328 posts categorized "Weekend Warriors"

Weekend Warriors 3/8-3/10/13

March 06, 2013

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

Generations~ Ecstatic Dance for the Whole Family at Quaking Grass. Bring the kids, grandparents, parents, and everyone in between! Potluck at 5-5:3, followed by an intention and then Dancing!!! Friday 5-7pm. $3/person

Messy March Madness at the Sellwood Community Center. Join for crafts and active games.  Friday 6:30-8:30pm. $10/family of 4 or less, or $3/person.

Bricks Cascade 2013 - a Lego Convention in Portland! This is the perfect activity for families with kids who love Lego and want to see what amazing creations people have done with simple plastic bricks. Saturday 10am-4pm. $8 per ticket, or $28 per family of 4-5

Junior Gardener's Club at The Oregon Garden. A hands-on opportunity to learn about gardening, the outdoors, health and fitness, arts and crafts, community awareness and more. Saturday 10-11:30am. $3 for 1 child and 1 adult (admission not incl.)

Stories With Alton Chung at Portland Children's Museum. Get comfy in the Play It Agin Theater as you hear Hawaiian Folk Tales told by local storyteller, Alton Chung. Saturday at 11am and noon. Free with admission ($9).

Dinolandia at the NW Library. Join Penny's Puppet Productions to find out how the Dinosaurs makes time for their family in this modern day dino-rockin' puppet show. Saturday 3-3:45pm. Free!

Curious Garden at the Curious Comedy Theater. Come see our old friends Razzie the Fairy, Daisy the Flower and Jojo the Lawnjockey - and meet our new garden friends Ribbit the Frog, Dottie the Ladybug and Flappy the Chicken! Sunday 10:30am-11:30am. $5 suggested donation.

Girl Power Day at Green Bean Books. Let's celebrate some of the smartest, bravest, most creative, and kindest girls in the storybook world! Great for kids ages 4-10! Boys warmly welcomed too! Sunday 1:00pm. FREE!

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

WEEKEND WARRIORS: 3/1-3/3

February 27, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend Warriors: 2/22-2/24

February 20, 2013

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

Ladybug Nature Walks are in full swing!  Walk through Whitaker Ponds Natural area and explore nature with a friendly and knowledgeable guide.   Friday at 10.  $3 per child.  Please see the brochure for exact location. 

This Friday enjoy a special $5 admission to Art a la Carte at its new(ish) location in NE Portland.  This week, create bottle cap magnets.  Friday from 3 to 5.

The Community Music Center is hosting its monthly Family Friday Concert Series on Friday at 7:15.  This month they will be featuring The Heritage, a bluegrass/alt-country band.  Admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $15 per family.

Saturday is Girl's Day at the World Forestry Center.  Girls of all ages can discover the amazing life of the forests and enjoy activities created specially for them.  Saturday from 10 to 2.  $5.


The First Tech Challenge is at OMSI on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4.  High school robotics teams converge for a day of mechanical madness.  Free with admission.

The Paper Airplane Guy will be at the Evergreen Space Museum on Saturday for a general public show at 10 and at 1.  He is the world record holder for distance with a paper airplane, and will be showing his tricks of the trade.  Free with museum admission. 

There's a special storytime at A Children's Place on Saturday at 1 featuring Dr. Travis Agee.  Dr. Agee is a dentist who will read fun dental-related books and lead teeth-related activities.  Free!

The Second Annual Family Sock Hop at the Mt. Scott Community Center is Saturday from 6 to 8.  Live music, root beer floats, craft stations, and more.  $3/person or $10/family.

Check out the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the Central Library at 12:30 or at 3.  This festival debuts videos that compress the story of a Newbery award-winning book into 90 seconds or less. Free!

The Portland Youth Philharmonic will be performing its Cadenza Concert at Skyview High School on Sunday at 4.  Tickets are $10-12.

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: 2/15-2/17

February 13, 2013

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

Check out Mo Phillips' blend of soul, rock, blues, and kindie goodness at Treehouse Boutique on Friday at 10. $5/child.

On Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 you can make Red Fans for the Lunar New Year at the Midland Library.  Decorate red accordion fans with origami paper, Chinese character rubber stamps, glitter, and other materials. Free!

Head to the Charles Jordan Community Center on Friday from 6 to 8 for a Family Dinner Night.  There will be dance, arts, and, of course, food.  Free!

On Saturday from 11 to 3:30, check out Museum Family Saturday at the Oregon Maritime Museum.  Explore the exhibits, turn the steering wheel, learn about maritime communication, and make nautical flags to take home with you.  Families of up to 2 adults and 2 children under 14 will be admitted free. 

Saturday from 11 to 3 is Community Day at the Oregon Historical Society.  In celebration of Black History Month, there will be special activities for all ages with a focus on black history in Oregon.  You can also check out the newest exhibit, "All Aboard! Railroading and Portland's Black Community."  Free admission. 

There are two opportunities to check out Tears of Joy Theatre's bilingual performance of Papagayo this Saturday.  Saturday at 11 at the St Johns Library, and at 2 at the Central Library (tickets available 30 minutes in advance).  Free!

On Saturday at 11, head to Powell's on Burnside to listen to Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.  This book is being read in celebration of the new Storyland Exhibit at The Children's Museum, which opened this week! Free!

Make your own snow globes at the Gregory Heights Library on Saturday from 1 to 2.  Preregistration is required - 503 988 5234.  Free!  

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Midland Library on Sunday from 2 to 4.  There will be traditional lion dance, music, games, foods, and crafts.  Free!

ComedySportz brings its improv games to the 12 and under crowd with ComedySportz 4 Kidz on Sunday at 2.  Reservations are recommended -  503 236 8888.  $8 kids, $10 adults.

Music Together's Concert & Scholarship Fundraiser is this Sunday at the Alberta Rose Theater.  There will be two showings - one at 3 and one at 5.  Last year the concert sold out, so you may want to buy tickets in advance.  $10 adults, $5 children.

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 Warrior: 2/8-2/10

February 06, 2013

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

Beginning Friday and lasting through the weekend, OMSI is hosting the 62nd annual agate and mineral show.  Free with museum admission.  Winter hours are 9:30 to 5:30.

This month as part of Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing's writing workshop Book Fan Friday, kids ages 10 to 18 can take part in a discussion with author Kirby Larson about reading other people's letters and how they help inform historical fiction.  Friday at 4:30.

Dragon Theater Puppets is now performing a weekly show at Playdate PDX every Friday at 6.  This week they will be performing Rapunzel Redeems Rumpelstiltskin.  Free !

Saturday is family day at the Washington County Museum (note the new location in Hillsboro).  This month, join the museum to make crafts, play games, and honor the county's Hispanic community.  Saturday from 10 to 1.  Free!

The Northwest Family and Kids Festival at the Washington County Fair Complex is this Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4.  Games, facepainting, petting zoos, pony rides, bounce houses, mad science, and other activities for kids.  $10/family.  ($2 coupon available on their website.)

Yikes!  Valentine's Day is next week already!  If your kiddos haven't yet made a card for that special someone, there are lots of opportunities this weekend at your local library.  Make a Valentine Saturday at 12 at the Sellwood Library, at 1 at the Hollywood Library, or at 2 at the Central Library.  Free!

Art a la Carte is taking it on the road on Saturday!  Head to the Gresham Library from 2 to 4 for an artistic free-for-all.  Free!

The traditional Chinese rod puppet theater, Dragon Art Studio, will be performing traditional Chinese folk tales and other stories with traditional rod puppets at the Clark County Historical Museum on Saturday at 2.  Free with admission of $2 kids, $3 seniors/students, $4 adults, of $10/family.

The Chinese New Year celebrations begin at Lan Su Gardens on Sunday and last through the 24th.  Today you can enjoy lion dancing, make-a-snake activities, calligraphy demonstrations, and more.  Details here.  Hours are 10 to 5.  Regular admission rates apply.

Oodles 4 Kids is also ringing in the new year with dragon face painting, dragon crafts, dragon puppet making with help from Olde World Puppet Theatre (at 1), book readings of traditional Chinese tales.  Festivities last all day!

For even more ways to ring in the Chinese New Year, check PDX Kids Calendar’s complete guide here.

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

 

Weekend Warriors: 12/14-12/16

December 12, 2012

 Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, including Portland-area family holiday events, check PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Sing along to festive tunes while you construct your gingerbread masterpiece at the Mt Scott Community Center on Friday from 6 to 8.  Free! 

Kids aged 10 to 18 can head to Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing for Book Fan Friday on Friday at 4:30.  This month, author/illustrator Barry Deutsch will talk about creating comics and graphic novels. Free!  

Santa Claus is coming to town, and he's arriving in style!   Santa will be touching in down in the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum helicopter on Saturday at 9:30 while choirs perform Christmas carols.  Stick around for a showing of The Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey at 10.  $12 youth, $14 adults.     

Play after Play performs The Faerie's Gift at the Brooklyn Bay on Saturday at 10 and Sunday at 2.  This is a sweet story about generosity and caring for others, and is most appropriate for ages 2-8.  After the show, children are invited to connect through gentle play.  $7/ticket.     

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays for free at the Oregon Historical Society on Saturday from 10 to 5.  Hear holiday carols by The Dickens Carolers, watch a historic model train in action, and make your own journal.  Family programs run from 11 to 3 on Saturday.   

Enjoy free admission to the Maritime Museum on Saturday from 11 to 4, plus make your own sailboat tree ornament to take home.  Free! 

The Toy Trains will be performing at Mississippi Pizza on Saturday from 4 to 5.  $5 for ages 12 and up.  Stick around for the Percy Twig Christmas Family Show at 6.   

Make dough ornaments and play dough at Café au Play on Sunday from 10:30 to 12:30.  $2 suggested donation per child.

Read and sing along to holiday stories, craft your own Elf Hats and get your portraits taken as whimsical and wintry magical creatures at Green Bean Books on Sunday from 1 to 2.   

Enjoy the Posado Milagro at the Miracle Theatre on Sunday from 1 to 5.  This community celebration is filled with Latin American traditions and reflects on the journey of Mary and Joseph.  Theater, crafts, storytelling, a pinata, and more.  Admission is free, and first-come, first-served.   

Join Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus for Holiday Songs from Around the World at the Mt Park Recreation Center in Lake Oswego on Sunday from 7 to 8.  This talented chorus is comprised of children from across Portland and beyond, and the songs are sure to delight!  $5 suggested donation. 

