Fun & Frugal Family Events 6/21 – 6/27

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 list and links to Fairs & Festivals in the Pacific NW and the huge post on things to do in Seattle for a staycation!

Don’t forget to check out Goldstar for Discount Tickets on many local activities and events, if you are looking for a specific event and want to save some money!

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

PUGET SOUND AREA:: 

Friday, June 21st :  

*Paint Me a Story - Bellevue; 6/21; 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

*Summer Solstice Celebration – Burien; 6/21; 10:00am – 1:00pm; Pack a picnic and enjoy performances from Bubbleman, Eric Ode, and a visit from the Astronomical Society.  FREE

*Nature Alphabet  – Tacoma; 6/21; 3; 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.

*Seafair Kick-Off Ceremony – Seattle; 6/21; 11:00am – 2:00pm; Meet Seafair royalty, see a mini performance of Pirates of Penzance from 5th Avenue Theatre, see a hydroplane on display, and visit with the Seafair Pirates and Clowns.  FREE

*Auburn’s Kids Day – Auburn; 6/21; 11:00am – 4:00pm; The perfect day for any child! Live entertainment, inflatable rides, mini golf, arts & crafts, face painting, go-cart and pony rides, activities and information fair featuring over 70 vendors, food concessions and more.  FREE

*FreeTête-à-têter At Frye Museum – Seattle; 6/21; 11:00am to 5:00pm; Frye Museum entrance and parking are free all the time. You can check their events page here, for a list of weekly events.

*Pay-What-You-Can at Seattle Symphony’s “Soundbridge”- Seattle, Beneroya Hall; 6/21; 12:00pm to 4:00pm; Soundbridge is a music discovery center and Friday afternoons are “Pay What You Can” entrance- suggested donation $5 – $15 per family; Ages 2-5, 30 minute interactive storytelling with song & rhythm, dance & musical instruments at 1:45pm.

*Meeker Days – Puyallup; 6/21, 12:00pm – 9:00pm; 6/22, 10:00am – 5:00pm & 6/23, 10:00am – 5:00pm; Pierce County’s largest street festival features entertainment, food, arts and crafts, vendors, inflatable rides, car shows and more. Noon to 9 p.m. June 21, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 23.  FREE

*Twirl Café Movie Night Social – Seattle; 6/21; 5:00pm – 8:00pm; Grab your kiddos and join us for pizza and a movie with friends or family. With a rotating pizza special each Friday and $4 cheese pizzas, celebrating the weekend is easy to do! Free to attend; food, beer and wine available for purchase. R.S.V.P. online and get entered into our monthly drawing.  FREE

*FREE Friday Night Live at Imagine Children’s Museum – Everett; 6/21; 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Imagine Children’s Museum offers FREE admission on the third Friday of each month, All ages.

*Honk! Fest West – Seattle; 6/21 – 6/23; Hundreds of musicians from across the western U.S. and Canada converge on the corner of 12th Avenue South and South Vale Street in Georgetown 6 to 10 p.m. June 21, Fremont Solstice Parade and then Gasworks Park 3 to 8 p.m. June 22, and Seattle Art Museum noon to 3 p.m. June 23. A community-supported music festival, it includes marching bands, drum corps, samba lines, street performers and more. A full band list is available on the website. FREE, donations accepted.

*Bat Walk – Seattle; 6/21; 8:15pm; Learn about bats, then help search for them using a bat detector. 8:15 p.m. June 21, July 1 and July 17. Rain or shine.

Saturday, June 22nd :

*Party in the Park – Kirkland; 6/22; 8:00am – 12:30pm; 5K and 10K races ($15 to $35), breakfast, animal entertainment, and kids’ games and activities. FREE, donations accepted. Free shuttle from Central Park Tennis Club, 5820 125th Lane N.E., Kirkland.

*Kidney Health Fest for African American Families – Seattle; 6/22; 9:00am – 2:00pm; This free event will feature free health screenings, healthy food made by local celebrity chefs, and an educational program emceed by Chris Bennett of KRIZ/KZIZ Radio and The Seattle Medium. The day also includes entertainment, music, exhibits and a chance to win prizes. At the Kids’ Korner, kids can hang out in the coloring area, try the obstacle course and enjoy fun activities like face painting.

*Bellevue Library Car Show – Bellevue; 6/22; 9:30am; See a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the new three-level parking garage at the Bellevue Library, followed by a car show of more than 40 classic, exotic, muscle and electric cars, plus music, giveaways and refreshments.

