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October 23, 2013



Metro Parent's Education & Enrichment Fair




French Prairie Gardens Farm Fun for the Whole Family!


NWCT James and the Giant Peach


Tears of Joy Theatre Reluctant Dragon


Celebrate Halloween at Oregon Zoo


Oregon Symphony: A Musical Feast November 24, 2013


OCT: Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans



Fall Fun
PDX Kids Calendar Fall Fun Guide
Pumpkin Patches

 Fall 2013 Portland-area Pumpkin Patches

Halloween & Harvest Happenings 

Fall 2013 Portland-area Halloween & Harvest Happenings


Haunted Houses 

Portland area Haunted Houses

Fall 2013 Portland-area Haunted Houses


Farmers Markets

Portland area Farmers Markets

Area farmers markets for 2013 season. 




Education and Enrichment Guide 2013-14




Metro Parent September 2013







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Hello wonderful families,

I can’t stop talking about this amazing weather … the sunshine is just so wonderful. But I must stay focused right? This weekend’s events!

In an effort to help you navigate the many wonderful happenings in and around the PDX area this weekend, below you will find event picks for the weekend – storytimes, crafts, train rides, nature walks and such. I have also done a breakout of Halloween & Harvest events by day. Hopefully that will give you some ideas for fun. If you don’t see anything you like, check out our Events Calendar or Harvest Fun guide for even more.

As always, don’t forget to check for last minute changes and cancellations before heading out. Thank you for reading and have fun out there!



Your friends at PDX Kids Calendar


Event Picks

This weekend      

Ladybug Nature Walk: Grant Park. Explore this natural area with your youngster (2 – 5 years old) and a nature guide. Friday 10-11am. $4/child.

Storytime + Craft at Craft Factory. Bring the little ones for a free storytime, then stay to craft an ornament for $5. Friday 10:30-11am.

Date Night Drop Off at Collage Sellwood. Sign your kids up and go out for a date. Collage will have a plethora of crafts to keep them busy. Ages 6+. Friday 6:30-8:30pm. $20.

Nature Discovery Day at Tryon Creek. Explore what makes beavers so successful in aquatic habitats. Staff will share bones, animal pelts, live animals, and all sorts of other cool stuff. Saturday 11:30am-1pm. Free!

James and the Giant Peach closing weekend – Northwest Children’s Theater. Climb aboard with James and his crew of giant, friendly insects, as they sail an enchanted peach across the Atlantic in search of a new home. Based on the Roald Dahl classic. Best ages 6+. Saturday and Sunday noon and 4pm.  

Oregon Pacific Railroad Train Rides from Oaks Park. Passenger train rides between Oaks Amusement Park and East Portland (near OMSI) and back. $5/person. Saturday noon-6pm.

Family Fun Time at Unplugged Games. Whether your family likes classic board games, card games, or is looking to learn something new, Unplugged Games has lots of great ideas to make family game time fun. Sunday noon-4pm. Free!


The Bug Chicks Visit Vancouver’s Water Resources Center. Spend a fun, free, family-friendly afternoon learning about the amazing world of insects, spiders and other arthropods. Sunday 1:30-4pm. Free! 


For more details and events   

check out our Events Calendar


Harvest & Halloween Picks


Squishing of the Squash at Oregon Zoo. See some of the world’s largest land animals demolish some of the area’s largest pumpkins. Friday 10:30am. Free with Zoo admission.

Monster Mash Baby Dance and Costume Party at West Linn Library. Dancing, bubbles, treats, and a photo booth for the 0-3 yr olds. Friday 10:30-11:30am. Free with pre-registration.

Great Pumpkin Hunt at Garden Home Rec Center. Enjoy the howling fun activities, witch’s brew and tasty cobwebs in the gym then head outside for the flashlight pumpkin hunt! Come in your costume for the costume contest and don’t forget your flashlight. Friday 6-8pm. $10

Monster Mash at Peninsula Park Community Center. Wear your costume and get into the spirit. Dance, make creepy crafts, and play bewitching games that only come out once a year. Fun for all ages. Friday 6-8:30pm. Free!

