Fun & Frugal Family Events 5/17 – 5/23

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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 17th:  

*17th of May Celebration – Ballard; 5/17; 10:00am – 8:00pm; Enjoy a daylong festival of music and dance, kids’ activities, a luncheon featuring a Norwegian dignitary, and the parade, of course, that starts down a mile-long stretch of Ballard.

*Paint Me a Story – Bellevue; 5/17; 10:00am – 10:30am 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

*Nature Alphabet  – Tacoma; 5/17; 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.

*Free Tête-à-têter At Frye Museum – Seattle; 5/17 ; 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; 5/17; 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.

*SHADOW Wilderness Adventure – Renton; Fridays 5/17 – 8/30; 4:00pm – 6:00pm; Come discover the secrets of nature with our experienced mentors through games, scavenger hunts, and animal secrets! Learn about a new topic every week including: native plants, benefits of wetlands, wetland ecology, water flow, water quality, water chemistry, animals and tracking, outdoor awareness and survival.  Cost:  $5

*Family Fun Fridays at Pop Mounger Pool – Seattle; Fridays 5/17 – 9/6; 5:30pm – 7:30pm; Join us at “Pop” Mounger Pool for special events every Friday throughout the summer (except June 14). It’s a fun time for the whole family. Come to the pool for a special evening of games, activities, and prizes. Don’t let the summer pass you by. Cost:  $3.75 – $5.25

*FREE Friday Night Live at Imagine Children’s Museum – Everett; 5/17; 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Imagine Children’s Museum offers FREE admission on the third Friday of each month, 5:30 to 9 p.m. All ages.

*Medieval Faire Youth Party – Puyallup; 5/17; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; Calling all brave knights and beautiful princesses! Pierce County Parks & Recreation’s Companionship Program is hosting a Medieval Faire! This is a fully inclusive youth party. Play games like Dragons & Knights, make crafts like crowns and shields, and have tasty snacks. Each participant will receive a free picture and frame to take home as a souvenier of the evening.  Cost:  $5.  Download the May 2013 Event Calendar for more information.

Saturday, May 18th :

Festal Celebrates a Glimpse of China – Seattle; 5/18; Seattle Center Festal presents A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival at The Armory. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of China through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Learn Chinese folk dances, create delicate artworks, and share in cultural traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history.

*Free Kids’ Fishing Day – Marysville; 5/18; 8:00am – 2:00pm; A great first fishing day for parents and kids hosted by the Everett Steelhead & Salmon Club and Snohomish County Parks. Expert assistance from volunteer fishing guides. Gear will be available or use your own.

*STAR Center Anniversary – Tacoma; 5/18; 9:00am – 5:00pm; Throughout the day, guests can enjoy classes and demonstrations in healthy cooking, Kendo, hip hop, wheelchair basketball, Zumba, still-life drawing, belly dancing and more. Metro Arts students will entertain with a live theatre performance, and kids and adults can get in on a decoder-ring scavenger hunt all day long.  FREE

*Madrona Mayfair Celebration – Seattle; 5/18; 9:30am – 1:00pm; Mayfair will begin at Al Larkins Park with a kiddie parade and end up at Madrona Playgound with pony rides, bouncy houses, obstacle course by Seattle Gymnastics Academy, Reptile Man, Charles the Clown, and Recess Monkey!  FREE

*Health & Fitness Expo – Edmonds; 5/18; 9:30am – 2:30pm; There will be wellness booths and activities, rubber chicken relays (fun!), soccer skills and cheer clinics, and a brown bag lunch. As well that day, the North Sound SeaWolves FC (a semi-professional men’s soccer team) will have their opening game against Portland at 1 p.m. Expoers can get their hands stamped at the event and go to the game for free.

*Tales & Trails for Little Tykes – Seattle; 5/18 & 5/22; 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.

*The Click! Family Flick – Tacoma; 5/18; 10:00am; Click! Cable TV partners with the Grand Cinema to present Free Family Films every 3rd Saturday of each month. Movies begin at 10:00am. Limited to the first 100 in attendance. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. (Thanks, Sounds Fun Mom!)

*2013 Boatswap & Chowder Challenge – Olympia; 5/18; 10:00am – 3:00pm; Taste at the chowder pots ($5 for voting token & souveneir mug),  Shop or browse new and used boats, gear and accessoriesm  Rock out to the Raucous Band,  Enjoy entertainment on the waterfront, including a bounce house and trout pond for kids! (Thanks, Sounds Fun Mom!)

