Fun & Frugal Family Events 5/10/13 – 5/16/13

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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.

Make sure to check out our Northwest Spring Consignment Sale Roundup for children’s clothing sales that will be happening this week and in the weeks to come around the Northwest in Washington, Oregon & Idaho.

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, May 10th :  

*Nature Alphabet  – Tacoma; 5/10; 10:30am – 11:30am; Preschoolers explore different nature topics through stories, hands-on activities, nature walks and crafts. Note – two location options: Tacoma Nature Center and Center at Norpoint. Adult participation is recommended, children younger than age 4 require an adult present. Space is limited, advance registration required. $6.

*FreeTête-à-têter At Frye Museum – Seattle; 5/10; 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.

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; 5/10; 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.

*Seattle Art Museum Free To Teens – Seattle;  5/10; 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.

*PhinneyWood Art Walk – The Big OneSeattle; 5/10 & 5/11;  See work from over 150 artists in 80 Phinney/Greenwood locations, plus enjoy food, music, kids’ activities and more. 6 to 9 p.m. May 10, noon to 5 p.m. May 11.  FREE

*Northwest Seaport Chantey SingSeattle; 5/10; 8:00pm – 10:00pm; Sea chanteys and other sea songs celebrate our connections to the sea, ships, skippers and sailors. They’re fun and easy to sing and are great for all ages. Renowned singer Hank Cramer will lead the May sing-along.  FREE

Saturday, May 11th :

*Kids Fish-In – Everett; 5/11; 7:30am – 3:00pm; Expert fishing guides will help kids hook their catch. Bring your own rod, bait and tackle; a limited amount will be available to borrow. Fishing equipment donations are greatly appreciated. Ages 4 to 14. Space is limited, pre-register.

*Backyard Wildlife Festival – Tukwila; 5/11; 9:00am – 3:00pm; Arts and crafts, speakers, kids’ area with hands-on activities, entertainment, storytime and more.  FREE

*Tales & Trails for Little Tykes – Seattle; 5/11 & 3/15; 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.

*Story and Craft Time – Bothell; 5/11; 10:00am – 11:00am; Kids will enjoy a themed story time followed by a craft relating to the stories.
Story time provided by Little Explorer Preschool. Happens regularly on the second Saturday of each month.  FREE

*Spring and Renewal in the Forest – Seattle; 5/11; 10:00am – 11:30am; Join us for a walk to observe the effects of spring and renewal in the forest. Experience the darkness of winter drain away, as you see, feel, smell, and hear your own way to the renewed joy and well-being of spring. Ages 8 and older. FREE

*Wet, Winged and Webbed: Animals of Wetlands – Seattle; 5/11; 10:00am – 12:00pm; Explore the creeks and marsh to learn about the creatures that live there. Ages 6 and older. Pre-register.

*Family Wetlands Walk – Seattle; 5/11; 10:00am – 11:30am; Join Magnuson Nature Educators for a 90-minute guided tour of the Magnuson wetlands. Each month features hands-on activities and exploration, focused on the seasonal changes of plants and animals that live in this beautiful natural area. Binoculars, field guides, and science tools provided for all. Park in lot E-5 and meet at the wetlands entry trail. All ages. Cost:  $3, $7 family.

*Migratory Bird Super Saturday – Seattle; 5/11; 10:00am – 2:00pm; Did that bird on your back porch come from Alaska? Is it on its way to Chile? Learn about the birds that migrate through the Pacific Flyway and visit Seward Park along the way. We will have crafts and science fun for all ages.

*Mother’s Day Saturday Sail – Camano Island; 5/11; 10:00am – 4:00pm; Visitors to the Center for Wooden Boats’ Cama Beach location will be able to hitch a ride on Cama’s livery powerboats out to larger vessels, where they will sail or motor back in time. As always, youth and families can build adventuresome, tiny ships together using hand tools and wooden hulls cut from scrap wood. Other onshore programs will be offered by Washington State Parks and Washington State University Beach Watchers.  FREE

*Seattle Maritime Festival – Seattle; 5/11; 10:00am – 5:00pm; Family Fun Day includes tugboat races, workboat parade, chowder cook-off, boat building competition, survival suit races, free harbor tours and vessel tours, kids’ activities, education fair and more. Pier 66/Bell Harbor Marina, downtown Seattle waterfront.