Fall Forest Fest at Tillamook Forest Center. A festival to celebrate all the wonderful things autumn brings with a crafting area, hot cider, and programs about fall flora and fauna. Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm. Free!

Spooky Dance Party at Hillsboro Library. Put on your costumes and come do the Monster Mash, complete with disco lights. Light snacks provided. Saturday 10-11:30am. Free!

2nd Annual Fall Fest at Birds and Bees. Coloring contest, Halloween candle holder and peanut butter pine cone bird feeder crafts, beer and chocolate tastings. Saturday 1-4pm. Free!

Streets of Treats & Harvest Festival at Bridgeport Village. Witches, trick-or-treating, games, costume contest and more. Saturday 2-5pm. Free!

The Alphabeticians Halloween Party at Mississippi Pizza. Wear your costumes and come get “scary” with the ABC Guys.  Free surprises, costume parade, funky lights and of course music and monsters! Saturday 4-5pm. $15/family.

Symphonic Safari Goes Halloween at Parkrose HS. Family friendly concert features “spooktacular” music with puppets from Tears of Joy and an instrument petting zoo. Saturday 5pm. $15/adult, $5/child


Woodstock Farmers Market’s Halloween Carnival. Bring the whole family for live music from Tallulah’s Daddy, delicious food, face painting, Halloween bag decorating, trick-or-treating with vendors and neighborhood businesses, gourd lanterns and more! Sunday 10am-2pm. Free!

Spooky Storytime at Green Bean Books. Join for our tiny-bit-spooky Halloween Story Time. Appropriate for all ages! Visitors encouraged to come costume-clad. Sunday 1-1:30pm. Free!

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos at Tigard Library. Celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed on by making mini altars and skeleton puppets, decorating sugar skulls, and making tissue paper marigolds. Sunday 1:30-2:30pm. Free!


More details and events can be found on our  

Halloween & Harvest Fun Guide



Celebrate Halloween at the Oregon Zoo!

Halloween at the Zoo

Squishing the Squash – come and watch some of the world’s largest land animals demolish some of the area’s largest pumpkins. Friday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. Asian elephants receive the massive squash at 10:30 a.m.

Halloween Safari (ages 6-13) – Explore the mysteries of the dark with a guided safari of the zoo, trick or treating, puzzles and games, caramel apple making, a costume parade and more. Pizza dinner is included. Animal costumes encouraged. Friday 5-10pm. $25 members, $30 non-members.

Howloween – Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn about wildlife during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo.Oct. 26-27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tigers Birthday and Trick or Treat Party – It’s a birthday party for the Zoo’s two Amur tigers, and trick-or-treat party for little tikes! Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Superhero Party at Velour Photography

Event includes face painting, juice & snack, crafts, photo opp & (2) 5×7 Prints. Kids are encouraged to wear their own costumes – but there will be capes and accessories for photos.  There will also be a face painter, so please leave your masks at home, younger kids can be easily scared by masks.


Saturday October 26th – 12-3pm.

$15 in advance online/$20 at the door per child

Adults Are FREE!

Geared for ages 2-8, but all ages welcome!  

Click here for more info 



Mark your calendar – November 2nd 10am-3:30pm

Metro Parent's Education & Enrichment Fair

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 am to 3:30 pm at OMSI Auditorium, 1945 SE Water Street, Portland, and discover all the educational opportunities the greater Portland metro area has to offer. Come and see dozens of private and public schools as well as businesses offering children’s classes, lessons, and other before- and after-school programs. Collect information, talk to educators and providers and evaluate opportunities for your child.  


Admission to the fair is free  

and there will be hourly drawings to win OMSI family memberships and general admission tickets.


For a complete list of participating organizations, click here.


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