Comfy, Cozy: “Hottest” Spots for Warm Drinks

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ow else can one really embrace the holiday spirit, if not with a warm festive drink? We can all agree, nothing screams Christmas like a good chai. The weather has cooled down and everyone is beginning to feel the urge for a warm cup of something. Want to know all the great spots for a satisfying wintertime beverage? Read on for a list of places sure to keep you coming back, even after the holiday season!

Harlow PDX

Is it cold out? Don't stay stranded and undecided on the sidewalk! Head over to Harlow PDX for their host of warm beverage options. This locally owned café and juice bar has beautifully crafted lattes and steamers, such as a red velvet cocoa or a tumeric golden latte. Whether you choose to head to their SE Hawthorne location or to their newer shop on NW 23rd Ave, you will stave off the cold with Harlow's delicious drinks.

3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
505 NW 23rd Ave.
Mon-Sun: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 
Online at: harlowpdx.com

Jinju Patisserie

Found yourself and the babes in the Boise district in NE Portland and feeling a little something sweet? Head to Jinju Patisserie for their extremely satisfying, triple-chocolate cocoa and be sure to grab one of their croissants or cookies for little hands while you're at it. Jinju believes in well-crafted, soul-warming indulgences, and after taking a look at their array of sweet options, you will probably want two of everything. Be sure to text their phone number in advance if you'd like them to set some items aside for pick-up!

4063 N Williams Ave.
(503) 828-7728
Thur. - Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Online at: jinjupatisserie.com

La Perlita

If you've never visited the EcoTrust building in NW Portland, La Perlita is a great excuse to go for the first time and enjoy a delicious chocolate drink while you're at it. Described by their owners as "a lover letter to the people who love coffee," La Perlita is about as authentic as roasters come. They know how to brew up a batch of something with that holiday sweetness we all are craving, so be sure to check out their truly Mexican hot chocolate, garnished with cacao nibs, or a traditional hot chocolate for the kiddos to keep it simple.

721 NW 9th Ave.
Mon. - Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Online at: reformaroasters.com

Tea Chai Té

If you're a Portland native, then this suggestion will come at no surprise! And if you've never been, you should absolutely take the time to check out this Portland staple. Home to a nearly endless menu of teas and handcrafted tea-based lattes and chais, Tea Chai Té is sure to satisfy the desire for a warm drink on a cold day. Not to mention their slew of locations - no matter where you are in town, you're not far from this cozy neighborhood spot. Bring your family and friends down to this tea house for good conversation and even better drinks!

7983 SE 13th Ave.
734 NW 23rd Ave.
616 E Burnside St.
3917 N Mississippi Ave.
Online at: teachaite.com

Pip's Original Donuts

Chai. If you just had an extremely pleasurable reaction to reading that word then wait until you step inside Pip's Original Donuts and buy one of their chai lattes —it'll blow your mind! Not to mention their donuts are to die for. A must-try spot for almost any Portland tourist, take a day being a tourist in your own city by visiting Pip's for one of their small-batch chais, spiced apple ciders or hot chocolates. You'll be sure to add it to your family's weekend go-to, winter or not! And buy a donut when you go, it's worth it. 

4759 NE Fremont St, Portland OR 
(503) 206-8692
Mon. - Sun.: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Online at: pipsmobile.com

—Hannah Judge

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School is in and you need to keep your kids looking their best for class. That means regular cuts at a salon that knows how to make them feel comfortable in the barbers chair. Here’s the good news: Portland is packed with salons that are perfect for your young learners. These spots have experienced hairdressers and barbers who know how to make your child’s cut so fun that they’ll look forward to their next one. Read on to check out our top choices for the bets kid-friendly hair salons in Portland.

photo: Evelyn Cirignotta

Sit Still Kid's Salon
The Sit Still experience is more than just a haircut in a custom-made race car (although they've got those, and they’re pretty rad). From playlists to paint colors, to cold-brew and wine (for mom and dad) the family-experience details are carefully curated in an effort to create the best experience possible. This Portland hair salon goes all out to bring families the best. We're talking everything from top-of-the-line hair products to the coolest toys, t-shirts and gifts, to the most spirited and attentive staff—walking into a Sit Still is an experience you and your kids will remember.

4768 NW Bethany Blvd. & 70 N Mason St.
Portland, Or
503-747-7932
Online: sitstillkids.com/bethany-village

Pigtails and Crewcuts
Pigtails & Crewcuts specializes in cute-ification. Here you’ll find smiling staff that work specifically with kids! It’s a stress-free and clean environment that will keep your kids engaged. If you are coming in for your child’s first haircut they offer a special package just for you! Kids receive a souvenir card with their name, the date of the haircut, a lock of hair, and a photo to take home. The littles may enjoy picking a vehicle shaped chair while the older ones may prefer a professional style salon chair. They also have a wide selection of books, videos, toys, and a special wooden table to keep the kids entertained. If you’re also shopping for birthday party gifts they offer a variety of treasures such as bubble baths, nail polish, toys, and hair accessories. It's a colorful and fun experience for everyone.