*Richmond Beach Strawberry Festival – Shoreline; 5/11; 10:00am – 5:00pm; Enjoy food from local restaurants, games and activities for kids, local musicians, and of course, strawberry shortcake. Walking tour of historic Richmond Beach town at 1 p.m.

*5th Annual Flower Fest – Seattle; 5/11 & 5/12; 10:00am – 6:00pm; More than 40 tents are set up on the cobblestones of Pike Place to accommodate farmers’ bountiful, eye-dazzling flower displays. Customers can watch inside or outside as local farmers create and sell bouquets of colorful floral works of art. Create free Mother’s Day cards at the Card Making Booth. At 2 p.m., Ciscoe Morris will offer gardening advice. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11-12.   FREE

*Olympia Wooden Boat Fair – Olympia; 5/11 & 5/12; 10:00am; Kids can build their own small wooden boat, plus the fair features wooden boats of all types, ages and sizes on display, food and craft vendors, and live entertainment. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12.  FREE

*Mother’s Day at Country Village – Bothell; 5/11 & 5/12; 10:00am – 6:00pm; Bring Mom to Country Village for Mother’s Day! Have a cup of tea or a latte, find her the perfect gift and enjoy a great lunch or dinner with Mother. Visit our locally owned shops for specials and events throughout the weekend. Kids can visit all of our participating shops to “Build a necklace for Mom!” Start your necklace at Garden of Beadin’.  FREE

*Caspar Babypants Concert – Seattle; 5/11; 10:30am; Hear a concert from everyone’s favorite kindie rocker. Cost:  $5, FREE younger than age 1.

*Guided Walks to the Eagles’ Nest – Seattle; 5/11; 11:00am & 1:00pm; Join our naturalists and celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in style on this short (less than a mile) stroll through the forest where we will introduce you to the birds you’re most likely to see in Seward Park. Chat with a chickadee, peek at a bushtit (or a flock of them), and watch the eagles (adults and maybe babies) through the scope. Migrants that might be passing through include Rufous Hummingbirds and Western Tanagers. Limited to the first 25 people. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  FREE

*The Parrot Lady – Everett; 5/11; 11:00am; The Parrot Lady, a.k.a. Debbie Goodrich, will introduce live parrots and talk about their habits in the wild and as pets. For preschoolers and older.

*Watershed Fun Fair – Edmonds; 5/11; 11:00am – 4:00pm; Guided nature walks, speakers, nature crafts, kids’ activities, exhibits and conservation information.

*Crafts of the Past – Tacoma; 5/11 – 9/29 Saturdays & Sundays; 11:00am – 5:00pm; Crafts of the Past will feature a different artist each weekend who will display and demonstrate a specific 19th century art or craft such as Native American beadwork, textile arts, woodworking and more. Visitors are invited to participate in a hands-on activity to discover just what it takes to produce the various art forms. Saturdays and Sundays, May 4 through Sept. 29. Included with admission. $6.50, $5 seniors, active military and students, $4 ages 4 to 17, free ages 3 and younger, $22 family.

*Low Tide Beach Walk – Seattle; 5/11; 11:30am – 1:00pm; Join volunteer naturalists for a low tide exploration of Carkeek Beach. Search for anemones, moon snails, and clams during a low tide as you learn more about life in the Puget Sound. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Mother’s Day Train – Wickersham; 5/11; 12:00pm; Ride Lake Whatcom Railway’s vintage passenger train. Departs at noon. Cost:  $20, $10 ages 2 to 17, free younger than age 2, moms ride half price if accompanied by passenger with ticket. Space is limited; advance tickets recommended (see online for instructions). 1-1/2 hour ride leaves the terminal at Wickersham, 10 miles north of Sedro-Woolley, on State Highway 9.

