270 posts categorized "Things to do"

Weekend Warriors: October 24-26

October 22, 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.

Friday, October 24th

Ladybug Nature Walk in Forest Park. Children are guided along the trails by an environmental educator as they learn about forests, water, insects, plants, and animals. Only a few walks are left this season! $4/child. Friday 10-11am. 

Squishing of the Squash at the Oregon Zoo. Watch as some of the world's largest land animals demolish some of the area's largest pumpkins. Regular admission rates apply. Friday 10:30am. This event marks the beginning of the weekend-long celebration of "Howloween" at the zoo, where costumed trick or treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. 

Halloween Enchantment at the Micha-el School. Take your child on a journey in the autumn twilight, where they will encounter many enchanting characters. $10. Call to reserve your tour time. Friday 4:30-8:30pm.

The Great Garden Home Pumpkin Hunt. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities, a flashlight pumpkin hunt, prizes, treats, and more. Come in costume and bring your flashlight. $10. Friday 6-8pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: October 17-19

October 15, 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.

Friday, October 17th

Hood River Harvest Fest. This old-fashioned fall festival brings together 125 vendors with food, arts & crafts, and more. There will also be a kids zone with bouncy houses, face painting, and other activities. Kids 12 and under free. Daily admission $3-6; kids Kids under 12 are free. Friday-Sunday.

Geology Rocks! Geologic Map Day Open House in NE PDX. This event features hands-on geology activities, Q&A with geologists and cartographers, and more. Free. Friday 11am-4pm. 

The Tangled Threads at Treehouse Children's Boutique. Check out their inaugural performance at this venue! The Tangled Threads includes music, dance, juggling, clowning, stilt-walking, and more. $5/child. Friday 4pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: October 10-12

October 08, 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.

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.

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Weekend Warriors: October 3-5

October 01, 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.

Friday, October 3rd

Ladybug Nature Walk at Irving Park. Preschoolers can explore a different location each week with a trained naturalist. $4/child. Friday 10-11:15am.  

Weekly Storytime and Craft at the Craft Factory. Enjoy storytime followed by the opportunity to make a craft. Storytime is free. $5 for 2 tiny craft bases. Friday 10:30-11:30am.

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Check out the museum, plus the new Wizard of Oz exhibit, for free! Friday 4-8pm.  

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Weekend Warriors: September 26-28

September 24, 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.

Friday, September 26th

Open Studio at the Portland Child Art Studio in NW PDX. Get unlimited studio time and use of materials at this creative, kid-friendly space. $10. Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5:30pm. 

 Ladybug Nature Walk in NW PDX. Preschoolers and parents can explore nature in Portland's parks with trained naturalists. This week, go on an expedition in Wallace Park. $4/preschooler. Friday 10-11:15am.

Annual Swift Watch at Chapman Elementary. Time is running out to see the spectacle of thousands of swifts converging on Chapman Elementary school's chimney. Audubon society volunteers will be on hand to share information. Free. Friday 6-8pm. 

Girl Be Heard at the Sellwood Playhouse. This unique performance will raise awareness around issues such as bullying, homelessness, mental health, body image, race, and identity, among other issues facing girls today. $10-15. Friday 7:30-8:15 pm.  

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Weekend Warriors: September 19-21

September 17, 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.

 Friday, September 19th

After School Enrichment at Creative Roots. Take part in daily activities such as puppetry or yoga, tutoring, and studio art time. Visit their website for full schedule. $10-15/hour. Monday-Friday, 2:30-6pm. 

Mommy (or Daddy) and Me: Creative Movement in Tigard. Children ages 4 months to 3 years and their caregiver can move and play together. Each class will incorporate a literary theme. Friday 12-1pm. $10/parent-child combo. 

The Paulaner Oktoberfest at Oaks Park. This annual event kicks off on Friday with oompah bands, Kinderplatz children's activities, chicken dance contests, and more. $2-5/person. Friday 3pm-midnight and throughout the weekend.

Band & BBQ at Whole Foods in Tigard. Celebrate music by Riverside Northwest, who will play a variety of classic oldies covers. Music is free; BBQ is $6. BBQ starts Friday at 6:30pm, music is from 7-9pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: September 12-14

September 10, 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.

Friday, September 12th

Mt. Angel Oktoberfest. Enjoy, music, dancing, food, cars, and much more at this annual event.  Most events are free. Thursday-Sunday, all day. 

Music with Miss. SaraMag at Rust Coffee Lounge. Sing, dance, and move with this dynamic performer. ASL is incorporated into the show. $5 suggested donation. Friday 10-11am. 

Storytime at Pie Spot with Olive & Dingo. Don't miss stories, songs, and balloon creations with this zany duo. $5 suggested donation. Friday 3-4pm.

La Luna Nueva: Andean Dreams at Milagro Theater. A representation of the Andean world with music and dances inspired by the Quechua literature of the ancient Inca Empire. $12 children under 12; $23 adults. Friday-Sunday 7:30pm. 

Swift Watch at Chapman Elementary. It must be fall! Swift watch is on. Check out this not-to-be missed event every evening in September. Free. Begins one hour before sunset. 

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Weekend Warriors: September 5-7

September 03, 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.

Friday, September 5th

YogaTots at Studio Mamalates. Introduce your toddler to yoga through music, rhymes, story, and play. Best for ages 18 months-3 years. $10/child. Friday 9:30-10:30am. 

Music with Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom. Enjoy fun, interactive music that incorporates traditional songs and goofy new ones. $5/family. Friday 11am-12pm. 

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Enjoy free admission the first Friday of every month. Friday 4-8pm.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - AUGUST 29-31, 2014

August 27, 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.

Friday, August 29th
Open Jump at Pump It Up in Beaverton. Let the kids work off that end-of-summer energy. $7. Friday 10am-12pm. 
 
Mo Phillips and BBQ at Whole Foods (Tigard). Celebrate summer with some rockin' kindie tunes and BBQ. Music is free. Burgers are $6. Friday 7-9pm. 
 
Flicks on the Bricks in Downtown PDX. The final movie of the season ends with a bang with Frozen. Free! Movie begins Friday at dusk. Pre-movie entertainment by Ryan Van Dordrecht begins at 7. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - AUGUST 14-16, 2014

August 13, 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.

Friday, August 15th
Music with Miss SaraMag at Rust Coffee Lounge. Sing and dance along with Miss SaraMag as she sings, plays the piano, and incorporates percussion and American Sign Language. $5 suggested donation. Friday 10-11am.
 
Family Yoga at Green Bean Books. Using the power of yoga, storytelling, and your imagination, embark on a yoga-inspired magical adventure. Free! Friday 3:30-4:15pm.

