Fun & Frugal Family Events – 1/18 – 1/24

Here is this week’s list of family-friendly free or frugal events for around the Northwest, as well as some events going on around  the country. Don’t forget to check out Goldstar for Discount Tickets on many local activities and events, if you are looking for a specific event and want to save some money!

Be sure to check out Thrifty NW Mom’s Big List of Christmas Festivals, Bazaars and Tree Farms too, for frugal fall fun ideas.

If you see a fun, frugal event that’s not listed, feel free to leave a comment so we can add that event to our list.

PUGET SOUND AREA:: 

Friday January 18th:  

*FreeTête-à-têter At Frye Museum – Seattle;  1/18; 11:00am to 5:00pm; Frye Museum entrance and parking are free all the time. You can check their events page here, for a list of weekly events.

*Pay-What-You-Can at Seattle Symphony’s “Soundbridge”- Seattle, Beneroya Hall; 1/18; 12:00pm to 4:00pm; Soundbridge is a music discovery center and Friday afternoons are “Pay What You Can” entrance- suggested donation $5 – $15 per family; Ages 2-5, 30 minute interactive storytelling with song & rhythm, dance & musical instruments at 1:45pm.

*Green Hour - Bellevue; 1/18; 1:00pm – 2:00pm; Join us the third Friday of every month for a Green Hour at Lewis Creek Park! Observe and explore the park during an hour of unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. Each month, creative, science-based ideas will have children and parents deepening their knowledge and love of nature together! Registration recommended.  FREE.

*FREE Friday Night Live at Imagine Children’s Museum – Everett; 1/18; 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Imagine Children’s Museum offers FREE admission on the third Friday of each month, 5:30 to 9 p.m. All ages.

*Cinema Café – Seattle- Northgate Community Center; 1/18; See “The Lorax” (PG) and enjoy soup and sandwiches. $10 per family.  Pre-register 206-386-4283 .

*Family Night: Bug Safari - North Bend; 1/18; 6:30pm – 8:00pm; Get a closer look at some interesting insects with Seattle Bug Safari, plus enjoy bug-themed snacks, games and crafts. $10 suggested donation per family.

*Puss in Boots – Redmond; 1/18 – 1/27; Fast-paced, funny play based on the original story by Charles Perrault. Best for grade school age; younger kids encouraged to attend Sunday shows. 7 p.m. Fridays, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Cost: $10, Sundays are $5, ages 1 to 3 and free younger than age 1.

*Free Movie: Winged Migration – Everett; 1/18; 7:00pm – 8:00pm; Trumpeter swans, snow geese, and snowy owls have arrived in Washington State from Alaska and Canada. In fact, all around the world birds are in migration. Learn more about this phenomenon by attending a free showing of this Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature. Grade 6 to adult. Space is limited; call to reserve your spot 425-316-8592.  FREE.

Saturday January 19th:

*Free Wing Luke Museum Entrance – Seattle; 1/19; 10:00am to 8:00pm; The Wing Luke Museum offers free admission on the third Saturday of each month, for family day.

*Bellevue Art Museums Get Crafty Saturday – Bellevue;  1/19; 1:00pm to 3:00pm; Free craft time for kids each Saturday. $2 material fee or free with admission.

*PlaySpace at Emmanuel – Seattle; 1/19; 8:30am – 11:30am; Come enjoy a warm space for your kids to play. Activities include basketball, four square, arts and crafts, climbers for toddlers, and more. All ages are welcome. Coffee is provided for parents.  FREE.

*Moomin and Midsummer Madness – Seattle; 1/19 & 1/20; 10:00am; A peaceful summer day in the Moomin Valley is interrupted by a volcanic eruption. At the last minute the Moomin family finds refuge in a strange house. It turns out it’s not an ordinary house but a theatre stage where the Moomin Family begins to write a play. This all-ages film (in English) is part of the Nordic Lights Film Festival.  Cost: $7.

*Tales & Trails for Little Tykes – Seattle; 1/19; 10:00am – 11:00am; Introduce your toddler to nature with story time, songs, and fun activities inside, followed by exploration along the trails of Seward Park. Walks are easy and less than one mile in length. Pre-register, space is limited. Recommended for ages birth to 3. $2 per person.