*Scenic Train Rides – Moms Ride Free this Weekend – Snoqualmie; 5/11 & 5/12; 12:00pm – 4:00pm; Ride through the Cascade Foothills to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. Round-trip excursions are 75-minutes long. Train runs Saturdays & Sundays, April – October.  Board in Snoqualmie, 38625 S.E. King Street, 12:01 p.m., 1:31 p.m. or 3:01 p.m., or in North Bend, 205 McClellan Street, 12:26 p.m. or 1:56 p.m. Cost:  $15, $12 seniors, $10 kids, free younger than age 2.  Moms ride free this weekend with paying child any age!

*Rely on Renton Family Fair – Renton; 5/11; 12:00pm – 5:00pm; Caspar Babypants concert (1:30 p.m.) plus martial arts demonstrations, dancers, kids’ activities, food trucks, and goody bags for the first 400 families. FREE

*Spirit of West Africa – Seattle; 5/11; 12:00pm – 8:00pm; Live music and dance from local and touring performers representing West African countries, plus workshops, exhibits, storytelling and a marketplace. FREE

*Bellevue Art Museums Get Crafty Saturday – Bellevue; 5/11; 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Free craft time for kids each Saturday. $2 material fee or free with admission.

*Make Mother’s Day Cards – Bellevue; 5/11; 2:00pm; Get creative and have fun telling Mom just how much she means with this free card-making class.

*Nature Walk at Lake Hills Greenbelt – Bellevue; 5/11; 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; 5/11; 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.

*Rapunzel – Auburn; 5/11; 2:00pm – 3:00pm; StoryBook Theater retells the fairy tale in a fun, musical way. Best for ages 3 to 10. Part of Auburn AVE Kids series. $6.

*Crossroads Bellevue 2nd Saturdays – Bellevue; 5/11; 5:00pm – 9:00pm; Enjoy a family-friendly evening the seconSaturday of every month. Activities can include game times, snacks, concerts and more.

*Dance 4 Wallingford – Seattle; 5/11; 6:00pm – 9:00pm; The Wallingford Community Senior Center and FamilyWorks are hosting an all-ages family dance party fundraiser. The event includes free mini-lessons on various dances, including samba, contra, waltz and polka, followed by all-out dancing. Food, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be served. Suggested donation of $10, $20 family.

Sunday, May 12th:

*Free Book Choice for Moms – Kent; 5/12; 9:00am – 9:00pm; As a special “Thank you!” to moms everywhere, we’re offering them a choice of a free book from our Bookstore Outlet.

*Tacoma Art Museum, Free Admission for Moms – Tacoma; 5/12; 10:00am – 5:00pm; Moms enjoy free admission today. All others $10, $8 students, seniors and military, free ages 5 and younger.

*Washington State History Museum, Free Admission for Moms – Tacoma; 5/12; 10:00am – 5:00pm; Moms can enjoy free admission today. All others $9.50, $7 seniors, military and ages 6 to 17, free ages 5 and younger.

*Bicycle Sundays – Seattle; 5/12; 10:00am – 6:00pm; The four-mile stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park is closed to motorized traffic 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. several Sundays through September, including May 5, 12 and 19.

*Moms Free at Seattle Children’s Museum – Seattle; 5/12; 10:00am – 6:00pm; Moms (and mother-figures) can enjoy free admission when they’re accompanied by at least one child paying regular-price. Plus, kids can make a handprint lily for their moms. $8.25, $7.25 grandparents, $7 active military, free younger than age 1.

*Beach Safari – Seattle; 5/12; 11:30am – 1:30pm; Enjoy some of the best low tides of the year by joining a Seattle volunteer naturalist at Me-Kwa-Mooks beach in West Seattle. Find amazing marine creatures, intertidal plants, and learn beach ecology. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet and handle slippery surfaces. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for ages 3 and older.