En Taiko in Clackamas. Listen to the sounds of Japanese drumming, then try it yourself! Free! Friday 6:30pm.
 
Flicks by the Fountain in Beaverton. This week's movie will be Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG). Pre-movie, enjoy a short film from Beaverton School District's student film contest. Free! Pre-movie entertainment begins at 7pm; movie at dusk.  

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - August 8-10, 2014

August 06, 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.

Friday, August 8th
2014 Little League Softball World Series at Alpenrose. Continuing throughout the week, the best young athletes from around the world gather in pursuit of becoming the Little League Softball World Champions. Free! Friday 10am-9pm.  

The True Story of the Three Little Wolves at Central Library. Dragon Theater Puppets presents a puppet show for all ages. Free tickets available starting 30 minutes prior. Friday 10:30-11:15am.  
 
Secret Codes Rip City Math Family Series in SE PDX. Learn how to encrypt and decrypt ciphers and codes. $10/family. Friday 4:30-5:30pm. 
 
Flicks on the Bricks in Downtown Portland. This week's free movie showing is The Princess Bride! Music by Jared Evers begins at 7pm, movie at dusk.  

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - August 1-3, 2014

July 30, 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.

Friday, August 1st 
Free contemporary dance workshop with Portland Ballet in SW PDX.  Dancers ages 12-19 can join for this free workshop.  Please register to attend. Friday 10am-1pm.
  
Music with Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom.  Mr. Hoo of the Alphabeticians performs fun music for kids and their grownups.  $5/family.  Friday 11am-noon.  
 
Free admission to the Children's Museum.  Join for free admission, plus special crafts and activities.  This month, craft your own boat! Friday 4-8pm. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - JULY 25-27, 2014

July 23, 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.

Friday, July 25th
Micah and Me at A Children's Place. Get your music fix at Portland's oldest independently owned children's bookstore. Free! Friday 10:30am.

Flicks on the Bricks at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The Flicks on the Bricks seasons kicks of withGhostbusters (PG) on Friday. Pre-movie entertainment (Lincoln's Beard) begins at 7pm, movie at dusk.

Saturday, July 26th
44th Annual Great Oregon Steam Up in Brooks.  Lots of tractors, cars, and other vehicles to view, plus kids pedal tractor pulling, blacksmithing, and other demonstrations and activities. Saturday and Sunday 7am-6pm. $12/day, kids 12 and under free.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - JULY 18-20, 2014

July 16, 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.

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.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - JULY 11-13, 2014

July 09, 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.

Sundown at Ecotrust. Quintessential summer in Portland - equal parts indie concert, block party, and classic Portland street fair. Each evening, the musical performances will be complemented by a themed street fair-style Showcase.  This Thursday July 10th features music from Portland Cello Project and an all ages dance party. The "Sundown Kid's Corner" hosted by PDX Kids Calendar will feature free art and educational activities with the Portland Child Art Studio and Little Wing. Cold frothy beverages and tasty local fare will be provided by Hot Lips Pizza and Laughing Planet. The series will be powered by a green power source. Thursdays in July (10, 17, 24, 31) from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Free!

Open Studio at Portland Child Art Studio. Kids and their families are invited to come and use the studio as an art educational resource. All the materials are there for your child to explore, discover, and transform. Two opportunities for creativity: drop-in (parents stay) and drop-off (parents leave.) During the summer months, PCAS will be open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10am-1pm. $10-$20.

Friday Night Movies in the Park in Vancouver. A free screening of "Up" at LeRoy Haagen Memorial Community Park. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs, grab a bite to eat at the park, or pack some snacks - come early for the pre-show activities. All movies start at dusk. Free!

Superhero Fun Run 2K 5K 10K and Kid's Fun Walk supporting music education in the Portland Public School District. Saturday 8am-noon. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - July 4-6, 2014

July 02, 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.

Waterfront Blues Festival plus fireworks in downtown PDX. Enjoy more than 100 performances on four stages, plus more than 35 artist interviews and workshops, Blues Cruises on the Willamette River, activities for kids, dances, after-hours jams, fireworks and more. Admission to the festival is $10 per person per day, Sunday not included. Children 5 and under free. Donations of canned food encouraged.

Annual 4th of July Celebration with Fireworks at Oaks Park Amusement Park. Portland's favorite 4th of July celebration is at Oaks Amusement Park! A full day of fun awaits as you count down to our famous fireworks display over the mighty Willamette River. Rides, roller skating, picnic grounds, carnival games, go carts, and miniature golf open all day! Friday 10am-midnight. $2-5 entry. Rides, games and food extra.

Estacada Timber Festival. Carnival, parade, fireworks, live music. Friday starting at noon. Free!

More ideas for July Fourth celebrations on the PDX Kids Calendar Fourth Fun Guide here.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - JUNE 27-29, 2014

June 25, 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.

Ladybug Nature Walks at Powell Butte Nature Park. Explore nature in Portland parks with trained naturalists. Rain or shine. For ages 2-5 with grown-up. Stroller friendly. Friday 10am. $4 per preschooler, no charge for adults.

School's Out Celebration at Village Green Park. Kick off the summer with the Library and the North Clackamas Rec Mobile in Village Green Park, with crafts and games. Friday 2-4pm. Free!

Story Time with Olive and Dingo at Pie Spot. 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 balloons and entertainment. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - JUNE 20-22, 2014

June 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.

Summer Art Open Studio at Portland Child Art Studio. Open studio gives visitors the opportunity to use the studio as an art educational resource. All the materials are there for your child to explore, discover, and transform. Most often, kids take the lead and engage in a very natural way with the space and the art materials available to them. Drop-in or drop-off options available. Tuesday-Saturday 10am-1pm. $10-$20.

Ladybug Nature Walks at Council Crest Park. Children are guided along the trails of various parks in all corners of the city by an Environmental Educator. Walks go at just the right pace and introduce children to forests, water, insects, plants, and animals. Friday 10am. $4/preschooler.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - JUNE 13-15, 2014

June 11, 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.

Micah and Me Singalong! at A Children's Place Bookstore. Micah and Me Singalong with rollicking kid's songs. Friday 10:30am. Donations welcome.

"Pie Time" Pedalpalooza Ride with Olive & Dingo. Come ride your bike with Olive & Dingo: that's what this ride is all about. The number 3.14... and of course the food. Friday 2pm. Starts at the kids play area at Laurelhurst Park, and ends at Pie Spot for delicious pie & story time. Bring at least $8 for: balloons animals, entertainment and food.

