197 posts categorized "Weekend Warriors"

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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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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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 - September 6-8, 2013

September 04, 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 Carte 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: shoe boxes, small wood pieces, feathers, stickers, hot glue sticks, tempra paint, glitter, pom poms, happy meal toys, jewelry and beads, game boards and pieces. Friday 10am-5pm. Art ala Carte. 319 NE Wygant St. 503.750.0522

Swift Watch at Chapman School. Watch thousands of Vaux's swifts swirl into the chimney at Chapman School. Audubon Society has info table most nights. Evenings through September 30th. Free! Please be courteous guests! Parking is very limited.

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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: September 17-19

September 16, 2010

Officially, it's the last weekend of the summer.  It's looking like this could be an active weekend.  Go on, have some fun.  Git, git!

PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event that inspires city dwellers everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good.  It happens this Friday, and there are 30+ PARK(ing) spot locations in the metro area.  Find a PARK(ing) spot near you, stay for a while to read or visit.  At noon, Hotel Monaco & Portland's Pedal Bike Tours host a family-friendly tour of the different location, with lunch served by Red Start Tavern at the end.  $5 suggested donation for the tour, but stopping into the parks is free.

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Weekend Warrior: September 10-12

September 09, 2010

It's the first weekend after the start of school, for most of us.  Perhaps you'll be at home, just adjusting to the groove of things?  Or, perhaps you'll find yourselves out and about, enjoying this late summer weekend! There is plenty to do, so perhaps you'll head on out.

Check out the Shadow Puppet Theater at Milagros, every Friday at 10:30, by David Freleng, who provides interactive performances, encouraging kids to help act out plays and games.  let the kids' creativity & imagination run rampant!  Suggested donation of $3 per walking human goes directly to the artist.

The 100th Monkey Studio will host an art opening for the studio’s 4th Annual Juried Show on Friday. The event will be held from 6pm-9pm and is free and open to the public. Harpist, Raelyn Olson will provide live music. Refreshments will be provided. This event is for all ages.  The work ranges from landscape paintings, photography to abstract pen and ink drawings and represent the full range of Portland artists. 

The (free) Young Writer’s Workshop is a community for 10- to 18-year-olds who love to write. Come to share your work and get feedback, and learn how award-winning children’s authors create their stories. This month, we are joined by authors Carmen Bernier Grand and Pamela Smith Hil for a discussion on plot. Friday, 7-8pm, Powells, Cedar Hills Crossing.

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Weekend Warriors: August 25-29

August 25, 2010

It is hot out there today (Wednesday)!  Thank goodness it's going to cool down again later in the week. We're approaching the end of the summer, so every day should feel like the weekend!  There are lots more events than we're able to fit here, so please be sure to peep the urbanMamas calendar.

Have you been to a Dive In Movie?  They have them every year at Portland Pools.  This summer's featured film is "UP" and will be shown on a large screen viewable from the pool.  Water is heated extra warm, bring an air mattress or inner tube!  Movies start at 8pm.  Adults $5/Youth $3.  This week's movies will be at Montavilla (Wed), Creston (Thurs), Sellwood (Fri), Wilson (Sat), and Grant (Sun).

How about a movie in the park?  Check out "Alice in Wonderland" (2010) at Hazeltine Park on Thursday evening or "Avatar" at Laurelhurst Park on Friday or "Tale of Despereaux" at Montavilla Park on Saturday.  Pre-movie festivities include music and start at 6:30.  

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Weekend Warriors: August 13-15

August 11, 2010

No, mid-August?!  Say it isn't so.  There are plenty of things to get us out and about this weekend.

For one, the Washington Park Summer Series is still running through the weekend.  The last show is on Saturday night; shows start at 6pm.  Up this weekend: South African music, Do Jump!, and calypso and salsa.

Another neat event is the Girls Little League Softball World Series.  This is a free event that will be held at the Alpenrose Stadium through the weekend.  Ten of the top teams from all around the world will compete for the title of the World Series Champions.  Check the calendar for game times.  The semi-finals & finals next week will air on ESPN2!

We tweeted about this earlier in the week: Fred Meyer is sponsoring free admission at OMSI from August 12 to 15.  Take advantage of it!

urbanMamas teams up with Activistas to hold its 2nd Annual Garage Sale Fundraiser, running from Friday the 13th through Saturday the 14th.  Tons of stuff will be on sale, for a great cause.  Proceeds benefit Family Forward Oregon, a nonprofit dedicated to building a voice for families throughout Oregon.

Our free movies in the park this weekend include: "Deathbowl to Downtown: the Evolution of Skateboarding in NYC" (Glenhaven Park) on Friday, "Planet 51" (St Johns Park) on Friday, "Music Man" (Laurelhurst Park) on Saturday.  Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6:30pm, movie starts at dark.

Have you seen/heard Mo Phillips? Maybe it's time you did!  Every Thursday at Milagros at 10:30am and every 2nd Thursday at Mississippi Pizza at 6pm.  You can see him twice this Thursday!  

This Sunday represents event 4 of 5 total this year: the SE Sunday Parkways runs from 10am to 3pm, a 6-mile route will have two loops, connecting Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers and Sunnyside Parks.  Looks like Mo Phillips will be performing at 11am in the NE corner of the route (near Esparas is what his website says...)  

While you're on the route, be sure to stop and check out the Hawthorne Street Fair which runs from 11am to 5pm on Sunday all along SE Hawthorne.  You can expect lots of music all day long, kids activities at Kids at Heart, including music with Lorna Miller and shows by Penny's Puppets.  It will be fun.  No doubt.

So, that seems like plenty to get you started on planning a weekend.  Of late, we've also found some great ideas at Around the Sun, so check there, too.

Weekend Warriors: August 6-8

August 04, 2010

It looks like I will be without babe this weekend, so I want to make the most of it and enjoy some good time with the bigger kids.  And you?  Whatcha up to?

Thursday evening launches the Washington Park Concert Series, ten nights of great live music in one of our beautiful parks.  Entertainment starts at 6.  Bring a picnic and cozy up with new friends.  Food vendors will be onsite too.  Did we mention that the series runs every night through Saturday the 14th?  Ten opportunities to go!

The Big Latch On is on Friday at various locations.  If you're nursing, don't forget your babe so you can be counted.  If you're not nursing, c'mon down to a Latch On location to show support!  Check in at 10am and the count starts at 10:30.

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Weekend Warriors: July 30 - August 1

July 30, 2010

When I look at the date, I am aghast.  When it turns August it is almost September.  When it turns September, it's time for back-to-school.  I guess it is almost that time, as our in-box has recently been inundated with various back-to-school solicitations/offers: prepared snack/lunch foods, this season's must-have clothing/backpack item, new water bottles as another must-have for school, where to get the most bang for your buck for the school supplies.  STOP!  For now, it is *still* summer.  Let's get out there an enjoy! 

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Weekend Warriors: July 23-25

July 23, 2010

Better late that never, mamas.  Sorry for the delay in getting this up.  If you think you'd be willing to help out with upcoming Weekend Warriors editions, please shoot us an email at urbanmamas@gmail.com.

Saturday

It's time for the Division-Clinton Street Fair, which includes a parade from 10:45am to noon (route runs from 50th and Division to 28th and Clinton), a Lego exhibit, family activities at Seven Corners, and more.  Always a fun time.

Do your current methods of managing income and paying bills not work for you? Do you frequently owe fees that you find confusing and expensive? Join us at this Hands-On Banking Workshop for this exploration of banks, credit unions and the services they offer.  Register at carmina@innovativechanges.org

Milwaukie Daze (via AroundtheSun) The festival continues with a parade, carnival, fireworks, live music and other entertainment, skate park, and more. Events take place at different locations in Milwaukie.

Celebrate Hillsboro Family Festival (via AroundtheSun) Street soccer tournament, skate jam, kids activities, art and culture demonstrations, music and entertainment, and more. Hillsboro Civic Center, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Camas Days (via AroundtheSunThe fun continues with a parade, bathtub races, live music, and more. Downtown Camas, 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of music and festivities at Metro's Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery July 24 (6:30 to 10pm). The City of Portland is designating three trees in the 30-acre cemetery as Heritage Trees because of their historical significance. There will be screenings of two short films about the cemetery's history and music by local artists.

Sunday

Pirate Party: For kids and families, the event includes a carnival, live music, and outdoor movie. Sellwood Park, starting at 2:00 pm.

The Lents International Farmers Market is open for the season every Sunday through October 17, 9am to 2pm.  Many weeks, there is a full line up of kids entertainment, cooking demonstrations and international music.  It is worth a visit!

Lents isn't the only neighborhood with a Sunday market.  Check out the Parkrose Farmers Market - Sunday Edition.  It'll be open from now through October.

Aye, Matey!  Yarrrrr invited.  It's the Sixth Annual Pirate Party at Sellwood Park.  The fun includes: Treasure Island Carnival of Fun! 2:00-5:00pm, Free Climbing Wall 3:00-5:00pm, Free Capt. Bogg & Salty Concert- 6:00pm, Free! Movie in The Park (Just before dark!) "Alvin and the Chipmuncks, The Squeakquel!"


Weekend Warriors: June 25 - 27, 2010

June 25, 2010

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We've finally reached summer, a real, honest-to-goodness summer. Yesterday I biked through parks in Southeast and past picnics and baseball games and families eating ice cream cones together on the sidewalk. Yes, summer is here! How will you spend this sure-to-be gorgeous weekend? Here are a few ways:

Friday, June 25

All day. Pick strawberries, cherries and raspberries. In the garden and in parking strip & backyard trees citywide, strawberries and tart cherries are at their peak ripeness. My raspberries are just coming on; Bing and Rainier cherries are coming into markets and trees. Go forth and pick!

5 - 8 p.m. Portland Art Museum Free Friday. Enjoy free admission on this beautiful balmy night; take a walk on the Park Blocks afterward to soak up every bit of the gorgeousness.

Saturday, June 26

4:31 a.m. Full moon. The moon rises at 8:48 p.m. Friday, and it will be full and high in the sky as dawn approaches. Beware the effects of the full moon, or celebrate this briefest night with its fattest celestial orb.

10 a.m. Musical sing-along storytime at the Mississippi Treehouse. Tylena leads the storytime; shop for new, handmade, and gently used clothing and toys. 3742 N Mississippi Ave in the courtyard of Tupelo Alley.

11 a.m. - noon. Cloth diapering 101 at Milagros. This casual gathering is a great opportunity to learn all about cloth diapering, get hands-on advice on diapering choices, etc. It is also a chance to meet other parents who are using cloth diapers or thinking about it. 5433 NE 30th Avenue.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Free Family Self-Defense No Go Yell Tell Class at One With Heart St. John's. A fun self-defense class for kids. 8641 N. Lombard St.; call 503-231-1999 to sign up (pre-registration recommended).

2 p.m. Ellie's Ride. Ride from OMSI to random fountains downtown for a splashy good time so bring your swimsuits and towels! We’ll stop at Saturday Market at some point towards the end of the ride then loop back to OMSI. Meet at OMSI near the submarine.

Sunday, June 27

7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Multicultural Holistic Artistic Mamas Circle. This group celebrates Portland's ethnically diverse families. Join us for a picnic and play time. Peninsula Park. Call Erica, 503.995.1918, for more information.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. North Portland Sunday Parkways. Car-free roads: crawl, walk, tricycle, scooter, bike, or however you want to get around sans motor. Bike parade at 11, meet at Girly Bikes, Peninsula Park; grandparent and grandchild walk at 12:30, meet at Kenton Park. Peninsula Park, N. Rosa Parks Way to Albina Ave.

2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Multnomah County Bike Fair. Plenty of room to ride; lots of kid-friendly events, tasty treats, bikey wares, entertainment. SE Alder between 12th and 14th Avenues.

WEEKEND WARRIOR: June18-20

June 17, 2010

Summertime Perhaps it's just my imagination but there seems to be a lull going on between the end of school and the beginning of Summer.  Maybe it's just the weather.  Still - it's Father's Day weekend and there are at least a few events worth taking note of, that I've found.  If you know of others please chime in with comments, there must be some more fun to be had out there!

