245 posts categorized "Things to do"

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

Mo Phillips at Treehouse Children's Boutique. Mo has devised a fine, music blend of Americana, soul and blues in his secret ninja laboratory and is not afraid of a poppy hook, or straight rocking' out! Friday 10am. $5/child.

Healthy Kids Day at multiple locations. Celebrate the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event that encourages families to move, learn and live healthier. Event features fun, educational activities such as Zumbatomic, crafts, and obstacle courses. Come learn about the importance of keeping kids’ bodies and minds active when out of school.

Family Art Festival at PNCA. Enjoy family-friendly art activities, try new creative processes, spend time with family and friends, and nibble on locally and sustainably grown snacks. Activities include mask-making, face painting, drawing bigger than life and creating animations with a zoetrope. Be among the first one hundred visitors and personalize your free PNCA t-shirt by running it through a real printing press. Saturday 11am-1:30pm. Free!

Opening weekend of Little Red 'Riding Hood' at NW Children's Theater. All Little Red wants is to race cars, but when she’s told girls can’t take shop class, her dreams are dashed. Luckily for Red, Grandma has some tricks up her sleeve, "if The Wolf doesn’t find out first. Set to the tune of fifties doo-wop, Little Red “Riding Hood” is the story of the girl who steers her own path. Best ages 5+. Saturday & Sunday noon and 4pm performances. $18-$22

Día de los Niños/ El Día de los Libros at Beaverton Library. Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day - children, families and reading. Crafts, bilingual bingo, (in Spanish and English) and Andean folk music by Chayag! Ages 2-8 with family, drop-in. Saturday 1-2:30pm. Free!

Opening weekend of Oregon Children's Theatre's The Giver at the Winningstad Theatre. Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices, individuality, or emotions -- they are against the rules. When Jonas turns twelve he is selected to train with The Giver, who is the keeper of the entire Community’s memories, both good and bad. Now Jonas must shoulder the burden of memory and learn the harsh truths of what it means to live a life of sameness. From acclaimed Newbery Award-winning author, Lois Lowry. Best for ages 9+. Saturday performances at 2pm and 5pm, Sunday at 2pm. $15-$28

Ruckus in the Lobby at Artist Rep: Johnny Appleseed. Planting apples and wisdom. John Chapman, an early American naturalist, travels the newly- expanding nation learning from Native Americans, and spreading his growing knowledge to the pioneers. He plants both apple seeds and a love of nature wherever he goes. His lessons of environmental stewardship, conservation and sustainability are especially relevant to children today, as they learn to protect and respect the beauty of nature around them. Sunday 11am. Kids 0-2 years old are FREE all others are $5.

The Rainy Day Family Concert at the Village Ballroom. It's raining, it's pouring, it's time to get up and dance! Join The Rainy Day Family with your favorite children's musicians: The Alphabeticians, Tallulah's Daddy, Pointed Man Band, Matt Clark, and special guest puppets from Penny's Puppets! Go on an adventure that takes you out of the rain and into your endless imaginations. This show is also sponsored by Woodlawn Swap 'n Play. Sunday 4-5:30pm. Doors at 3:30. $8 per person in advance ($10 at the door if available). Babies in arms are 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 & EASTER WARRIORS - APRIL 18-20, 2014

April 16, 2014

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

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


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

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

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - APRIL 11-13, 2014

April 09, 2014

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

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

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

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - April 4-6, 2014

April 02, 2014

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

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

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Enjoy free admission the first Friday of every month, with special crafts, activities, and musical guests. Friday 4-8pm.

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

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - MARCH 28-30, 2014

March 26, 2014

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

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

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

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Spring break in the rain

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

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

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

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

WEEKEND WARRIORS - MARCH 21-23, 2014

March 19, 2014

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

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

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

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - MARCH 14-16, 2014

March 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - March 7-9, 2014

March 05, 2014

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

Music with Mr. Hoo at Village Ballroom. Mr. Hoo (one half of The Alphabeticians), plays fun music for kids and their grown-ups. He plays guitar and kazoo, and sings songs that get the audience clapping and moving and singing along. Friday 11am-noon. $5/family.

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Enjoy free admission the first Friday of every month, with special crafts, activities,and musical guests. Friday 4-8pm.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - FEBRUARY 28-March 2, 2014

February 26, 2014

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

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

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

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - FEBRUARY 21-23, 2014

February 19, 2014

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

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

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

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - FEBRUARY 14-16, 2014

February 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - February 7-9, 2014

February 05, 2014

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

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Enjoy free admission the first Friday of every month, with special crafts, activities,and musical guests. Friday 4-8pm. Free!

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

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

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - January 31 - February 2, 2014

January 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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Weekend Warriors - January 24-26, 2014

January 22, 2014

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

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

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

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - JANUARY 17-19, 2014

January 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - JANUARY 10-12, 2014

January 08, 2014

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

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

Eight Free Days at Lan Su Chinese Garden. Much more than just a beautiful botanical garden, Lan Su is a creative wonder -- a powerfully inspiring experience based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition that melds art, architecture, design and nature in perfect harmony. Free admission through Saturday 1/11 with donation of non-perishable food for each entry.

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

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - January 3-5, 2014

January 01, 2014

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

Portland Child Art Studio - Open Studio. Introduce your child to all different kinds of artistic mediums and the endless ways that they can explore and create with the materials at hand. Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm. Suggested donation of $10.

Open Studio Drop in at Art ala Carte. Come visit the "all you can make art bars" - salad bars filled to the brim with feathers, googly eyes, crayons, beads and every other imaginable supply. Pay one low price at the door and allow your child to create as much as the want. No reservation required. Friday 10am-5pm. Saturday 10am-4pm.. $9 for 0-4, $11 for 5 and up.

Penny's Puppets presents "Three Billy Goats Gruff" at Central Lutheran Church NE PDX. This adaptation of the traditional tale will be a favorite for all ages. The mean and friendless Tarrent the troll guards a bridge that crosses to yummy beautiful green pastures. The hungry 3 Billy goat brothers would like to cross it and eat what is on the other side. Help them find a solution - sing, dance and cheer on the three clever Billy goats as they try to go across the bridge and outsmart the Bullying troll. A mini- musical original by Penny's Puppet Productions. Friday 10:30am. $5/each or $17 for four.