2219 NW Allie Ave.
Hillsboro, Or
503-336-4778
Online: pigtailsandcrewcuts.com

Lil’ Snippers
This delightful salon was started by a mom of young children. Come in and be greeted with a waiting area filled with playhouses, books, coloring books and crayons, a pretend kitchen with food & cooking supplies, and so much more! Lil’ Snippers Hair Care 4 Kids is located in Vancouver  and is filled with knowledgeable professional staff that love working with kids. They have services like fairy dust sparkles, wash out color spray, stickers, and creative hair styling. Styling stations are equipped with hot wheel cars that have working buttons and horns. They have also partnered with Locks of Love a non-profit organization, and happily offer haircuts free of charge to anyone who is willing and able to donate at least 10 inches of hair!

3000 SE 164th Ave ste. 103
Vancouver, Wa
360-953-8524
Online: lilsnippers.com

Kid's Castle Cuts
Once you enter this castle you can expect to encounter toy chests, trains, trucks, dolls, games, and highly qualified staff who are experienced working with kids. They cater to first time haircuts and love working with kids who have special needs. Kid can pick from car, jeep, or jet haircutting chairs and have the option to watch a video, if mom says it’s okay! They are reasonably priced and offer an engaging and interactive environment for everyone. 

6000 SE 41st Ave.
Portland, Or
503-244-0360
Online: kidscastlecuts.com

Bishops
Bishops is one of Portland's most inclusive hair salons and loves having kids at their shops. They pride themselves on being a welcoming space for everyone of all ages and genders. With locations all over the Portland Metro you won’t need to travel far for this fresh cut. Every shop has kid’s capes and a variety of toys and coloring books available. They don’t have separate pricing for kids but the menu is a-la-carte so you can pick and choose what each child wants. Parents & kids together can build a unique hair adventure. Older kids and teenagers may even enjoy trying some new colors in their hair, obviously with signed parental consent.

Find a Location that works for you!
Online: bishops.co

Propaganda Salon
If you are looking for a great spot for your tween or teen check out Propaganda Salon. Scott, the owner has spent his entire career as a hair stylist. He has an eye for detail, a creative mind, and a patient soul. If he’s not available try one of their many talented stylists. The studio is clean, bright, and simple making it a peaceful experience for your teen.

821 SE 34th Ave.
Portland, Or
503-231-7646
Online: propagandathesalon.com

— Annette Benedetti

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Portland is bursting into bloom and with COVID restrictions lightening families are bursting out of their front doors eager to celebrate the arrival of Spring. This time of year special to locals. It fills the city with much-needed color and a multitude of fun activities are available to parents with kids of all ages. Get outside with the whole family this spring! Breathe the fresh air, go for a hike, take a bike ride, plant a garden…but don’t stop there! Read on for inspiration on your next spring adventure!

photo: Evelyn Cirignott

  1. Jump on a bike! There are tons of awesome bike paths for families with riders of all sizes to explore. Here are some of our favorites!
  2. Volunteer to help Friends of Trees plant new trees. Fill up the water bottles, roll up your sleeves, and get your hands dirty. Be prepared to learn a lot about all the different kinds of Portland trees.
  3. Visit the Audubon Society. Birding families may enjoy learning about native birds in this beautiful Sanctuary.
  4. If you have an hour or two to spare load up all the kids and head to Forest Park for a lusciously green family hike.
  5. Hit one of our amazing local parks! There's more than you can fit in in one season.
  6. Too rainy to hike? No problem. Take the family bowling instead. Portland’s bowling alleys are slowly opening pack up. Check out these alleys (always check to find out about their COVID rules) and then knock out a few pins.
  7. Go on a spring break getaway. Load the kids into the car and explore Oregon. Not sure where to start with your planning? Check out these locations.
  8. Take an urban walk. If you are needing an extra big dose of spring head on over to Laurelhurst Park. Lap the perimeter of the park, visit with the baby ducks (just remember not to feed them), and head over to the play structure!
  9. Bloom baby bloom! Check out some incredible displays of flowers in this beautiful rose city.  If you don't want to travel far take a walk around your neighborhood. Greet strangers, touch trees, be silly, and stop to smell the flowers!
  10. Dance among the tulips at the Woodburn Tulip Festival. From March 19th until May 2nd at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm you can enjoy the annual Tulip Festival! There will be hay rides, trains, slides, delicious food, and plenty of photo opportunities for the whole family. Tulips of every color and size are scattered throughout the farm. It’s basically a dream come true.