Friday


Shadow Puppet Theater: Using simple materials, kids can create their own puppets to and put together a puppet show that might just surprise you.  Suggested $3 donation per walking person. Milagros (5429 NE 30th Avenue ). 10:30-11:15 am.


Saturday

LEARN TO SWIM! Get to your neighborhood pool (see link for list) early and register (in person!) For a free week of swim lessons!  8:00-11:30 AM


Family Story Time: North Portland Library 512 N. Killingsworth St.  Children from birth to age 6 (with a favorite adult) enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building language and literacy skills.  And get signed up for the Summer Reading program! 10-10:30 am (10:15-10:45 at Central and Kenton libraries)


Mz. Pearl: The Under Water Revue   Sellwood-Moreland Library 7860 S.E. 13th Ave. - A solo clown show filled with physical comedy, circus skills and cleaver - or at least odd - solutions to bizarre problems. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.  Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m.-noon

PEDAL-BALLOON-ZA!   From the pedalpalooza site:  Come down to The Lippman Co. party & costume store (50 SE Yamhill St) and decorate your bike with the funnest things on Earth... BALLOONS! After you balloon your bike up to the nines, take a kid-friendly bike tour down the Eastbank Esplanade to parade your new creation!  Supplies, instructions, and light snacks provided. 3:00pm - 4:30pm


Sunday – Father’s Day!


FAMILY CYCLE PICNIC   From the pedalpalooza site: Bring your kids for a leisurely ride down the Springwater Corridor from Ladd Circle(Ladd Circle, 1600 SE Harrison St) to Sellwood Waterfront Park for fun and a picnic. (in case of rain, we'll go somewhere sheltered) 12:00pm - 2:00pm 


Swoosh, Swoop, and Swoon: Movement   Bring your family to explore the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue) with a docent skilled at engaging visitors of all ages.  Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger. 12:30 P - 1:30 P

Weekend Warriors: December 4-6

December 03, 2009

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As the first weekend of December approaches, we know two things: it's going to be coooolldd and beautiful. We're thinking it would be a perfect weekend to pick up a Christmas tree, if you're into that sort of thing, or go dig or chop one out in the woods.

Friday, December 4

Providence Festival of the Trees. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center. Singing by area school and community groups plus oodles of beautifully decorated trees and other holiday lovelies. $5 adults, $3 children 3-12; there's a $1 off coupon here and performers are free.

Macy's Santaland. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and daily through December 24. It's not quite the top floor tradition from decades past, but this Santaland, now on the lower level of the downtown flagship department store, is according to Macy's "the highest rated Santa experience in Portland."

Cafe au Play tree sale. Usually only open Saturdays and Sundays, this Friday afternoon and evening Cafe au Play's second annual tree and bake sale will be on extended hours. From Molalla's Timber Ridge Tree Farm, the trees are a great bargain and money goes to help open a family-friendly cafe here at 57th and Division.

Gingerbread Land at the Benson Hotel. Through December 27th, see Portland through the eyes of Hansel and Gretel; "5 pounds of gingerbread, 25 pounds of marzipan, and 20 pounds of chocolate." Yum.

Saturday, December 5

Handmade Cards at the Sellwood-Moreland Library. 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. "Create one-of-a-kind greeting cards for friends, family, teachers – anyone you like! Learn card-making techniques to use for any occasion." Space limited.

ScanFair. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This is the 25th annual celebration of all things Scandinavian, at the Smith Memorial Center. Traditional and modern Scandinavian arts and crafts; aebleskivers, Swedish meatballs, and more; and 'Pippi Longstocking Room' for kids with crafts and other fun things. $6 admission for adults; kids 12 and under are free.

Soulstice Celebration at the Northwest Library. 3 - 4 p.m. An "intimate and secular show... Portlander Lauren Sheehan plays guitar, banjo, mandolin..." Folk music and storytelling.

Oregon ZooLights. 5 - 8 p.m., now through January 3rd. Members at "Plus" levels and above are free; ride the train with zoo admission for $10.75 for adults and $7.75 for youth. Find a friend with a membership if you can, bundle up, and if you're smart, bring a big thermos of hot cocoa: this Portland tradition is worth braving the cold.

Sunday, December 6

Handmade NW Holiday Artisans Fair. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Chelsea Ballroom. I know these events are great for shopping, but I love to go for the craft ideas. I always come away wanting to hole up in my sewing room for a couple of days. Lots of Portland mamas have booths here, so it's a good way to support a fellow urbanMama.

Winter Magic puppet show at Holgate Library. 2 - 2:45 p.m. A "new musical puppet journey with Penny's Puppet Production" targeted at preschool and young elementary-aged children.

Monday, December 7 (bonus!)

Bike night at the Jubitz PIR WinterWonderland. 5 - 9 p.m. At the Portland International Raceway, this is the "Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi" and Monday night is sponsored by Bike Gallery -- $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Helmets required for kiddos 16 and under. Anyone interested in meeting for a group ride to the raceway?

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WEEKEND WARRIORS: November 27-29

November 26, 2009

The kids are out of school (and of course it's raining) and it feels like half of Portland is out shopping, what's one to do?  Even Weekend Warrior is coming up a little empty handed this weekend (although maybe we're too full of turkey to be inspired?).  If you're looking forward to a fun and exciting event this weekend, do tell!

Friday

Macy's Holiday Parade:  Over 25 floats (one featuring you-know-who) and 500 costumed characters, plus the requisite marching bands. Click link for map of route. 8:45 am-10:00 am.

Junior Gymnast Playpark: There's nothing like trampolines and swinging rings to burn off some energy. Kids 18 months to six years are welcome, $5.50 per child. Rose City Gymnastics Academy (116 N. Page), 11:00 am-noon.

Title Wave Used Book Sale: Support our great library system (and score some affordable holiday gifts at the same time). Title Wave Used Bookstore (216 NE Knott), 9:00 am-4:00 pm.

The Sharing Carrot:  Share the gift of giving with this lively puppet show from Penny Puppets that is sure to entertain all. $5 each or 4 for $17.  The Off Broadway (Central Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 1820 NE 21st), 10:00 am.

Saturday

Interactive Shadow Puppet Theater: This performance/workshop is designed to have the participants create their own shadow puppet play. Using simple materials, children are encouraged to let their creativity and imagination run rampant as they are in control of what happens in the story. $3-5 suggested donation, Curious Comedy Theater (5225 NE MLK Blvd). 10:30 am.

Downtown Fun: If you find yourself downtown, you can always check out the gingerbread display at the Benson Hotel (over 125 pounds worth of cookie, marzipan, and chocolate) and hear the Dickens Carolers perform at Pioneer Courthouse Square, 12:00-2:00 pm.

Little Kids' Jamboree:  Lorna Miller will entertain adults and kids alike with music, rhythm, and movement.  $5 per family. Mississippi Pizza (3552 N. Mississippi), 4:00 pm.

Tree Lightings: Hot chocolate? Check. Singing? Check. Check out the lighting of trees in either N. Portland (Mississippi Commons) or the Pearl (Jamison Square), both at 5:00 pm.

Sunday

"You-Who": This monthly "children's variety rock show" will feature Quasi and the Portland Ukulele Project, kids crafts, and an intriguing "kids styling salon" where the kids are the stylists and then go on parade. Be warned, the October event was sold out several days before the event. Walking-age kids under 12 are $5, adults with kids are $10, and adults sans kiddos are $15.  McMenamins Kennedy School (5736 N.E. 33rd Ave), Noon-4:00 pm.

WEEKEND WARRIORS: November 20-22

November 20, 2009

Less than a week to go until that great day of thanks. We are thankful there are some fun activities to get us out of the house this weekend, although we'd also be grateful for just a little less rain please! 

Friday

NE Moms Playgroup: You don't have to live in NE to join this group of moms that gets together to chat while the kids play.  Bring a snack to share if you can. Milagros Boutique (5433 NE 30th Avenue), 2:00-4:00 pm.

CHAP Art Factory:  If you haven't visited the Children's Healing Arts Project Art Factory, it's a great experience.  For $5 an hour, you can drop in (no registration necessary) between the hours of noon and 5:00 pm (7 days a week!) and make all the messy art your kids can create.  1030 NW Marshall, 12:00-5:00 pm.

Saturday

Tapestry of Tales Family Matinees: Enjoy a storytelling performance by some of the finest storytellers in the nation. Recommended for children age 5 and older. Almost all libraries in Multnomah County will have one scheduled at 11:00 am, 2:30 pm, or 3:30 pm.  Please check website for specific details. 

Family Day at the Oregon Historical Society: Visit the Museum for a railroad inspired family day.  View a historic model railroad, visit with railroad historians, and paint a railroad car during craft time.  Between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m, there will be a musical performance and lecture called “Magic Carpet Made of Steel.”   Two children are admitted free with one paid adult admission ($11). 11:00 am-3:00 pm.

Fix-It-Fair: Come find out ways to save money and get connected to resources.  How-to workshops, give-aways, free lunch, on-site childcare and more. Roosevelt High School (6941 N Central), 8:30 am-2:00 pm. 

Model Train Open House: Mt. Hood Model Engineers show off their crazy-detailed layout.  Great benches to stand on so kids get a good view. Also, kids can run the Thomas the Tank Engine layout. Free, 5500 SE Belmont, Noon-5:00 pm.

Sunday

Sundays at Portland Art Museum: Every Sunday in November, families can explore the Museum's China Design Now exhibit, with family tours at 12:30, art projects from 1:00 -3:00 pm, and storytime from 2:30-3:00 pm. Kids under 17 are free, adults are $12.  

Portland Peace Choir: This FREE choral presentation of diverse sounds from around the world will lift your spirits and inspire peace in your heart. 2800 SE Harrison 4:00 pm.

Weekend Warriors: November 13-15

November 13, 2009

Friday

Story & a Stroll: Join a park naturalist for nature story time and a brief stroll through the park.  This program is geared toward families with young children (preferably ages 3-6). This week the story is Where would I be in an Evergreen Tree? Call to reserve a space (503) 636-9886. Tryon Creek State Park, 1:00-2:00 pm.

Family Friday Concert: Enjoy the sounds of the Oregon Renaissance Band in a family-friendly setting. $15 per family, Community Music Center (3350 SE Francis), 7:15-8:30 pm.

Saturday

Interactive Shadow Puppet Theater: This performance/workshop is designed to have the participants create their own shadow puppet play. Using simple materials, children are encouraged to let their creativity and imagination run rampant as they are in control of what happens in the story. $3-5 suggested donation, Curious Comedy Theater (5225 NE MLK Blvd). 10:30 am.

Book Fair Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters: This benefit will feature reading with therapy animals, crafts, steel drum music (3:00), a scavenger hunt, and story times. Purchases from every department (including Starbucks and music) go to support this great organization. Lloyd Center Barnes and Noble (1317 Lloyd Center Blvd). Noon-5:00 pm.

Model Train Open House: Mt. Hood Model Engineers show off their crazy-detailed layout.  Great benches to stand on so kids get a good view. Also, kids can run the Thomas the Tank Engine layout. Free, 5500 SE Belmont, Noon-5:00 pm.

Safety Saturday at the Belmont Firehouse: Learn valuable safety lessons and fire department history by exploring the old Belmont Firehouse. Hands on activities include sliding down a fire pole! (Plus this is just blocks away from Sunnyside playground, Laughing Planet, and Saint Cupcake). Belmont Historic Firehouse (900 SE 35th), 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Keep Portland Weird Festival: Performances (zydeco and choral music, School of Rock), lessons (knitting, homesteading, dance, and more), plus information from some of the vendors that make Portland unique.  Clothing and toy swap between 1:00 and 4:00, check website for details. Central Library (801 SW 10th Avenue), Noon-4:00 pm.

