279 posts categorized "Things to do"

WEEKEND WARRIORS JANUARY 15-17

January 13, 2016

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, January 15th

Bookapalooza at Fort Vancouver Regional Library in Vancouver. Peruse a gigantic selection of used books from all genres and take home your favorites for only $0.50-$1.00 each. Thursday-Saturday, 9 am-6 pm. Free admission, books for purchase. 

 
Belmont Builders at Belmont Library in SE PDX. Building supplies such as Legos, K'NEX and more will be provided for participants of all ages to get build, play and get creative with. Friday, 12:30-1:30 pm. Free!
 
Honey Heart Kids Yoga at Yoga Shala in N Portland. Geared toward ages 3-6 years old, this class combines yoga, social skills games and mindfulness techniques. Friday, 5:15-6 pm. $12. 
 
Saturday, January 16th
 
Music from Latin America at North Portland Library in N PDX. All ages are invited to enjoy the Latin American folk music of Grupo Condor, featuring Spanish, African and Native American influences. Learn about each culture's contributions to the music and the instruments used in creating it.  Saturday, 11 am-noon. Free!
 
Opening Day of Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space at Oregon Children's Theatre in SW PDX. Villains are threatening New Mouse City and the only hope is our reluctant hero, Geronimo Stilton. In this “enormouse” adventure, Geronimo is launched into space on a top-secret mission to save the day.  Based on the wildly popular book series featuring Geronimo and his pals, Thea, Trap, and Benjamin, this story will rocket your family to another world. Saturdays and Sundays. Show times vary. $14-$32. 
 
Martin & Music - Martin Luther King Celebration in Lake Oswego. A gospel choir led by an R&B legend will perform followed by a two-man show featuring an accomplished film actor and a Broadway musician. Suitable for all ages. Saturday, 7-9 pm. Free!
 
Sunday, January 17th
 
Preschool Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Natural Area in SW PDX. Geared toward children ages 2-6 and their families, this event combines outdoor exploration, art, literature, movement and play. Sunday, 10-11:15 am. Free!
 
The Cultured Chef Book Event at A Children's Place in NE PDX. Discuss food from around the world and prepare a tasty treat with the authors of The Cultured Chef. All ages are welcome. Sunday, 2-3 pm. Free!
 

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

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 JANUARY 8-10

January 06, 2016

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, January 8th

Spanish Niño Time in SE PDX. This drop-in bilingual playgroup is geared toward ages 0-5 years old, and combines songs, stories and play as a means of exploring the Spanish language. Friday, 10:45-11:30 am. $5.
 
Legos at Gregory Heights Library in NE PDX. Lego enthusiasts from 5 to 11 years old can socialize, get creative, and work on projects with other budding builders. Friday, 4-5 pm. Free!
 
Free First Friday at The Children's Museum in SW PDX. Let your little ones explore Building Bridgetown, the Clay Studio, Treehouse Adventure and all of the other interactive exhibits at the museum. Friday, 4-8 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, January 9th
 
Preschool Sensory Time at Woodstock Library in SE PDX. This family storytime is open to everyone, although it is especially welcoming for children on the spectrum and those looking for a smaller and more intimate library environment. Saturday, 9:15-10 am. Free!
 
Kids Mornings Skate at Oaks Park in SE PDX. Start the weekend with healthy family fun at Kids' Morning Skate. Session features kids' choice music, skate games and a free group lesson!10 and younger and their families only please. Saturday, 10:30 am-noon. $6.50 per child, one adult free per child's paid admission. 
 
Imagineering: Pit Crew at North Portland Library in N PDX. Kiddos in grades 2 and up are invited to build their own cars and then participate in a series of exciting challenges. Saturday, 11 am-noon. Free!

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Weekend Warriors - December 25-27

December 23, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, December 25th
 
 
 
Winter Wonderland at Portland International Raceway in N. Portland. Recognized as the "Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi", Winter Wonderland will grab your attention with glimmers and glows around every corner. Goes throughDecember 27th. $20 and up.
 
Peacock Lane Holiday Lights Display in SE PDX. Visit Portland's own Christmas Street, with an entire lane decked out in thousands and thousands of lights and festive decorations. Goes through December 31st. 6-11 pm. Free!
 
 
 
Saturday, December 26th
 
 
 
Final weekend of the Cinnamon Bear Cruise in Downtown PDX. You and your child will be guests of honor on this two-hour cruise. Enjoy holiday treats while a cast of fanciful characters entertain you with storytelling, music and magic. Have your picture taken with the Cinnamon Bear himself atop his magical throne. Saturday andSunday, 10 am-noon. $30 for adults, $22 for children.
 
Final performances for 2015 of OBT's The Nutcracker. Twinkling lights on a magical tree, snowflakes sweeping to a faraway land, the joy and familiarity of the Sugarplum Fairy ...don't miss The Nutcracker this year. Saturdayperformances at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Prices vary.
 
Sea of Lights at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Take a trip to the coast and see over half a million colorful lights and holiday decorations as you explore the Aquarium after hours. Saturday and Sunday 5 - 9 pm. $8 or free with same day paid admission.
 
 
 
Sunday, December 27th
 
 
 
Celebrate Kwanzaa at North Portland Library. Come help celebrate "Kujichagulia," self-determination. Sunday 2-3 pm. Free!
 
Kick off of Winter Whale Watching Week at the Oregon Coast. Whale Watching Spoken Here® program places volunteers at great whale watching sites during watch week so they can help others spot the whales. Trained volunteers help visitors watch whales at 24 sites in three states along the Pacific Northwest coast. Sunday throughThursday. Free!

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

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 11-13

December 09, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, December 11th
Toddler Dance Party at A Children's Place in NE PDX. Local kindie rockers, Micah and Me will provide the music on guitar and ukelele while you and your little ones are free to get your groove on. Friday, 9:30 am. $5 suggested donation.
 
A Chanukah Adventure at Shaarie Torah in NW PDX. Celebrate Chanukah with games, creating hors d'oeuvres, bean bag toss, bobbing for donuts, and Maccabee races. Festivities will be followed by a latke dinner, a Shabbat service, a puppet show and more. Friday, 5:30-9 pm. $8 per person or $30 per family. 
 
