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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, July 18th 
Yoshida's Sand in the City Pioneer Courthouse Square. The greatest beach party in the country is once again coming to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Yoshida's Sand in the City features fun for all ages with incredible sand sculptures, interactive youth exhibits, live music, entertainment and more. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. By donation.

Story Time at Pie Spot with Olive & Dingo. Not your average story time. Full of comedy, songs, stories, balloons and laughter. Sure to get the jumpers jumping, the dancers dancing, wigglers wiggling and the noise makers cooing. Friday 3-4pm. $5/child for show and balloons.

Let's Go Camping - Fort Stevens State Park. A fun-filled weekend camping experience for novice camper families. They provide tent, sleeping bags, sleeping bag liners, mattress pads and use of a camp stove at no cost if you need to use them for the weekend. Lots of fun activities for parents, grandparents and children. 14 weekend events scheduled at various state parks. Click the link for more info. 

Saturday, July 19th

Music Fun at Pirate Ship Park. Join Music Together for songs, dancing, and instrument play at this unique Beaverton park. Saturday 10-11am.  $10/family. Please register in advance.

Oregon Lavender DAZE Festival (Hood River). Enjoy live music, vendors, food, kids' activities, classes, and, of course, lavender at this scenic family-friendly event. Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. Free!

Family Fun at the Portland Aerial Tram. Join the fun at the bottom of the Portland Aerial Tram where they will be making instruments, listening to music, and enjoying balloon and makeup artist's talents! All ages welcome. Saturday 10:30am-1:30pm. Free -- Tram ride/tour: Adults ($4) Children - 17 & under (free with paying adult). Tram T-shirts ($10)

Pointed Man Band at Musicalu Summer Music Series. Get to know some of Portland's best family musicians at this weekly summer music concert in Gresham's Arts Plaza. Afterwards, stop by the Gresham Farmers Market for a bite to eat. Saturday at 11am. Free!

Live interactive story time performances with Curious George at Lloyd Center. Enjoy fun dances, songs and games. Saturday. Three half hour performances at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Located in Nordstrom Court. Free!

The Science of Swordfighting at Albina Library. The Knights of Veritas present this exciting and scientific view of swordfighting on Saturday 11am. Free!

Runaway Tomato at Green Bean Books. Join local author Kim Cooley Reader as she reads from her new picture book Runaway Tomato. A tomato-face craft will follow the reading. Saturday 1pm. Free!

Summer Forest Music Concert Series at Tryon Creek. The inaugural summer forest music concert of the season features Da Boogie Band, a New Orleans Style swing band. Saturday 6-7pm, $10.

Chalk It Up! at Tualatin Commons Park. Part of the city's annual ArtSplash event, join artist Daniel Wood in creating a chalk masterpiece. All supplies are provided. Sunday 10am-2pm. Free!

Bike Fair at New Seasons Market (Williams). In addition to getting your bike fixed up, enjoy a variety of family-friendly events, including face painting and making your own smoothies via bike power. Sunday 12-4pm. 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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On the Tram ride.....the ride down is always free. Use two cars and make this happen for your kids on a budget.

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