*Play Well Activity Center Grand Opening – Kirkland; 5/18; 10:00am – 5:00pm; Adults and Kids can explore the world of Play-Well and have an experience to remember. Visit with our instructors to learn more about our Engineering programs. Enjoy hands-on experiences with projects from our classes. Take on a Battle Track challenge, fly and X-wing Glider, and more.   FREE

*Petpalooza – Auburn; 5/18; 10:00am – 5:00pm; An event for pet lovers and a special day for your four-legged family member or other furry friend. Animal-related entertainment stage, live entertainment, Skyhoundz Disc Dog Championships, Seattle Flydogs demos, pony rides, the ‘Unleashed’ pet contests, agility areas, a noon pet parade, over 150 vendor booths, giveaways and lots of activities to keep both humans and pets entertained.

*Armed Forces Day Flag Ceremony and Celebration – Seattle; 5/18; 10:00am – 5:00pm; The Museum of Flight commemorates Armed Forces Day with the Navy League of the United States, the Air Force Association, and the Association of the United States Army. Family events include distinguished military speakers, a country music concert, and military equipment displays. The festivities begin with a flag raising ceremony in front of the Museum using flags of the five service branches and the POW/MIA flag. Active military personnel and their families (up to five people total) will be admitted to the Museum for free.

*Armed Forces Day – Joint Base Lewis McChord; 5/18; 10:00am – 6:00pm; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Lewis-Main, will open its gates to the Puget Sound community for the installation’s annual Armed Forces Day celebration.  This year’s attractions include: historical military reenactments, military vehicle displays carnival rides, live music and entertainment, climbing wall, 10K Volksmarch, and of course craft and food vendors.  Check website for access & parking information.

*Free Wing Luke Museum Entrance – Seattle; 5/18;10:00am – 8:00pm; The Wing Luke Museum offers free admission on the third Saturday of each month, for family day.

*Saturday Family Concert: Gansango Music & Dance – Seattle; 5/18; 11:00am & 1:00pm; Fusing music and movement from across the African continent, Gansango performs Vodoun ritualistic dances; regional social ceremony dances, such as the Chenkoum dance from Savalou; and royal historical dances, such as the Zehli dance from the late 1800s.  Gansango is at once engaging and mesmerizing, with accompanying live kora (21-string harp), djembe (drum), and percussion; modern dance arrangements based on traditional movement and rhythms; and colorful, culturally contextual costumes.  Free for kids 12 and under, $5/accompanying adult, Adults without accompanying children $25.

*Crafts of the Past – Tacoma; 5/18 – 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.

*Spring Fun Fair – Lacey; 5/18, 10:00am – 6:00pm & 5/19, 11:00am – 5:00pm; Two days of FUN for families and young people of all ages!  FREE Kidsworld activities and entertainment for thousands of visitors. And, new for 2013, a Talent Show!  With arts and crafts, commercial vendors and food concessions Fun Fair is truly a popular community celebration!

*Reading with Rover – Tukwila; 5/18; 11:00am – 12:00pm; Kids can practice reading out loud to a specially trained therapy dog.  FREE

*Scenic Train Rides – Snoqualmie; 5/18 & 5/19; 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.

*Green Hour – Bellevue; 5/18; 1:00pm – 2:00pm; Join us the third Saturday of every month for a Green Hour at Lewis Creek Park! Observe and explore the park during an hour of unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. Each month, creative, science-based ideas will have children and parents deepening their knowledge and love of nature together! Registration recommended.  FREE.

*Bellevue Art Museums Get Crafty Saturday – Bellevue; 5/18; 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Free craft time for kids each Saturday. $2 material fee or free with admission.

*Storybook Ballet Theatre Traditional Performances – Tacoma; 5/18; 1:00pm, 3:00pm & 5:00pm; The production delights audiences with short ballets based on classic children’s fairy tales, nursery rhymes, proverbs, and fables. Storybook Ballet Theatre is designed to keep both young and old enthralled throughout each one-hour performance! Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite storybook characters to join in the fun!  Cost:  $5.00

*Nature Walk at Lake Hills Greenbelt – Bellevue; 5/18; 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; 5/18; 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.