Opening Night of ZooZoo at Imago Theatre. Firefly eyes, hippos with insomnia, arrogant anteaters, introverted frogs, paradoxical polar bears, acrobatic worms, self-touting accordions and tricky penguins fill the stage with wonder, awe and humor.  Imago is closing ZooZoo forever, catch it while you can. Opens December 11th at 7 pm and runs through January 3rd. $17.50-$34.50.
 
Saturday, December 12th
Morning with Santa at The Children's Museum in SW PDX. A great way for your little ones to meet Santa and receive a professional photograph with St. Nick himself without having to wait in line. Play at the museum and enjoy warm beverages while you wait for your turn. Saturday, 8-10 am. $15 for members. $20 for non-members. 
 
Free Family Day at Washington County Museum in Hillsboro. The whole family is invited to this presentation that combines education and comedy to explore chemistry, archeology and more. Get ready for juggling, Chinese flower sticks, gyroscopes and other engaging demonstrations. Plus, make a toy to take home. Saturday, 10 am-1 pm. Free!
 
The Holiday Express in SE PDX. Vintage railcars will take you from Oaks Park Station through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the Springwater Trail gateway on the Oregon Pacific Railroad. Santa and his elves will be along for the magical ride. Saturday and Sunday, rides leave on the hour 10 am-8 pm. $7-$19 depending on age. 
 
Sunday, December 13th
Posada Milagro in SE PDX. All ages are welcome to join in this Latin American celebration, featuring presentations of an original pastorela, music, folkloric dance, arts, crafts, storytelling, a piñata and traditional foods. Sunday, 1-5 pm. Free! Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food to donate to the Oregon Food Bank. 
 
Chanukah Wonderland in NE PDX. Celebrate the season with arts and crafts, a Chanukah play zone, Chanukah theater and music, kosher doughnuts and more. Sunday, 2-5 pm. $5. 
 
Brown Like Me Photos With Santa in SW PDX. Enjoy sweet treats and room to mingle while the kiddos get to meet Santa. Admission includes two professional digital photos of the little ones and Santa himself, with no limit on the number of kids per photo. Sunday, 3-6 pm. $25. 

More ideas for fun things to do on our Events Calendar.

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

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 4-6

December 02, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, December 4th
Providence Festival of Trees in NE PDX. Visit Santa for a photo opportunity, decorate cookies, make holiday crafts, visit the teddy bear hospital and check out 25 uniquely  decorated and themed Christmas trees. Friday 10:30 am- 8 pm and Saturday 9 am-5 pm. $6-$8 for admission.
 
Storybook Lane at Alpenrose Dairy in SW PDX. Visit this winter wonderland to see festive trees, live animals, model trains, old-fashioned movie showings, carolers, choirs and dance performances. Friday-Sunday. Hours vary. Admission is free. Please bring a can of food to donate to the Oregon Food Bank.
 
Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Open House in Beaverton. This traditional Bavarian festival offers visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and all of your little ones favorite princesses. There will also be a scavenger hunt, hot cocoa, treats and the tree lighting. Friday, 4:30-7 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, December 5th
Gingerbread House Crafting at The Craft Factory in in SW PDX. Bring the whole family to create and decorate gingerbread houses, using the wide variety of provided art supplies. You can't eat the houses, but you are welcome to enjoy other gingerbread treats while you work. First three Saturdays in December, 9 am-1pm. $12. 
 
The Reindeer & The Dreidel in SE PDX. Go on a family adventure with this enchanting tale of holiday traditions told through puppetry and storytelling. Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-noon. $9. 
 
Circle of Life Salmon Celebration in Vancouver. Join Columbia Springs staff and fellow nature enthusiasts to witness the spawning of the chum salmon at their last remaining spawning site on the Lower Columbia. Stay for a buffet lunch after the viewing. Saturday, 11 am-3 pm. Free!
 
Sunday, December 6th
Chanukah Menorah Workshop in NE PDX. All ages are invited to build their own Menorah while enjoying music and treats. RSVP required. Sunday, 10-11:30 am. Free!
 
Indoor Soccer Skills Clinic in Beaverton. This noncompetitive clinic will focus on basic soccer skills, gross motor movement, teamwork, sharing and respect. Open to all families with children 3-5 years old. Pre-registration required. Sunday, 5-5:35 pm. Free!
 

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

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 20-22

November 18, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, November 20th
Mo Phillips Music Time in N PDX. Bring the whole family to rock out to fun and energetic tunes performed by one of Portland's favorite children's musicians. Friday, 10-11 am. $5 per child.
 
Storytime with Olive and Dingo in NE PDX. Lovable clowns Olive and Dingo will be telling stories, singing songs and making balloon creations for all ages. Friday, 3-4 pm. Free!
 
Eco Kid's Club in NE PDX. All ages are welcome to come play, learn about the environment and make new friends. Activities were designed by kids for kids and will be followed by a showing of an earth-friendly movie. Bring a dinner dish to share or eat at home first and enjoy the provided snacks. Friday, 5:30-8 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, November 21st
Angel Tree Walk at Lloyd Center in NE PDX. Join a festive walk led by Santa that ends at a holiday party filled with games, crafts, music and fun. Saturday, 9-11 am. Please bring one unwrapped gift per participant as a donation.
 
International Games Day in Milwaukie. Game lovers ages 5 and older are invited to make their own board games, play with provided board games, or participate in Xbox One, Pokemon and Magic the Gathering group play. Saturday, 10 am-4 pm. Free!
 
Junie B. Jones at the Oregon Children's Theatre in SW PDX. Come out for closing weekend of this delightful musical based on the New York Times Bestselling book series. Recommended for ages 4 and older. Saturday, 2 pm and 5 pm. Sunday, 11 am and 2 pm. $14-$32.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS NOVEMBER 13-15

November 11, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, November 13th
Ladybug Walk in SE PDX. Portland Parks and Recreation invites children 2-5 years old and their families to walk through parks, gardens and other natural areas with a guide. Explore plants, animals and the beautiful scenery. This will be the last event of the season, with walks resuming in February. Friday, 10 am. $4 per child.
 
​Lego-Palooza in North Plains. Kids, teens and adults are welcome to use the library's Legos and Duplos to build and create, while socializing with other Lego enthusiasts. Friday, 11 am-2 pm. Free!
 