Closing weekend for Northwest Children's Theatre's Peter Pan . Peter Pan, Wendy, and the Lost Boys are back for the holidays! Be a part of the most popular show in NWCT history as the "boy who would not grow up" flies from London to Neverland, does battle with Captain Hook and his cowardly pirates, and revels in the adventure of childhood. Best ages 6+. Friday 2pm and 7pm. Saturday & Sunday 2pm & 6pm. $18-$22

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Enjoy free admission the first Friday of every month, with special crafts, activities,and musical guests. Friday 4-8pm. Free!

Eight Free Days at Lan Su Chinese Garden. Much more than just a beautiful botanical garden, Lan Su is a creative wonder -- a powerfully inspiring experience based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition that melds art, architecture, design and nature in perfect harmony. Free admission Saturday 1/4-Saturday 1/11 with donation of non-perishable food for each entry.

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre Presents Little Red Riding Hood in SE PDX. Join Little Red Riding Hood as she explores what friendship really means.  Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their families. There's always a slight twist to the traditional story that keeps these productions fresh. Though simply produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have everyone fully absorbed in the interaction of live theatre. Help bring this tale to life on our Stage!  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available online. Saturday noon-1pm. $1/child, $2/adult.

Books, Books, Books: Time to Create Your Own at Rockwood Library. Children will learn the art of making blank books in which to record their thoughts and drawings. During this class, an artist will work with children to create two personal hard cover accordion pleated books. Children can design their own covers or use decorative papers to create their one-of-a-kind books. Drawing materials will be on hand for children to decorate, draw or write in their completed books. Saturday 1:30-3:00pm. Free!

Tinkerbell Storytime at Midland Library. Tinkerbell tells her story about Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Lost Boys and all the adventures in Neverland. An interactive story time with live princess character "Tinkerbell" from Dragon Theater. The show features props, sets and interactive storytelling. Saturday 2-2:45pm. Free!

First Sunday at OMSI. Explore OMSI for $2 every first Sun. 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Parking $3.

Mr. Palindrome at Treehouse Children's Boutique. Mr. Palindrome (Natan Kuchar) wants to help kids get comfortable with words, even really, really big words. Along with some starting-point palindromes, Mr. Palindrome introduces concepts like "alliteration," "anagrams" and "onomatopoeia." Sing along and learn how to sing the "Backwards Alphabet," and a whole gaggle of "Tongue Twisters." Mr. Palindrome also demonstrates crafts like how to make a pencil case or build a cup tower, all simple and silly ways to have fun and learn new things. Sunday 1pm. $5.  

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - DECEMBER 27-29, 2013

December 25, 2013

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

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

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

Music with Mr. Hoo at Village Ballroom. Mr. Hoo (one half of The Alphabeticians), plays fun music for kids and their grown-ups. He plays guitar and kazoo, and sings songs that  get the audience clapping and moving and singing along. Friday 11am-noon. $5/family.

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

Peter Pan at NWCT. Peter Pan, Wendy, and the Lost Boys are back for the holidays! Be a part of the most popular show in NWCT history as the "boy who would not grow up" flies from London to Neverland, does battle with Captain Hook and his cowardly pirates, and revels in the adventure of childhood. Best ages 6+. Friday 2pm & 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm and 6pm, . $18-$22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - DECEMBER 20-22, 2013

December 18, 2013

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

Portland Child Art Studio - Open Studio classes. Introduce your child to all different kinds of artistic mediums and the endless ways that they can explore and create with the materials at hand. Fri & Sat 10am-5pm. Suggested donation of $10.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Fun Time at Unplugged Games. Whether your family likes classic board games, card games, or is looking to learn something new, Unplugged Games has lots of great ideas to make family game time fun. Try one of the games from our library, or bring one from home to play with new friends. See a new game you want to learn? Our staff will teach you. Sunday noon-4pm. Free!
 
Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - December 13-15, 2013

December 11, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - NOVEMBER 22-24, 2013

November 20, 2013

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

 Music with Mr. Hoo at Village Ballroom. Mr. Hoo (one half of The Alphabeticians), plays fun music for kids and their grown-ups. He plays guitar and kazoo, and sings songs that  get the audience clapping and moving and singing along. Friday 11am-noon. $5/family.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - NOVEMBER 15-17, 2013

November 13, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - NOVEMBER 8-10, 2013

November 06, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

WEEKEND WARRIORS - November 1-3, 2013

October 30, 2013

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

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

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

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - OCTOBER 25-28, 2013

October 23, 2013

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

Ladybug Nature Walk: Grant Park. Explore this natural area with your youngster (2 - 5 years old) and a nature guide. Friday 10-11am. $4/child.

Squishing of the Squash at Oregon Zoo. See some of the world's largest land animals demolish some of the area's largest pumpkins. Friday 10:30am. Free with Zoo admission. 

Storytime + Craft at Craft Factory. Bring the little ones for a free storytime, then stay to craft an ornament for $5. Friday 10:30-11am.

Monster Mash Baby Dance and Costume Party at West Linn Library. Dancing, bubbles, treats, and a photo booth for the 0-3 yr olds. Friday 10:30-11:30am. Free with pre-registration. 

Great Pumpkin Hunt at Garden Home Rec Center. Enjoy the howling fun activities, witch's brew and tasty cobwebs in the gym then head outside for the flashlight pumpkin hunt! Come in your costume for the costume contest and don't forget your flashlight. Friday 6-8pm. $10 

Monster Mash at Peninsula Park Community Center. Wear your costume and get into the spirit. Dance, make creepy crafts, and play bewitching games that only come out once a year. Fun for all ages. Friday 6-8:30pm. Free!

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - OCTOBER 18-20, 2013

October 16, 2013

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

SuperKids Resale Vancouver. Consignment event for families. Friday 9am-8pm. Saturday 9am-5pm. Sunday 9am-5pm. 