*Low Tide Beach Walk – Seattle; 5/12; 11:30am – 1:30pm; Explore the intertidal world of sea stars, moon snails, sea anemones and clams on Discovery Park’s sandy South Beach. A naturalist will lead the walk and point out what you’re seeing. This walk is ideal for families with small children. Pre-register.

*Low Tide Beach Walk – Seattle; 5/12; 12:00pm – 1:30pm; Join volunteer naturalists for a low tide exploration of Carkeek Beach. Search for anemones, moon snails, and clams during a low tide as you learn more about life in the Puget Sound. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Mother’s Day Tea & Talks – North Bend; 5/12; 12:00pm – 4:00pm; Enjoy tea, coffee and snacks and watch a slide show about the Cedar River Watershed. Take a short tour of the Education Center campus and learn about Rattlesnake Lake.  FREE

*Mother’s Day at KiDiMu, Free Admission for Moms – Bainbridge Island; 5/12; 12:00pm – 4:00pm; Mothers and grandmothers will enjoy free admission today, plus special crafts in the Art Studio. $6, $5 seniors and military, free 12 months and younger.

*Museum of Glass, Free Admission for Moms – Tacoma; 5/12; 12:00pm – 5:00pm; Moms enjoy free admission today. All others $12, $10 seniors, military and students, $5 ages 6 to 12, free ages 5 and younger.

*Mother’s Day Social – Bellevue; 5/12; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Open house at Bellevue Botanical Garden includes light refreshments and music. Donations accepted. Regular parking lot closed; park at Wilburton lot.

*Children’s Nature Movies – Bellevue; 5/12; 2:00pm – 2:30pm; 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.

*Mercer Slough Ranger Program: Mercer’s Minnows – Bellevue; 5/12; 2:00pm – 2:30pm; Did you know that a few times each spring, scores of foot-long minnows travel up the Mercer Slough on the way to their spawning beds in Kelsey Creek? Come learn more about their fascinating journey and watersheds in general. We’ll be playing a fun peamouth minnow game too! This program occurs on May 5t, and again May 12 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Registration not required.

*Family Sundays at the Henry – Seattle; 3/10; 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.

*Cast Off! Free Public Sailing – Seattle; 5/12; 2:00pm; Our Cast Off! program allows visitors the chance to sail in classic boats.  Before and after your sail take a walk on the docks and discover the boats. Watch the volunteer crews rigging the boats. They’ll be happy to answer any question you might have, and you may even have a chance to help with the rigging!  We sail rain or shine, but wind conditions may keep us at the dock. Reservations are taken day-of-sail only at the CWB front desk. This is a popular activity so please arrive early to reserve a spot, we open at 10 a.m. Rides are always at 2 p.m., and sometimes also at 3 p.m.  FREE

*Second Sunday Song Circle – Snohomish; 5/12; 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, May 13th:

*Masterpiece Monday – Bellevue;  5/13; 10:00am – 10:45am; Create a special art project each week to take home during this fun drop-in class. Activities vary from painting to collage and mosaics. Ages 3 and older. Most Mondays 10 to 10:45 a.m. $2 supply fee per class. Please check website for current schedules. No registration required.

*Bird Walk with Joe McGuire – University Place; 5/13; 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. Free, no registration needed.

Tuesday, May 14th:

*Village Playdays – Seattle;  5/14; 10:00am – 11:00am; Kid-friendly storytime, crafts and activities at a different University Village store or restaurant each Tuesday. Parents receive discounts and offers for that day. Check website for details.

Wednesday, May 15th:

*Tales & Trails for Little Tykes – Seattle; 5/15; 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; 5/15; 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

*Caspar Babypants Concert – Burien; 5/15; 11:00am; Hear local kindie rocker Caspar Babypants play his popular tunes for preschoolers. Show is free but please call ahead for admission information.