*Play in Peace Day – Tacoma; 5/18; 3:00pm – 5:00pm; In 2011 more than 3,000 children, families, and neighbors celebrated the grand openings of Wright Park’s spray and playground and McCarver Park, and also honored Zina Linnik, a 12 year old Hilltop citizen who was tragically killed in 2007.  Remembering Zina and affirming the strength of our community now happens every year on Play in Peace Day – the third Friday of every May.  FREE

*Dr. Seuss “The Rare Editions Event” – Bellevue; 5/18 – 6/2; 5:00pm – 8:00pm; Exhibit will offer kiddos and parents alike an extraordinary look into the artistic life of Theodor Seuss Geisel and includes now-rare editions from his Secret Art, Unorthodox Taxidermy Sculpture, and Archive Collections.  FREE

Sunday, May 19th:

*Bicycle Sundays – Seattle; 5/19; 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.  Pack a picnic lunch and join the crowds for a leisurely pedal along one of Seattle’s most scenic roads. If your clan needs it, you’ll find plenty of places to stop along the way for a break, including a children’s playground near the entrance of the park.

*West Seattle 5K Run/Walk and Alki Seattle Summer Streets – Seattle; 5/19; 11:00am – 5:00pm; Walk, bike, shop, breathe, play and celebrate a car-free Sunday along Alki Beach. Plus, enjoy a fun 5k run/walk from 9:00 am – 11:00 am from 63rd Avenue SW to the Don Armeni Boat Launch. Leashed dogs welcome; car-free transportation to Alki encouraged!  FREE

*Cast Off! Free Public Sailing – Seattle; 5/19; 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

Monday, May 20th:

*Masterpiece Monday – Bellevue; 5/20; 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.

Tuesday, May 21st :

*Village Playdays – Seattle; 5/21; 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.

*Reading with Rover – Redmond; 5/21; 6:30pm – 7:30pm; Kids can practice reading out loud to a specially trained therapy dog.  FREE

Wednesday, May 22nd:

*Tales & Trails for Little Tykes – Seattle; 5/22; 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; 5/22; 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

*Open Play & Music Class – Redmond; 5/22; 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.

*Movies @ the Museum – Sing Along Songs: The Lion King – Bellevue; 5/22; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; Pull on your PJ’s, grab your favorite stuffed buddy and enjoy a family movie night! Sing along to your favorite songs from The Lion King, Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Aristocats and more. Pre-registration required for dinner.  Cost:  $5-$8, $3/pizza and lemonade dinner

*Wagner’s 200th Birthday Sing-Along with Seattle Opera – Seattle; 5/22; 7:00pm – 8:30pm; In celebration of Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday, Seattle Opera will offer a free community sing-along, costume contest, cake and more.  Advance registration encouraged.  FREE

Thursday, May 23rd :

*Kids Co. Play and Learn – Seattle; 5/23; 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!  FREE

*Tugboat Storytime – Seattle; 5/23; 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. Not intended for preschool groups.

*Half Priced Admission Imagine Childrens Museum – Everett; 5/23; Thursday 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. is half priced ($3.88)

*FREE Third Thursdays at KidsQuest – Bellevue; 5/23; 5:00pm – 8:00pm; Enjoy free admission 5 to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

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 17th :

*Music From Mr. Hoo from The Alphabeticians – Portland; 5/17 ;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; 5/17; 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; 5/17; 3:30pm – 5:00pm; All ages and all skill levels welcome.  Every Friday we do a simple but fun project for the whole family. Cost:  $5

*Family Friday Flicks at the Hillsboro Main Library – Hillsboro; 5/17; 6:30pm – 8:00pm; Friday Family Flicks features family friendly movies on the third Friday of most months at the Main Library! Popcorn provided, courtesy of Regal Cinema’s Movies on TV Highway. Recommended for ages 4+ and adult family members. Children must be supervised by adult family members. Seating is limited to 100 people.

*Family Friday Concert at Community Music Center – Portland; 5/17; 7:15pm; The Oregon Renaissance Band is a 10 to 12 member ensemble dedicated to performing and recording music of the Renaissance, played on faithful reproductions of historical instruments. These include violins, cittern, harp, bandora, chitarrino, recorders, krummhorns, racketts, sackbutts, pipe & tabor, bagpipes, schreierpfeiffen, and percussion, many of which were built by the performers.   7:15pm. Free Admission. Suggested donation: $5 per person or $15 per family.

Saturday, May 18th :

*UFO Fest in McMinnville – McMinnville; 5/18; all day;You don’t need to be a UFO believer to have a great time at this festival. Skeptics, experts and daytrippers alike are invited to enjoy events happening throughout the weekend – an outdoor festival tent and UFO gift shop, live music, an outlandish alien costume parade, an alien pet costume contest, a performance by Willamette Radio Workshop and more! Have a pint or two of McMenamins Alienator Ale, handcrafted especially for the event. To cap off the weekend, attend our Alien Costume Ball for a chance to win prizes for the most comical or well-done space outfit (tin foil and duct tape are encouraged!).  Most events are free and open to all ages, unless otherwise noted on web page.