Weekly Storytime + Craft at Craft Factory. The storytime is free for all ages, though geared toward toddlers and pre-schoolers. Craft prices vary. Friday 10:30am.

Family Park Night at East Portland Community Center. Low cost night out with the family. Indoor Park toys, sports and trampoline. See page 11 of brochure. Friday 6:30-8:30pm. $1.25/child.

Family Friday Concert with Whistlin' Rufus at The Community Music Center. A volunteer-run series of once-a-month low-cost concerts for children & families. 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 - OCTOBER 11-13, 2013

October 09, 2013

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

Parke Diem. Billed as the biggest volunteer event in Portland parks history, join your friends, neighbors and volunteer organizations Oct. 11 and 12 at local parks and gardens to spruce them up before winter. Some of the work parties are already full, so visit parklandia.org to peruse the opportunities and register.

Penny's Puppets at Central Lutheran Church NE PDX: Batunia's Nocturnal Wonderland. Join Batunia the Bat on a musical tour of the creatures that come alive under the night sky. See the beautiful night world in a whole new light. New puppet, songs and special effects make this a show not to miss. Friday 10:30am. $5 each or 4 for $17.

Halloween Craft at Oregon City Library. Make a Halloween craft. Ages 3-10. Friday 11:15am. Free! Registration required.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - October 4-6, 2013

October 02, 2013

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

First Friday at Art ala Carte - sponsored by PDX Kids Calendar. Enjoy open studio at Art ala Carteevery first friday of the month on donation basis only. No studio fee all day! You choose how little or how much you want to donate! You can make monetary donations or bring in art supplies/recycled goodies or art related books. Most needed this month: Jewelry, baby wipes, toy cars/trucks, army men, pie pans, shoe boxes, shaving cream, happy meal size toys, stickers, construction paper. Diapers for PDX Diaper Bank. CANNOT except Fabric, TP rolls or crayons right now. Friday 10am-5pm

Greek Festival at Holy Trinity in NE PDX. Activities include face painting, gold "medals", ivy wreaths, coloring, games, puppet shows, and more! Children's Corner, 10am-8pm Friday. Noon to 8pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission: two talents. 

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Enjoy free admission along with special crafts, activities, and musical guests. Friday 4-8pm.  

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Throwback Thursdays: indoor walking spaces for babes

September 26, 2013

An urbanMama recently emailed:

I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for indoor places to take an infant for walks in the wintertime? We’d still like to get out and get some exercise, but on the days that are nasty outdoors, I’m hoping for better ideas than walking around a mall. Any thoughts, or suggestions where to find ideas?

Let's take it to the archives:

We could use a few more suggestions!  

WEEKEND WARRIORS - SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2013

September 25, 2013

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

Super Kids Resale Consignment Event in Gresham. Shop  90,000+ quality, gently used items such as baby, kid and maternity clothes, toys, books,baby gear, furniture and anything else related to kids with savings of 50-90 %off retail prices. Thursday - Sunday starting at 9am. Free admission.

Ladybug Nature Walk: Columbia Children's Arboretum. Naturalist led stroll. Ages 2-5, with grown-up. Stroller-accessible. Friday 10-11am. $4/child.

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Throwback Thursday: Extracurricular Activities

September 19, 2013

As we settle into our school-years, some of us settle into a schedule of extracurricular activities.  Today's Throwback Thursday recounts past conversations on extracurriculars:

And some open threads:

And - finally - what do you do while waiting?

WEEKEND WARRIORS - SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2013

September 18, 2013

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

Oaks Park Oktoberfest. German-style fall festival with authentic food, Paulaner beverages, live oompah music and dancing in two festhallen, local craft vendors, wiener dog races, agility dog demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, Kinderplatz children's activities, the Chicken Dance contest, and more! Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Gate fee $2-5.

Tears of Joy Theatre Free Community Night at Markham Elementary. Launching their year-long partnership, event includes a free community performance of Malika, Queen of the Cats as well as snacks, craft activities, and live musical entertainment by Julia and Tarik Banzi of Al Andalus Ensemble who composed and recorded the original music for this production. Friday 6-8:30pm. Free!  

Sidewalk Chalk Festival in Forest Grove. Come out and join in the creative fun or view the art work. There is no judging, only admiration. Saturday 8am-4pm. Free to watch, $7-12 to participate.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2013

September 11, 2013

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

Mt. Angel Oktoberfest. Four days of fun-filled activities, including live music on four stages, free Kindergarten with rides and shows, arts and crafts show, and more! Thursday - Sunday. Most events are free. 

Tallulah's Daddy at Cafe Au Play. Come sing and dance while Tallulah's Daddy sings and plays his guitar, bass and cajon. Friday 10-11am. Suggested donation.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 1

August 28, 2013

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

Music Class with Mo Phillips at The Treehouse. Mo has devised a fine, distiller music blend of americana! Soul and blues In his secret ninja laboratory and is not afraid of a poppy hook, or straight rocking' out! Friday 10am. $5/child.

Build-A-Terrarium Workshop at Floare. Participants are guided to choose a container,select the type of plant, then design and install a lovely little world. Floare has soil, rocks, sand, moss,shells, dinosaurs, ladybugs, and many other decorative accents from which to choose. Saturday 10am-noon. $15/participant. No registration necessary, first-come, first-served.

Mama & Baby Yoga at Pod + Kin. Bring your new little one for this playful, interactive postpartum yoga class. Class is tailored to suit your postpartum recovery needs, so come as soon as you feel ready. Ages newborn until your busy mover "graduates" to the YogaTots class. Saturday 11:30-12:30pm. $14 drop-in.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS - AUGUST 16-18, 2013

August 14, 2013

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

Clackamas County Fair in Canby. A classic county fair filled with amazing BBQ, a rodeo, rides, and entertainment for the whole family. Runs through August 18th.

Ladybug Nature Walk: Irving Park. Naturalist led stroll. Ages 2-5, with grown-up. Stroller-accessible. Friday 10-11am. $4/child.

