Fun & Frugal Family Events 2/1 – 2/7

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!

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, February 1st:  

*Story Time at Lewis Creek – Bellevue; 2/1; 11:00am – 12:00pm; Look, listen and create during an hour of stories and crafts with a park ranger on the first Friday of every month. Parents and children will explore together the diverse natural world with animated fiction and fun. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration is required by calling  425-452-6885 . Cost: $2.50 to $3 per person.

*Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival – Arlington; 2/1 – 2/2; 9:00am – 5:00pm; Guided eagle tours, demonstrations, exhibits, an animal show, music, wagon rides, hands-on arts and crafts, and more. Various locations in and around Arlington; see online for schedule.

*Free Entrance to the Hands-on Children’s Museum – Olympia; 2/1 ; 5:00pm – 9:00pm; First Friday has free entrance in the evenings. They’re anticipating a crowd because it’s the first free night at their new location, so you’re asked to register for a timed entry.

* Half Off Admission To KidsQuest Children’s Musuem – Factoria; 2/1; 5:00pm – 8:00pm; First Friday evening of the month offers free admission.

*Free Entrance To Bellevue Art Museum – Bellevue; 2/1; 11:00am – 8:00pm. First Friday of the month Bellevue Art Museum offers free admission.

*Columbia City BeatWalk – Columbia City /Seattle; 2/1 ; 7:00pm – 10:00pm; BeatWalk always features a diverse line-up of first-rate, local musicians hosted by neighborhood businesses for audiences of all ages. $7 for adults. Free ages 14 and under.

*FreeTête-à-têter At Frye Museum – Seattle; 2/1; 11:00am – 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.

On the first Friday of the month Children’s stories are brought to life with movement and play in the Frye Art Museum galleries by Frye educators or librarians from The Seattle Public Library. 11:15am – 11:45am.  Visit the galleries after story time. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Both museum entrance and story time are free

*Pay-What-You-Can at Seattle Symphony’s “Soundbridge”- Seattle, Beneroya Hall; 2/1; 12:00pm – 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.

Saturday, February 2nd :

*Pier Peer – Tacoma; 2/2; 7:30pm – 9:00pm; 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 and divers. Wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes (docks can be wet and slippery) and bring a flashlight or headlamp. Life jackets are required and will be provided or bring your own. Each child requires one adult companion. Pre-registration required. Ages 8 and up only! Pre-register. $8.

*Father-Daughter Valentines Dance - Marysville; 2/2 & 2/9; 5:30pm – 7:00pm; Dancing, refreshments and photo. 5:30 to 7 p.m. or 7:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 2 and 9. $20 per couple. Pre-registration required.

*Daddy-Daughter Dance – Graham; 2/2; 7:00pm – 9:00pm; All-ages dance for fathers and their daughters. Cost: $18, $7 each additional daughter. Pre-registration required.

*Groundfrog Day – Snohomish; 2/2; 11:00am – 1:00pm; Family entertainment and activities, plus the arrival of froggy prognosticator Snohomish Slew who will “ribbit” if spring is on its way.  FREE

*Lewis Creek Hikes – Bellevue; 2/2; 10:30am – 11:30am; Join a Ranger in exploring the natural history of Lewis Creek Park. A different topic will be explored each month, including birding, tracking, native plant identification and more! All ages welcome. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. No registration required.  FREE

*A Visit with Aunt Harriet – Renton; 2/2; 11:00am; This presentation by Karol and James Brown is an opportunity to visit with Harriet Tubman as an elderly woman looking back over her life. Aunt Harriet, as her friends call her, talks about slavery, her faith, family, and friends who risked their own freedom to help the runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. Her stories are examples of how faith, brotherhood, love, and commitment to helping others were important in the fight for freedom over 100 years ago and today. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Suggested donation $3 adults, $1 kids.

*Ridge Romp: Your Imaginary Friend – Seattle; 2/2; 10:30am; Your Imaginary Friend is the brainchild of Jana Vitols and Greg Ruby. Jana’s days as an early childhood music teacher brings together babies and banjos, kids and kitchen instruments. For a dozen years Seattle’s youngest have been singing, dancing and learning the fundamentals of music in Jana’s Music for Everyone classes. As a performer and teacher, Jana plays banjo, ukulele, guitar and banjo-uke. Greg brings his compositional ear and guitar skills to the stage, playings strings and keys and writing and recording for listeners of all ages. 10:30 a.m., doors open 10 a.m. $4, babes in arms free, limited seating.

