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WEEKEND WARRIORS - MAY 16-18, 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.

Open Studio at Portland Child Art Studio. Open studio gives kids and their families the opportunity to use the studio as an art educational resource. All the materials are available for your child to explore, discover, and transform. Grown-up required. Friday 10am-1pm. $10 per child, $5 siblings

Music with Mr. Hoo at Village Ballroom. Mr. Hoo (one half of The Alphabeticians), plays fun music for kids and their grown-ups. He plays guitar and kazoo, and sings songs that get the audience clapping and moving and singing along. Friday 11am-noon. $5/family.

Family Friday Concerts at The Community Music Center. Oregon Renaissance Band performs. All Family Friday concerts start at 7:15 pm and run about an hour (no intermission). Admission is free, with suggested donation of $5 per person or $15 for a family. Doors open at about 6:45 pm.



UFO Fest in McMinnville. Celebrate aliens with events all weekend. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Most of the family-friendly events are free. See web page for complete schedule.

Tualatin River Bird Festival at Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge. Join in for a diverse selection of family-friendly activities celebrating wildlife and wild places including: bird show; archery clinic; casting clinic; bat, bird or bee house building; conservation exhibits; guilded walks; and other hands-on activities for kids. Saturday 5:30am-6:30pm. Free!

Children's Nature Fair at Leach Botanical Garden. This year’s theme " “Wild Critters” will include animal visitors from Oregon Zoo and Audubon Society. There will also be activities, booths, arts/crafts about animals, paper making, scavenger hunt, Ladybug Walks, music, 25 cent ice cream, and more! Saturday 10am-2pm. Free (donations gladly accepted)

Portland Puppet Festival in SE PDX. Featuring Penny’s Puppets, Tears of Joy, Dragon Theater Puppets, Il Teatro Calamari, KC Puppetree, and Red Yarn. Saturday 10am-4pm. $5 per walking person per show.

Dozer Day at Clark County Fairgrounds. Dozer Day is a community event that puts kids in the driver's seat of actual dump trucks, dozers, excavators and much more. In addition, there's music, food, giveaways and great activities for the whole family like digging for treasure, pipe crawls and concrete crafts. Amazingly, this event will cost you less than going to a movie with all the profits benefitting the local children's charities. Don't forget your camera ~ and be sure to stop by the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar booth for a chance to win a kids digger! Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm. $10 adults, $8 kids

Final weekend of performances for OCT's The Giver at the Winningstad Theatre. Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices, individuality, or emotions - they are against the rules. When Jonas turns twelve he is selected to train with The Giver, who is the keeper of the entire Community’s memories, both good and bad. Now Jonas must shoulder the burden of memory and learn the harsh truths of what it means to live a life of sameness. Best ages 9+. Saturday 2pm and 5pm, Sunday 2pm. $15-$28

Band Birthday Celebration at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The One More Time Around Again Marching Band is celebrating their 30th year with a free concert. Saturday 3-4:30pm. Free!

Back to Nature Day at Congregation Neveh Shalom. Hands-on fun for all, including art projects, music, archery, bonfire, goat petting-zoo, storytime, make cheese, ice cream & pita. Sunday 9am-noon. Free and open to the community.

Mz. Pearl's Variety Show at Kenton Library. Heather Pearl's show is a feat to be marveled at. Her inventiveness and abilities astound and surprise all ages. The show has a variety of juggling, magic, dance -- with Mz. Pearl's character always being the most captivating. Sunday 2-2:45pm. 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.

 

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