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

 

Weekend Warriors: 12/7-12/9

December 05, 2012

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

Local holiday celebrations continue throughout town this weekend.  Some of the highlights include the Fremont Festival of Lights on Friday from 5 to 9, with a visit from Santa and a children's crafts tent, and Beaverton's Tree Lighting is also Friday from 5 to 9, with another appearance by Santa and a children's holiday workshop.  There are plenty more holiday happenings around town - check PDX Kids Calendar’s Portland holiday guide for the scoop!  

Are you ready for some reindeer?  Reindeer Magic returns to Dennis 7 Dees locations around town throughout the weekend from 10 to 5.  Kids will enjoy activities, cookies, cocoa, cider, music, Santa, and real reindeer!  Free!  Check their website for location details.

Green Bean Books hosts its monthly Spanish Storytime with Portland Early Learning Project on Friday from 11:15 to 11:45.  Free!  

Free admission to the Portland Children’s Museum Friday from 4 to 8! 

Drop in any time from 9 to 3 on Saturday for Safety Saturday at the Belmont Firehouse.  See firetrucks, gear, and meet with some firemen.  Free!

Free admission to the Washington County Museum on Saturday from 10 to 1 with the theme of "space."  There will also be a special craft - making a solar-themed ornament for the holidays - astronaut ice cream to sample, and other festivities.

Café au Play is hosting lots of kid-friendly activities this weekend - recycled crafts, paper bag reindeer puppets, and music on Saturday, and face painting, Red Yarn puppet show, and more music on Sunday.  Check their website for the exact schedule.  Most activities are free, but some have a small charge or donation requested.   

Make an ornament with Santa at Drake’s 7 Dees on Saturday at 11.  This event is free, but can food donations are requested.

The 22nd Annual Tuba Christmas Concert is happening at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Saturday at 1:30.  Over 200 tubas will play!  Free!

Head on over to the gorgeous Milagros Boutique on Sunday at 1 for a showing of the movie "Elf" and some popcorn.  Suggested donation of $5 or one can of food.   

Local author Arthur Bradford will be reading from his book Benny's Brigade and signing books at Oodles 4 Kids on Sunday at 3.  Free!

Chanukah Wonderland is Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 at Beverly Cleary Middle School. There will be crafts, a play zone, legos, entertainment, and lots more.  $4 child or $12 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: 11/30-12/2

November 28, 2012

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

Celebrate the holiday season with Santa's Workshop at The Oregon Garden Friday through Sunday from 12 to 8.  Visitors can hop aboard the Holiday Express and travel to the Rediscovery Forest, where they will find Santa's Workshop - complete with Santa and his live reindeer!  Music, stories, photo ops, games, and crafts too.  Free with garden admission - $11 adults, $9 seniors, $8 students 12-17, $5 ages 5-11.   

The Providence Festival of Trees is this weekend at the Convention Center.  Stroll through "village" streets and survey over 80,000 lights on more than 30 decorated trees.  Santa, crafts, model trains, and more too.  $4 kids, $6 adults.  Friday from 10:30 to 4, with a special show for the 5 and under crowd from 10:30 to 12:30, and Saturday from 9 to 6.   

Have you checked out a Rookie Rock class at its new location at the lovely Treehouse Boutique. Mo Phillips will be rocking out Friday at 10.  $5/child.  

The Holiday Express gears up this weekend and the following two weekends.  Ride aboard a steam locomotive through Oaks Bottom.  Santa will be on board with candy canes.  Check the website for available train times.  $11 kids ages 3-12, $17 adults.

The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum is hosting a FIRST Lego League tournament this Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9.  Watch teams construct robots out of Legos and compete.  $5, which includes admission to the Space Museum.

Celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of a Scandinavian Christmas at ScanFair at the Memorial Coliseum.  Traditional and modern arts and crafts come together at this festival, complete with a room for kids to make traditional Scandinavian crafts.  $6 adults, 12 and under free.   Saturday from 10 to 5, Sunday from 10 to 4.

Join Nuestro Canto in singing traditional Latino songs while learning about their meaning and origin.  At the Troutdale Library on Saturday from 1 to 2.  Free!

The Annual Sherwood Winter Festival is taking place on Saturday in Old Town Sherwood.  The festivities begin with a community parade at 4, followed by tree lighting, music, Santa, kids activities, cookie decorating, and more fun.  Free!

Discounted $2 admission to OMSI on Sunday from 9:30 to 5:30!

In honor of Elf month, create your own Picasso-inspired work of Elfin art at Green Bean Books on Sunday from 11 to 4.  Free!

Lots of other great kid-friendly holiday events from our friends at PDX Kids Calendar listed here.

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

Weekend Warriors: 11/2-11/4

October 31, 2012

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

Red Yarn is bringing his puppetry, music, and interactive storytelling to The Warehouse Cafe every Friday at 10.  $5 suggested donation. 

Head over to the lovely Green Bean Books on Friday for its monthly Spanish Storytime sponsored by Portland Early Learning Project.  Friday from 11:15 to 11:45.  Free! 

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a special storytime at the Hillsboro Schute Park Library on Friday from 3:30 to 5.  This will be a bilingual presentation and will be followed by a craft.  Please preregister by calling 503 615 6500.  Free! 

Free admission to the Portland Children's Museum this Friday from 4 to 8! 

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Weekend Warrior: 10/26-10/28

October 24, 2012

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

Lots of spooky happenings going on at neighborhood community centers around town on Friday.  St Johns has its Halloween Spooktacular - a costumed carnival party.  Game tickets are 5/$1. Friday from 6 to 8:30. Mt. Scott has its Halloween Carnival as well - creepy crafts and activities, carnival games, movie, family swim.  $3/person or 4 cans of food. Friday from 6 to 8. And Peninsula Park has its Monster Mash with games, crafts, food, prizes, and face painting.  Friday from 6 to 8:30.  Free!  

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Weekend Warriors: 10/19-10/21

October 17, 2012

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

A little rain never stopped us Portlanders!  Check out this week's ladybug nature walk at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge on Friday at 10.  Explore nature, rain or shine!  $3 per preschooler.  Exact location here

This week's Messy Monkeys at 100th  Monkey Studios is appropriate for the season: pumpkins!  Make an orange collage, paint a pumpkin, and open up a pumpkin to study the pulp.  Friday from 10 to 12. $8/hour/child.  Advance registration appreciated.  

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Weekend Warriors: 10/12-10/14

October 10, 2012

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

Bring in your family, friends, and a pumpkin for a night of messy fun at the Mt. Scott Community Center.  Paint your pumpkin with a cat, ghost, or whatever you want!  Friday from 6 to 8.  Free!  For other fall fun ideas, check out PDX Kids Calendar’s compilation of fall activities here.

The Community Music Center’s Family Friday Concert Series kicks off with a bang on Friday with the folksy/bluegrassy tunes of Whistlin' Rufus.  Show starts at 7:15.  Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation per person or $15/family.   

The 25th Apple Tasting at Portland Nursery is this weekend and next, Friday through Sunday from 10 to 5.  Activities over the weekend include cooking demonstrations, face painting, crafts, hula hoops, and a scavenger hunt.  Free! 

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Weekend Warriors: 10/5-10/7

October 03, 2012

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

The 61st Annual Greek Festival is this weekend at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in NE Portland.  Experience Greek culture, traditions, food, music, and dance.  Kids-friendly activities include face painting, gold medals, ivy wreaths, coloring, and puppet shows.  Admission is free, but there is a fee of $2 to the children's area.  Food is an additional cost.  Friday and Saturday from 10 to 10, Sunday from 12 to 8.   

Enjoy free admission to the Children’s Museum this Friday from 4 to 8, where you can check out the new exhibit Chagall for Children.  

Check out a free, all-ages performance by the Shakespeare Liberation Army at MAC on Friday at 7 of  "Over the Cliff Notes on Macbeth."  If you didn't get Shakespeare before, you will now!  

Opera Theater Oregon is performing The Old Maid and the Thief, a vintage radio opera, at the Mission Theater.  Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2.  Tickets are $17-20 for adults, $14 for students, and free for children 12 and under.  

 

Reed College's Fall Canyon Day is Saturday from 9 to 3 at the east end of the canyon closest to the Studio Art Building.  The event welcomes all ages to help protect and restore the natural vegetation in the canyon.  Tools and food are provided.  

October brings Family Harvest Days to the Oregon Garden every Saturday from 10 to 4.  Enjoy educational harvest activities, crafts (like pumpkin painting) and games.   Free with garden admission of $0-11.  There are lots more ideas for kid-friendly fall fun by PDX Kids Calendar here

Have fun and use that brain at the Portland Youth Spelling Bee at Mississippi Pizza on Saturday from 1 to 2:30.  Kids ages 5 to 18 are welcome to participate. 

Oktoberfest celebrations continue at St John’s Theater and Pub on Saturday at 1.  Enjoy live music, food, and general revelry.  Free!  

Cheer on your favorite runner at the Portland marathon and half marathon this Sunday!  Runners will be going through downtown, over the St Johns' Bridge, and through many other locations around town. Course maps are here.  Race starts at 7.  And there's still time to sign up for the kid's run on Saturday from 9 to 12. 

Admission to OMSI is only $2 on Sunday.  Hours are from 9:30 to 5:30.  

Check out the kid-friendly performance of Trains, Trams, and Trolleys by the Oregon Symphony on Sunday at 2 at the Schnitz.  Tickets start at $10.   

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 Warrior: 9/28-9/30

September 26, 2012

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

The Seventh Annual American Indian Day Celebration comes to Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday from 12 to 7.  There will be drum groups, dancers, vendors, and booths from many tribal organizations.  Free!  

Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival at 100th Monkey Studios on Friday from 10 to 12.  Paint with washable ink and brushes, make a votive candle holder, and take home a recipe for a mooncake.  $8/hour.  Best for ages 1 to 6.  Registration encouraged.  

Numerous museums across Portland are free on Saturday for Smithsonian Museum Day.  Participating museums include the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Oregon History Museum, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Portland Art Museum, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Fort Vancouver, and the World Forestry Center.  Be sure to print out your ticket, good for 2 free admissions, here.   

Gather on the north side of the pond at Laurelhurst Park on Saturday from 10 to 2  for Dragonfest.  Expect music, games, activities, crafts, a BYOpicnic, bake sale, costume contest, jousting, and other activities.  Best for ages 12 and under.  Free!  

Get ready for one of the last street fairs of the season with Fun on Foster on Saturday from 10 to 5.  Artists, djs, food, face painting, movies, bikes, tango, and more.   On Foster between SE 49th and 93rd.  Free! 

