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WEEKEND WARRIORS - January 3-5, 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.

Portland Child Art Studio - Open Studio. Introduce your child to all different kinds of artistic mediums and the endless ways that they can explore and create with the materials at hand. Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm. Suggested donation of $10.

Open Studio Drop in at Art ala Carte. Come visit the "all you can make art bars" - salad bars filled to the brim with feathers, googly eyes, crayons, beads and every other imaginable supply. Pay one low price at the door and allow your child to create as much as the want. No reservation required. Friday 10am-5pm. Saturday 10am-4pm.. $9 for 0-4, $11 for 5 and up.

Penny's Puppets presents "Three Billy Goats Gruff" at Central Lutheran Church NE PDX. This adaptation of the traditional tale will be a favorite for all ages. The mean and friendless Tarrent the troll guards a bridge that crosses to yummy beautiful green pastures. The hungry 3 Billy goat brothers would like to cross it and eat what is on the other side. Help them find a solution - sing, dance and cheer on the three clever Billy goats as they try to go across the bridge and outsmart the Bullying troll. A mini- musical original by Penny's Puppet Productions. Friday 10:30am. $5/each or $17 for four.

Closing weekend for Northwest Children's Theatre's Peter Pan . Peter Pan, Wendy, and the Lost Boys are back for the holidays! Be a part of the most popular show in NWCT history as the "boy who would not grow up" flies from London to Neverland, does battle with Captain Hook and his cowardly pirates, and revels in the adventure of childhood. Best ages 6+. Friday 2pm and 7pm. Saturday & Sunday 2pm & 6pm. $18-$22

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Enjoy free admission the first Friday of every month, with special crafts, activities,and musical guests. Friday 4-8pm. Free!

Eight Free Days at Lan Su Chinese Garden. Much more than just a beautiful botanical garden, Lan Su is a creative wonder -- a powerfully inspiring experience based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition that melds art, architecture, design and nature in perfect harmony. Free admission Saturday 1/4-Saturday 1/11 with donation of non-perishable food for each entry.

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre Presents Little Red Riding Hood in SE PDX. Join Little Red Riding Hood as she explores what friendship really means.  Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their families. There's always a slight twist to the traditional story that keeps these productions fresh. Though simply produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have everyone fully absorbed in the interaction of live theatre. Help bring this tale to life on our Stage!  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available online. Saturday noon-1pm. $1/child, $2/adult.

Books, Books, Books: Time to Create Your Own at Rockwood Library. Children will learn the art of making blank books in which to record their thoughts and drawings. During this class, an artist will work with children to create two personal hard cover accordion pleated books. Children can design their own covers or use decorative papers to create their one-of-a-kind books. Drawing materials will be on hand for children to decorate, draw or write in their completed books. Saturday 1:30-3:00pm. Free!

Tinkerbell Storytime at Midland Library. Tinkerbell tells her story about Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Lost Boys and all the adventures in Neverland. An interactive story time with live princess character "Tinkerbell" from Dragon Theater. The show features props, sets and interactive storytelling. Saturday 2-2:45pm. Free!

First Sunday at OMSI. Explore OMSI for $2 every first Sun. 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Parking $3.

Mr. Palindrome at Treehouse Children's Boutique. Mr. Palindrome (Natan Kuchar) wants to help kids get comfortable with words, even really, really big words. Along with some starting-point palindromes, Mr. Palindrome introduces concepts like "alliteration," "anagrams" and "onomatopoeia." Sing along and learn how to sing the "Backwards Alphabet," and a whole gaggle of "Tongue Twisters." Mr. Palindrome also demonstrates crafts like how to make a pencil case or build a cup tower, all simple and silly ways to have fun and learn new things. Sunday 1pm. $5.  

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.

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Very interesting list. Thanks for this!!!

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