*Family Dance Party – Seattle; 2/2; 10:30am – 12:30pm; Dance to live music and learn simple group and line dances for children, plus enjoy face painting, a silent auction and a concession stand. $3/person entry fee, all proceeds go to the school’s financial aid fund. Cash or check only, please.

*Tales & Trails for Little Tykes – Seattle; 2/2; 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. Cost: $2 per person.

*Ethnic Celebration – Lacey; 2/2; 10:00am – 7:00pm; Food, art, cultural booths, children’s area and 27 performances on three stages.  FREE

*Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Fair – Bellevue; 2/2; 10:00am – 4:00pm; Exhibitors will showcase products and services centered around physical, nutritional, and emotional health for children and families. A creative activities room offers hands-on family fun, and Caspar Babypants will perform (11 a.m.) as well as Johnny Bregar (1:45 p.m.). Kids can bring their teddies or dolls for a checkup, and physicians from Swedish and parent educators from Bellevue Community College will host mini information sessions throughout the day.  FREE

*Celebrate La Chandeleur: Crêpe Day – Seattle; 2/2; 10:00am – 12:00pm; Sponge invites families to celebrate La Chandeleur or “crêpe day,” a celebration of the beloved French pancake, at both our Seattle and Bellevue locations. On Feb. 2 in Seattle, kids will learn to make crêpes with French chef and cookbook author Muriel-Marguerite Foucher of Paris Eastside. There will be French songs, stories and crafts for families to enjoy.  FREE.

*United Northwest Model Railroad Show – Monroe; 2/2; 9:00am – 5:00pm; Annual show and swap meet benefits Snohomish County 4-H Foundation.  Cost: $8, $6 seniors and ages 10 to 18, free ages 9 and younger with paid adult. Tickets valid for both days. Free parking.

*Free Family Days At Seattle Asian Art Museum  – Seattle; 2/2; 11:00am – 2:00pm; Admission to the Seattle Asian Art Museum is free on the first Saturday of each month for families.

*Story time at Cabelas – Lacey; 2/2; Outdoors stories for kids 4-9 and parents of grandparents In the walled tent area; first Saturday of every month.

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

*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 $6.00.

*Reading with Rover - Snohomish; 2/2; 11:00am – 12:00pm; Kids can practice reading out loud to a specially trained therapy dog.  FREE

*Mercer Slough Nature Walk – Bellevue; 2/2; 2:00pm-3:00pm; Meet a Mercer Slough park ranger at the visitor center for a free guided tour and learn about the fascinating flora, fauna and history of the Mercer Slough Nature Park. Please dress for weather. No registration is required. FREE.

Sunday, February 3rd:

*Black History Month Family Film Series at NAAM – Seattle; 2/3, 2/10 & 2/17; 2:00pm; Enjoy free showings of family friendly films in honor of Black History Month, such as “The Princess and the Frog” and “Akeelah and the Bee.”

Monday, February 4th:

*Cigna Days at Pacific Science Center – Seattle; 2/4; 10:00am – 5:00pm; The first 200 people through the gates of Pacific Science Center today get FREE admission plus an IMAX documentary film. Not available for school groups. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and first Mondays through April.

Wednesday, February 6th:

*Tales & Trails for Little Tykes – Seattle; 2/6; 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. Cost: $2 per person.

*FREE Mulberry Bush Music and Movement Class – Seattle; 2/6; 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.

*Family STEM Night – Mukilteo; 2/6; 5:30pm – 8:00pm;  The Future of Flight Foundation announces the date for “Family STEM Night.” If your student is interested in aviation, gadgets and high-tech fun, this event is for them.  We will have local companies and organizations with will offer hands-on activities featuring the cutting edge science, technology, engineering, aviation and math that is being created and used in our backyard.  The event is FREE to students and parents. The registration form can be found at www.futureofflightfoundation.org under the events tab. Pre-registration is preferred.

*Students Get Free Admission To The Bellevue Art Museum – Bellevue; 2/6; 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Students of all ages can explore the Bellevue Arts Museum after school FREE with printable coupon.

Thursday, February 7th :

*Westfield Southcenter Family Fun Day – Seattle; 2/7; 10:00am; Save the date for Westfield Family Fun Days! On the first Thursday of each month we will explore the month’s theme with books, craft and a snack. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for each month’s theme and event details.  FREE

*Open Studio Night for Teens – Everett; 2/7; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; Get creative with local artists, as well as enjoy glass blowing demonstrations and refreshments. Teens will also have the opportunity to win a one-year membership to the Schack.  FREE.