Start gearing up for Halloween with Spooky Science at the North Portland Library on Saturday at 11.  Mad Science will show exciting and engaging scientific Halloween surprises - melting goo and floating objects included.  Best for ages 5 to 12.  Free! 

Get your little Star Wars fiend ready for a Star Wars Party for Little Kids at the Beaverton Library Saturday from 2:30 to 4.  Pretend play with games and crafts.  Please feel free to come in costume! Best for ages 2 to 8, preregistration required.  503 350 3600.  Free!   

The final Sunday Parkways of the season comes to East Portland on Sunday from 11 to 4.  Seven miles of streets  and trails will be closed to traffic and brimming with activities, music, food and vendors.  View the map here.  Free! 

Listen to a performance of traditional Irish music by Innisfree at the Northwest Library on Sunday from 2 to 3.  In between singing and playing, the musicians will share the history of the music and show some dance steps.  Free!    

Check out the Harvest Century Family Ride in Hillsboro - a three mile, flat course great for families. Check in and registration is Sunday from 1 to 2, with the ride beginning at 2:30. The family ride is free.  

White Bird will honor its 15th anniversary of bringing the best dance from around the world by presenting The Continental, a line dance, at Pioneer Courthouse Square.  There will be two 30-minute performances - one on Sunday at 2, the other at 4.  Both are free.  

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

 

Weekend Warriors: 9/21-9/23

September 19, 2012

 Lots going on this weekend, here's just a small sample.  For other ideas for kid-friendly fun in Portland, check PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Oaks Park Friday through Sunday with authentic food and beverages, live oompah music and dancing, games, and lots of other festivities.  $2-5/person.

Check out two of Portland's favorite kindie acts - Tallulah's Daddy and Mr. Hoo - in one show!  Friday from 5 to 7 at Jam on Hawthorne.  $10 suggested donation.   

RiverFest returns to the Tom McCall Riverfront Park and other locations this Friday through Sunday with lots of events and activities that celebrate the Willamette - river cruises, kayaking, bike tours, canoe rides, park clean ups, and lots of other options.  See here for a detailed schedule.  

This weekend marks the grand opening of the new Oregon Rail Heritage Center.  See the three steam locomotives in their new home, and enjoy live music, kids activities, and guided tours.  Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5.  Free!

This one may be worth the trip - the Flock & Fiber Festival is this Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 9 to 4 at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.  See tons of fiber-producing animals, fiber arts, goodies, and related food.  Free!  

The 19th Annual Polish Festival is this Saturday from 11 to 10 and Sunday from 12 to 6 in Norht Portland.  There will be nonstop stage performances, a polka contest, street dance, and of course delicious Polish food.  Admission is free. 

Environmentally friendly hands-on craft activities for families and children under 12 await at the Children's Discovery Craft Carnival at Lents Park on Sunday from 1 to 4.  Plus, the Alphabeticians will be performing from 1 to 2! Registration is appreciated - [email protected] or 503 652 7477.    

Join family and friends in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the oldest holidays in Vietnam and China.  At the Gregory Heights Library.  Saturday from 2 to 3:30.  Free! 

Celebrate the Equinox with the North Tabor Neighborhood with  music from Zimba Marimba, a balloon artist, food, crafts, and yard games.  At the Providence Montessori Playground on Saturday from 2 to 6. 

The grand opening of Chagall for Children, the new exhibit at the PCM, is Sunday from 9 to 5.   Arranged like a miniature art gallery, the exhibit encourages children to play with the art and create masterpieces of their own.  Free with admission of $9.   

Hoyt Arboretum is installing new trail signage, and celebrating the transformation with games, prizes, and fun for all ages.  Sunday from 2 to 5.  Free!  

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

Weekend Warriors: 9/14-9/16

September 12, 2012

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

Check out Tallulah's Daddy as he brings sweet, acoustic music for kids ages 1 to 7 to Café au Play.  Friday at 10.  Suggested donation.    

The last of the summer Ladybug Nature Walks is this Friday (fall walks continue next week).  A great chance for you and your preschooler to explore a local park.  Friday's walk is at Woodstock Park at 47th and Steele at 10.  $3/preschooler.   

The 22nd Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival is Saturday from 8 to 4 in downtown Forest Grove.  You can register the day of the event to chalk up your own square, and enjoy the music and entertainment.  $7-12 per square (includes cost of chalk).

The 23rd Annual Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival is on Saturday from 10 to 6 a Heritage Park in Scappoose.  Activities include cabbage bowling, sauerkraut ice cream, sauerkraut eating contest, music, and a kids' activity station.  Free admission.   

This Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 6, OMSI is hosting the inaugural Portland Mini Maker Faire, a family-friendly showcase of creativity, cool technology, and hte maker movement.  The weekend will be filled with exhibits, talks, demos, and performances - many of them hands-on.  $12 adults, $8 youth ages 3-13 and seniors.

Celebrate Central American and Mexican Independence at the El Grito Festival in Pioneer Courthouse Square. The celebration includes authentic Latino food, and live Mariachi and Ballet Folklorico. Saturday from 11 to 11.  Free!

The 6th Annual Slabtown Festival is on Saturday from 11 to 6 in the parking lot at the NW Library.  Celebrate the Slabtown neighborhood with lots of kid-friendly fun, like a parade, Red Yarn, Penny the Puppeteer, The Alphabeticians, storytimes, and more.  Free! 

We are half way to St. Patrick's Day!  Many of the local McMenamins are celebrating on Saturday with Irish music and dancing.  Details here.

Big and little pirates are welcome to join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough watershed Council for an aquifer adventure - a family festival about groundwater.  Activities include games and a canoe ride in search of hidden treasure.  Costumes welcome.  Saturday from 12 to 4 at the Portland Water Bureau Canoe Launch.  Free!  

The Third Annual Fiets of Parenthood is happening this Sunday from 12 to 4.  The goal - to see how many people you can carry on your bike and still complete a challenging obstacle course.  Event lineup includes a family bike obstacle course, kids races, a bike-centric haiku competition, and more.  Event starts at Clever Cycles in SE PDX. 

Enjoy this gorgeous weather while we have it with a story and stroll at Tryon Creek.  The theme this week is The Kissing Hand: Raccoons.  Sunday from 10:30 to 11:45.  Best for ages 2 to 6.  Pre-registration required.  Free!  

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

Weekend Warriors: 9/7-9/9

September 05, 2012

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

This is the last weekend to catch a movie in the park, sponsored by Portland Parks & Rec.  Your choices this final weekend are Funny Face at Director Park and Hugo at MAC on Friday, and Pee-wee's Big Adventure at Wallace Park on Saturday.  All movies start at dark, with pre-movie entertainment at 6:30.  Free!  

Children's performer Red Yarn is playing a new regular gig over at Milagros on Fridays from 3:30 to 4:15.  Expect music, puppetry, and interactive storytelling.  $3 suggested donation per person.  

Jazz up your back to school supplies using recycled craft supplies.  At the Mt Scott Community Center on Friday from 5 to 7. Free!   

Hillside's 6th Annual Ice Cream Social is at the Hillside Community Center on Friday beginning at 6:30.  The event is free, but donations are accepted.   

Saturday from 10 to 1, enjoy free admission to the Washington County Museum and take part in free hands-on history and art activities.  Free!  

Join in the fun at Musicalu, a free-family-friendly concert series on Gresham’s Art Plaza. This is the final month, and Professor Banjo will be returning from up north to play with Mo Phillips. Saturday from 11 to 12.  Free!   

The Belmont Street Fair is Saturday from 12 to 7 in and around SE Belmont and 38th.  There will be live music, art, entertainment, shopping, food, drink.  Free!  

Oktoberfest celebrations begin!  Head to the Kennedy School on Saturday beginning at 12 for oom-pah bands, bratwurst, and good times.   Free! 

The Tualatin Riverfront Music Festival is Saturday from 3 to 8 at the Tualatin Community Park and features musical performances by  Rust, De La Warr, and special guests.  Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free.  

Make a bookmark collage at Green Bean Books on Sunday from 10 to 2.  Just in time for back to school!  Free!  

It's Fiesta Fun Day at Oaks Amusement Park on Sunday from 12 to 6.  Enjoy south of the border style fun with live music, dancing, and ethnic food.  

Check out a rehearsal by Portland Opera in Director Park on Sunday from 2 to 5.  Free!  

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

 

Weekend Warriors: 8/31-9/2

August 29, 2012

Things are slowing down a bit as back to school becomes a reality.  But there's still plenty to do to have one last shebang before the unofficial end to summer!  For more ideas for what to do in Portland this Labor Day Weekend, check PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Super fun Messy Monkey art activity going on at 100th Monkey Studios on Friday from 10-12 - make and decorate musical instruments like shakers and drums and make some noisy art.  For ages 1-6.  Pre-registration appreciated.  $8/hr.

 

Summer's almost over! Celebrate with one last hoorah at the Mt Scott Community Center.  Enjoy open swim, outdoor water activities, food, music, and a movie in the park. Friday from 1 to 10.  Free!   

 

We're nearing the end of the movies in the park season!  This weekend, catch Willy Wonka at Dawson Park, or The Adventures of Tintin at Mt Scott Park on Friday, or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 at Wellington Park on Saturday.  All movies begin at dusk, with pre-movie entertainment at 6:30.   


It's that time of year again!  The pirates are descending upon St Helens for the annual Pirate Festival.  There will be face painting, balloons, crafts, dragon theater puppets, cannon shows, inflatable rides, sword fight shows, and plenty of pirate-related activities. The festival runs Saturday from 10 AM to midnight and Sunday from 10 AM to 11PM. $6 ages 3-12; $12 ages 13 and up.

 

Another fun festival is also happening this weekend: Art in the Pearl in the NW Park blocks.  Over 100 artists will show and sell their works, plus there will be live music and theater and hands-on art activities for kids and adults.  Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 6, and Monday from 10 to 5.  Free to enter. 

 

And another  one - Bella Organic's Blackberry Bluegrass & Country Festival is this weekend. In addition to lots of berries, there will be tons of music from Portland favorites like Jackstraw.  Plus barnyard animals, pony rides, bounce castle, face painting, a cow train, and other kid-friendly fun.  Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 10.  $5 for ages 4-12; $10 for adults.   

 

OMSI is hosting the 26th Annual Reptile Show this Saturday through Monday from 9:30 to 7.  Over100 exotic animals will be on display, including a variety of captive bred snakes, lizards, turtles, alligators, and more. $3 for non-members.    

