Amazing Airbnbs for Winter Adventures

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Winters in the Pacific Northwest are magical. The fun doesn’t slow down for Portland families, it picks up! If you are looking for the best basecamps for your family’s winter adventures, look no further. We’ve found epic airbnbs that are close to all kinds of cold-weather adventures and they come with a boat load of amenities too! Read on to find out where

Little Beach Cabin - Manzanita OR

Your family is going to love this quiet rustic cabin with two bedrooms (queen beds), one bath, a wood burning fireplace, fully equipped kitchen,  and  a deck with a hot tub!. Only a four block walk to beach, there's plenty of play space for all. And for families who have four-legged members, you just hit the jackpot. This cabin is pet friendly! Don't wait to book. Located on Manzanita Beach, one of the most popular spots on the coast, this cabin books fast.

Sleep: 4
Cost: 135/night


The Woodlands Cabin—Sandy, OR

The Woodlands House sits on five acres of wooded property. It is a beautiful 3 bedroom home (plus kids room) with two outdoor decks surrounded by beautiful trees. It's perfect for getaways or a trip to the mountains, as it's a 25 min drive from Mount hood skiing, 15 minutes from hikes and only 45 min from PDX.

The large deck off the main level that overlooks a trickling stream, is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee and watch deer come to the water for a drink. The deck also features a large 6 person hot tub, that is perfect to soak your bones after a day of skiing or hiking.

Sleeps: 7
Cost: $419/night

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Mt Hood View in the Upper Valley

Mt. Hood is the ultimate place to spend your winter days. This gorgeous house can accommodate eight guests with five bedrooms. It sits on five wooded acres with stunning views of Mt Hood, and ranch land on both sides. Amenities include a fireplace, hottub, and a Sonos music system connected to Wi-Fi that plays indoors and out. Your family will enjoy stunning views of Mt Hood from the hot tub or while relaxing next to the fireplace. Added bonus: this home is just 20 minutes from Hood River, 30 minutes from Mt Hood Meadows, and five minutes away from Parkdale BBQ and Brewery.

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $364/night
Online: Airbnb

Cozy Log Home between Mt. Hood & Hood River!

A 3500 square foot log cabin is waiting for you in the Hood River Valley, amidst the orchards and vineyards on the north slope of Mt. Hood. Cozy up in front of a blazing fire after experiencing your skiing and snowboarding winter thrills. This beloved mountain cabin is the perfect spot for creating lasting memories with family and friends. Nestled between Mt. Hood and the town of Hood River, this four bedroom log home has all of the warmth, charm, and peace you are yearning for. Accommodates eight guests with four bedrooms and six beds. 

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $290/night
Online: Airbnb

Dog-Friendly Lodge with Two Decks

You don't have to leave your furry family member at home when you book a stay at this spectacular spot. Include the whole family in your adventurous ski or lake vacation at this charming Government Camp vacation rental. Here, you'll find all the comforts of home along with two large balconies, and a deck, so you can relax before the views after a long day on the slopes. Surrounded by lush greenery, this home offers a serene getaway while still being less than a half-mile from downtown Government Camp. There are three floors for you and your family to spread out and enjoy in. This is sure to feel like your home away from home.

Sleeps: 12
Cost: $313/night
Online: Airbnb

Adorable and Spacious Cabin in the Woods

This funky Government Camp Airbnb is perfect for Portland families; an ideal vacation spot for your crew's next wintery excursion to the Mt. Hood area. With its retro ski-lodge theme, you'll feel more like you've booked a stay in the Alps than the Pacific Northwest! Part of the Government Camp Loop, this home offers amazing access to the beautiful and wild outdoors and brings you ample space for a large group of your loved ones. With a fully loaded kitchen you can have your family meals in instead of going out if you prefer. There's Wi-Fi to check snow reports and hiking trail conditions, and for the night time, a flatscreen TV with a DVD player. Did we mention the wood-burning stove for extra coziness during the cold winter nights and the newly finished deck for an evening filled with stargazing?

Sleeps: 10
Cost: $188/night
Online: Airbnb

—Annette Benedetti


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Portland Kids Weekend Events: Dec. 10-12

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The spirit of the season is underway in Portland and there are tons of events you and your family must experience before the new year rolls around. This weekend offers the opportunity to catch some of the best including holiday markets, live theater and a festival of lights. Read on to find out where you can catch these events and more!

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Starry Nights Live

Planets, constellations, the zodiac, shooting stars and satellites are all in the night sky if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. This live presentation focuses on the night sky during the current month. Event Details.

Christmas Festival of Lights

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is one of the largest Christmas choral festivals in the world and it features 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs accompanied by lights that dazzle. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers local families. Indoor concerts are scheduled each evening in The Grotto’s 600-seat chapel, and ongoing family entertainment in The Grotto’s plaza area includes outdoor caroling, puppet shows and a live petting zoo. Event Details.

Christmas Ship Parade

The Christmas ships are coming! A fleet of ships have sailed down the Willamette and Columbia Rivers every year for 67 years. Grab a perch with a view (restaurants along the route book up quick!), pack your thermos and blankets, and watch the floating lights go by. This is a great parade, and the best part is, you can catch it almost every night in December! Be sure to check online for when they’ll be closest to you, as the route changes. Perfect for tiny boat enthusiasts! Event Details.

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus

Here for only one whirlwind weekend, the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus is returning this Christmas season with the event “Gather”! This show will feature classic winter songs and holiday staples that will tickle your festive spirit and brighten the beginning of your December. Be sure to check for tickets on their website as they will be going-going-gone, and you surely won’t want to miss this special occasion. Event Details.

A Carol for Christmas

A Carol for Christmas is a new musical inspired by Charles Dicken’s classic ghost story and set in the Midwest during America’s 1930’s Depression Era. The themes of greed, bigotry, contempt and apathy ring true today as they did then. The cry for the gifts of love, life and caring, give us all a chance to shed the chains of our past and give hope for a better future. A Carol for Christmas shows each of us, what, when embraced, a world of joy, friendship and giving might do for the greater good. The original score written by Janet Mouser and James Campodonico is filled with new holiday songs that celebrate the season. A show for young and old alike, don’t miss being a part of this exciting, world premier musical presented by Stumptown Stages Musical Theatre. Event Details.

The Oregon Symphony

The Oregon Symphony is putting on a host of Christmas-themed events this year, and many only are showing for one night! Whether it’s for “Comfort and Joy: A Classical Christmas” or “A Merry-Achi Christmas”, the Oregon Symphony’s large spread of seasonal showings will bring on the holiday spirit, full-swing. So dress your family up in your Sunday’s best and head to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for a musical evening you’ll be sure to enjoy. Event Details.