*Beach Safari – Seattle; 6/22; 9:30am – 11:00am; 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.

*Beach Exploration – Various Seattle Beaches; 6/22 – 6/26; Join beach naturalists and explore the beach at low tide. Dress for the weather; waterproof footwear recommended. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24. FREE. Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, 2021 N.W. 190th St., Shoreline. Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle. Golden Gardens, 8498 Seaview Place N.W., Seattle. South Alki Beach Park, 1702 Alki Ave. S.W., Seattle. Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle. Ed Munro Seahurst Park, 2400 S.W. 140th Street, Seattle. Olympic Sculpture Park Pocket Beach, 2901 Western Ave., Seattle.

*Tales & Trails for Little Tykes – Seattle; 6/22 & 6/26; 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.

*Tidepools 101 – Edmonds; 6/22, 10:00am & 6/23, 11:00am; Learn about the complex and mysterious world of tidepools. A ranger-naturalist will be your guide, as you explore this diverse and ever-changing environment at the edge of Puget Sound. Children ages 12 and younger must register with an adult. Cost:  $5 to $6, free ages 5 and younger. Register by 4:30 p.m. the Friday before.

*Seahurst Saturdays – Burien; 6/22; 10:00am – 12:00pm;  Enjoy a variety of nature activities and explorations each Saturday. $4, $2 ages 5 to 17, free younger than age 5 (although the program is generally recommended for grade-school-age kids and older). Ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Scholarships available. Pre-register.  June 22: Food Chains at Seahurst Beach

*Family Marble Art Workshop – Seattle; 6/22; 10:00am – 1:00pm; Workshop with meadow starts with p, the family art-making collective behind Jack Straw’s sonic marble installation I Love You, But You’re Too Loud!  Kids from toddlers to age 4 can make wearable marble noisemakers.

*Tiptoe Through the Tidepools – Tacoma; 6/22; 10:00am – 1:00pm; Get an up-close look at the marine life with touch tanks and beach naturalists guiding the low-tide exploration. This is a free event and no registration is needed. Please wear shoes suitable for exploring a rocky beach.  FREE

*Fremont Fair – Seattle; 6/22 & 6/23; 10:00am – 2:00pm; Music, arts and crafts, street performers, Arts for All Ages area, art cars (wildly decorated cars), food and more. The unconventional Fremont Solstice Parade (some fair guests are clad only in full or partial body paint) is 3 p.m. June 22. June 23 includes a pup parade (2:30 p.m.). 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 23. FREE, donations encouraged. Limited parking, bike corrals available.

*Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Family Weekend – Bainbridge Island; 6/22 & 6/23; 10:00am – 4:00pm; Bring the kids to see the new art museum and enjoy hands-on art activities, entertainment and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22, noon to 4 p.m. June 23.

*Bellevue Strawberry Festival – Bellevue; 6/22 & 6/23; 10:00am; Celebrate Bellevue’s agricultural past with the Eastside Heritage Museum’s mini museum displays, plus enjoy live entertainment, strawberry shortcake eating contests, family fun area, Recess Monkey performance (11 a.m. June 23) classic cars, food and crafts. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 23. Free parking and shuttle from Highland Middle School, 15027 N.E. Bel-Red Road, Bellevue.  FREE

*Kent International Festival – Kent; 6/22; 10:00am – 6:00pm; Ethnic dance, music, traditional attire, arts and crafts, interactive family activities, parade (5 p.m.) and authentic cuisine.

*Summer Lovin’ Solar Oven – Seattle; 6/22; 10:30am – 2:00pm; You don’t need a fire to cook yummy S’mores, all you need is the sun! Build your own working solar oven and learn how solar energy works and where it is used every day. Use a pizza box with the help of reflective mylar, black construction paper and the sun (or light) to cook a tasty treat. After the class, take your oven home for more solar fun! All materials are provided, just be ready for a gooey “green” snack. Ideal for ages 4 and older.  Cost: $5. Pre-registration recommended, but drop-ins are welcome.

*Beach Exploration – Olympia; 6/22 & 6/23; 11:00am; Learn about the critters that live on the beach from a beach naturalist from South Sound Estuary Association.

*Crafts of the Past – Tacoma; 6/21 – 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.

*Scenic Train Rides – Snoqualmie; 6/21 & 6/22; 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.