*Starlight Beach Walk – Edmonds; 2/7; 7:30pm – 9:00pm; Join us and the WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers for a low tide beach walk under the stars. Bring a flashlight, and dress for the weather on this wintry evening. Meet at the Olympic Beach Visitor Station. We’ll explore
the beach as the tide goes out, and then return to the Visitor Station for some hot beverages to take the chill off!

(Always make sure to call the museum ahead of time to confirm that they are still participating in these discount days/events/activities)

*Free Admission To Seattle Art Museum- Seattle; 2/7; 10:00am – 9:00pm; First Thursday of the month SAM offers free admission to the museum.

*Free Admission To Seattle Asian Art MuseumSeattle; 2/7; 10:00am – 9:00pm; First Thursday of the month SAM offers free admission to the museum.

*Free Admission To The Burke Museum – Seattle; 2/7 ; 10:00am – 8:00pm; First Thursday of the month The Burke offers free admission to the museum.

*Free Admission To The Museum Of History & Industry - Seattle; 2/7; 10:00am 1 8:00pm; First Thursday of the month MOHAI offers free admission to the museum.

* Free Admission To Wing Luke Museum – Seattle; 2/7; 10:00am – 8:00pm; First Thursday of the month Wing Luke offers free admission to the museum.

*Free Admission To Kids Discovery Museum – Bainbridge Island; 2/7; 10:00am – 4:00pm; First Thursday of the month Kids Discovery Museum offers free admission.

*Free Admission To The Museum Of Flight - Seattle; 2/7 ; 5:00pm – 9:00pm; First Thursday of the month Museum of Flight offers free admission.

*Free Admission To Henry Art Gallery – Seattle; 2/7; 11:00am – 9:00pm; First Thursday of the month Henry Art Gallery offers free admission.

*Free Admission To The Northwest African American Museum -  Seattle; 2/7; 11:00am – 7:00pm; First Thursday of the month NAAM offers free admission to the museum.

*FREE Nordic Heritage Museum - Seattle; 2/7; 10:00am – 4:00pm;  Nordic Heritage Museum is FREE first Thursdays.

*Half Priced Admission Imagine Childrens Museum – Everett; 2/7; Thursday 3:00pm – 5:00 p.m. is half priced ( $3.88)

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 (Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Ocean Shores, Westport, Elma, Raymond, South Bend & more!)

PORTLAND AREA:

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

Friday, February 1st :

*Penny’s Puppets – The Remarkable Snowflake at the Central Lutheran Church – Portland; 2/1; 10:30am; Crystal is a tough little snowflake who is determined to stick around. Can one snowflake make the world a better place with the time she has? Join the winter storm fun in this original musical puppet show.  Cost: $5.00 each or 4 guests for $17.00. Free stickers, coffee and tea.

*Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek – Portland; 2/1; 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.) For more specific information, call  (503) 636-9886   ext. 225.  FREE.

*Movie Night with Isobel’s Clubhouse at Umpqua Bank – Portland; 2/1; 6:15pm – 8:00pm; Kids can wear pajamas to MOVIE NIGHT AT UMPQUA BANK. Gather at Umpqua Bank at 6:15 on the first Friday of the month (Oct 2012-March 2013) for a fun, child-friendly movie.  FREE

*Splendorporium and The Art4Life Children’s Gallery presents: The Pink Show – Portland; 2/1 – 2/22; Opening reception 2/1 7:00pm – 9:00pm; Celebrate Pink and all things Love!  Come join local artists of all  ages for the 5th annual Pink Show.   Savory & Sweet pies for sale from the Honey Pot Bakery!  Special appearance by the Rojo the therapy llama.   This event is free to attend!  Gallery hours M-F from 11:00-5:00 pm.

*Free Admission To The Children’s Museum - Portland; 2/1; 4:00pm – 8:00pm; The first Friday of the month you Target sponsors free admission to the Childrens Museum. This month you can make a book.

*$2 First Fridays at Art ala Carte PDX sponsored by PDX Kids Calendar – Portland; 2/1; Every First Friday of the month you pay only $2 per child for unlimited art!  PDX Kids Calendar picked up the bill for the rest!  Better yet…if you bring in a bag of recycled goods, toys and trinkets…you get in FREE!