*Birds of a Feather - Woodinville; 1/19; 10:00am – 12:00pm; Join the IslandWood Naturalists at Brightwater Center for our winter bird event for ages 8 and older. Come learn about our feathered friends who don’t fly south for the winter. A guided tour will leave at 10 a.m. followed by a bird themed art project. Register now for this free family event 206-263-8862 or veronicaw@islandwood.org.  FREE.

*Kidstock – Edmonds; 1/19; 10:00am – 4:00pm; All-day extravaganza of entertainment for all ages, including Recess Monkey, The Harmonica Pocket, The Not-Its! Alex Zerbe, Zambini Brothers Puppets, face painting, treats, inflatables and more. See schedule online. FREE.

*Reading with Rover - Tukwila Barnes & Noble; 1/19; 11:00am – 12:00pm; Kids can practice reading out loud to a specially trained therapy dog.

*Bring a Buddy Guided On-Leash Nature Walk – Seattle; 1/19; 1:00pm – 2:30pm ; Go on a guided nature walk and bring your pooch! We’ll stroll through Seward Park with our furry friends and learn all about their closest local relatives, coyotes, wolves, foxes, bobcats, and cougars while enjoying the beautiful forest and lake in every season. Children and dogs are welcome but it’s probably a good idea to leave your cats at home! $5 ages 16 and older, $3 ages 2 to 15, free for dogs and younger than age 2.   Reserve your spot online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/310423.

*Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth March – Seattle; 1/19; 1:00pm; Youth from around the city are invited to march from Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle) to Garfield Community Center (400 23rd Ave. Seattle). Afterward, enjoy food and discussion about how Dr. King has touched lives. FREE.

* Caspar Babypants Concert- Lakewood; 1/19; 1:30pm; Hear the fun, catchy tunes of kindie rocker Caspar Babypants. The show is free, but please call ahead for admission details 253-548-3302.

* Nature Walk at Lake Hills Greenbelt- Bellevue; 1/19; 2:00pm; Explore Lake Hills Greenbelt with a park ranger. Learn the history of the park, tour community gardens, and learn about local wildlife. Suggested $1 donation pp.

*Never Forgotten – Auburn; 1/19; 2:00pm; Performance by Book-It Repertory Theater about a young African boy kidnapped and sold into slavery. Part of Auburn Ave. Kids series. Today is half-price: $3.

*Pier Peer – Tacoma- Point Definance Marina; 1/19:  7:30pm – 9:00pm; Sponsored jointly by Foss Waterway Seaport and Metro Parks Tacoma, these popular programs are a great way to see the sea life in your area. Bring your family and join us for an aquatic nighttime adventure as you explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists! Warm up at the end of the evening with some hot cocoa. Each child requires one adult companion. Pre-registration required  253-591-6439 . Ages 8 and up only! Cost:  $8.

Sunday, January 20th:

*FREE Family Day: Cultures of the World – Bellevue; 1/20; 12:00pm – 4:00pm; Come celebrate the new year with arts activities and performances featuring some amazing cultures from around the world. Participate in beautiful creative traditions, and create memorable art without leaving Bellevue. Don’t miss Artistic Director Eva Stone from the Chop Shop: Bodies of Work and dancers from The Stone Dance Collective as they perform an engaging “Reading Dance” demonstration from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Auditorium.  FREE.

*Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf – Tacoma; 1/20; 1:30pm; Tacoma Symphony Orchestra presents the classic children’s piece by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, a musical tale of a young boy living with his grandfather in a forest clearing, and the adventure he and his animal friends have with a wolf that comes in from the meadow through the garden gate. It’s the perfect introduction to the world of the symphony orchestra, with a particular emphasis on the woodwinds. Individual instruments represent the different characters in the story. This includes the flute (the bird), oboe (the duck), clarinet (the cat), bassoon, (Grandpa), the Wolf (horns), Peter (strings), and the hunters (timpani or kettle drums). Come early to the concert and let your kids try out these instruments for themselves at our musical petting zoo. Student musicians from Tacoma Youth Symphony will be on hand to help youngsters learn how to properly hold the instruments and make their own first musical sounds. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. show begins at 2:30 p.m. Cost: $7 adults, $5 kids.

*Mercer Slough Ranger Program: Wetland Birds – Bellevue; 1/20; 2:00pm – 2:30pm; Wetlands are known for their wildlife. The birds that inhabit wetland ecosystems like the Mercer Slough Nature Park are fascinating creatures. We’ll learn about herons, waterfowl, rails, bitterns, and more! We’ll also talk about what we can do to help these birds and their habitats. Ages 8 and older.  FREE.

