoon Open Skate at Oaks Park Roller Rink in SE PDX. Roller skating is old time fun that never goes out of fashion. This event features a live DJ or pipe organ. Bring the kids and skate all afternoon. Friday, 1-5 pm. $6.25.
 
Seussical Jr. The Musical in SW PDX. Students of the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy spent three weeks learning musical theater acting, stage makeup and costume design before presenting this whimsical and engaging performance for the community. Friday, 7-8:30 pm. $12.25-$14.25.
 
Saturday, August 22nd
Free Children's Painting Class in NW PDX. Children ages 4-8 are invited to join this class that focuses on creating art and reusing everyday materials. Pre-registration required. Saturday, 10-10:45 am. Free!
 
Red Yarn Performs Deep Woods Revival in SE PDX. Don't miss this dynamic family performer who weaves folk songs and puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. Families are invited sing, dance and laugh along. Saturday, 11 am-noon. $5. Children younger than 12 months are free! 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS AUGUST 14-16

August 12, 2015

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

Friday, August 14th
North American Organic Brewers Festival in North PDX. Enjoy artisan beverages, live music, food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits. A kids area offers art activities, face painting and a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors. Friday, noon-9 pm. Free admission! Beer tasting fees vary. 
 
Free Open Play Swim at Pier Pool in N PDX. All ages are invited to swim, splash and play as part of Portland Parks & Rec's Summer Free For All program. Friday, 1:30-4:30 pm. Free!
 
Flicks by the Fountain in Beaverton. Bring a blanket and some popcorn to enjoy a movie under the stars. All ages are welcome to attend, and this week's theme is International Film Night. Friday, 7-11 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, August 15th
Minion Mania at the Lloyd Center in NE PDX. Come play with the Minions themselves, check out the prize wheel, dances, games, crafts, music and prizing! Saturday, 11 am-1 pm. Free!
 
Port of Portland Seaport Celebration in N PDX. Experience Portland's working harbor by jumping on a jetboat ride, trying your hand at welding, listening to live music, perusing local artwork or enjoying delicious food. Saturday, 10 am-4 pm. Free!
 
Multnomah Days Street Festival in SW PDX. Join us for awesome activities for all ages. Try out the rock climbing wall, live music, arts & crafts, face painting and so much more! Saturday and Sunday, 9 am-4 pm. Free!
 
DIY Terrarium Day in SE PDX. Stop by the Birds & Bees Nursery to create your own terrarium using succulents, tropicals or airplants. A family-friendly science project that is sure to be fun for everyone. Saturday, 10 am-6 pm. $10 and up. 
 
Sensory Open Gym in NE PDX. Children with special sensory or motor needs can run, jump and climb in a comfortable setting. Coaches will be present to facilitate a positive experience for everyone. Reservations encouraged. Saturday, 2:15-4:15 pm. $10 for 1 child, $15 for 2 children and $3 for each additional child.
 
Louis Armstrong night in Holladay Park in NE PDX. Enjoy live music by Bridgetown Sextet, a kid craft area, food carts and a documentary by Ken Burns' about Louis Armstrong. Saturday, 5:30-9:30 pm. Free!
 
Sunday, August 16th
Hawthorne Street Fair in SE PDX. We hope to see you at this super fun family event. There will be great entertainment, juggling demos, tightrope walking, balance balls, stilts, and clowns, plus face painting, prizes and more! Sunday, 11 am-5 pm. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS AUGUST 7-9

August 05, 2015

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

Friday, August 7th
Fabulous Frogs at Tillamook Forest Center. All ages are welcome to learn all about frogs and some of their amphibious relatives, explore froggy hiding places and enjoy Tillamook State Forest. Friday, 11:30 am-noon. Free!
 
Storytime at Pie Spot with Olive and Dingo in NE PDX. Full of comedy, songs, stories, balloons and laughter this event is sure to get the whole family jumping, dancing and wiggling. Friday, 3-4 pm. $5 suggested donation. 
 
Kids' Night Out in NW PDX. Parents can enjoy a night out while kids play with friends. The evening starts with art instruction and projects followed by dinner, then more play and art time. Pre-registration required. Friday, 4:30-8 pm. $25/child or $15/sibling (use Promo Code: PDXKids for discounted pricing).
 