​Free Family Films at Poa Cafe in N PDX. Enjoy a selection from an eclectic mix of films geared towards ages 4-11. Movies will be displayed on an indoor projector, and families are invited to enjoy treats from the cafe as well. Friday, 5:30-7:30 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, November 14th
​Teach Kids to be a Dog's Best Friend in NW PDX. Children in grades K-5 are invited with their parents to participate in this fun and interactive class. An expert dog instructor will teach about how to safely interact with dogs and the best ways to play. Pre-registration encouraged. Saturday, 10-11:30 am. Free!
 
Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club Annual Show in N PDX. Explore 4200 square feet of museum quality modeling, fun and education. Features Thomas and a large LEGO display. Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. $3 for kids 3-11. $7 for adults.
 
Portland Family Dance in SW PDX. Come learn fun and easy dances to live bluegrass music in a kid-friendly setting that is open to all ages. Saturday, 4:30-6:30 pm. $5 for kids. $6 for adults. $20 family maximum.
 
​Rosebuds Home Season Bout in SE PDX. See these 12-17 year old female athletes in action as the Death Scar Derby Droids take on the Rainbow Bites, followed by the Undead Avengers taking on the Little Red Riveters. This are the #4 & #5 ranked bouts for the junior home teams of Rose City Rollers. The 7-12 year old Rose Petals also play on Sunday. Click here for the full season lineup. Saturday, 6 pm. $10-$14. Children 6 and younger are free.  

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WEEKEND WARRIORS NOVEMBER 6-8

November 04, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, November 6th 
​MICAH AND ME Toddler Dance Party at A Children's Place Bookstore in NE PDX. All ages are invited to dance and listen to these local musicians (and stay-at-home dads) play fun and familiar tunes. Friday, 9:30 am. Suggested donation of $5. 
 
​Artisan Market Holiday Magic 2015 in SW PDX. Browse the eclectic variety of handmade and local goods offered by Portland's own artisans and makers. Friday and Saturday. Hours vary. Free!
 
​First Friday Flick in North Plains. Families are invited to come together at the Jessie Mays Community Center to enjoy popcorn and a showing of Pixar's Inside Out. Friday, 6-8 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, November 7th
​Portland Wordstock in SW PDX. This festival will include author discussions, activities for readers of all ages, a book fair, pop-up readings and concerts, a beer tent and local food trucks. Saturday, 9 am-6pm. Ages 17 and younger are free. $15 for adults. 
 
Silly Miss Jeanie's Storytime in SE PDX. Bring your kids to enjoy songs, stories, fingerplays and rhymes performed by a local children's librarian, musician and early-literacy advocate. Saturday, 10-10:45 am. $3. 
 
Enchanted Sleeping Beauty in Hillsboro. Journey Theater Arts group presents this "family day" performance of their own twist on a familiar fairytale. Saturday, 7-9 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door. 
 
Sunday, November 8th
Princess Sophia Storytime at Amazing Fairytale Parties in SE PDX. Princess Sophia herself will delight little ones with a storytime and sing-along, as well as dancing, games and balloon animals. Sunday, 11 am-noon. $12. 
 
Family Open Play in SW PDX. Geared toward ages 0-5, this fun and safe play space offers a wide variety of equipment for children to explore. There is also a kitchen area for ages 3-5 that includes sensory materials, manipulatives and crafts with smaller working parts. Sunday, noon-1:30 pm. $5 per child, $2.50 for additional siblings. 
 

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

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 OCTOBER 23-25

October 21, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, October 23rd
PP&R Ladybug Walk in N PDX. Children ages 2-5 years old and their parents are invited to walk through Portland's parks exploring the trees, bugs, animals, plants, smells and sounds. Friday, 10 am. $4 per child. 
 
Monster Mash at Peninsula Park in N PDX. Wear your costumes, play games, create crafts, eat pizza and have fun at this community event. Friday, 6-8 pm. Free!
 
Kruger's Cabaret on Sauvie Island in NW PDX. Enjoy delicious food and beverages while watching cabaret performers, fire dancers and outdoor movies. Friday, 6-10 pm. Children 4 and younger are free. $5 for those 5-12 years old. $10 for adults.
 
Giant Consignment Event at ThriftMouse in Hillsboro. This upscale consignment event offers a wide selection of gently used and new toys, children's furniture, equipment, clothing, shoes, books, maternity items and more. Friday-Sunday. Hours vary. 
 
Saturday, October 24th
Salmon Creek Tree Planting in Vancouver. Make a difference and have fun while exploring Salmon Creek Park, an urban wildlife greenway. All ages welcome. Tools, gloves, hot cocoa, coffee and snacks will be provided. Pre-registration required. Saturday, 9 am-noon. Free!
 
Life-Sized Clue: Unmasked in Cornelius. Geared toward grades 6-12, this life-sized old school murder mystery game will provide clues and an opportunity to solve "who dunnit?" Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration recommended. Saturday, noon-2 pm. Free!
 
Costume Carnival at East Portland Community Center in SE PDX. Enjoy carnival games, face painting and crafts for preschool and grade school ages, and parents too. Don't forget to wear your costume! Saturday, 5-7:30 pm. Four tickets for $1 or unlimited game bracelets for $5. 
 
Opening Night of OCT's Junie B. Jones in SW PDX. This musical is based on the popular book series about a feisty first grader. Come laugh and sing with Junie B. as she encounters a new teacher, new friends and the lunch lady! Runs October 24-November 22. 
 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS OCTOBER 16-19

October 14, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, October 16th 
October Special Open Studio at The Craft Factory in SW PDX. Drop by this family-friendly art space to create any Halloween-themed craft of your choosing, using as many materials as you need and staying as long as you like. Friday, 10 am-5 pm. $10. 
 
Preschool Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park in SW PDX. Combining nature, art, literature, movement and outdoor play this week's event will teach little hikers all about slugs. Friday, 1-2:15 pm. Free!
 
Free Family Films in N PDX. Poa Cafe offers an eclectic mix of films geared toward ages 4-11. Films include time-honored classics, foreign films and current hits. Friday, 5:30-7:30 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, October 17th
Family Nature Fest at Columbia Springs in Vancouver. Bring the whole family to enjoy Oregon Zoo critters, live music, a world-renowned clown, guided nature hikes, and a scavenger hunt. Saturday, 9 am-1 pm. $5 per child 2 years and older. Accompanying adults are free!
 