*Camlann Village Weekend – Carnation; 6/21 – 7/21 Saturdays & Sundays; 12:00pm – 5:00pm; Experience life in a medieval village through reenactments and hands-on activities. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, May 11 through July 21 and Aug. 31 through Sept. 22. $5 suggested donation, free ages 4 and younger.

*Bellevue Art Museums Get Crafty Saturday – Bellevue; 6/22; 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; 6/22; 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; 6/22; 2:00pm-3:00pm; Meet a Mercer Slough park ranger at the visitor center for a free guided tour and learn about the fascinating flora, fauna and history of the Mercer Slough Nature Park. Please dress for weather. No registration is required. FREE.

Sunday, June 23rd:

*Kids Rock’n Dance Party – Seattle; 6/23; 11:00am – 3:00pm; Come celebrate the beginning of summertime and end of the school year with a dance party for the whole family! Featuring a DJ, dance contest, activities, and a special performance by the kids from School of Rock!! Full menu and bar available for parents who are 21 or older. No adults without kids, please. $7, $20 group of four, free babies in arms.

*Cast Off! Free Public Sailing – Seattle; 6/9; 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, June 24th:

*Masterpiece Monday - Bellevue; 6/24; 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.

*Samurai Open House – Bainbridge Island; 6/24; 1:00pm or 2:00pm; Experience Japan at The Island School. Munenori Takeda, a “Prince of Noh” directly from Japan, will perform a Samurai piece. Children will learn songs, create paper Samurai swords and learn the Samurai movements with the swords. Choose one of two sessions: 1 to 1:45 p.m. or 2 to 2:45 p.m.  FREE

*Digging Around with a Rock-Star Paleontologist – Seattle; 6/24; 7:30pm – 9:00pm; John “Jack” Horner, one of the world’s foremost paleontologists, will give a talk about his experiences and findings. Cost:  $5.

Tuesday, June 25th:

*Village Playdays – Seattle; 6/25; 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.

*Extreme Low Tide Critter Walk – Bainbridge Island; 6/25; 12:00pm – 2:00pm; Join IslandWood naturalists, Bainbridge Island Beach Naturalists and Kitsap Beach Watchers for a beach combing morning to remember!

*Adventure Playground – Mercer Island; 6/26 – 8/29 Tues, Thurs & Sun; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Adventure Playground is a one of a kind play area that allows kids to create their own play adventure. Nestled in the wooded forest of Deane’s Children’s Park, children are provided toolboxes, various building supplies, safety items and the freedom to create build-it-yourself play zones with the guidance of staff. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, June 25 through Aug. 29 (closed July 4 and 14). Donations accepted.

*Author Appearance: Paul Schmid – Seattle; 6/26; 7:00pm; Oliver is nervous about the first day of school, so he picks up an alligator at the swamp, just in case. And boy, does it come in handy! So begins the newest book by author/illustrator Paul Schmid. His previous books of small people with animals include A Pet for Petunia, Perfectly Percy, Hugs from Pearl, and Petunia Goes Wild.

*Funny Folktales Unearthed Storytelling – Bothell; 6/26; 7:00pm; Join Chris Fascione – one of the most talented literature based storyteller in America today – as he tells folktales about hilarious characters digging in the garden and digging out of trouble!

Wednesday, June 26th:

*FREE Drop-In Playgroup – Seattle; 6/26; 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

*I Dig Dinosaurs! – Bothell; 6/26; 10:30am; Take a musical journey to explore the lighter side of dinosaurs with Nancy Stewart. Registration not required. If the weather is good, meet in the outdoor library courtyard. Otherwise, meet in the library meeting room. If indoors, seating is limited and free tickets will be distributed at the Information Desk while supplies last, 30 minutes prior to the show.

*Conservatory Story Hour – Tacoma; 6/26; 11:00am – 12:00pm; Join Bonnie Beaudoin among the conservatory’s beautiful flowers for weekly storytelling along with a short hands-on science and art project. Each Wed., June 19 through July 17. $3, free ages 11 and younger.

*Explore the Shore – Tacoma; 6/26; 12:30pm; Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks where you will identify tide pool animals and record their presence and location in order to add the information to the scientific NatureMapping database. This opportunity is great for ages 5 to adult and is a fun and exciting way to learn about the biological diversity of local beaches and to better understand how to protect them. Each event will begin with a short introduction to tide pool animals. Come prepared with sunscreen and appropriate clothing for the weather. Sturdy shoes are recommended for walking on a gravel beach. 11 a.m. June 9, 12:30 p.m. June 26, 10 a.m. July 7 and July 22.   FREE

*Magician Nate Jester – Seattle; 6/26; 3:00pm – 4:00pm; Watch a magic show by master of illusions Nate Jester. Cost: $3.