All About Bugs at Belmont Library. The Bug Chicks are back! You will not be scared of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do. Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more! Friday 3pm and 4:30pm. Free tickets 30 min prior.

Berries, Brews, & BBQs at French Prairie Garden. Bring the whole family out to enjoy a fun family friendly festival featuring: free animal barns & farm animals, Pig Barrel Train rides, and brew tasting in the new Covered Event Area. Oregon Craft Brewers will showcase their best brews. Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm. Free admission. Charges for some activities. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - June 6-8, 2014

June 04, 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 available for your child to explore, discover, and transform. Most often, kids take the lead and engage in a very natural way with the space and the art materials available to them. Grown-up required. Friday 10am-1pm. $10/child.

Rose Festival Fleet Week at Waterfront Park. Ships from the US Navy return to the Waterfront Park seawall for shore leave and ship tours. Free public tours will be on a first-come basis, usually from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Ships set their own schedules, so some may not offer tours during these times. Wednesday-Sunday. Free!

Rose Festival CityFair at Waterfront Park. Final weekend to enjoy entertainment, food and rides on the waterfront. Thursday & Friday gates open at 3pm, Saturday & Sunday at 11am. $7 admission, rides extra.

Pedalpalooza - various locations. Three weeks of bike fun all over town. Click the link for specific times and events. Some are 21+.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - MAY 30-June 1, 2014

May 28, 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.

Ladybug Nature Walks at Westmoreland Park. Explore nature in Portland parks with trained naturalists. For ages 2-5 with grown-up. Stroller friendly. Friday 10am. $4 per preschooler, no charge for adults.

Art in the Garden at Little Garden Studio in Vancouver. A free form art and nature opportunity for all ages to come and create. Art supplies in various mediums will be provided throughout the space for artists and crafters to enjoy, or bring your own supplies for yourself or to share. Come draw, paint, read, write, garden, mold clay, knit ... each week offerings will vary. Parents are required to supervise children and are encouraged to participate. Rain or shine. Feel free to bring a snack. Friday 10-11:30am, 3-4:30pm, Saturday 10-11am. A suggested donation of $5 per child is appreciated.

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. He's the Village Ballroom (sponsored by Woodlawn Swap 'n Play) every Friday at 11am. $5/family.

Rose Festival CityFair at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Rose Festival overtakes Waterfront Park with rides, games, exhibits, food, and entertainment in the RoZone. Other highlights include the Rose Festival Museum, Walk on the Wild Side, and more. Weekends May 29-June 1, June 5-8. $7. Season Passes are available at Fred Meyer Stores.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - MAY 23-25, 2014

May 21, 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.

World Language Storytime Week at Beaverton Library. Drop-in and join for stories in various world languages. Friday: Chinese (Mandarin). Saturday: Farsi. Ages 2 - 6 years, with adult. Starts at 10:30am. Free!

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 there for your child to explore, discover, and transform. Most often, kids take the lead and engage in a very natural way with the space and the art materials available to them. Grown-up required. Friday & Saturday 10am-1pm. $10/child, $5/sibling.

Drop-In Messy Art at Spark Arts Center. During Drop-In Studio little ones can explore art to their content. The focus is on the process not the end product. Come for 1 hour anytime between 9-11 for just $7 or stay the full 2 hours for $10. All supplies provided and projects vary weekly. Friday 9am-11am.

Red Yarn at Warehouse Cafe. Weaving together energetic live music, puppetry and storytelling, Red Yarn teaches positive values while reviving American folklore for a younger generation. Friday 10-10:45am. $5/family suggested.

Rose Festival CityFair at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Rose Festival overtakes Waterfront Park with rides, games, exhibits, food, and entertainment in the RoZone. Other highlights include the Rose Festival Museum, Walk on the Wild Side, and more. Weekends May 23-26, May 29-June 1, June 5-8. $7. Season Passes are available at Fred Meyer Stores. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - MAY 16-18, 2014

May 14, 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.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - MAY 9-11, 2014

May 07, 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.

Free Mother's Day Stroller Strides Class & Celebration at #MPFamFaves Jamison Square. Join FIT4MOM Cedar Mill for their annual Mother's Day Celebration at Jamison Square. There will be a free Stroller Strides class, swag bags, raffles prizes, refreshments and fun for all. Friday 9am-noon. Free!

Story Time with Olive and Dingo at Pie Spot. Full of comedy, songs, stories, balloons and laughter, sure to get the jumpers jumping, the dancers dancing, wigglers wiggling and the noise makers cooing. Balloons twisting and fellowship is at the end of the show. Friday 3-4pm. $5 per child for balloons & entertainment

Día del Niño/Día del Libro (Day of Children/Day of the Book) at Clark College. Families are invited to this free, public event that celebrates children, reading and the Latino culture with a bilingual puppet show, Mexican folk dances, crafts and refreshments. Friday 5-8pm. Free!

Kids' Craft Night: Shrinky Dink Monsters at collage in Sellwood. Make a miniature monster family from shrink plastic and pipe cleaners. Not into monsters? They'll have options for other creatures available too. Ages 6+. Advance registration required. Friday 6:30-8:30pm. $20. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - May 2-4, 2014

April 30, 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.

Music with Miss SaraMag at Rain City Coffee. Combining songs that get kids moving with uplifting lyrics, Miss SaraMag empowers children to be all they can be and follow their dreams. She sings and plays the piano, as well as incorporating sign language and dance for interactive fun. Friday 10-11am. $5 suggested donation.

Superkids Resale Vancouver Event. Come shop bargains galore at this bi-annual kids consignment event. Save 50-90% off retail prices on 60,000+ items including clothes, toys, baby gear, maternity, books, furniture and much more. On Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday May 4th: Princess and Super Hero Photos with Van Pop Parties. Cinderella will be there from 10-4pm both days. Multiple background choices, like Star Wars and Frozen. Friday: 9am to 8pm, Saturday/Sunday: 9am to 5pm. 

Pioneer Family Festival in Oregon City. Fun for all ages as part of Oregon City's Family Fun Days. Highlights include the huge carnival and midway, continuous music on the festival Main Stage, great food from local vendors, and vendors offering commercial goods, crafts, and community information. Other festival events include a climbing rock wall, lazer tag, go karts and more. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Free! 

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Enjoy free admission the first Friday of every month, with special crafts, activities,and musical guests. A perfect opportunity to check out the new Outdoor Adventure exhibit! Friday 4-8pm. Free!