Farm Celebration at Our Table in Sherwood. Get festive this weekend at this organic pumpkin patch that will also offer a cider press, caramel apples, hay rides, a photobooth, pumpkin carving, cookie decorating and more. Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-6 pm. Free!
 
Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow Regional Park in Gresham. Grab a front row seat as salmon make their journey back to the wild, scenic Sandy River to lay eggs in the riverbed and spend their final days. Talk with nature educators, take a short hike to the river's edge and gather around the campfire for hot chocolate or apple cider. Don't miss free activities for the kids! Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-4 pm. Free admission! $5-$7 for parking. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS OCTOBER 9-11

October 07, 2015

Friday, October 9th
Family Fun on the Farm Day on Sauvie Island in NW PDX. Public school is out for the day and families are invited to explore the Sauvie Island Organics farm and Howell Territorial Park to learn about food, farming and the land. Friday, 10 am-noon. Free!

Apple Tasting at the Portland Nursery in SE PDX. Taste up to 60 different varieties of apples, check out the fresh-pressed cider demos and tasting, enjoy pumpkin painting, scavenger hunts and games. Friday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Free!

Lego Palooza in North Plains. All ages are invited to drop in to hang out and build with the library's Legos or Duplos. A great way for Lego enthusiasts to enjoy some creative, social time. Friday, 11 am-2 pm. Free!
 
Movie Night at Friendly House in the Pearl in NW PDX. Get a jump on the Halloween spirit with a showing of Hotel Transylvania. All ages are welcome. Friday, 6-8:30 pm. Donations appreciated. 
 
Saturday, October 10th
Tryon Creek Ravine Restoration Project in SW PDX. Join the Friends of Tryon Creek for an ivy pull followed by a catered lunch, great giveaways and a raffle. Saturday, 9 am-1 pm. Free!
 
You Light Up My Life Dance Party in SE PDX. All ages are welcome to enjoy dancing, interactive installations, infant sensory play, various performances and classes, crafts, food carts and a family photo booth. Saturday, 10 am-2:30 pm. $10. Ages 1 year and younger are free!
 
Second Saturday at the Water Center: Gardens in Vancouver. Bring the whole family to play and explore in the garden while getting crafty and creative with fruits, vegetables and seeds. Saturday, 1-3 pm. Free! 
 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS OCTOBER 2-4

September 30, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, October 2nd
$1 or Less Used Book Sale in Cornelius. Friends of the Cornelius Public library are selling used books with all proceeds going to literacy and library programs. Get there early for the best selection. Friday and Saturday. Hours vary. Admission is free. 
 
Teens, Juniors and Women's Consignment Event in Gresham.Check out the huge selection of clothes, shoes, accessories, home decor, tools, furniture and more at this sale event. Friday, 5-9 pm. Admission is free. 
 
First Friday Flick in North Plains. This showing of Disney's 2015 remake of a classic fairytale will be hosted at Jessie Mays Community Hall. Popcorn will be served and all ages are welcome. Friday, 6-8 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, October 3rd
64th Annual Portland Greek Festival in SE PDX. Join the fun at this local October tradition. Celebrate with delicious Greek food, dancing, kids' activities, cooking demonstrations and more. Saturday, 10 am-10 pm. Free!
 
Handmade Bike and Beer Festival in SE PDX. This family-friendly event pairs renowned bike frame/parts builders with local craft beer, great music, fun and games for all!  Saturday and Sunday. Hours and prices vary. 
 
NWCT presents The Sun Serpent in NW PDX. It's opening weekend for this production of an ancient tale told through an innovative mix of language, masks and digital media. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Saturday and Sunday. 7pm. $17-23. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS SEPTEMBER 25-27

September 23, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, September 25th

SuperKids Resale Huge Consigment Event in Gresham. You will find rows and rows of clothes, toys, shoes, baby gear, books, games, room decor, outdoor toys, maternity, and more.  This 4 day shopping extravaganza is a great place to buy all your kids' back to school clothes or the essentials for your baby. Thursday-Sunday. Hours vary. Admission is free!

Trading at the River Native Marketplace in NW PDX. This celebration of Native American Day will include music, dancing, art and vendors. Fun for all ages. Friday, noon-7 pm. Free!
 
Paulaner Oktoberfest at Oaks Park in SE PDX. This fall time festival features authentic German food and beer, oompah bands, polka dancing and more. Friday-Sunday. Hours vary. $2-$5. Park attractions sold separately. 
 
Saturday, September 26th
Birding by Big Canoe in Vancouver. Ages 5 and older are invited to become citizen scientists. Work in small teams led by field experts as you paddle along, cataloging wildlife and plant species. Pre-registration required. Saturday, 7:30-9:30 am and 9:30 am-noon. Free!
 

NWCT Presents 'Elephant & Piggie, We are in a Play' in NW PDX. Perfect for first-time theater-goers, this upbeat musical explores the world of "bestus friends" Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig. Together, they tackle friendship's big questions. Saturday and Sunday, 10 am and 1 pm. $17-$23. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS SEPTEMBER 11-13

September 09, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, September 11th
Italian Language Mommy and Me Playgroup in NW PDX.Geared for ages 18 months to 3 years, this program introduces the Italian language to little ones through songs, games, art, food, stories and play. Friday, 9:30-10:30 am. Free!
 
Red Yarn Performs at the Warehouse Cafe in SE PDX. Join the Deep Woods Revival with singing, dancing, clapping and stomping. Friday, 10-10:45 am. $5 suggested donation.
 
Song Circle at Vista House in the Columbia River Gorge. If you love music and the Gorge, feel free to stop by to play along, sing along, or just sit back and enjoy the sounds of the song circle. All ages are welcome. Friday, 7-9 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, September 12th
Pioneer Celebration in Hillsboro. Explore a covered wagon just like the ones the pioneers used on the Oregon Trail and experience pioneer life at the Washington County Museum. There will also be stage performances, demos of pioneer craftsmanship and children's activities. Saturday, 9 am-3 pm. Free!
 
Peace and Justice Fair and Concert in Vancouver. A live concert, kid's activities, interactive displays and local exhibits will be offered to celebrate a healthy and sustainable community. Saturday, 9 am-4 pm. Free!
 
TriMet MAX Orange Line Grand Opening in PDX. Free family events will be offered at many of the new MAX Orange Line station stops, including a community-wide scavenger hunt. Plus all rides on all TriMet buses, MAX trains, the Streetcar and the Aerial Tram will be free all day long! Saturday, 11 am-6 pm. 
 
