Weekend Warrior: 10/14-10/16
The Apple Tasting Festival at Portland Nursery begins this Friday and continues through the weekend. Kid-friendly activities include live music, cooking demos, face painting, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and hula hoops. Friday through Sunday 10 to 5. Free!
The St Johns Library is hosting Autumn on the Farm, a play by Penny the Puppeteer, this Friday at 11. Free!
Looking for a pumpkin patch to go to this weekend? Or a haunted house for the older kids? PDX Kids Calendar has put together a comprehensive list of local patches, haunted houses, and other Halloween-y events. Check it out here.
Make a recycled jar "Jack o Lantern" at Queen Mab this Friday from 11 to 12 with Heather Stellpflug. A great way for your elementary schooler to get into the Halloween spirit! $6.
Dr. Bob Sears, author of the vaccine book, visits Lewis & Clark college this Saturday from 11 to 1. Join to ask questions and meet other local parents. $20.
Saturday is Family Day at the Oregon History Museum. Celebrate the Oregon Archives Crawl this October at Family Day! Read and transcribe entries from the journals of famous Oregonians using ink and a feather pen. Make a personalized journal to take home and start recording your own history! See what curiosities await you at the OHS "What Is It?" table. Enjoy the classical musical stylings of Banjo Clyde. Free for Multnomah County residents; two children admitted free with one paid adult for all others.
Saturday is also Storm Day at Pittock Mansion. From 11 to 4, learn about the impact of the 1962 Columbus Day Storm, take part in OMSI-led, weather-related activities and demos including a small tornado and weather balloon, and check out some other cool hands-on projects. Free with admission (0-$8 depending on age).
Children's author Nick Bruel visits the Hollywood Library this Saturday from 3 to 4. Mr. Bruel is the author and illustrator of the popular children's book series Bad Kitty and creator of the NYT bestseller Boing! He is also the winner of Oregon's own Beverly Cleary award. He'll read from his books and teach you how to create your own story ideas. Free!
Here's a fun and spooky activity - check out one of the sveral Nighttime Hoots and Howls going on around town on Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30. Meet a Portland Parks naturalist for an after hours walk, where you can hear birds, owls, and other night time activity. No strollers. Please pre-register. $2/individual or $5/family. Going on in Whitaker Ponds, Hoyt Arboretum, and Mt. Tabor Park.
This Sunday is Doggie Palooza at the World Forestry Center. Bring your pup, or enjoy watching other people's doggies, while learning from a variety of presentations and demonstrations. 10 to 5. Free with admission (0-$8).
Explore the Stage at the Children's Museum continues this Sunday at 11 and 12 with a performance by the Toy Trains.
The Oregon Symphony is performing Peter and the Wolf this Sunday at 2 as part of its Oregon Symphony Kids Concert series. Designed for ages 5 to 10, this class is joined with other musical tales. Call ahead for tickets, they're almost sold out. $10 and up.
The Rockwood Library is presenting Understanding Your Preschool Child's Need for Independence this Sunday from 2 to 3. This presentation will help parents become more aware of wht their children can do for themsleves and how they can guide and facilitate their independence at home. Free!
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.