Fun & Frugal Family Events 2/8 – 2/14

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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.


Friday, February 8th :  

*Paint Me a Story – Bellevue; 2/8; 10:00am – 10:00am or 10:30am – 11:00am; Join us for this popular weekly story time and painting activity. Ages 2 and older. Please check website for current schedules. No registration required. FREE

*FreeTête-à-têter At Frye Museum – Seattle;  2/8; 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.

*Pay-What-You-Can at Seattle Symphony’s “Soundbridge”– Seattle, Beneroya Hall; ; 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.

*Sweetheart Soiree Retro Prom – Seattle; 2/8; 6:30pm – 8:00pm; Enjoy snacks, music and dancing at this all-ages event. $3.

*Family Valentine’s Dance Party – Burien; 2/8; 6:30pm – 9:30pm; Enjoy dancing, games, dessert and punch at this annual dance with the Hi-Liners. Raffle tickets, glow sticks and photos available for purchase. $10.

*Family Fun Friday: Baskets of Love – Seattle; 2/8; 6:30pm – 8:30pm; Arts! Crafts! Molten chocolate delights! Come use our Valentine Creation Station with tissue, lace and glitter. Decorate a cookie, or make a chocolate covered confection for your special someone. When you are done, put your creations in a basket for your loved one or yourself to cherish! $5 per basket.

*Daddy-Daughter Dance – Everett; 2/8 & 2/9; 6:00pm – 8:30pm; Wear your party best to this Valentine-themed dance. Includes a photo and refreshments. Grandpas, big brothers and other trusted male role models are welcome as escorts, too. Feb. 8-9. Pre-registration required. $25, $6 additional daughter.

*Daddy-Daughter Dance – Renton; 2/8; 6:30pm – 8:30pm; Girls in preschool through 6th grade are invited to enjoy a night of dancing, games and refreshments with their dads, uncles, grandfathers, or other special adults. $16 to $20 per couple, $8 each additional person. Pre-register.

*Free Movie: Beavers – Everett; 2/8; 7:00pm; Take a virtual swim with beavers and experience the rich aquatic habitat of one of nature’s greatest engineers. Sammy the Salmon will introduce the movie and say why beaver ponds are great for salmon. Pre-register by calling 425-316-8592.  FREE

*Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing – Seattle; 2/8; 8:00pm – 10:00pm; Sea chanteys and other maritime music celebrate our connections to the sea, boats, and those who sail them. Sea songs are easy and fun to sing. Local folk singer and chanteyman, Dan Roberts, is the song leader for the February sing-a-long. No experience necessary and fun for all ages.  FREE

*Night at the Beach – Seattle; 2/8; 8:30pm – 10:00pm; Explore the tidepools at night. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Ages 4 and older. Cost: $5.00, pre-register 206-386-4236.

*Nighttime Low Tide Beach Walk – Seattle; 2/8; 8:30pm – 10:00pm; Explore the beach during winter nighttime low tides with Beach Naturalist staff and volunteers from Seattle Aquarium. Discover what creatures we see on the beach at this time of year. Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts. Pre-registration not required but is appreciated.  FREE

*Seattle Art Museum Free To Teens – Seattle;  2/8; 5:00pm – 9:00pm; The Seattle Art Museum is free to teens 13 to 19 with school ID on the second Friday of each month.

Saturday, February 9th :

*Winter Bird Walk – Seattle; 2/9; 9:00am – 11:00am; Explore Carkeek’s winter bird population. Learn about their haunts, habits, calls, and identification. Please bring binoculars. Ages 8 and older. FREE

*Love Dove Super Saturday – Seattle; 2/9; 10:00am – 3:00pm; What does a screech owl get his mate for Valentine’s Day? How does a coyote tell her boyfriend that she loves him? It is the season of romance at Seward Park and on “Love Dove Super Saturday” we’ll learn all about what it takes to make a relationship work if you are a bee, bird, or even a flower! As always, there will be plenty of fun games, activities, and arts & crafts. All ages are welcome and encouraged to join.  FREE

*Recess Monkey Concert – Seattle; 2/9; 10:00am; Part of the Mount Baker Community Club’s Kids Rock season. 10 a.m. $5, $15 per family of four, season tickets available.