Little Kids' Jamboree: Lorna Miller will entertain adults and kids alike with music, rhythm, and movement.  $5 per family. Mississippi Pizza (3552 N. Mississippi), 4:00 pm.

Sunday

Kids in NatureJoin staff at Tryon Creek State Park in discovering the many different ways plants and animals prepare for winter. Explore the park looking for winter homes, learn about the animals living in those homes, and find out the best ways to help our animal friends get through the winter. Preregistration required by calling (503) 636-4398 or by emailing sandi@tryonfriends.org.  For kids ages 4-7, $10 per child, 10:00-11:30 am.

Sundays at Portland Art Museum: Every Sunday in November, families can explore the Museum's China Design Nowexhibit, with family tours at 12:30, art projects from 1:00 -3:00 pm, and storytime from 2:30-3:00 pm. Kids under 17 are free, adults are $12.  

Weekend Warriors: October 30-November 1

October 29, 2009

Safe and happy haunting!

Friday

The Lonely Little Pumpkin:  A lively puppet show treat from Penny Puppets that is sure to entertain all. $5 each or 4 for $17.  The Off Broadway (Central Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 1820 NE 21st), 10:00 am.

Ghoulish Gathering: Gooey crafts, monstrous activities and a showing of the 1990 movie Hocus Pocus (rated PG). $3 per family, Matt Dishman Community Center (77 NE Knott), 6:30-8:30 pm.

Saturday

Saturday Market Trick-or-Treat and Parade: Decorate a candy bag and trick-or-treat through the market before joining other costumed youth in a parade. 12:00-2:00 pm.

Family Halloween Party: Halloween-themed music, crafts, prizes, costume parade, and more. $5/person, $10 /family. Airplay cafe (701 E. Burnside), 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

Multicultural Healthy Kids Fair: Protect your kids from scary toxins at this community event that will provide healthy snacks, free blood and toy lead testing, and other information on healthy homes and child wellness. Sponsored by the Josiah Hill Clinic. 65 NE Stanton. 11:00 am-3:00 pm.

Campbell Salgado Spooky Snapshots: This fund-raiser for the Oregon Food Bank is a chance to capture your child in full costumed regalia. $15 for electronic photo, $20 for a 5x7 print.  Campbell Salgado Studios (8107 SE 16th Avenue). Costume sessions (call to reserve time):10:00 am-12:30 pm and Spooky Snapshots (drop in): 1:00-3:00 pm.

Not So Spooky Stories: Pumpkins, black cats and not so scary stories. Wear a costume if you like and join the parade. Woodstock Library (6008 SE 49th Avenue), 4:30-5:00 pm.

Trick-or-Treat at Kennedy School: Wander the halls of this old (haunted?) school with ale in hand while the kiddos fill their bags with sugary loot. 4:30-6:30 pm.

Tour of Untimely Departures: Older kids might love this family-friendly tour of the Lone Fir Cemetery. Ghostly guides will share some of the cemetery's history as they show you around and share interesting tidbits about the demise of some of the cemetery's inhabitants.  $5 suggested donation. Leaving from 26th and SE Stark, the tour is 45 minutes and will leave between 6:00 and 9:00 pm.

Sunday

Sundays for Families at Portland Art Museum: Every Sunday in November, families can explore the Museum's China Design Now exhibit, with family tours at 12:30, art projects from 1:00-3:00 pm, and storytime from 2:30-3:00 pm. Kids under 17 are free, adults are $12.  

$2 Sundays at OMSI: $2 admission for all, and appropriately for this weekend, the featured exhibit is Scream! Featuring Goosebumps! The Science of Fear. Hours are 9:30 am-5:30 pm. 

Weekend Warriors: October 24-25

October 23, 2009

You would almost think Halloween was this weekend instead of next, with all the holiday fun already happening! 

Saturday

SCRAP Halloween Costume Making: Get your creative juices flowing as you make costumes out of recycled materials. $10 per costume. SCRAP (2915 NE MLK), 12:00-4:00 pm.

Halloween Spooktacular: Wear your costume to this night of Halloween fun and enjoy games, crafts, and treats. Tickets are 5 for $1. St. Johns Community Center (8427 N. Central), 5:30-8:30 pm.

Costume Carnival: This 12th annual Halloween festival will entertain with carnival games, face painting, and crafts, while wrapping up with a costume parade. Cost is $1 for 4 people, bring 2 cans of food and get 4 people in for free. East Portland Community Center (740 SE 106th),  5:00-7:00 pm.

Spooky Night Hike:  Crafts and games (with prizes), plus a guided, age-appropriate hike (times are assigned when you arrive).  Families with kids 3-6 can visit the fairy trail, while families with older kids will get a spookier adventure after 7:30. $6/person. Tryon Creek State Park. 6:00-9:30 pm.

Free Teen Night at OMSI: A special, free evening at OMSI just for visitors ages 13-18. Teens can explore their newest exhibit, SCREAM!, rock out to a live DJ, ride the Segway, play games, and more. Food and drink available for purchase. 7:00-10:00 pm.

Sunday

Family Bicycle Transportation Day: If you want to learn more about biking with kids then this event is for you. There will be many cycling options on hand to try, including bakfiet and cargo bikes, trail-a-bikes, front-loading child seats child seats options, bike trailers, tandems, electric-pedal assist electric-assisted bikes, helpful accessories and more. There will also be information and resources covering safe routes to school and work, tips on riding with children, and bicycle maintenance. Oregon Manifest Bike Union (539 NW 10th at Hoyt), 11:00-4:00 pm.

Spooktacular: This LGBT family party will have pumpkin carving, face painting, live music, caramel apples, and more. Q Center (4115 N Mississippi Ave), free, 2:00-4:00 pm.

Monster March: Join tons of costumed families, Portland Fire Bureau and their fire engines, and Portland Police motorcycles in this Halloween parade through Westmoreland. The march starts and ends at Llewellyn Elementary School (6301 SE 14th Ave). 3:00 pm.

UNICEF Carnival: Thanks to Kiddofor the heads up on this event, which will feature carnival games, nonscary Halloween activities and more. Don't forget your costume! All proceeds benefit the United Nations Children's Fund. Game tickets are 25 cents.  Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst (935 N.E. 33rd Ave), 4:00-6:30 pm.

Weekend Warriors: October 9-11

October 08, 2009

TGIF! Hope everyone enjoys the sunshine and the bountiful harvests of fall this weekend!

Friday

The Magic Book:  A lively puppet show treat from Penny Puppets that is sure to entertain all. $5 each or 4 for $17.  The Off Broadway (Central Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 1820 NE 21st), 10:00 am.

Story & a Stroll: Join a park naturalist for nature story time and a brief stroll through the park.  This program is geared toward families with young children (preferably ages 3-6). This week the theme is Be Nice to Spiders. Tryon Creek State Park. 1:00-2:00 pm (note new time for fall).

Ladybug Walks: A guided 60 minute walk around Laurelhurst Park for preschoolers, no registration necessary, $3 per child. 10:00-11:30 am.

Apple Tasting With over 50 kinds of apples to taste and purchase (not to mention the pears) you can hardly go wrong. Live music, activities for kids, and apple strudel makes this an irresistible event. Portland Nursery (5050 SE Stark), Friday-Sunday, check website for details.

NE Moms Playgroup: You don't have to live in NE to join this group of moms that gets together to chat while the kids play.  Bring a snack to share if you can. Milagros Boutique (5433 NE 30th Avenue), 2:00-4:00 pm.

Saturday

Multnomah County Library Book Sale: You can't beat kids books starting at 50 cents and it supports a great cause to boot! 1625 NE Sandy. Friday (members only) through Monday (50% off!), times vary, check website.

Safety Saturday at the Belmont Firehouse: Learn valuable safety lessons and fire department history by exploring the old Belmont Firehouse. Hands on activities include sliding down a fire pole! (Plus this is just blocks away from Sunnyside playground, Laughing Planet, and Saint Cupcake). Belmont Historic Firehouse (900 SE 35th), 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Symphony Storytime: The Oregon Symphony is on the road for interactive, musical storytimes. This series focuses on books, music, instruments, sound and fun musical crafts. Each week features a visit from an Oregon Symphony musician who will play and provide an introduction to his or her instrument and orchestral music. Gregory Heights Library (7921 NE Sandy), 2:00-3:00 pm.

Nuestros Cuentos: This dynamic performance presents folktales, folkloric dances and songs of Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Cuba. The audience learns the cultural and historical backgrounds of the dances, music and stories, learns about the authentic costumes from the different regions, and participates in Spanish call-and-response singing, clapping flamenco palmas rhythms.  St. John's Library (7510 N. Charleston), 2:00-3:30 pm.

Little Kids Jamboree: Join Lorna Miller as she entertains adults and kids with music, rhythm, and movement.  $5 per family. Mississippi Pizza (3552 N. Mississippi), 4:00 pm.

Sunday

The Curious Garden: Visit the Curious Garden on the second Sunday of every month when fairies, lawn jockeys, bunnies and grumpy daisies play games and sing songs with the kids. $3-5 suggested donation,   Curious Comedy Theater (5225 NE MLK), 10:30-11:30 am.

Family Sundays at the Portland Art Museum: Every Sunday in October, families can explore the Museum's displays of body adornment and jewelry, with family tours at 12:30, art projects from 1:00 -3:00 pm, and storytime from 2:30-3:00 pm. Kids under 17 are free, adults are $12.  

Nuestros Cuentos: See Saturday, Gregory Heights Library (7921 NE Sandy), 2:00-3:00 pm. 

Weekend Warriors: October 2-4

October 01, 2009

The Halloween countdown has begun and the Sunday night sky may be clear enough to actually see the full harvest moon. Click here if you need some other inspiration for ways to bring on Autumn. Happy fall!

Friday

Story & a Stroll: Join a park naturalist for nature story time and a brief stroll through the park.  This program is geared toward families with young children (preferably ages 3-6). This week the theme is Amazing Dirt. Tryon Creek State Park. 1:00-2:00 pm (note new time for fall).

Greek Festival:Traditional Greek music, food, and entertainment, plus face painting, crafts, puppet shows just for the kids. Oh, and did we mention the most amazing greek pastries ever? Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral (3131 NE Glisan), Friday-Sunday, check website for schedule of events.

Free First Friday at Portland Children's Museum: Experience Disability Awareness Day by trying out wheel chairs, crutches, and other supportive mobility devices. 5:00-8:00 pm.

Saturday

Children's Place 35th Birthday Celebration: 35 years...that's a lot of books bought for a lot of kids! Come celebrate with store discounts, storytelling, pranks, art, and of course, birthday cake. A Children's Place (4807 NE Fremont), check website for schedule of events.

Teeny Tiny Puppet Theater: Join Yvonne as she makes whimsical, clever puppets out of paper and other scraps, and then invites the kids to make their own and join in a brief performance. $5 suggested donation. Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside), 10:00-10:45 am.

Vernonia Salmon Festival: Celebrating the salmon returning from the ocean to spawn. Fantastic viewing sites of the salmon fighting there way up stream are just part of the event which will include hay rides, kid’s fishing pond, live music, pumpkin carving, and scarecrow building. Hawkins Park, Vernonia.10:00 am-6:00 pm.

Spaghetti Art: Have you ever been to Chewandswallow, the town made out of food? Come create your own “foodscape,” and turn pasta, beans, candy, and other edibles into a mosaic-style picture. Don’t forget to add the weather, is it cloudy with a chance of meatballs? Best for kids ages 4-10. Albina Library (3605 NE 15th Avenue), 2:00-3:30 pm.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival: Community fair and carnival, entertainment, and crafts for kids. Eastport Plaza (4000 SE 82nd Avenue),11:00 am-6:00 pm.

Mid-Autumn Festival: Create a festive paper lantern with artist Jean Choy, enjoy mooncakes and join library staff for a special presentation. Gregory Heights Library (7921 NE Sandy), 3:00-5:00 pm.

Sunday

$2 Sunday OMSI: A great indoor activity, 9:30 am-5:30 pm.