 

Enjoy a free classical music performance with Portland Festival Symphony in Lake Oswego's Foothills Park his Sunday at 5. Free!  

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

Weekend Warriors: 8/24-8/26

August 22, 2012

Street fairs, Sunday Parkways, Italian Festivals…. There’s a lot going on.  For even more ideas for kid-friendly events, check PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Festa Italiana hits Pioneer Courthouse Square on Thursday and continues through Saturday from 11 to 11. Italian food, music, marionettes, and much more.  Free admission. 

Matt Clark and Mr. Hoo are joining forces at Jam on Hawthorne on Friday from 5 to 6:30.  Enjoy some of the best Kindie musicians around! $10/family.   

The Fulton Park Ice Cream Social is Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Fulton Park Community Center. Make your own sundaes, climb the rock wall, and enjoy the great outdoors.  Free! 

It's Open Cockpit Day at the Pearson Air Museum.  Climb into the cockpit of specially selected airplanes.  Kids ages 8 to 17 can also get free airplane rides, weather permitting.  Saturday from 9 to 5.  Admission ranges from $0-7 based on age.  

Powell's Books is celebrating its 41st anniversary with food carts, games, authors, music (including from Tallulah's Daddy), activities, and more.  Saturday from  2 to 9. Free! 

Aaron Nigel Smith is having a CD Release Party for his new CD at Mississippi Pizza on Saturday at 4.$15/family or $5/person.   

Check out some Shakespeare in the park on Sunday at 1.  Original Practice Shakespeare Festival will be performing As You Like It at Mt Tabor Park.  Free!  

TheHawthorne Street Fair and SE Portland Sunday Parkways areconverging on Sunday.  Hawthorne is known for its eclectic mix of boutiques, cafes, and music - and its annual street fair does not disappoint!  This year it is being held in conjunction with Sunday Parkways, so lots of streets will be closed all the way from Laurelhurst to Mt. Tabor. And there will be even more music and mayhem than usual. Should be a fantastic time. The Hawthorne Street Fair is 10 to 5, and Sunday Parkways goes from 11 to 4.  Free!  

Interested in seeing a "Dive-In" movie?  Puss in Boots will be showing at Sellwood Pool on Friday, Wilson Pool on Saturday, and Grant Pool on Sunday at 8.  Watch from the comfort of the warmly-heated pool.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 youth ($3.50 for Wilson Pool).   

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: 8/17-8/19

August 15, 2012

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

The 106th annual Clackamas County Fair is happening now through Sunday in Canby. In addition to traditional fair fun, there will be lots of entertainment including music, dance, animal races, and more.   Friday and Saturday from 10 to midnight, and Sunday from 10 to 8.  Admission is $0-8 depending on age.    

 

Check out Soil Superheroes at Blue Lake on Friday from 1 to 5.  Learn about how bugs can help your garden crow.  For ages 3 and up.  Please pre-register.   Free, with $5 parking fee.

 

Multnomah Village's Multnomah Days is going on all day Saturday starting at 8. There will be a parade, music, kids zone, arts & crafts sale.  Come by and enjoy the fun.

 

One of my favorite Portland traditions is this weekend- the Adult Soapbox Derby on Mt. Tabor.  Bring your kiddos and a picnic and watch the crazy crafty soapbox cars whiz by. Saturday from 10 to 4.  

 

On Saturday from 10 to 4, Seaport Celebration will take you inside the fences of an active marine terminal to explore the working waterfront with activities and excitement for all ages.  Entertainment includes Mo Phillips, The Alphabeticians, and Mad Science.  Free! 

 

Enjoy free admission to the Museum of the Oregon Territory on Saturday, and take part in corn husk crafts and other games typical of the pre-1900 era. Best for ages 6 and up.  Activities take place from 1 to 2. Free! 

 

Portland Parks & Rec is hosting a family celebration of cooking and eating the healthy way at the St Johns Community Center on Sunday from 10 to 1. There will be cooking demos and free samples and tastings.  Free! 

 

The India Festival is Sunday from 11 to 8:30 in Pioneer Courthouse Square. There will be live music, dancing, food, entertainment and you can catch a glimpse of India's culture, history and people.  Free! 

 

Portland Taiko presents People of the Drum at the Mt Scott Community Center on Sunday at 3:30.  Free, and great for all ages.

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 Warrior: 8/10-8/12

August 08, 2012

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the dozens of kid-friendly activities listed this weekend over at PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Alpenrose Dairy is hosting the Little League World Series, with teams competing from across the world.  Games begin Thursday at 10 and continue throughout the week.  Full schedule here.  All games are free!    

See the Bobs Red Mill Spar for the Spurtle Oatmeal Throwdown at Bob’s Red Mill on Friday from 2 to 3.  Think Iron Chef, with the mystery ingredient being oatmeal.  Free!  

The Bite of Oregon Festival returns to the Waterfront Park Friday through Saturday. in addition to lots of amazing food, there will be kid-friendly entertainment like Penny the Puppeteer, the Nutrition Magician, and cooking classes.  $5 to enter.  Kids 12 and under are free.   

Another yummy option this weekend - the Tualatin Crawfish Festival is this Friday and Saturday.  There will be a wide variety of food, entertainment, and activities for all ages.  Friday near the lake at Tualatin Commons from 5 to 9 (free!) - and Saturday from 7 AM to 9 PM at the Tualatin Community Park.  $4 adults, $2 seniors and kids 2-17.   

The Galaxy Dance Festival  returns to Director Park on Friday and Saturday.  Join for an eclectic mix of dance performances, classes, and demonstrations.  Friday from 9 to 8 and Saturday from 10 to 6:15.  Free!     

The Alberta Street Fair is Saturday from 11 to 7!  Check out some of the amazing vendors that line Alberta (Salt & Straw, Collage, Mimosa Studios, to name a few), music on multiple stages, the kids parade, and large kids fun zone hosted by our friends at PDX Kids Calendar.  NE Alberta between 10th and 30th.  $2 suggested donation.

If your kiddos are anything like my Grady, they will be so excited for Big Truck Day at the Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center. Climb aboard various big trucks, including a SWAT team truck, fire trucks, monster trucks, and more.  Saturday from 10 to 2.  Free!  

The Community Music Center is hosting a celebration to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the historic Francis Street Firehouse.  There will be live music, building tours, a rock climbing wall, and refreshments.  Saturday from 1 to 4.  Free!   

The Hollywood Theater is hosting a Jim Henson Muppets festival this weekend.  Sample movies include Sesame Street at 40, Muppets History 101, and others.  Please see Hollywood Theater's website for full details. 

The International Tree Climbing Championship is this Saturday from 8 to 5 and Sunday from 9 to 5 in Laurelhurst Park.  Watch the champions and try it yourself - bucket rides, knot tying, tree identification, crafts, and more.  Free!  

OMSI's largest star party of the year is Sunday evening beginning at sunset. Watch the Perseid Meteor Showers at either LL "Stub" Stewart State Park or Rooster Rock State Park.  Telescopes will be set up for use.  Free, with $5 vehicle parking fee.  (Please check for cancellations.) 

 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 Warrior: 8/3-8/5

August 01, 2012

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

The Big Latch On is this weekend!  Help break the world record of women breastfeeding simultaneously on either Friday or Saturday.  Check here for locations.

The Washington Park Summer Festival kicks off tomorrow and continues through August 12. In the next few days, you can catch BodyVox (Thursday), The Strange Tones (Friday), Opera in the Park (Saturday) and Portland Festival Symphony (Sunday).  All performances begin at 6 at the Rose Garden Amphitheater and are free!

The Clark County Fair kicks off this weekend.  Carnival rides, farm animals, medieval jousting, air bikes...  it goes on and on.  Admission ranges from $7-10, with kids under 7 free.  Parking and carnival rides are additional charges.  Friday from 8 AM to 11, Saturday from 10 to 11, and Sunday from 10 to 10.  

The World Forestry Center is hosting a free kids workshop on Friday from 9 to 2 for kids ages 5 to 12.  The workshop will teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety.  Free!  

Free admission to the Children’s Museum on Friday from 4 to 8!

Dance the night away at Director Park on Friday with the Alex Krebs Tango Quartet.  Take a free lesson from 6 to 6:45 before the dancing begins at 7.  Free! 

Fremont Fest is this Saturday from 10 to 6. There will be a parade, multiple kid zones, face painting, music, and a chance to explore the Fremont neighborhood (Fremont between 41st and 52nd).  Free! 

OMSI is hosting Dirt to Dinner, a bilingual festival-style health and wellness event on Saturday and Sunday that will look at the life cycle of food from farm to table and beyond.  Check the website for the full schedule.  At the OMSI Front Plaza.  Free!  (Oh, and Sunday is $2 admission to the museum.)   

Before texting there was the telegraph.  Learn about this old form of communicating at the Museum of the Oregon Territory on Saturday at 1.  Best for ages 6 to 16.  Free!

Trek in the Park opens this weekend. Yes, it's just what it sounds like - a reenactment of a classic Star Trek episode. This year: Journey to Babel.  Saturday and Sunday at 5 at Cathedral Park.

Curious about bugs?  Check out Adventures with Bugs with the Bug Chicks at the Troutdale Library on Sunday from 1 to 2:30.  Free!

Celebrate the children with glasses in your life during Glasses Play Day at Custer Park on Sunday from 2:30 to 4.  Free!  

Check out Sundae in the Park, the Sellwood Park tradition featuring 50 cent ice cream sundaes, music, puppets, science, rock climbing, the Muppet Movie at dusk, and loads more.  Sunday from 12-11.  Free!   

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

 

Weekend Warriors: 7/27-7/29

July 25, 2012

Festival madness continues this weekend. Here are some highlights - even more can be found on PDX Kids Calendar’s events calendar and summer fun page, and on the urbanMamas calendar page.

Milwaukie Daze are in downtown Milwaukie this Friday through Sunday from 10 to 10.  There will be a parade, vendors, fireworks, and lots to eat, drink, and play.  Free admission.

Make beautiful stained glass using recycled plastic, melted crayons, paper, and paint at the Central Library on Friday at 10:30.  Best for ages 5-10.  Free!

Bella Organics' Blueberry Festival is this Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 10.  Blues/rock bands, food, and of course- blueberries.  $10 - tickets available here.

The 20th Annual Division-Clinton Street Fair is this Saturday from 10 to 10.  There will be a parade, vendors, activities, and music on three stages. 

Sway to the rhythm of hula dancers and Polynesian singers at the Ho'lkeand Hawaiian Festival at Esther Short Park in Vancouver on Saturday from 10 to 7.  There will also be Keiki events, traditional Hawaiian games, and nose flute making.  Free!