Once on This Island at Broadway Rose Theater. The Broadway Rose summer teen workshop participants present an enchanting, calypso-flavored musical fable that tells the story of forbidden love between people from two different worlds. Thursday - Saturday performances. $8.

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Weekend Warriors - July 26-28, 2013

July 24, 2013

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

Enjoy free admission to the Portland Art Museum. Enjoy free and easy bike parking, free Museum admission, and snacks from some of Portland's finest pedal-powered food carts, including Taco Pedalers, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Moberi-Bike Smoothies, Masala Popcorn, and more. Friday 5-8pm.

Flicks on the Bricks at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The Square will be transformed into Portland's largest outdoor movie theater for the entire community to enjoy. This Friday Finding Nemo. Friday at dusk. Free!

Kids' Discovery Hike. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of this Northwest forest while learning about native plants, wildlife, and the inspiring history of Portland's Forest Park. Designed for kids ages 4-10 with parent accompaniment, hike is free but space is limited, so reserve your spot now! Saturday 9:30-11:30am.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS 7/19-7/21/13

July 17, 2013

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

This Weekend

 

Toot Toot Beep Beep Art Adventure at Central Library. Join artist and educator Anya Hankin and participate in an energetic reading of Toot Toot Beep Beep and then get creative with glue, tissue paper, pens and googly eyes as you make your own vibrant vehicle collages come to life. Friday 10:30-11:30am. Free!

Storytime with Olive Rootbeer and Dingo at Open Space Cafe.  Join your favorite story tellers and singers Olive Rootbeer and Dingo for an hour of singing, jumping, bellowing and monkeying. Friday 3:30-4:30pm. $5 donation.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Summer Concert Series. An evening of music with The Folsom Band - a Johnny Cash Tribute Band - on the lawn with wine, beer, and food (for purchase). Friday 5:30-8pm. $3.

Bicycle Big Top at Portland Art Museum. This event combines a traditional bike show with all of the excitement and spectacle of the circus. Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday noon-5pm. Free with museum admission.

Children's Day at Portland Aerial Tram. Fun children's activities, including face painting, crafts and more. Kids 17 and younger can ride the Tram free of charge with a paying parent from noon to 4 pm. Saturday noon-4pm.

Hillsboro Tour de Parks. Bring the whole family for an enjoyable ride as you explore the hidden treasures of Hillsboro's parks while emphasizing bicyclist awareness and rules of the road. Saturday noon. $5 donation/adult.

Woodstock Farmers Market's Fruit Festival. Live music, delicious food, a cooking demonstration, free kids' activities, and a fruit pie contest. Sunday 10am-2pm. Free to attend.

Alpenrose's Dairyville. A fun pioneer exhibit where visitors can peak into Grandma's Bakery, the Great Western Bank, the Dairyville School, and the post office. Sunday 1-4pm. Free!

ComedySportz 4 Kidz. Join for a show just for kids with games and suggestions focused on the 12-and-under crowd, LOTS of audience volunteers and a rip-roaring good time. Sunday 2-3pm. $8 kids/$10 adults.  Reservations highly recommended.

Weekend Festivals & Fairs

 

Battle Ground Harvest Days. Carnival, parade, talent show, car cruise, kids activities, Radio Disney, 4H animals, music, shopping, art & wine, food & brew and more. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Free admission. Food and activities may charge.

Celebrate Hillsboro. Music, free health screenings, arts and crafts, eco-friendly activities. Saturday 9am-4pm. Free!

Glendi Greek Festival in Beaverton. Mouth-watering Greek food, entertainment and children's activities: face painting, crafts, pony rides, bounce house and more! Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Free admission. Food and activities may charge.

Portland Saturday Market. Celebrates 40 Years. Activities, give-a-ways, artist demonstrations, as well as all the Market's artisans selling handcrafted wares, an international food court and a main stage featuring local Pacific Northwest favorites. Friday and Saturday. Free admission. Food and activities may charge.

West Linn Old Time Fair. Great food, musical entertainment, carnival rides, custom car show, games, and activities for the whole family. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Free admission. Food and activities may charge.

Yoshida's Sand in the City at Pioneer Courthouse Square. fun for all ages with majestic sand sculptures, interactive youth exhibits, live music, entertainment and more. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Suggested donation $4/individual, $10/family.

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 7/12-7/14/13

July 10, 2013

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

TurkeyRama in McMinnville. Fabulous community festival honors the once-thriving turkey business. BBQ, carnival rides, car show, street dance, foot race, lots of entertainment, more. Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Reptile Man at Portland Children's Museum. Meet Reptile Man, Richard Ritchie, and his reptile friends in the Play It Again Theater. Friday 10-10:20am. Free with museum admission.

Oregon Berry Festival at Ecotrust. Children's activities, cooking demos and booths filled with fresh berries, berry candies, berry wine, berry cupcakes, berry vinegars and berry varieties and products you have only dreamt about. Friday noon-6pm and Saturday 11am-4:30pm. Admission is free!

Ice Cream Churn-a-ment at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Ice cream lovers of all ages are invited to watch a churning competition and sample some of the 22 million gallons of ice cream produced in Oregon every year. Friday noon-1pm. Free ice cream!

Tree-Mendous Second Saturday at World Forestry Center. Storytime, craft, games hike and more. Saturday 11am-3pm. Free with admission ($6-$9).

Mississippi Street Fair. Street fair fun with lots of music and a special kids stage in Mississippi Pizza. Saturday 10am-9pm. Free!

Bastille Festival at Director Park. Live music, art exhibit, fun children's activities & a book sale. Saturday noon-6pm. Free to attend.

Ice Cream Social at Birds & Bees Nursery. Plant sale - free coffee and ice cream! Saturday 2-4pm.

Bee-friendly Storytime & Honey Tasting in NE PDX. Community event at 6) Carolyn's House - featuring storytime with bee-eautiful books and honey tasting. Apt for ages 4-8 but all are welcome. Sunday 10:30-11:15am. Free!

2nd Annual Breweries for Books! A free, family-friendly event benefiting First Book Portland and The Children's Book Bank (CBB). Sunday 1-6pm.  