*Seattle Family Dance – Seattle; 1/20; 3:00pm – 5:00pm; Dance with your children to live folk music. Simple dances for ages 9 and younger and their families. No partner or experience necessary. Cost $6 pp or $18 per family.

Monday, January 21st:

*MLK Day at NAAM – Seattle; 1/21; 8:30am; Join NAAM on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to watch the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama. NAAM is pleased to host this community gathering to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and usher in the second term of our first African American president.  FREE.

*Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Seattle; 1/21; 9:30am; Come to Garfield High School for workshops (9:30 to 11 a.m.), a rally (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and a march to the Federal Building on Second Avenue downtown (12:30 p.m.), after which buses will transport participants back to the school for a free lunch. FREE.

*Martin Luther King Jr. Day Health Fair – Bellevue; 1/21; 10:00am – 3:00pm; Healthy ideas, music and fun in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Bellevue Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  FREE.

*Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – Kirkland; 1/21; 10:00am – 2:00pm ; Help remove invasive plants to restore Carillon Woods – a Washington Conservation Corps crew and a Green Kirkland Steward will show you how. Bring lunch and water; gloves will be provided (or bring your own). Dress for the weather, wear layers and waterproof boots. Minors under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. Youth 14 to 17 years should be accompanied by an adult, or bring a signed waiver form, or a parent/guardian to sign you in.

*FREE Admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Washington State History Museum - Tacoma; 1/21; 10:00am – 5:00pm

*5th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – Kent; 1/21; 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Help collect litter along the Interurban Trail. Trash bags and a limited number of pick sticks will be provided. Volunteers should dress for the weather, wear sturdy boots or shoes, bring work gloves and a bottle of water if they wish. FREE, pre-register by Jan. 16. Meet at the Kent Lions Skate Park on West Smith St. near the Lincoln Avenue/Valley Highway overpass in downtown Kent. Parking is available in the Park-and-Ride lot next to the skate park. Poor weather may cancel the event; call or check the website for details.

Tuesday, January 22nd:

*Star Party – Puyallup; 1/22; 5:30pm – 7:30pm; Join the Tacoma Astronomical Society for a FREE evening of viewing stars through telescopes (weather permitting) and a chance to make your very own stomp rocket. Hot chocolate will be served to keep everybody warm. All ages are welcome. No registration required.

Wednesday, January 23rd:

*FREE Mulberry Bush Music and Movement Class – Seattle; 1/23; 10:30am – 11:15am; FREE Music and movement class for children ages birth to 4 with a parent or caregiver. Immerse in the joy of music with your child, regardless of your own musical background. Pre-registration required 206-686-2201 or info@mulberrybushmusic.com.

*Tales & Trails for Little Tykes – Seattle; 1/23; 10:00am – 11:00am; Introduce your toddler to nature with story time, songs, and fun activities inside, followed by exploration along the trails of Seward Park. Walks are easy and less than one mile in length. Pre-register, space is limited. Recommended for ages birth to 3. $2 per person.

*Movies at the Museum – Bellevue; 1/23; 6:00pm – 9:00pm; Put on your PJs, grab a slice to eat and get comfy in front of the big screen to watch “Mulan” (G) starting at 6:30 p.m. Jet City Pizza will be available for $3, pre-register to guarantee availability. Popcorn and lemonade free, no outside food. Museum open until 9 p.m. for play after the movie. $8, $5 members. Pre-registration encouraged. No coupons, passes, Prime cards or other discounts apply.

Thursday January 24th:

*Half Priced Admission Imagine Childrens Museum – Everett; 1/24; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. is half priced ( $3.88)

*Children’s Film Festival Seattle – Seattle; 1/24 – 2/3; The largest children’s film festival in the Pacific Northwest, Children’s Film Festival Seattle celebrates the best and brightest in international children’s cinema with a 10-day extravaganza of more than 100 films from over 30 countries. See online for full schedule and content guidelines. Cost: tickets starting at $6

*Kids Co. Play and Learn – Seattle; 1/24; 10:00am – 11:30am; Come play and learn with us! Snack is included and an outside play area is available. Newborn to age 5 with caregiver – come for all or just part of the time! Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups are organized play groups for young children and the people who take care of them – grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, parents and other family members and friends. At Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, children and caregivers take part in play activities that support children’s early learning. They also get a chance to meet new friends, hear more about other early learning and family support programs in their neighborhood, and to get out of the house and have fun. Caregivers also learn more about child development and what they can do at home to support the healthy growth and learning of the children in their care.  FREE.

