WEEKEND WARRIORS DECEMBER 11-13

December 09, 2015

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

Friday, December 11th
Toddler Dance Party at A Children's Place in NE PDX. Local kindie rockers, Micah and Me will provide the music on guitar and ukelele while you and your little ones are free to get your groove on. Friday, 9:30 am. $5 suggested donation.
 
A Chanukah Adventure at Shaarie Torah in NW PDX. Celebrate Chanukah with games, creating hors d'oeuvres, bean bag toss, bobbing for donuts, and Maccabee races. Festivities will be followed by a latke dinner, a Shabbat service, a puppet show and more. Friday, 5:30-9 pm. $8 per person or $30 per family. 
 
Opening Night of ZooZoo at Imago Theatre. Firefly eyes, hippos with insomnia, arrogant anteaters, introverted frogs, paradoxical polar bears, acrobatic worms, self-touting accordions and tricky penguins fill the stage with wonder, awe and humor.  Imago is closing ZooZoo forever, catch it while you can. Opens December 11th at 7 pm and runs through January 3rd. $17.50-$34.50.
 
Saturday, December 12th
Morning with Santa at The Children's Museum in SW PDX. A great way for your little ones to meet Santa and receive a professional photograph with St. Nick himself without having to wait in line. Play at the museum and enjoy warm beverages while you wait for your turn. Saturday, 8-10 am. $15 for members. $20 for non-members. 
 
Free Family Day at Washington County Museum in Hillsboro. The whole family is invited to this presentation that combines education and comedy to explore chemistry, archeology and more. Get ready for juggling, Chinese flower sticks, gyroscopes and other engaging demonstrations. Plus, make a toy to take home. Saturday, 10 am-1 pm. Free!
 
The Holiday Express in SE PDX. Vintage railcars will take you from Oaks Park Station through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the Springwater Trail gateway on the Oregon Pacific Railroad. Santa and his elves will be along for the magical ride. Saturday and Sunday, rides leave on the hour 10 am-8 pm. $7-$19 depending on age. 
 
Sunday, December 13th
Posada Milagro in SE PDX. All ages are welcome to join in this Latin American celebration, featuring presentations of an original pastorela, music, folkloric dance, arts, crafts, storytelling, a piñata and traditional foods. Sunday, 1-5 pm. Free! Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food to donate to the Oregon Food Bank. 
 
Chanukah Wonderland in NE PDX. Celebrate the season with arts and crafts, a Chanukah play zone, Chanukah theater and music, kosher doughnuts and more. Sunday, 2-5 pm. $5. 
 
Brown Like Me Photos With Santa in SW PDX. Enjoy sweet treats and room to mingle while the kiddos get to meet Santa. Admission includes two professional digital photos of the little ones and Santa himself, with no limit on the number of kids per photo. Sunday, 3-6 pm. $25. 

More ideas for fun things to do on our Events Calendar.

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

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

 

WEEKEND WARRIORS DECEMBER 4-6

December 02, 2015

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

Friday, December 4th
Providence Festival of Trees in NE PDX. Visit Santa for a photo opportunity, decorate cookies, make holiday crafts, visit the teddy bear hospital and check out 25 uniquely  decorated and themed Christmas trees. Friday 10:30 am- 8 pm and Saturday 9 am-5 pm. $6-$8 for admission.
 
Storybook Lane at Alpenrose Dairy in SW PDX. Visit this winter wonderland to see festive trees, live animals, model trains, old-fashioned movie showings, carolers, choirs and dance performances. Friday-Sunday. Hours vary. Admission is free. Please bring a can of food to donate to the Oregon Food Bank.
 
Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Open House in Beaverton. This traditional Bavarian festival offers visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and all of your little ones favorite princesses. There will also be a scavenger hunt, hot cocoa, treats and the tree lighting. Friday, 4:30-7 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, December 5th
Gingerbread House Crafting at The Craft Factory in in SW PDX. Bring the whole family to create and decorate gingerbread houses, using the wide variety of provided art supplies. You can't eat the houses, but you are welcome to enjoy other gingerbread treats while you work. First three Saturdays in December, 9 am-1pm. $12. 
 
The Reindeer & The Dreidel in SE PDX. Go on a family adventure with this enchanting tale of holiday traditions told through puppetry and storytelling. Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-noon. $9. 
 
Circle of Life Salmon Celebration in Vancouver. Join Columbia Springs staff and fellow nature enthusiasts to witness the spawning of the chum salmon at their last remaining spawning site on the Lower Columbia. Stay for a buffet lunch after the viewing. Saturday, 11 am-3 pm. Free!
 
Sunday, December 6th
Chanukah Menorah Workshop in NE PDX. All ages are invited to build their own Menorah while enjoying music and treats. RSVP required. Sunday, 10-11:30 am. Free!
 
Indoor Soccer Skills Clinic in Beaverton. This noncompetitive clinic will focus on basic soccer skills, gross motor movement, teamwork, sharing and respect. Open to all families with children 3-5 years old. Pre-registration required. Sunday, 5-5:35 pm. Free!
 

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

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

WEEKEND WARRIORS NOVEMBER 20-22

November 18, 2015

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

Friday, November 20th
Mo Phillips Music Time in N PDX. Bring the whole family to rock out to fun and energetic tunes performed by one of Portland's favorite children's musicians. Friday, 10-11 am. $5 per child.
 
Storytime with Olive and Dingo in NE PDX. Lovable clowns Olive and Dingo will be telling stories, singing songs and making balloon creations for all ages. Friday, 3-4 pm. Free!
 
Eco Kid's Club in NE PDX. All ages are welcome to come play, learn about the environment and make new friends. Activities were designed by kids for kids and will be followed by a showing of an earth-friendly movie. Bring a dinner dish to share or eat at home first and enjoy the provided snacks. Friday, 5:30-8 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, November 21st
Angel Tree Walk at Lloyd Center in NE PDX. Join a festive walk led by Santa that ends at a holiday party filled with games, crafts, music and fun. Saturday, 9-11 am. Please bring one unwrapped gift per participant as a donation.
 
International Games Day in Milwaukie. Game lovers ages 5 and older are invited to make their own board games, play with provided board games, or participate in Xbox One, Pokemon and Magic the Gathering group play. Saturday, 10 am-4 pm. Free!
 
Junie B. Jones at the Oregon Children's Theatre in SW PDX. Come out for closing weekend of this delightful musical based on the New York Times Bestselling book series. Recommended for ages 4 and older. Saturday, 2 pm and 5 pm. Sunday, 11 am and 2 pm. $14-$32.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS NOVEMBER 13-15

November 11, 2015

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

Friday, November 13th
Ladybug Walk in SE PDX. Portland Parks and Recreation invites children 2-5 years old and their families to walk through parks, gardens and other natural areas with a guide. Explore plants, animals and the beautiful scenery. This will be the last event of the season, with walks resuming in February. Friday, 10 am. $4 per child.
 
​Lego-Palooza in North Plains. Kids, teens and adults are welcome to use the library's Legos and Duplos to build and create, while socializing with other Lego enthusiasts. Friday, 11 am-2 pm. Free!
 
​Free Family Films at Poa Cafe in N PDX. Enjoy a selection from an eclectic mix of films geared towards ages 4-11. Movies will be displayed on an indoor projector, and families are invited to enjoy treats from the cafe as well. Friday, 5:30-7:30 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, November 14th
​Teach Kids to be a Dog's Best Friend in NW PDX. Children in grades K-5 are invited with their parents to participate in this fun and interactive class. An expert dog instructor will teach about how to safely interact with dogs and the best ways to play. Pre-registration encouraged. Saturday, 10-11:30 am. Free!
 
Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club Annual Show in N PDX. Explore 4200 square feet of museum quality modeling, fun and education. Features Thomas and a large LEGO display. Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. $3 for kids 3-11. $7 for adults.
 
Portland Family Dance in SW PDX. Come learn fun and easy dances to live bluegrass music in a kid-friendly setting that is open to all ages. Saturday, 4:30-6:30 pm. $5 for kids. $6 for adults. $20 family maximum.
 
​Rosebuds Home Season Bout in SE PDX. See these 12-17 year old female athletes in action as the Death Scar Derby Droids take on the Rainbow Bites, followed by the Undead Avengers taking on the Little Red Riveters. This are the #4 & #5 ranked bouts for the junior home teams of Rose City Rollers. The 7-12 year old Rose Petals also play on Sunday. Click here for the full season lineup. Saturday, 6 pm. $10-$14. Children 6 and younger are free.  