*Woof Walk in Nature – Bellevue; 2/9; 10:00am – 11:00am; Join a park ranger and discover fascinating ecological facts about Bellevue City Parks. Bring your dog and learn how you can both help the city steward these valuable lands. Please dress for the weather. Families are encouraged to attend. Dogs must be on a leash. Meet at the Robinswood House in Robinswood Park.  FREE

*Story and Craft Time – Bothell; 2/9; 10:00am – 11:00am; Kids will enjoy a themed story time followed by a craft relating to the stories.  Rachel Miller LMP giving FREE 10 min massages to parents.  Story time provided by Little Explorer Preschool. Happens regularly on the second Saturday of each month.  FREE

*Family Nature Walk – Tacoma; 2/9; 10:00am – 11:00am; Explore Tacoma’s Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. Not recommended for strollers or children younger than age 3. FREE, pre-register

*Saturday Stories- I Love Vegetables – Seattle; 2/9; 10:30am – 11:15am; Do you grow your own vegetables? These stories prove that you can learn a lot about science while you learn to garden, and have a great time in the process. After the stories, make a vegetable portrait for someone special. Ages 3 to 8 and their families.  FREE

*Lunar New Year Festival – Seattle; 2/9; 11:00am – 4:00pm; Celebrate the Year of the Snake in the Chinatown-International District with multicultural entertainment including lion and dragon dances, children’s costume parade, dancing, drumming, food and more. Very limited parking.  FREE

*Saturday Family Concert: A Family Mardi Gras with Whozyamama – Seattle; 2/9; 11:00 am; Just in time for (a family-friendly) Mardi Gras, Whozyamama lets all sorts of good times roll withCajun, Creole, and Zydeco two-steps and waltzes in the traditional style of southern Louisiana. With a band built from members of Les Femmes d’Enfer, Bayou Boogie, The New Riders of the Quimper Grange, the Del Rays, Louisiana Purchase, and Cayenne, there is no shortage of expertise to pull off Cajun French lyrics, twin fiddles, the rubboard—and, if you ask nicely, a dance demo of the basic Cajun two-step and waltz. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $5, free ages 12 and younger with paying adult, $25 unaccompanied adult, ticket required.

*The Not-Its! CD Release Concert – Seattle; 2/9; 11:00am; Hear a concert in celebration of The Not-Its! new CD, KidQuake. Bring a non-perishable food donation and receive a 10% discount on the new CD.  FREE

*15th Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration at the Tacoma Dome – Tacoma; 2/9; 11:00am – 5:00pm; activities, entertainment, food vendors, lots of cultural crafts for kids, FREE  (Thanks, Sounds Fun Mom!)

*Make Valentines Cards with Eye Can Art – Bellevue; 2/9; 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Have fun getting creative plus check out the demo of Sketch Foam Print Making kit! FREE

*Free Guided Nature Hike – Seattle; 2/9; 1:00pm – 2:30pm; Our naturalists will help bring the park alive for you with walks to the eagles nest, through the old growth forest, and along the water’s edge. Hopefully the weather is beautiful so come enjoy an afternoon in the old growth forest with an Audubon naturalist and look for the glory of migrating birds, spawning salmon, and the lushness and color of our beautiful forest and lake.  Recommended for ages 4 and older. Regular guided nature walks are FREE and open to the public. However, please reserve your spot on Brown Paper Tickets.

*The Food Chain – Bellevue; 2/9; 1:00pm – 2:00pm; Kids can learn about the web of life and make their own food chain model to take home. FREE, pre-register.

*Bellevue Art Museums Get Crafty Saturday – Bellevue;  2/9; 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Free craft time for kids each Saturday. $2 material fee or free with admission.

*Nature Walk at Lake Hills Greenbelt – Bellevue; 2/9; 2:00pm; Explore Lake Hills Greenbelt with a park ranger. Learn the history of the park, tour community gardens, and learn about local wildlife. All ages. 2 p.m. Saturdays. $1 suggested donation per person.

*Mercer Slough Nature Walk – Bellevue; 2/9; 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.

*Daddy & Daughter Princess Ball – Lacey; 2/9; 3:00pm – 5:00pm; Dance to fun music, meet grown up princesses like Merida, Rapunzel, Giselle and Cinderella. Activities, refreshments and more. Ages 6 and younger. $25 per couple, $5 additional daughter. Pre-registration required.

*Valentine’s Day Family Night – Seattle; 2/9; 5:00pm – 6:30pm; Supplies will be provided to make Valentine’s Day cookies, cards, and personalized picture frames. Bring pictures of yourself, family or friends to put inside a picture frame. When the arts and crafts projects are complete, there will be a bounce house for school-age youth to bounce around in. Light snacks will also be provided. Cost:  $3.00.