Thursday, June 27th :

*Rattlesnake Ledge Geology Hike – North Bend; 6/27; 8:30am – 12:00pm; This moderately strenuous hike will explore the glacial ice, meltwater floods, and an ancient volcano that shaped one of the most spectacular vistas of the Cedar River Watershed. Round-trip is 4 miles. Elevation gain of 1,200 feet. Hike begins at the trailhead and ends at Rattlesnake Ledge. No pets, please. Ages 8 and older. Pre-registration required. $5, kids with an adult are free.

*Kids Co. Play and Learn – Seattle; 6/27; 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; 6/27; 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 June 13 and 27. Not intended for preschool groups.

*Half Priced Admission Imagine Childrens Museum – Everett; 6/27 Thursday; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. is half priced ( $3.88)

*Saige’s Art Event with Crayola Model Magic – Lynnwood; 6/27; 5:00pm – 7:00pm; The newest American Girl, Saige, loves art and riding in her father’s hot air balloon. Girls ages 8 and older can come create a mini hot air balloon scupture out of Crayola Model Magic in her honor. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 6-27, plus 12 to 5 p.m. June 28.  FREE

*Summer Life – Seattle; 6/27; 5:3opm – 8:00pm; Come join other Hillman City neighbors for a community gathering every Thursday evening through Aug. 29. Field games at 5:30 p.m., potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m., and storytelling at 7 p.m.  FREE

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

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

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

PORTLAND AREA:

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

Friday, June 21st :

*Festival of Balloons – Tigard; 6/21 – 6/23; It’s the fun-filled Festival of Balloons in Tigard and it happens June 21st – 23rd, 2013! The hot air balloons are definitely the featured attraction of the festival, but … it’s MORE than just balloons!  Get down to Cook Park EARLY (5:45 am – 6:15 am) each morning to experience the spectacular hot air balloons as they launch (weather permitting) and dot the morning sky. Spend the afternoon shopping at the craft and business vendor booths. Visit the GameTime Fun Zone on Friday and Saturday afternoons for kids of all ages.  Eating contests for both adults and kids, new this year!  Don’t miss the Festival of Cars on Sunday presented by Landmark Ford. Of course, it wouldn’t be the festival of balloons without the ever impressive Northwest Natural Night Glow on Friday & Saturday nights; the Rogue Beer Garden, live music on the Frontier main stage; Funtastic carnival fun center, clowns, cotton candy, and a whole lot more! It’s MORE than just balloons!

*Ladybug Nature Walk: Westmoreland Park – Portland; 6/21; 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, Cost $3 per child, no charge for adults. Please check the second page of the brochure here for exact location.

*Music From Mr. Hoo from The Alphabeticians – Portland; 6/21; 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.

*Lakewood Festival of the Arts Kid’s Day at George Rogers Park – Lake Oswego; 6/21; 12:00pm – 4:00pm; The Lake Oswego Mother’s Club partnered with Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation invites you to “Kids Day”. Bring the kids for some exciting outdoor crafts, games and entertainment.  FREE

*Drop-In Family Fun at Blue Lake  – Fairview; 6/21 – 9/1 Fri, Sat & Sun; 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Gather ideas to make your yard pesticide-free, safe and fun for kids, songbirds, lakes and streams. All ages can explore an active worm bin, dig for “fossils,” discover, rub and sniff plants, find the softest leaves, and see what wildlife have to say about natural gardening. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities. Free with $5 per vehicle ($7 per bus) fee, free for bicycles and pedestrians.

*Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek – Portland; 6/21; 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.

*Storytime with Olive Rootbeer and Dingo at Open Space Cafe – Portland; 6/21; 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.  Cost:  $5 donation

$5 Friday Artshop at Art a la Carte – Portland; 6/21; 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; 6/21; 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.

Saturday, June 22nd :

*2013 Portland Farmers Market Kids Cook Classes  – Portland; 6/22; 8:30am – 10:00am; The Portland Farmers Market is once again partnering with the Art Institute Of Portland to offer Kids Cook at the Market classes, a deliciously fun cooking program for young chefs-in-training. At these classes, kids learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers and gain first-hand experience preparing ingredients purchased fresh at the market. Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as class size is limited. Cost is $5.00 per child for kids ages seven to eleven. For more information and to register for this class contact Anna Curtin at anna@portlandfarmersmarket.org or call 503-241-0032.