Christmas Shorts by Lucy Williams

There’s something for everyone in this one-act holiday delight made up of short scenes and monologues. You’ll find everything here, from kids writing letters to Santa, to the big guy getting ready for Christmas himself, to a bunch of elves who accidentally rip Santa’s gift bag at the last minute. (Don’t worry, Mrs. Claus can fix it!) There’s a sports segment featuring the 845th annual Reindeer Games and a holiday quiz show featuring Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghost of Christmas Future. A soap opera, As the North Pole Turns, a news segment from the North Pole News, and some Christmas-themed commercials round out this fun seasonal comedy. Event Details.

The Siren Theater’s Best Christmas

It’s finally time for Portland’s favorite holiday tradition- The Siren Theater’s Best Christmas Ever! A variety show starring some of your favorite comedic that promises comedy, music, prizes, special guests and legit holiday cheer. This is the show that will kickstart the season for you and your loved ones and meet all of your Christmas expectations, guaranteeing that this Christmas will indeed be THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER. Event Details.

Winter Makers Market

Do your holiday shopping while supporting local artists and vendors! Extra activities include a coloring table for kids, a raffle with items from vendors,& drinks and snacks. Face mask required. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti


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When it comes to holiday gifts, moms are pretty easy. While we love the classics (pasta necklaces, salt dough ornaments and DIY photo frames), we also love anything that lets us splurge on ourselves a little. From stacked necklaces to coffee and delightful goodie boxes, we’ve carefully curated a list of gifts perfect for every kind of mom. Keep scrolling to find out what we would love to unwrap this year.

Amber Lewis for Anthropologie Ribbed Ceramic Candle

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This stunning candle is decor in itself with the ceramic base. Choose from three different scents.

Birth Month Flower Kit

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They’ll love this simple flower kit that includes everything necessary to watch flowers grow from seed to bloom.

The Merino Slipper from Rothy's

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Released just in time for holiday shopping, these slippers from her favorite brand will make any mom feel relaxed and appreciated this holiday season. They go from home to school pickup line in a flash.

Reclaimed Bread Board

$60   BUY NOW

Keep it simple with a stunning reclaimed wood board. Use it for cheese, bread, pizza and more.

Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask

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It might sound like a drink rather than facial care, but this cult-favorite mask is super hydrating and offers a boost of Vitamin C as well.

Rifle Paper Co.'s Floral Serving Tray

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Handmade in Sweden, these charming 15” serving trays come in three bright designs.

Valerie Madison XO Earrings

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These stud earrings come in different metals and offer tons of style while being safe from little grabbing hands.

In Good Taste's CA Mixer

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One should never have to choose just one type of wine. With this mixer, they’ll get a whole range of California styles.

Surf Shack's Sunset Groove Puzzle

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From a Hawaii-based small business comes an uber-cool collection of puzzles by artists.

Caputo’s Online Cooking Classes

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The foodie in your life will be thrilled with a cooking class in themes that vary from cheese boards to chocolate, a Tour of Italy and more.

Franklin 12

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This planter comes in four different colors and will make a green thumb out of just about anyone.

Welly Traveler

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The popular line of water bottles just dropped a limited-edition line in collaboration with BIPOC artist Walker Noble!

I Want It All Bangle Set

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Imagine having (almost) everything you need right where you need it. We love this key bangle that also includes a place for hand sanitizer, a USB charger and a reusable tote bag.

Presentation Box Wellbeing

$37   BUY NOW

This box of infusions has over 20 selections that purify, invigorate and invite serenity.

Xyron Creative Station

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Perfect for the crafty mom, this machine will produce creative invitations, laminate baubles and more.

Classic Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Collection

$70   BUY NOW

A perfect trio of cheese from one of the country's best cheesemakers.

—Amber Guetebier & Gabby Cullen

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50 Things You Have to Do with Kids This Winter

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Winter is one of the best times of the year for Portland families. From snowshoeing to skiing to hitting the ice skating rink and more, your family will be pressed to fit everything in before the warm weather returns. The following 50 activities are guaranteed to keep the winter blues away. See how many you can fit while Portland’s colder season is in full swing. Read on to find out more.

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1. Make winter fun for kids in Portland when you spend a day tiring out your rambunctious kid at an indoor play space built to exhaust the little ones

2. Dine al fresco with the kids this winter. Yes, it’s possible! Here are some great restaurants in town with heated outdoor spaces.

3. Add to your child’s dress up collection by making a homemade hat. Here are some simple ideas for hat crafts.

4. Strap on some skates and hit the ice at these four local ice skating rinks

5. From Finnegan’s to Made You Look, Portland is home to  independent toy stores. Purchase some new toys (available for pickup) that will keep your kiddos busy.

6. Show your kids the books you read when you were young. Got any classic books to add to our list?

7. Bumpers or no bumpers, bowling is always a great option on days you need to stay indoors. 

8. In a cheese pizza rut? Order takeout from one of these beloved Portland pizzerias.

9. While snow may not blanket our city the entire winter, your kids can still enjoy snowflakes, no matter the weather.

10. Got a kid with a winter birthday? Here are our picks for the best winter birthday party venues. 

11. Nervous about getting the kids on skis? We’ve rounded up some tips and tricks to get your kiddos cruising down the bunny hills in no time. 

12. Cabin fever — has it hit your household yet? Here are 11 awesome ways to beat it.

13. Have pots of mealtime fun at these Portland fondue-eries. Note: Please check for closures, reopenings and takeout options.

14. Winter may mean a lack of great produce, but that hasn’t stopped us from juicing. We seriously can’t get enough of these awesome juicing recipes. 

15. Enjoy breakfast and exploring the grounds and hallways with the kids at the Kennedy School, a former elementary school turned indoor playground

16. Feeling brave? Your kids will love their first trip to the movie theater and we promise to hold your hand the entire time. 

17. Warm with some kid-friendly winter mocktails. 

18. Get lost in these totally amazing tree house designs. We can all dream, right?

19. Introduce your kids to some old school games from to Clue to Life to Guess Who?

20. What could be better on a chilly Portland day than a pint at a family-friendly brewery

21. Stretch out those little limbs with some virtual yoga classes for kids. It will bring you all a little piece of zen this winter!

22. Bust the bathing suits out of storage to spend a winter day at one of Portland’s indoor swimming pools.


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23. Buy a basket and ball for the house and play some hoops.

24. Take your little putters to an indoor golf spot. 

25. Portland doesn’t usually get a ton of snow, but thankfully the mountains are close-by – head east for some snow tubing fun.