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WEEKEND WARRIORS NOVEMBER 6-8

November 04, 2015

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

Friday, November 6th 
​MICAH AND ME Toddler Dance Party at A Children's Place Bookstore in NE PDX. All ages are invited to dance and listen to these local musicians (and stay-at-home dads) play fun and familiar tunes. Friday, 9:30 am. Suggested donation of $5. 
 
​Artisan Market Holiday Magic 2015 in SW PDX. Browse the eclectic variety of handmade and local goods offered by Portland's own artisans and makers. Friday and Saturday. Hours vary. Free!
 
​First Friday Flick in North Plains. Families are invited to come together at the Jessie Mays Community Center to enjoy popcorn and a showing of Pixar's Inside Out. Friday, 6-8 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, November 7th
​Portland Wordstock in SW PDX. This festival will include author discussions, activities for readers of all ages, a book fair, pop-up readings and concerts, a beer tent and local food trucks. Saturday, 9 am-6pm. Ages 17 and younger are free. $15 for adults. 
 
Silly Miss Jeanie's Storytime in SE PDX. Bring your kids to enjoy songs, stories, fingerplays and rhymes performed by a local children's librarian, musician and early-literacy advocate. Saturday, 10-10:45 am. $3. 
 
Enchanted Sleeping Beauty in Hillsboro. Journey Theater Arts group presents this "family day" performance of their own twist on a familiar fairytale. Saturday, 7-9 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door. 
 
Sunday, November 8th
Princess Sophia Storytime at Amazing Fairytale Parties in SE PDX. Princess Sophia herself will delight little ones with a storytime and sing-along, as well as dancing, games and balloon animals. Sunday, 11 am-noon. $12. 
 
Family Open Play in SW PDX. Geared toward ages 0-5, this fun and safe play space offers a wide variety of equipment for children to explore. There is also a kitchen area for ages 3-5 that includes sensory materials, manipulatives and crafts with smaller working parts. Sunday, noon-1:30 pm. $5 per child, $2.50 for additional siblings. 
 

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

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 OCTOBER 23-25

October 21, 2015

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

Friday, October 23rd
PP&R Ladybug Walk in N PDX. Children ages 2-5 years old and their parents are invited to walk through Portland's parks exploring the trees, bugs, animals, plants, smells and sounds. Friday, 10 am. $4 per child. 
 
Monster Mash at Peninsula Park in N PDX. Wear your costumes, play games, create crafts, eat pizza and have fun at this community event. Friday, 6-8 pm. Free!
 
Kruger's Cabaret on Sauvie Island in NW PDX. Enjoy delicious food and beverages while watching cabaret performers, fire dancers and outdoor movies. Friday, 6-10 pm. Children 4 and younger are free. $5 for those 5-12 years old. $10 for adults.
 
Giant Consignment Event at ThriftMouse in Hillsboro. This upscale consignment event offers a wide selection of gently used and new toys, children's furniture, equipment, clothing, shoes, books, maternity items and more. Friday-Sunday. Hours vary. 
 
Saturday, October 24th
Salmon Creek Tree Planting in Vancouver. Make a difference and have fun while exploring Salmon Creek Park, an urban wildlife greenway. All ages welcome. Tools, gloves, hot cocoa, coffee and snacks will be provided. Pre-registration required. Saturday, 9 am-noon. Free!
 
Life-Sized Clue: Unmasked in Cornelius. Geared toward grades 6-12, this life-sized old school murder mystery game will provide clues and an opportunity to solve "who dunnit?" Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration recommended. Saturday, noon-2 pm. Free!
 
Costume Carnival at East Portland Community Center in SE PDX. Enjoy carnival games, face painting and crafts for preschool and grade school ages, and parents too. Don't forget to wear your costume! Saturday, 5-7:30 pm. Four tickets for $1 or unlimited game bracelets for $5. 
 
Opening Night of OCT's Junie B. Jones in SW PDX. This musical is based on the popular book series about a feisty first grader. Come laugh and sing with Junie B. as she encounters a new teacher, new friends and the lunch lady! Runs October 24-November 22. 
 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS OCTOBER 16-19

October 14, 2015

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

Friday, October 16th 
October Special Open Studio at The Craft Factory in SW PDX. Drop by this family-friendly art space to create any Halloween-themed craft of your choosing, using as many materials as you need and staying as long as you like. Friday, 10 am-5 pm. $10. 
 
Preschool Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park in SW PDX. Combining nature, art, literature, movement and outdoor play this week's event will teach little hikers all about slugs. Friday, 1-2:15 pm. Free!
 
Free Family Films in N PDX. Poa Cafe offers an eclectic mix of films geared toward ages 4-11. Films include time-honored classics, foreign films and current hits. Friday, 5:30-7:30 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, October 17th
Family Nature Fest at Columbia Springs in Vancouver. Bring the whole family to enjoy Oregon Zoo critters, live music, a world-renowned clown, guided nature hikes, and a scavenger hunt. Saturday, 9 am-1 pm. $5 per child 2 years and older. Accompanying adults are free!
 
Farm Celebration at Our Table in Sherwood. Get festive this weekend at this organic pumpkin patch that will also offer a cider press, caramel apples, hay rides, a photobooth, pumpkin carving, cookie decorating and more. Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-6 pm. Free!
 
Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow Regional Park in Gresham. Grab a front row seat as salmon make their journey back to the wild, scenic Sandy River to lay eggs in the riverbed and spend their final days. Talk with nature educators, take a short hike to the river's edge and gather around the campfire for hot chocolate or apple cider. Don't miss free activities for the kids! Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-4 pm. Free admission! $5-$7 for parking. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS OCTOBER 9-11

October 07, 2015

Friday, October 9th
Family Fun on the Farm Day on Sauvie Island in NW PDX. Public school is out for the day and families are invited to explore the Sauvie Island Organics farm and Howell Territorial Park to learn about food, farming and the land. Friday, 10 am-noon. Free!

Apple Tasting at the Portland Nursery in SE PDX. Taste up to 60 different varieties of apples, check out the fresh-pressed cider demos and tasting, enjoy pumpkin painting, scavenger hunts and games. Friday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Free!

Lego Palooza in North Plains. All ages are invited to drop in to hang out and build with the library's Legos or Duplos. A great way for Lego enthusiasts to enjoy some creative, social time. Friday, 11 am-2 pm. Free!
 
Movie Night at Friendly House in the Pearl in NW PDX. Get a jump on the Halloween spirit with a showing of Hotel Transylvania. All ages are welcome. Friday, 6-8:30 pm. Donations appreciated. 
 
Saturday, October 10th
Tryon Creek Ravine Restoration Project in SW PDX. Join the Friends of Tryon Creek for an ivy pull followed by a catered lunch, great giveaways and a raffle. Saturday, 9 am-1 pm. Free!
 
You Light Up My Life Dance Party in SE PDX. All ages are welcome to enjoy dancing, interactive installations, infant sensory play, various performances and classes, crafts, food carts and a family photo booth. Saturday, 10 am-2:30 pm. $10. Ages 1 year and younger are free!
 
Second Saturday at the Water Center: Gardens in Vancouver. Bring the whole family to play and explore in the garden while getting crafty and creative with fruits, vegetables and seeds. Saturday, 1-3 pm. Free! 
 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS OCTOBER 2-4

September 30, 2015

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

Friday, October 2nd
$1 or Less Used Book Sale in Cornelius. Friends of the Cornelius Public library are selling used books with all proceeds going to literacy and library programs. Get there early for the best selection. Friday and Saturday. Hours vary. Admission is free. 
 
Teens, Juniors and Women's Consignment Event in Gresham.Check out the huge selection of clothes, shoes, accessories, home decor, tools, furniture and more at this sale event. Friday, 5-9 pm. Admission is free. 
 
First Friday Flick in North Plains. This showing of Disney's 2015 remake of a classic fairytale will be hosted at Jessie Mays Community Hall. Popcorn will be served and all ages are welcome. Friday, 6-8 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, October 3rd
64th Annual Portland Greek Festival in SE PDX. Join the fun at this local October tradition. Celebrate with delicious Greek food, dancing, kids' activities, cooking demonstrations and more. Saturday, 10 am-10 pm. Free!
 
Handmade Bike and Beer Festival in SE PDX. This family-friendly event pairs renowned bike frame/parts builders with local craft beer, great music, fun and games for all!  Saturday and Sunday. Hours and prices vary. 
 
NWCT presents The Sun Serpent in NW PDX. It's opening weekend for this production of an ancient tale told through an innovative mix of language, masks and digital media. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Saturday and Sunday. 7pm. $17-23. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS SEPTEMBER 25-27

September 23, 2015

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

Friday, September 25th

SuperKids Resale Huge Consigment Event in Gresham. You will find rows and rows of clothes, toys, shoes, baby gear, books, games, room decor, outdoor toys, maternity, and more.  This 4 day shopping extravaganza is a great place to buy all your kids' back to school clothes or the essentials for your baby. Thursday-Sunday. Hours vary. Admission is free!