Belmont Street Fair in SE PDX. The whole family is invited to enjoy the delicious food, eclectic music and kid's activities including a bounce house, putt putt golf, free trolley rides, children's music and an open house at the Belmont Fire Station. Saturday, 11 am-7 pm. Free!
 
Meet a Disney Celebrity at Lloyd Center in NE PDX. Join in the fun at Lloyd Center's Back to School Celebration with special meet & greet guest Calum Worthy.  Calum plays 'Dez' on Disney Channel's Austin and Ally. Bring a can of food for the Oregon Food Bank and be entered to win a $250 Lloyd Center Gift Card. Saturday, noon-2 pm. Free!
 
Sunday, September 13th
Kids Fair in SE PDX. A family fun event in the Woodstock neighborhood, featuring a bounce house, face painting, entertainment, games, prizes, a painting studio and more. Sunday, 10 am-2 pm. 
 
Mini Maker Faire at OMSI in SE PDX. Check out this family-friendly showcase of projects from tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists and garage tinkerers of all ages. Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. $10-$15. 
 
Family Open Play at Upper Westside Play Gym in SW PDX.Children 5 years old and younger are invited to enjoy the padded play environment and gym equipment. A separate area for sensory materials, manipulatives and crafts will be available for children 3 years and older as well. Sunday, noon-1:30 pm. $5. 
 
Sensory Playgroup at The Little Gym in Lake Oswego. Join The Shape of Behavior  for a sensory friendly playgroup. Have some fun and learn more about The Shape of Behavior's services. Sunday, 2:30-4 pm. Free! Contact rsvp@shapeofbehavior.com for more info. 
 

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

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 SEPTEMBER 4-6

September 02, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, September 4th

PP&R Ladybug Walk at Irving Park in NE PDX. Children 2-5 years old (and adults) are encouraged to walk alongside a nature guide to explore the park, look for slugs, listen to songbirds and feel the different textures nature has to offer. Friday, 10 am. $4 per child.  

 
Vaux's Swifts at Chapman Elementary in NW PDX. Pack a picnic, bring some lawn chairs and watch the fascinating movement of the swifts as they use the school's chimney as their evening roost. Friday, 6-8 pm. Free!

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WEEKEND WARRIORS AUGUST 28-30

August 26, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, August 28th
Preschool Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park in SW PDX. Delve into nature exploration, art, literature, movement and outdoor play. Geared toward ages 2-6, but all are welcome. Pre-registration required. Friday, 10-11:15 am. Free!
 
Big Night Out at Tualatin Commons in Tualatin. Rhythm and blues, contemporary jazz, big band, bluegrass, salsa, reggae - they've got it all at this outdoor summer music series. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs, pack a picnic and enjoy an evening of terrific music. Friday, 6:30 pm. Free!

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WEEKEND WARRIORS AUGUST 21-23

August 19, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, August 21st
Families in the Field: Scouters Mountain Nature Park in Happy Valley. Children ages 6-10 and their families are invited to dive into the hidden secrets of the volcano and to search for signs of animals that live on the mountain. Pre-registration required. Friday, 10 am-noon. Free!
 
Afternoon Open Skate at Oaks Park Roller Rink in SE PDX. Roller skating is old time fun that never goes out of fashion. This event features a live DJ or pipe organ. Bring the kids and skate all afternoon. Friday, 1-5 pm. $6.25.
 
Seussical Jr. The Musical in SW PDX. Students of the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy spent three weeks learning musical theater acting, stage makeup and costume design before presenting this whimsical and engaging performance for the community. Friday, 7-8:30 pm. $12.25-$14.25.
 
Saturday, August 22nd
Free Children's Painting Class in NW PDX. Children ages 4-8 are invited to join this class that focuses on creating art and reusing everyday materials. Pre-registration required. Saturday, 10-10:45 am. Free!
 
Red Yarn Performs Deep Woods Revival in SE PDX. Don't miss this dynamic family performer who weaves folk songs and puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. Families are invited sing, dance and laugh along. Saturday, 11 am-noon. $5. Children younger than 12 months are free! 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS AUGUST 14-16

August 12, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, August 14th
North American Organic Brewers Festival in North PDX. Enjoy artisan beverages, live music, food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits. A kids area offers art activities, face painting and a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors. Friday, noon-9 pm. Free admission! Beer tasting fees vary. 
 
Free Open Play Swim at Pier Pool in N PDX. All ages are invited to swim, splash and play as part of Portland Parks & Rec's Summer Free For All program. Friday, 1:30-4:30 pm. Free!
 
Flicks by the Fountain in Beaverton. Bring a blanket and some popcorn to enjoy a movie under the stars. All ages are welcome to attend, and this week's theme is International Film Night. Friday, 7-11 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, August 15th
Minion Mania at the Lloyd Center in NE PDX. Come play with the Minions themselves, check out the prize wheel, dances, games, crafts, music and prizing! Saturday, 11 am-1 pm. Free!
 
Port of Portland Seaport Celebration in N PDX. Experience Portland's working harbor by jumping on a jetboat ride, trying your hand at welding, listening to live music, perusing local artwork or enjoying delicious food. Saturday, 10 am-4 pm. Free!
 
Multnomah Days Street Festival in SW PDX. Join us for awesome activities for all ages. Try out the rock climbing wall, live music, arts & crafts, face painting and so much more! Saturday and Sunday, 9 am-4 pm. Free!
 
DIY Terrarium Day in SE PDX. Stop by the Birds & Bees Nursery to create your own terrarium using succulents, tropicals or airplants. A family-friendly science project that is sure to be fun for everyone. Saturday, 10 am-6 pm. $10 and up. 
 
Sensory Open Gym in NE PDX. Children with special sensory or motor needs can run, jump and climb in a comfortable setting. Coaches will be present to facilitate a positive experience for everyone. Reservations encouraged. Saturday, 2:15-4:15 pm. $10 for 1 child, $15 for 2 children and $3 for each additional child.
 
Louis Armstrong night in Holladay Park in NE PDX. Enjoy live music by Bridgetown Sextet, a kid craft area, food carts and a documentary by Ken Burns' about Louis Armstrong. Saturday, 5:30-9:30 pm. Free!
 