*Crossroads Bellevue 2nd Saturdays – Bellevue; 2/9; 5:00pm – 9:00pm; Enjoy a family-friendly evening the second Saturday of every month. Activities can include game times, snacks, concerts and more.

*Daddy & Daughter Valentine’s Ball – Burien; 2/9; 5:30pm – 7:00pm; Dance includes refreshments, a flower for each girl and photo. 5:30 to 7 p.m. or 7:30 to 9 p.m. $30 to $35 per couple, $6 additional daughter or father.

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

*Daddy-Daughter Dance – Edmonds; 2/9; 6:30pm – 8:00pm; Daddies and daughters get dressed up for a special night out. Enjoy dancing, a live DJ and light refreshments. All ages welcome. Bring your camera for a picture in the photo corner. Grandpas, uncles or other male role models are welcome to escort. Pre-registration required. $25 per couple, $5 each additional daughter.

*Daddy & Daughter Dance – Lacey; 2/9; 6:30pm – 9:00pm; Dancing, prizes, refreshments and activities. $25 per couple, $5 additional daughter. Pre-registration required.

*Father-Daughter Valentine Dance – Issaquah; 2/9; 7:00pm – 9:30pm; Dance and refreshments for girls grades 1 to 5 and their dads. Photo packages available. $20 per father/daughter(s). Pre-registration required.

Sunday, February 10th:

*Early Music Discovery: French Baroque Tales in Music and Puppetry – Seattle; 2/10; 1:00pm; In the Baroque era, children and adults alike enjoyed elegant and artful puppet shows, and the fairy tales that American children learn today were just being written down. Dmitri Carter of the Northwest Puppet Center animates these old stories for all ages in the medium of shadow puppetry, with his inimitably deft humor. Music director Darlene Franz (Baroque oboe) is joined by Cecilia Archuleta (Baroque violin), Ronnee Fullerton (viola da gamba), and an ensemble of kids who add the magic aura of French Baroque music. Young apprentice musicians and puppeteers round out the crew for this unique blend of stage, sound, and story. $10, $5 seniors, students and kids.

*Mozart’s Magical Remote Control – Tacoma; 2/10; 1:30pm; Tacoma Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet introduces young kids to the strings family with classical and popular tunes. Kids can also take part in the instrument petting zoo starting at 1:30 p.m. Show begins 2:30 p.m. $7, $5 kids.

*Black History Month Family Film Series at NAAM – Seattle; 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.”

*Family Sundays at the Henry – Seattle; 2/10; 2:00pm – 3:30pm; Family Sundays at the Henry are every second Sunday and are especially for adults and children to learn and create together. Each month we will focus on different activities and ways of seeing. Family Sundays are best suited for elementary-aged students, but we encourage older or younger kids to join in. $10 family, free for members. Space is limited, pre-register.

*Children’s Nature Movies – Bellevue; 2/10; 2:00pm; Join us for fun, educational nature movies at Lewis Creek. Popcorn provided. Drop-in; no registration required. Kids younger than age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call  425-452-4195  for more information. FREE.

*Second Sunday Song Circle – Snohomish; 2/10; 4:00pm – 6:00pm; Join Greg Deer and other like-minded music lovers for our song circle. Bring some copies of two favorite songs to share with the group. Bring instruments or just you and your voice. FREE; donations accepted.

Monday, February 11th:

*Bird Walk with Joe McGuire – University Place; 2/11; 12:00pm – 1:30pm; Find out which of our avian friends call the Adriana Hess Wetland Park their home on a guided walk through the park. No registration needed. Call  253-565-9278  for more information or visit  FREE

Tuesday, February 12th:

*Dinner and a Movie – Seattle; 12/12; 5:30pm – 7:30pm; Enjoy a baked potato bar and a family-friendly movie and help support our youth scholarship program. The toddler room and teen room will also be open. $3 per person or $10 family.

Wednesday, February 13th:

*Tales & Trails for Little Tykes – Seattle; 2/13; 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 Drop-In Playgroup – Seattle; 2/13 & 2/14; 10:00am – 12:00pm; Join kids ages birth to 5 and their parents/caregivers every Wednesday and Friday for a drop-in playgroup! Have fun playing with other families, reading, and singing. First-time families will be asked to fill out a registration form.  FREE

*Story Hour at the Conservatory – Tacoma; 2/13; 11:00am – 12:00pm; Enjoy a story plus art and science activities on the second Wednesday of each month at the conservatory (no January story time).