Trading at the River Native Marketplace in NW PDX. This celebration of Native American Day will include music, dancing, art and vendors. Fun for all ages. Friday, noon-7 pm. Free!
 
Paulaner Oktoberfest at Oaks Park in SE PDX. This fall time festival features authentic German food and beer, oompah bands, polka dancing and more. Friday-Sunday. Hours vary. $2-$5. Park attractions sold separately. 
 
Saturday, September 26th
Birding by Big Canoe in Vancouver. Ages 5 and older are invited to become citizen scientists. Work in small teams led by field experts as you paddle along, cataloging wildlife and plant species. Pre-registration required. Saturday, 7:30-9:30 am and 9:30 am-noon. Free!
 

NWCT Presents 'Elephant & Piggie, We are in a Play' in NW PDX. Perfect for first-time theater-goers, this upbeat musical explores the world of "bestus friends" Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig. Together, they tackle friendship's big questions. Saturday and Sunday, 10 am and 1 pm. $17-$23. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS SEPTEMBER 11-13

September 09, 2015

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

Friday, September 11th
Italian Language Mommy and Me Playgroup in NW PDX.Geared for ages 18 months to 3 years, this program introduces the Italian language to little ones through songs, games, art, food, stories and play. Friday, 9:30-10:30 am. Free!
 
Red Yarn Performs at the Warehouse Cafe in SE PDX. Join the Deep Woods Revival with singing, dancing, clapping and stomping. Friday, 10-10:45 am. $5 suggested donation.
 
Song Circle at Vista House in the Columbia River Gorge. If you love music and the Gorge, feel free to stop by to play along, sing along, or just sit back and enjoy the sounds of the song circle. All ages are welcome. Friday, 7-9 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, September 12th
Pioneer Celebration in Hillsboro. Explore a covered wagon just like the ones the pioneers used on the Oregon Trail and experience pioneer life at the Washington County Museum. There will also be stage performances, demos of pioneer craftsmanship and children's activities. Saturday, 9 am-3 pm. Free!
 
Peace and Justice Fair and Concert in Vancouver. A live concert, kid's activities, interactive displays and local exhibits will be offered to celebrate a healthy and sustainable community. Saturday, 9 am-4 pm. Free!
 
TriMet MAX Orange Line Grand Opening in PDX. Free family events will be offered at many of the new MAX Orange Line station stops, including a community-wide scavenger hunt. Plus all rides on all TriMet buses, MAX trains, the Streetcar and the Aerial Tram will be free all day long! Saturday, 11 am-6 pm. 
 
Belmont Street Fair in SE PDX. The whole family is invited to enjoy the delicious food, eclectic music and kid's activities including a bounce house, putt putt golf, free trolley rides, children's music and an open house at the Belmont Fire Station. Saturday, 11 am-7 pm. Free!
 
Meet a Disney Celebrity at Lloyd Center in NE PDX. Join in the fun at Lloyd Center's Back to School Celebration with special meet & greet guest Calum Worthy.  Calum plays 'Dez' on Disney Channel's Austin and Ally. Bring a can of food for the Oregon Food Bank and be entered to win a $250 Lloyd Center Gift Card. Saturday, noon-2 pm. Free!
 
Sunday, September 13th
Kids Fair in SE PDX. A family fun event in the Woodstock neighborhood, featuring a bounce house, face painting, entertainment, games, prizes, a painting studio and more. Sunday, 10 am-2 pm. 
 
Mini Maker Faire at OMSI in SE PDX. Check out this family-friendly showcase of projects from tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists and garage tinkerers of all ages. Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. $10-$15. 
 
Family Open Play at Upper Westside Play Gym in SW PDX.Children 5 years old and younger are invited to enjoy the padded play environment and gym equipment. A separate area for sensory materials, manipulatives and crafts will be available for children 3 years and older as well. Sunday, noon-1:30 pm. $5. 
 
Sensory Playgroup at The Little Gym in Lake Oswego. Join The Shape of Behavior  for a sensory friendly playgroup. Have some fun and learn more about The Shape of Behavior's services. Sunday, 2:30-4 pm. Free! Contact rsvp@shapeofbehavior.com for more info. 
 

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

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

WEEKEND WARRIORS SEPTEMBER 4-6

September 02, 2015

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

Friday, September 4th

PP&R Ladybug Walk at Irving Park in NE PDX. Children 2-5 years old (and adults) are encouraged to walk alongside a nature guide to explore the park, look for slugs, listen to songbirds and feel the different textures nature has to offer. Friday, 10 am. $4 per child.  

 
Vaux's Swifts at Chapman Elementary in NW PDX. Pack a picnic, bring some lawn chairs and watch the fascinating movement of the swifts as they use the school's chimney as their evening roost. Friday, 6-8 pm. Free!

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WEEKEND WARRIORS AUGUST 28-30

August 26, 2015

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

Friday, August 28th
Preschool Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park in SW PDX. Delve into nature exploration, art, literature, movement and outdoor play. Geared toward ages 2-6, but all are welcome. Pre-registration required. Friday, 10-11:15 am. Free!
 
Big Night Out at Tualatin Commons in Tualatin. Rhythm and blues, contemporary jazz, big band, bluegrass, salsa, reggae - they've got it all at this outdoor summer music series. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs, pack a picnic and enjoy an evening of terrific music. Friday, 6:30 pm. Free!

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WEEKEND WARRIORS AUGUST 21-23

August 19, 2015

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

Friday, August 21st
Families in the Field: Scouters Mountain Nature Park in Happy Valley. Children ages 6-10 and their families are invited to dive into the hidden secrets of the volcano and to search for signs of animals that live on the mountain. Pre-registration required. Friday, 10 am-noon. Free!
 
Afternoon Open Skate at Oaks Park Roller Rink in SE PDX. Roller skating is old time fun that never goes out of fashion. This event features a live DJ or pipe organ. Bring the kids and skate all afternoon. Friday, 1-5 pm. $6.25.
 
Seussical Jr. The Musical in SW PDX. Students of the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy spent three weeks learning musical theater acting, stage makeup and costume design before presenting this whimsical and engaging performance for the community. Friday, 7-8:30 pm. $12.25-$14.25.
 
Saturday, August 22nd
Free Children's Painting Class in NW PDX. Children ages 4-8 are invited to join this class that focuses on creating art and reusing everyday materials. Pre-registration required. Saturday, 10-10:45 am. Free!
 
Red Yarn Performs Deep Woods Revival in SE PDX. Don't miss this dynamic family performer who weaves folk songs and puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. Families are invited sing, dance and laugh along. Saturday, 11 am-noon. $5. Children younger than 12 months are free! 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS AUGUST 14-16

August 12, 2015

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

Friday, August 14th
North American Organic Brewers Festival in North PDX. Enjoy artisan beverages, live music, food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits. A kids area offers art activities, face painting and a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors. Friday, noon-9 pm. Free admission! Beer tasting fees vary. 
 
Free Open Play Swim at Pier Pool in N PDX. All ages are invited to swim, splash and play as part of Portland Parks & Rec's Summer Free For All program. Friday, 1:30-4:30 pm. Free!
 
Flicks by the Fountain in Beaverton. Bring a blanket and some popcorn to enjoy a movie under the stars. All ages are welcome to attend, and this week's theme is International Film Night. Friday, 7-11 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, August 15th
Minion Mania at the Lloyd Center in NE PDX. Come play with the Minions themselves, check out the prize wheel, dances, games, crafts, music and prizing! Saturday, 11 am-1 pm. Free!
 
Port of Portland Seaport Celebration in N PDX. Experience Portland's working harbor by jumping on a jetboat ride, trying your hand at welding, listening to live music, perusing local artwork or enjoying delicious food. Saturday, 10 am-4 pm. Free!
 
Multnomah Days Street Festival in SW PDX. Join us for awesome activities for all ages. Try out the rock climbing wall, live music, arts & crafts, face painting and so much more! Saturday and Sunday, 9 am-4 pm. Free!
 
DIY Terrarium Day in SE PDX. Stop by the Birds & Bees Nursery to create your own terrarium using succulents, tropicals or airplants. A family-friendly science project that is sure to be fun for everyone. Saturday, 10 am-6 pm. $10 and up. 
 