*Open Play & Music Class – Redmond; 5/15; 4:00pm – 7:00pm; The classes will include movement songs like “Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes” and “The Hokey Pokey” plus music and props such as streamers, chiffon scarves, and bean bags. The children will also have the opportunity to take turns playing different kinds of drums, tambourines and more. Cost: $9, $6 siblings.

*Reading with Rover – Mountlake Terrace; 5/15; 6:30pm – 7:30pm; Kids can practice reading out loud to a specially trained therapy dog.  FREE

Thursday, May 16th :

*Tot Trek: Music of the Spring Forest – Seattle; 5/16; 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. Hike in the woods, listen to the trees, the birds, and other music of the forest. Ages 2 to 3 with an adult. $8 adult/child pair, $4 additional person. Pre-register.

*Half Priced Admission Imagine Childrens Museum – Everett; 5/16; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. is half priced ( $3.88)

*Tacoma Art Walk – Tacoma; 5/16; 5:00pm – 8:00pm; Visit Tacoma’s downtown galleries during the third Thursday artwalk. FREE, includes the Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum (free 2 to 8 p.m.) and Tacoma Art Museum.

*FREE Third Thursdays at KidsQuest – Bellevue; 5/16; 5:00pm – 8:00pm; Enjoy free admission 5 to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

*Family Fitness Night with Sounders FC and Subway – Tacoma; 5/16; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; Sounders FC players Mario Martinez and David Estrada will share training, fitness and nutrition tips with local youth and their families. Families will be led through a series of interactive exercises including soccer drills, basketball, jump rope and Zumba. SUBWAY® restaurants will provide sandwiches and Sounders FC prizes to families in attendance.  Call 801-990-1191 for more information.

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, May 10th :

*Ladybug Nature Walk: Kenilworth Park – Portland; 5/3; 10:00am; Walk through parks, gardens and natural areas with your youngster (2 – 5 years old)  and a nature guide. Touch slimy slugs, smell tree bark, feel crinkly and soft leaves, hear musical bird songsand experience the many changes of the seasons. Walks occur regardless of weather conditions. No registration is necessary…  just meet at the designated locations.
All walks begin at 10am rain or shine, $3 per child, no charge for adults.

*Music From Mr. Hoo from The Alphabeticians – Portland; 5/10; 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.

*Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek – Portland; 5/10; 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.

*$5 Friday Artshop at Art a la Carte – Portland; 5/10; 3:00pm – 5:00pm; All ages and all skill levels welcome.  Every Friday we do a simple but fun project for the whole family. Cost:  $5

*Storytime with Olive Rootbeer and Dingo at Open Space Cafe – Portland; 5/10; 3:30pm;Come join your favorite story tellers and singers Olive Rootbeer and Dingo for an hour of singing, jumping, bellowing and monkeying. All your favorite sounds and stories–kids and guardians are encouraged to sing and play along and then the show will finish with lots of balloon twisting fun. Every child can take home a balloon character of their choice. All ages welcome because everyone can be or learn to be a great audience member.  $5 donation

*Book Fan Friday at Powell’s Cedar Hills – Beaverton; 5/10; 4:30pm; Book Fan Friday is a workshop for kids 10 to 18 years old who love to write. This month, author Susan Fletcher (Flight of the Dragon Kyn) will lead a discussion about how to effectively incorporate research into your story. For more information, please contact: Jeremy Garber, Powell’s Books, 503-228-4651  x5855,

*Monsters Under Bridges Children’s Book Launch Party – Portland; 5/10; 6:00pm – 9:00pm; Come celebrate the release of design duo Jolby and Rachel Roellke Coddington’s latest children’s book published by Sasquatch Books.  Monsters Under Bridges serves to provide the hard facts for the creatures we all know live under our bridges! Unique and rare sightings have been documented to show us their habits, diets, what mischief they are up to, and what weird things they do.  Artwork from the book will be on display, as well as new artwork created just for the show.  Free and open to the public (of all ages, so bring the kids).