*Student Wednesday at Bellevue Art Museum – Bellevue; 2/13; 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Explore the Bellevue Arts Museum after school. Students of all ages. 1 to 5 p.m. second Wednesdays. FREE with downloadable coupon, pre-register.

Thursday, February 14th :

*Kids Co. Play and Learn – Seattle; 2/14; 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

*Tot Trek: Be My Nature Valentine – Seattle; 2/14: 10:30am – 11:45am; In Piper’s Creek watershed where the grass and ferns grow, ‘neath the tall old trees, is a special place for you and a toddler to explore. Celebrate Valentine’s day with making nature your valentine. Ages 2 to 3 with an adult. $8 adult/child pair, $4 additional person.

*CulturalFest – Seattle; 2/14; 11:00am – 3:30pm; Visitors will have a unique chance to experience booths representing over 35 cultures through music, dance, food, conversation and interactive activities. CulturalFest booths are developed and staffed by student volunteers from all over the world. Music and dance performances take place at 8 p.m. on Feb. 15.  FREE

*Tugboat Storytime – Seattle; 2/14; 11:00am – 12:00pm; Listen to stories about boats and the sea aboard the Arthur Foss, a 100-year-old tugboat. After stories, there is time to explore the boat. This is an indoor/outdoor activity; dress accordingly. Ages 2 to 5. 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 14 and 28. Not intended for preschool groups.

*Free Admission To NAAM – Seattle; 2/14; 11:00am – 7:00pm; The Northwest African American Museum is free on the second Thursday of each month.

*Valentine’s Day Party – Seattle; 2/14; 1:00pm – 2:30pm; Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Loyal Heights. Children will be able to make Valentine’s cards, crafts, decorate cookies, and listen to a Valentine’s story. $5.

*Capital Hill Art Walk Blitz – Seattle; 2/14; 5pm – 8pm; On the second Thursday of every month in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, 5pm – 8pm and later. Events include visual arts, musical performances, food and beverage specials, and more. Pick up a printed map at a participating venue and explore Capitol Hill. Art is everywhere! Get FREE admission to the Seattle Asian Art Museum during this time too.

*Half Priced Admission Imagine Childrens Museum – Everett; 2/14; Thursday 3:00 – 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 (Long Beach, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips, Ocean Shores, Raymond, Elma & more!)


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

Friday, February 8th :

*Music From Mr. Hoo from The Alphabeticians – Portland; 2/8; 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.

*Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek – Portland; 2/8; 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.

*Book Fan Friday at Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing – Beaverton; 2/8; 4:30pm; Book Fan Friday is a workshop for kids 10 to 18 years old who love to write. This month, author Kirby Larson (Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After) will lead a discussion about reading other people’s letters and how they help inform historical fiction. Join us!  FREE

*Generations~ Ecstatic Dance for the Whole Family at Quaking Grass – Portland; 2/8; 5:30pm – 7:00pm; We had so much fun last month and this month we invite you to come together with us again as we eat, dance, connect and think about  LOVE!!!!  It is the month of love so lets contemplate love, who we love and how we love, how we show love, and maybe even how we can love bigger and stronger… and really …
“All we need is Love”  So come and let that love grow stronger and we build connections, community, share and dance together!
5:30 Potluck, bring something yummy to share.  6:00 Opening circle and the dancing begins.  6:50 Closing circle and clean up.  Contact info: .  Cost: $3 per person

*Valentine’s Dance at Peninsula Park Community Center – Portland; 2/8; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; Cake, punch, activities, and music will be provided.  FREE

*Family Jam at Friendly House – Portland; 2/8; 6:30pm – 7:30pm; After the great success of the first Family Jam in November, we’re making this a more regular event. Families are invited to bring acoustic instruments for a raucous all-ages jam session. All skill levels are welcome!  $5 – $10 suggested donation per family.

Saturday, February 9th :

*Morning Bird Walk at Wapato Greenway – Portland; 2/9; 8:00am – 10:00am;Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Bird Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on bird identification, behavior, and exploring resident bird populations. They will occur the second Saturday of each month. This event is free to the public and pre-registration is not necessary. Bring your binoculars, a water bottle, and expect to have a great time!  FREE

*Raptor Road Trip at Kruger’s Farm Market (Sauvie Island) – Portland; 2/9; 9:00am – 2:00pm; On this annual day devoted to birds of prey, naturalists and hawk experts host activities and answer questions at four locations on scenic Sauvie Island. On Feb. 9, explore the island, meet live raptors up close and sharpen your hawk identification skills with the help of expert birders, field guides and spotting scopes.  Cost:  $10 per vehicle (cash only) includes a map to the four sites, lots of bird information, plus a required Sauvie Island Wildlife Area parking permit. Carpool with friends!  For more information call 503-797-1650  option 2.