*First Friday Art Walk  - SE Portland; 2/1;  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Hosted by Portland’s Eastside art galleries and alternative art venues, First Friday provides arts enthusiasts the opportunity to wander from gallery to gallery for artist receptions and openings during extended hours on the First Friday of every month

* Camas First Friday - Portland; 2/1; 5:00pm – 8:00pm; Come and join us for January’s First Friday- Game, Craft & Cocoa Night! Enjoy family friendly games and crafts throughout participating downtown merchants. Have fun and the chance to win prizes!

*Vancouver First Friday Art Walk - Vancouver; 2/1; 5:00pm – 7:00pm; Join us for a fresh spring evening with refreshments, stimulating conversation and inspiring art! Walking maps will be provided to all attendees. This event is free to attend, but an RSVP is requested by replying to this email at firstfriday.artwalk@yahoo.com.

*Music From Mr. Hoo from The Alphabeticians – Portland; 2/1; 11:00am – 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.

Saturday, February 2nd :

*Festival of the Bees at Shining Star Waldorf School – Portland; 2/2; 10:00am – 2:00pm; Beeswax candlemaking, Kinder crafts, storytelling, games, Honey & treats bake sale, Shining Star Gifts, Live music, Bee people and school displays, Adult level BEE fine art lessons, Beekeeping, Biodynamic gardening and Permaculture lectures, demos and focus groups, Healing Honey: medicines/beeswax salves and bee magic, Bee Film Festival (childcare available), Honey Trail Tour 2013 registration opens, tour date TBA.  Cost: $5 per person or $10 per family,

*Guided Nature Walks at Tryon Creek – Portland; 2/2; 10:00am-11:30am; Free guided nature hikes exploring the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area.  Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages.  Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.

*Kids’ Storytime at Powell’s Books on Burnside – Portland; 2/2; 11:00am; Today we’re reading Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman. FREE.

*Youth Film Festival 4th Annual PDX African American Film Festival at Mission Theater – Portland; 2/2; 11:00am – 3:00pm; Youth Film Festival 4th Annual PDX African American Film Festival at Mission Theater.  FREE.

*Hog Wild! An all-ages storytelling event with Will Hornyak at Stonehenge Studios (SW) – Portland; 2/2; 1:00pm – 2:00pm; From hibernating bears and slumbering coyotes to groundhog legends and mid-winter lore, master storyteller Will Hornyak celebrates groundhog day with engaging, well-crafted stories for all ages. Reservations recommended  503-224-3640 $7.00 cash at the door or purchase  online: http://www.stonehengedesigns.com/studio/event.

*Once Upon a Time Family Theatre presents Hansel & Gretel at Portland Metro Arts – Portland; 2/2; 2:00pm – 3:00pm; Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their parents. Although not elaborately produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have you hooked, even older kids who may pooh-pooh fairy tales enjoy the interaction of live theatre. There’s always a slight twist that makes these productions fresh. This month we present a tale of being lost, then found and having the courage to make the right choice. Help bring this tale to life on our Stage!  Cost:  $1 child/$2 Adult.  Tickets are available online at: http://pdxmetroarts.3dcartstores.com/Once-Upon-a-Time-Family-Theatre_c_7.html. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

*Playback Theater Family Show at the Action Adventure Theater – Portland; 2/2; 6:00pm – 8:30pm; Treat your entire family to an exciting evening of music and laughter as Playback Theater hosts a specially-priced public show for children on February 2 at 6pm at Action Adventure Theater. Playback is a theater of storytelling where guests share experiences from their lives and watch them reenacted on the spot as the troupe’s actors and musicians perform each story on stage.  By offering this high-energy show geared toward children with family-friendly ticket prices, Playback Theater will give children and their families a fun and uplifting opportunity to tell their stories and explore a multitude of issues and emotions. Families can expect to experience five to seven “played back” performances during the 90-minute long show. Guests of all ages are welcome.  Cost:  $5 child, $7 adult and $20 for a family of 4.

Free Family Swim At Marshall Community Center - Vancouver; 2/2; 4:45pm – 6:30pm; Bauman Chiropractic is sponsoring free family swims at Marshall Pool Saturday evenings.

* Kids Saturday Morning Skate Session At Oaks Park Portland; 2/2; 10:30am – 12:00pm; For $6 children 10 and under can skate (skates included). Parents free with paid child admission.