For more lists of local events in WA check out these websites::

*Sounds Fun Mom - Maegen always has a great list of events  local to the South Sound area of WA

*Grays Harbor Deals – Annaliese lists some great events each weekend for Grays Harbor county (Long Beach, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips, Ocean Shores, Raymond, Elma & more!)

PORTLAND AREA:

Here’s our list of weekly events for the Portland area.

Friday January 18th:

*Music From Mr. Hoo of The Alphabeticians at Milagros – Portland; 1/18; 11:00am to 12:00pm; Mr. Hoo will be singing songs with and for kids. He’ll play his guitar and sing some original songs, some Alphabeticians songs, some classic kid songs and Hoo knows what else? $3 suggested donation pp.

*Red Yarn at Warehouse Cafe -  Portland; 1/18; 10:00am – 10:10:45am; Red Yarn is a dynamic Portland children’s performer. Weaving together live music, puppetry, and interactive storytelling, his shows teach positive values while reviving American folklore for a younger generation.  $5 suggested donation per family.

*Snowflake Ball at the West Linn Library – West Linn; 1/18; 10:30am – 11:30am; Join us for music, dancing, treats, and friends! Babies and toddlers (ages 0-3) are invited to the West Linn library spend some time with family and friends while dancing and playing along to winter tunes. Fancy dress is encouraged but not required. Registration required – please sign up at the West Linn Library.  FREE.

*Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek – Portland; 1/18; 1:00pm – 2:15pm; This 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.)  FREE.

*Family Friday Flicks at the Hillsboro Main Library – Hillsboro; 1/18; 6:30pm – 8:00pm; See “Madagascar 3″ (Rated PG, 93 minutes) on the library’s big screen! Friday Family Flicks features family friendly movies on the third Friday of most months at the Main Library! Popcorn provided, courtesy of Regal Cinema’s Movies on TV Highway. Recommended for ages 4+ and adult family members. Children must be supervised by adult family members. Seating is limited to 100 people.

Saturday, January 19th:

*United Way Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Service – Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Clark counties; 1/19 – 1/21; Join 1,000 of your friends and neighbors in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by taking part in a meaningful volunteer project over MLK Weekend. For the sixth year in a row, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and our community volunteer hub, Hands On Greater Portland, are teaming up to make it easy for you to take action across Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Clark counties and make a difference through volunteer service! Sponsored by The Boeing Company.

Free Family Swim At Marshall Community Center - Vancouver; 1/19; 4:45pm to 6:30pm; Bauman Chiropractic is sponsoring free family swims at Marshall Pool Saturday evenings.

* Kids Saturday Morning Skate Session At Oaks Park Portland ; 1/19;  10:30am to 12:00pm; For $6 children 10 and under can skate (skates included). Parents free with paid child admission.

*Free Guided Nature Walk –  Portland; 1/19; 10:00am to 11:30am; Enjoy free guided walks with park ranger.

*Play after Play’s The Gentle People at Brooklyn Bay – Portland; 1/19; 10:ooam – 11:30am; Play after Play invites your family to share special time together with this beautiful story of peace, brought to life through movement, music and simple storytelling. This is a true wisdom story that will touch your heart. Most appropriate for ages 2-8.  After the show we Play!  Children and their families are invited to play with us on our big red mats!  In this play we are attuning to each child in the moment and modeling safe, gentle play.  We always do a round of family play, where the whole family can play together with us, connecting joyfully and simply. Tickets are $7 – kids under 2 are free.

*And They’re Off . . . at the St Johns Library – Portland; 1/19; 11:00am – 11:45am; The curious Jade Emperor wants to have a way to tell the passing of time. How about an animal to represent each year? The Emperor decides to host a race to see which order the animals should go in. Join Penny’s Puppet Productions to find out which animal finishes the race first, determining the order of the Chinese calendar.  FREE.