*Safety Saturday at the Historic Belmont Firehouse – Portland; 2/9; 9:00am – 3:00pm; Drop in during open hours to see the exhibits and learn about safety for you and your family.  No appointment is necessary.  FREE

*Guided Nature Walks at Tryon Creek – Portland; 2/9; 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.

*Northwest Family & Kids Festival at the Washington County Fair Complex – Hillsboro; 2/9 – 2/10; 10:00am – 4:00pm; This is the only Family event of its kind on the Westside and offers an incredible amount of ideas for kids and families ranging from: entertainment, education, nutrition, health care, vacations, safety and more!  There will be tons of family fun and games, music, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable bounce houses, face painting, Lowe’s word-working build & grow, Mad Science, and MUCH MORE!  See our website for a $2 off admission coupon!  Cost:  $10 per family

* Kids Saturday Morning Skate Session At Oaks Park Portland ; 2/9; 10:30am to 12:00pm; For $6 children 10 and under can skate (skates included). Parents free with paid child admission.

*Kids’ Storytime at Powell’s Books on Burnside – Portland; 2/9; 11:00am; Today we’re reading Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman. FREE.

*Second Saturday at the Water Center: Love Your Backyard Birds – Vancouver; 2/9; 1:00pm – 3:00pm; February is great month to remember and show love to your backyard birds. It is also a good time to get ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count occurring Friday, Feb. 15, through Monday, Feb. 18. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual 4-day event that encourages bird watchers of all ages to tally the number of birds seen and create a real-time snapshot of their locations.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.   FREE.

*Coexisting with Urban Coyotes: Nature Center Talk at Tryon Creek (Teens) – Portland; 2/9; 2:00pm – 3:00pm; Questions about coyotes? Everybody has them. Don’t be afraid to ask. Coyote enthusiast and Park Ranger Christal Florin will present an eye opening look at the coyotes that live not only within our urban green spaces but city streets! Learn how you can coexist with these amazing, adaptable mammals. Ages 12 and older.  Pre-registration required.  For information contact Christal Florin at  (503) 636-9886  ext. 225 or email  FREE

*Chinese Puppet Theatre at Clark County Historical Museum – Vancouver; 2/9; 2:00pm – 4:00pm; Dragon Art Studio performs traditional Chinese folk tales and other stories with traditional Chinese rod puppets that are hand-crafted by the puppeteers. Before coming to America, Zhengli Xu and his wife and fellow performer, Yuqin Wang, were both leading puppeteers with the famous China Puppet Art Troupe for more than 30 years. When Xu and Wang came to Oregon in 1996 they formed their own puppet theatre – Dragon Art Studio. They have performed all over the world, and in 2004 they were honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with a National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor our nation gives to folk and traditional artists. Audiences of all ages – adults and children alike – find their performances magical and enchanting.  Admission to the performance is the cost of museum admission: $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, $2 for children, and free for CCHS members. No advance ticket sales.

Free Family Swim At Marshall Community Center – Vancouver; 2/9; 4:45pm to 6:30pm; Bauman Chiropractic is sponsoring free family swims at Marshall Pool Saturday evenings.

Sunday, February 10th:

*Chinese New Year Celebration at the Lan Su Chinese Garden – Portland; 2/10;  This annual event for families and kids of all ages includes lion dances each weekend day, martial arts demonstrations, feng shui talks, dance and music performances, horticulture demonstrations and much more.  Each weekday will feature themed activities and demonstrations that reflect the rotating exhibits and programs in 2013 at Lan Su.  Every weekend day includes lion dances, martial arts performances, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, and more.  The two-week celebration of Chinese culture and history kicks off on February 10, 2013 with a “Rolling in the Wealth” feng shui activity and concludes with three nights of specially ticketed, traditional lantern viewings February 22, 23, and 24.  Cost: $9.50 Adults, $8.50 Seniors (age 62 & over), $7.00 Students (age 6-18 and college students with I.D.), $28 Family Pass (two adults, two students), Children five and under are free

*Curious Garden at the Curious Comedy Theater – Portland; 2/10; 10:30am – 11:30am; The Curious Garden is back! Come see our old friends Razzie the Fairy, Daisy the Flower and Jojo the Lawnjockey – and meet our new garden friends Ribbit the Frog, Dottie the Ladybug and Flappy the Chicken! The Curious Garden is a show for all ages – especially kids 0-8. Every month on the second Sunday at 10:30am. And remember each episode ends with an open mic where you can sing, dance, tell a joke and show off your talent at the Curious Garden. $5 suggested donation.

