Happy Mother’s Day all you urbanMamas! Portland is pulling out all the stops this weekend in honor of all of us mamas. Seriously, the amount of fun stuff going on this weekend is insane. Seriously. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.
Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day, folks!
Run Mama Run!, a 10K run, 5K walk is this Sunday at Mt. Tabor Park. This should be great! Kids fun run, crafts for kids by the Children’s Museum while you run or walk, breakfast, and sweet swag bags. Kids run starts at 9:30, grown-up runs at 10. $45 (same-day registration allowed), with all proceeds going to the Adoption Mosaic.
Make Mother’s Day Pop-up Cards at Isobel’s Clubhouse with Linda Candello. Best for 9 year-olds through adults. First activity in the new location at 1542 NW 14th! Please register to attend. $13 (includes all supplies).
Go for a Mother’s Day Wild Flower Walk at Tryon Creek on Sunday from 10 to noon, and again from 2 to 4. Bring your mother to the park for the opportunity to take a guided wild flower walk. Pre-registration requested.
Fingers crossed it’s nice out this weekend because there are some other fun outdoor options.
The 27th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, featuring rides, fireworks, a children’s stage, folklore, dancing, and more, runs through Sunday along Naito. 11 AM to 11 PM. $6 ages 13 and up, $3 ages 6-12, free under 6
Come to the Japanese Gardens on Saturday from 1 to 3 for Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day at the Japanese Gardens, with a variety of children’s activities and performances for families, including a Taste of Tea for children, taiko drumming, and other perennially popular Children’s Day activities for the entire family. Free with garden admission ($9.50 adults, $7.75 seniors and students, $6.75 ages 6-17, free for children under 5).
Celebrate National Train Day. Learn about trains, railroads, and meet Gadget and Cha-Cha the clowns. Prizes throughout the day. At Portland Union Station on Saturday from 10 to 4. Free!
The Festival of the Birds is on Saturday from 9 to 3 at Sellwood Park. Songs and stories about birds, make your own binoculars and vulture planes, gardening for the birds, bird feeders, live birds from Audubon, Bird Olympics, build an eagle's nest, identification of bird songs, and many other activities are included. Birding walks will be led by naturalists every half hour beginning at 9 AM until 2 PM. Free!
And check out all these cool free gardening workshops.
Design and Create a Children’s Garden with Ruth Hampton, founder of Sprouts, LLC, who will teach the basics of designing a children’s garden. At the St. Johns Library on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30. Ruth will be doing another workshop, What’s in Bloom for Mother’s Day, at the Woodstock Library on Saturday from to 3.
Come to the Rockwood Library on Sunday from 3 to 4 for From Garden to the Table. Join cookbook author and four-season organic gardener Jean Johnson in planting seeds to take home to your garden while tasting some of Portland’s seasonal bounty. For teens and adults.
And JUST in case, some indoor options:
Free admission to the Children’s Museum is on Friday starting at 4.
Local kids’ musician Van Oodles is having a CD Release party at Café au Play on Saturday at 10. Special appearances by Professor Banjo, The Alphabeticians, Mo Phillips, and Olive Rootbeer. PDX Kids Calendar will be there with giveaways!
Crafty Wonderland’s spring sale, featuring tons of crafts from the folks at Collage and SCRAP, author signings and more, is Saturday from 11 to 6 at the Convention Center.
Gustafer Yellowgold comes to the Warehouse for a special Mother’s Day celebration! Created by Morgan Taylor who performs a family friendly/indie cross-over multi-media show of live music and animated illustrations, telling the story of Gustafer Yellowgold, his journey to earth from the Sun, and the weird a funny friends he's made since he arrived. Sunday from 2 to 3. $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.