26. Or hit the slopes for a day (or more!) at one of these five Portland-area ski resorts.

27. Huddle around your fireplace or your stove and pretend you’re camping with some delicious homemade s’mores. 

28. Cuddle up with a book. Here are some must-read picks straight from our friends at Chronicle Books.

29. Put on some warm clothes and venture around Portland to all of the famous Beverly Cleary statues and follow the paths that some of her beloved book characters did, including Ramona.

30. Arrrrr, mateys. Plan an indoor treasure hunt for your kids that will have them entertained all morning long.

31. Pay a visit to the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, an ideal spot to indulge your train-crazy kid. 

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32. How many sweets can you load up on this winter? Cookiesdonuts, chocolates and more, Portland is delicious any time of year!

33. Winter days are perfect for exploring textile arts like finger knitting, crocheting or knitting with needles. If your kids are ready, get started here.

34. Slide out of a real Boeing 747 aircraft at the area’s most jaw-dropping indoor water park. You’ll be blown away. 

35. We all have paper bags lying around the house. Make good use of them with some fun paper bag crafts. 

36. Need an engaging indoor activity? The World Forestry Center is perfect for an entire morning or afternoon of indoor fun. Note: Check in advance for COVID closures and safety rules.

37. Catch an online play at the Northwest Children’s Theatre.

38. We’ve come up with 8 fab DIY activities that will provide endless fun.

39. Fitness for the whole family is possible in winter. Here’s a list of local exercise classes that you and the kids can take together.

40. If you have little ones under two, we’ve got some great ideas on how to entertain the toddler set on these cold winter days.

41. Go on one of these winter hikes.

42. Kick family game night up a notch with an awesome new game.

43. Winter days are perfect for making a mess in the kitchen – especially when that kitchen isn’t your own! Here are some classes in the Portland area that get kids baking and cooking.

44. Bundle up and head out to sample one of Portland’s classic food carts. Here’s six every kid should try at least once.

45. Head to one of these spectacular cozy cabins.

46. Prep for the next snow day by perusing these super-cute and cozy winter hats.

47. Get nerdy with your kids and try one of these  at-home science experiments.

48. Moms, grab your favorite friends and go on a mom-date… It’s the new bro-mance!

49. Head to a winter farmer’s market to pick up some veggies for dinner – soup sounds like a great idea! Note: check in advance for COVID closures and safety rules.

50. Get a jump start and plan your next winter wonderland getaway.


—  Annette Benedetti


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Here Comes the Pun: 300+ Best Jokes for Kids

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Need the best jokes for kids, in a pinch? We’ve got you covered on hours worth of funny jokes. Oh, and most of the jokes on this list are original. You’re welcome.

These hilarious jokes for kids require little to no explanation from parents, but you’ll want to get in on the fun, anyway. Don’t be surprised when the comedy sketch goes beyond today! Keep on scrolling down for corny jokes, silly jokes, knock knock jokes, and beyond… many of which have been sent to us by kid-readers (like you!) or written by some funny old people. Cue the dad jokes!

Read on to see the funniest jokes for kids of 2022!

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1. What do you call an ant who fights crime? 
A vigilante! 

—Joe L., age 10 

2. Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Olive who?
Olive YOU!

3. Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert?
Because she was stuffed.

4. What do you call a little legume?
A Tinybean.

5. What did the left eye say to the right eye?
Between us, something smells!

6. Why did the police play baseball?
He wanted to get a catch!

—Yuna, age 8

7. What did the microwave say to the other microwave?
Is it just me? Or is it really hot in here?

—Yuna, age 8

8. Why did the student eat his homework?
Because the teacher told him it was a piece of cake!

9. Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Interrupting pirate.
Interrupting pir—yarrrrrr!

10. What is brown, hairy, and wears sunglasses?
A cool coconut.

11. Two pickles fell out of a jar onto the floor. What did one say to the other?
Dill with it.

12. What do you call a fake noodle?
An impasta!

13. Why did the kid cross the playground?
To get to the other slide.

14. Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Icy who?
Icy you trying not to laugh at my knock-knock joke!

15. What kind of lion doesn't roar?
A dandelion.

16. How do you stop an astronaut’s baby from crying?
You rocket!

17. Why was 6 afraid of 7?
Because 7, 8, 9

18. What does a cloud wear under a raincoat?

19. When does a joke become a “dad” joke?
When the punchline is a parent.

20. What do you call a dinosaur fart?
A blast from the past.

21. What did the limestone say to the geologist?
Don’t take me for granite!

22. What do you call a duck that gets all A’s?
A wise quacker.

23. Why does a seagull fly over the sea?
Because if it flew over the bay, it would be a baygull.

24. Which is faster? Hot or cold?
Hot. You can easily catch a cold. 

25. What kind of tree fits in your hand?
A palm tree!

26. Why can't you trust an atom?
They make up everything.

27. Why was the baby strawberry crying?
Because her parents were in a jam.

28. What did the little corn say to the mama corn?
Where is pop corn?

29. What is worse than raining cats and dogs?
Hailing taxis!

30. How much does it cost a pirate to get his ears pierced?
About a buck an ear.

31. Where would you find an elephant?
The same place you lost her!

32. How do you talk to a giant?
Use big words!

33. What animal is always at a baseball game?
A bat.

34. What falls in winter but never gets hurt?

35. What do you call a ghost’s true love?
His ghoul-friend.

36. What building in New York has the most stories?
The public library!

37. What did one volcano say to the other?
I lava you!

38. How do we know that the ocean is friendly?
It waves!

39. What is a tornado’s favorite game to play?

40. How do baby cats learn how to swim?
The kitty pool.

41. How do you get a squirrel to like you?
Act like a nut!

42. What do you call two birds in love?

43. How does a scientist freshen her breath?
With experi-mints!

44. How are false teeth like stars?
They come out at night!

45. How can you tell a vampire has a cold?
She starts coffin.

46. What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple?
Finding half a worm.

47. What is a computer's favorite snack?
Computer chips!!
—reader Rebecca K.

48. Why don’t elephants chew gum?
They do, just not in public.

49. What was the first animal in space?
The cow that jumped over the moon

50. What did the banana say to the dog?
Nothing. Bananas can’t talk.

51. What time is it when the clock strikes 13?
Time to get a new clock.

52. How does a cucumber become a pickle?
It goes through a jarring experience.

53. Which city does Paw Patrol like the most? 
New Yorkie.

54. What do you think of that new diner on the moon?
Food was good, but there really wasn’t much atmosphere.

55. Why did the dinosaur cross the road?
Because the chicken wasn’t born yet.

56. Why can’t Elsa have a balloon?
Because she will let it go.

57. How do you make an octopus laugh?
With ten-tickles!

58. How do you make a tissue dance?
You put a little boogie in it.

59. What's green and can fly?
Super Pickle!

60. When you look for something, why is it always in the last place you look?
Because when you find it, you stop looking.