*Guided Nature Walks at Tryon Creek – Portland; 5/18; 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.

*Children’s Nature Fair at Leach Botanical Gardens – Portland; 5/18; 10:00am – 2:00pm; All ages – families welcome! This year’s theme: Nature Explodes! Leach Garden volunteers and local organizations Portland Parks EE, Audubon, Zenger Farm, EEAO and Johnson Creek Watershed Council will be leading a variety of children’s arts and crafts, along with Mad Science’s Fire & Ice show, slug races, music, ladybug walks, worm activities, 25 cent mini ice cream, and fun geology and volcano adventures!  FREE – donations welcome.

*Tualatin River Bird Festival in Sherwood – Sherwood; 5/18; 10:00am – 4:00pm; This event will be filled with family-friendly activities including bird and nature walks, storytelling, a live bird show, and opportunities for children to build bat and bird houses, and bee boards. Also includes environmental education activities.  FREE

*Maifest 2013 at Oak Park – Portland; 5/18; 10:00am – 7:00pm; Our second annual MAIFEST promises to be a terrific event with something for everyone: entertainment, games, food and drink, a RAFFLE, and lots and lots of MUSIC.  Swirl with us around the colorful maypole, let the kids run free to participate in games and face-painting.  Food vendors, arts & crafts, books, & more!  FREE

* Kids Saturday Morning Skate Session At Oaks Park – Portland ; 5/18 ;10:30am to 12:00pm; For $6 children 10 and under can skate (skates included). Parents free with paid child admission.

*Meet Spot the Dog at Barnes & Noble Bridgeport Village – Tigard; 5/18; 11:00am; Bring your camera and tell all your friends! Join us to meet Spot the Dog, himself (costume character)! We’ll read favorite Spot the Dog stories, plus we’ll have fun with Spot the Dog activities and crafts. Then Spot will join us to meet each of you!

*Down By the Riverside: The Hillsboro Community Youth Choir at Hillsboro High – Hillsboro; 5/18; 4:00pm; The annual May concert “Down by the Riverside” will feature camp meeting songs, slavery and freedom songs, Civil War songs, and post-war legacy choral works. The concert will also feature poetry and readings that reflect United States history, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War as well as the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington.  Cost: $8 adults $2 youth 6 to 18

Free Family Swim At Marshall Community Center – Vancouver; 5/18; 4:45pm – 6:30pm; Bauman Chiropractic is sponsoring free family swims at Marshall Pool Saturday evenings.

*Internet Cat Video Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square – Portland; 5/18; 7:00pm – 9:00pm; While normally viewed alone on a computer screen, the Hollywood Theatre in collaboration with the Walker Art Center invite you to come gather at the Square and LOL in the presence of others as your favorite silly cat videos are projected larger than life one after another. Experience the joy of a surprised kitten or keyboard cat together. Participate in this experiment that tests the social boundaries of the online community with a live event as we attempt to gather in physical space and real time to enjoy one of the internet’s most popular phenomenon’s.

Sunday, May 19th:

*Kenton Street Fair – Portland; 5/19; 10:00am – 6:00pm; This groovy street fair will have 80+ vendors (crafts, nonprofits, artists), a coaster car race at 11 am, 4 stages with over 40 bands, and a large children’s area with pony rides (small charge), a skate ramp, a kids craft area and kids stage and much more!  FREE

*Family tour of the Portland Art Museum – Portland; 5/19; 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

*Montavillage Fair – Portland; 5/19; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; The Montavillage Fair is a family-friendly event designed to build community connections within the southeast Portland neighborhood. This year’s event will have several art projects, including community mosaic tiling project and other fun activities. Many artists, vendors, businesses and organizations from the community, including Milepost 5, and Vibe of Portland will be onsite. The event will feature live entertainment by local musicians including Juliana Bright. Bunk Sandwiches and Ben and Jerry’s will be on hand to help satisfy everyone’s appetite. The event is free and all attendees receive a free raffle ticket for prizes donated by local businesses.