Saturday, May 11th :

*Morning Bird Walk at Wapato Greenway – Portland; 5/11; 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

*Bird Festival in Sellwood – Portland; 5/11; 9:00am – 3:00pm; Celebrate the return of migratory birds to the Portland area with booths, bird walks, and other activities for adults, teens, and children. Audubon’s Live Birds will visit along with information and activity tables from groups including Columbia Slough Watershed Council, SOLVE, Friends of Portland Community Gardens, Forest Park Conservancy, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Backyard Bird Shop, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Leach Botanical Garden, and SMILE.  Portland Parks staff will provide crafts, face painting, music, and teen activities. Bird Walks leave from Sellwood Park every ½ hour beginning at 9 AM until the final walk led by Mike Houck at 2 PM. These are free, appropriate for all ages, and no pre-registration is required. Every leader will be recording the bird sightings so that comparisons can be made to each year of the festival.

*Guided Nature Walks at Tryon Creek– Portland; 5/11; 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.

*Skosh Japanese: Children’s Festival and Cultural Fair at Mt. Hood CC – Gresham; 5/11; 10:00am – 3:00pm; This event will feature demonstrations, displays and performances, all designed to bring a sample of Japanese culture to the community.Activities for children will include kamishibai (paper theater), origami crafts, face painting, balloon arts and more, celebrating kodomo-no-hi (children’s day) in Japan on May 5,  plus additional interactive performances, demonstrations & discussions for the whole family.  FREE

*National Train Day at Union Station – Portland; 5/11; 10:00am – 4:00pm; Vintage and modern trains, professional singers & dancers, along with exhibitions galore will entice families to Portland’s Union Station for National Train Day. Trains of all sizes & types, entertainment including Rose Festival Character Clown Corps with zany buffoonery & face painting, Mudtown Stompers Dixeland band plus Chuggington Station kids play area and interactive displays about rail history and safety.

*St. Johns Parade and Bizarre – Portland; 5/11; 10:00am – 7:00pm; The Bizarre is a showcase of the unique and eclectic character of North Portland. Included is local music, street performers, a vendor’s market, sausage, pizza, a Bier Garten, kids art activities, and a close proximity to all the wonderful business located in our town center.  Parade starts at noon and main route is along Lombard between Burr and New York.

* Radio Disney Doc McStuffins Toy Clinic at Clackamas Town Center – Portland; 5/11; 10:30am – 11:30am; The Radio Disney Junior Road Crew will be rockin’ the place with the best Disney Jr. tunes, games, arts and crafts and prizes. Bring your favorite stuffed animal or toy for a check-up. Doc McStuffins will not be attending this event but the Radio Disney Road Crew honorary docs will check their heartbeat, reflexes and more! Don’t miss the fun.

* Kids Saturday Morning Skate Session At Oaks Park Portland; 5/11; 10:30am – 12:00pm; For $6 children 10 and under can skate (skates included). Parents free with paid child admission.

*Oh The Places You’ll Go at Barnes & Noble Bridgeport Village – Tigard; 5/11; 11:00am; Celebrate graduates of all ages with a special Storytime featuring the Dr. Seuss favorite, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Activities and crafts will also be featured.  FREE

*Super Sustainability with Penny’s Puppets at the LO Library – Lake Oswego; 5/11; 11:00am; A Sustainability Month special featuring a donkey who learns to take care of our planet.  Free, reservations required.

* Cyclops- A Free Play for all ages at Saturday Market – Portland; 5/11; 11:00am – 11:45am; PCC Sylvania Theatre presents it’s touring children’s comedy adventure, CYCLOPS, based on a chapter from the Odyssey.  With audience participation, volunteer sheep, a 10 foot puppet, rhyming pirates, silly shepherds, a reluctant hero  and a last minute understudy with a few missing cues, this 45 minute fun-fest is not to be missed.  Using the magic of imagination, and inspiring children (of all ages) to create their own theatrical stories, this fun, FREE theatre performance is for you, parents of Portland!  For more information call Patrick Tangredi, PCC Theatre director at 971-722-4323 .