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - APRIL 25-27, 2014

April 23, 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.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn. Enjoy the lovely colorful fields. Daily activities include Children's play area with duck races, slides, swings and more. Cow train $2 person. Weekends (weather permitting) include pony rides ($5), steam tractors, jump tents, rock wall zip line ($3-$7), archery tag ($5) and paint ball ($7). Daily 9am-6pm through May 4. $10 per car, $30 vehicle season pass

All You Can Make Art at Art ala Carte. Drop in - pay one low price - create as much art as you would like using supplies from their restaurant salad bars into art bars. Kids fill up trays with seemingly endless supplies. No time limits, no supply limits and the best part - they help with clean up! Beads, glue, modge podge, collage, feathers, paper, paints, playdough and more. There is something for everyone - every age, ability and skill level. Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. $9 for ages 0-4 and $11 for ages 5+

Penny's Puppets: Ants in Your Pants at Central Lutheran Church. Join Antsy as she makes you want to Dancy in this musical fun filled variety show. Singing, laughing and joking are all part of the fun. Let’s see if we can get everyone on their feet and shaking it out by the end of the show. Audience participation unavoidable. Friday 10:30am. $5, 4 for $17

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WEEKEND & EASTER WARRIORS - APRIL 18-20, 2014

April 16, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend -- including some fun events to celebrate Easter. 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.

Ladybug Nature Walks at Kenton Park. Ladybug Walks are perfect for preschoolers and parents who want to explore nature in Portland's parks with trained preschool naturalists. Children are guided along the trails of various parks in all corners of the city by an Environmental Educator. Walks go at just the right pace and introduce children to forests, water, insects, plants and animals. Friday 10am. $4 per preschooler, no charge for adults.


Aaron Nigel Smith and One World Chorus in Lake Oswego. Wonderful family-friendly music. Friday 7-8pm. $5 suggested donation.

Urbanmamas & Popina Swimwear Fashion Show and Mama's Night Out>! Come grab a glass, watch a fashion show and find that perfect suit for the summer! Popina is offering 25% off all suits purchased at the event. Friday 7pm. $5 at the door.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - APRIL 11-13, 2014

April 09, 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 Canstruction® Event at Pioneer Place benefiting the Oregon Food Bank. An annual art show, design competition, and food drive all rolled into one, Canstruction® raises hunger awareness by challenging teams of architects, engineers, and construction personnel to create larger-than-life pop art masterpieces made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The structures will be on display and open to the public on both sides of Pioneer Place, April 7-13, M-F, 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm.

Weekly Storytime + Craft Activity at The Craft Factory. Listen to picture books while crafting the morning away at The Craft Factory's weekly Friday morning storytime. Friday 10:30am. The storytime is free for all ages, though geared toward toddlers and pre-schoolers.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - April 4-6, 2014

April 02, 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.

Ladybug Nature Walks at Gabriel Park. For preschoolers and parents who want to explore nature in Portland's parks. Children are guided along the trails at just the right pace and introduce children to forests, water, insects, plants and animals. Friday 10am. $4/child.

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.

Opening weekend of Raven Stories from Tears of Joy Theatre at Imago Theatre. An all new production based on that trickster of Native American lore, Raven. Like his cousin Coyote, Raven uses his wits and cunning to get what he wants. He may be sneaky but his tricks have given us the sun, fire, and more! Raven Stories is written by Shoshone-Bannock poet and storyteller Ed Edmo and features original music. Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 11am and 1pm, Sunday 1pm and 3pm. $18, adults, $15 students, $13 ages 0-13. Performances through April 13.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - MARCH 28-30, 2014

March 26, 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.

Spring Break with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang at World Forestry Center. The Peanuts...Naturally exhibit takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz's exploration of the natural world through Peanuts comic strips, videos, objects, and interactive stations. Throughout the week, explore the wonders of the natural world with hands-on interactive activities, focusing on a different element each day. Through Friday 10am-5pm (activities until about 2pm).

Celebrate Spring Break at Mimosa Studios. Enjoy tasty treats, a daily drawing for cool art supplies, and 10% off all week. Everyone is welcome, no matter what skill level, Walk-ins are welcome, although it might be a good idea to call ahead to assure your spot. Through Friday 11am-6pm. Prices starting at $5.

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Spring break in the rain

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Oh! The "opening weekend" of spring break for PPS was gorgeous. Epic. We have put tables and chairs outside and are eating meals there when the weather is good enough, and this weather took "good enough" to extreme. We were planning the summer in all its beauty, the kids were all asking, could we go to the pool? How about tomorrow? No one jumps to the logical extreme like a child with a taste of warm spring sun. Monday, I took a bunch of kids with me to the nursery, and we picked out plants with the glorious excitement that can only come in that sort of beautiful weather. I went for a run with my oldest through the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and it just seemed like the most beautiful spring break ever devised.

And then came the rain. I went running yesterday at lunch and the wind had begun to lift all the blossoms off the cherry trees on the waterfront and they were blowing everywhere like, I said, snow or ash or confetti. When we went out with kids it was for errands and we got so wet.

Later I went to the thrift store on bikes with kids and we dodged the rain on the way home and we laughed and brought home our finds to show off with relish but I got back and saw the just-begun garden and was hit with the wow realization that the rest of the break would be like this: little if any opportunities for digging or planting or outside adventure or sipping coffee in the little "cafe."

If you have your children at home for the rest of the break, what are your plans to cope with the downpour that looks pretty constant from here on out? Or if you have them in camps, how are they liking the wet weather? How about this weekend: a rainy visit to the beach or just holing up at home?

WEEKEND WARRIORS - MARCH 21-23, 2014

March 19, 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.

Special Down Syndrome Day at Dizzy Castle. World Down Syndrome day is this Friday March 21st. Dizzy Castle is offering free admission for children with down syndrome from 9am- 12pm.  Members from NWDSA will be attending in hopes everyone will have the opportunity to meet new friends! Siblings will receive discounted admission of $7 for children 3 and over and $3 for children under 3yrs old.

Cut Arts Silhouette Portraits at area locations. Karl Johnson's silhouettes are all hand cut, original works of art. Each one created live by simply looking at his subject matter and cutting out an exact likeness freehand with scissors.
Thurs. 3/20: 10am-6pm (Child's Play)
Fri. 3/21: 11 to 5pm (Mamababy Boutique)
Sat. 3/22: 10am-6pm (Village Toys)
Sun. 3/23: 10am-6pm (Coffee Kids)
Mon. 3/24: 10am-1pm (PDX Posh Baby) 2:30-6pm (Beaverton)
Tues. 3/25: 10am-5:30pm (Spielwerk Toys)
To make an appointment, please contact the store of your choice for a 5 minute appointment. All ages are welcome, even the squirmy ones. Original portraits $25.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - MARCH 14-16, 2014

March 12, 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.