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61. Why do shrimp never share?
They're so shellfish.

62. What musical instrument is found in the bathroom?
A tuba toothpaste.

63. Why did the kid bring a ladder to school?
Because she wanted to go to high school.

64. Where do vampires keep their money?
A blood bank.

65. What do elves learn in school?
The elf-abet.

66. What do you call a dog magician?
A labracadabrador.

67. Where do pencils go on vacation?

68. Why couldn't the pony sing a lullaby?
She was a little horse.

69. What do you cakes and baseball have in common?
They both need a batter! 

70. What gets wetter the more it dries?
A towel.

71. What do you call two bananas?

And speaking of bananas...

72. Why did the banana go to the doctor?
Because it wasn’t peeling well.

73. Why was the mushroom the life of the party?
It was a fungi.

74. What stays in the corner yet can travel all over the world?  
A stamp.

75. How do you fix a cracked pumpkin?
With a pumpkin patch.

76. What kind of award did the dentist receive?
A little plaque.

77. What do you call a funny mountain?

78. What should you drink while singing nursery rhymes?
Hot Cocomelon.

79. Why do bees have sticky hair?
Because they use a honeycomb.

80. What did the big flower say to the little flower?
Hi, bud!

81. There are two robots sitting on a wall. They are named Pete and Re-Pete. Pete falls off. Who is left?
( you repeat the whole thing again and again and again.)

—Henrik P., 10 

82. What is a pony’s favorite juice?
She really likes lemon-neigh’d.

—5-year-old Kerrigan

83. Where do fish keep their money?
In the River-Bank!

—Jaxon G., 7 y.o.

84. What do you call an alligator with a vest?
An investigator!

—Milo H-R, age 8

85. Why was the computer cold?
It left its window open!

—Milo H-R, age 8

86. Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Boo who?
Don’t cry!

—Milo H-R, age 8

87. In baseball, would it take longer to run from 1st to 2nd base or 2nd to 3rd base?
2nd to 3rd base because there’s a shortstop in between.

—Milo H-R, age 8

88. What has lots of leaves but never actually grew?
A book!

—Milo H-R, age 8

89. Why was the computer cold?
It had a virus. 

—Henrik, age 10 

90. Why did the invisible man turn down the job offer?
Because he couldn’t see himself doing it.

—Jan L. 

91. Who keeps the ocean clean?
The mer-maid.

—Jan L. 

92. What did the astronaut say when he crashed into the moon?
"I Apollo-gize."

93. Why didn’t the orange win the race?
It ran out of juice.

94. What dinosaur had the best vocabulary?  
The thesaurus.

95. What did one DNA strand say to the other DNA strand?
Do these genes make my butt look big?

96. Why aren’t dogs good dancers?
They have two left feet.

97. What did the wolf say when it stubbed its toe?
Owwwww-ch! (by Henrik, age 5)

98. Kid: What are you doing under there?
Mom: Under where?
Kid: Ha ha! You said underwear!!

99. Why did Johnny throw the clock out of the window?
Because he wanted to see time fly.

100. What did one toilet say to the other?
You look flushed.

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101. Why did the man put his money in the freezer?
He wanted cold hard cash!

102. Why couldn't the astronaut book a hotel on the moon?
Because it was full.

103. How do pickles enjoy a day out?
They relish it.

104. What do you call an old snowman?

105. What's a pirate's favorite letter?

106. What do you get when you cross an elephant with a fish?
Swimming trunks. 

107. How do you throw a party in space?
You planet. 

108. What do you call an attractive fruit? 
A fine apple! 

109. What happened when the skunk was on trial?
The judge declared, "Odor in the court, odor in the court!" 

110. What do you call a sleeping bull?
A bulldozer! 

111. Why did the tomato blush? 
It saw the salad dressing. 

112. What do you call a fish without an eye? 
A fsh. 

113. What's the difference between roast beef and pea soup?
Anyone can roast beef. 

114. What do you get when you cross a centipede with a parrot?
A walkie talkie. 

115. Why are robots never afraid?
They have nerves of steel.

116. Why did the cabbage win the race? 
Because it was a-head. 

117. What does an evil hen lay?
Deviled eggs. 

118. What does a book do in the winter?
Puts on a jacket. 

119. Knock knock! 
Who's there?
Needle who?
Needle little help right now.

120. What sound do you hear when a cow breaks the sound barrier?

121. What kind of haircuts to bees get?

122. Knock knock!
Who's there?
Donut who?
Donut ask me, I just got here.

124. What do you get if you cross a pie and a snake? 
A pie-thon. 

125. What do you do if you get peanut butter on your doorknob?
Use a door jam.

126. Why was 6 so mad at 7?
Because 7 8 9.

127. Why didn't the robot finish his breakfast?
Because the orange juice told him to concentrate. 

128. Why can't you play hockey with pigs?
They always hog the puck.

129. Why do porcupines always win the game?
They have the most points.

130. Where do elephants pack their clothes?
In their trunks! 

131. What does bread do on vacation?
Loaf around. 

132. Why was the broom running late?
It over-swept.

133. What part of the fish weighs the most? 
The scales. 

134. What do ghosts like to eat in the summer?
I Scream.

135. Why did the teacher wear sunglasses to school?
Because her students were so bright. 

136. What do you call a deer with pink eye?
A colorful eye-deer. (credit to Capt. John of the Appledore!) 

137, Where do sheep go on vacation?
The Baaa-hamas. 

138. What does every birthday end with?
The letter Y. 

139. What did the paper say to the pencil?
Write on! 

140. Why do birds fly?
It's faster than walking. 

141. Why did Superman flush the toilet?
Because it was his doody. 

142. Why did the pillow cross the road?
It was picking up the chicken's feathers. 

143. Can February March?
No, but April May. 

144. What time do ducks wake up?
At the quack of dawn. 

145. Why did the giraffes get bad grades?
She had her head in the clouds. 

146. What did the flower say after it told a joke?
I was just pollen your leg. 

147. What did the traffic light say to the truck?
Don't look, I'm changing. 

148. What do kids play when they don't have a phone?
Bored games. 

149. Why didn't the koala bear get the job?
They said she was over-koala-fied.

150. Who was that owl who did all the tricks?

151. What kind of vegetable is angry?
A steamed carrot! 

152. How does the moon stay up in the sky?

153. Why isn't there a clock in the library?
Because it tocks too much. 

154. Why do you never see elephants hiding in trees?
Because they're so good at it! 

155. What day of the week are most twins born on?

(submitted by reader Scooter T.!) 

156. Would February March?
No, but April May. 

157. What do you call bears with no ears?

158. What kind of tree fits in your hand?
A palm tree!

168. What do you call a fly with no wings?
A walk. 

—Jasper L., young reader submitted!

