14 posts categorized "Visiting PDX"


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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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.


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.


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.


March 27, 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.

Looking for Easter Fun ideas - check out this awesome guide for ideas to hunt for eggs, visit with bunnies and eat tasty grub!

Morning Bird Walks at Wapato Access Greenway. These informal walks will focus on the local natural and cultural history, a peek at the rare oak savannah habitat and beginner birding basics. Saturday 8-11am. Registration required. Free!

Classroom Discovery Days at Tryon Creek. See bones, animal pelts, live animals (including new corn snake Pockets), and all sorts of other cool stuff! Saturday 10am-1pm. Free!

Spring Fling at the Portland Children's Museum. Boogie down with musical favorites, Greasy Kids Stuff, create special crafts, take in a special story time, and play with a giant parachute. Saturday 10am-3pm. Free with admission ($9).   

I Dig Dinosaurs at Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Theatre. Travel back in time to see the dinosaurs with your host Shawnry Connery. Saturday 11am and Sunday 4pm. $7.

Nature's Yucky! at Tillamook Forest Center. Several wild animals of the Tillamook often have icky and gross behaviors. Discover that nature can be disgusting, but also beautiful too. Saturday 11:30am and Sunday 1:30pm. Free!

Shadow Frog Puppets at the Albina Library. Fun includes a short shadow show entitled "I Love Frogs!", as well as a chance to create your own frog shadow puppet! Saturday 2-3pm. Free! 
Tallulah's Daddy at Mississippi Pizza. Come sing and dance while Tallulah's Daddy sings and plays his guitar, bass and cajon. Saturday 4-5pm. Suggested donation.

Story and Stroll - Trout are Made of Trees. This program integrates nature exploration, art, literature, music, movement, and outdoor play. For ages 2-6, but all are welcome. Sunday 10:30-11:45am. Registration required. 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.


February 27, 2013

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

Waggle n Flap Family Dance Party at The Village Ballroom. Bring your family, kick off your shoes and dance to music of all genres--funk, hip hop, reggae, bhangra, electro-boogie, afrobeat, and much more. Friday 10-11:30 a.m. at The Village Ballroom--700 NE Dekum st. Portland, OR 97211. $5 per family and free for members of the Woodlawn Swap n Play.

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum! Enjoy free admission, special crafts, activities,and musical guests. Friday 4:00-8:00pm. FREE!

Get your family's weekend rolling at Kids Morning Skate at Oaks Park.  This session is specifically designed for kids 10 and under and features music chosen by kids for kids, a 15 minute group lesson taught by a USA Roller Sports certified instructor, and cool skating games.  Saturday 10:30am-noon. $6/child. Adults free with child's paid admission.

Chinese New Year Celebration with Chinese American International School Students at the Lake Oswego Library. Saturday 11:00am. FREE!

Dance the afternoon away with the Portland Lindy Society with live band The Midnight Serenaders! Director Park. Saturday 1:00-4:00pm. FREE!

LEGO My Library at the Hillsboro Library. Drop-in and use your creativity to build whatever your imagination dreams up! There are Duplo blocks for kids ages 3-5 and Legos for kids ages 6+. Saturday 2:30-4:00pm. FREE!  
Portland Youth Philharmonic Winter Concert at the Schnitz. Tchaikovsky's final Symphony is a towering challenge for the musicians of PYP. You won't want to miss their performance, only the second in the history of the orchestra. Saturday 7:30pm. $11-$40.

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

Story and Stroll - Owl Moon at Tryon Creek. Program integrates nature exploration, art, literature, music, movement, and outdoor play.  It is geared toward families with young children (preferably ages 2-6 but all are welcome.) Sunday 10:30-11:15am. Registration required. FREE!

Kids Karaoke at Pink Feather hosted by Emma Rose - a nine year old  extraordinarily talented singer who emcees the event. Kids Menu, as well as Happy Hour appetizer prices for parents, available for the full three hours. Sunday 1:00-4:00 pm. FREE!

March Fourth Marching Band's 10th Anniversary Extravaganza - Matinee at Crystal Ballroom! With a rallying cry of "JOY NOW!" MarchFourth Marching Band (known as M4 by its growing legion of fans) throws itself and the audience into a swirling volcano of high-energy music and spectacle. Sunday 4:00 pm. Tickets $8-$14.

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.

Considering a move to Portland, what to see?