Impulse! in NE PDX. OCT's hilarious student improvisational troupe, take the stage to deliver fast-paced comedic scenes and games - all based on audience suggestions. No scripts, no costumes, and no idea what's about to happen! Recommended for ages 7 and up. Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7pm. Tickets $10 in advance / $12 at the door.

Friday Storytime + Craft Activity at The Craft Factory. Now you can listen to picture books while crafting the morning away. Friday 10:30am. Storytime craft special: $5 for any two ornamental crafts.

Red Yarn at Warehouse Cafe. Weaving together energetic live music, puppetry and storytelling, Red Yarn teaches positive values while reviving American folklore for a younger generation. Audiences will sing, dance, act, and experience the joy of community during this interactive show. Friday 10-10:45am. $5 donation.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - March 7-9, 2014

March 05, 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.

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.

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.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - FEBRUARY 28-March 2, 2014

February 26, 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.

Ladybug Nature Walks at Ventura Park. Explore nature in Portland parks with trained naturalists! For ages 2-5 with grown-up. Stroller friendly. Friday 10am. $4/preschooler, no charge for adults.

Story Time with Olive and Dingo at Pie Spot. 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 per child for balloons and entertainment.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - FEBRUARY 21-23, 2014

February 19, 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.

Ladybug Nature Walks at Kelley Point Park. Perfect for preschoolers and parents who want to explore nature in Portland's parks with trained preschool naturalists! Children are guided along the trails of various parks in all corners of the city by an Environmental Educator. Walks go at just the right pace and introduce children to forests, water, insects, plants and animals. Ages 2-5 with grown-up. Stroller friendly. Friday 10am. $4/child.

Lori Henriques in Concert in Lake Oswego. Award winning musician Lori Henriques performs jazz music for the whole family. Friday 7pm. $5 suggested donation.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - FEBRUARY 14-16, 2014

February 12, 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.

Valentine's Day for the Animals at the Zoo. Watch zoo animals enjoy Valentine's Day enrichment treats and toys. Friday 10:30am-2:45pm. Free with Zoo admission.

Great Backyard Birdcount. The Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 14-17 is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Everyone is welcome--from beginning bird watchers to experts.

Preteen POP Night- BFF Fun at Art Ala Carte. A chance for creative kiddos (9-13 yr olds) to make new friends, create art and learn from local artists. Pop night features POP music, POP corn, soda POP and POP art. Friday is a special Vday edition giving parents a chance to enjoy a romantic night out. Parents can stay in the studio and hang out- or they can make it a date night at one of the many delicious restaurants on Alberta. Friday 6-9pm. $15 use promocode PDXKIDS for 15% off your tickets - purchase here.

Valentine's Night at Out of this World. Includes pizza & salad buffet, drink, dessert & a $5 game card. Dance and play with your kids with their DJ-hosted Stellar Play and Valentine's dance starting at 7pm. Try your luck with Bingo and hourly giveaways and light up your kids with glowstick bracelets. Friday 6-9pm. $12 age 5-Adult, $10 age 2-4 yrs, Under 2 free.

Find more Valentine's Events on the PDX Kids Calendar Family-friendly Valentine's Events Guide.

Spring Community Day at Oregon History Museum. Take a look at a temporary exhibit created by Roosevelt High School students about local "Freedom Fighters," community leaders who have fought for social justice. Meet the students and some of the Freedom Fighters themselves. Also, take one last look at the Windows on America exhibit before it closes. Free admission all day from 10 AM to 7 PM, activities for all ages between 11 AM and 3 PM.

Final weekend to see Oregon Children's Theatre's Charlotte's Web. Intelligent, funny, and heartfelt, the book by E.B. White has captivated young readers for generations. When an affectionate pig named Wilbur is saved from slaughter and sent to live on a nearby farm, he finds a barnyard full of animals who quickly become family. But it's the most unlikely of friends that prove to be his best - a spider named Charlotte who uses her skills to save Wilbur's life once more, even as her own is slipping away. Saturday 2pm and 5pm, Sunday 11am (show added) and 2pm. $15-30.

Johnny & Jason Mini-Concert at Green Bean Books. Welcome the talented musical duo Johnny & Jason. They'll be singing songs from their latest album, "Be Alive!" It's music for kids... and their adults! Saturday 1-1:30pm. Free!

Let the Wild Rumpus Start at Cascade Park Community Library. Craft program based on Maurice Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are." Saturday 3-4:30pm. Free!

Wildlife Care Center Open House at Audubon Society. Once a year, Portland Audubon's Wildlife Care Center opens its doors to the public and gives visitors a peek at what goes on behind the scenes in Oregon's oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility. Also meet and greet the education birds, raptor education station, Q&A with vets, kids can make raptor art and get their faces painted. Sunday 11am-5pm. Free!

African Flower Dance at Troutdale Library. Join the Mathias Galley African Dance Ensemble in learning the ceremonial African flower dance that is performed during weddings, births and holidays. Mathias will do a short performance before teaching these moves to the audience. In this fun and energetic workshop, Mathias will use native instruments, including African drums and bells, to get the audience up and moving to the beat. Sunday 2-3pm. 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.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - February 7-9, 2014

February 05, 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.

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!

Portland Opera To Go Presents: La Bohème in SE PDX. Do you like stories? Music? Comedy? Theater? Then you like opera! If you have never been to an opera, Portland Opera To Go's 50-minute, English language adaptation of Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème is just the way to get acquainted. Friday 7pm, Saturday 1pm. $5 under 12 years, $10 for adults, $20 for a family of four.

Free Family Day at Washington County Museum. Join Museum staff and volunteers for free hands-on history and art activities for the whole family. Bring the kids and create a project to take home, enjoy stories, see and touch artifacts, learn about local history and more. Saturday 10am-1pm. Free!

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - January 31 - February 2, 2014

January 29, 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.

Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden. Gung Hay Fat Choy (Happy New Year)! It's time to celebate The Year of the Horse at Lan Su Chinese Garden. People born in the Year of the Horse are generally popular, smart, and strong. Activities include lion dancers, a visit from the Portland Police Mounted Patrol Unit, a martial arts demonstration, arts and crafts, and much more. Learn more about this most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during the two-week celebration at Lan Su, January 31-February 14, 2014. 

Here in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, we have many opportunities experience the culture of Chinese New Year, from dances and performances to crafts and stories. Click here for a great guide to events for you to celebrate with your family - from PDX Kids Calendar.