Portland Art Museum Sundays for Families: Every Sunday in October, families can explore the Museum's displays of body adornment and jewelry, with family tours at 12:30, art projects from 1:00 -3:00 pm, and storytime from 2:30-3:00 pm. Kids under 17 are free, adults are $12.  

Mmmm, cheese: Goat, cheddar, brie, or blue, this tasting at New Seasons will have one for you!  Especially since they stock over 300 different kinds, with a great selectionof locally made cheeses.  All stores, Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am-5:00 pm.

Weekend Warriors: September 25-27

September 24, 2009

It's officially autumn, kids are back in school, but the opportunities for weekend fun don't seem to be slowing down at all! 

Friday

Ladybug Walks: A guided 60 minute walk around Mt. Tabor for preschoolers, no registration necessary, $3 per child. 10:00-11:30 am.

Story & a Stroll: Join a park naturalist for nature story time and a brief stroll through the park.  This program is geared toward families with young children (preferably ages 3-6). This week the theme is Birds and their Beaks. Tryon Creek State Park. 1:00-2:00 pm (note new time for fall).

NE Moms Playgroup: You don't have to live in NE to join this group of moms that gets together to play and chat.  Bring a snack to share if you can. Milagros Boutique (5433 NE 30th Avenue), 2:00-4:00 pm.

Oaks Park October Fest: Dust off your lederhosen for these German festivities that will feature authentic food, kids crafts, loads of dancing and music (and then there are those rides...). Gate fee ranges from $2-5 depending on day and age. Check website for schedule of the weekend's events.

Saturday

Greensprouts: This celebration promotes the nurturing of life through nature.  From pregnancy to childhood, parents can learn about and explore eco-friendly, community-involved options to raising families.  Workshops, vendors, food, entertainment, and kids activities.  $3 suggested donation.  Peninsula Park, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

Museum Day: Get a coupon for free museum admission at the Smithsonian website to Pittock Mansion and the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, among others.

Dragonfest 2009: Don your medievil garb and play games, see a puppet show, have a snack, and then play on the playground. Free, Laurelhurst Park (near the pond on North side of the park), 10:00 am-2:00 pm. 

Welcome the Rain: Celebrate clean water & soak up some knowledge at this community event and "solutions fair" celebrating the rainy season. Will feature workshops, storytelling, marimba music, and much more. Rigler Elementary School (5401 NE Prescott), 10:0 am-3:30 pm

Grand Opening of N. Portland's First HydroPark: Come celebrate the opening of this community potluck and BBQ, kids activities, and music by the Electric Opera Company. Pitman Addition HydroPark (N Concord Ave and N Going Court), 5:00-7:00 pm.

Sunday

Polish Festival: Come enjoy traditional Polish food, dancing, music, and other activities.  St. Statnislaus Church (3900 N. Interstate), check website for even details.

Kids in NatureDdiscover the many different ways spiders live at Tryon Creek State Park, explore the park looking for spider homes, learn about the spiders living in those homes, make your own webs and even shake hands with a tarantula. For children ages 4-7, $10 per child, Tryon Creek State Park. 10:00-11:30 am.

Professor Banjo: The incredible one-man band is back and ready to help you march your way out of summer with great traditional music played with skill and designed to entertain the whole family. Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside), $5/person or $10/family, 5:00 pm. 

WEEKEND WARRIORS: September 4-6

September 03, 2009

Happy holiday weekend!  Here's a few tidbits to help you squeeze some last minute fun into the summer before school is officially in session next week!  If you really want to live it up, head on down to Salem for the Oregon State Fair (where they boast over 9,000 things to do, see, and taste) or stick a little closer to home for Art in the Pearl, where they'll have yummy food and hands-on art activities for kids.

Friday

Ladybug Walk: A guided 60 minute walk around Alberta Park for preschoolers, no registration necessary, rain or shine, $3 per child. 10:00-11:00 am.

Story & a Stroll: Join a park naturalist for a free nature story time and a brief stroll through the park. This program is geared toward families with young children (preferably ages 3-6 but all are welcome.). The Kissing Hand,  1:00-2:00 pm.

Free First Friday at Portland Children's Museum: Bring a school supply for the Friends of the Children program and make a magic pencil wand to prepare for school. 5:00-8:00 pm.

Portland Corn Maze:  Hmmm, it seems a bit early for this given that it isn't even Labor Day, but if you want to beat the crowds, check out this year's maze which celebrates the Portland skyline. Kids under 5 are free, 6-12 are $5, 13 and up are $7. Thursday through Monday, 10:00 am.

PGE Park Fan Appreciation Weekend: PGE has a whole host of activities planned over the weekend to thank fans for a great season (fireworks, $5 tickets, $1 hot dogs and ice cream, give aways, running the bases, and more).  Check out the website for specific activities.

Saturday

Rookie Rides: Enjoy a 7 mile ride on the Springwater Corridor from OMSI to Oaks Bottom and back with other families and novice riders. 10:00 am.

Bicycle Transportation Alliance BBQ Benefit: Hot dogs (veggie also) and lemonade, $3 each. New Seasons, Saturday & Sunday, 12:00-4:00

Kids Spelling Bee: help your kids dust off those dusty summer spelling skills with this super fun, prize filled, kid focused spelling bee.  Oh, and have some pizza too! Mississippi Pizza (3552 N. Mississippi), 1:00 pm

Sunday

$2 Sunday at OMSI: $2 admission for all, and just in time for the Reptile Amphibian Show, with over 100 exotic animals will be on display, including a large variety of captive-bred snakes, lizards, turtles, alligators, and more. Facepainting from 1:00-3:30 pm.

Family Sunday at PAM: In September, visitors of all ages can create their own sculpture inspired by works in the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, along with outdoor art making from 1:00-3:00 and storytime at 2:30 pm.  The MC Esher Exhibit is also still on display. Adults are $12, kids under 17 are free.

Weekend Warriors - August 28-30

August 28, 2009

Looking at the date on our screen, we really cannot believe it is here.  Could it be the last weekend in August?  Already?  Here are some ideas for you to get out there and have some late summer fun!  Share your ideas for weekend activities, too.

Portland Art Museum - Free Admission Friday.  From 5 to 8pm this Friday evening, enjoy free admission to the Portland Art Museum and puzzle over works by Escher, explore the art of the tattoo, and more. 

Fiesta Italiana.  It's Portland's two day celebration of Italian culture full of entertainment, including bands, marionette shows, cooking demonstration, dance groups, a pizza toss competition, and Italian food vendors.  Friday from noon to 11PM and Saturday from 11AM to 11PM.

Interactive Shadow Puppet Theater.  This performance/workshop is designed to have the participants create their own shadow puppet play. Using simple materials, children are encouraged to let their creativity and imagination run rampant as they are in control of what happens in the story.  Saturday, 10:30AM Saturday (doors open at 10), Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK Blvd.  $3-5 sliding scale donation.

Fall. ART. Live.  A free day-long festival celebrating Portland's performing arts, enjoy free workshops by OBT and Do Jump or in Beginning Indian Dance.  Also enjoy performances throughout the day by several dance troupes throughout the city.  Saturday, 11AM to 6PM at OBT Studios, 818 SE Sixth Avenue.

Multnomah County Library Days at Oaks Park.  Have the kids completed their summer reading cards yet?  If so, go to the library to get a coupopn for a $4 deluxe bracelet at Oaks Park.  Use your coupon from NOW until September 6th.

Concert in the Park.  Afincando (Salsa & Latin jazz) at McCoy Park, Saturday 2-4PM, (N. Fiske between Trenton & Fessenden)

Movies in the Park.  Friday night, "Mamma Mia!"  (Sing along) at Washington Park, Saturday night "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" at Laurelhurst Park.  Pre-flick entertainment starts at 6:30, movies start at 8pm/dusk.  Bring a blanket and picnic and cozy up!

"Local Lunch Box".  On Sunday, August 30 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the new King Sunday Market, kids can take part in a market scavenger hunt to learn more about good versus bad food choices, learn about a day in the life of a farmer, and experience fresh and/or new fruits and veggies.

Forest Music - Sweet Thunder Jazz Trio.  Music will fill the forest at Tryon Creek State Park as the Forest Music concert series returns to the park during the summer  These concerts are held in the covered Jackson Shelter where people of all ages can sit comfortably to listen to local musicians and enjoy the view of the park.  This event is family, friendly and free to the public.  Sunday, 2-3PM.

Weekend Warriors: August 21-23

August 20, 2009

If you love garage sales, there are two that are not to be missed this Saturday (and right down the street from each other in SE at that!).  You can get great used stuff AND support two great local organizations (they're fundraisers): Adoption Mosaic (71st & Yamhill, also on Sunday) and Family Forward Oregon (56th & Division) both work to support Oregon families and children.  Oh, and did we mention they'll both be selling super yummy treats too?

FRIDAY

Multnomah County Library Days at Oaks Park: Children who complete the Multnomah County Library Summer Reading Program get a deluxe ride bracelet for only $4. Must present library coupon. Friday through Sunday (plus all next week, except Monday). 12:00-10:00 pm.

Movies in the Park: Iron Man is showing at Irving Park(7th and Fremont) with the traveling climbing rock wall available at 5:00 (till 9:00) and the pre-movie music starting at 6:30.

SATURDAY

Neighbor Helping Neighbor Street Fair: A community resource fair that will include vendors and information from organizations that can provide help and support in these tough economic times. NE 34th and Knott, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

Children's Gym Block Party: Celebrating their 25th anniversary, there will be inflatables, bungee swings, rock climbing wall, mist lines, dancing, music, and more.  Children's Gym (between Broadway and Sandy) Free for members, $5/family that are not members. 11:00 am-8:00 pm.

Crafts in the Park: Come join folks from the Hollywood Library for some crafting fun. Paint a shirt with cool stencils and make duct tape wallets. Supplies and snacks provided; bring a t-shirt (or something else) to paint. Grant Park (by the Ramona statue), 1:00-3:00.

Dogs Gone Dancing: Enjoy a spectacular show of canine freestyle performed by regional teams. See their winning dance routines, meet the dogs, and ask questions. Holgate Library, 2:30-3:15.

Child's Play 30th Anniversary: Presto the Magician will be putting on two shows at 2:30 and 3:30.  There will also be a Balloon Animal Artist between shows and toy walks throughout the day (think cake walk with toys). Child's Play Toy store (2305 NW Kearney).

Bill Naito Legacy Fountain Grand Opening: Come share in the opening festivities as Portland welcomes a new water feature that is part of the plaza that is the new home to the Saturday Market.  Face painting, music and dancing from around the world, and more.  Waterfront Park, near the Burnside Bridge. 11:00 am-4:00 pm.

SUNDAY

Portland Art Museum for Families: In August, visitors of all ages can puzzle over the art of M.C. Escher and create artwork inspired by this mesmerizing exhibit of his work. Includes family tours, art project, and storytime. Kids under 17 are free, adults are $12. 12:30-3:00 pm.

Jr. Ranger Program:  Join a park ranger and learn how to help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help junior rangers earn their badge. Ages 6-12, Crayfish is the topic du jour. 1:00-2:00 pm.

Weekend Warriors: August 14-16

August 13, 2009

It's a weekend of neighborhood street fairs, check out Multnomah Days on Saturday and the Hawthorne Street Fair on Sunday.  Also the India Festival will tempt all with dancing and food at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Sunday.

Friday

Penny Puppets: Our favorite puppeteer is back with a new show, Under the Sea. Central Lutheran Church (1820 NE 21st Avenue), $5/person or $17/4 people. 10:00 am.

Teeny Tiny Theater:  Kids get a chance to make their own simple puppets and participate in a short puppet play as well as hear stories and sing songs. $5 suggested donation for materials, best for kids under 8 years old. Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside), Noon-1:00 pm.

Movies in the Park and Traveling Rock Climbing Wall:  Rock Wall (5:00-9:00 pm), music (The River City Band, Portland Teen Idols, and One Night in Frogtown, 6:30 pm), and a movie (Wizard of Oz, starts at dusk).