Sensory Open Gym in NE PDX. Children with special sensory or motor needs can run, jump and climb in a comfortable setting. Coaches will be present to facilitate a positive experience for everyone. Reservations encouraged. Saturday, 2:15-4:15 pm. $10 for 1 child, $15 for 2 children and $3 for each additional child.
 
Louis Armstrong night in Holladay Park in NE PDX. Enjoy live music by Bridgetown Sextet, a kid craft area, food carts and a documentary by Ken Burns' about Louis Armstrong. Saturday, 5:30-9:30 pm. Free!
 
Sunday, August 16th
Hawthorne Street Fair in SE PDX. We hope to see you at this super fun family event. There will be great entertainment, juggling demos, tightrope walking, balance balls, stilts, and clowns, plus face painting, prizes and more! Sunday, 11 am-5 pm. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS AUGUST 7-9

August 05, 2015

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

Friday, August 7th
Fabulous Frogs at Tillamook Forest Center. All ages are welcome to learn all about frogs and some of their amphibious relatives, explore froggy hiding places and enjoy Tillamook State Forest. Friday, 11:30 am-noon. Free!
 
Storytime at Pie Spot with Olive and Dingo in NE PDX. Full of comedy, songs, stories, balloons and laughter this event is sure to get the whole family jumping, dancing and wiggling. Friday, 3-4 pm. $5 suggested donation. 
 
Kids' Night Out in NW PDX. Parents can enjoy a night out while kids play with friends. The evening starts with art instruction and projects followed by dinner, then more play and art time. Pre-registration required. Friday, 4:30-8 pm. $25/child or $15/sibling (use Promo Code: PDXKids for discounted pricing).
 
Saturday, August 8th
Alberta Street Fair in NE PDX. Come enjoy an eclectic mix of activities and events including entertainment, music, vendors, food and drink for people of all ages. Start your fun at the Kids Corner with a visit to our #ImaPDXkid photobooth hosted by Jessica June Photography along with fun games and play in the street and, of course, the chance to get one of our 2015 Summer of Fun reusable shopping bags. Additional Kids Corner activities include blueberry samples from Whole Foods, ceramic critter painting with Mimosa Studios, and seed packages with Gnome's Home. You can also play with the Circuit Bouldering Gym on a slackline, join the circus for a day with Echo Theater Company, create a unique creature with KC Puppetree, shake maracas with Portland Early Learning Project and make recycled materials into instruments with Art Jam! As always, all activities at Kids Corner are FREE!  

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WEEKEND WARRIORS JULY 31-AUGUST 2

July 29, 2015

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

Friday, July 31st
Spanish Niño Time-PDX Playgroup in SE PDX. Speak, hear and learn Spanish through stories and songs during this social playgroup. Perfect for parents whose first or second language is español, or those who would like to expose their kiddos to another language. Friday, 10:45-11:30 am. $4. 

65th Annual Crawfish Festival in Tualatin. Don't miss the Whole Foods Chef's Mystery Box Cook-off, the chance to dine at some of Portland's best food carts, and the musical stylings of Kevin Guiton's Dueling Piano Circus. Friday, 5:30 pm. Free!

Sunset Walk in North Portland. Join a naturalist on a hike to explore nature in the magical time between day and night. Friday 7-9 pm. $6/person or $11/family.

Saturday, August 1st
Rox in Sox in NE PDX. Celebrate music and reading at the third annual Rox in Sox festival. This year's musical guests include local artists Aaron Nigel Smith and his One World Chorus, The Pointed Man Band, as well as Grammy Award nominated duo The Pop Ups and San Francisco's award-winning hip-hop trio The Alphabet Rockers. Be sure to check out the author's stage and come say hello to us, Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar at our Summer of Fun photobooth and marbled chalk nature journal with our friends from Wildwood Nature School. Saturday, 10 am-3 pm. 
 
Great Oregon Steam-Up at Antique Powerland in Salem.Check out vintage powerhouses including steam-power farm machinery, antique trucks and cars, logging gear, a steam sawmill and more. Ride the train or trolley, watch the parade and enjoy selections from food vendors. Saturday, 7 am-6 pm. Children under 12 are free! $12 per person ages 12 and up. 

Saturday Afternoon Kids Club - Drop-in Crafts in Sandy. Join in the fun at the Sandy Public Library's craft event, featuring LEGO building and activities for ages 7-12. Saturday, 2-4 pm. Free! 

$8 Saturday Nights at Oaks Amusement Park in SE PDX. Enjoy all of your favorite activities and rides at Oaks Park with a deluxe ride bracelet for just $8. Saturday, 5-10 pm.

Sauvie Island Center Barn Dance & BBQ. A family-friendly event featuring a fun scavenger hunt, dinner, dessert and square dance music all on beautiful Sauvie Island. Saturday 4:30 pm. Individual tickets $5-35/person. 

Sunday, August 2nd
Columbia Slough Regatta in NE PDX. This canoe and kayak paddle is fun for the whole family. Watch for the abundant wildlife, enjoy face painting, try out the various food vendors, and learn about paddling safety. Sunday, 9 am-1 pm. $8 per person or $20 per family suggested donation.

The Gold Dust Trail: Come Find Your Fortune in Oregon City.Follow clues, earn prizes, and learn about the story of Oregon gold as you complete this scavenger hunt for all ages. Sunday, 10:30 am-4:30 pm. Free! 

Fun at Sellwood Park in SE PDX. Come on down to Sundae in the Park for tasty treats, games and activities. Stay for the Summer Free for All live music performance followed by a special sing-along version of the movie Frozen. Sure to entertain kids and adults alike. Sunday, noon - 10:30 pm. Free!

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

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 July 24-26

July 22, 2015

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

Friday, July 24th
Families in the Field: Pollinators of Graham Oaks Nature Park in Wilsonville. Explore nature while learning all about butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles and bees. Created for ages 3-5, but all ages are welcome with parents. Friday, 10-11:30 am. $11 per family. 

Hapa Haole Hula Competition in Vancouver. The Ke Kukui Foundation invites people of all ages to enjoy this event featuring early modern hula and music from 1900-1959. Friday, 4-10 pm. Free!
 
The Neverending Story Movie in the Park at Woodstock Park in SE PDX. A performance by local music group Manimal will kick off this event, followed by an outdoor screening of The Neverending Story. Friday, 6:30 pm. Free!

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Weekend Warrior July 17-19

July 15, 2015

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

Friday, July 17th
PP&R Ladybug Walk at Kenilworth Park in SE PDX. Stroll through the park and discover bugs, trees, leaves, birds and more - all with your very own nature guide. Meet at SE 32nd & Cora Drive. Friday, 10 am. Ages 2-5. $4 per child. 
 
Oregon Berry Festival at the Ecotrust Building in NW PDX. This event features a farmer's market, children's activities and crafts, cooking demos and entertainment, health and wellness seminars and lots of berry deliciousness. Friday, noon-6 pm. Free!
 
Sunset Walk at Smith & Bybee Wetlands in N PDX. Walk through the wetlands with a guide, exploring the wildlife and scenic views. Pre-registration required. Friday, 7-9 pm. $6 per person. $11 per family. 

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WEEKEND WARRIOR JULY 10-12

July 08, 2015

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

Friday, July 10th
Mo Phillips Music Time at TreeHouse in N PDX. Join this local kindie rocker as he performs his original children's songs in a fun and engaging setting. Friday 10-11am. $5.

Gogh Kid's Canvas Painting Classes in Tigard. Kids ages 4 and up enjoy step-by-step painting classes to create an 11x14 masterpiece. Materials and snack provided. Friday 4-5pm. $15. Registration required.

Song Circle at Vista House in The Columbia River Gorge. Sing along, play along, or just sit back and enjoy a campfire and folk songs with a view of the Gorge. Friday 7-9pm. Free!

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Weekend Warrior July 2-5

July 01, 2015

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

Friday July 3rd
Micah and Me Singalong, Dance-along at A Children's Place Bookstore in NE PDX. Enjoy a "free-form dance party for toddlers" at this musical performance. Friday 9:30am. $5 suggested donation.

Waterfront Blues Festival at Tom McCall Park in SW PDX. Jazz, blues, zydeco, swing and more at this annual music festival benefiting the Oregon Food Bank. 

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WEEKEND WARRIORS: JUNE 26-28

June 24, 2015

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

Friday June 26th

Used Book Sale in Vancouver. 15,000 used books sorted into categories for all book lovers. Baby board books, easy readers, graphic novels, fiction and non- fiction for adults and children including biographies, gardening, woodworking and quilting. Friday & Saturday 9am-6pm.