*Pollinator Power! at 7 Dees in Lake Oswego – Lake Oswego; 5/19; 2:00pm – 3:00pm; Kids’ Gardening Club. Introduction to native plants and what the term means; learn how pollination works, who does it and why; take a walk through the nursery looking for pollinators; discover how to attract beneficial insects and pollinators; plant a sunflower seed to take home or make a bug box to observe bugs. RSVP please.  Cost: $5

Monday, May 20th :

*Music Class with Johnny Keener at The Treehouse – Portland; 5/20; 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

*Kids Club at The Streets of Tanasbourne – Hillsboro; 5/20; 10:00am – 11:00am; April’s showers brought lots of May flowers and we will be enjoying the beauty of spring at this month’s Kids Club meeting at The Streets of Tanasbourne, Monday May 20th.  Children 0-6 years of age are welcome to join us as we sing songs, play games, enjoy parachute play and make a take home craft.  FREE

*Storytime with Olive Rootbeer and Dingo at Laurelhurst Cafe – Portland; 5/20; 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; 5/20; 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; 5/20; 10:00am – 4:30pm; Admission is free to this museum every Monday.

*Mondays On The Mall – Portland – Downtown Central Transit Mall; 5/20; Various Times; Free events all day including Wii play, caricatures, the original photo booth and entertainment.

Tuesday, May 21st : 

*Preschool Play and Skate at Oaks Park – Portland; 5/21; 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; 5/21; 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.

*Tuesday Reading & Craft Hour at Oodles 4 Kids – Portland; 5/21; 10:30am – 11:30am; Join us for a jolly hour of storytime and crafts every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 am, through June 11th! Sponsored by Art a la Carte.  FREE

*Storytime at Green Bean Books – Portland; 5/21; 11:00am – 11:30am; Get ready to get immersed in the world of books!  FREE

*Mommy Matinee at the Kennedy School – Portland; 5/21 & 5/22; 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

*Children’s Scandinavian Folkdance Lessons – Portland; 5/21; 7:00pm – 7:30pm;  Grieg Lodge Lille Leikarringen is a children’s traditional Scandinavian folk dance group, formed in 1934, and has performed and demonstrated dances at various events around Portland and the Pacific Northwest.  No dance experience is necessary to join. You do not need to be of Scandinavian ancestry, Membership in Sons of Norway not required.  Drop-ins are welcome, ages 3 and up.  Parents & grandparents are encouraged to dance with their younger family members.  No cost for children or Sons of Norway members; $4 suggested donation for all others.

Wednesday, May 22nd:

*Visit the Historic Belmont Firehouse – Portland; 5/22; 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; 5/22; 10:00am; Enjoy music with kindie favorite Mr. Ben.  Cost:  $5 per child

*Tadpole Tales at Columbia Slough Water Quality Facility – Portland; 5/22; 10:00am – 11:00am; Children aged 3-5 with their parents are invited to a short story and guided nature walk. Watch birds fly overhead, search for hidden animal homes, and learn about local trees and flowers.  $3 admission/donation per child, no charge for adults.  Advanced registration required by emailing or calling  503-281-1132 .

*Honeybee Happenings at Leach Botanical Gardens – Portland; 5/22; 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

*We Play Wednesday! at Family Stepping Stones – Gladstone; 5/22; 10:00am – 11:30am; Family Stepping Stones is excited to invite moms, dads, and children birth to 5 to our We Play Wednesday FREE daytime programs. These classes offer fun children’s stories, games, crafts and snacks. Each month focuses on a different topic and activities center around that theme. Parents and children are encouraged to come, learn, and play together!  This month, siblings are our theme. Activities will build your child’s  pride and excitement for their big, little, or soon to be born brothers and sisters! There will also be great parenting information on reducing sibling rivalry and the chance to connect with other parents about personal challenges and successes.

*Mommy Matinee at the St Johns Theater– Portland; 5/22; 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; 5/22; 2:00pm – 4:00pm;

*OMG Coloring Event at Child’s Play – Portland; 5/22; 3:00pm – 5:00pm; OMG Friends creator and Portlander, Mr. Ryan will be at Child’s Play with a brand new coloring sheet featuring the OMG Friends: Sgt. Peepers, Butterscotch & Truffles. After coloring and cuteness, make a night of it and head over to Santa Fe Taqueria for a Mr. Ben concert and free kid’s meals (with adult purchase). Mr. Ben plays from 5-6 pm.

Thursday, May 23rd :

*Music and Puppetry with Red Yarn at the Treehouse – Portland; 5/23; 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; 5/23; 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; 5/23; 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; 5/23; 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; 5/23; 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 Barn Kids Book Club-  Tuesday 1/22; 11-11:30am; Kids of all ages can attend storytime every Tuesday.  Members receive an official Book Club Passport and a special gift after attending 5 storytimes.

*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.

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