Sunday, August 16th
Hawthorne Street Fair in SE PDX. We hope to see you at this super fun family event. There will be great entertainment, juggling demos, tightrope walking, balance balls, stilts, and clowns, plus face painting, prizes and more! Sunday, 11 am-5 pm. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS AUGUST 7-9

August 05, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, August 7th
Fabulous Frogs at Tillamook Forest Center. All ages are welcome to learn all about frogs and some of their amphibious relatives, explore froggy hiding places and enjoy Tillamook State Forest. Friday, 11:30 am-noon. Free!
 
Storytime at Pie Spot with Olive and Dingo in NE PDX. Full of comedy, songs, stories, balloons and laughter this event is sure to get the whole family jumping, dancing and wiggling. Friday, 3-4 pm. $5 suggested donation. 
 
Kids' Night Out in NW PDX. Parents can enjoy a night out while kids play with friends. The evening starts with art instruction and projects followed by dinner, then more play and art time. Pre-registration required. Friday, 4:30-8 pm. $25/child or $15/sibling (use Promo Code: PDXKids for discounted pricing).
 
Saturday, August 8th
Alberta Street Fair in NE PDX. Come enjoy an eclectic mix of activities and events including entertainment, music, vendors, food and drink for people of all ages. Start your fun at the Kids Corner with a visit to our #ImaPDXkid photobooth hosted by Jessica June Photography along with fun games and play in the street and, of course, the chance to get one of our 2015 Summer of Fun reusable shopping bags. Additional Kids Corner activities include blueberry samples from Whole Foods, ceramic critter painting with Mimosa Studios, and seed packages with Gnome's Home. You can also play with the Circuit Bouldering Gym on a slackline, join the circus for a day with Echo Theater Company, create a unique creature with KC Puppetree, shake maracas with Portland Early Learning Project and make recycled materials into instruments with Art Jam! As always, all activities at Kids Corner are FREE!  

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WEEKEND WARRIORS JULY 31-AUGUST 2

July 29, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, July 31st
Spanish Niño Time-PDX Playgroup in SE PDX. Speak, hear and learn Spanish through stories and songs during this social playgroup. Perfect for parents whose first or second language is español, or those who would like to expose their kiddos to another language. Friday, 10:45-11:30 am. $4. 

65th Annual Crawfish Festival in Tualatin. Don't miss the Whole Foods Chef's Mystery Box Cook-off, the chance to dine at some of Portland's best food carts, and the musical stylings of Kevin Guiton's Dueling Piano Circus. Friday, 5:30 pm. Free!

Sunset Walk in North Portland. Join a naturalist on a hike to explore nature in the magical time between day and night. Friday 7-9 pm. $6/person or $11/family.

Saturday, August 1st
Rox in Sox in NE PDX. Celebrate music and reading at the third annual Rox in Sox festival. This year's musical guests include local artists Aaron Nigel Smith and his One World Chorus, The Pointed Man Band, as well as Grammy Award nominated duo The Pop Ups and San Francisco's award-winning hip-hop trio The Alphabet Rockers. Be sure to check out the author's stage and come say hello to us, Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar at our Summer of Fun photobooth and marbled chalk nature journal with our friends from Wildwood Nature School. Saturday, 10 am-3 pm. 
 
Great Oregon Steam-Up at Antique Powerland in Salem.Check out vintage powerhouses including steam-power farm machinery, antique trucks and cars, logging gear, a steam sawmill and more. Ride the train or trolley, watch the parade and enjoy selections from food vendors. Saturday, 7 am-6 pm. Children under 12 are free! $12 per person ages 12 and up. 

Saturday Afternoon Kids Club - Drop-in Crafts in Sandy. Join in the fun at the Sandy Public Library's craft event, featuring LEGO building and activities for ages 7-12. Saturday, 2-4 pm. Free! 

$8 Saturday Nights at Oaks Amusement Park in SE PDX. Enjoy all of your favorite activities and rides at Oaks Park with a deluxe ride bracelet for just $8. Saturday, 5-10 pm.

Sauvie Island Center Barn Dance & BBQ. A family-friendly event featuring a fun scavenger hunt, dinner, dessert and square dance music all on beautiful Sauvie Island. Saturday 4:30 pm. Individual tickets $5-35/person. 

Sunday, August 2nd
Columbia Slough Regatta in NE PDX. This canoe and kayak paddle is fun for the whole family. Watch for the abundant wildlife, enjoy face painting, try out the various food vendors, and learn about paddling safety. Sunday, 9 am-1 pm. $8 per person or $20 per family suggested donation.

The Gold Dust Trail: Come Find Your Fortune in Oregon City.Follow clues, earn prizes, and learn about the story of Oregon gold as you complete this scavenger hunt for all ages. Sunday, 10:30 am-4:30 pm. Free! 

Fun at Sellwood Park in SE PDX. Come on down to Sundae in the Park for tasty treats, games and activities. Stay for the Summer Free for All live music performance followed by a special sing-along version of the movie Frozen. Sure to entertain kids and adults alike. Sunday, noon - 10:30 pm. Free!

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

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 24-26

July 22, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, July 24th
Families in the Field: Pollinators of Graham Oaks Nature Park in Wilsonville. Explore nature while learning all about butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles and bees. Created for ages 3-5, but all ages are welcome with parents. Friday, 10-11:30 am. $11 per family. 

Hapa Haole Hula Competition in Vancouver. The Ke Kukui Foundation invites people of all ages to enjoy this event featuring early modern hula and music from 1900-1959. Friday, 4-10 pm. Free!
 
The Neverending Story Movie in the Park at Woodstock Park in SE PDX. A performance by local music group Manimal will kick off this event, followed by an outdoor screening of The Neverending Story. Friday, 6:30 pm. Free!

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Weekend Warrior July 17-19

July 15, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, July 17th
PP&R Ladybug Walk at Kenilworth Park in SE PDX. Stroll through the park and discover bugs, trees, leaves, birds and more - all with your very own nature guide. Meet at SE 32nd & Cora Drive. Friday, 10 am. Ages 2-5. $4 per child. 
 
Oregon Berry Festival at the Ecotrust Building in NW PDX. This event features a farmer's market, children's activities and crafts, cooking demos and entertainment, health and wellness seminars and lots of berry deliciousness. Friday, noon-6 pm. Free!
 