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 7/5-7/7

July 03, 2013

Here’s the scoop for the July 4th holiday and weekend.

Looking for fun for the Fourth? Check out this comprehensive July Fourth Fun guide for festivals, fireworks, rodeos, carnivals, music concerts, hikes, and lots more!

And here are our picks for the weekend ... 

Waterfront Blues Festival. Cozy up with 100,000 of your friends and hear great music by more than 100 performers on 4 stages. Special kids' area with workshops, stories and fun. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday noon-10pm. $10 + 2 cans food per day.


Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek. Nature exploration, art, literature, music, movement, and outdoor play. Geared toward families with young children (preferably ages 2-6) but all are welcome. Registration required. Friday 10-11:15am. Free!

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Enjoy free admission along with special crafts, activities,and musical guests. Friday 4-8pm. Free!

Musicalu Summer Concert: The Alphabeticians at Gresham Arts Plaza. The best of the Northwest's "kindie" music scene performs at Gresham's Arts Plaza this summer for Musicalu, a free, family-friendly music series. Saturday 11am-noon. Free!

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre presents Jack and the Beanstalk. A magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their families. Saturday noon-1pm. $1/child; $2/adult.

Explore Color with Nature's Fireworks at AC Gilbert. Create a rainbow and checking out other colorful displays found in nature. Saturday 1-4pm. Free with admission.

Mi Pinata at Rockwood Library. Students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Participants will craft their own cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. Saturday 1:30-3:30pm. Free!

$2 days at OMSI. Enjoy discounted $2 admission. Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm.

DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid All Ages Bhangra Dance at Viscount Dance Studio. All-Ages Bhangra Dance Party. Early dance lesson, snack and alcohol-free, family-friendly dance party. Sunday 5:15-7:15pm. $5.

Hope this gives you some ideas. 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. 

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 6/28-6/30/23

June 26, 2013

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

Art with you Body at AC Gilbert in Salem. Discover tips for face painting and use your hands and feet to create your own 'body' art. Friday 11am-pm. Free with admission.
 
Music with Mr. Hoo at Village Ballroom. Mr. Hoo (one half of The Alphabeticians), plays fun music for kids and their grown-ups. Friday 11am-12pm. $5/family.

Hop on your bike and head to the Portland Art Museum for Free Fourth Friday. Enjoy free and easy bike parking, free Museum admission, and snacks from some of Portland's finest pedal-powered food carts, including Taco Pedalers, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Moberi-Bike Smoothies, Masala Popcorn, and more. Friday 5-8pm. Free!

Kids Day at Hollywood Farmers Market. Come with the whole family to enjoy free face painting, kid's activities, music by Tallulah's Daddy and Steve Cooper & Friends. Saturday 8am-1pm. Free!

Recycled Arts Festival in Vancouver's Esther Short Park. With over 120 artists, great onstage entertainment, stilt walkers, jugglers and clowns, and more! Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. Free!

World Beat Festival in Salem. Food, music and discussion from around the world. Children can explore the kids' activity tents and collect passport stamps from every continent. Saturday 10am-11pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. $5 donation

Johnny & Jason at Musicalu Summer Concert -- Gresham Arts Plaza. The best of the Northwest's "kindie" music scene performs at Gresham's Arts Plaza this summer for Musicalu, a free, family-friendly music series. Saturday 11am-noon. Free!

Tunde's Trumpet at Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center. A puppet musical for kids and families about making music & keeping your eye on the prize. Saturday 1pm and 4pm. Family admission (up to 2 adults and 4 children) $20, individual tickets $10.

Tears of Joy's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Hollywood Theatre. The TOJT hit returns for one special showing. Hold your breath and submerge yourself in Tears of Joy Theatre's underwater adventure. Saturday 4pm. $10.

Astronomy Day at OMSI. A festival of all things celestial, with opportunities for starry-eyed guests to learn little-known facts about the universe, constellations, stars and planets. Sunday 10am-4pm. Free (does not include museum admission).

Kid's Concert at The Old Church. Two of Portland favorite children's groups "Johnny and Jason" and Mo Phillips team up for an afternoon of fun and music. Wine/beer available for adults. Sunday 2:30pm. $10/family.

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.

Northeast Sunday Parkways

June 20, 2013

PicFrameCome see us this Sunday, June 23rd, at Fernhill Park (near the playground) as a part of Sunday Parkways- an 8 mile loop that is closed off to cars and wide open to bicyclists, skateboarders, scooter riders, walkers, runners, hula hoopers...!

We have some yummy treats provided by Saint Cupcake and Dry Soda as well as fresh-off-the-press uM stickers and Stealing Time subscriptions, tattoos and stickers!

Be sure to drop off a business card in our raffle jar too- one lucky winner will be drawn at random to get a free month of advertising on uM! 

So... pump up those bike tires, grab your helmet and rally the kids! We cannot wait to meet you! Want to coordinate a group ride? Let's chat about it on our FB page!

Click here to view the NE Sunday Parkways map and highlights. The route opens at 11am and closes at 4pm.

WEEKEND WARRIORS 6/21-6/16/23

June 19, 2013

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

Ladybug Nature Walk: Westmoreland Park. Walk through parks, gardens and natural areas with your youngster (2 - 5 years old)  and a nature guide. Friday 10am. $3/child. 

Festival of Balloons in Tigard. Hot air balloons, craft & vendors booth, music, rides, clowns, and more! Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Gate admission $5, parking and rides additional.

Lakewood Festival of the Arts Kid's Day at George Rogers Park. Bring the kids for some exciting outdoor crafts, games and entertainment. Friday 12-4pm. Free!

Community Day at Oregon Historical Society. The day will include docent-led gallery tours, stories from real-life history makers, kids' activities, live music, and food vendors on the plaza. Saturday 11am-3pm. Free!

Wetlands Painted Turtle Walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands. Take a close look with a telescope, learn about the turtles' natural history and examine turtle shells found in the wetlands. Suitable for ages 5 and older. Registration and payment of $6 per adult or $11 per household required in advance. Saturday 1-2:30pm. 