The NW Book Festival is Saturday from 11 to 5 at Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Children's authors Rob Adamowki and Rita Traut Kabeto will be there, along with dozens of other authors.   Free!

The 7th Annual Party in the Park in Beaverton is Saturday from 11 to 5.  Enjoy the Beaverton International celebration and more outdoor fun for the whole family.  Free!

The 17th Annual Columbia Slough Regatta is Sunday from 9 to 1.  Launch into the water by St Johns Canoe Launch and enjoy hands-on nature activities. Bring your own boat or make a reservation for a rental. Suggested $7 donation. 

Check out The Big Float on Sunday beginning at 12:30.  Brave and hearty souls will form a human flotilla of inner tubes and other watercraft and sail the Willamette from the Hawthorne Bridge.  There will be music, food, and a kids activity area as well.  Free to watch, $5 to float.

KC Puppetree's 'B' Show will be at Milagros this Sunday at 11.  Meet Bee, Bat, and Bald Eagle as they belt their B-eautiful ballads. $3-5.

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

Weekend Warriors: 7/13-7/15

July 11, 2012

Lots going on this weekend! For more ideas for summer fun, check out PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.


Have some fun with trains at Portland's Union Station this Friday and Saturday from 10 to 4 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Union Pacific Railroad.  Features include a portable locomotive simulator so you can feel what it's like to run a big diesel locomotive.  Free!

Portland chefs compete to create the ultimate ice cream treat at the Dairy Farmers of Oregon Ice Cream Churn-a-ment at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday from 12 to 1:30.  Free ice cream samples while they last!  Free!  

Meet local artists, participate in arts & crafts demos, and listen to live music at Art in the Park at St Johns Park.  Friday from 5 to 8.  Free!

The annual Mississippi Avenue Street Fair is this Saturday beginning at 10.  Celebrate the funky and eclectic businesses of the Mississippi neighborhood with music, crafts, food, and more.  Some great musicians are on tap, including The Alphabeticians, Mr. Ben, and Professor Banjo.    

Celebrate Bastille Day at Director Park on Saturday from 12 to 6 with music, french chefs, food vendors, activities, and more.  Free!

The 5th Annual Street Dance in downtown West Linn is Saturday beginning at 5. Festivities start with food booths and vendors, plus a juggling performance, before "Big Night Out" rocks the street dance at 8.  Free!

The Forest Music Series at Tryon Creek kicks off this Saturday at 6:30 with Sweet Thunder jazz quartet.  Free!

Superhero fun run and 5k? Super fun!  Only $10 for ages 10 and up - 9 and under are free.  Costumes or capes encouraged.  Meet life like super heroes, engage in crafts, and win prizes too.  At the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade Sunday beginning at 8.

McMenamin's Edgefield is celebrating its 101st birthday with live music, history tours, and more.  Sunday beginning at 11.  Free!

Green Bean Books is hosting its second annual fairy day Sunday beginning at 1.  Read fairy stores, build a fairy house, and make fairy wings.  $5/child.  Please reserve your spot - 503 954 2354.

Check out Red Yarn's music and puppet show at the Village Ballroom Sunday at 3:30.  $5. 

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

Weekend Warriors: 7/6-7/8

July 04, 2012

Happy Fourth!  If you're staying in town this weekend, here are some ideas.  For more ideas, check out the kid-friendly events at PDX Kids Calendar and at the urbanMamas calendar page.

Enjoy free admission to the Portland Children's Museum on Friday from 4 to 8.   

The Lake Oswego Summer Splash Concerts kick off this Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 at Millenium Plaza.  Featured this week: Naomi LaViolette. Free!

Another fun concert option: check out Dirty Syncopators (Funk For the People) at Fernhill Park as part of PP&R's summer free for all celebration.  Friday at 6:30.  Free!

 Tanabata, the Star Festival, returns to the Japanese Garden this Saturday from 1 to 3.   With the help of volunteer student teachers from Japan, children and parents can follow the Japanese custom of writing their wishes, making paper ornaments and decorating bamboo branches to take home for good luck.  Free with admission.

Feeling artsy?  Head to 100th Monkey Studios for their pop-in Saturday event, "Summer in the City."   Make tie-dye, bubble solution to take home, and all sorts of other fun summery projects.  Starts at 10 am.  $12 per child, with discounts for multiple children.

Soar with books at the Pearson Air Museum on Saturday at 10.  This program consists of a craft project and reading an aviation-themed picture book under the wings of one of our historic aircraft.  Kids under 6 are free.  Regular admission fees apply to everyone else. 

Check out Musicalu at the Arts Plaza in Gresham, a family-friendly series of music featuring some of the best kindie bands in the Northwest.  This week, it's The Alphabeticians.  Saturday at 11.  Free!

The Second Annual Wooden Boat festival is Sunday from 12 to 6  at the Willamette Sailing Club. Explore classic wooden boats, see new wooden boats in the making, and learn about the Willamette and Columbia Rivers' rich maritime heritage.

And yet another fun concert option - Conjunto Alegre (Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Bachata) is playing a free concert in McCoy Park on Sunday at 6:30.  Free!

And last one - Pacific Crest Wind Symphony is also playing a free concert on Sunday.  Get some culture in the beautiful outdoors.  Sunday at 6 at Director Park.  Free!

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

Weekend Warriors: 6/29-7/1

June 27, 2012

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

The Fourth of July is just around the corner!  Check out PDX Kids Calendar for the round-up of Fourth of July events in Portland.

Portland Parks & Rec's summer free for all kicks off  this week! That means the start of free movies in the park!  This weekend you can catch  the Adventures of Tintin at Knott Park on Friday and E.T. at King School Park on Saturday.  Movies begin at dusk, pre-concert entertainment begins at 6:30.

On Friday at 12, the Joy Now Camp will put on a youth marching and circus performance at Director Park.  Free!

The annual Peninsula Park ice cream social is this Friday from 5 to 7.  Enjoy free ice cream and family-friendly activities.  Hosted at the June Key Delta House.

On Saturday from 8:30 to 10, your child can take part in a Kids Cook class at the PSU Farmers Market.  Learn to stuff your own raviolis with chef Mat Kline.  $5.  Registration required.

Presto the Magician is performing a “just for fun” magic show at the Albina library on Saturday at 10:15. Free!

Turn a shoe into a creative flower pot at Drake's 7 Dees on Stark.  Materials provided.  $7 walk-in, $5 if pre-registered.  Saturday at 11.

Celebrate the solstice and the beginning of summer with a star party, hosted by OMSI.  Look through telescopes and binoculars to see what's out there!  Two locations: Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart Park on Saturday at sunset. $5/vehicle.

Speaking of OMSI... on Sunday, enjoy $2 discounted admission all day. 

And if you're still not scienced out, check this out - kids can walk a scale model of the solar system at Swan Island on Sunday beginning at 10:30. The event entails a round trip walk of around1mile and will end around noon.

Alpenrose’s Dairyville is open for the summer.  Sunday from 1 to 4, explore the quaint little “town,” which includes a miniature train display.  Free!

Another option for train lovers – Molalla Train Park is open for free train rides on miniature trains at the private train park outside of Molalla, Oregon.  Sunday from 12 to 5.  Free, with donations accepted.

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

 

Weekend Warriors: 6/23-6/25

June 20, 2012

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check out tons of ideas for what to do with the kids now that school is out at PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

The Tigard Balloon Festival begins this Friday at Cook Park bright and early at 5:45 a.m. and continues through the weekend.  In addition to hot air balloons, you can also expect food, games, vintage cars, music, and lots more.  $7.

Another great festival is happening this weekend - Good in the Hood, a multicultural celebration.  There will be a variety of cultural food vendors, an information village, and a kids space.  At Lillis-Albina Park in North Portland Friday from 6 to 9:30 and Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12. Free with a donation of 2 cans of food.

Make a Goth Sock Puppet at the Fairview-Columbia library on Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 in this workshop led by artist Dawn Grunwald.  Best for teens.  Free!

Ever wanted to dance the hula?  Here's your chance!  The Albina Library is hosting a learn to hula party on Saturday from 2 to 3.  Best for teens.

Or learn to play the ukulele at the Holgate Library on Saturday from 2 to 2:45.  Fun for all ages and free!

Celebrate National Pollinator Week at the Sauvie Island Center on Saturday from 10 to 12.  The interactive curriculum provides an opportunity for kids to learn how pollination works and why pollinators are major contributors to our food system. In addition to making bee houses and tasting honey, kids will search the grounds of the farm and the native hedgerow for signs of pollinators. $10/family.

The Original Practice Shakespeare season gets underway this week.  They will be performing As You Like It in Gabriel Park at 2 on Saturday and Romeo and Juliet at Kenton Park at 1 on Sunday. Free!

Portland Sunday Parkways continues this weekend in vibrant North Portland.  Enjoy the car-free neighborhoods and all the kid-friendly entertainment.  Sunday from 11 to 4.

Check out the very first Sunday Trailways in Beaverton, featuring more than four miles of fun, fitness, and activity along the Fanno Creek Trail.  Sunday from 11 to 3.

It's Super Hero Day at Green Bean Books!  Make a cape and a mask and share superhero stories and games.  $5/child. Please pre-register.  Sunday from 1 to 2.

Head to TaborSpace on Sunday from 4 to 6 for a book signing and puppet show for Bronto and the Pterodactyl Eggs by Charlotte Vivian Rodenberg.  Free!

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

Weekend Warriors: 6/15-6/17

June 13, 2012

 

Happy Father's Day and happy summer vacation!  Here are some ideas to get you started.  If you're starting to look for summer plans, check out PDX Kids Calendar's summer fun guide.  And for more ideas, check PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Ms. Yvonne is performing a puppet show, "Lazy Jack," on Friday at 11 at Spielwerk Toys in North Portland.  Free!

Make a comic book cover with Spider-Man artist Randy Emberlin.at the Midland Library on Friday from 3to 4:30. Best for kids in grades 6 and up.  Free!

Check out the season finale of the Portland Youth Rock Orchestra at the Newmark Theatre on Friday at 7:30.  Pieces range from Bach to the Beatles.  Tickets start at $17 for students.


Kidical Mass is having a free bike ride in North Portland Saturday at 1.

Admission is free to the Historical Society on Saturday in celebration of its new exhibit, Oregon Voices.  Kids can also decorate their own backpack and fill it with tools for exploring the outdoors.  Museum hours are 10 to 5. 