* Frame Craft at Lakeshore Learning – Lake Oswego; 5/11; 11:00am – 3:00pm; Make a cute photo frame for mom.  FREE

*Second Saturday at the Water Center in Vancouver: Wetlands – Vancouver; 5/11; 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Kids and families are invited to enjoy and explore the wet, spongy soil with us! Swamps, marshes and bogs are valuable wetlands. Learn more about these low-lying areas and their natural wildlife habitats. Engage in hands-on activities & learning.  FREE

Free Family Swim At Marshall Community Center – Vancouver; 5/11; 4:45pm to 6:30pm; Bauman Chiropractic is sponsoring free family swims at Marshall Pool Saturday evenings.

Sunday, May 12th:

*Curious Garden at the Curious Comedy Theater – Portland; 5/12; 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.

*Nature Days in the Park: Kaiser Woods Park and Natural Area – Beaverton; 5/12; 11:00am – 3:00pm; What goes on in a park that is at the edge of urban growth and farmland?  Today is a great day to come explore and find out.   Scout the trails through both the wetland and forest in search of animal signs and wildflowers in bloom.  Education staff and volunteers will lead interactive, nature-based activities.  Park rangers will be available to answer your questions.  FREE

*Mother’s Day Free for Moms at AC Gilbert’s Discovery Village – Salem; 5/12; 12:00pm – 5:00pm; Moms receive free admission on Mother’s Day with one paid child admission.

*Family tour of the Portland Art Museum – Portland; 5/12; 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.  $15 adults, free under 18

*Mother’s Day Birds and Blooms at Canemah Bluff Natural Area – Oregon City; 5/12; 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Walk with Metro naturalist Dan Daly and learn about common wildflowers. Enjoy the serenade of nesting songbirds and views of the Willamette River and historic Canemah Cemetery. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair on site. The walk covers 2 miles over uneven trails, mostly flat with some inclines. Suitable for ages 6 and older. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration and payment of $6 per person or $11 per household required in advance.

*Mother’s Day Birds and Blooms at Oxbow Regional Park – Portland; 5/12; 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Instead of taking flowers to your mom, why not take her to the wildflowers? Hike with Metro naturalist Deb Scrivens through Oxbow’s forests to see and learn about common woodland wildflowers. Terrain is steep in places. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $5 per vehicle ($7 per bus) fee. Registration and payment of $6 per person or $11 per household required in advance.

*Kids Karaoke at Pink Feather Restaurant and Lodge – Portland; 5/12; 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.

*Mother’s Day Concert! Cat Doorman & Ralf Youtz at TaborSpace – Portland; 5/12; 4:00pm – 6:00pm; A wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day with a family event full of song. Cat Doorman & Ralf Youtz will be performing at TaborSpace on Sunday, May 12 @ 4pm. Bring your dancing shoes, your singing voices and expect to be celebrated if you’re a mom!  Adults $7, Kids 2 and up $5

Monday, May 13th :

*Sing-a-Long at Frog Pond Toys – Lake Oswego; 5/13; 10:00am – 11:00am; Enjoy this biweekly sing-along with Amy.  Bring the kids and join in for music, singing, games, and fun.

*Music Class with Johnny Keener at The Treehouse – Portland; 5/13; 10:00am; He will craft music for kids that is exciting and fun, as well as artistically satisfying.  He is committed to inviting kids into the musical process providing them with a musical experience they won’t forget!  Best for ages 0-6.  Cost:  $5 per child

*Storytime with Olive Rootbeer and Dingo at Laurelhurst Cafe – Portland; 5/13; 10:00am – 11:00am; Join Olive and Dingo for stories, balloons and songs at Laurelhurst Cafe, a quaint restaurant serving organic local high quality meals.  (Gluten free and kids menu options too.).  $5 suggested donation.