All About Bugs! at Albina Library. 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! Saturday 2-3:30pm. Free!

Woodstock Farmers Market's Solstice Celebration. Bring the whole family for live music, delicious food, and free kids' activities. Sunday 10am-2pm. Free!

All About Edibles - Kids Gardening Club at 7 Dees Lake Oswego. Learn about what food crops gardeners can grow in our area and when and how they grow. Sunday 2-3pm. $5.

A family music show with Portland's own Cat Doorman and The Good Ms. Padgett (sister-in-law and frequent touring companion of Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower) at Mississippi Studios. Sunday 3pm. $10 adults, $8 ages 2 and up.

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 6/14-6/16/13

June 12, 2013

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

Drop-In Family Fun at Blue Lake. Explore an active worm bin, dig for "fossils," discover, rub and sniff plants, find the softest leaves, and see what wildlife have to say about natural gardening. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park's many recreational activities. Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1-5pm. Free with $5 per vehicle ($7 per bus) fee, free for bicycles and pedestrians.  


Play the Summer Reading game at your library. Read for fun and prizes this summer. Babies, kids and teens are all welcome, and participation is free. Sign up at any Multnomah County library beginning June 14.

BFFs 4 Eva at Child's Play. Celebrate your BFF with silly photos, free glitter tattoos and the chance to win a sweet slumber party prize pack including a $10 Salt & Straw Gift Certificate, Sweet Shop Lip Balm Kit, and a Coke or Pepsi Quiz Book! Friday 3-5pm. Free!

Kruger's Berry Jam on Sauvie Island. Hayrides, kids' jam-making, face painting, live music, strawberry shortcake, and of course - plenty of strawberries to pick and eat. Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm. Free admission!

Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at Oaks Park. Dancing, food, crafts. At 1pm join for the raising of the Maypole. Two stages of entertainment and a beer garden. Scandinavian roots not required! Saturday 11am-8pm. $6 adults, $3 ages 6-12, $15 family of 4.


Feed your need to read with Hawthorne Burgerville's Summer reading program! Join the fun with several organizations promoting education at the kick-off party. Activities, prizes and entertainment. Saturday noon-5pm. Free!  

Johnson Creek Rock Stars at Bobwhite Theatre. A kids concert to celebrate the release of "Songs for Johnson Creek," a digital-only benefit album that raises money for Johnson Creek salmon habitat. Concert features a superstar line-up of Portland kids musicians: Mo Phillips, Red Yarn, Mr. Hoo, Tallulah's Daddy, Matt Clark, and Buttercup Bill Aubrecht. Saturday 1-3pm. $7 adults, $5 children; non-walkers free.

Teddy Bear Tag-Along with Olive Rootbeer and Dingo at Mt. Tabor Park. Start at the playground area, parade and end at the top in the grass. Sit and hang with our bikes and bears for a storytime with all of our favorites. Hand twisted balloons follow for all to take home. Saturday 3pm. $3-$5 donation.

Opening Day Celebration at Lents International Farmers Market. Family-friendly activities and performances including music, martial arts, group exercise, strawberry freezer jam making and container gardens for kids demos, and more.  Sunday 11am-4pm. Free! 

Fabulous Father's Day Fancies at Tigard Library. Dads and kids, come celebrate with stories and crafts. Moms are welcome, too, but only dads get to wear crowns! Sunday 1:30-2:30pm. Free!

PDX Kids Calendar has also updated their Summer Fun Guides, including Summer Fun (movies, music, theater, festivals, street fairs and more), Water Fun (water parks, splash pads & more), and Farmers Markets for the 2013 season.

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 5/31-6/2/13

May 29, 2013

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

 

Final Milagros performance for Mr. Hoo of the Alphabeticians - Milagros will no longer be hosting children's entertainment starting in June - which means that Mr. Hoo will have the final performance in this amazing community space. Come and enjoy some great kids music - he'll play his guitar, sing some songs, and Hoo knows what else? Friday 11am-noon. $3 suggested donation per walker.


May Parent's Night Out at the Playground Gym. Head out for some quality adult time while your children have a blast in a safe and super fun environment. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. Friday 6:30-10pm. $20-26.


Oregon State Parks Day. Celebrate our state's spectacular parks with special activities. Free camping and day use. Ranger tours and activities at various parks. Check out the web site for the special activities at your favorite Oregon State Park. Saturday all day. Free!


National Trails Day. Featuring a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day® events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities. Check the web page for all the local events. Saturday all day. Free (some parking fees).

 

Calico Critter Fun Day at Child's Play. Bring a camera and meet Mrs. Fisher Cat, do a coloring activity and collect some free stickers (while supplies last). Plus you can enter to win a Calico Critter prize pack. Saturday 10am-noon. Free!


Family Field Trip Day at Columbia Springs. Twice a year Columbia Springs opens their beautiful site to the community with fun, hands-on learning stations, craft projects, and nature hikes for the whole family. Preregistration encouraged. Saturday 10am-2pm. There is a $5 registration fee for each child, adults free.

Open House at Sunnyside Swap Shop & Family Play Space. Play inside or go outdoors to enjoy the fenced backyard area while your family learns more about the space and membership. Saturday 11am-2pm. Free!

 

Village Toys in Tigard's Bridgeport Village (across from Peet's Coffee) is having a Grand Opening Party and you're invited! Join the fun, including giveaways (3 BIG prizes), face painting, toy demos, discounts, a photo booth and FUN! Village Toys Grand Opening Party. Saturday June 1 - 12-3pm. All ages welcome. FREE


Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival at Tualatin Library. This is the first day to sign up for the Summer Reading Program and the library will be celebrating with carnival games, face painting, magic, prizes, and more. Games and activities for kids, teens, and adults. Bring the whole family. Saturday 1-4pm. Free!


$2 days at OMSI. Enjoy discounted $2 admission to OMSI the first Sunday of every month. Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm. $2.

