Weekend Warriors: October 10-12
Friday, October 10th
Parke Diem Parklandia. Give back and beautify Portland today and tomorrow with this community-driven volunteer extravaganza. There are over 70 projects at 60 parks, gardens, and natural areas to choose from. Many are family-friendly. Please pre-register.
Gem & Mineral Show in Hillsboro. In addition to many rocks and gems on display and for sale, there will also be a kids corner with games and activities, exhibits, presentations, and demonstrations. $5 adults, kids 12 and under free. Friday 10am-6pm and throughout the weekend.
Portland Nursery Apple Tasting Event. Taste as many as 60 varieties of apples and pears and see cider pressing demos. On the weekend, additional activities abound. Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.
9th Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival in North PDX. This family-friendly event allows you to listen to and learn from generations of Native Americans through the art of storytelling. $20. Friday 7-8pm.
Saturday, October 11th
19th Annual Kids Bulb Day at Al's Garden Centers. Plant a pot of bulbs and flowers to take home and grow. Please pre-register. Free. This activity takes place at all three Al's Garden Centers (Sherwood, Woodburn, and Gresham) Saturday at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm.
Free Family Day at Washington County Museum. This month's family day features stories by Emmy Blue at 11am, as well as crafts, activities, and access to the exhibits. Free. Saturday 10am-1pm.
Tree-mendous Second Saturday at the World Forestry Center. Visitors 18 and under can see the exhibits, participate in family-friendly crafts, games, and educational activities centered around trees and nature. This month: make a handmade piece of paper. Free for kids; $9 ages 19 and up. Saturday 10am-5pm.
Tour the Colors of Autumn at the Hoyt Arboretum. Sample the rainbow of autumn color at Hoyt Arboretum on this special guided tour. $3 donation. Saturday 12-2pm.
Second Saturday at the Water Center (Vancouver). Kids and their families can explore a different topic each month through hands-on activities, games, and stories. This month, in honor of Adopt-a-Dog month, meet some adorable pups and some dogs training to be guide dogs for the blind. Free. Saturday 1-3pm.
Sphinx Virtuosi Classical Soloist Performance at PSU. Help raise money for music scholarships at PSU's College of the Arts and see performances by the nation's top black and Latino classical soloists. $5-20. Saturday 7:30pm.
Sunday, October 12th
Curious Garden at Curious Comedy Theater in NE PDX. The Curious Garden is a show for all ages (especially 0-8) featuring some zany animal friends. After the show, there's an open mic where kids can show off their talent. $5 suggested donation. Sunday 10:30am.
Grammy-nominated Kindy Rocker Joanie Leeds comes to Portland for two performances on Sunday. See her at the Mountain Park Concert series in Lake Oswego at 11am and then at the Village Ballroom at 4pm. Both shows are $5.
Junior Roller Derby Rosebuds Home Season Game at Oaks Park. Women ages 12-17 bring all the energy of roller derby to this exciting event. $7. Free for ages 6 and under. Sunday 1-2pm.
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.