*Kids’ Storytime at Powell’s Books on Burnside – Portland; 1/19; 11:00am; Chris Kurtz will be joining us to read from his book The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A Novel of Snow and Courage (Harcourt Children’s). In this fresh and funny middle-grade novel, Flora the pig ditches the sedentary life on the farm for an adventure in Antarctica, where she escapes the knife and lives her dream of pulling a sled with a team of dogs. FREE.

*Rapunzel Redeems Rumpelstiltskin at Ping Pong Puppet Museum – Portland; 1/19 & 1/20; 4:00pm – 4:45pm; Both fairy tales collide as if they were happening at the same time! See what happens when Rapunzel meets Rumpelstiltskin. He may be crooked but he is the only person Rapunzel has to talk to while in her lonely tower.  Eventually Rapunzel meets Prince Charming, but Rumpelstiltskin is the only one who can save them both from the wicked witch.  Cost:  $6 (ages 6-99), $1 (ages 1-5)

Sunday, January 20th

*Family tour of the Portland Art Museum – Portland; 1/20; 12:30pm – 1:30pm; Take a tour of the art museum with a docent skilled at engaging visitors of all ages.  Tour is free with admission and free for kids 17 and under.  Cost:  $15 (adults), Free (kids under 18).

*Kids Karaoke at Pink Feather Restaurant and Lodge – Portland; 1/20; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; The Pink Feather Restaurant and Lounge is now hosting the Emma Rose Kids’ Karaoke Hour every other Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Emma Rose, nine years old, is an extraordinarily talented singer herself and will be emceeing the event. Kids Menu, as well as Happy Hour appetizer prices for parents, available for the full three hours.  FREE

*ComedySportz 4 Kidz – Portland; 1/20; 2:00pm – 3:00pm; Now there’s a special ComedySportz show just for kids! It’s ComedySportz 4 Kidz. We focus the games and suggestions on the 12-and-under crowd, use LOTS of audience volunteers and generally have a rip-roaring good time. The ComedySportz 4 Kidz show is a little shorter than our regular show, without a halftime, and afterwards the the players mingle with the fans. Don’t worry – kids are still more than welcome at our regular ComedySportz shows, but this one is all about them. Reservations highly recommended. Make reservations on-line, or call  503-236-8888 . Tickets may be purchased in advance until 5:00pm Saturday each week – after that, please buy them at the door. (Call us first – we sometimes cancel this show if there are not sufficient advance ticket purchases.)  Cost: $8 (kids), $10 (adults).

*Family Movies at the Beaverton City Library – Beaverton; 1/20; 2:00pm – 4:00pm; Enjoy the auditorium’s posh seats while you watch popular new-to-DVD family movies on the big screen for free! All ages welcome. Children under 10 must be supervised.  FREE

*Play after Play’s The Gentle People at Brooklyn Bay – Portland; 1/20; 2:opam – 3:30pm; Play after Play invites your family to share special time together with this beautiful story of peace, brought to life through movement, music and simple storytelling. This is a true wisdom story that will touch your heart. Most appropriate for ages 2-8.  After the show we Play!  Children and their families are invited to play with us on our big red mats!  In this play we are attuning to each child in the moment and modeling safe, gentle play.  We always do a round of family play, where the whole family can play together with us, connecting joyfully and simply. Tickets are $7 – kids under 2 are free.

Monday, January 21st:

*Washington County Museum Free Admission – Portland; 1/21; 10:00am to 4:30pm; Admission is free to this museum every Monday.

*Mondays On The Mall – Portland – Downtown Central Transit Mall;  1/21; Various Times; Free events all day including Wii play, caricatures, the original photo booth and entertainment.

*Open Play with Japanese Crafts and Music at Isobel’s Clubhouse – Portland- 1/21; 9:30am – 11:00am; Please join us for Creative Play at Isobel’s Clubhouse, with an enrichment in Japanese crafts and music.  What will we do? As part of creative play, kids can dress up in costumes, play with toys, read stories, play games or create in our art space.  What is the cost? The cost per hour is 1 punch or $3.00 per child. 10 visit punchcards can be purchased at the Clubhouse for $25. We can take cash and checks.

*Crafts at Frog Pond Toys – Lake Oswego; 1/21; 10:00am – 12:00noon; Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 21. That means the kids will be home from school. Join us for a craft morning and a snack. Just $2.00 per child. Perfect for ages 3 – 10.