Weekly Storytime + Craft at Craft Factory. Friday morning storytimes are free, with a storytime craft special: $5 for any two ornamental crafts. If your child would like to do something other than the ornamental craft, they are welcome to choose a regularly-priced ($12) base. Friday 10:30-11am.    

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Weekend Warriors - January 24-26, 2014

January 22, 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.

Story Time with Olive and Dingo at Pie Spot. 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 3-5pm. $5/child for balloons and entertainment.

Dizzy Castle Cosmic Nights. Dizzy Castle Cosmic night. Come party at the castle every Friday from 5pm-9pm! Dizzy the Dragon's dance party is an unforgettable experience with lasers, mirror lights, black lights, fog machines, strobe lights and much more! Plus each child recieves a free light saber or LED glow ring. Click here for a coupon for a free light saber or LED glow ring. Friday 5-9pm. $10.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - JANUARY 17-19, 2014

January 15, 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.

14,267 Used Books Book Sale in Vancouver. Thousands of books of all kinds for sale. Children's books, young adult, fiction, non-fiction, you name it - they've got it! Proceeds benefit the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Summer Reading Program and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. Friday & Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 11am-3pm. Free!

Preschool Play at Children's Gym. A program where parents of 3-5 year olds can drop their children off at the gym from 9:30am-1:00pm. It is a great time to run errands, make a lunch date, or just have a few hours of relaxation time. Let the kids play in the gym and do arts and crafts. There's time set aside for a snack and lunch. Weekdays 9:30am-1pm. $25-40.

Mountain Park Rec Center Family Concert Series Debut: The Portland Opera. Event features a 50-minute, kid-friendly performance of "La Boheme" by members of the Portland Opera. With Portland Opera-to-Go, English adaptations of famous operas are fully staged, with sets, costumes and piano accompaniment. Friday 7-8pm. $5.

Grandparents Day at the Craft Factory. Special craft time for  grandparents/grandparent-like-people and littles. Saturday 10am-2pm. $12 - two-for-one.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - JANUARY 10-12, 2014

January 08, 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.

Mommy & Me - Io e la Mamma - Italian Playgroup for children and caregiveer - NW PDX. This program is open to all children, ages 18 to 36 months, from those who are new to the language to those who speak it in their everyday lives. Native Italian teacher, Lucia Biancalana Cantone, hosts simple crafts, songs, nursery rhymes, games, and free play. Friday 10-11am. 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 through Saturday 1/11 with donation of non-perishable food for each entry.

Portland Boat Show at the Expo Center. Kids 12 and under can build a small boat to take home free. Grown-ups can discover the latest boat lines, technology and accessories, and a huge selection of previously owned boats, fun features like beer tasting, the huge Escapade Houseboat and more. Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-6pm. $10, free ages 0-12

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - January 3-5, 2014

January 01, 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.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - DECEMBER 27-29, 2013

December 25, 2013

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.

Winter Whale Watch Week on Oregon Coast. Whale watching takes place almost year-round on the Oregon Coast. The whales migrate past on their way to and from the waters off Alaska and Mexico. We watch whales in the winter from mid-December through January. Volunteers will help you spot whales and answer questions at 24 sites along the coast. Dec 26-31st. See website for specific times. Free!

Penny's Puppets Fay the Fairy and the Pine Tree at Central Lutheran Church NE PDX. Ever wish you were something that you are not? Newton a little Fir tree wishes his pine needles were more important and beautiful to help him stand out, so much so that he makes a wish upon a falling star. Fay the Fairy comes to grant his wish. But is it really what Newton needs? Join Penny in this adaptation of a classic folktale and sing, laugh and dance our way to the answer. A mini- musical original by Penny's Puppet Productions. Friday 10:30am. $5, 4 for $17

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.

The Hullabaloo in Milwaukie: Red Goes Green. Little Red Riding Hood - with a twist! JANE a theater company has added a global warming message, songs, joke and LOTS of fun! Friday 7pm, Saturday & Sunday at 2pm and 4pm. Free!

Peter Pan at NWCT. 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 & 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm and 6pm, . $18-$22

Free Fourth Friday at the Portland Art Museum. Free Museum general admission and $5 admission to Samurai! from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets required for Samurai! special exhibition. A limited number of Samurai! tickets will be offered for advance purchase, so keep an eye on the Museum's Facebook page for an announcement when tickets go on sale. Friday 5-8pm.

FROGZ at Imago Theatre. Alligators, haunted strings, musical windbags and an endless cowboy are just a few of the incredible creatures that come to life in this fantastical show that has been acclaimed worldwide for over three decades. Best for ages 4+. Friday 7pm, Saturday noon and 3pm, Sunday 2pm. $31 adults, $27 youth, $15 kids.

Tess on an Alien Planet at the Echo Theatre. Tess on an Alien Planet is the inaugural live show produced by the Echo Theater Company. It is an original Science Fiction adventure utilizing aerial dance, partner acrobatics, and ensemble devised physical theater. Friday 7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 1pm and 4:30pm. $15-22.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Newmark. Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman. Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2pm and 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm. $30-$58

OMSI: Electrifying Science at Vancouver's Cascade Park Library. Learn all about electricity. Where does it come from? Is it all the same? Can you make your own? Saturday 2-3pm. Free!

Family Sleepover at Oregon Coast Aquarium. You'll have the Aquarium to yourself as you travel through exhibits on a scavenger hunt, participate in hands-on activities, and experience early morning behind-the-scenes. After a fun-filled evening exploring life under the ocean, be lulled to sleep by the soothing sights of the Passages tunnel. Includes a full dinner with vegetarian options, a late snack and a light breakfast. Families with kids ages 6+. Saturday 6-9pm. $60 person, member discount.

Stories of the Monkey King in SW PDX. Traditional Chinese and Japanese folktales told by Dr. John M.K. Wang in celebration of the holiday season. Hands-on puppetry fun from Ping Pong's Pint Sized Puppet Museum and bamboo stick jumping. Sunday 1-3pm. $15 adult, $10 children (8th grade and younger).

Family Open Studio at 100th Monkey. A special family only time in their open studio space. Work on one piece as a family or let each person follow the voice of their inner creative. Sunday 1-3pm. Prices vary. 

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.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - DECEMBER 20-22, 2013

December 18, 2013

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 classes. 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. Fri & Sat 10am-5pm. Suggested donation of $10.

Spanish BabyTime Posada at TaborSpace. Come help celebrate a Latino Christmas tradition with a posada navideña. We will start with a few spanish nursery rhymes and finish with a piñata, crafts and food. Friday 10:30-11:30am. $3.