Open Studio at Art ala Carte in NE PDX. Children of all ages are invited to load up trays of seemingly endless supplies for an "all you can make" experience. Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. $9-11.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS: JUNE 19-21

June 17, 2015

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

Friday, June 19th  
Mo Phillips Music Time at TreeHouse in North PDX. One of Portland's favorite kindie artists will rock out to songs that will get the whole family a'movin and a'shakin. $5. Friday 10-11am.

Family Film Night at Poa Cafe in North PDX. Enjoy dinner and sit back and watch, James and the Giant Peach. Free. Friday 5-7pm.  

Closing weekend of just play at Echo Theater in SE PDX. Featuring aerial dance, partner acrobatics and physical theater, this performance is a celebration of freedom, friendship, and who we are when we feel most at home with other people. Read our review here. Friday & Saturday 7:30pm

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WEEKEND WARRIORS: JUNE 12-14

June 10, 2015

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

Friday, June 12th

Family Music Jam in St. Johns. Come make music with your kids. Best for ages 0-6, but the whole family is welcome to sing, dance, and play music together. $5 donation. Friday 10-10:30am.

Ladybug Walk in SE PDX. Walk the trails, explore nature, and learn from naturalists about the wildlife that resides in Lents Park. $4 per child. Friday 10am.

Paint Something Special for Dad at Mimosa Studios in NE PDX. Get a head start on gifts for Father's Day (June 21st) with a personalized gift just for Dad. You choose the pottery, your child gets to paint it or adorn it with hand prints to be fired and ready for pick up the next day. Prices vary. Friday 11-6pm.

The Village 2015 - A West African Rhythm and Dance Collective - in SW PDX. Celebrate the music and dance of diverse West African nations. Three groups of youth and professional drummers and dancers will perform traditional music. $12/youth 17& under, $22/adults. Friday 7:30-9pm.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS: June 5-7

June 03, 2015

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

Friday, June 5th  
Free Make & Take Dog Toys in SE PDX. Drop by the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store to make a tug toy to benefit Fences for Fido. Make one for your pooch and one for a dog in need. Free. Friday11-4pm. 
 
Fun Fridays at Soham Yoga in Oregon City.  Mr. Hoo kicks off this fun summer series. Come play with toys, instruments, or look at books while being entertained with great music. $5 per family.Friday 12-1pm.  

Alice in Wonderland, Jr. in SE PDX. Closing weekend for this show. Lewis Carroll's famously inquisitive heroine comes to life in Disney'sAlice In Wonderland Jr., a delightful adaptation of the classic Disney film. $10. Friday 7pm.

Saturday, June 6th 

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Weekend Warriors: May 22-24

May 20, 2015

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

Friday, May 22nd

Family Jam at the Lotus Seed in St. Johns. Dance, sing, play instruments and have a jammin' good time. Recommended $5-10 donation. Friday 10-10:30am. 

The Rose Festival CityFair. Rose Festival activities kick off this weekend. Opening night festivities include fireworks, a dance party and of course - the rides. Rides, food and other attractions continue throughout the weekend. Admission is $7 for ages 7 and over; free for children under 7. Rides are an additional cost. Friday 5-11pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am-11pm. 

Aaron Nigel Smith and the 1World Chorus in Concert in NE PDX. This show launches a new album featuring 1World chorus singers from across the world called "Celebrating Bob Marley." Free. Friday at 5:30pm.

Closing Weekend of NWCT's The Little Mermaid. This weekend is your last chance to catch the musical tale of a girl longing for life above the waves, done in collaboration with A-WOL Dance Collective. $18-22. Friday 7pm; Saturday and Sunday 12pm and 4pm; Monday 12pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: May 15-17

May 13, 2015

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

Friday, May 15th

Family Jam! music time at The Lotus Seed in North PDX. Dance, sing, play instruments and have a jammin' good time. Best for ages 0-6. $5-10 suggested donation per family. Friday 10-10:30am.

Open Studio at the Portland Child Art Studio in NW PDX. Be prepared for a little mess and a lot of fun at this open art studio. $10 per child. Friday 10am-1pm or 2-5:30pm. 

Friendly House Family Music Circle in NW PDX. Sing along to some of your favorite songs with your family. Free. Friday 6-7pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: May 8-10

May 06, 2015

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

Friday, May 8th

Mother's Day Celebration at the Craft Factory in SW PDX. Celebrate Mom by making a Mother's Day-themed craft. $12 per project. Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. 

PP&R Ladybug Walk in SE PDX. Explore Woodstock Park with a trained naturalist. Best for ages 2 to 5. $4 per child. Friday 10am. 

Make a Canvas Art Project at VineGogh in Tigard. Make a super-cute picture of a camper in this step-by-step class. $15 per child. Friday 4-5pm.

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Weekend Warriors: May 2-4

April 29, 2015

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

Friday, May 1st

Free Fit4Mom Fitness Class and Mother's Day Celebration at Jamison Square. Enjoy a free stroller strides class plus giveaways, refreshments and activities for the kids. Please pre-register. Free. Friday 9-11am. 

Weekly Friday Morning Storytime and Craft at The Craft Factory in SW PDX. Enjoy a free storytime from a local bookstore and a discount craft. Storytime is free. $5 for two ornamental craft bases. Friday 10:30-11am. 

Latino Celebration at Clark College in Vancouver. Celebrate children and reading at this bilingual celebration. Free. Friday 5-8pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: April 17-19

April 15, 2015

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

Friday, April 17th

Open Playgroup at the Friendly House in NW PDX. Explore a wide variety of activities and play in the gym with crawl-through tunnels, trikes and other age-appropriate climbing and sliding structures. First visit free; $6 following. Friday 9:30-11am.  
PP&R Ladybug Walk in SW PDX. This week explore Hoyt Arboretum with a trained nature guide. Best for ages 2-5. $4/child. Friday 10am.  

Gogh Kids Canvas Painting Class in SW PDX. Step by step painting classes for kids, with a different subject each week. This week, paint a beautiful stained glass tree. $15. Friday 4-5pm.

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Weekend Warriors: March 20-22

March 18, 2015

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

Friday, March 20th

PP&R Ladybug Walk at Albert Kelly Park in SW PDX. Explore a different park each week with a trained naturalist. $4 per preschooler. Friday at 10am. 

Music with Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom in NE PDX. Dance along to fun, energetic and educational music with one half of The Alphabeticians. $5/family. Friday 11am-12pm. 

Open Studio at Portland Child Art Studio in NW PDX. Get creative with art using paint, clay, drawing and other mediums. $10 per child. Friday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. 

Gogh Kids Canvas Painting Class in Tigard. This week learn to paint a version of Starry Night. Please preregister. $15/child. Friday 4-5pm. 

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URBANMAMAS PODCAST, EPISODE 8: Shanti Hodges

March 12, 2015

Don't just sit at home and count your toddler's boogers on the wall while baby stares at the ceiling fan. Get outside and find your tribe! Shanti Hodges founded Hike It Baby to help moms and dads get moving and get connected in the easiest and most invigorating way she knows how: hiking. It's a movement that has grown to 80 cities in just about a year, and EVERYONE can join in the fun. Below is a partial transcript from the urbanMamas Podcast Episode 8 with Shanti. Check out the links below for how you can find your own Hike It Baby tribe. (oh and hey! thank YOU for leaving us reviews on iTunes! we owe you baked goods and bear hugs.)

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K: Well, Shanti, tell us a little about Hike It, Baby. How it started ...

S: Where do I start? It started in July 2013. I had my son June 28th, my husband was very - we were very outdoorsy and had this crazy adventure life, we'd travel around the world and were constantly on a raft trip or some outdoor trip or another, and all of a sudden we were pretty much going to be inside all summer, cause we had a baby. And so after Mason was born there was a bit of a moment of panic for my husband and I. Like, we sat there with this newborn baby looking at each other, and we attempted to go outside on day 4 and we, like, didn't even know how to carry him! You know, we learned quickly, but we were really panicked about being inside. And my husband actually works in Alaska, on the pipeline, so he leaves for 3 weeks at a time, and I was anticipating what was coming, very quickly, in 6 weeks, that he was going to be gone and I was going to be alone. And it suddenly dawned on me that I have to make friends quickly, and a lot of my friends didn't have kids. And so I had to make friends and get out there. I wanted to be outside. And I would go to new mama groups, that were awesome, I mean I went to Alma, which was amazing, and I had this great experience going to these new mama groups, but at the same time I found we were sitting inside, and July rolled around, and Mason's 2 weeks, and then we were getting on 3 weeks, and I was like "I just want to go for a walk, but I'm really scared to go alone." My husband didn't really understand that even though I looked fine, I wasn't fine. And it was really hard to explain it to him.

