WEEKEND WARRIORS: March 14-16
As always, there is lots going on this weekend, mamas. We're gonna use some of the extra daylight to get the chillins out and about - and worn out! Feeling the luck of the Irish in anticipation of Saint Patrick's Day? Head on out to Kell's Saint Patrick's Day celebration. The kid-friendly (before 5:00 pm) street fair action includes Irish cheese tasting, face painting, crafts, Celtic dancing, and much more. Know of any other can't be missed activities this weekend? Spread the word on the Urban Mamas calender.
Friday Morning Indoor Playgroup: Join Central Portland Families at their new Friday morning indoor play space at the Pearl Court Activity Center, $3 suggested donation. 10:00-11:30 am.
Mocha Moms: This weekly support group meeting (aka chat and plays) allows moms to discuss important parenting (and personal) issues while the children play. Mocha Moms is a support group for mothers of color. Anyone who supports the mission of Mocha Moms is welcome. Milagros, 11:00 am-1:00 pm.
Ladybug Walk: A 60 minute walk around Laurelhurst Park for preschoolers. Rain or shine, no registration necessary, $2 per child. 10:00-11:30 am.
WEE-Post at the Waypost: Join other little ones for puppet making and this week's reading: "Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge" & "Whoever You Are" by Mem Fox. 3210 N. Williams, 11:00 am.
Story and a Stroll: Enjoy a short, guided walk that involves education about rocks and a reading of "Rocks in His Head". Geared for kids 3-6, rain or shine, free. Pre-registration required. Tryon Creek State Park, 1:00-2:00 pm.
Bring a Dollar, We'll Make you Holler: This fund raiser for the Village Free School brings together several different performers (including Professor Banjo, Marilee Hord on fiddle, the Dancing Berbers, and others), a clown, face painting, giant bubbles, yummy food, raffles, an all ages spelling bee, and more. Sound like a great time for only 100 pennies. The Bagdad Theater, 3:00-5:00 pm.
Pearl Bunny Hop: Hop along the streetcar loop to collect treat-filled eggs from eight kid-friendly businesses along the way. Peter Rabbit and Apple the clown will make appearances and there will be other activities along the way. Bunny Trail maps available from participating businesses now. Bunny hop starts at 10:00 am.
Pretty Posy Pins: Learn how to create a flower pin using colorful fabrics, beads and other materials. Wear them yourself or give them as a fashionably fun gift. Northwest Library, 2:00-4:00 pm.
Delectable Designs with Cupcake Jones: Learn about the origins of foods like vanilla and chocolate found in this year's Every Family Reads book, "Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Qué Rico!" by Pat Mora. Then, create a mouthwatering masterpiece of your own by frosting and garnishing your own cupcake! Recommended for ages 5 and up. Gregory Heights Library (7921 NE Sandy), 3:00-4:00 pm.
Mudeye Puppet Show: Join the folks from Mudeye Puppets for an interactive show starring Cora Gated, the cardboard kid. All puppets made from reclaimed materials. $5 per child, $20 per family, at Backspace (115 NW 5th), 10:30-11:00 am.
Knitalong Kick-Off Party: There’ll be cocktails for the adults, choices of messy and dry activities for the littler ones, food for all, door prizes, and books to buy, with authors of Knitalong and a few designers on hand to sign them. The party coincides with the store’s Ides of March Fiber Festival, which will be going on all around us and in the parking lot. Abundant Yarn in Sellwood, 4:00-6:00 pm.
Symphony Storytime: The Oregon Symphony is on the road for interactive, musical storytimes. This series focuses on storybooks, music, instruments, sound and fun musical crafts. Each week features a visit from an Oregon Symphony musician who will play and provide an introduction to his or her instrument and orchestral music. Enjoy music, hands-on crafts and fun for all ages! Midland Library, 2:30-3:30 pm.
One Fish, Two Fish: Enjoy this bilingual performance (English/ Spanish) full of audience participation inspired by the classic Dr. Seuss story with Hay Caramba’s Kathy Karbo and Blanca Vazquez! Free. Sellwood Library, 11:00-11:30 am.
Block Printing: Learn this fun printmaking technique with artist Kathryn Menard. Pre-registration required. Belmont Library, 3:00-4:00 pm.
Pacific Northwest College of Art: Free and fun art workshops. Children will screenprint on T-shirts and create mixed-media drawings. All materials, including T-shirts are provided. 11:30 am-1:30 pm.
Urban Mamas Toy Swap and Lead Testing Event: If you've got too many toys in your house or it's just time for some different ones, bring your gently used toys, games, and puzzles and swap them for some "new" ones. Toys that don't find a new home will be donated. The Portland Development Commission will also be on hand to test toys for lead-based paint. Urban Grind, 3:00-5:00 pm.
Tears of Joy Puppet Exhibit: More than 30 puppets and masks from 35 years of Tears of Joy Theater performances are on display. Central Library, 12:00-5:00 pm.
Shamrock Run: Get the kiddos out for the 1 k Leprechaun Lap or do the 5k, 8k, or 15k yourself! Waterfront Park, 8:00 am.