Saturday, August 8th
Alberta Street Fair in NE PDX. Come enjoy an eclectic mix of activities and events including entertainment, music, vendors, food and drink for people of all ages. Start your fun at the Kids Corner with a visit to our #ImaPDXkid photobooth hosted by Jessica June Photography along with fun games and play in the street and, of course, the chance to get one of our 2015 Summer of Fun reusable shopping bags. Additional Kids Corner activities include blueberry samples from Whole Foods, ceramic critter painting with Mimosa Studios, and seed packages with Gnome's Home. You can also play with the Circuit Bouldering Gym on a slackline, join the circus for a day with Echo Theater Company, create a unique creature with KC Puppetree, shake maracas with Portland Early Learning Project and make recycled materials into instruments with Art Jam! As always, all activities at Kids Corner are FREE!  

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WEEKEND WARRIORS JULY 31-AUGUST 2

July 29, 2015

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

Friday, July 31st
Spanish Niño Time-PDX Playgroup in SE PDX. Speak, hear and learn Spanish through stories and songs during this social playgroup. Perfect for parents whose first or second language is español, or those who would like to expose their kiddos to another language. Friday, 10:45-11:30 am. $4. 

65th Annual Crawfish Festival in Tualatin. Don't miss the Whole Foods Chef's Mystery Box Cook-off, the chance to dine at some of Portland's best food carts, and the musical stylings of Kevin Guiton's Dueling Piano Circus. Friday, 5:30 pm. Free!

Sunset Walk in North Portland. Join a naturalist on a hike to explore nature in the magical time between day and night. Friday 7-9 pm. $6/person or $11/family.

Saturday, August 1st
Rox in Sox in NE PDX. Celebrate music and reading at the third annual Rox in Sox festival. This year's musical guests include local artists Aaron Nigel Smith and his One World Chorus, The Pointed Man Band, as well as Grammy Award nominated duo The Pop Ups and San Francisco's award-winning hip-hop trio The Alphabet Rockers. Be sure to check out the author's stage and come say hello to us, Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar at our Summer of Fun photobooth and marbled chalk nature journal with our friends from Wildwood Nature School. Saturday, 10 am-3 pm. 
 
Great Oregon Steam-Up at Antique Powerland in Salem.Check out vintage powerhouses including steam-power farm machinery, antique trucks and cars, logging gear, a steam sawmill and more. Ride the train or trolley, watch the parade and enjoy selections from food vendors. Saturday, 7 am-6 pm. Children under 12 are free! $12 per person ages 12 and up. 

Saturday Afternoon Kids Club - Drop-in Crafts in Sandy. Join in the fun at the Sandy Public Library's craft event, featuring LEGO building and activities for ages 7-12. Saturday, 2-4 pm. Free! 

$8 Saturday Nights at Oaks Amusement Park in SE PDX. Enjoy all of your favorite activities and rides at Oaks Park with a deluxe ride bracelet for just $8. Saturday, 5-10 pm.

Sauvie Island Center Barn Dance & BBQ. A family-friendly event featuring a fun scavenger hunt, dinner, dessert and square dance music all on beautiful Sauvie Island. Saturday 4:30 pm. Individual tickets $5-35/person. 

Sunday, August 2nd
Columbia Slough Regatta in NE PDX. This canoe and kayak paddle is fun for the whole family. Watch for the abundant wildlife, enjoy face painting, try out the various food vendors, and learn about paddling safety. Sunday, 9 am-1 pm. $8 per person or $20 per family suggested donation.

The Gold Dust Trail: Come Find Your Fortune in Oregon City.Follow clues, earn prizes, and learn about the story of Oregon gold as you complete this scavenger hunt for all ages. Sunday, 10:30 am-4:30 pm. Free! 

Fun at Sellwood Park in SE PDX. Come on down to Sundae in the Park for tasty treats, games and activities. Stay for the Summer Free for All live music performance followed by a special sing-along version of the movie Frozen. Sure to entertain kids and adults alike. Sunday, noon - 10:30 pm. Free!

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

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.