Saturday

Roland's Robot Rockalong: Come meet Roland and his android who will sing for you, accompanied by the electronic tones of the keyboard. Kids and parents are invited to join in and try making funny robot sounds themselves with their voices or by using the keyboard.  Free, Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside), 10:00 am-11:0 pm.

Curious George at Child's Play: It's Child's Play's 30th Anniversary and they are celebrating all month long. Curious George will be stopping by to see all his friends and kids can participate in a toy walk (think cake walk). Child's Play Toy Store (2305 NW Kearney), 10:30-noon and 1:00-3:00 pm.  

Intercultural Community Gathering: Celebrate and learn about the richness of cultural diversity on our community. Facilitated conversation, world beat music, plus games, art, and stories from around the world.  Free BBQ lunch at noon. Overlook Park, 11:00 am-5:00 pm

Portland Festival Symphony: Playing the music of Beethoven, Hayden, and Mendelssohn at Laurelhurst Park (37th and Oak) at 6:00 pm.

Sunday

Sunday Parkways: Don't miss the last scheduled Sunday Parkways! This 9-mile Southeast event will feature two loops, a 5-mile relatively flat loop through portions of the Buckman, Kerns, Laurelhurst, Richmond, Sunnyside neighborhoods. A second, more challenging, 4-mile Mt Tabor loop will be optional to summit the only volcano in the City limits. Not to mention some great food and entertainment along the route.  9:00 am-4:00 pm.

Jr. Rangers: Kids ages 6-12 can learn how to help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help junior rangers earn their badge.  Free. The Saturday topic is the cycle of water and the Sunday topic is ladybugs. Tryon Creek State Park, 1:00-2:00 pm. Ladybugs 1:00 pm.

Forest Music: Also at Tryon Creek State Park, hear the music of Beltaine, 2:00-3:00 pm.

Portland Art Museum for Families: In August, visitors of all ages can puzzle over the art of M.C. Escher and create artwork inspired by this mesmerizing exhibit of his work. Includes family tours, art project, and storytime. Kids under 17 are free, adults are $12. 12:30-3:00 pm.

Weekend Warriors: August 7-9

August 07, 2009

Friday

Free Friday at Portland Children's Museum: The Oregon Zoo will bring a variety of animal friends from lizards to chickens and you can make your own low-maintenance pet rocks, too. 5:00-8:00 pm.

Washington Park Summer Festival: Portland SummerFest Opera in the Park: La Traviata by Verdi. 6:00 pm.

Saturday

Penny's Puppets: Come celebrate the 30th Anniversary of one of our favorite Portland toy stores with a performance by one of our favorite puppeteers. Three Giraffes Gruffis appropriate for all ages and the  paper bag puppets you can make after the show is best for ages 3 and up. Free. Child's Play Toy store(2305 NW Kearney), 10:00 am

Central Library  Block Party: The mother of all block parties. All ages clothing swap, face painting, parade, bowling, circus skill class, crafts with scrap, cupcake decorating, and much more. Central Library (Taylor between 10th and 11th) Noon-4:00pm.

Lone Fir Cemetery Tour: What better way to tour a cemetery than a sunny Saturday? Family friendly and full of history about the whose who of Portland's founding families. $10:00-1:00 pm.

Creating an Eco-Friendly Home & Family: This family-friendly event (feel free to bring the kiddos) will provide helpful information on how to make safer choices when purchasing common household items.  There will also be an opportunity to test toys for lead-based paint. Ecotrust's Natural Capital Center (721 NW 9th Avenue), 1:00-3:00 pm.

Lorna Miller's Little Kids' Jamboree: Join Lorna Miller as she entertains adults and kids with music, rhythm, and movement. Mississippi Pizza, $5 per family, 4:00-5:00 pm.

Neighborhood Concerts: Come enjoy the Portland Festival Symphony while the kids clamor away at the playground.  Grant Park, 6:00 pm.

Sunday

Providence Bridge Pedal: With 38, 24, or 14 miles routes, this celebration of bicycling and bridges has something for everyone. Leaves at either 7:00 or 8:30 am, depending on which route you're riding.

Forest Music: Come enjoy the lush sounds of Millennium Brass while surrounded by the lush beauty of Tryon Creek State Park. Free, 2:00-3:00 pm.

I love the 70's and 80's Dance Party: Get down, boogy! $5/family. Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside), 5:00 pm.

WEEKEND WARRIORS: July 31-August 2

July 31, 2009

It might be 15 degrees cooler than earlier this week, but 90 ain't exactly chilly!  Here's a few activities located near water, AC, or shade to keep you busy this weekend.

Friday

Midsummer Extravaganza:  Cool off at the Salmon Street Springs and also enjoy crafts, a climbing rock wall, tie dye, obstacle courses, and more. Free.  Activities are along Naito Parkway between SW Harrison and NW Glisan. 10:00 am-2:30 pm

Essex Park: This undiscovered park just south of Powell at 79th has a great little water feature.  This Friday, it will also feature the Portland Parks and Recreation traveling climbing rock wall. 10:00 am-12:30 pm.

Games at the Library: Cool off in the AC and join other game loving families for a rousing round of Chutes and Ladders or Uno. Central Library (801 SW 10th Avenue), 2:00-4:00 pm.

Family Movie in the Park: The movie is Zathura: A Space Adventure, pre movie entertainment is The Working Stiffs. Cathedral Park, 6:00-9:00 pm.

Neighborhood Concert: Voodoo Bar-B-Q (zydefunk). Fernhill Park (37th Avenue, North of Ainsworth) 6:00 pm.

Saturday

Mt Tabor Centennial: A weekend long celebration of one of Portland's most majestic parks that is truly worthy of a 100th birthday. Music, kids parade, climbing rock wall, art shows, dog shows, guided walks, and much. much more.  See website for details.

Fremont Fest: The annual event includes a parade (10:30 a.m.), live music, art show, sidewalk sales and carriage rides. The kids zone offers family activities. On Fremont between 42nd and 57th,10:00 am-4:00 pm.

There's a Dinosaur in the Backyard: Join singer/songwriter and storyteller Courtney Campbell in creating, and being characters in Dinosaur in the Backyard, The Dancing Princess and other silly songs. Make a morning out of it and check out the playground and hit Stacato Gelato before you head home.  Sellwood-Moreland Library (7860 SE 13th) 11:00 am-12:00 pm.

Itty Bitty Beach Party: It's a Splash Party for the young... (6 months - 6 years with a parent).  The fun includes: Water Parade, Fishing Pond, Itty Bitty Hula Lesson, Smallest Splash Contest, Penny Hunt, Itty Bitty Water Games, Aquatic Mascot Wader the Gator, and more. $4adults, $2.50 kids (free 2 and under).  Creston Pool (4454 SE Powell), 11:30 am-1:00 pm.

Sunday

$2 Sunday at OMSI: Not a bad price and it's cool to boot.

Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash: A little bit of a drive, but worth it for all this venue has to offer. In addition to the Garcia Birthday Band (1:00-5:00 pm) and the Freak Mountain Ramblers (5:30 pm), there will be roaming stiltwalkers, balloon artists, and a brass band.  Oh, and some pretty tasty beer. Edgefield (Troutdale).

Forest Music: Enjoy beautiful music surrounded by the lush greenery and shade of Tryon Creek. Connie Bieberach (Armonia Latina music), Free, Tryon Creek State Park, 2:00 pm.

Neighborhood Concert:  A winning piano and vocal combo, Michael Allen Harrison and Julianne Johnson-Weiss.  McCoy Park (N. Friske between Fessenden and Trenton).  6:00 pm.

Weekend Warriors: July 24-26

July 24, 2009

It's another scorcher of a weekend.  Be sure to check out Portland Parks & Rec's "Beat the Heat" for tips on staying cool this weekend.  And, plenty more suggestions for events around town at the urbanMamas calendar

Friday

Activistas summer playdate.  Join Activistas and the founders of Family Forward Oregon (Andrea & Sharon) to learn about this new organization.  What inspired them?  What are the plans?  What issues will they tackle - and how?  9:30-11:30 AM @ Posie's Cafe @ 8209 N. Denver Avenue (get a map).

Itty Bitty Beach Party.   It's a Splash Party for the young... (6 months - 6 years with a parent).  The fun includes: Water Parade, Fishing Pond, Itty Bitty Hula Lesson, Smallest Splash Contest, Penny Hunt, Itty Bitty Water Games, Aquatic Mascot Wader the Gator, and more...   This event happens at pools all around town on various days, so check your local pool for more info.  Friday, it will be at Dishman Pool, from 12-1:30PM.

Games at the Library.  Drop in to play some board games, including Chutes and Ladders, Apples to Apples Kids, chess and Mastermind. There are lots of board games for preschool on up, so join us for open game play. Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Central Library, US Bank Room, 2

East Portland Exposition (EPO XPO).   This is a three day community event that will be held at Ed Benedict Community Park, located along SE Powell Boulevard between 100th Avenue and 104th Avenue in East Portland July 24, 25, and 26, 2009. EPO XPO is co-sponsored by all 13 East Portland Neighborhoods. The event will feature free lead testing by Josiah Hill Clinic, numerous exhibitors, lots of entertainment, music, and food, and a wide variety of educational presentations and demonstrations designed to enhance quality-of-life for all attendees. In addition, Funtastic will be having a carnival on their property located across the street. Entry to EPO XPO and the carnival is free-of-charge.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Summer Concert at Fernhill Park.  Tonight's show features The Valiant Arms (Rock).  Food Vendors include Aladdin's Café, Hot Dog Ernie's, Mountain Ice, Nepo 42, Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry.  Come and enjoy the summer evening with your neighbors.  Friday evening, 6:30PM.

Movies at the Park: "Madagascar 2".  “Movies in the Park” is one of several free programs offered by Portland Parks & Recreation this summer to bring community members and neighbors together to share an enjoyable activity in their neighborhood parks. Popular family movies are shown on a giant, 268-square foot screen with a state-of-the-art sound system.  Movie starts at dark (between 8 and 8:45PM)  Brentwood Park.

Saturday

Itty Bitty Beach Party.   It's a Splash Party for the young... (6 months - 6 years with a parent).  The fun includes: Water Parade, Fishing Pond, Itty Bitty Hula Lesson, Smallest Splash Contest, Penny Hunt, Itty Bitty Water Games, Aquatic Mascot Wader the Gator, and more...   This event happens at pools all around town on various days, so check your local pool for more info.  Saturday, it will be at Mt. Scott Pool, from 9:30-11:30AM.

Green Cleaning Class.  Oregon Center for Environmental Health has launched a hot, new green cleaning class. Come learn to make your own non-toxic cleaners for the kitchen and bath.  Classes are $20 for non-members and $10 for members and require pre-payment. Participants will leave with lots of tips and techniques, and your very own laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, and creamy soft scrub for the kitchen and bathroom.  Registration required.

Milwaukie Daze Celebration.  Starting with a parade at 10:30, there will be fun, games, inflatable bouncy houses, Captain Bogg & Salty, and fireworks to end a great day at 10pm.  Come by and enjoy Downtown Milwaukie, 10AM to 10PM.

Division/Clinton Street Fair.  It will be a great time, starting with a parade at 10:45, a lego exhibit, kids bike helmet fittings, pizza eating contests, balloon art, ice cream socials.  Check out the website for a complete line up and head out to SE Division (between 11th and 50th) and SE Clinton (between 14th and 28th) on Saturday from 10AM to 5PM.

Ho'ike and Hawaiian Festival.  Over 8,000 visitors have swayed to the rhythm as hula dancers, Portland, Taiko, Native Tribal dancers, and Polynesian singers filled the park with the heartbeat of their cultures. Arts, Crafts, and food vendors will round out this festival which is now considered the third largest annual event at Esther Short Park. Nominated Outstanding Event by the Clark County Tourism Commission, two years in a row.  Saturday, 11AM to 7PM.