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Weekend Warriors: March 6-8

March 04, 2015

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

Friday, March 6th

Ladybug Nature Walk at Fernhill Park in NE PDX. Walk through a PP&R Park with your youngster (ages 2-5) and a nature guide. $4/child. Friday 10am.

Red Yarn at the Warehouse Cafe in SE PDX. Check out Red Yarn and his ragtag crew of puppets at this weekly show. $5 suggested donation per family. Friday 10-10:45am. 

The Barber of Seville at the Hampton Opera Center in SE PDX. Portland Opera to Go presents this family-friendly bilingual adaptation of The Barber of Seville. $5 for ages 12 and under; $10 for all others; $20 for family of 4. Friday 7-8pm and Saturday 1-2pm. 

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urbanMamas Podcast, Episode 7: Leanne Goolsby

February 26, 2015

Below is a partial transcript from the urbanMamas Podcast Episode 7 where we welcome Leanne Goolsby, a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician who helps fill us in on safety seat laws and recommendations in the state of Oregon. At the end of the transcript are resources to ensure your child is riding safely. And please take a moment to rate this podcast and leave a review on iTunes!

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(we totally spaced the icebreaker hat)

K: I know I've been doing things wrong probably the whole time my children have been in car seats.

L: Don't worry, you're in really good company. Most people are making mistakes that they're not even aware that they're making and I think that's probably one of the biggest things I've noticed as a CPST and as I've learned more and more over the years about child passenger safety is that people aren't necessarily intending to do things wrong. Nobody wants to put their child in danger on purpose, and if you do, then we've got other problems to talk about. People just don't necessarily know, it's not like you get pregnant and all of a sudden your head is filled with all of this knowledge about laws and recommendations and how to properly install a car seat. It doesn't just magically come to you.

R: It should.

K: The problem is that things keep changing. And that's kinda what prompted this whole thing today. So my kids are now 9 and 6 and really fastly - fastly? - approaching their birthdays, and so we're a bit removed from the infant seat stuff, but then when I was re-visiting how long do I keep my daughter in her booster seat, and I looked at it and went "oh man, I totally did that wrong with my son."

R: So let's just jump straight in. What are the requirements for restraining these children passengers?

L: First of all I do want to point out that there is a big difference between laws and best practice, as far as safety goes. And that is kind of universal. Laws for Oregon, and that's what I'll focus on today is strictly for Oregon. I'm going to read directly from the Oregon Impact website so I don't misquote this: "Oregon child occupant protection law states that child passengers must be restrained in an approved child safety seat until they weigh 40 lbs."

So that's talking about a harness, a 5 point harness, the straps that go over both shoulders. You have a chest clip, and then the straps that come over both hips, and the latch that connects all of those straps together at the crotch. So that's saying that your child, who is under 40 lbs needs to be restrained in a 5 point harness.

R: And there's no age associated with that? It's just the weight?

L: Yes. And again, we are talking about the laws here, and them I'm going to get into what you really should be doing to keep your child as safe as possible. Our law also states that infants must ride rear-facing until they reach both 1 year AND 20 lbs. So, if you're 6 month old is 20 lbs. they haven't reached the point of turning forward facing, according to our laws. If you're 2 year old is only 17 lbs. they also have not reached that limit. It's one year AND 20 lbs. Which I think trips people up sometimes because they think it's either/or.

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Weekend Warriors: February 27-March 1

February 25, 2015

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

Friday, February 27th

Chinese New Year Celebrations at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Learn more about Chinese New Year and participate in special events. Children 5 and under are free; $9.50 adults. Friday 10am-5pm. The celebration continues through March 5th. Click here for more ideas to celebrate the Year of the Ram

PP&R Ladybug Walk in NE PDX. Explore Rose City Park with a trained preschool naturalist. $4 per preschooler. Friday 10am. 

Create Your Own Robot Hero at Sparks Art in NE PDX. Disney folks will be handing out Big Hero 6 swag and kids can make their own personal robots. Robot making is free; kids in grades K and up are welcome to stay for open studio for $15. Robot making is Friday 3:30-4:30pm. Open studio runs from 3:30-5:30pm. 

Gogh Kids Canvas Painting Class in Tigard. Create your own masterpiece - a cute little penguin - during this step by step painting class for kids. Advance registration recommended. $15. Friday 4-5pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: February 20-22

February 18, 2015

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

Friday, February 20th

Journey Theater Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr. in Hillsboro. Enjoy this fast-paced adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic story. $10-15. Friday 9:30-10:30am and 11:45am-12:45pm.
 
Chinese New Year Celebrations Begin at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Learn more about the Chinese New Year and participate in special events. Children 5 and under are free; $9.50 adults. Friday 10am-5pm. The celebration continues through March 5th. Click here for more ideas to celebrate the Year of the Ram

Red Yarn at the Warehouse Cafe. Weaving together live music, puppetry and storytelling, Red Yarn teaches positive values while reviving American folklore. $5 suggested donation per family. Friday 10-10:45am. 

Drop-in Open Studio in NE PDX. Children in grades K-8 will have access to a variety of art supplies to spark their imagination as they create original masterpieces. $15 for 2 hours. Friday 3:20-5:30pm.  

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Weekend Warriors: February 13-15

February 11, 2015

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

Friday, February 13th

Valentine's Day Crafting at The Craft Factory with Hattie's Sweet Shop. Decorate a Valentine cookie, craft a trinket box, enjoy a story and more. $12/child. Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm, drop-in. 

Music with Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom. Sing along with fun, interactive original and traditional songs. $5/family. Friday 11am-12pm. 

Valentine's Ball at Playdate PDX in NW PDX. See your friends from Frozen, a puppet show, and play in the indoor structure.  $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Friday 4-6pm. 

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urbanMamas Episode 6: Tamara Rubin

February 08, 2015

Below is a partial transcript from the urbanMamas Podcast Episode 6 where we welcome Tamara Rubin, Executive Director of the Lead Safe America Foundation and creator of the documentary, MisLead: America’s Secret Epidemic. Tamara is a Portland mama to 4 kids, 2 of whom were lead poisoned in 2005.

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Links and resources for lead testing your home are available at the bottom of this transcript, as well as how you can help support MisLead and increasing awareness of the prevalence of lead in our schools, homes and environment. Please help this information go viral. Share this post on your Facebook page, email it to your community groups, your daycare, your school, your local legislative office, and help us fill a petition to get 100,000 Portland parents on board with demanding we fund lead clean up in Portland Public Schools.

 

We’ll start with the Icebreaker Hat

Tamara: "If you had to move out of Portland, where would you go and why?" Well actually I've been having a lot of difficulty with the Portland Public Schools, and the school system keeps referring my son to schools with lead hazards. And since he has medical fragility and has a compromised immune system from being poisoned as a baby, I don't want him to go to a school with lead hazards and his doctors have said he shouldn't go to a school with lead hazards. But the PPS says "Well, all of the kids here are going to schools with lead hazards, so why should your kid be any different?" And so I've been looking desperately for a school without lead hazards, and we've interviewed at several schools. We just found one in Lake Oswego that we, hopefully, may get a transfer to. And if that doesn't work out, I might have to move to L.A. because they have a publicly funded public school that is a safe school for autistic kids on the spectrum, anywhere on the spectrum, from pre-K to early 20s. And is free, but if you live out of district it's a $20,000 a year private school. And it has integrated therapies, like occupational therapy, speech therapy, focused learning for any deficit areas like reading. And it's like a magical school. And so I would go to L.A. and try to find a place to live in the L.A. unified school district so my kids could go to school for free.

R: Let's talk about lead!

K: So, you have this documentary, MisLead, and you've been working on it for awhile now.

T: Yeah, I've heard from other documentary filmmakers that the average documentary gets produced in about 4 years, and some take 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 years. And so this is now the beginning of our 4th year, we just hit the 3 year mark in December. I feel bad that aren't getting this message out faster, but also I'm going with the limited funding I've had to work on the film, and we're doing something that I don't know that any other documentary has done, is we're trying to make a feature film that hopefully will be shown in theatres and will have a Hollywood and NY premiere, but we're doing it completely on donations. So over 900 people have donated something, either time or a dollar or $10,000 to help pull this together.

K: $10,000. Good job whoever you are!

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Weekend Warriors: February 6-8

February 04, 2015

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

Friday, February 6th

Baby Boot Camp Grand Opening. Celebrate the Grand Opening of Baby Boot Camp SE PDX and Happy Valley with a free demo class. Bring your stroller, your little one(s), and get ready for a great workout. Please RSVP. Free. Friday 9:30-11am. 