Sunday, February 3rd:

*Family tour of the Portland Art Museum – Portland; 2/3; 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; 2/3; 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

*$2 Days at OMSI – Portland; 2/3; 9:30am – 7:00pm; Explore the museum for $2 on the first Sunday of each month.

Monday, February 4th :

*Sing-a-Long at Frog Pond Toys – Lake Oswego; 2/4; 10:00am – 11:00am; Enjoy this biweekly sing-along with Amy.  Bring the kids and join in for music, singing, games, and fun.

*Open Play with Japanese Crafts and Music at Isobel’s Clubhouse – Portland- 2/4; 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.

*Chess night for kids and adults with free snacks at New Seasons (Division) – Portland; 2/4; 7:00pm – 9:00pm; Chess boards, free snacks, every kid gets a small prize!  FREE

*Washington County Museum Free Admission – Portland; 2/4; 10:00am – 4:30pm; Admission is free to this museum every Monday.

*Mondays On The Mall – Portland – Downtown Central Transit Mall;  2/4; Various Times; Free events all day including Wii play, caricatures, the original photo booth and entertainment. 

Tuesday, February 5th:

*Preschool Play and Skate at Oaks Park – Portland; 2/5 & 2/6; 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; 2/5; 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; 2/5; 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; 2/5; 11:00am – 11:30am; Get ready to get immersed in the world of books!  FREE

*Mommy Matinee at the Kennedy School – Portland; 2/5 & 2/6; 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, February 6th:

*Wondrous Wednesday’s At The World Forestry Center – Washington Park; 2/6; 10:00am to 5:00pm; Reduced admission for The Discovery Museum. Get in for $3 on the first Wed. of each month.

*Visit the Historic Belmont Firehouse – Portland; 2/6; 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.

*Honeybee Happenings at Leach Botanical Gardens – Portland; 2/6; 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, February 7th : 

Free admission to the Museum of Contemporary Craft - Portland; 2/7; 11am – 8pm; Free admission on the first Thursday of every month.

*St Johns Swapnplay Playspace Open Play - Portland; 2/7; 10:00am – 12:00pm; Free to all! This is a chance to come learn, play and grow. Free toddler/preschooler art class from 10-11. First come first served as we run out of materials after 15 students. Open Play is an open time for non-members to enjoy the space. This is also a great time to learn about membership should you be interested.

*Knee-high Naturalists: Bethany Lake - Beaverton; 2/7; 10:00am – 11:00am; Join us on these nature adventures as we explore the wildlife in our local parks. We’ll search for clues that animals have left behind and get up-close looks at treasures from our naturalist’s backpack that may include skulls, pelts, pellets or even scat! Each Knee-high Naturalist hike meets at a different site. It’s a great way to get outside with your preschool child, meet other families and learn about the natural world. Only one registration per family is necessary.  Cost:  $8.00, in district.  Look for birds of all sizes and see what other creatures live along the water. Meet in the parking lot on the west side of 185th, just south of West Union Road.  Pre-registration required.

*McMenamin’s Family Frolic: All Together Now – Portland; 2/7; 6:00pm; This month’s family frolic feature “All Together Now.”  Check McMenamin’s website for updated information.  FREE.

*Storytime at A Children’s Place Bookstore – Portland; 2/7; 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.

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– Sat. ; 11am to 3pm; Kids can come to this free craft time each week for a new craft (plus print a $5 off $25 coupon).

*Bank Of America Museums On Us Free Entrance – ; Bank Of America card holders can get free entrance to Museums Nationwide. Check website for participating museums in your area.

*Home Depot Kids Workshop – ; 9:00am to 12:00pm; Kids can participate in free building projects the first Sat. of the month. This week they will build a picture frame.

*Lego Stores Mini Models Build – Tues.  ; 5:00pm;  Monthly model build event, one free for kids 6-14 while supplies last. 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

*Pottery Barn Kids Book Club-  Tuesdays; 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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  1. Nicole says

    Is it possible for you guys to post anything out Whatcom County way? I know a lot of local Moms here who follow your site and FB page, and it would be great to have some events from our neck of the woods on your awesome site :)

    Thank you! :)

    • Jen says

      Hi Nicole, We’d love to include more info for other counties, the difficulty is just finding some good sources of where we can find that information easily to pull the frugal events to add to our big list. If you hear of specific events for the Whatcom County area or know of some good sources of info about family fun for that area, we’d love to be able to share those! You can email us at thriftynorthwestmom (at) gmail (dot) com