Car Seat Safety Check and Recycling.  Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will check and educate you on how to secure your child, install seats securely and when it is time to switch to the next size seat. Plan 30 minutes per check. Used seats are also accepted for recycling. Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Parking Structure 3, 10AM to 1PM.

Cloth Diapering 101.  Thinking about cloth diapers? Have questions? Have tips to share? Join Milagros' Carrie Countryman for an introduction to cloth diapering at every fourth Saturday at 11 am. This casual gathering is a great opportunity to learn all about cloth diapering, get hands-on advice on diapering choices, etc. It is also a chance to meet other parents who are using cloth diapers or thinking about it.  FREE, no RSVP required!  Milagros, 11AM.

Summer Concert at Rose City Park.  The show features Michael Manning and the Carolina Pump Station (Original Rockabilly).  Food vendors include Burly's Kettle Corn & Hot Dog Ernie's.  Show starts at 6:30PM.

Sunday

Neighborhood Concert at McCoy ParkSummer concerts continue with Patrick Lamb (R&B to the Max).  Sounds like a smooth way to end a hot weekend.

WEEKEND WARRIORS: July 17-19

July 17, 2009

Hoping everyone finds a cool way to relax this weekend!

Friday:

Traveling Rock Climbing Wall: Portland Parks and Rec is sponsoring this nomadic rock wall that promises climbing fun for all kids up to age 18. Brentwood Park (10:00 am-12:30 pm), Montavilla Park (1:30-4:00 pm), and Pier Park (5:00-9:00 pm). Free.

Sand in the City: You don't have to travel to the coast to see sandcastles, 450 tons of sand will be brought downtown for this castle building contest.  Music, food, kids activities and more. Suggested $3 entrance fee ($10/family). See website for event schedule. Friday through Sunday.

Fernhill Park Neighborhood Concert: Norman Sylvester Band (Original R&B). 6:30 pm.

Saturday

Portland by Cycle Ride: A three-mile family-paced bike ride with a puppet show performance by Mudeye Puppets at the end. Trailers and tag-a-longs welcome. Meet at McKennaPark (N Princeton and Westanna). 10:30 am

Roland's Robot Rockalong: Roland will bring his keyboards and show you all the crazy robot songs and sounds he can play. Kids and parents will have a chance to use the microphone and make robot sounds, too. And a robot helper will be on hand to add to the fun! For ages 8 and under. Free, Airplay Cafe. 10:00 am.

Growing Gardens "Wondrous Worms" Workshop: A fun chance for kids and an accompanying adult to learn about red wiggler works, famous for transorming food scraps into fertilizer for plans and gardens.  Participants will learn what makes these works so special through fun hands on activities, stories, and more. Sliding sclae fee: $5-$20. Growing Gardens, 10:30 am-noon.

Itty Bitty Beach Party: Splishy-splashy fun for the youngest set (6 months-6 years). Water parade, fishing pond, penny hunts, splash contests, and more. Adults are 4$, kids are $2.50 (under 2 are free). Montavilla Pool (82nd and NE Glisan), 11:30 am.

Puppet Laboratory: Meet Doctor Partz, who makes dragons out of discs, princesses out of plastic and robots from recycled cardboard. You get an environmentally informative tour of his puppet-making lab and he will show you how to bring your own creations to life with all salvaged materials. Every lab assistant (participant) walks out a certified puppet-maker with the puppet to prove it. Belmont Library 3:00-4:15 pm.

Rose City Park Neighborhood Concert: Quartette Barbette (seriously fun saxes), 6:30 pm.

Sunday

Sunday Parkways: It's back! A 2-way route of city streets open to walk, bike, roll, run, jump & skip - without having to watch out for cars! The 6.6-mile Northeast Sunday Parkways route will showcase the Vernon, Concordia, Cully, Alameda, Sabin, and Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhoods.  The route will also feature the Ainsworth parkway, Alameda bluff and will cross the Alberta, Beaumont and 42 Avenue business districts. Featured parks/activity areas are: Alberta, Fernhill and Wilshire Parks. entertainment and food vendors at various locations along the route. 9:00 am-4:00 pm.

East Portland Community Center Indoor Park: Balls, tumbling, cars, trikes, and more. For kids birth to 5, $1 per child. 740 SE 106th (near Mall 205), (503) 823-3450. Make an afternoon of it and hit the pool before or after. 3:30-5:30 pm.

Forest Music: Enjoy beautiful music surrounded by the lush greenery of Tryon Creek. Innisfree (traditional Irish music), Free, Tryon Creek State Park, 2:00 pm.

Salmon Street Singers: Every wonder what would happen if a group of pre-school teachers got together to make music? This is your chance to find out. Daniel, Danielle and Sarah have been a big hit at Childswork Pre-school and are now performing for all to hear at Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside). $10/family. 5:00 pm.

McCoy Park Neighborhood Concert: The Kirk Green Band (Smooth Jazz/Funk), 6:00 pm.

WEEKEND WARRIORS: June 26-28

June 26, 2009

If you're looking for some out of town activities this weekend, just 45 minutes east out the gorge is Sternwheeler Days (held ay my kids favorite playground ever) and right across the Bridge of the Gods (driving over this bridge is an event in itself) is the Brews, Blues, and BBQ in Stevenson, WA.  Both events promise great food, music, and plenty of kids activities.

Friday 

Ladybug Walk: A guided 60 minute walk around Lents Park for preschoolers, no registration necessary, $3 per child. 10:00-11:30 am.

Story & a Stroll: Enjoy a short guided walk that involves education about fox. Targets kids 3-6, rain or shine. Pre-registration required. Tryon Creek State Park, 1:00-2:00 pm.

Summer Kick-off Celebration: Portland Parks and Recreation has lots of activities planned to keep the kiddos happy and entertained this summer. Come sample some of what they have to offer, including the games, crafts, free swimming at the outdoor Montavilla pool, climbing wall, and much more. Montavilla Park (82nd and Glisan). 11:00 am-2:30 pm. 

Games at the Library: Drop in to play some board games, including Chutes and Ladders, Apples to Apples Kids, chess and Mastermind. There will be lots of games for preschoolers as well.  Children 10 years and younger. Central Library, 2:00-4:00 pm. 

Saturday

Ladybug Walk: A guided 60 minute walk around Hoyt Arboretum for preschoolers, no registration necessary, $3 per child. 10:00-11:30 am.

Paper Crowns: Join staff from SCRAP and use reclaimed art supplies to craft an elaborate paper crown.  Free. North Portland Library (512 N. Killingsworth), 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

Good in the Neighborhood:  A multicultural music and food festival, this lively event promises both from around the world. Starts off with a  parade on Saturday at 11:00 am, leaving from Dawson Park. Kidspace activities are daily from 12:00 -6:00 pm and will include face painting, crafts, bounce houses, and more. King School Park (400 block of NE 6th).  Activities start daily at noon.

Eastmoreland Garage Sale: If you missed the Laurelhurst garage sale last weekend, here's another chance to score a few bargains. With over 150 homes participating, that shouldn't be hard. Saturday  8:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 am-4:00 pm.

Lorna Miller's Little Kids's Jamboree:  Join Lorna Miller as she entertains adults and kids with music, rhythm, and movement.  $5 per family. Mississippi Pizza (3552 N. Mississippi), 4:00 pm.

Sunday

Family Sundays at the Portland Art Museum: Every Sunday in June, visitors of all ages can create their own art inspired by the Grand Ronde Center for Native American Art (from 1 to 3 p.m.), take family tours of the galleries (at 12:30 p.m.), and listen to stories (from 2:30 to 3 p.m.). Free for children under 17, adults are $10. 12:30-3:00 pm.

Professor Banjo: A Portland favorite when it comes to old-time music, Paul Silveria performs for children as the banjo-slinging "Professor Banjo" entertaining children with sing-a-longs and dancing games accompanied by lively old-time music that parents can enjoy, too! Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside) $5 per person, $10 per family. 5:00 pm.

WEEKEND WARRIORS: June 19-21

June 19, 2009

There's lots to celebrate this weekend between papas, grads, and summer solstice.  Here's a few ideas to get you out and about.

Friday

Games at the Library: Drop in to play some board games, including Chutes and Ladders, Apples to Apples Kids, chess and Mastermind. There will be lots of games for preschoolers as well.  Children 10 years and younger. Central Library, 2:00-4:00 pm. 

Kidical Mass: Join other families around town for a kid-friendly bike ride. Bring lights, snacks, and helmets, of course. Rides leave from downtown (North Park Blocks)and Sunnyside Park (SE 35th and Taylor). Both rides meet up at 5:30 pm and leave at 6:00 pm.

Saturday:

NE Broadway Scavenger Hunt: Bella Stella is hosting a family-friendly scavenger hunt at NE Broadway businesses to celebrate the opening of their big kid resale store. Solve the riddle at each spot on the map and head back to Bella Stella for a prize! Those who complete the quest will be entered in a drawing to win a gift basket with prizes and gift certificates from local merchants.  Starting at 11:00 am, pick up your map at any participating business (see website).

Berry Jam: This celebration of Oregon strawberries will entertain all with hayrides to the berry fields, facepainting, music (Trashcan Joe and New Iberians), strawberry shortcake, jam making demonstrations, fresh roasted corn, coffee, and all the temptations of the Kruger's Farm Market. Yum!!  Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am-4:00 pm.

Laurelhurst Garage Sale: Bring your cash and your wagon and get up early! The map is online, descriptions will be activated Saturday at 8:00 am.  Sale runs from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.

Kicking Hunger: This festival to benefit the Oregon Food Bank is trying to break the current world record for the longest kickball game (24 hours, 15 minutes) by playing for 30 straight hours.  The festival open to the public during daytime hours will include a variety of arts/crafts, food & beverage, and information vendor stands. Overlook Park (N. Freemont & Interstate), game begins at 10:00 am Saturday, ending 4:00 pm. Sunday (see website for music/vendor hours).

Crafty Mamas Bazaar: Come support your local crafty mama! In addition to a great mix of locally made goods, there will be treats, activities, store specials and giveaways!  Free chair massages for mamas from noon-3:00 pm. Milagros (5433 N. 30th Avenue), 11:00 am-3:00 pm.

Sunday

Sunday Parkways: The event we've been waiting for since last year, this closure of public streets through North Portland neighborhoods is perfectly timed for Father's Day.  Two individual loops will connect for a total of 7.5 carfree miles for biking, walking, running, skating, skipping, and whatever your carfree self can come up with.  Activities, vendors, and music will be clustered at the various parks along the route.  9:00 am-4:00 pm.

Junior Rangers: Kids ages 6-12 can learn how to help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help junior rangers earn their badge.  Free. The Saturday topic is bees, Sunday it is the fish of Tryon Creek. Tryon Creek State Park, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-2:00 pm.

Summer Solstice at Tryon Creek: This free event will help capture the magic of the year’s longest day with Solstice-themed storytelling, guided forest hikes showing you the best of what Tryon Creek has to offer, and will be topped off with a search for the Tryon Creek Solstice Tree. The event is all-ages. Tryon Creek State Park, 6:00-8:00 pm. 

WEEKEND WARRIORS: June 12-14

June 12, 2009

Friday

East Portland Multicultural Fair: East Portland Neighborhood Association presents a music and food festival with live performances by Maharlika Dance Troupe, Danza De Los Viejitos, Ekome, Leonid Nosov, Cosecha Mestiza and Conjunto Alegre. Free, Hazelwood HydroPark (1017 N.E. 117th Ave.), Noon-6:00 pm.

Happy Hour & Family Dinner Concert: Come hear the "folk innovation" of Andy Simon while relieving yourself of dinner preparation olbigations, if you so chose (at the very least, a beer and some music first might make it more tolerable). Free, Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside),  5:30-7:00 pm.

