260 posts categorized "Things to do"

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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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 - 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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