Celebrate Dad by making a necktie bookmark at Green Bean Books on Saturday from 11 to 4.  Free!

On Saturday from 1 to 5, explore the Columbia Slough with a bilingual family environmental festival.  Meet at the Whitaker Ponds Natural Area.  Free!

Celebrate 100 years of the summer reading program at Multnomah County Library with games, crafts, and of course -cake!  And pick up your game sheet for this summer's reading program.  At the Central Library on Saturday from 2 to 3.  Free!

Try out one of this summer's $5 5Ks, hosted by PP&R.  This race will be held at Lents Park, and will include a free fun run for kids 8 and under, rock climbing, and other activities.  Sunday at 9.

It's National Geek Dad Day on Sunday. OMSIwill be hosting several activities designed to stoke kids' passion for science, technology, engineering,and math.  Activities are from 11 to 1 and 2 to 4 and are free with museum admission. 

Take Dad out to McMenamin's Grand Lodge for the 8th Annual Great Pacific Northwest Microcar/Minicar Extravaganza.  Sunday from 10 to 5.  Free!

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

 

Weekend Warriors: 6/8-6/10

June 06, 2012

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

Make a recycled craft at the Warehouse Café with artist Heather Stellpflug this Friday.  Great for all ages.  Friday at 11.  $5/child.  

You have a few chances to catch Baby Loves Disco this weekend -  the dance party that the whole family can enjoy.  You can dance yourself silly at the Clackamas Town Center on Friday at 5 (free) or at the Crystal Ballroom on Saturday at 12 ($15).

The newly-opened Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum is presenting Dracula Re-Vamped, a live summer puppet show in the garden, three times this weekend.  Friday at 7, and Saturday at 3 and 7.  Please double-check for cancellations - 503 233 7723.  $6 for ages 3 and up.

The Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade is this Saturday starting at 10.  Highlights include 14 colorful, floral-covered floats and lots of music.  Unreserved seating is free.

Another fun Rose Festival highlight this weekend is dragon boat racing!  Check out the fun on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8.  Free to watch!

Pride NW and In Other Words present "Beautiful Families" - an official 2012 Portland Pride Event that celebrates all the forms families can take.  Kid-friendly activities include Bob the Magician, Olive Rootbeer & Dingo, face painting, arts & crafts, and more.  Sunday from 11 to 4 at In Other Words.  Free!

Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day.  You can head to Fort Vancouver on Saturday at 10 to celebrate.  There will be 50-60 booths with hands-on activities like climbing, fishing, dutch over cooking, orienteering, Frisbee golf, archery, and more.  Free!

Check out the music of Portlander Aszemar Glenn at the St Johns Theater & Pub on Saturday at 2:30.  Tickets are $10 at the door.

Take a Columbia Canoe Paddle on Vancouver Lake!  The boat is a stable, 34-foot canoe suitable for children 5 and up.  Sunday from 10 to 2.  Free!

The Dairy Farmers of Oregon have their annual milk carton boat race this Sunday from 11 to 3 at Westmoreland Park.  Free!

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s season finale is this Sunday at 7 at the Schnitz. Tickets start at $12.

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

 

Weekend Warriors: 6/1-6/3

May 30, 2012

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the kid-friendly event listings from our friends at PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

On Friday from 9 to 11, take part in the Children's Culture Parade at Fort Vancouver.  Children study culture from around the world and share what they have learned in the parade.   

First Friday of the month means free admission to the Children’s Museum from 4 to 8.   

There are two elementary school carnivals/fundraisers happening on Friday.  From 4:30 to 7:30, the Jason Lee Community Carnival will be happening, including the starting goalie from the Timbers, rose city rollers, rock climbing, and food by Burgerville.  From  5:30 to 8, you can head to the Llewellyn Carnival for hula hooping, tug of war, face painting, crafts, and other family fun.  $5/child.    

This Saturday, Oregon State Parks are offering free day-use parking permits and camping.  In addition, Milo McIver State Park in Estacada, in connection with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, has scheduled a day of fun events, including traditional dances, drumming, and songs.  Saturday beginning at 10. Free! 

Local favorites Johnny and Jason perform music the whole family can get into at the Hillsboro Library on Saturday at 2:30.  Free!

It's finally here!  The Alphabeticians' big release party for their new CD "Junior" is this Saturday at E.A.T. from 4 to 6.  Matt Clark and Olive Rootbeer will be on the scene.  And dress as your favorite letter for a chance to win a prize.  $5/person or $15/family max.  

Performer Kathryn Claire (Kinderqueen) will perform a free concert at Lake Oswego’s Millennium Park.  There will also be activities appropriate for ages 2-10.  Festivities begin at 4:30. Free!

The Portland Rose Festival's Star Light Parade is this Saturday at 8:30.  The parade draws more than 250,000 people to watch the funky, eclectic fun.  Free!

Take part in a Father's Day knitting event at Twisted in NE Portland.  They will provide the tools and materials, and the kids provide the creativity.  Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30. $10. 

 Head to the Children’s Museum on Sunday at 1 to take in the marimba styling of Jangano Marimba, a band made up of local middle school students.  Free with admission of $9.

Jazz guitarist Anson Wright performs at the Central Library on Sunday at 2.  Free!

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

Weekend Warriors: 5/25-5/27

May 23, 2012

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do with your kiddos, check PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

This week's ladybug nature walk promises to be a good one - walk through the Columbia Slough with your preschooler and discover this beautiful natural area.  $3/preschooler.

The Portland Rose Festival's City Fair kicks off this weekend.  Enjoy rides, food, exotic animals, shopping, and lots more along Tom McCall Waterfront Park.  Friday from 5-11, and Saturday through Monday from 11 to 11.  $5 for ages 7 and up. 

Head to University Park Community Center on Friday at 5 for the 6th Annual Spring Fling Penny Carnival.  Free, but bring your pennies! 

The Multnomah County Fair is this Saturday through Monday from 12 to 7 at Oaks Amusement Park.  Dancing, pig racing, bands, talent shows, water balls - plus the rides of Oaks Park.  Admission is free.

Take a library story walk at the Spring Garden Park in Southwest with a Capitol Hill Library youth librarian.  This special storytime will explore a book and the park at the same time.  Saturday at 10:30.  Free!

Yarr!  There be a pirate celebration going on at the Children’s Museum Saturday from 9:30 to 3:30!  Create your own treasure chest, meet a mermaid, or take in a puppet show.  Free with museum admission.  Additional craft fees may apply.  

It's Open Cockpit Day at the Pearson Air Museum on Saturday from 10 to 5.  Visitors can sit inside a T-28 Trojan and Ryan PT-21 and experience the museum's light simulator lab.  $7 adults, $5 ages 6-17, free 5 and under. 

Oh no!  There's an alien invasion at the Sellwood-Moreland Library Saturday at 10:30!  Storyteller Rick Huddle will take you on an adventure to help save the planet.  Free!

The Tigard Library is hosting a pachyderm portmanteau party on Saturday at 2, based on the book Elephabet by Hilary Pfeifer.  In this hands-on workshop you can draw your own pachyderm portmanteaus!  Free!

Every Sunday, the Portland Art Museum holds a family tour, in which a docent skilled at engaging visitors of all ages leads the tour.  Tours are free with admission and free for kids 17 and under.   

The Portland Youth Philharmonic is performing a free concert showcase at Jackson Middle School on Sunday at 4.  No tickets necessary.  

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 – especially on this holiday weekend.

 

Weekend Warriors: 5/18-5/20

May 16, 2012

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check out the kid-friendly event listings at PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

The Tualatin River Bird Festival begins this Friday and continues through Sunday at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.  There are bird walks, drop-in activities for kids (like nature-related crafts), and lots more bird-related fun.  Most events are free, but some have an additional charge.

Learn about water safety, and have fun doing it, at the Mt Scott Community Center this Friday from 6 to 8.  Enjoy an evening of swimming with fun activities, games and prizes, as well as water safety information. There will also be a free drawing for lifejackets. $0-4.50 based on age.

The Hillsboro Library is presenting a free showing of the 2011 Muppets Movie on Friday at 6:30.  Recommended for ages 4 and up.  Popcorn provided.

Oh boy, this is my son's dream come true. Dozer Days return to Vancouver this Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 4.  Kids can get in the drivers seat of actual dump trucks, dozers, excavators, and other construction trucks.  $5-10.  

Rachel Coleman, Emmy-Nominated Star and co-creator of Signing Time is performing at the St Philip Neri Catholic Church on Saturday at 12.  Tickets start at $2.

On Saturday from 1 to 2, head to Director Park to hear All Together for Music in Portland Public Schools.  Children in grades K-12 will sing songs in the park and share their love of music.  Free!

Kidical Mass hits the Southeast this month.  Join in on this family-friendly bike ride with a meetup at Mt Scott Park, a ride, and then a barbeque potluck.  The bike ride starts Saturday at 2.

Join in the fun at the Montavillage Spring Fair at the Creative Science School on Sunday from 1 to 4.  The free event includes food, local vendors, yard games, live music (including by Mo Phillips), arts and crafts, sustainability events, and a free raffle.

Learn more about edible wild plants at the Central Library on Sunday at 1.  Dr. John Kallas will show you how to identify, harvest, and prepare wild plants.  Free!

Head to Queens Mab on Friday from 11 to 1 for a creative recycling workshop on art gardening and toadstools. Every child will get a planter (shoe, boot or pot), an edible plant,
and a toadstool to paint.   For ages 2-16, $10.  Preregistration required - sign up at [email protected] or https://www.facebook.com/CreativeRecylingWorkshops

And with this weather, you may be looking forward to summer!  PDX Kids Calendar has a great listing of summer fun throughout Portland for you and your kiddos  - festivals, movies, Sunday Parkways, farmers markets…. 

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

Weekend Warriors: 5/11-5/13

May 09, 2012

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. Check PDX Kids Calendar for other ideas for kid-friendly activities, and the urbanMamas calendar page.  And happy Mother's Day!

Celebrate National Public Garden Day at the Leach Botanical Gardens on Friday from 9 to 7.  Take a stroll and learn more about the garden and what's in it.  Free!

It’s Book Fan Friday at Powell’s Cedar Hills on Friday at 4:30.  Book Fan Friday is a workshop for kids 10 to 18 years old who love to write. This month, Heather Vogel Frederick (Once upon a Toad) leads a discussion on The Magic of a Good Book Club, finding and growing the perfect story and the perfect summer book club.  Free!

The Ezra Weiss Quartet - a jazz ensemble - is playing at the last Family Friday Concert of the season at the Community Music Center.  Friday at 7:15.  Free, with a $5-15 suggested donation.