Saturday

Felty Finger Puppets: Use felt, fabric, wool yarn, buttons and other embellishments to create your own charming finger puppets. Artist Shanon Scholian will show you how in this two hour workshop. Free, N. Portland Library (512 N. Killingsworth), 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

Set Sail:  A High Seas Adventure on the Creativity Cruise Line. Ahoy mates! Join Captain Curt, of Slightly Illusional, for a high seas adventure in creativity this summer. The activities director has lined up tons of fun activities for our cruise – amazing tricks, hilarious puppets, and tons and tons of audience participation. Free, Albina LIbrary (3605 N.E. 15th Ave.), 11:00-11:45 am.

Cirque du Cycling:  A benefit for nonprofit Self-Enhancement Inc, this cycling extravaganza includes a free three-mile family ride, "kid zone", art bike parade,    live music, a beer garden, two-way street racing and exhibitors.  Mississippi Avenue, check website for locations and times.

Jr. Rangers Program: Kids ages 6-12 can learn how to help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help junior rangers earn their badge.  Free. The Saturday topic is the cycle of water, Sunday it is "alien invaders". Tryon Creek State Park, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-2:00 pm.

Safety Saturday: Learn valuable safety lessons and fire department history by exploring the old Belmont Firehouse. Hands on activities include sliding down a fire pole! Plus Sunnyside Park, Laughing Planet, and Saint Cupcake are all just a block away! Belmont Historic Firehouse (900 SE 35th), 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Lone Fir Cemetary Tour: What better time to tour this beautiful and serene spot than a sunny Saturday. The tour highlights Portland’s founders, early pioneers and nationally renowned figures as well as some unusual monument art. Suitable for all ages, $10 suggested donation, no registration required. Lone Fir Cemetary (Morrison and SE 21st Avenue), 1:00-3:00 pm.

Lorna Miller's Little Kids's Jamboree:  Join Lorna Miller as she entertains adults and kids with music, rhythm, and movement.  $5 per family. Mississippi Pizza (3552 N. Mississippi), 4:00 pm.

Light up the World: This moving event might be a little past bedtime for the younger set, but might be worth a late night for the slightly older kids. A multicultural dance show choreographed by the International Union Club, a group of Cleveland High School students. The show includes 13 dances from around the world -- including samba, tango, belly dancing, hip hop, and others -- to raise money and donate the proceeds to the Children's Cancer Association. Miracle Theater Group, $5 per person, 8:00-9:00 pm.

Sunday

Lents Bike Boulevard Ride: Join families and neighbors on a Bike Boulevard Ride to the opening day of the Lents International Farmers Market.  There will be helmet fitting (with limited free helmets) and a kids bike safety class (ages 8-12).  Kelly Elementary (9030 SE Cooper). 10:00 am.

Oaks Park Summer Kick-off: Nothing says summer is here like an afternoon on the midway. Discounted ride bracelets (print coupon from website) and live entertainment all day. Oaks Park Amusement Park, noon-10:00 pm.

Milagros Family Supper: The topic for this monthly chance to meet, greet, and learn will be hiking with kids. Bring your ideas for great local family hikes as well as a vegetarian dish to share and utensils. RSVP with your name and number in your group to rsvp@milagrosboutique.com.  Milagros (5433 NE 30th Avenue), 4:30-6:30 pm.

Family Dance Party:  Get down to your favorite tunes from the 70's and 80's and see your own moves reinvented by your kids. Dance contests for all ages. Free glowsticks for all, plus the usualy family-friendly dinner menu available. $10 for the whole family. Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside), 5:00-7:00 pm.

WEEKEND WARRIORS: June 5-7

June 05, 2009

Just a few highlights of activities that are scheduled this weekend...

Friday

Free First Fridays at Portland Children's Museum: Bring a can of dog/cat food and join Oregon Humane Society to kick off early the Dog Days of summer, and decorate your own pet rocks! 5:00-8:00 pm.

Family Concerts: Check out two performances that promise to be entertaining to both parents and kids.   Andy Simon will be singing during the dinner hour (free, 5:30-6:30 pm) and Erik Herman will be singing his Elephant Song (viewed by more than 5 million on YouTube) and more from 7:00-9:00 pm ($5 per person/$10 per family). Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside).

Saturday

Dragon Moon Festival: An amazing collection of puppetry, ballet and lion dancers, music, family activities, and more. Old Town Chinatown (4th & Burnside), noon-10:00 pm Saturday, noon-6:00 pm on Sunday.

Grand Floral Rose Parade: If you are up for braving the crowds (it's broadcast on KGW Channel 8 if you're not), the highlight of the Rose Festival has quite the line up of floats, bands, horses, etc. Leaves Memorial Colosseum at 10:00 am en route to downtown Portland.

Dragon Boat Racing: Over 100 teams will compete on the Willamette River in this Portland tradition. South end of Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm.

Tryon Creek Junior Rangers: Every Saturday and Sunday, June through August, kid 6-12 can join a park ranger and learn how to help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help junior rangers earn their badge.  No pre-registration required.  The Saturday topic is ladybugs and the Sunday topic is the State of Oregon. 1:00-2:00 pm.

Sunday

$2 Sunday at OMSI: Entry for all is just $2 the first Sunday of every month.

Milk Carton Boat Races: It's National Dairy Month and as such, the racing milk carton boats have returned.  And, if you were wondering, it's not to late to enter.  See website for rules and tips. Westmoreland Park (SE McLoughlin & Bybee), 11:00 am.

Family Pride Day at Q Center:  A special pride celebration that's appropriate for the youngest community member. Crafts, music, and games for the all.  Staff from the Portland Children's Museum will be coordinating craft projects, bring a white t-shirt to decorate. Q Center (4115 N. Mississippi), 2:00-4:00 pm.

WEEKEND WARRIORS: May 29-31

May 29, 2009

Looking for an outdoor activity this weekend? Check out the guided hike around Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, or the painted turtle walk on Sauvie Island.

Friday:

Lunchtime with Raquel: Come and eat lunch with Raquel as both adults and little ones are entertained by songs and ukulele music. Free, donations appreciated.  Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside),12:00-1:00 pm.

Portland Youth Invasion: Come and take over City hall with other Portland youth. Get a chance to talk to City and County Commissioners, take workshops from community organizations, listen to live music by Mic Crenshaw and other youth guests, eat free food, play free games. Portland City Hall (1221 SW 4th Avenue), 4:00 pm-10:30 pm.

Saturday

AsiaFest: A celebration of Asian culture, this event will feature amazing drumming, dance and music performances, as well as delicious food and a silent auction. $5, free under age 10. Oregon Convention Center, 11:00 am-6:00 pm.

Benefit Barbecues: Each New Seasons store will be selling barbecue to benefit a different area nonprofit.  See website for details. 12:00-4:00 pm. 

Skate Jam: Come celebrate the opening of Portland's only skate park, including a skate jam, trick competition, and kids skate invitational.  Music and refreshments for purchase. Ed Benedict Skate Park(100th and Powell), 1:00-3:00 pm.

Campus Rail Jam Tour: Given that it's supposed to be 80 degrees on Saturday, a college snowboard competition with 20 tons of snow at Pioneer Square promises to be quite the site (maybe you'll already be downtown for the clothing swap below?) 1:00 pm, finals at 3:30 pm.

Kids and Maternity Clothing Swap: Round up unwanted clean children and maternity clothing, accessories, and other wearables and bring them to the swap. Unclaimed clothing will be donated. Central Library (801 SW 10th Avenue), 1:00 pm (times are staggered for different sizes).

Pirate Maps: Artist Sarah Ferguson shows you how to create a pirate map. Albina Library (3605 N.E. 15th Avenue), 2:00-4:00 pm.

Little Kid's Jamboree: Lorna Miller uses music, songs, rhythm, and movement activities to stimulate young imaginations, an interactive event for all ages. Belmont Library (1038 SE 39th Avenue), 3:00-4:00 pm.

Sunday

Baby Loves Disco: It's back! If your kiddo likes to dance, you both don't mind a crowd, and you're secretly inspired to get down to anything ABBA, don't miss this disco dance party for the younger set and parents too. Wonder Ballroom, $12 per walking being, 12:00-3:00 pm.

Indoor Gym: Balls, tumbling, cars, trikes, and more. For kids birth to 5, $1 per child. 740 SE 106th (near Mall 205), (503) 823-3450. 3:30-5:30 pm.

Professor Banjo: A Portland favorite when it comes to old-time music, Paul Silveria performs for children as the banjo-slinging "Professor Banjo" entertaining children with sing-a-longs and dancing games accompanied by lively old-time music that parents can enjoy, too! Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside) $5 per person, $10 per family. 5:00 pm.

WEEKEND WARRIORS: May 22-25

May 21, 2009

Three cheers for a sunny three day weekend!

Friday

Bus Parade and Fair: Celebrate the return of the buses to the bus mall with a lively bus parade that will travel along 5th Avenue, taking riders to PSU for a lunchtime street fair including music and dance performances. Leaves Pioneer Place 10:30 am.

Rose Festival Waterfront Village: Enjoy all that the Waterfront Village has to offer with free entry Friday. Opening at 5:00 pm, culminating in firework celebration at 9:45 pm. 

NE Moms Playgroup: You don't have to live in NE to join this group of moms that gets together to play and chat.  Bring a snack to share if you can.  Milagros Boutique (5433 NE 30th), 2:30-4:30 pm. 2:30-4:30 pm.

Family Movie Night: Come enjoy a night out at the movies with other families.  The movie is Enchanted and is rated PG.  Concessions, crafts, and a play area. St. Johns Community Center (8427 N. Central). 6:30-8:30 pm.

Saturday

Multnomah County Fair: This traditional fair will feature a petting zoo, magicians, pony rides, exhibits, demonstrations, puppet shows, and much more. Oaks Park Amusement Park (7100 SE Oaks Park Way). Saturday through Monday, noon-7:00 pm.

Lorna Miller's Little Kids Jamboree:  Join Lorna Miller as she entertains adults and kids with music, rhythm, and movement.  $5 per family. Mississippi Pizza (3552 N. Mississippi), 4:00 pm.

Mo Philips Family Concert: Support your local dad musician! Come out and see the fun and funny Mo Phillips play rockin' music for the whole family.  Enjoy kid-friendly snacks and beer and wine for mom and dad.  $10 per family, Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside). 5:00 pm.

Sunday

UrbanMamas Coffee Playdate: Come meet some new mamas and papas and enjoy a beverage as the little ones play. Sydney's Cafe (1800 NW Thurman), 10:30 am-12:30 pm. 

Family Sunday at Portland Art Museum: Visitors of all ages can use calligraphy to create artwork inspired by the Asian art galleries (from 1 to 3 p.m.), take family tours of the galleries (at 12:30 p.m.), and listen to stories (from 2:30 to 3 p.m.). Free for members or with Museum admission. Museum admission for children age 17 and younger is free.

New Seasons Burger Tasting: Sample beef (mmm...blue cheese and thyme), turkey, vegetarian and vegan burgers. All stores, 11:00 am-5:00 pm.

Play After Play: This Play After Play production from Scandinavia is about an old woman who needs cheering up. A young man comes by and shows her she has everything she needs when they make a pot of delicious nail soup. Most appropriate for kids ages 2-9.  $7 per person over age 2, reservations required. Saturday at 10:00 am and Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Monday

Storytime with Raquel: Watch your little one be-bob and dance as parents enjoy some coffee and company. $2 suggested donation. Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside), 10:00-11:00 am.

Eat to the Beat: Enjoy Joe Seamon's performance and singalong of traditional music while munching on lunch. Airplay Cafe (701 E Burnside), 12:00-1:00 pm.

Tot Time at Greenfrog Toys: A fun time for kids under 5 to play and for parents to visit. Greenfrog Toys (1031 NW 11th Ave)10:30 am-11:00 am.


WEEKEND WARRIORS: May 8-10

May 06, 2009

A very happy Mother's Day weekend, mamas.  In your honor, here's an early edition of Weekend Warriors that is less about the kids and more more about you.  Wishing all mamas lots of hugs, kisses, and appreciation (just not before 7:00 am!).