Family Park Night at East Portland Community Center. Low cost night out with the family. Indoor Park toys, sports and trampoline. 1st and 3rd Fridays 6:30-8:30pm. $1.25/child.

The Hullabaloo in Milwaukie. Little Red Riding Hood--with a twist! JANE a theater company has added a global warming message, songs, joke and LOTS of fun! Based on the grand tradition of British pant with songs by Greg Paul and book by Kim Bogus. Shows Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Free!

Tess on an Alien Planet at Echo Theater. Show is an original Science Fiction adventure utilizing aerial dance, partner acrobatics, and ensemble devised physical theater. Tess, a scientist, finds herself unexpectedly stranded in a surprising, lonely, and wondrous place. Opens Friday 7:30pm. $15-22.


Winter Break Open Studio at Art ala Carte. Extended open studio hours to make gifts, cards, decor and more! Bring a sweater in to "uglify" with pom poms, ribbons, beads, small toys and trinkets. Bring in stockings to "glitterfy." Or use the overflowing supplies from the art bars. Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm. $9 for artists ages 1-4. $11 for artists 5-105.

DIY Terrarium Day at Birds and Bees Nursery. Stop by anytime to make a terrarium for yourself or someone on your list, using tropicals, succulents or carnivorous plants! Saturday 10am-6pm. Prices vary.

Vibe Holiday Open Studio at TaborSpace. Vibe opens its studio for a variety of holiday projects for kids and families. Age appropriate projects will be available for kids ages 3 and up. Saturday 10am-1pm. $5 suggested donation per child.

Grandparent's Day at Craft Factory. Two-for-one craft special for grandparents and grandparent/grandchildren-like people with their grandchildren. Saturday 10am-2pm. $12+.

Mix Up Magical Reindeer Food in NoPo. Creative Recycling Workshops will be at Queens Mab so you can mix up some magical Reindeer food, a sensory experience for kids of all ages. Saturday 11am-1pm. $1 suggested donation.

Daddy & Me Free Indoor Play at Moxie Dance Theatre. >Free indoor open play time for Daddy's to bring their babies (0-4 years) to play. All surfaces are baby and kid friendly. Reservations required. Sunday 10am-2pm. Free!

Family Fun Time at Unplugged Games. Whether your family likes classic board games, card games, or is looking to learn something new, Unplugged Games has lots of great ideas to make family game time fun. Try one of the games from our library, or bring one from home to play with new friends. See a new game you want to learn? Our staff will teach you. Sunday noon-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.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - December 13-15, 2013

December 11, 2013

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.

Boxing Day at Gregory Heights Library. Unpack your imagination and come to the library to make art, build, play and pretend with cardboard boxes. Friday 10am-noon. Free!

Rock 'n' Roll PJ Party! at Little Wing in SE. Parents, enjoy a night out while your little musician rocks out! Wear your favorite PJ's, bring a pillow & snack, enjoy fun musical activities, games and stories with Little Wing! Friday 6-8pm. To register & for additional info visit portland.littlewing.com, then "Register Now". Current Students: $20; Potential Students: $25.

Make-A-Gift Faire! at Micha-el School. Give your child the unique experience of crafting special holiday gifts for loved ones and friends. All supplies provided. Cost: $4 per craft or $14 for 4 crafts. Appropriate for ages 3-11 yrs. Saturday 10am-2pm.

The Alphabeticians at Sunnyside Library. Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can move and groove with something special each month. Mr. Hoo and Mr. E are going to rock out and make some noise at the library. Saturday 10:30-11:30am. Free!

Gnome for the Holidays on Alberta. Come find all of the festively painted gnomes hidden within Alberta Street business window displays and win great prizes!! Starts Saturday and runs through 12/22.

Second Saurday at Vancouver's Water Center. How are rainbows made? Why are bubbles shiny? Can you make a prism? Kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories. Saturday 1-3pm. Free!

Tuba Christmas Concert at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Downtown will pulse with the melodic sounds of big brass as over 250 tubas play in unison for the Tuba Christmas Concert. Saturday 1:30pm. Free!

Holiday Art Making at CHAP. For $5, you can come into the studio and have unlimited supply of paint, paper, glitter and collage materials. For an additional $5 artists can create an additional project such as a stocking, candle holder, ornament or picture frame. Sunday 11am-5pm.

Student Music Groups at Pioneer Courthouse Square - Sunday: Animate Voice Studio 11am-noon, Dance Fusion NW noon-1pm. Free!

Gnome Forest Festival Celebration at Green Bean Books. We're having a Gnome Story Time and Craft! Enjoy stories of these tiny magical creatures and then make your own clothespin gnome. Call to register 503-954-2354. Sunday 1-1:30pm. Free!

Honky Tonk Christmas with Brad Creel & the Reel Deel. Introduce your kids to Reel country music, playing your favorite holiday hits with that tradtional country twang.  There is food for the family and a dancefloor for the kids. Sunday 5-7pm. $5 adults, children 12 and under 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.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - NOVEMBER 22-24, 2013

November 20, 2013

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.

 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.

Tableside Magic at Hillsboro's Out of this World.  Enjoy close up tableside magic with a roaming magician. Let the kids get their wiggles out with the areas best active play while you treat yourself to our fresh salad bar and handmade pizza buffet. Friday 5:30-8pm. Free with kids entry to play ($5/$7)

Columbia Gorge Model RR Show in NoPo. Get a close look at elaborate model railroad sets, including 4200 sq.ft. of HO Railroad, models of vintage passenger trains, models of steam engines of days gone by, model drive-in movie theater and track side signals that work like the prototype railroads. Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. $6 adults, $2 ages 3-11.

Tears of Joy Theatre presents "The Reluctant Dragon" at Imago Theatre. What happens when a dragon moves into the neighborhood? Find out in this delightful play based on the story by Kenneth Grahame. Arrive one hour prior to performance for free puppet craft activity. Tears of Joy celebrates a new performance venue at Imago Theatre. Saturday 11am and 1pm. Sunday 1pm and 3pm.

Dance Mosaic at Metro Arts. Experience a rich variety of dance works by gifted local and nationally known choreographers, spanning a variety of styles from classical to modern and ballet to jazz. Saturday 3 and 7pm. $15 Advance/$18 at the door.

Portland Baroque Orchestra Young People's Concert at First Baptist Church. A fun, educational, and interactive presentation of baroque music suitable for the whole family. Concerts are typically an hour long and feature selections of music from a concert in the current season program. Saturday 3-4pm. $10 adult, $5 ages 0-18.