This Friday at 7:30 take a night walk at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, one of the few urban refuges in the country.  Preregistration required.  Free!

The Festival of the Birds is on Saturday from 9 to 3 at Sellwood Park.  Enjoy walks, kid-friendly activities, musicians and other bird-related activities.  Free!

There's free admission to the Washington County Museum this Saturday from 10 to 2.  Among the entertainment is Emmy Blue Enchantments, a storyteller we've heard amazing things about.  Free! 

How does a dinosaur child celebrate his birthday?  Find out at A Dinosaur’s Birthday at the Central library with storytelling and a craft project.  Saturday from 2 to 3.  Free!

The Sixth Annual St. Johns Bizarre is this Saturday from 10 to 7.  Enjoy music, street performers, vendors, food, and kids art activities.  Free!

Summer is here!  Portland Sunday Parkways is gearing up this Sunday from 11-4!  Explore Northeast Portland as portions of it are closed to traffic, and enjoy food, entertainment, and other fun.  Free! 

The last You Who Family Frolic of the season is this Sunday beginning at 1.  The featured performer is Laura Veirs and the Tumble Bees.  At the Kennedy School.  $5 kids, $10 adults. 

Aaron Nigel Smith of Between the Lions plays a free show at the Troutdale Library on Sunday at 2.

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

 

Weekend Warriors: 5/4-5/6

May 02, 2012

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

Notice that big ferris wheel downtown?  It's the Cinco de Mayo celebration going on all weekend long at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.   Expect music, rides, food, and plenty more to keep you entertained.  Friday-Sunday from 11-11.  $0-8 based on age.
Head to the Children's Museum on Friday from 4-8 for free admission and special crafts, activities, and music too.

Make a carp kite at the Fairview-Columbia library on Friday at 4:30 in honor of Japanese Children's Day.  In Japanese culture the carp stands for strength and courage.

And celebrate Kodomo no Hi, or Children's Day, at the Portland Japanese Garden with a variety of children's activities and performances, including a Taste of Tea for children, koi kites, taiko drumming, and more.  Saturday from 1-3.  Free with admission ($6.75-$9.50, free 5 and under).

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the 100th Monkey Studio with art making and fun, festive pinata games.  Saturday from 10-12.  $12/artist, adults free. 
Another Cinco de Mayo celebration is happening at the Peninsula Park Community Center on Saturday from 5:30-8:30.  There will be dancing, food, and family-friendly activities.  Free!
Come celebrate the grand opening of Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum in Sellwood.  Come learn about all things puppet and let loose your inner kid!  Saturday and Sunday from 2-8.  Free! 

Oregon Children's Choir, which provides opportunities for talented 5th-8th grade youth in the Eugene and Springfield metropolitan area to perform select choral music, is giving a concert in Director Park on Saturday from 2-3.  Free!

The first of PP&R's $5 5K runs begins this Sunday at Columbia Park. Kids run for free (17 and under.) Kids Fun Run (8 and under.) Rockwall and Family Activities!  The fun begins at 9.
OMSI is offering discounted $2 admission this Sunday from 9:30-5:30.  Lots of cool exhibits to check out, or just check out the science playground for the younger folks.
Portland Youth Philharmonic is performing its spring concert at the Schnitz on Sunday at 4, with pieces including Brahms' sympony no. 2.  Starting at $11 for students, $17 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: 4/27-4/29

April 25, 2012

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

Rain or shine, head to the Tideman Johnson Natural Area this Friday at 10 with your preschooler for a ladybug nature walk.  $3/preschooler.

Celebrate Dia de los Ninos y dia de los Libros at the St Johns LIbrary this Friday from 2:30 to 5, a celebration of childhood and bilingual literacy. Mariachi Calabera will perform traditional mariachi music at 3:30.  Free! 

The fourth Friday of the month means free admission to the Portland Art Museum on Friday from 5 to 8. 

Author Matt Phelan visits A Children’s Place on Saturday at 11 to talk about his new graphic novel Around the World.  Phelan is also the author and illustrator of the gripping historical fiction graphic novel, Storm in the Barn.

Tryon Creek kicks off the first of many Muddy Boots events this weekend with the Muddy Boots Family Trail Day.  Experienced forest interpreters stationed around the park will share some fun facts and activities with you and your family.  Saturday from 10-12.  Free!  Pre-registration is appreciated.  

Willing to make a trip?  The Oregon Ag Fest is happening in Salem this weekend.  Learn where our food and fiber comes from, how livestock is raised, the importance of forests for our ecology and survival, plant a seedling, ride a pony, watch chicks hatch, pet a rabbit, dig for potatoes and much more.   Saturday from 8:30 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 5.  Free for kids 12 and under and $9 for adults. 

The 6th Annual 82nd Avenue of the Roses parade is Saturday beginning at 10.  Hang around afterwards for Montavilla Happenings and Eastport Plaza’s Carnival Days.  Free!

Kids musicians The Snail People perform their interactive music show at Milagros this Saturday at 1.  $3 suggested donation per walking human.  

Learn more about bats with five of the region's top bat experts at the World Forestry Center on Sunday from 1 to 3.  This is a free event, and advance registration is encouraged.

Teens make pizza on Sunday at 2:30 at the Holgate Library.  From the dough to the fixings, Jean Johnson will show you how to make mini veggie pizzas with whole wheat crusts. Free!

The Portland Youth Philharmonic plays Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 at the Wieden & Kennedy Building on Sunday at 4.  Tickets are $15/student or $20/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: 4/20-4/22

April 18, 2012

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

Earth Day is on Sunday, and in true Portland form there are plenty of events that allow you and your family to celebrate our planet all throughout the weekend.  PDX Kids Calendar has compiled a list here of volunteer opportunities, arts & crafts, and other nature celebrations.

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Weekend Warrior: 4/13-4/15

April 11, 2012


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

The Belmont Library presents Women in Music Friday from 3:30 to 4:30.  Join performer Lauren Pelon as she traces the story of women in music from around the world.  Recommended for older kids/teens.  Free!

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Weekend Warriors - 4/6 - 4/8

April 04, 2012

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

Well, it's Easter weekend, so that means loads of Easter Egg Hunts near and far.  PDX Kids Calendar has compiled a comprehensive list - from community centers to museums to parks and beyond.  You can view them all here.   

And some non-Easter-related events -

Head to Green Bean Books for their monthly Spanish Storytime on Friday at 11:15.  Perfect for the little ones, and free!

This Friday is the first Friday of the month - which means free admission to the Portland Children’s Museum.  Expect special crafts, activities, and musical guests - plus all the museum's exhibits and attractions - all for free!  Friday beginning at 4.

MAC is presenting a free screening of the 2011 Muppets Movie!  Included in the festivities are music, popcorn, and more!  Friday at 7:30.  Music begins at 6:30.  Free, but donations of nonperishable food are welcome. 

Celebrate Arbor Week at the Lake Oswego Library on Saturday from 10:30 to 1 with a special craft appropriate for all ages.  Free! 

Powell’s Books hosts its weekly storytime for kids on Saturday at 11.  This week, local author Emily Winfield Martin will be reading from her book “Oddfellow’s Orphanage.”  Free!

One of these days, the weather has to turn nice!  Fingers crossed for sun on Saturday at 1 for the painted turtle walk at the Smith and Bybee Wetlands.  Join a naturalist to check out these shy reptiles.  Best for ages 5 and up and advance registration is required.  Free!

Have you checked out the Portland Youth Spelling Bee at Mississippi Pizza yet?  Brings your 5-18 year old and head on over on Saturday at 1 for some spelling-related fun and pizza.  Free!

Head to the Hillsboro Library on Sunday at 2:30 for Passover Stories for Preschoolers.  Performers will actively engage children and parents in a storytelling presentation of several Passover stories.  Free!

Celebrate Spring at the Children’s Museum on Sunday from 9:30 to 3:30.  Plant, dance, create, sing with Greasy Kids Stuff, and enjoy the museum!  An additional craft fee may apply over the $9 admission fee. 

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: 3/16-3/18

March 14, 2012

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

Ready to introduce your child to new languages? Come expose your little ones from 0 months to 5 years old to Español by singing, reading out loud, nursery rhymes and play. Baby-Time at TaborSpace Friday from 10:30 - 11:30 am. Cost is $3. 

If you're looking to get your kindie groove on - check out Ms. Tyleena at Mississippi Treehouse or Mr. Hoo of the Alphabeticians every Friday from 11 to 12 at Milagros Boutique. All ages (up to 5) welcome. $3-$5 suggested donation.

St. Patrick's Day celebrations start on Friday and run through Saturday. Here are just a few of the family friendly events happening in and around PDX.

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Weekend Warriors: 3/9-3/11

March 07, 2012

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

It's supposed to be beautiful the next few days.  Perfect time to check out the weekly Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek on Friday from 1 to 2.  The theme this week is To Be a Tree.  Best for ages 3-6.  Please preregister.  Free!

Get ready for some Book Jeopardy at the Beaverton City Library on Friday from 1 to 3.  Kids in grades 3-6 can test their trivia skills about books and movies and win a prize!  Free!

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Weekend Warriors: 3/2-3/4

February 29, 2012

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

Check out one of Portland Park’s and Recreation’s Ladybug Nature Walk this Friday at 10.  This week’s will be at Mt. Tabor Park.  $3/preschooler.

It's free First Friday at the Children’s Museum on Friday from 4 to 8.  Check out the museum and its exhibits for free!

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Weekend Warriors: 2/24-2/26

February 22, 2012

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

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Weekend Warriors: 2/17-2/19

February 15, 2012

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

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Weekend Warriors: 2/10-2/12

February 08, 2012

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

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Weekend Warriors: 2/3-2/5

February 01, 2012

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

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Weekend Warriors: 1/27-1/29

January 25, 2012

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

There are still lots of Chinese New Year activities going on around town to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.  PDX Kids Calendar did a good job gathering them here.

Penny the Puppeteer performs Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar at the Off Broadway Central Lutheran Church on Friday at 10:30.  Free coffee, tea, and stickers!  $5 each or 4 for $17. 

Free admission to the Portland Art Museum this Friday from 5 to 8!  Get to see all the museum has to offer without the admission fee.  

Head to the Troutdale Library from 3:30 to 5 for a free movie viewing of The Jackie Robinson Story.  Best for older kids and teens.

Here's hoping for some sun.  On Saturday from 9:30 to 12, head to the Smith and Bybee wetlands to see and learn about winter birds.  Best for ages 10 and up.  Advance registration required.  Free!