*Let’s Go Camping – Milo McIver State Park; 6/22 – 6/23; Family weekend camp for novices with volunteers along to help. $30 for per family. Ranger-led nature hikes and lots of fun games and activities for the whole family.  1-888-953-7677  on weekdays 8-5 to register. They provide tents and equipment for use if you need it.  You can check in at 4 pm Friday, but the event begins at 10 am Saturday and ends by noon Sunday. There are other Let’s Go Camping outings a bit farthr away. See web page for details.  Cost:  $30 per family

*Guided Nature Walks at Tryon Creek – Portland; 6/22; 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.

*Music Class at the Treehouse with Mr. Ben – Portland; 6/22; 10:00am; Enjoy music with kindie favorite Mr. Ben – now on Saturday!  Cost:  $5

*Trash Puppet Show at St Johns Farmers Market – Portland; 6/22; 10:30am & 12:00pm; Join KCPuppetree for our original musical reuse trash puppet show, “Where is Away Anyway?”at 10:30 am and 12 pm. Featuring original songs sung by King Neptune on his Canjo (a banjo made out of a can) and a slew of unique trash puppets who sing and dance along. 100% Puppets; 100% recycled! This show has made possible thanks to our friends at Tears of Joy Theatre and SCRAP. In between puppet shows, join us at the Sprouts Kids Craft Corner to make and bring home your own scrap puppet!

* Kids Saturday Morning Skate Session At Oaks Park Portland; 6/22; 10:30am to 12:00pm; For $6 children 10 and under can skate (skates included). Parents free with paid child admission.

*Community Day at Oregon Historical Society – Portland; 6/22; 11:00am – 3:00pm; A full day of activities for adults and kids planned as OHS celebrate the opening of summer exhibits focused on civil rights and leadership in American history. The day will include docent-led gallery tours, stories from real-life history makers, kids’ activities, live music, and food vendors on the plaza.  FREE

*Lakeshore Learning Crafts – Lake Oswego; 6/22; 11:00am – 3:00pm; Welcome Summer Door Hanger craft.  FREE

*Summa Academy Open House and Family Day – Portland; 6/22; 12:00pm – 3:00pm; Join us for a BBQ, kids face painting, a children’s concert, and the opportunity to meet the Summa teachers. This is your chance to get to know Summa Academy, an independent school located in downtown Portland for students ages 5 – 14 and their families.  FREE

*Capitol Hill School Centennial Celebration – Portland; 6/22; 12:00pm – 4:00pm; Capitol Hill Elementary is celebrating 100 years of existence and education excellence! Beginning at noon, we will be having music, tours of the school, historical exhibits, visits with former and current teachers/principals/classmates, student art tributes, a family picnic (food vendors available), and a gift presentation to the school.  Capitol Hill alum and Oregon Music Hall of Famer, Dan Balmer, will be in attendance to play music with his trio.  Cost:  $1 donation per person

*Explorando el Columbia Slough at Whitaker Ponds – Portland; 6/22; 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Celebrate nature in the city and the environment of the Columbia Slough! This bilingual family environmental festival offers activities in Spanish and English for all ages. Explorando is free, and includes: guided canoe trips, live music, folk dancing, storytelling, arts & crafts, workshops, and more!  The first 350 visitors receive a free Explorando 2013 t-shirt. No registration necessary.

¡Celébrase la naturaleza en la ciudad y el ambiente del Columbia Slough!  Este festival bilingüe de la familia y el medio ambiente ofrece actividades en español y ingles para todos las edades.  Explorando es gratis y incluye: viajes en canoas con una guía, música en vivo,  baile folklórico, cuentos e historias bilingües, artes, actividades y más!  El primer 350 personas les recibirán camisetas gratis del Explorando 2013. No es necesario para registrarse.

*Wetlands Painted Turtle Walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands – Portland; 6/22; 1:00pm – 2:30pm; Smith and Bybee Wetlands is home to one of the state’s largest Western painted turtle populations. See these beautiful reptiles with the help of Metro naturalist James Davis. Take a close look with a telescope, learn about the turtles’ natural history and examine turtle shells found in the wetlands. Suitable for ages 5 and older. Registration and payment of $6 per adult or $11 per household required in advance. For more information, call 503-220-2781 . Hosted by Metro

Free Family Swim At Marshall Community Center - Vancouver; 6/22; 4:45pm – 6:30pm; Bauman Chiropractic is sponsoring free family swims at Marshall Pool Saturday evenings.