Open Studio at the Portland Child Art Studio in NW PDX. Paint, draw, sculpt and have a great time getting creative and messy. $10/child. Friday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. Read our review of this amazing studio here

Clowns Without Borders Benefit Show. This show incorporates physical comedy, juggling, acrobatics, music, and more. All proceeds benefit Clowns Without Borders-USA's work of relieving trauma through laughter in areas of crisis around the world. $9-30. Tickets can be purchased in advance. Friday 7:30-9:30pm. 

Zen Shorts in SE PDX. It's the opening weekend of Zen Shorts, Tears of Joy Theatre's puppet production extravaganza featuring over 30 puppets, video projections, and original songs. Best for grades K-5. $15-22. Friday 7:30-9pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: January 30-February 1

January 28, 2015

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

Friday, January 30th

Free Dance Week at Moxie Studios in West Linn. Check out one of many dance classes offered for kids ages 2-9 today and tomorrow. Free. See website for schedule. 

Heart of Hearts at the St. John's Library. Get creative by making your own origami Valentines with artist Eileen Holzman. Please pre-register. Free. Friday 1-2:30pm. 

Long Winter Knights at the Sellwood Library. Learn about knights and the Middle Ages with the Knights of Veritas. Free. Friday 2-3pm. 

World Friendship Celebration in Vancouver. See performances by Kingsley Garden Music, Tepeyac Pre-Hispanic Dance, and en Taiko in celebration of performing arts from different cultures. $2-5. Friday 6:30-8pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: January 23-35

January 21, 2015

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

Friday, January 23rd

Six and Under Shred at the Lumberyard. Kids six and under can enjoy Portland's unique indoor bike park, including jump lines, pump tracks, skill sections and technical trail riding. $6. Friday 9am-12pm.

Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show at the Oregon Garden. See beautiful quilts and watch demos by quilting vendors. $5-11. Friday 10am-4pm.

Music with Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom. Mr. Hoo of the Alphabeticians plays fun music for kids and their grownups on his guitar, ukulele and kazoo. $5/family. Friday 11am-12pm.

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Weekend Warriors: January 23-35

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

Friday, January 23rd

Six and Under Shred at the Lumberyard. Kids six and under can enjoy Portland's unique indoor bike park, including jump lines, pump tracks, skill sections and technical trail riding. $6. Friday 9am-12pm.

Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show at the Oregon Garden. See beautiful quilts and watch demos by quilting vendors. $5-11. Friday 10am-4pm.

Music with Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom. Mr. Hoo of the Alphabeticians plays fun music for kids and their grownups on his guitar, ukulele and kazoo. $5/family. Friday 11am-12pm.

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Weekend Warriors: January 16-18

January 14, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.
 
Friday, January 16th

Storytime and Craft at The Craft Factory. Hear a special storytime by Maggie Mae's Kids Mobile Bookshop while working on your craft masterpiece. Special deal of two tiny craft bases for $5. Friday 10:30am. 

Nature Mobile in Beaverton. Enjoy hands-on activities and learn what makes some animals ready to brave the cold and snow. Best for grades K-3. Free. Friday 3-5:30pm drop-in.

No! Go! Yell! Free Kids Self-Defense Class in SW PDX. Try out this fun and empowering self-defense class for free. For ages 6-11.Friday 4-5:30pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: January 9-11

January 07, 2015

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

Friday, January 9th

Free Admission to Lan Su Chinese Garden. Receive a free admission with each donation of a non-perishable food item. Food to benefit the Oregon Food Bank. This offer runs through January 11th. Hours are 10am-5pm. 


Tallulah's Daddy at Cafe au Play. Listen to fun, energetic, and interactive acoustic music. $5/family suggested donation. Friday 10-11am. 

Music with Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom. Dance, sing, and clap along to funny original songs and classics. $5/family. Friday 11am-12pm. 

Sherazade's Children Stories that Changed the World in SW PDX. Storyteller Will Hornyak shares stories from a variety of traditions and provides engaging presentations to inspire discussion. Free. Friday 7-8:30pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: January 2-4 (2015!)

December 31, 2014

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

Friday, January 2nd

Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom. Clap and sing along to Mr. Hoo of the Alphabeticians as he plays the kazoo, sings funny songs, and makes everyone happy. $5 suggested donation per family. Friday 11am-12pm.

The Tangled Threads at Cafe au Play. A nine-foot-tall ukelele player and a human doll rhythm section make up this band. Sounds intriguing. $5 suggested donation. Friday 11:30am-12:15pm. 
 
ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo. This is the last weekend to see the magical ZooLights this year! $7-10. 2 and under free. Friday beginning at 5pm and throughout the weekend.  

Closing Weekend of NWCT's Mary Poppins. This is your last chance to see all the magic of NWCT's rendition of Mary PoppinsYou can check out PDX Kids Calendar’s review here. $18-22. Friday-Sunday at varying times.        

Saturday, January 3rd

Free Admission to Lan Su Chinese Garden. Receive a free admission with each donation of a non-perishable food item. Food to benefit the Oregon Food Bank. This offer runs today through January 11th. Hours are 10am-5pm. 

The Alphabeticians Perform at Lil' Lentils Playgroup in SE PDX. Ring in the New Year with one of Portland's favorite kindie bands. Suggested $3-5 donation per family. Saturday 10am-noon. 

Kids Club: Grow a Pet Treat in Woodburn. Plan an indoor treat for you cat or dog that will keep them happy in the winter. $5 per child. Saturday 11-11:45am. 

Kids' Morning Skate at Oaks Park. Special skating session just for kids 10 and younger and their families features kids' choice music, games and skate specials, and a free group lesson. $6.25/child. Saturday 10:30am-12pm.

The Amazing Bubble Man in SE PDX. Louis Pearl - The Bubble Man - has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. $6-11; tickets can be purchased in advance. Saturday and Sunday 2-3pm. 

Tallulah's Daddy at Mississippi Pizza. Grab some dinner while being entertained by the musical stylings of Tallulah's Daddy and his friends. $10 suggested donation per family. Saturday 4-5pm. 

Sunday, January 4th

$2 Days at OMSI. Explore the museum and all exhibits for only $2 today. Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm.

Thingamajig Bookmaking Class with Sarah Fagan in NE PDX. Read Beverly Cleary's Janet's Thingamajig then make handmade blank books to use as image journals. Best for ages 4-8. Please pre-register. $8/child. Sunday 1-1:30pm. 

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

Weekend Warriors: December 26-28

December 24, 2014

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

Friday, December 26th

Extended Open Swim Hours at PP&R Pools. PP&R is offering additional open swim times to keep your kiddos occupied during the break. See schedule for all the details. 

FROGZ in SE PDX. As our reviewer stated: "FROGZ is more a series of performances, with dance, costumes, lighting and puppetry as the common denominator." Check out PDX Kids Calendar's review here. $17.50 and up. Friday 12-1pm and throughout the weekend. 

Portland Youth Philharmonic's Concert-At-Christmas in SW PDX. PYP's Concert-at-Christmas is a festive holiday tradition for the whole family featuring all four PYP ensembles and an alumni orchestra. $22-56. Friday 7:30pm. Check out PDX Kids Calendar's preview here.

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Weekend Warriors: December 19-21

December 17, 2014

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

Friday, December 19th

Italian Language Mommy & Me Playgroup. Children ages 18-36 months and their caregiver can be exposed to Italian in this relaxed, play-based program. Free. Friday 10-11am. 

Mo Phillips at the Treehouse in North Portland. Rock out to Mo's unique, upbeat blend of Americana, soul, and blues. $5/child. Friday 10am. 

Peacock Lane Holiday Lights Display. One of Portland's most beloved holiday traditions. Enjoy the beautiful light displays and cocoa and cider. Friday 6-11pm and throughout the month. 

Opening Weekend of Echo Theater's Make It Home. See this non-traditional holiday show full of aerial arts, dance, acrobatics, humor, and non-linear storytelling. $18-25. Friday 7:30pm and throughout the weekend. 

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urbanMamas Podcast Episode 5: an ER, split family, Elf on the Shelf kind of Christmas

December 15, 2014

This is a partial transcript from the urbanMamas Podcast, Episode 5 with Rae Ann Peil and Kelli Martinelli. To hear the full story about Kelli’s emergency trip to the ER (without health insurance), a conversation about managing the holidays as a split/blended family, ideas on how to ask and give in your community, and that little bastard Elf on the Shelf, click on the link below. Or subscribe to the urbanMamas Podcast on iTunes.

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R: How's it goin?

K: It's going. It's been another week in this household ...

R: In the life of Kelli Martinelli! I do have to say I appreciate your partner, Tim, posting updates on you on Facebook, because otherwise I would've never known that you have been so sick.