Thanksgiving walk at Oxbow Regional Park. Celebrate the gifts of nature with Metro naturalist Dan Daly, Deerdance School's Terry Kem and others. Then gather around the campfire to hear the 'Thanksgiving Address' passed down by the Iroquois Nation. Hot drinks provided. Suitable for all ages. Advanced registration required. Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm. Event is free, $5 per vehicle to enter park.

Oregon Symphony Kids Concert - A Musical Feast - at Schnitzer Hall. Who has more fun with food than kids? And here in Portland, where Food is spelled with a capital F, even the music is delicious when it includes the Chicken Reel and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. With Pacific Youth Choir, Dance West and narrator Pam Mahon. Designed for kids age 5-10. Sunday 2-3pm. $10-$27

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.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - NOVEMBER 15-17, 2013

November 13, 2013

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.

Holiday Tree Arrival in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Come downtown to welcome the arrival of Portland's 75-foot tall Douglas Fir to Portland's Living Room. Festivities include a visit from Santa, the Beat Goes on Marching Band, seasonal songs performed by the Dickens Carolers and free hot chocolate. Friday noon-1pm.

Family Park Night at East Portland Community Center. Join for a low-cost solution to a nigh out with the family. Includes Indoor Park toys, sports equipment & trampoline. Drop in 1st & 3rd Fridays from 6:30-8:30pm. $1.25/child. pg 11 on PDF.

Kids Morning Skate at Oaks Park. Skate games, 15 minute group lesson. The Hokey Pokey never goes out of style! For kids 10 and younger. Saturday 10:30-noon. $6.50/child.

Museum Family Saturday at the Maritime Museum. Families are invited to discover Portland's maritime history with a craft project to take home. Museum Family Saturdays, on the third Saturday of every month, are free to families with children under 18. Saturday 11am-4pm. Free!

Salmon Release at Tillamook Forest Center. Submerge yourself in the world of salmon. Explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and the underwater oasis of these dynamic fish. Visitors will be exploring the wild salmon habitat and walk a short distance to release live small fry into Jones Creek. Saturday & Sunday 1pm. Free!

Nature Day at Jenkins Estate. Explore and look for signs of porcupine, deer and Pileated Woodpeckers while learning  how we are all connected to the nature around us. Sunday 11am-3pm. Free!

7th annual Adoption Information Day. November marks National Adoption Awareness Month. The event will feature local adoption agencies and support resources. Topics will include How to Get Started, Financing Adoption, Overview of all types of Adoption and much more. Saturday noon-4:30pm. $5 admission

Rose Buds Jr. Roller Derby at The Hangar at Oaks Park. The Rosebuds bring you a double-header of derby action, as the Death Scar Derby Droids bout against the Rainbow Bites, followed by the Little Red Riveters vs. Undead Avengers. Saturday. Doors at 5pm. Event 6-8:30pm. $14-20.

Free Family and Community Day at Portland Art Museum. Discover the world of venerable samurai warriors and the virtues of courage, loyalty, perseverance, and honor through a day of storytelling, art-making, and martial arts demonstrations. Sunday noon-4pm. Free!

Play Date Music Show at Treehouse Children's Boutique. Play Date is headed to Portland after the Austin City Limits Music Festival for a fun music Party with you! Games will be played and prizes will be won. Dances will be taught and fun will be had. Sunday 1-2pm. $5 in advance, $6 at the door.

The Alphabeticians Full Band at Village Ballroom. The Alphabeticians, Portland's premiere family friendly musical duo, are going quartet!  For one show only, Mr. E and Mr. Hoo will be joined by Matt Clark (bass) and Scott Crabtree (drums) to play all your favorite Alphabeticians songs with a full rock n roll sound.  Breakdown to your favorite backbeats, go low with the bass jam, air guitar during the guitar solo and swoon to the sweet four part harmonies. Sunday 4-5:30pm. $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.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - NOVEMBER 8-10, 2013

November 06, 2013

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.

Youth Volunteer Day at Schoolhouse Supplies. Share the experience of giving back to the community with your children. Projects good for kids ages 5+, all kids must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Friday 10am-noon. Free!

Portland Child Art Studio - Open Studio Classes. Children will smudge chalk, sculpt clay, twist wire, drip glue, balance objects into sculpture, and cover their hands in gooey paper-mache. Monday noon-3:30pm. Tuesday 10am-1pm and 3:30-6pm. Wednesday 10am-1pm. Friday 10:30-11:30am. Saturday 10am-1pm. Suggestion donation of $10/child.

Date Night Drop Off at Collage Sellwood. Sign your kids up and go out for a date. Collage will have a plethora of crafts to keep them busy. Ages 6+. Friday 6:30-8:30pm. $20.

Veterans Day Weekend at Fort Vancouver. Enjoy history for free this weekend. The Fort is honoring those who have served and who are serving in the military. Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm.  Monday noon-4pm. Free!

Star Wars Day! at Child's Play. Star Wars character appearances by Cloud City Garrison. Come in costume and take a picture with a favorite Star Wars character. Star Wars cupcakes, snacks and decor. Win prizes in the annual "Toy Walk". 20% of all sales on November 9th will go to support our local schools! Complementary gift wrap. Saturday 10am-noon. 

Columbia Gorge Model RR Show in NoPo. Get a close look at elaborate model railroad sets - vintage passenger trains, steam engines of days gone by, model drive-in movie theater and track side signals that work like the prototype railroads. Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. $6 adults, $2 ages 3-11.

The Children's Book Bank Book Fair at Clackamas Barnes & Noble. Marimba, live illustration, face painting, story times, science workshops and more. All proceeds of books purchased benefit Children's Book Bank (must mention you're shopping to support them). Saturday noon-4pm. Free!

Curious Garden at the Curious Comedy Theater. A special show for the whole family - especially kids 0-8 years old. Sunday 10:30am. $5 suggested donation.

Jump for Joy Farm Family Farm Day. With a variety of engaging farm activities for the day for kids aged 5-12, including family crafts, projects and more, with no clean-up afterwards! Sunday 1-4pm. $29.99 for 1 child and 1-2 adults.

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.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - November 1-3, 2013

October 30, 2013

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.

Music Class with Mo Phillips at The Treehouse. Join for a rockin' good time. Friday 10am. $5/child. Just one week left to support Mo's Kickstarter Campaign for the new album.

First Friday at Art ala Carte. Enjoy open studio every First Friday of the month on donation basis only. No studio fee all day! You choose how little or how much you want to donate! You can make monetary donations or bring in art supplies/recycled goodies or art related books. Most needed this month:bows, bells, baby food jars, mason jars, hardware, shoe boxes, small happy meal style toys, googly eyes, glitter and pom poms. Friday 10am-5pm. 

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