Sunset Walk at Smith & Bybee Wetlands in N PDX. Walk through the wetlands with a guide, exploring the wildlife and scenic views. Pre-registration required. Friday, 7-9 pm. $6 per person. $11 per family. 

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WEEKEND WARRIOR JULY 10-12

July 08, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, July 10th
Mo Phillips Music Time at TreeHouse in N PDX. Join this local kindie rocker as he performs his original children's songs in a fun and engaging setting. Friday 10-11am. $5.

Gogh Kid's Canvas Painting Classes in Tigard. Kids ages 4 and up enjoy step-by-step painting classes to create an 11x14 masterpiece. Materials and snack provided. Friday 4-5pm. $15. Registration required.

Song Circle at Vista House in The Columbia River Gorge. Sing along, play along, or just sit back and enjoy a campfire and folk songs with a view of the Gorge. Friday 7-9pm. Free!

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Weekend Warrior July 2-5

July 01, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday July 3rd
Micah and Me Singalong, Dance-along at A Children's Place Bookstore in NE PDX. Enjoy a "free-form dance party for toddlers" at this musical performance. Friday 9:30am. $5 suggested donation.

Waterfront Blues Festival at Tom McCall Park in SW PDX. Jazz, blues, zydeco, swing and more at this annual music festival benefiting the Oregon Food Bank. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS: JUNE 26-28

June 24, 2015

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 June 26th

Used Book Sale in Vancouver. 15,000 used books sorted into categories for all book lovers. Baby board books, easy readers, graphic novels, fiction and non- fiction for adults and children including biographies, gardening, woodworking and quilting. Friday & Saturday 9am-6pm.

Open Studio at Art ala Carte in NE PDX. Children of all ages are invited to load up trays of seemingly endless supplies for an "all you can make" experience. Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. $9-11.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS: JUNE 19-21

June 17, 2015

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, June 19th  
Mo Phillips Music Time at TreeHouse in North PDX. One of Portland's favorite kindie artists will rock out to songs that will get the whole family a'movin and a'shakin. $5. Friday 10-11am.

Family Film Night at Poa Cafe in North PDX. Enjoy dinner and sit back and watch, James and the Giant Peach. Free. Friday 5-7pm.  

Closing weekend of just play at Echo Theater in SE PDX. Featuring aerial dance, partner acrobatics and physical theater, this performance is a celebration of freedom, friendship, and who we are when we feel most at home with other people. Read our review here. Friday & Saturday 7:30pm

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WEEKEND WARRIORS: JUNE 12-14

June 10, 2015

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, June 12th

Family Music Jam in St. Johns. Come make music with your kids. Best for ages 0-6, but the whole family is welcome to sing, dance, and play music together. $5 donation. Friday 10-10:30am.

Ladybug Walk in SE PDX. Walk the trails, explore nature, and learn from naturalists about the wildlife that resides in Lents Park. $4 per child. Friday 10am.

Paint Something Special for Dad at Mimosa Studios in NE PDX. Get a head start on gifts for Father's Day (June 21st) with a personalized gift just for Dad. You choose the pottery, your child gets to paint it or adorn it with hand prints to be fired and ready for pick up the next day. Prices vary. Friday 11-6pm.

The Village 2015 - A West African Rhythm and Dance Collective - in SW PDX. Celebrate the music and dance of diverse West African nations. Three groups of youth and professional drummers and dancers will perform traditional music. $12/youth 17& under, $22/adults. Friday 7:30-9pm.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS: June 5-7

June 03, 2015

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, June 5th  
Free Make & Take Dog Toys in SE PDX. Drop by the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store to make a tug toy to benefit Fences for Fido. Make one for your pooch and one for a dog in need. Free. Friday11-4pm. 
 
Fun Fridays at Soham Yoga in Oregon City.  Mr. Hoo kicks off this fun summer series. Come play with toys, instruments, or look at books while being entertained with great music. $5 per family.Friday 12-1pm.  

Alice in Wonderland, Jr. in SE PDX. Closing weekend for this show. Lewis Carroll's famously inquisitive heroine comes to life in Disney'sAlice In Wonderland Jr., a delightful adaptation of the classic Disney film. $10. Friday 7pm.

Saturday, June 6th 

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Weekend Warriors: January 9-11

January 07, 2015

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, January 9th

Free Admission to Lan Su Chinese Garden. Receive a free admission with each donation of a non-perishable food item. Food to benefit the Oregon Food Bank. This offer runs through January 11th. Hours are 10am-5pm. 


Tallulah's Daddy at Cafe au Play. Listen to fun, energetic, and interactive acoustic music. $5/family suggested donation. Friday 10-11am. 

Music with Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom. Dance, sing, and clap along to funny original songs and classics. $5/family. Friday 11am-12pm. 

Sherazade's Children Stories that Changed the World in SW PDX. Storyteller Will Hornyak shares stories from a variety of traditions and provides engaging presentations to inspire discussion. Free. Friday 7-8:30pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: January 2-4 (2015!)

December 31, 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, January 2nd

Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom. Clap and sing along to Mr. Hoo of the Alphabeticians as he plays the kazoo, sings funny songs, and makes everyone happy. $5 suggested donation per family. Friday 11am-12pm.

The Tangled Threads at Cafe au Play. A nine-foot-tall ukelele player and a human doll rhythm section make up this band. Sounds intriguing. $5 suggested donation. Friday 11:30am-12:15pm. 
 
ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo. This is the last weekend to see the magical ZooLights this year! $7-10. 2 and under free. Friday beginning at 5pm and throughout the weekend.  

Closing Weekend of NWCT's Mary Poppins. This is your last chance to see all the magic of NWCT's rendition of Mary PoppinsYou can check out PDX Kids Calendar’s review here. $18-22. Friday-Sunday at varying times.        

Saturday, January 3rd

Free Admission to Lan Su Chinese Garden. Receive a free admission with each donation of a non-perishable food item. Food to benefit the Oregon Food Bank. This offer runs today through January 11th. Hours are 10am-5pm. 

The Alphabeticians Perform at Lil' Lentils Playgroup in SE PDX. Ring in the New Year with one of Portland's favorite kindie bands. Suggested $3-5 donation per family. Saturday 10am-noon. 

Kids Club: Grow a Pet Treat in Woodburn. Plan an indoor treat for you cat or dog that will keep them happy in the winter. $5 per child. Saturday 11-11:45am. 