Friday

Baby Boot Camp Mother's Day Celebration: Celebrate your success in health, fitness, friendship, and motherhood at this free class that is sure to knock your socks off.  Goody bags for first 100 registered, food, snacks, and coffee for all. Reserve a spot by May 7th, email erin.shirey@babybootcamp.com

Give Mama the Mic: Kickoff Mother’s Day weekend with an open mic evening of poetic "relaxabration". Bring your best poems about motherhood, kick it with your maternal comrades and speak your art out. Whether you strike a beginners prose or shake some advanced assonance, all poets are welcome. Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside), 7:00-9:00 pm.

Saturday

Mother's Day Cake Decorating: Mama got a sweet tooth?  Send the kids to Fred Meyer for this free cake decorating event. All stores, 11:00 am-4:00 pm.

Strawberry Shortcake Benefit: Help support programs in our community that provide services to mothers in need.  Just $4 will get you a scrumptious dessert and benefit the work of some amazing organizations (Salvation Army West Women’s & Children’s Shelter, Bradley-Angle House, Clackamas Women’s Services, Domestic Violence Resource Center, Raphael House of Portland, and the YWCA - Yolanda House).  All stores, Saturday & Sunday, 12:00-4:00 pm.

Family Concert in Honor of Mom: Come hear Kathryn Claire as she sings traditional songs from her CD KinderPrincess, have a chance for everyone to get in the band, and make mom a crown she can wear on Mother's Day when she is queen for the day. $10 per family. Airplay cafe (701 E. Burnside), 5:00 pm.

Sunday

Mother's Day Walk/Run:  Start your Mother's Day off by doing a little something for yourself.  This 5 k walk or 10k run loops through beautiful Mt. Tabor, passing the playground where the kids can cheer you on. Bring something brunchy to share after wards, coffee and hot chocolate provided. Free, donations accepted on behalf of Adoption Mosaic. Mt. Tabor Park Picnic Shelter, 9:00 am.

Mother's Day at the Portland Children's Museum: Free admission for mom. Activities include picture frame decorating, an animal tea party, mom-inspired story time, and family portraits. 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Walking with MomWhat a better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than hearing a lecture from Portland’s  “walking” author, followed by a beautiful walk in the park.  Join Laura O. Foster, author of Portland Hill Walks, Portland City Walks and Walk There! Park staff have said the walk would be short and appropriate for young kids. Tryon Creek State Park, 2:00 pm.

Hip Mama Mother's Day Party: This annual fundraiser supports sliding scale subscriptions to Hip Mama Magazine. This year you can be entertained by Kimya Dawson, The Village Free Choir, Cybelle Clements, belly dancing by Magidah Sa'id, and a kid-friendly burlesque routine. There will be beer, vegan beans and rice, and a silent auction. The Watershed (5040 SE Milwaukee) 3:00-5:00 pm..

Mother's Day Family Dance Party: Get down mama, to music from the 80's (and a time when you were foot loose and fancy free $5 per family. Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside). 5:00-7:00 pm.

WEEKEND WARRIORS: May 1-3

May 01, 2009

If you're looking for some out of town action this weekend, consider the Founder's Day Festival at Champoeg State Park or the Tulip Festival in Woodburn, where the color of the flowers is still going strong. 

Friday

Title Wave Used Book Sale: Title Wave is the Multnomah County Library's used book store.  Bring a brown paper bag (or a canvas one?) because anything you can fit in it is only $10! Actually, they will have bags on hand, limit is 10 bags per customer (wow, that is a lot of books). Sales help fund the great services they provide to the community. Title Wave Used Book Store (216 NE Knott), 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

Story & a Stroll: Enjoy a short guided walk that involves education about May Day. Targets kids 3-6, rain or shine. Pre-registration required. Tryon Creek State Park, 1:00-2:00 pm.

Free First Friday: Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Portland Children's Museum and hear the Woodburn High School Mariachi Band.  Also, make your own Maracas. Admission is free from 5:00-8:00 pm.

May Day Celebration: Watch local kids dance around the May pole (5:00 and 6:00 pm.), plus face painting, belly dancing (5:00-5:45), great music entertainment (Freak Mountain Ramblers, Chervona, and a funky walking brass band) and more.  Free,  Kennedy School (5736 NE 33rd Avenue).  Activities start at 5:00 pm.

Saturday

2009 Fairy Festival: A celebration of all things fairy, including magic wands, real flower crowns, storytelling, potions, wishing tree, dragon den, and so much more. Don't forget your costume! $4 adults, $3 kids (2 and under are free). Alpenrose Dairy, 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Create a Rain Stick: Learn about the lore of the rain stick in Africa and other cultures. Then create and decorate your own, experimenting with different kinds of grains to make a variety of rain sounds. Free, Belmont Library (1038 SE 39th Avenue), 3:00-4:30 pm.    

Nail Soup: This Play After Play production from SScandinavia is about an old woman who needs cheering up. A young man comes by and shows her she has everything she needs when they make a pot of delicious nail soup. Most appropriate for kids ages 2-9.  $7 per person over age 2, reservations required. Saturday at 10:00 am and Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Cinco de Mayo Family Dance Party:  Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo by dancing to the latin grooves of Quintillion. This is a family dance party for all ages. $5 per family. Full menu available including special burritos and libations for adults of course. Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside). 5:00-7:00 pm.

Sunday

Rieke Elementary Art Fair: 40 local artists, art classes for kids, plants, painting, and photography. Rieke Elementary School (1405 SW Vermont), 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

Opening of King Farmers Market: Yeeeha! Commissioner Nick Fish will ring the start bell for this long overdue farmers market. NE Wygant & 7th (between Alberta and Prescott). 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

$2 Sunday at OMSI: A great way to see the museum for cheap. 9:30 am-5:30 pm.

East Portland Community Center Indoor Play Park: Balls, tumbling, cars, trikes, and more. For kids birth to 5, $1 per child. 740 SE 106th (near Mall 205), (503) 823-3450. 3:30-5:30 pm.

Family Supper at Milagros:  A new event at Milagros, the Family Supper is a chance to meet, greet, share and learn. The subject for the May Family Supper will be budget family travel to Hawaii. They will provide ideas and tips from family travels on the islands (feel free to bring your own tips as well). Bring a vegetarian dish to share and place settings for your group.  Kids of all ages are very welcome. Free, but space is limited. Please RSVP with name and number in your party to rsvp@milagrosboutique.com. Milagros Boutique (5433 NE 30th Avenue) 5:00 pm.

WEEKEND WARRIORS: April 10-12

April 10, 2009

Rain, rain go away, you're raining on our Easter parade! If you 're looking for more excitement than just the backyard this weekend, check out the Oregonian's guide to local Easter egg hunts.  Just make sure you bring an umbrella!

Friday

Eat to the Beat: Move to the groove while you munch your lunch.  A great chance to wear the kiddos down for a long nap as they bop to the beat. Airplay Cafe, 12:00-1:00 pm.

NE Moms Playgroup:  You don't have to live in NE to join this group of moms that gets together to play and chat.  Bring a snack to share if you can.  Milagros Boutique (5433 NE 30th), 2:30-4:30 pm.

Kids for Rock 4 Kids: Inspired by the Academy Award-winning hit movie, Slumdog Millionaire, Portland-based kid bands Still Pending and Blind Einstein -- along with special guests Social Appetite and The Vibrations -- are hosting a concert to benefit Mercy Corps programs for children around the world. $10, all ages. Crystal Ballroom (1332 W. Burnside), 6:00-9:00 pm.

Saturday

Healthy Kids' Fair: Easter egg hunts (kids 1-8), car seat checks, $5 bike helmets, fire truck and ambulance displays, and more. Legacy Emanuel (501 N. Graham),  10:00 am-2:00 pm.

Concordia Spring Egg Hunt: This annual tradition will be held at the playground along NE 37th Avenue and NE Ainsworth.  Free prizes, rain or shine, 10:00 am (sharp!).

Safety Saturday at the Belmont Firehouse: Learn valuable safety lessons and fire department history by exploring the old Belmont Firehouse. Hands on activities include sliding down a fire pole! Belmont Historic Firehouse (900 SE 35th), 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Family Dance: Get your groove on (and your caffeine too!) with your kiddo at this DJ spinning, kid twirling, free disco party.  Airplay Cafe (701 E. Burnside), 10:00 am-noon.

Painted Turtle Walk: Come see one of the largest populations of Western painted turtles in the Northwest. See these beautiful reptiles with the help of Metro naturalist James Davis, who will have small telescopes for a close look. Learn about their natural history and why they're so rare. Adults and children 5 and older. Meet in the parking area on North Marine Drive. Advance registration required. (503) 797-1850 ext. 4  Smith and Bybee Lakes, 1:00-2:30 pm.

Marimba Marathon:  More than a dozen youth marimba bands will perform all day. All ages. Free. Organized by local teacher MyLinda King. David Douglas High School (1400 SE 130th Ave.) 10:00 am-4:30 pm.

Lorna Miller's Little Kids' Jamboree: Join Lorna Miller as she entertains adults and kids with music, rhythm, and movement.  $5 per family. Mississippi Pizza (3552 N. Mississippi), 4:00 pm.

Sunday

East Portland Community Center Indoor Park: As far as the staff at the EPCC could confirm, the indoor park will be open on Easter. For kids birth to 5, $1 per child. 740 SE 106th (near Mall 205), 3:30-5:30 pm.

Family Sunday at the Portland Art Museum: Every Sunday in April, visitors of all ages can experiment with photographic techniques inspired by the APEX: Chris Jordan exhibition (from 1 to 3 p.m.), take family tours of the galleries (at 12:30 p.m.), and listen to stories (from 2:30 to 3 p.m.). Adults are $9, kids under 17 are free.

Brunch ideas at New Seasons: Frittatas and stratas and sausage, oh my!  All stores, 11:00 am-5:00 pm.

WEEKEND WARRIORS: April 3-5

April 03, 2009

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Hi mamas, here's just a small sampling of some fun activities going on in town this weekend. If you're up for hopping in the car (and maybe a little rain), consider the Wooden Shoe Festival or the Tryon Creek Trillium Festival.  Check out the uM calendar for more action and info on some of our favorite regular events.

Friday

Day of the Young Child at the Portland Children's Museum: FREE admission! Plus Penny Puppets (12:30, 1:30, 5:30 and 6:30), art projects and more.  9:00 am-8:00 pm.

First Friday Steamup: If you've a train enthusiast on your hands, check out this display of miniature trains. Popcorn and kids coloring area too! Free. Staver Locomotive (2537 NW 29th) 6:00-8:30 pm.

Saturday

Cowboy & Octopus: Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s book “Cowboy & Octopus” pairs an unlikely duo as friends. Create a hero all your own by building an eight-legged friend from recycled materials with Sarie Weinberger of SCRAP. Gregory Heights Library (7921 NE Sandy), 2:00-4:00 pm.

Symphony Storytime: The Oregon Symphony is on the road for interactive, musical storytimes. This series focuses on storybooks, music, instruments, sound and fun musical crafts. Each week features a visit from an Oregon Symphony musician who will play and provide an introduction to his or her instrument and orchestral music. Killingsworth Library (512 N. Killingsworth),11:00 am-12:00 pm.

Pearl Bunny Hop: Follow the treasure map for easter treats and craft projects from many of the kid-friendly businesses in the Pearl District. 10:00 am-6pm.

David Rovics Pirate Songs: Hailed as a peace poet and troubador for our times, David Rovics turns his considerable talents to music for kids.  Check out www.davidrovics.com for samples of his pirate songs. Free cookies for kids wearing bandanas. $10 for the whole family. 5:00 pm.

Sunday

University of Portland Reading Fair: Bats, Balls, and Books: Come have a field day with reading! Celebrate reading by perusing over 1,600 books, listening to readings by UP students, plus face painting, beanbag tosses (and other games), and Pennys Puppet Shows at 11:30 and 12:30. Parents are asked to bring books children have outgrown for donation to a local homeless shelter. Portland Chiles Center 11:00 am-5:00 pm.

$2 Sunday at OMSI: A great way to see the museum for cheap. 9:30 am-5:30 pm.