*Great American Backyard Campout – everywhere; 6/22;  On June 22, 2013, thousands of people across the nation will gather in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks to take part in a one-night FREE event that will provide an experience for all generations to connect with nature.  Be a part of the movement! The positive effects of daily, unstructured time outdoors on kids’ health are well-documented and wide-ranging. National Wildlife Federation encourages families and friends to Be Out There™ in order to give back to American children what they don’t even know they’ve lost-their connection to the natural world.  Registration is Free!

Sunday, June 23rd:

*Microsoft TechTots Classes At Downtown Store  – Portland; 6/23; 9:30am – 10:30am;  Bring the whole family and join us at the Microsoft Store in Portland for TechTots Classes for children ages 2-6 years old. Tech Tots consists of one-hour classes on Saturday and Sunday. They are creative, imaginative and technology-based classes designed to engage both parent and child. June 23 – August 31.  Our Dance workshop is packed with movement and dancing games where children will dance, sing, and move to tunes. Parent or caregiver must remain present. Pets class: go on a virtual pet adventure, play animal games and learn what makes a good pet. Parent or caregiver must remain present. Space is limited and registration is required.  FREE

*Family Nature Explorers-Oxbow Regional Park  – Portland; 6/23; 10:00am – 1:00pm; Bring your family into the woods for nature games with Metro staff and volunteer naturalists. Kick off your shoes, run in the grass, use your “owl eyes,” stalk like a fox and play “nutty squirrels.” Suitable for ages 4 and older. $5 per vehicle ($7 per bus) fee. Registration and payment of $11 per family required in advance. For more information, call 503-220-2781 . Hosted by Metro

*Woodstock Farmers Market’s Solstice Celebration – Portland; 6/23; 10:00am – 2:00pm; The popular Woodstock Farmers Market celebrates the beginning of summer with a Solstice Celebration. Bring the whole family for live music, delicious food, and free kids’ activities. There will also be fresh produce, meat, cheese, and more from our 30+ vendors.  FREE

*Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways - Portland; 6/23; 11:00am – 4:00pm;  Explore Neighborhood Greenways and the Cully Boulevard Cycletrack while you make your way around the Northeast Portland route.  Lots of activities, music, and food will be at Woodlawn, Alberta, and Fernhill Parks.   You can add to the fun factor  – wear a costume, play music, have a dance party or a theme ride.  And if you live along the route, host an activity or entertainment in your front yard!

*Family tour of the Portland Art Museum – Portland; 6/23; 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).

*Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek – Portland; 6/23; 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.

*Alpenrose’s Dairyville – Portland; 6/23; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Alpenrose Dairy, Oregon’s oldest family-owned dairy, is ready once again to welcome families to Dairyville, a Western-themed “town” located right on the 52-acre dairy farm. A Portland tradition for over 50 years, kids and adults flock to the streets of Dairyville during the summer months to explore this fun pioneer exhibit.  Visitors can peak into Grandma’s Bakery, the Great Western Bank, the Dairyville School, and the post office.  Kids can watch model trains chug through tiny Oregon landscapes and learn from some of the area’s train club experts.  And no Dairyville visit would be complete without stopping off at the Ice Cream Parlor for a delicious Alpenrose ice cream cone. Dairyville is open every Sunday afternoon beginning June 2nd through August 25th.

*Kids Karaoke at Pink Feather Restaurant and Lodge – Portland; 6/23; 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.

*All About Edibles at 7 Dees  – Lake Oswego; 6/23; 2:00pm – 4:00pm; Kids’ Gardening Club. Learn about what food crops gardeners can grow in our area and when and how they grow; discuss varieties of herbs available and learn to identify 5 herbs by sight and smell; learn the difference between annual and perennial plants; take home a basil or parsley plant to grow at home.  Cost:  $5

Monday, June 24th :

*Music Class with Johnny Keener at The Treehouse – Portland; 6/24; 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; 6/24; 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; 6/24; 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; 6/24; 10:00am – 4:30pm; Admission is free to this museum every Monday.