Come to the Scottish Rite Center between 11 and 4 on Sunday for Mochitsuki 2012.  Ring in the Year of the Dragon with traditional and contemporary Japanese activities (like arts & crafts to take home), entertainment (like Portland Taiko), and food.  $4-12.   

The Gregory Heights Library is hosting a Vietnamese Music Ensemble, which will play traditional music performed during the Harvest Moon Festival.  Saturday from 1 to 3.

Celebrate National Puzzle Day at the Gresham Library.  Design a landscape, family portrait, or anything else you’d like to take apart and put back together.  For teens.  Saturday from 1:30 to 3.  Free!  The celebration continues at the Holgate Library on Saturday from 2:30 to 4, and is intended for preschoolers through grade 5. 

Have you checked out the new Kindie Music venue Jam on Hawthorne?  This Saturday from 5 to 7 is your chance, as Mo Phillips gets down with his fun and zany tunes.

Join Portland Opera to Go! for a 50-minute, kid-friendly presentation of Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.  At McMenamin's Edgefield on Sunday at 12.  Free!

The talented young musicians of the Portland Youth Philharmonic perform their Chamber Orchestra Concert at the Wieden & Kennedy Building on Sunday at 4.  $15-20. 

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: 1/20-1/22

January 18, 2012

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

This Friday through Sunday from 10 to 4, the Oregon Zoo will open its Veterinary Medical Center to the public for tours.  Free with admission. 

Get artsy at a creative recycling and green crafts workshop at the Warehouse Café.  Suitable for all ages.  $5/child.   

The Community Music Center hosts its monthly Family Friday concert this Friday at 7:15.  Featured this month: Classical Revolution PDX.  Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5/person or $15/family.   

It’s Pirate Palooza at the Southwest Community Center this Saturday from 6 to 8!  Climb aboard the pirate ship for an evening of swashbuckling adventures!  $10 for the first child/$5 each additional day-of, or $8/$4 in advance.   

Save money, live healthier, and connect to valuable resources for sustainable living at the Fix-It Fair this Saturday from 8:30 to 2 at the Rosa Parks Elementary School.  

Listen to some African Storytelling by Massene Mboup.  Children ages 4 and up are invited to enjoy Massene's unique and charming storytelling style.  Saturday at 11 at the Lake Oswego Library.  Free! 

Kidical Mass's bike ride this month is an extra active one!  Meet at Westmoreland Park on Saturday at 1 before heading over to the Oaks Park Roller Rink for some roller skating.  The bike ride is free, admission to the rink is $5.25/person with an additional $1.50 skate rental fee.

It’s Chocolate Fest at the Convention Center this weekend!  Saturday from 11 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 5, savor chocolate from the NW and beyond.  Some proceeds help support the World Forestry Center.  $7-10.

Portland Opera to Go presents Hansel & Gretel at the McMenamin's Grand Lodge Hotel.  Enjoy this lively 50-minute English adaptation of Engelbert Humperdinck's fairytale operate Hansel and Gretel.  The perfect way to introduce your little one to the world of opera.  Sunday at 12.  Free!

This Sunday get twice your kindie music fix.  Mr. Ben opens for Laura Veirs at the Village Ballroom.  Doors open at 3.  $5-10.

Remember shrinky dinks?  Reuse plastic containers and make quick and easy shrinky dink jewelry.  Appropriate for ages 4 to 104, but children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a grownup.  Please click here to sign up.  Sunday at 1.  $5. 

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

 

Weekend Warriors: 1/13-1/15

January 11, 2012

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

The Portland Boat Show is on now, and continues through this weekend.  Kids can make their own wooden boats to take home for free.  At the Expo Center through Saturday from 10 to 9, and Sunday from 10 to 6.  Free for ages 12 and under, $10 adults.

Head to Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing for Book Fan Friday, a workshop for kids 10 to 18 who love to write.  This month, Rosanne Parry offers a look at how book covers are made.  Friday at 4:30.  Free!

Winter weather is the perfect time for bread making.  Check out Kids Can Make Bread at the Midland Library on Friday at 4 or at the North Portland library on Saturday at 11.  Free!

School of Rock and PDX POP NOW! present Best of Portland on Friday at 8 at the Crystal Ballroom, anall-ages music benefit featuring local teens playing the best music from the Portland music scene.  Laura Veirs, among others, will be making appearances.  $14 in advance, $20 at the door.

This Saturday beginning at 11, the Kennedy School hosts its annual J.R.R. Tolkien Birthday Bash.  Enjoy kids' fun, live music, performances by Willamette Radio workshop, the Lord of the Rings trilogy on the big screen, and more.  All events are free and all ages are welcome.

Saturday from 12 to 5, the Portland Old Time Music Gathering hosts a number of kid-friendly options at the Scottish Rite Center.  Among other festivities, join Professor Banjo for music and a song workshop, take part in a kid's open mic, and take part in a family dance.  Free!  

On Saturday from 3 to 5, teens can make a 90-second film at the Northwest Library. Multnomah County Library, with the help of author James Kennedy, will be hosting a 90-Second Newbery Film Festival on March 3, 2012. The contest: Make a video that compresses the story of a Newbery award-winning book into 90 seconds or less.  Free!

World Sounds continues at the Children’s Museum this Sunday, with music from Fools in Paradise at 11 and 12.  Free with admission ($9).

ComedySportz 4 Kidz is this Sunday at 2.  Best for the 12 and under crowd, get ready to laugh and have fun at this improv show with lots of audience participation.  $6 kids, $8 adults. Please call for cancellations.

Plus there are several free museum admission offers this weekend.

  • Head to Fort Vancouver for free admission all weekend.   
  • Family Day at the Washington County Museum is Saturday from 10 to 2.  In addition to free admission, you can take part in fun activities like scratch foam printing and pioneer clothing dress-up.   
  • And Sunday is free museum family day at the Portland Art Museum from 12 to 5.   Enjoy exhibitions through art making, music, interactive activities, demos, and performances. 

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: 12/23-12/25

December 21, 2011

It's a slow weekend as Hanukkah and Christmas converge.  Things will pick back up - but for now here's a list of some of the highlights. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Theater abounds in Portland over the holiday weekend!  You have so much to choose from - ZooZoo at the Imago Theatre; Oregon Ballet's The Nutrcracker at Keller Auditorium; The Wizard of Oz at the Newmark Theater, Willy Wonka at NWCT; Do Jump's Ahhh Ha! at the Echo Theatre....  The list goes on!  Check the websites for show times and other specifics.

Penny the Puppeteer performs Where Did the Stockings Go? at the Off Broadway Central Lutheran Church on Friday at 10.  $5/person or 4 for $17.

Mr. Hoo of the Alphabeticians performs songs for the kiddos at the lovely Milagros on Friday at 11.  Great chance to pick up some last-minute gifts too!

Every fourth Friday, the Art Museum offers free admission from 5 to 8.  Enjoy the museum's exhibits for free!

The lighting of the Menorah at Director Park continues this weekend and through the end of Hanukkah on the 28th.

Head to the Hillsboro Library for Bulgarian storytime on Saturday at 10.  Dress up, act out, and listen to stories in Bulgarian.  Free!

Give back on Saturday by helping to remove invasive English ivy at Tryon Creek from 9 to 12.  Free!

Throughout the weekend you can still enjoy many of the amazing light displays around town - Zoo Lights, Queen Anne Victorian Mansion's Annual Holiday Light Show, Peacock Lane....  The PDX Kids Calendar holiday guide has the details on these, and other, holiday favorites.

Hope this gives you some ideas for the holiday weekend. 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 - especially on this holiday weekend!

Weekend Warriors: 12/16-12/18

December 14, 2011

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

Local musician Matt Clark plays original songs based on his personal experience as a father to two young boys at the Hollywood Library on Friday at 10:30.  Free!

Make your own Matchbox Monsters at Spielwerk Toys this Friday at 4.  Matchbox monsters are super cute cozy friends who tuck away at night in their very own matchbox!  Best for ages 5 and up, and pre-registration is required.  $5.

Join Penny the Puppeteer for a puppet show at the Off Broadway Central Lutheran Church on Friday at 10.  She will be performing The Sharing Carrot. $5/person or 4 for $17.  Can’t make that one?  She’ll also be playing The Mitten on Saturday at Eco Baby Gear – 3 for $10.

Saturday from 11 to 3 is Family Day at the Oregon History Museum.  Learn about exhibits, see a model train on display, listen to carolers, and take part in crafts.  Multnomah County residents are always free; all others get two children admitted free with one paid adult.

It's also Family Day at the Maritime Museum on Saturday from 11 to 4.  Families are invited to discover Portland's maritime history with a craft project to take home.  Free for children under 18.

Kidical Mass is back!  Take a free, family-friendly bike ride through N. Mississippi on Saturday.  You'll ride, sing carols, and stop at Grand Central Baking for hot drinks and treats.  Meet at Irving Park at 1:45 under the covered basketball courts for a 2 PM  departure.  

Northwest Dance Theater presents A Nutcracker Tea at PCC Sylvania on Saturday at 2.  This is a family-friendly adaptation of the classic ballet for ages 4 and up.  Tickets starts at $12.

Fleur de Lethal presents an all-ages Sing Out of the Wizard of Oz at the Bagdad Theater on Saturday.  Costumes and fancy dress are encouraged, and all dressed-up guests can join Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West for a costume parade before the film.  Doors open at 12; parade at 12:45; film at 1.  $3. 

PICA presents two children's printmaking workshops this Sunday at Lux; one at 10, and one at 2.  Send your kids down for a hand-on day at the presses and learn the basics of monoprinting at this fun and messy workshop.  $15 for PICA members/$20 for others.  Please pre-register.  Best for ages 7 and up.

The Oregon Symphony presents Happy Holidays at the Schnitz, a kid-friendly concert featuring Christmas and Hanukkah songs.  Sunday at 2.  Tickets start at $10.

ComedySportz for Kidz, an interactive improve show targeted for the smaller crowd, is happening this Sunday at 2.  Tickets are $6 kids, $8 adults.  Advance purchase recommended. 

If you have a child with autism, you may want to check out the lecture Nourishing Children on the Autism Spectrum at the People Co-op on Sunday at 6:15. This lecture gives an overview of the gut-brain connection and makes suggestions for herbs and foods that are healing to sensitive children.   A $5-15 donation is appreciated. 

For holiday suggestions, check out the PDX Kids Calendar holiday guide – a comprehensive listing of lights, theater, music, and other events going on around town.

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.