169. What’s yellow and looks like pineapple?
A lemon with a new haircut. 

—submitted (and created) by Rafael L. 

170. What do you call a deer with no eyes?
"No eye-deer." 

—also sent in by young Raffy 

171. What did the lunchbox say to the banana?
You really have appeal. 

172. What did the mouse say to the keyboard?

You're my type! 

173. What did the science book say to the math book?
Wow, you've got problems. 

174. How do squids get to school?

They take an octobus. 

175. Where do mermaids look for jobs?
The kelp-wanted section. 

176. What word starts with the letter t, ends with the letter t, and has t in it?
A teapot!

—young reader Collin S.

177. What has four wheels and flies?
A garbage truck!

—Lewis G.

178.  Two goats were munching on a movie script. 
Goat 1: This is good!
Goat 2: The book was better.

—reader submitted by Mr. Jeffry

179. What do you call a monkey at the North Pole?

—submitted by Stella D.

180. Why did Humpty Dumpty have a great fall?
To make up for his miserable summer.

—reader submitted by Kaci Y.  

181. Why did the woman become an archeologist?
Because her career was in ruins.

182. Knock knock! 
Who's there?
Manatee who?
Manatee would be better than a sweater today, it's hot! 

183. What do you call two monkeys that share an Amazon account?

—Merci P., aged 10

184. What snack should you make for the Snowman Holiday Party?
Ice Krispy Treats

—Emmerson H., age 13

185. What do you call a nun who sleepwalks?
A roamin' Catholic. 

—Janice B., a reader like you! 

186. Why do birds fly south?
It's too far to walk.

—Pearl, age 10

187. What did the traffic light say to the cars?
Don't look, I'm changing!

—reader, age 6 

188. Why is there a gate around cemeteries?
Because people are dying to get in!

189. What is a scarecrow's favorite fruit?
A strawberry. 

190. How does a hurricane see?
With one eye. 

191. How do they answer the phone at the paint store?

—Lily, age 6

192. Why do scissors always win a race?
Because they take a shortcut!

—Foster, age 5 

193. How do you stop a bull from charging? 
You unplug it! 

—Jadyn, Age 12 

194. What did the dad say to his daughter at the cook out? 
This grill is on fire! 

—Jadyn, 12 (This kid is on fire! 🤣) 

195. Why did the king go to the bathroom?
He wanted to sit on the throne.

—Eric, age 10

196. What is a pirate's favorite body part?
The booty!

—C.J., age 9

197. If it takes two men to dig a hole in one day how long would it take for one man to dig a half a hole?           
There is no such thing as a half a hole.

—Eric, age 10

198. How do cats bake cake?
From scratch. 

—reader Jacey

199. What is a zombie's favorite thing to eat?
Brain food. 

200. How do you fix a broken tomato?
With a can of tomato paste. 

201. What do you call a rabbit with lice?
Bugs Bunny. 

photo: Pexels

202. It took 10 workers 10 days to build a bridge.  How long would it take 5 workers to build the same bridge?
None—it’s already built!

—Liam, age 7 

203. How do you make the word Tiger longer?

—Kabir, Age 9

204. How do you clean chicken?  -
Put it in dishwasher.

—Kabir, Age 9

205. What do frogs order at McDonalds?
French flies and a Croak-a-Cola.

206. There's a girl on a boat in a pretty pink coat. What's her name?

—Ray, age 9

207. Where does a rat go when it has a toothache?
To the rodentist. 

—Ray, age 9!

208. What does an alien do when it is bored in school?
Spaces out. 

—Ray! (they are on a roll!), age 9

209. What does a broken plate say when she gets her cupcake?
Is this GLUE-ten free?

—Guess who? Ray! age 9 

210. Why didn't the hyena cross the road?
He was too busy laughing. 

—reader submitted by Gillian P. 

211. Have you heard the one about the student who was afraid of negative numbers?
He'll stop at nothing to avoid them.

212. What do you call it when a hammock teases another hammock?

—Joe L., age 8 

213. What did they say when Marie Curie and Albert Einstein said the same thing at the same time?
Greatest minds think alike! 

—Henrik, age 9

214. What did the kid learn about knowledge?
It was all knowing.

—Reader submitted by Deziree

215. Why did the chicken go the hospital?
Because it needed some tweatment!

—Joshua Y., age 9 
216. Why did the skeletons cross the road?

To get to the body shop!

—Also Mr. Joshua Y., age 9

217. What is more impressive than a talking parrot?
A spelling bee.

—submitted by...drumroll...Joshua Y., age 9!! 

218. What do you call babies in the army?

—Joe L., age 9

219. What is a cat's favorite color?

—Olivia W., age 7 

220. Why did the dragon cross the road?
Because he was too chicken to fly!       

—Joshua Y. 

221. Who won the race of princesses?
Rapunzel, By a hair!

—Josh Y! 

222. What did the egg say when it was late for breakfast?
I have to scramble!

—our buddy, Joshua Y. 

223. How do you stop a bull from charging?
You take away it's credit card!

—Joshua Y. 

224. Where does the T-rex go shopping?
The dino store!

—Joshua Y., age 9 

225. Why was the rabbit happy?
Because somebunny loved him!

—Guess who? Joshua Y.! 

226. What did the pear say to the shoeless?
You need a pair of shoes. 

—reader submitted by Rose A. 

227. What do you call a bear with no ear?
A "B"

—Alexis R. 

228. What would happen if the dean lost his job?
He would lose his "ideanity." 

—Joshua Y. 

229. Why did the baby cross the road? 

To get to the whine shop!

—Matilda C., age 7

230. Why shouldn’t you trust stairs?
Because they are always up to something.

—Ryder, Age 3!!! 

231. Why did the scarecrow win an award?
Because he was out standing in his field.

—Suzanna R. 

232. What do you call a cat burrito?
A purrito

—Rosewyn age 8 and 3 quarters 

233. What kind of key opens a banana?
A monkey!

—Rosewyn age 8 and 3 quarters 

234. What do you call a pounding headache? 
A temple tantrum!

—hilarious reader, MJ Sims

235. How do you get a cat to code?

You Scratch it!

—Musegirl, 8

236. Why was the man mad at the clock?

He was ticked off!

—Nolan A. age 8

237. What is the strongest kind of shoe?

Under Armor!

—Liam A. age 9

238. Why did Rudolph have a bad report card?

Because he went down in History!

—Sreeja K., age 8 

239. Why don't scientists trust atoms?
Because they make up everything!

—Sreeja K., age 8 

240. Why can't you spell dark with a "c", so it says "darc"?
Because you can't c in dark!

—Shivani age 8

241. How do you clean a chicken?
An egg wash!

—MB, age 12 

242. Why did the cookie have to go to the doctor?
It was feeling crummy. 

243. What's Joanna Gaines' favorite snack food?

—H.P., aged 9

244. Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?
Because there was noBody on the other side. 