*Tallulah’s Daddy at Rain City Coffee – Portland; 5/13; 10:00am – 11:00am; Come sing, dance and play with Tallulah’s Daddy as he plays guitar, bass and cajon. Tallulah’s Daddy plays fun, energetic acoustic music for your little ones, and you can grab some coffee, tea or a snack. We start with musical storytime, then sing songs, and we leave a little bit of extra time for the kids to get their hands on some percussion instruments!  No cover charge, donations appreciated.

*Washington County Museum Free Admission – Portland; 5/13; 10:00am to 4:30pm; Admission is free to this museum every Monday.

*Mondays On The Mall – Portland – Downtown Central Transit Mall;  5/13; Various Times; Free events all day including Wii play, caricatures, the original photo booth and entertainment. 

Tuesday, May 14th : 

* $4 Admission For Second Tuesday At The Zoo – Portland; 5/14; 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.)

*Drop-In Messy Art at Spark Arts Center in NE PDX – Portland; 5/13 & 5/14; 9:00am – 11:00am; During Drop-In Messy Art time your little one can explore art to his or her content. Come for 1 hour anytime between 9-11 for just $5 or stay the full 2 hours for $7. We provide all supplies and vary the projects weekly. With options such as painting, collage, and paper mache your child is sure to be inspired! This is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and nannies to engage in artistic exploration with their children. Ages 2-5.

*Preschool Play and Skate at Oaks Park – Portland; 5/14; 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

*Tuesday Art Time at the Treehouse Children’s Boutique – Portland; 5/14; 10:30am – 11:15am; Join us at 10:30 every TUESDAY for an an hour of art, music, stories, bubbles, chalk, and messes at the Treehouse Children’s Boutique!  We have a wonderful new auditorium space! $6.00/child.

*Storytime at Green Bean Books – Portland; 5/14; 11:00am – 11:30am; Get ready to get immersed in the world of books!  FREE

*Mommy Matinee at the Kennedy School – Portland; 5/14 & 5/15; 2:30pm – 4:30pm; Tuesdays & Wednesdays 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

*Jefferson High Multicultural Film Festival at North Portland Library – Portland; 5/14; 6:00pm – 7:45pm;North Portland Library is proud to cosponsor Jefferson High School’s Multicultural Film Festival showcasing eight diverse movies on the theme “Here Today … Where Tomorrow?” Join us for a discussion following the film. Watch Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life.  FREE

Wednesday, May 15th :

*Visit the Historic Belmont Firehouse – Portland; 5/15; 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.

*Music Class at the Treehouse with Mr. Ben – Portland; 5/15; 10:00am; Enjoy music with kindie favorite Mr. Ben.  Cost:  $5 per child

*Honeybee Happenings at Leach Botanical Gardens – Portland; 5/15; 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

*Mommy Matinee at the St Johns Theater– Portland; 5/15; 1:00pm – 2:30pm;  Parents, nannies, grandparents and caregivers, bring your babies to these films, from G to R ratings. Let the wee ones fuss, they don’t mind.  Every Wednesday, first showing, unless an event has been booked.  Check movie listings for showtimes or call 503-249-7474.  Cost $3.00

*Family Day at the Washington County Museum  Portland; 5/15; 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Thursday, May 16th :

*Music and Puppetry with Red Yarn at the Treehouse – Portland; 5/16; 10:00am;Red Yarn a dynamic children’s performer, weaving live music, puppetry and interactive storytelling into engaging shows for family audiences. Whether performing solo or with the Red Yarn Puppet Band, the red-bearded bard teaches positive values while reinvigorating American folklore for younger generations. $5 per child

*St Johns Swapnplay Playspace Open Play – Portland; 5/16; 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; 5/16; 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; 5/16; 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.

*Storytime at Green Bean Books – Portland; 5/16; 3:30pm – 4:00pm; GBB is  now offering a second weekly story time! Join us any Thursday afternoon, 3:30-4:00pm for stories and laughter!  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.


*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.