K: Yeah, I stayed off of it, but he did, so. I'm talking a little slower today because I've got ...

R: You sound drunk. Or stoned. I don't know.

K: I do have some pretty fantastic pain meds going through my body at the moment, but I had an emergency appendectomy over the weekend. Friday night. And yeah, Tim, he said "Okay, who do I need to notify?" And there was the obvious ones. My mom, and my ex-husband, and then he said, "Oh and I went ahead and covered Facebook, too." Thanks. You know me pretty me well.

R: He knew what to do.

K: I was glad it was -- I disconnected the whole time, but ...

R: You mean you weren't Snapchatting your appendectomy?

K: I DO have a picture of it if you'd like to see it somewhere. It's pretty gross and fantastic. So Thursday I thought I had the flu, I had these sharp pains. And I had two really awesome things planned that day. I had a massage that was a gift to me from my birthday a few months ago at Mudra, and it was one of those kinds where they walk on your back, so what is that, Ashiatsu? So I was gonna go do that. And then I had a wine tasting in the evening and I had to cancel both of those cause I'm like, oh no! I have the flu. And then on Friday, it wasn't any better. I was stuck in bed. And times that I've had the flu in the past I was still up. I could go to the couch and I could watch a movie. And I couldn't move. The weird thing was it was increasingly hard for me to move my right leg.

R: Your right leg? That's strange.

K: Which really started me thinking that maybe this was something bigger, and your appendix is on the right side. So I'm like, maybe it's connected to the muscle ..

R: I would've never put all of this together, this is really intelligent thinking for being sick.

K: I had time to think. So it got really hard to walk upstairs and the worst thing was getting in and out of bed. Just couldn't do it.

R: God forbid you have to pee!

K: Yeah, that's been an adventure every time. But so I recently signed up for insurance. I've been trying to navigate Cover Oregon since I started freelancing in May, and it has not been for lack of trying, it's just been really hard.

R: Awful.

K: If you look at my logistics, I freelance, I'm divorced, and I claim one child on my taxes and my ex claims another, and when you're figuring out your healthcare coverage, you -- I needed it for my kids, too -- then you can only do the child that you claim.

R: Right.

K: So it was very complex. So as I was lying in bed going Ahh, I have the flu! Or maybe not. Maybe I just ate too much mac and cheese and kicked myself into lactose intolerance (totally wondered this by the way), like well I can't really go to the doctor, I'm not covered yet. But on Friday afternoon it was just, it was so bad, that we finally went to Zoom Care. And walked right in and the doctor saw me, in the lobby and she said "Oh no no, sweetie, no, this is not okay, you have to go to the ER."

R: Geez.

K: And what do you do? You have to!

R: You go to the ER!

K: So went to the ER and sat there for several hours.

R: Which ER?

K: Legacy Emanuel.

R: 3 hours?

K: 3 hours in the ER, and it was 4 hours until I got pain meds.

R: That is not okay.

K: No, it was not okay. I know they have the triage nurse and they have to do what they can do to make sure that everybody gets seen, but, I feel like I'm gonna sound so selfish, but I'm sitting there going, "Why is this person in here? Why is this person in here? I don't see anything wrong with you."

R: They need labels! Like everybody should wear around a sign around their neck so that we all feel like it's fair maybe.

K: Sure! Cause maybe you do have something very serious that I can't see happening right now. You could say like, "You can't see it but my gallbladder hurts!" or "I'm trying to pass a kidney stone at this moment."

R: With a pain scale, I think the pain scale should be identified.

K: But the people that were in there, they just kind of looked chill, they were watching a basketball game on T.V. Meanwhile I'm sitting in my double wide wheelchair ...

R: Ready to punch a baby.

(oh my god, Rae, did you really just say that? ha! and yeah, kinda accurate.)

K: Oh my god. I was HOWLING. I had lost all inhibition whatsoever and I was howling with pain. But I wasn't registering a temperature, so the triage nurse saw that I was hurting and had abdominal pain, but no accompanying temperature, so I just didn't get bumped up. Anyways, lots of pain, lots of nurses, lots of doctors, and around midnight or so I went in to surgery and that was bliss. They pulled that puppy out. It was a ruptured appendix. But one thing that they clarified with me, it was certainly a misconception, is that a rupture appendix doesn't like BOOSH, it's not like the gum that squirts out all the stuff on the inside, do you remember that?

R: Yeah.

K: It's a perforation.

R: Like a slow leak.

K: Yeah. But once it is perforated then it starts to go a little bit faster, so mine was perforated but it was still pretty close in to the actual appendix itself. But what possibly made mine worse is that your appendix, if you're a woman, your appendix and your ovaries are very close to each other.

R: Of course they are!

K: And I have a cyst on my ovary. So, I had basically had my appendix and my ovary kind of fighting.

R: A war of internal organs.

...skipping ahead...

K: My boyfriend, he is a fantastic mom. Tim was just off the charts.

R: Tim took care of you.

K: Just everything that I needed, without flinching, without hesitating, no tough love, no suck it up, solider, you're gonna do great. He was there for me. And then, my ex-husband brought the kids in to the hospital to see me.

R: Sweet. Good.

K: So I got to see my two kiddos and they brought me in a couple things. My son brought me a card that says "Get out soon!"

R: Like he thought you were in jail.

K: Get out soon and have a Merry XMas!

R: Maybe I'll see you next year?

K: And my daughter brought in a picture of our family, but it's our WHOLE family. It's the whole split/blended family. So,

R: Love that.

K: My two kids, and Tim and I, and then my ex-husband and his partner and her two kids.

R: So sweet. I like how she wrote Mom three different times.

K: You know, the split/blended family thing it's not easy, and I don't think that anybody would ever say that it is, even if you're under the best circumstances that you could possibly have. But, the holidays, how do you do the holidays?

R: Yeah, well I'm a single parent, so. It's tricky. Our first Christmas that we were split up we did Christmas together, which was really sweet, because it we were both really raw, I think, and we weren't really wanting to let go of that, and so we both just really put everything aside to do it together with the kids. And it was really sweet. And I'm actually really glad that we had one more year that we maybe wouldn't have otherwise had. And then since then it's been this division, as the kids have gotten older they go with their dad for longer chunks of time. And we've always kind of let them determine what they're comfortable with. So this year they've said that their max is about five nights, which is the most they've ever been gone anyway. So fortunately their dad is great about that. I work really hard to make sure that time is still balanced and even per our parenting agreement and that all days get made up, because we like to allow each other some flexibility in that. It works out, but it's hard. Our division happens on Christmas morning.

And then Kelli slurs Bohemian Rhapsody. You can continue the conversation with us on managing the holidays as a split/blended family on the urbanMamas Facebook page. Please tune in to the podcast to hear more as we discuss deconstructing the idea of the nuclear family, ideas on how to ask and give in your community, that bastard Elf on the Shelf and more.






Weekend Warrior December 12-14

December 10, 2014

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

Friday, December 12th

CHAP Holiday Bazaar and Open Art Studio in SE PDX. Everyone is welcome to enjoy unlimited art supplies and to create their own masterpiece. $5/hour/art maker. Friday 10am-6pm and throughout the weekend. 

Loving Touch Infant Massage in SE PDX. Learn the history, theory and practice of infant massage while practicing on your own infant. Free. Friday 2-3:30pm. 

Winter Crafts in Beaverton. Get out the glitter and enjoy some fun winter crafts. Best for grades K-3. Free. Friday 4-5pm.

Holiday Concert Series at Cafe au Play. Na Rosai plays traditional Irish and Appalachian music. $5-10 donation. Friday 7-8pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: December 5-7

December 03, 2014

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

Friday, December 5th

Reindeer Magic at Seven Dees in Lake Oswego. Visit with Santa and his reindeer, enjoy festive make-and-take activities, and more. Free. Friday 10am-5pm. (Continues on Saturday at the SE Powell location and Sunday at Cedar Hills.)

Providence Festival of Trees. Wander through a winter wonderland and view dozens of uniquely decorated Christmas trees, visit with Santa, decorate cookies, make crafts, and more. $4-6. Friday 10:30am-5pm and Saturday 9am-5pm.

Music with Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom. Mr. Hoo plays fun, interactive music including original and traditional songs that will get everyone dancing. $5/family. Friday 11am-12pm. 

Free Admission to Portland Children's Museum. Enjoy free admission to the museum this evening. Friday 4-8pm.

Holiday Concert Series at Cafe au Play. Chuck Cheesman kicks off the series playing original contemporary folk and Americana music. $5-10 suggested donation. Friday 7-8pm.

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