*The David Show at Cafe au Play – Portland; 6/24; 10:30am – 11:30am; Join us at Cafe au Play for a new entertainment event! David Rutiezer performs his musical variety show every Monday from 10:30-11:30am. This interactive show features singing, dancing and musical instruments and encourages audience participation! For more information about David, visit www.creativedavid.com or email david@creativedavid.com.

*Jugglemania at Vancouver Community Library – Vancouver; 6/24; 2:00pm; Rhys Thomas combines the quick wit of stand-up comedy with the dexterous feats of the circus. JuggleMania is a sure-fire show full of juggling, comedy, and audience participation.  FREE

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

Tuesday, June 25th : 

*$1 Movies at Area Regal Movie Theaters; 6/25 & 6/26; 10:00am; $1 movies! Such a deal! 12 Portland metro area Regal movie theaters are showing G or PG-rated movies at 10 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for nine weeks. See the web page for the theater nearest you.

*Preschool Play and Skate at Oaks Park – Portland; 6/25; 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; 6/25; 10:15am – 11:15am; Every Tuesday of the 2012-2013 school year, the Treehouse Children’s Boutique opens its doors and expands into the auditorium of the Sound Roots School of Music for art, craft, science, and play! Suitable for ages 1 to 6  with adult.  *Please register in advance! Simply leave a comment on the Treehouse Children’s Boutique facebook wall, drop by the store, or email the teacher, Sarah, at sarahfagan@yahoo.com to secure a spot. Walk-ins welcome as space allows.  Cost $6 per child.

*Storytime at Green Bean Books – Portland; 6/25; 11:00am – 11:30am; Get ready to get immersed in the world of books!  FREE

*Fractured Fairy Tale Camp at Tualatin Library – Tualatin; 6/25 – 6/27; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; At this three-day camp, kids will get silly with fractured fairy tales.  They will write and illustrate their own fractured fairy tale.  At the end of camp, each kid will take home their very own book.   The program is open to kids age 9 – 12, and registration is required. June 25, 26, 27.  FREE

*Jugglemania at West Linn Library – West Linn; 6/25; 2:00pm & 4:00pm; Rhys Thomas performs an afternoon of juggling, interactive comedy, magic, and more. Ages 3-12.  FREE

*Prehistoric Dinosaurs at Holgate Library – Portland; 6/25; 2:00pm & 3:00pm; What do you know about dinosaurs? Paleontology, the science of studying fossils, is the best way for us to learn all about these prehistoric creatures. Join OMSI science educators and become a fossil-digging paleontologist for a day as you learn how to reassemble a complete dinosaur from just a few pieces. For grades K-3.  FREE

*Mommy Matinee at the Kennedy School – Portland; 6/25 & 6/26; 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

*Patty’s Music Show at Treehouse Boutique – Portland; 6/25; 6:00pm – 6:45pm; Touring this summer, Patty Shukla performing fun, educational action songs from her 2 DVDs “Musical PE For You & Me”. Sing, dance, laugh and learn with Miss Patty. Perfect for ages 1-8 years old. www.PattyShuklaKidsMusic.com.  Cost:  $5 per child

*Family Campfire Adventure at Tryon – Portland; 6/25; 6:30pm – 8:30pm; All about canine carnivores; learn about coyotes and foxes as we discover how to track these elusive nocturnal creatures.  After our hike we’ll play some fun tracking games and enjoy the campfire with S’mores for dessert. Ages: 5-12 with an adult. Reservations required.  Cost:  $6, member discount

*Recess Monkey at Tualatin Lake Commons – Tualatin; 6/25; 7:00pm – 8:00pm; It’s Recess Monkey time! Recess Monkey is the award winning children’s music band from Seattle.  FREE

Wednesday, June 26th:

*Visit the Historic Belmont Firehouse – Portland; 6/26; 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.

*LeapFrog Letter Factor Fun at Bridgeport Barnes & Noble – Tigard; 6/26; 10:00am – 10:45am; We’re having fun with phonics this week at a Hands-On Learning event with the LeapFrog Letter Factory. Kids around the ages of 3-6 are invited to create words and sign alphabet songs. Space is limited. Please RSVP to crm2371@bn.com or 503-431-2088  to ensure we have plenty of supplies for everyone.

*Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Gardens – Portland; 6/26; 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

*Music Class at the Treehouse with Mr. Ben – Portland; 6/26; 10:00am; Enjoy music with kindie favorite Mr. Ben.  Cost:  $5 per child

*Mo Phillips Rock n Roll Kindy at Hillsboro Library – Hillsboro; 6/26; 10:15am – 11:15am; Join the band! This super interactive rock ‘n’ roll show is all about creating music and having a good time. Write and record a song with Mo Phillips using your hands, body, and voice to sing and dance in the silliest of ways.

*Juggler Curtis Carlyle at Beaverton Library – Beaverton; 6/26; 12:30pm & 2:00pm; World class juggling skills fused with fresh, innovative comedy! All ages.

*Mommy Matinee at the St Johns Theater- Portland; 6/26; 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

*Tom Question Show at Washougal Library – Washougal; 6/26; 2:00pm; Family style comedy, juggling, and stilt-walking with audience participation.  FREE

*Family Day at the Washington County Museum - Portland; 6/26; 2:00pm – 4:00pm

*Kid’s Storytime at Powell’s City of Books – Portland; 6/26; 3:00pm; Every Wednesday during the summer months there’s a special midweek kids’ storytime. Today listen to Again! by Emily Gravett.

*Mad Science at Vancouver’s Mall Library Connection – Vancouver; 6/26; 3:00pm – 4:00pm; Dig into reading. Discover the science of what happens underground. JC Penny’s Court, lower level of Westfield Vancouver, Suite 285.  FREE

*Mo Phillips Rock n Roll Kindy at Cornelius Library – Cornelius; 6/26; 3:00pm; Join the band! This super interactive rock ‘n’ roll show is all about creating music and having a good time. Write and record a song with Mo Phillips using your hands, body, and voice to sing and dance in the silliest of ways.  FREE

*Twilight Hikes at Tryon – Portland; 6/26; 7:00pm – 8:30pm; One of nature’s most spectacular events takes place daily at Tryon Creek as day turns to night and the familiar becomes the mysterious.   Join a ranger for an hour and a half dusk hike to discover the creatures of the night and explore their nighttime senses.  From owl exploration and bat chats to sensory hikes, there is something for all ages in this weekly summer hike.
For adults and youth 8 years & older. No registration is necessary.  FREE

Thursday, June 27th :

*Story and Art Time at Art ala Carte – Portland; 6/27; 9:30am – 10:30am; Join us for a free story time with Miss Michelle and a fun related art project. After that, if you decide to stay for open studio, it’s only $4 per child!

*Music and Puppetry with Red Yarn at the Treehouse – Portland; 6/27; 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; 6/27; 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.

*Storytime at A Children’s Place Bookstore – Portland; 6/27; 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.

*Dragon Theater Puppets at Garden Home Library – Portland; 6/27; 11:00am; I Dig Dinosaurs – Come enjoy puppet fun featuring an archaeologist who builds a time machine to see real dinosaurs. When he accidentally travels to the wrong time, things get completely out of hand!  FREE

*Rhys Thomas Jugglemania at Three Creeks Community Library – Vancouver; 6/27:  11:00am; Amazing juggling and comedy that both children and adults will love!

*Presto the Magician at Wilsonville Library – Wilsonville; 6/27; 11:00am, 12:30pm & 2:00pm; Presto the Magician’s incredible magic will make young and old wide-eyed with surprise!

*Mad Science at Pioneer Community Center – Oregon City; 6/27; 1:00pm; Kick off Summer Reading Programs with Mad Science at the Pioneer Community Center.  FREE

*Mo Phillips Rock n Roll Kindy at Banks Library – Banks; 6/27; 2:00pm; Join the band! This super interactive rock ‘n’ roll show is all about creating music and having a good time. Write and record a song with Mo Phillips using your hands, body, and voice to sing and dance in the silliest of ways.  FREE

*Dragon Theater Puppets at Valley Community Presbyterian Church – Portland; 6/27; 2:00pm; I Dig Dinosaurs -Come enjoy puppet fun featuring an archaeologist who builds a time machine to see real dinosaurs. When he accidentally travels to the wrong time, things get completely out of hand!  FREE

*Storytime with Olive and Dingo at Another Read Through  – Portland; 6/27; 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; 6/27; 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

*Last Thursday at The Alberta Arts District – Portland; 6/27; 4:00pm – 10:00pm; Last Thursday in the Alberta Arts District is a community grown event featuring artists, vendors, and musicians.  The monthly event has become increasingly popular, and, in recent years, has been attended by thousands of people, particularly in the warm weather months.

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

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

NATIONAL EVENTS:

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

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

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

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