*Family tour of the Portland Art Museum – Portland; 2/10; 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).

*Chinese New Year Celebration at Oodles 4 Kids – Portland; 2/10; 1:00pm; Chinese New Year is Sunday, February 10th, and Oodles has a big celebration planned! Olde World Puppet Theatre will teach the kids to make an 11-foot-long dragon on poles dance at 1 pm. All day long there will be dragon face painting, dragon crafts, dragon puppet making, book readings of traditional Chinese tales and Chinese goodies and raffles. In the week prior to the celebration, the kids can come in and help color OWPT’s giant articulated dragon that will be climbing up Oodles’ “stairway to heaven.”  FREE

Monday, February 11th :

*Open Play with Japanese Crafts and Music at Isobel’s Clubhouse – Portland- 2/11; 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.

*Washington County Museum Free Admission – Portland; 2/11; 10:00am to 4:30pm; Admission is free to this museum every Monday.

*Mondays On The Mall – Portland – Downtown Central Transit Mall;  2/11; Various Times; Free events all day including Wii play, caricatures, the original photo booth and entertainment.

*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

Tuesday, February 12th : 

* $4 Admission For Second Tuesday At The Zoo – Portland; 2/12; Enjoy all of the fun wildlife and adventure at the Oregon Zoo for a fraction of the cost with $4 admission per person. Children 2 and under are, as always, admitted free of charge. Ride transit and receive an additional $1.50 off with proof of ridership. (Parking is $4 per car.)

*Preschool Play and Skate at Oaks Park – Portland; 2/12 & 2/13; 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; 2/12; 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 to secure a spot. Walk-ins welcome as space allows.  Cost $6 per child.

*Storytime at Green Bean Books – Portland; 2/12; 11:00am – 11:30am; Get ready to get immersed in the world of books!  FREE

*Mommy Matinee at the Kennedy School – Portland; 2/12 & 2/13; 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

*Nature of the Northwest: Raptors at Peninsula Park Community Center (Teens) – Portland; 2/12; 6:30pm – 8:00pm; Raptors!  Want to learn about birds of prey? Take a class and get primed for raptor viewing! Find out why these birds abound during the winter in the Willamette Valley.  Love the Raptor Road Trip? Do it again with your own naturalist! Grab your binoculars (or borrow some from us) and pack a lunch! We will drive to Sauvie Island to watch raptors and waterfowl. Cost:  $10.  Instructor Elvira Stenson can be reached at or  503-823-3601.

Wednesday, February 13th :

*Visit the Historic Belmont Firehouse – Portland; 2/13; 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; 2/13; 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

*Family Day at the Washington County Museum  Portland; 2/13; 10am  to 1:00pm

*Book Making Classes with Sarah Fagan at Green Bean Books – Portland; 2/13; 3:30pm – 4:30pm; These classes are held every other Wednesday starting January 16th from 3:30PM-4:30PM. They are great for kids ages 5-8 and are only $10 per child, per class. Sign up for one or all six by giving us a call at 503-954-2354  or stopping by the store! Read about the other classes in the series on our blog! The book this week: The Big Orange Sokit Accordion Book.  Learn the cuts to make a string of houses, accordion book style.

Thursday, February 14th:

*Free admission to the Oregon Historical Museum – Portland; 2/14; 10:00pm – 5:00pm; Celebrate Oregon’s 154th birthday with free admission all day to the Oregon History Museum!

*St Johns Swapnplay Playspace Open Play – Portland; 2/14; 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.

*Storytime at A Children’s Place Bookstore – Portland; 2/14; 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.

*Storytime with Olive and Dingo at Another Read Through  – Portland; 2/14:  3:00pm; Olive Rootbeer and Dingo will read stories, sing songs, make balloon animals, and generally entertain and whoop it up with any kids and grownups who stop by.  Donations welcome.

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.


*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).

*Pottery Lego Name Building Event – ; 10am & Noon; Kids 4 – 12 can come build their own name plaque using legos!

*Lowes Build And Grow Clinic – Saturday ; 10:00am; Come join Lowes Build and Grow Clinic. This week they will be making a goul bus. Register here.

Michaels Make It Take It Event  1:00pm to 3:00pm; Make-It Take-It Free Ornament Event. Ages 3 & up. While supplies last.

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