 

Woodstock Farmers Market Opening Day. Bring the whole family - Green Zebra will be hosting a cooking demonstration with samples, and El Cuadro Gallo will be playing traditional Flamenco music from 11am - 1pm. Kids area fun includes balloon twisting with Olive Rootbeer and a photo opp with Metro-Parent/PDX Kids Calendar. Red Yarn will also be onsite for crazy critter puppet making. Teaching artist Andy Furgeson of Red Yarn Productions will lead this exciting craft, taking the old paper-bag puppet to a whole new level. With paper, fabric, and all sorts of cool recycled materials, kids will create their own crazy critters and will be puppeteering in no time! Of course, your favorite vendors will be there to fill up your market baskets. Woodstock Farmers Market Opening Day. Sunday June 2 - 10am-2pm. Key Bank Parking Lot - 4600 SE Woodstock Blvd


Alpenrose's Dairyville - A Western-themed "town" located right on the 52-acre dairy farm. Visitors can peek into Grandma's Bakery, the Great Western Bank, the Dairyville School, and the post office. Sunday 1-4pm. Free!

Dino Play Lab at Portland Children's Museum. Stop by the East Studio for a special dinosaur play lab. A Museum Educator will share Jurassic facts and present prehistoric activities. Sunday 2-4pm. Free with admission.

 

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 5/1-5/5/13

May 01, 2013

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

Cinco de Mayo at Waterfront Park. Plaza de Niños children's area open daily: Families can create crafts, get their face painted and participate in the piñata breaking game. Open Daily. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. $8 adults, $4 ages 6-12, Free under 6.

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!

Al's Kids Clubs at Al's Garden Centers. Every mother loves flowers, especially when they are planted with love from her child. Learn more about annuals and plant a colorful pot of flowers in celebration of Mother's Day! Advance registration required. Saturday 9:30am. $5.

Incredible Edibles Plant Sale and Fun in SE PDX. This is your opportunity to buy organic veggie starts and herbs for your home garden so you can harvest nutritious, fresh-picked goodness for your table. Saturday 10am-3pm. Free to attend.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! at Capitol Hill Library. Join artist Judith Hankin in building real or imaginary 3D insects using colorful papers and special art materials. Saturday 10:30-11:30am. Free!

Free Comic Book Day. Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Saturday all day!

May Day is Lei Day in Vancouver. A full day of fun for the entire family, with hula, music, food, vendors, and arts and crafts, with  a "keiki" (kids) corner to entertain your youngsters with traditional Hawaiian games of skill and chance. Saturday 11am-6pm. $5.

Good for You, Kid! at New Seasons Happy Valley. Shopping with kids can be fun and a great learning experience, too. To help parents and young children feel welcome and at home when they shop, New Seasons Market is hosting an action-packed afternoon of fun. Saturday noon-4pm. Free!

Steve's Creature Feature at Northwest Library. Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve Lattanzi. Kids will be able to safely see, hear and touch some of the most amazing creatures on earth. Nature doesn't get any more real and fun than this! Saturday 3-4pm. Free!

Roller Coaster Sculpture at Sellwood-Moreland Library. Embark on a journey of discovery as you twist and twirl strips of paper to create architectural designs. Puppetkabob will show you how to transform everyday construction paper into what you dream as an ultimate roller coaster! Sunday 11am. Free!

Multicultural Day at AC Gilbert's Discovery Village. Enjoy performances, music and activities featuring cultures represented within the Salem community. Sunday noon-5pm. Admission $7 ages 3 and up.

Come rock out with your kids! Mr. Ben and Friends Benefit for The Oregon Public House at The Village Ballroom. Be a part of opening Portland's first non-profit brewpub. Sunday 4-5pm. Free (donations welcome, beer and wine $5).

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

WEEKEND WARRIORS 4/26-4/28/13

April 24, 2013

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

Latino Celebration - Da del Nio/Da del Libro - at Clark College. Each youngster will be able to make their own book, have their face painted, and more. There will also be interactive entertainment such as reading, dancing, and singing, as well as snacks. Friday 5-8pm. Free!

All-Ages Bhangra Dance Party at the Viscount Dance Studio with DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid. Friday 7:30-10pm. $5. 


Invasive Species Invasion at Columbia Springs. Volunteer with Columbia Springs to strategically battle the invasive plant species! Help turn the tide of the ecological war and insure this urban natural area is preserved in its best condition for the public to enjoy.  Saturday 9am-1pm. Free!

82nd Avenue of Roses Parade. Multi-Cultural Community Fair, Carnival Days & Classic Car Cruise-In. Free pony rides, free face painting, free live music, vendor galore, and more. Saturday 10am-4pm. Free!

Cloth Diapering 101 at Milagros. Thinking about cloth diapers? Have questions? Have tips to share? This casual gathering is a great opportunity to learn all about cloth diapering, get hands-on advice on diapering choices, etc. Saturday 11am-12pm. Free!

Día de los Niños/ El Día de los Libros at Beaverton City Library. Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day with us! On this day we celebrate children, families and reading. We will celebrate with bilingual storytelling and songs (in Spanish and English), crafts and bingo! Saturday 1-2:30pm. Free!

Komedy 4 da Kidz (Comedia para los niños) at Vancouver Community Library. This wonderfully interactive and bilingual (English/Spanish) performance combines physical comedy, jokes, juggling, object balancing, comedy magic and impromptu comedy situations. Saturday 2:30-3:30pm. Free!

The Alphabeticians at Mississippi Pizza. Where else are you going to find a kid's mosh pit? Saturday 4-5pm. $10/family.

Kids & Family Back-to-Nature Day for Lag ba'Omer. Hands-on fun for all! Art Projects, Music, Archery, Bonfire, Goats - Petting Zoo, Cheese, Ice Cream and Pita Making, Story time with hands-on fun for all! PLUS: Education Programs Open House for children age 2 through Grade 12. Sunday 9am-12pm. Free!

Carrie Mae Weems Family & Community Day at the Portland Art Museum. An all-day community celebration of family and storytelling through film and photography. Sunday noon-5pm. Free!