—Grandpa Jo, 54

245. Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?
He didn't have the guts. 

—Londynn, 9

246. What do you do when an astronaut’s wife is upset?
Give her some space.

—Jaden, 11

247. Why did the young astronaut cry on the moon?
Because he missed his mother earth. 

—A mother on earth

248. Two monkeys were fighting over a banana. What happened?
Banana split! 

—Saori K. 

249. What is a vampire's favorite fruit?
A blood orange!

—Rianna G., age 10

250. Why don't eggs like to gamble?
They always get a raw deal. 

251. When is a door not a door?
When it's ajar. 

252. Why did the scientist take out the bell?
He wanted to win the no-bell prize. 


253. Why are strawberries natural musicians?
They love to jam. 

254. What is orange and sounds like a parrot?
A carrot! 

photo: Pexels

255. Did you hear about the kid who drank eight sodas?
He burped 7-Up. 

256. What be the pirate's favorite letter of the alphabet?
No, it be the C! (Sea).

—A hilarious 6-year-old reader. 

257. What is a tree's favorite beverage?
Root beer! 

258. Why do fish live in saltwater?
Pepper makes them sneeze! ACHOOOOOO!!!!!!

—Hasset A. 

259. Why are fish so smart?
Because they live in a school!

—Ronit P. 

The following four jokes were written by Kaleb, age 4, as told to his grandpa:

260. Why did the cow lie down in the grass? 
He was ground beef.

261. What did Mama cow say to Baby cow? 
It’s pasture bedtime.

262. Why did the phone walk in the water? 
He was wading for a phone call.

263. What is blue, but not heavy?
Light blue.

264. How do you find Will Smith in the snow?
You look for fresh prints. 

—Joshua N. 

265. Why don't you ever date a tennis player?
Because love means nothing to them.

—Joshua N. 

266. "Doctor, doctor I am afraid of squirrels!"
Doctor: You must be nuts.

—reader Jerry C. 

267. What happened to the frog whose car broke down?
He had to be toad! 

—Martin F. 

268. What is the best day to visit McDonalds?

—Gianni, age 6

269. What's a cow's favorite drink?
A s-moooo-thie.

—Young readers Jax (7) and Kora (5)

270. Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Cow who? 
Cows don’t say who, they say moooo!

—Adalyn, age 5

271. Why did the tomato stop?
Because he was out of juice. 

—Karma E. 

272. What are cats best at?

—Macy (10)

273. Where do cats roam?
In the catacombs!

—Katie (34)

274. What kind of stick does a cat chase?
A cat-stick!

—Macy (10)

275. What kind of fruit does a dog eat?
A dog-berry!

—Macy (10) & Katie (34)

276. Why do hockey players make great bankers?
Because they are good at checking.

—Henrik, age 9 3/4

277. How do chickens dance?
Chick to chick. 

278. Mr. Red and Ms. Red live in the red house; Mr. Purple and Ms. Purple live in the purple house. Who lives in the white house?
The president!

—submitted by young reader Gwen I. 

279. Why did the chicken cross the road?
It was trying to get away from the KFC.

—Ben, age 8

280. Who sits at the bottom of the sea and twitches?
A nervous wreck. 

—Alesha, age 11 

281. Why was the snowman in the box?
Because he was picking his nose.

—Peter, age 8

photo: Pexels

These next five were sent in from Jax (7) and Kora (5):

282. What’s a dog's favorite toy?
A funny bone!

283. What’s a cow's favorite rock?
A mooo-n rock

284. What’s the scariest plant?

285. What’s a cow's favorite place to go?
The mooo-vies!

286. What’s the scariest injury?
A booo-booo!

(Jax & Kora!) 

287. Why was the snow yellow?
Because Elsa let it go! 


289. Why did the girl smear peanut butter on the road?
To go with the traffic jam!


290. What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping?
A dino-snore!

291. What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?
Frost bite!

292. What did one plate say to the other plate?
Dinner is on me!

293. What do you call Chewbacca with cookies in its fur?
A chocolate-chip Wookie. 


294. What is black and white and looks like a penguin?
A penguin. 

—Zhan, age 5 

295. What does a cow like to drink?
A smoothie. 

—Carolina, age 8

296. Why did the parent hit the cake with a hammer?
It was a pound cake. 

photo: iStock

297.  When is the best time to go to the dentist?
At tooth-hurty!!!

—Tyler R.

298. Why is "dark" spelled with a k and not a c? 
Because you can’t c in the dark!


299. A new pig came to the farm, he was a great painter. What do you think his name was?


A spin-off:

300. What is the name of the Dutch pig who was famous for painting sunflowers and cutting off his ear?
Vincent van Hog

—Gloria, age 8

301. What is a bat’s favorite game to play?
A com-bat

—Bianca, age 7

302. What did the salad say to the carrot after it lost the fight?
You've lettuce down.

—Joe, age 10

303. What did the salad say to the carrot when it asked for directions to a restaurant?
Beets me!

—Joe, age 10

304. Why don't eggs tell each other jokes?
They'd crack each other up!

—Raina, age 10

305. Which milkshake always comes with a straw?
A strawberry milkshake

—Gloria, age 8

306. What stories do crustaceans like best?
Lobster Tales

—Gloria, age 8

307. What did the basketball say to the hoop when it missed?
Oh shoot!

—Layla, age 9

308. Why did the lion cross the road?
To get to the other pride!

309. What is the best gift you could ever ask for?
Broken drum sticks. You just can't beat it. 


310. Why did the nurse have a red crayon?
To draw blood.


311. What mood best describes a sad librarian?
Under the books.


312. What do you call a Buffalo that likes beef?
A Beef-alo

313. What does a camel say to a hunter?
Do you need some camel-flage

314. Why does the dinosaur like the bathroom?
Because it’s ex-stink-t

315. Why does the dentist use a computer?
Because it has Bluetooth.

—Jokes 312-315 by Gunner, age 8

316. What's grey?
A melted penguin.

317. What goes black, white, black, white, black white?
A penguin rolling down a hill.
318. Can a match box?
No, but a tin can!
319. Why was the baby in Egypt?
It was looking for its mummy.
320. Why did the chewing gum cross the road?
It was stuck on the chicken's foot.
321. What does a cow eat for breakfast?
322. Doctor, doctor, I feel like a dog.
Then go and see a vet!

323. What do girl snakes write at the bottom of their letters?
With love and hisses.

324. Why did the bacteria cross the microscope?
To get to the other slide.
—Jokes 316-324 by Elijah, age 11
325. Knock, knock
Who's there?
Lettuce who?
Let us in, it's cold out here!