*Chess night for kids and adults with free snacks at New Seasons (Division) – Portland; 1/21; 7:00pm – 9:00pm; Chess boards, free snacks, every kid gets a small prize!  FREE

Tuesday, January 22nd : 

*Preschool Play and Skate at Oaks Park – Portland; 1/22 & 1/23; 10:00am – 11:30am; This special roller skating session is just for your littlest skaters. Children 6 and under enjoy games, songs, blals, a 15 minute group lesson, snack time, and more.  Conventional skate rental included.  Shoes and strollers welcome on the skating floor.  Adults free with paid children’s admission.  Cost:  $6.00

*Stealing Time Writing Play Group at Eco Baby Gear – Portland; 1/22; 10:00am – 11:00am; If you’ve ever longed to focus more on your writing, but fallen short due to time, money, circumstances and the presence of small children in your life, first: you are exactly like us. Second: we want to help. Think of this as a homeschool MFA, but with no residency and only the commitment you can muster. We will work on writing while our children play nearby; expect to be challenged and to be enveloped.  FREE

*Tuesday Art Time at the Treehouse Children’s Boutique – Portland; 1/22; 10:15am – 11:15am; Every Tuesday of the 2012-2013 school year, the Treehouse Children’s Boutique opens its doors and expands into the auditorium of the Sound Roots School of Music for art, craft, science, and play! Suitable for ages 1 to 6  with adult.  *Please register in advance! Simply leave a comment on the Treehouse Children’s Boutique facebook wall, drop by the store, or email the teacher, Sarah, at sarahfagan@yahoo.com to secure a spot. Walk-ins welcome as space allows.  Cost $6 per child.

*Storytime at Green Bean Books – Portland; 1/22; 11:00am – 11:30am; Get ready to get immersed in the world of books!  FREE

*Mommy Matinee at the Kennedy School – Portland; 1/22 – 1/24; 2:30pm – 4:30pm; Moms, dads, grandparents, nannies and their babies are welcome. Let the kids fuss – we don’t mind!  Click here for today’s movie.  Cost:  $3 pp

Wednesday, January 32rd :

*Family Day at the Washington County Museum - Portland; 1/23; 2pm  to 4:00pm

*Visit the Historic Belmont Firehouse – Portland; 1/23; 9:00am – 3:00pm; Drop in any Wednesday to see the exhibits and learn about safety for you and your family.  No appointment is necessary.

*Ladybug Theater’s Little Red Ridinghood with Puppets at the Smile Station – Portland; 1/23; 10:30am; Little Red Riding Hood with Puppets starring Baby Bear.  He’s Still Awake?  Cost:  $4

*Honeybee Happenings at Leach Botanical Gardens – Portland; 10:00am – 11:00am; Weekly nature-related activities for young children and their adult caregivers. Discover the secrets of the Garden and its critters through stories and outdoor explorations. Dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes for unpaved, uneven walkways that could be muddy. Strollers limit where we can explore, so carriers are ideal for little ones. No pre-registration required. Best for ages 1-6.  Cost:  $2 per child

Thursday, January 24th

*Sing-a-Long at Frog Pond Toys – Lake Oswego; 1/24; 10:00am – 11:00am; Enjoy this biweekly sing-along with Amy.  Bring the kids and join in for music, singing, games, and fun.  FREE.

*Storytime at A Children’s Place Bookstore – Portland; 1/24; 10:30am – 11:00am; Enjoy this free weekly storytime at the lovely A Children’s Place Bookstore.  A variety of books for different age ranges will be read.  FREE.

*Fossils for Fun at the Hillsboro Main Library – Hillsboro; 1/24; 3:30pm – 4:30pm; Do you find fossils fascinating? Find out all about fossils from the curator of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals. For children in grades 3-5. Registration required online or at the library.

For more lists of local events in western OR check out::

* PDX Kids Calendar - this is a comprehensive events-based website for families in the Portland area.

NATIONAL EVENTS:

*Free Craft Activities at Lakeshore Learning Stores– Saturday 1/19; 11am to 3pm; Kids can come to this free craft time each week for a new craft (plus print a $5 off $25 coupon).

*Pottery Barn Kids Book Club-  Tuesday 1/22; 11-11:30am; Kids of all ages can attend storytime every Tuesday.  Members receive an official Book Club Passport and a special gift after attending 5 storytimes.

*Barnes and Noble Free Storytime -  Times and events vary by location. Check your location for specific story’s available this weekend.


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