Children's Day/ Día de los Niños at Tigard Library. Kick off the event with a bilingual Spanish story time featuring books, songs and puppets. Stay to make a variety of simple puppets and enjoy refreshments, then create your own show on stage with your newly crafted puppets. Sunday 1:30-3pm. 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 4/19-4/21/13

April 17, 2013

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

Mr. Hoo of the Alphabeticians performs music for kids at Milagros. He'll play his guitar, sing some songs, and Hoo knows what else? Ideal for ages 0 to 5. Friday 11am-noon. $3 suggested donation.

Family Friday Concert at Community Music Center. White Rhino Marimba performs African marimba music all over the Portland, Oregon area. Come and dance to the music of Zimbabwe!  Friday 7:15pm. Free Admission. Suggested donation: $5 per person or $15 per family. 

Nature's Gym Experience at REI Portland. A free and fun day celebrating all the ways to get active, stay fit, and enjoy a lifetime of outdoor adventures. Saturday 10am-4pm. Free!

Eric Carle Collage and Storytelling at the Lake Oswego Library. Portland Children's Museum presents an interactive storytime and paper collage craft. Saturday 11am. Free!

Eighteenth Annual Marimba Student Recital. 8 bands play high-energy music from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana. Saturday noon-4:30pm. Free!  

April Kites and Bubbles Kidical Mass Ride North Portland. Event starts with some playtime at Harper's Playground at Arbor Lodge Park, then a ride to Peninsula Park for flying kites and blowing bubbles. There will be some kites and bubbles providers; riders should bring some too. Saturday 2pm. Free!

Pendulum Aerial Arts Community Day & Student Showcase. Following a performance featuring both aerial and ground-based acts, community will be invited to participate in family-friendly activities including learning basic juggling and hooping tricks, taking photos with costumed artists in our interactive photo booth and enjoying healthy snacks. Sunday 12:30-3pm. Youth, Adults, Seniors: $10; Children under 6: Free! 

Hillsboro Latino Cultural Festival. Entertainment, soccer, parade, arts village, more. Sunday noon-5pm. Free! 

Earth Day Events 

Check out the PDX Kids Calendar Earth Day 2013 events guide here.  

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 4/12-4/14/13

April 10, 2013

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

Ladybug Nature Walk: Laurelhurst Park. Walk through parks, gardens and natural areas with your youngster (2 - 5 years old) and a nature guide. Friday 10am. $3/child.

Wool Day at Museum of the Oregon Territory. Enjoy free lessons in spinning, carding, knitting and felting, and a special kid's story. Friday 2-4pm. Free! 

Portland Chamber Music FREE spring music concerts in the Parkrose and Montivilla neighborhoods. These concerts will feature a variety of popular and classical including pieces by Copland, Bach, Garth Brooks, Schumann, Shostakovich and the Dave Matthews Band. Friday (Parkrose) and Saturday (Montavilla) 7pm. Donations appreciated.

Safety Saturday at the Belmont Firehouse. Drop in to see the exhibits and learn about safety for you and your family. Saturday 9am-3pm. Free.

Family Day at the Washington County Museum. Family fun, history and crafts. Saturday 10am-1pm. Free!

Parrots 4 Show at Sherwood Library. Learn all sorts of fun facts about parrots and the care required to keep them as pets.Saturday 1-2pm. Free!

Drop In and Make! at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.Features a drop-in and drop-out craft activity in the Lab organized by a local artist or designer. Saturday 1-3pm. Free with museum admission ($3).

Komedy 4 da Kids at Gresham Library. Angel Ocasio presents a bilingual and interactive performance combining physical comedy, juggling, balancing and magic. Saturday 3-3:45pm. Free (tickets available 30 minutes prior to show starting)!

Curious Garden at the Curious Comedy Theater. Join Razzie the Fairy, Daisy the Flower and Jojo the Lawnjockey - as well as new garden friends Ribbit the Frog, Dottie the Ladybug and Flappy the Chicken! The Curious Garden is a show for all ages - especially kids 0-8. Sunday 10:30-11:30am. $5 suggested donation. 

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 4/5-4/7

April 03, 2013

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

First Friday at Art ala Carte PDX sponsored by Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar! Art ala Carte PDX is an open studio for artists of all ages to have full creative freedom and access art supplies and endless amounts of recycled goods. All day visitors can enjoy creativity by paying or donating what they can - any monetary or supply donations are very much appreciated. Here's the list of supplies they're looking for this month: buttons, army men, cds/dvds, construction paper, spray paints, sidewalk chalk, beads, games, children's books, glitter, costume jewelry, mini hot glue gun sticks and stencils. Friday 10am-5pm.

 
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!

Spring Open House - family fun day at Eastside Swap & Play. Come and check out the space, make a fun spring craft or just to play in their play space! Magic show, face painting, balloons animals, gymnastics and more! Saturday 10am-6pm. Free!

33rd Annual Trillium Festival & Native and Hardy Plant Sale. Celebrate the little spring flower with guided hikes, family programs, a native plant sale, vendors, more. Saturday and Sunday. 10 am-4 pm. Free!

Musical Instruments Made By You at Beaverton Library. Easy music-makers created from re-used materials. Ages 3-9 with adult. Saturday 10:30-11:30am. Free!

Portland Youth Spelling Bee at Mississippi Pizza. Just like the Scripps National Spelling Bee, only mellower, funnier, and friendlier. Kids ages 5-18 are welcome to take the stage and demonstrate their budding spelling skills. Saturday 1-2:30pm. Free!

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty. Although not elaborately produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have you hooked. Saturday 2-3pm. Tickets available online. $1/children - $2/adults.
 
$2 days at OMSI. Enjoy discounted $2 admission to OMSI the first Sunday of every month. Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm. 

The "Passport to Adventure! A Magic Tree House Live Reading Tour" at Powell's Books Cedar Hill's Crossing.  Fans will be entertained by Jack and Annie - characters from Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series - through a live, theatrical performance, cool giveaways and a "book stamping." Sunday 2pm. Free!

The Portland Ballet at the Children's Museum. Ever wonder what it takes to be a bellet dancer? join us in the Play It Again Theater for a demonstration and opportunity to learn some moves! Sunday 2 - 2:20pm. Free with admission.
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.