Weekend Warriors: March 20-22

March 18, 2015

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, March 20th

PP&R Ladybug Walk at Albert Kelly Park in SW PDX. Explore a different park each week with a trained naturalist. $4 per preschooler. Friday at 10am. 

Music with Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom in NE PDX. Dance along to fun, energetic and educational music with one half of The Alphabeticians. $5/family. Friday 11am-12pm. 

Open Studio at Portland Child Art Studio in NW PDX. Get creative with art using paint, clay, drawing and other mediums. $10 per child. Friday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. 

Gogh Kids Canvas Painting Class in Tigard. This week learn to paint a version of Starry Night. Please preregister. $15/child. Friday 4-5pm. 

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URBANMAMAS PODCAST, EPISODE 8: Shanti Hodges

March 12, 2015

Don't just sit at home and count your toddler's boogers on the wall while baby stares at the ceiling fan. Get outside and find your tribe! Shanti Hodges founded Hike It Baby to help moms and dads get moving and get connected in the easiest and most invigorating way she knows how: hiking. It's a movement that has grown to 80 cities in just about a year, and EVERYONE can join in the fun. Below is a partial transcript from the urbanMamas Podcast Episode 8 with Shanti. Check out the links below for how you can find your own Hike It Baby tribe. (oh and hey! thank YOU for leaving us reviews on iTunes! we owe you baked goods and bear hugs.)

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K: Well, Shanti, tell us a little about Hike It, Baby. How it started ...

S: Where do I start? It started in July 2013. I had my son June 28th, my husband was very - we were very outdoorsy and had this crazy adventure life, we'd travel around the world and were constantly on a raft trip or some outdoor trip or another, and all of a sudden we were pretty much going to be inside all summer, cause we had a baby. And so after Mason was born there was a bit of a moment of panic for my husband and I. Like, we sat there with this newborn baby looking at each other, and we attempted to go outside on day 4 and we, like, didn't even know how to carry him! You know, we learned quickly, but we were really panicked about being inside. And my husband actually works in Alaska, on the pipeline, so he leaves for 3 weeks at a time, and I was anticipating what was coming, very quickly, in 6 weeks, that he was going to be gone and I was going to be alone. And it suddenly dawned on me that I have to make friends quickly, and a lot of my friends didn't have kids. And so I had to make friends and get out there. I wanted to be outside. And I would go to new mama groups, that were awesome, I mean I went to Alma, which was amazing, and I had this great experience going to these new mama groups, but at the same time I found we were sitting inside, and July rolled around, and Mason's 2 weeks, and then we were getting on 3 weeks, and I was like "I just want to go for a walk, but I'm really scared to go alone." My husband didn't really understand that even though I looked fine, I wasn't fine. And it was really hard to explain it to him.

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Weekend Warriors: March 6-8

March 04, 2015

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, March 6th

Ladybug Nature Walk at Fernhill Park in NE PDX. Walk through a PP&R Park with your youngster (ages 2-5) and a nature guide. $4/child. Friday 10am.

Red Yarn at the Warehouse Cafe in SE PDX. Check out Red Yarn and his ragtag crew of puppets at this weekly show. $5 suggested donation per family. Friday 10-10:45am. 

The Barber of Seville at the Hampton Opera Center in SE PDX. Portland Opera to Go presents this family-friendly bilingual adaptation of The Barber of Seville. $5 for ages 12 and under; $10 for all others; $20 for family of 4. Friday 7-8pm and Saturday 1-2pm. 

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urbanMamas Podcast, Episode 7: Leanne Goolsby

February 26, 2015

Below is a partial transcript from the urbanMamas Podcast Episode 7 where we welcome Leanne Goolsby, a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician who helps fill us in on safety seat laws and recommendations in the state of Oregon. At the end of the transcript are resources to ensure your child is riding safely. And please take a moment to rate this podcast and leave a review on iTunes!

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(we totally spaced the icebreaker hat)

K: I know I've been doing things wrong probably the whole time my children have been in car seats.