326. What do you get when you cross a bridge with a car?
To the other side of the river.

327. What do you get when you cross an elephant with a cake?

328. Doctor, doctor, I keep thinking I'm a dog.
Then sit on the couch and we'll talk about it,
But I'm not allowed on the furniture!

329. Doctor, doctor I feel like a sheep.
That's baa-aaa-aad.

330. What do you call a bee that buzzes quietly?
A mumble bee.

—Jokes 325-330 by Malachi, age 7 and a half

331. Where do you find a polar bear? 
The same place you left her. 

—Thomas, age 7

332. What is fast, loud and crunchy?
A rocket chip!

333. How does a vampire start a letter?
Tomb it may concern...

334. What has ears but cannot hear?
A field of corn...

Got a joke you’d like to add? Send it to and we’ll put it in the story! 

—Kate Loweth, Amber Guetebier with Wendy Guetebier, Dina Petterson, Henrik Pelto, Alix Benedict, Kevin Cabral, Erin Lem, Laura Green, Dana Baardsen, and readers like you!



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Hit the Slopes at These Family Ski Spots

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Winter is upon us, which means it’s time to hit the slopes! Finding incredible places to go skiing near Portland, Oregon is easy with a few of the best ski areas within a short drive. Grab the kids, grab your  Sno-Park pass, and enjoy epic adventure PNW-style. Find out where you can purchase tickets, rent gear, and more below: read on for all the details on ski resorts near Portland!

photo: Mt Hood Meadows

Mt. Hood Meadows

Driving distance from Portland: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Meadows offers varied terrain that challenges all skier levels on over 2,150 square acres from Heather Canyon to South Canyon, and from Buttercup to Show Off, there’s something for everyone. For children between the ages of four and fourteen, camps, lessons, and clubs are available. You can purchase your lift ticket or season pass online in advance. Check the website for more details and get ready for fun!

Mt. Hood Meadows
14040 Hwy. 35
Mt. Hood, OR

Mt. Hood Skibowl

Driving distance from Portland: 1 hour, 10 minutes

With thirty-four lifts, 1500 feet of vertical drop, and sixty-five runs, there are hours of fun to be had at Skibowl. There are more black diamond runs than at any other ski resort in the state and two fully lit runs. For younger skiers, there are kiddie snowmobiles, a kiddie carousel, Frosty’s Playground, and an indoor play area.  You can buy tickets and passes ahead online, and food and beverage will be available. Get ready to have fun skiing, tubing, and adventuring!

Mt. Hood Skibowl
87000 U.S. 26
Government Camp, OR
Online: Mt. Hood Skibowl
Covid Info:

Teacup Lake

Driving distance from Portland: 1 hour, 7 minutes

Escape the speed demon crowds, and enjoy downhill’s quieter winter kin—cross country skiing. Enjoy twenty kilometers (12 miles) of groomed trails, relative solitude, and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood once you pass frozen and snow-covered Teacup Lake. There are groomed tracks and a skating lane. Teacup’s pristine trails stay that way because dogs and snow shoes are not allowed, and a friendly emphasis on a particular standard of trail etiquette. Check the website for further details and driving directions.

Online: Teacup Lake

Tips for Skiing with Kids

Expect shorter skiing days and take plenty of the right kind of gear, as well as plenty of snacks and water. Children’s growth spurts make buying a little frustrating financially, so renting is a great option. The one piece of gear to purchase, though, is a good helmet. Here are a couple of ski shop outfitters. Note: It’s always a good idea to check weather and road conditions at the link to Oregon’s Road and Weather Conditions at Trip Check.

The Mountain Shop

The Mountain Shop offers a wide array of outdoor gear, including skis and ski rentals for everyone in the family. Staff are friendly and know their gear and want you to have a great day outside whether you’re snowboarding or splitboarding, cross country skiing, skate skiing or telemarking, or alpine skiing or touring, they’ll be able to help. They have a repair shop, too. Check the website for rental prices.

Online: The Mountain Shop

Next Adventure

Next Adventure offers outdoor gear to purchase, rental equipment for outdoor pursuits, and a variety of classes from showshoe tours to cross country day trips to wilderness first aid. Check the website for rental prices and the repair shop, class schedules and costs, and to shop online. 

Online: Next Adventure

Have fun out there this winter!

—Annette Benedetti


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Expert Advice about COVID-19 Vaccines and Safety for Kids

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After a long and anxious wait, COVID-19 vaccines are now available for kids age 5 to 11. Getting young kids vaccinated is critical for protecting our communities, since this is a large age group, and taking this step will give millions of parents peace of mind. 

Paul Lewis, MD, a Kaiser Permanente pediatrician in Portland, Oregon, who specializes in infections in kids, says that as winter and the holidays approach, this is a good time to get kids vaccinated. He suggests using the COVID-19 vaccine authorization as an opportunity to get kids caught up on other vaccinations as well, since many people have fallen behind on regular appointments during the last 18 months. He also suggests that all children over 6 months old get their flu shot this year. Fortunately, he says, it’s no problem to get both shots at the same time.

We know parents, caregivers, and others may have questions about the safety of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. In this Q&A, Dr. Lewis answers common questions about it.

Have your own questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? We’re hosting a Facebook Live with Dr. Lewis on Tuesday, November 30 at 12:00pm PST. Submit your questions for Dr. Lewis below!


How well does the COVID-19 vaccine work for kids?

For kids under 12, the COVID-19 vaccine is incredibly effective. A recent study, affirmed by the Food and Drug Administration, that included more than 3,000 kids who got the pediatric dose of the vaccine found that it was more than 90% effective at preventing infection with symptoms.


How does the vaccine for children 5 to 11 differ from the vaccine for people 12 and older?

The pediatric vaccine is identical to the vaccine that’s used for older teenagers and adults, but the dose is one-third of the adult dose. That dosage was chosen because it was just as effective at providing protective antibodies but had a much lower rate of side effects.

What are the most common side effects?

Of the thousands of kids who were part of that recent study, zero had serious adverse events. Some kids get sore arms, redness or swelling, and a smaller percentage might get fatigue, muscle aches or fever. But they’re getting side effects at lower rates than teenagers and adults.


What is the risk of myocarditis?

Myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart, has occurred in young men who’ve been vaccinated but is pretty rare, with a handful of cases per million vaccination doses. Many cardiologists think that, since this is generally more common in teenagers than school-age kids, it’ll be less common after vaccination as well. 

If my child has underlying health conditions, should I go ahead with vaccination?