February 16, 2012

We welcome any opportunity to share the Portland love. An urbanMama from New York recently emailed:

We are making a trip from Brooklyn to Portland next week. Given that we may consider this trip as a vacation with our kids, but also as a potential place to live, we need more insights for the following-
- neighborhoods that are family and provide the good schools zoned
- any places to visit to to get a real sense of the area outside of tourist attractions
- any one we can visit along the way to get the real scoop

I am a mom to two boys 5 and 8. Life is Brooklyn is interesting and comfortable as we are from here. I guess we are searching now for different, smaller, natural feel- while having good educational opportunities for out kids. Any input would be fantastic!!

Visiting Portland: a single ma with a 1 & 4 yr old

July 26, 2008

We urbanMamas just love to help people plan their visits to Portland.  Here is a Seattle mama coming into town soon, and wants your advice on the following:

We are staying at the Red Lion Convention Center. (Single mom & 5 y.o. plus me & my brood; we hotwired and got the room for $54, word!)  Some things we want to do include definitely hitting up the Children's Museum (son hearts dinosaurs), curious about an easy walk/hike in the area (see your site has resources, excellent), exploring the Pearl District (Powell's, Jamison Square, Sip & Kranz).

According to Google Maps from our hotel to Jamison Square it's only 1.4 miles (!) but is it a walkable 1.4, or too busy (I have an excellent street warrior-like double)?  Not sure how realistic MAX is when schlepping 2 kiddos, you know?  Are our destinations walkable? Or drive & park somewhere & walk? Not sure about strollers on MAX.

Visiting Portland: where to rent a babycarrier?

July 08, 2008

This is a unique question.  Let's help Eric and his visiting family find accomdoations for his time here:

My family will be visiting Oregon next month for the first time.  We have two kids, 3 and 6 years old.  Do you know of any place which rents babycarriers in Portland?  We plan to do a little hiking at Mt. St. Helens and the gorge.

Looking for some hikes in the area?  Check out:

If you feel like plugging your favorite Portland-area "kid-friendly" hiking trails, have at it!

A PDX hotel for in-laws?

October 18, 2007

It's wonderful that we have so many friends and family coming to visit us in Portland!  Michelle writes:

My in-laws are coming for a stay in November and they have asked me to book them a hotel room. We live in inner SE and I am wondering if any other urbanMamas have any hotels in the $80-$100 price range that they might suggest? I would so appreciate the help!

Where does your family stay?

September 17, 2007

urbanMamas and their families experience their fair share of guests visiting them in the Rose City.  But, where do they all stay?  Melissa emails:

I live in Sellwood/West Moreland area in a small old house that is filled to the brim with myself, hubby, stepsons, my 13 month old daughter, two dogs and an old cat. We don't have a guest room (the baby doesn't even have a room yet - she sleeps with us) and worse than that we only have one bathroom.

My parents are coming out to visit for a week in October. In the past they've done house swaps with people but it is starting to wear on them and they don't want to do it again. And the one serious drawback in my neighborhood is that there is no hotel, decent motel, or bed & breakfast.

So my question to the urbanMamas - where do you like to put up guests when you don't have the room? Can anyone recommend a decent place to stay that is close to Sellwood/West Moreland?

Help a mama on her first Portland visit

August 09, 2007

Casidy is planning a trip to Portland and has already check out tips from Portland in a Day.  Any tips on where to stay?

I'm a single mom planning on visiting Portland (and surrounding areas) end of August, with my 3yo son.  Any suggestions of good places to stay?  I'm looking for something really kid friendly: pools, parks, etc.  We're from Minneapolis, and this will be our first visit (with hopes of relocating), so any info is helpful at this point!

Portland in a Day

June 04, 2007

Emily is considering relocating to Portland.  What are some of your suggestions to get the best taste of Portland in a short visit?  She asks:

My family (me, husband, two boys aged 2 and 1) are visiting Portland next week to decide if we will relocate, and where we might like to live.  If you had one week in town, where would you visit?  We want to see some touristy stuff, but mostly get a feeling for the different areas/neighborhoods and what it would be like to live there with kids.  We will be staying in the Hawthorne area near Laurelhurst Park, but want to travel all over (even suburbs) within the confines of naps and 8pm bedtimes. :)  Parks for toddlers, strong coffee, sushi and brewpubs are of special interest.  I am hoping to really get a taste of the local Portland flavor.