L: Don't worry, you're in really good company. Most people are making mistakes that they're not even aware that they're making and I think that's probably one of the biggest things I've noticed as a CPST and as I've learned more and more over the years about child passenger safety is that people aren't necessarily intending to do things wrong. Nobody wants to put their child in danger on purpose, and if you do, then we've got other problems to talk about. People just don't necessarily know, it's not like you get pregnant and all of a sudden your head is filled with all of this knowledge about laws and recommendations and how to properly install a car seat. It doesn't just magically come to you.

R: It should.

K: The problem is that things keep changing. And that's kinda what prompted this whole thing today. So my kids are now 9 and 6 and really fastly - fastly? - approaching their birthdays, and so we're a bit removed from the infant seat stuff, but then when I was re-visiting how long do I keep my daughter in her booster seat, and I looked at it and went "oh man, I totally did that wrong with my son."

R: So let's just jump straight in. What are the requirements for restraining these children passengers?

L: First of all I do want to point out that there is a big difference between laws and best practice, as far as safety goes. And that is kind of universal. Laws for Oregon, and that's what I'll focus on today is strictly for Oregon. I'm going to read directly from the Oregon Impact website so I don't misquote this: "Oregon child occupant protection law states that child passengers must be restrained in an approved child safety seat until they weigh 40 lbs."

So that's talking about a harness, a 5 point harness, the straps that go over both shoulders. You have a chest clip, and then the straps that come over both hips, and the latch that connects all of those straps together at the crotch. So that's saying that your child, who is under 40 lbs needs to be restrained in a 5 point harness.

R: And there's no age associated with that? It's just the weight?

L: Yes. And again, we are talking about the laws here, and them I'm going to get into what you really should be doing to keep your child as safe as possible. Our law also states that infants must ride rear-facing until they reach both 1 year AND 20 lbs. So, if you're 6 month old is 20 lbs. they haven't reached the point of turning forward facing, according to our laws. If you're 2 year old is only 17 lbs. they also have not reached that limit. It's one year AND 20 lbs. Which I think trips people up sometimes because they think it's either/or.

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Weekend Warriors: February 27-March 1

February 25, 2015

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, February 27th

Chinese New Year Celebrations at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Learn more about Chinese New Year and participate in special events. Children 5 and under are free; $9.50 adults. Friday 10am-5pm. The celebration continues through March 5th. Click here for more ideas to celebrate the Year of the Ram

PP&R Ladybug Walk in NE PDX. Explore Rose City Park with a trained preschool naturalist. $4 per preschooler. Friday 10am. 

Create Your Own Robot Hero at Sparks Art in NE PDX. Disney folks will be handing out Big Hero 6 swag and kids can make their own personal robots. Robot making is free; kids in grades K and up are welcome to stay for open studio for $15. Robot making is Friday 3:30-4:30pm. Open studio runs from 3:30-5:30pm. 

Gogh Kids Canvas Painting Class in Tigard. Create your own masterpiece - a cute little penguin - during this step by step painting class for kids. Advance registration recommended. $15. Friday 4-5pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: February 20-22

February 18, 2015

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, February 20th

Journey Theater Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr. in Hillsboro. Enjoy this fast-paced adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic story. $10-15. Friday 9:30-10:30am and 11:45am-12:45pm.
 
Chinese New Year Celebrations Begin at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Learn more about the Chinese New Year and participate in special events. Children 5 and under are free; $9.50 adults. Friday 10am-5pm. The celebration continues through March 5th. Click here for more ideas to celebrate the Year of the Ram

Red Yarn at the Warehouse Cafe. Weaving together live music, puppetry and storytelling, Red Yarn teaches positive values while reviving American folklore. $5 suggested donation per family. Friday 10-10:45am. 

Drop-in Open Studio in NE PDX. Children in grades K-8 will have access to a variety of art supplies to spark their imagination as they create original masterpieces. $15 for 2 hours. Friday 3:20-5:30pm.  

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