Studies on this are ongoing. We know that older adolescents and adults with immunocompromised conditions or on immunosuppressive medications respond less well to vaccination, but they do respond. We also know that if they get COVID-19, they’re more likely to have worse outcomes, including needing hospitalization and intensive care. If someone has an underlying condition, such as an immunosuppressive condition, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, we recommend getting an age-appropriate vaccine.

If my child is used to wearing a mask, can’t I just rely on that for prevention?

Social distancing and wearing masks are important layers of protection, but they are hard to continue day after day, especially for kids at recess or at lunch. So the vaccine is a big, thick layer of protection to help with all those other measures, and people should use them together. 

How should I prepare my child for a vaccination appointment?

I’ve never met a kid who wanted to get a shot, but kids are resilient. You can help by explaining that you’ve been vaccinated and, while it does hurt, the pain goes away quickly and you’re there for them. At Kaiser Permanente vaccination sites, there will be people who are used to dealing with children and who know that there is a lot of emotion and fear. Kaiser Permanente staff and parents can work together to make it a minor experience for kids.

To schedule a vaccination and learn more, visit




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November is Native American Heritage Month and it’s an important opportunity to recognize and honor the original inhabitants of North America. Help kids (and their grown-ups) make that connection by filling their tummies with indigenous cuisine. These recipes are also great for cooking with kids. We caught up with Chef Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart of Etiquette Catering in Rapid City, SD for some mouth-watering menu items that incorporate traditional Lakota ingredients.

“As the original inhabitants of this land, it is important to teach all children the significance of indigenous foods, history, and existence,” says Chef Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart. “We all reside upon the ancestral lands of indigenous people.”

With full recipes below, Chef Tilsen-Brave Heart has curated a special menu for Native American Heritage Month and beyond. The following mouth-watering dishes incorporate ingredients like pumpkin and bison, which are major food staples for the Lakota people. You’ll also find foods like cranberries and rice that are also indigenous ingredients.

Magic Pumpkin Squash Soup


  • 1 large butternut squash

  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • Olive oil

  • 1 stick of butter

  • 1 medium yellow onion

  • 1 can organic pumpkin puree

  • 2 cups coconut milk

  • 4 cups chicken broth or vegetable stock

  • Roasted pumpkin seeds (for topping)


  1. Roast a large peeled and cubed butternut squash at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

  2. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp of garlic powder, sprinkle kosher salt, and cracked black pepper

  3. Toss with olive oil and put in on a baking sheet before putting in the oven

  4. 1 stick of butter melted with a chopped medium yellow onion, sprinkle with some salt until translucent.

  5. Add 1 can of organic pumpkin puree

  6. Add 2 cups of coconut milk

  7. Add 4 cups of chicken broth or vegetable stock

  8. Add the roasted butternut squash

  9. Simmer for 30 minutes

  10. Then blend with an immersion blender

  11. Top with roasted pumpkin seeds


Wild Rice, Cranberry and Bison Stuffed Mushrooms


  • 1 lb ground bison

  • 1 lb Italian sausage

  • 3 tbsp. butter

  • 1 yellow onion

  • 6-8 baby portabella mushrooms

  • Qtr. cup dried cranberries

  • 1 cup wild rice {optional: purchase wild rice from:}

  • 2 cups bone broth or vegetable stock

  • Olive oil

  • Kosher salt 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Melt 3 tbsp. of butter with a half chopped yellow onion Sauté

  3. Wash and clean 6-8 baby portabellas remove stems and chop add to the butter and yellow onion

  4. Add qtr. cup of dried cranberries

  5. Add 1 cup of wild rice, continue to saute all together (you are popping the wild rice, it will become fragrant)

  6.  Add 2 cups of bone broth or vegetable stock, lower heat and cover to simmer; set timer for 25 minutes

  7.  In another pan saute  2 tbsp of butter and the other half of your chopped yellow onion, cook until translucent

  8. Add 1 lb of ground bison, 1 lb of Italian sausage and 1 tbsp of garlic 

  9. Cook until brown over medium heat 

  10. Add wild rice and bison mixture together

  11. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle kosher salt over portabellas 

  12. Stuff with bison wild rice mixture

  13. Bake for 15 minutes; serve warm

Bison Stew


  • 2 lbs buffalo meat

  • 3-4 tbsp. olive oil 

  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder

  • 2 tbsp. kosher salt

  • 1 tsp. black pepper

  • 1 tsp. paprika

  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric

  • 3-4 bay leaves 

  • Mirepoix (chopped onions, carrots, celery)

  • 6-8 cups of beef broth/stock or water

  • 6-8 russet potatoes


  1. Braise 2 lbs of Buffalo meat (1-inch cubes) with half an onion (fine chop), in a warmed stockpot with 3-4 tbsp. olive oil 

  2. Spice 1 tbsp. garlic powder, 2 tbsp. kosher salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. paprika, 1/2 tsp. turmeric, and 3-4 bay leaves 

  3. After browned, add Mirepoix (chopped onions, carrots, celery), and can of diced tomatoes 

  4. Add 2 cups of water or stock/broth and simmer on medium-low heat for 30-45 mins or until tender. (Stir occasionally, more water or stick/broth may be needed) times will vary with the size of meat and location

  5. When meat is tender add 6-8 cups of beef broth/stock or water, bring back to boil 6-8 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces or bigger 

  6. Cook an additional 15-20 minutes until potatoes are fork-tender 

  7. Remove from heat and let stand for 10-15 minutes, serve

Buffalo, Cranberry and Wild Rice Meatballs with Blackberry Wojape



  • 1 lb Buffalo (Can be substituted with beef)

  • 1/4 lb Italian Sausage

  • 1 cup Wild Rice

  • 1/2 cup Yellow Onion

  • 3 cups of Chicken Bone broth

  • 1/2 cup Rehydrated Cranberries

  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Breadcrumbs (optional)

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp. Salt

  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder

  • Dash of Paprika

Blackberry Wojape 

  • 1 cup Berries

  • 1 cup Sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups Water



  1. Clean wild rice with cold water 

  2. Saute wild rice with 1/2 cup of yellow onion and some oil for 5 minutes, allowing the rice to gently pop

  3. Add in 3 cups of bone broth per 1 cup of wild rice

  4. Add in rehydrated cranberries, cover and simmer for 45 minutes 

  5. Add in 1 cup finished wild rice to buffalo 

  6. Add 2 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce

  7. Add 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs (optional) 

  8. Add in 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. garlic powder, and a dash of paprika 

  9. Place meatballs on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until internal temp is 165 degrees

Blackberry Wojape

  1. Add into a pan: 1 cup of berries (of your choosing), 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp. of cornstarch and 1 1/2 cups of water 

  2. Render down for about 10 minutes

  3. Drizzle blackberry wojape on top of the meatballs and enjoy 




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