Kids' Morning Skate at Oaks Park. Special skating session just for kids 10 and younger and their families features kids' choice music, games and skate specials, and a free group lesson. $6.25/child. Saturday 10:30am-12pm.

The Amazing Bubble Man in SE PDX. Louis Pearl - The Bubble Man - has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. $6-11; tickets can be purchased in advance. Saturday and Sunday 2-3pm. 

Tallulah's Daddy at Mississippi Pizza. Grab some dinner while being entertained by the musical stylings of Tallulah's Daddy and his friends. $10 suggested donation per family. Saturday 4-5pm. 

Sunday, January 4th

$2 Days at OMSI. Explore the museum and all exhibits for only $2 today. Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm.

Thingamajig Bookmaking Class with Sarah Fagan in NE PDX. Read Beverly Cleary's Janet's Thingamajig then make handmade blank books to use as image journals. Best for ages 4-8. Please pre-register. $8/child. Sunday 1-1:30pm. 

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 19-21

December 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, December 19th

Italian Language Mommy & Me Playgroup. Children ages 18-36 months and their caregiver can be exposed to Italian in this relaxed, play-based program. Free. Friday 10-11am. 

Mo Phillips at the Treehouse in North Portland. Rock out to Mo's unique, upbeat blend of Americana, soul, and blues. $5/child. Friday 10am. 

Peacock Lane Holiday Lights Display. One of Portland's most beloved holiday traditions. Enjoy the beautiful light displays and cocoa and cider. Friday 6-11pm and throughout the month. 

Opening Weekend of Echo Theater's Make It Home. See this non-traditional holiday show full of aerial arts, dance, acrobatics, humor, and non-linear storytelling. $18-25. Friday 7:30pm and throughout the weekend. 

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Weekend Warrior December 12-14

December 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, December 12th

CHAP Holiday Bazaar and Open Art Studio in SE PDX. Everyone is welcome to enjoy unlimited art supplies and to create their own masterpiece. $5/hour/art maker. Friday 10am-6pm and throughout the weekend. 

Loving Touch Infant Massage in SE PDX. Learn the history, theory and practice of infant massage while practicing on your own infant. Free. Friday 2-3:30pm. 

Winter Crafts in Beaverton. Get out the glitter and enjoy some fun winter crafts. Best for grades K-3. Free. Friday 4-5pm.

Holiday Concert Series at Cafe au Play. Na Rosai plays traditional Irish and Appalachian music. $5-10 donation. Friday 7-8pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: December 5-7

December 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, December 5th

Reindeer Magic at Seven Dees in Lake Oswego. Visit with Santa and his reindeer, enjoy festive make-and-take activities, and more. Free. Friday 10am-5pm. (Continues on Saturday at the SE Powell location and Sunday at Cedar Hills.)

Providence Festival of Trees. Wander through a winter wonderland and view dozens of uniquely decorated Christmas trees, visit with Santa, decorate cookies, make crafts, and more. $4-6. Friday 10:30am-5pm and Saturday 9am-5pm.

Music with Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom. Mr. Hoo plays fun, interactive music including original and traditional songs that will get everyone dancing. $5/family. Friday 11am-12pm. 

Free Admission to Portland Children's Museum. Enjoy free admission to the museum this evening. Friday 4-8pm.

Holiday Concert Series at Cafe au Play. Chuck Cheesman kicks off the series playing original contemporary folk and Americana music. $5-10 suggested donation. Friday 7-8pm.

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Weekend Warriors: November 28-30

November 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.

Friday, November 28th

Macy's Holiday Parade in Downtown Portland. The parade will feature floats, marching bands, hundreds of costumed characters, and more. Free. Friday 9-10am. 

Penny's Puppet Productions in NE PDX. Join this beloved Portland puppeteer for a presentation of The Sharing Carrot. $5/person. Friday 10-11:30am. 

Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation's Holiday Express Train Rides Begin in SE PDX. Join Santa and his elves for a magical ride in a steam locomotive through Oaks Bottom. $12.50-$19. $5 speeder rides will also be available. See website for times and to order tickets. 

The Portland Ballet's Tales from Mother Goose & The Enchanted Toyshop in SW PDX. These two ballets will be accompanied by the Portland State University Orchestra. $5-35. Friday at 1pm and 5pm and throughout the weekend. 

Portland Downtown Tree Lighting. This year's event will feature a holiday sing-along with members of Pink Martini and Oregon's Own 234th Army Band. Free. Friday 5:30-6:30pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: November 21-23

November 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.

Friday, November 21st

Free Week of Stroller Strides (throughout PDX). Bring your stroller and little one for a great one hour workout. All workouts are free this week at all locations. See website for schedules and locations. Monday-Saturday, various times.

Open Studio at Portland Child Art Studio in NW PDX. Your kids can do as much art as they'd like, and you don't have to clean up. $10/child ($5/child for Oregon Trail Card card-holders). Friday 10am-1pm and 2-5:30pm. 

Micah and Me Singalong at A Children's Place Bookstore. Sing and dance along to the sounds of the guitar, ukulele, harmonica, and mandolin. $5 suggested donation. Friday 10:30am. 

Storytime with Olive & Dingo at the Pie Spot. Check out these bright, cartoony characters who love to entertain families through songs, dance, stories, and balloons. $5 suggested donation. Friday, 3-4pm.

Puppet Show at Playdate PDX. See Dragon Puppet Theatre perform  The Pirate and His Pet. Free with admission ($4-$8). Friday 6:30pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: November 14-16

November 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.

Friday, November 14th

Free Italian Language Mommy and Me Playgroup in NW PDX. Chidlren ages 18-36 months and their caregivers can sing, dance, play, and enjoy simple crafts while being immersed in Italian. Free. Friday 10-11am. 

Kids Yoga in North Portland. Kids' classes this month will focus on the principle of grounding, with poses and indigenous stories celebrating the earth and what it produces. $12 drop in. Friday 4:15-5pm (ages 6-10) and 5:15-6pm (ages 3-6). 

Friday Night Films For Kids at Poa Cafe. Take a break and let your kids watch a free family-friendly film. Friday 5-7pm.

Opening Night of Tears of Joy Theatre's Alice in Wonderland. This original adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale, told with puppets, is sure to captivate. $13-22. Friday at 7:30pm and throughout the weekend.  

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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 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 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 - 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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