photo: OCVA via Flickr

  1. It’s officially Farmer’s Market season! You could easily spend an entire Saturday morning wandering the Portland State University Farmer’s Market. Nibble on fruits and veggies, buy flowers for the kitchen table, and enjoy the local live music.
  2. Not sure what to do over a long weekend? We suggest visiting the Oregon Coast. Head to Depoe Bay. It will be whale watching season and you’ll definitely want to catch sight of a magnificent whale tail!
  3. Did you know that Hoyt Arboretum covers over 189 acres and about 6,000 trees!? Stop by the visitor center first and grab a free kids’ map that is full of exciting challenges and activities that you can do together on one of the many hiking trails!
  4. Go for a hike. These easy trails are fun for even your youngest little hikers.
  5. Try fishing. Spring is the perfect time for kids to try to reel in their first catch. Check these local fishing spots out for your family experience.!
  6. Spring sunsets are the best in Portland. Have a picnic and watch the sun go down here.
  7. Hike our very own dormant volcano of Tabor. Bring the dogs and let them play in the off-leash area then soak in the views of downtown.
  8. Splish, Splash. Browse this list and make your way through all your favorite Portland Indoor Pools!
  9. Wander around The Portland Nursery and let everyone pick a small plant or pack of seeds. Then go home and spend time nurturing this new growth.

photo: Kirt Edblom via Flickr

  1. Need new kid clothes? Go shopping at these consignment stores. Get all of the clothes you need at an affordable price at these shops that carry new and gently used items.
  2. Go on a PNW road trip. We've got some awesome options for you all rounded up here.
  3. Cozy up with your kids and listen to a local podcast. There are tons being created by and for local families.
  4. Sip some ramen! The kids ramen bowls at Boke Bowl are rich, flavorful, and reasonably priced!
  5. Take a drive to the gorgeous coastal town of Manzanita! We recommend keeping an eye out on the weather and picking the first sunny windy day to go fly a kite!
  6. Take the kids to Omsi! That's right! It has reopened and there are plenty of awesome exhibits to check out.
  7. Visit the Children’s section at Powell’s Bookstore. Make a special trip to the downtown flagship store, grab a coffee for you and hot chocolate for the littles, and sit in the children’s section reading books!
  8. Make a play date and host a craft day! Get inspiration for your next project here.
  9. Get science-y at home! Try one of these awesome at-home projects with your kiddos.
  10. Stay in and get cooking. Check out these child friendly crock pot recipes, get out the aprons, ingredients, and cooking materials and let this meal become a family affair.

—Annette Benedetti

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Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, sometimes closures occur at the last minute due to circumstances beyond our control, such as the spread of Covid-19. We highly recommend that you call ahead before you pack your kids (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them across town. Many of these events may be closed at the last minute. Stay safe! 

While for this St. Patrick’s Day life may not be back to normal, there’s still no reason you can’t safely celebrate! St. Patrick’s day is a day many honor Ireland’s patron saint however over the years it has been transformed into a mostly secular holiday where the Irish culture is celebrated. This year several parades, races, and festivities have been moved to a virtual setting allowing everyone in the family to participate from the comfort of home. Read on for details on the best and safest way for you and your little leprechauns to celebrate the luck of the Irish with these Portland St. Patrick’s Day Events.

photo: Photo by Johnny Cohen on Unsplash

Portland St.Patrick's Day Parade

The 2021 St. Patrick‘s Day Parade is going Virtual! There are just 5 easy steps to join in on the adventure. 

  • SEND AN E-MAIL TO: portlandstpaddysparade@gmail.com 
  • They will reply with a personal link.  
  • You can use the personal link to upload you 2021 St. Paddy’s Day pictures and videos. Changes can be made up until March 7th. 
  • The virtual 2021 Portland St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be posted HERE on Sunday March 14th. 

Remember, the submission deadline is March 7th! 

*Please limit photos to 5 and keep videos short and concise.

 

Online: portlandstpaddysparade.com

photo: Photo by Miguel A. Amutio on Unsplash

Shamrock Run and Fitness Fair

The Shamrock Run will celebrate 43-years in 2021. However this year things will done a bit different as the event is going virtual! The virtual run will be done on the honor system, meaning, you do not have to submit proof that you completed your distance. That also means you may run at any time you wish! 

Register for the virtual event to receive:

  • Official long-sleeve 2021 Shamrock Shirt

  • Reusable Shamrock Tote Bag

  • 43% off all Shamrock Merchandise

Sign up January 15th through March 14th and 10% of your registration and store purchases will be donated to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Register for the virtual run by February 12, 2021, to guarantee delivery of your swag by March 14th!

Online: shamrockrunportland.com

photo: Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

Portland’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

The Oregon Irish Society is very excited to be hosting their first ever VIRTUAL St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! After 80 years of honoring St. Patrick’s day they are determined to keep festivities going, pandemic style. Visit their page any time on March 17th, 2021, and you’ll find an abundance of videos to celebrate your day in true Irish style! You can expect Irish music, dance, song, and more, PLUS videos for kiddos!

You can head to their Facebook page for sneak peaks and updates leading up to the event. It will be a St. Patrick’s Day to remember!

Online: oregonirishsociety.org

photo: Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tourney at Edgefield

Golfers of all skill levels and ages are welcome at this friendly, individual-format, 20-hole tournament on Edgefield's par-3 Pub Course. Adults can grab an Irish Stout to start the day and win prizes for on-the-course contests.

Purchase tickets online, at the Edgefield Gift Shop, or through eTix by calling (919) 653-0443 or (800) 514-3849.

Weds., Mar. 17, 12 noon check-in; 1 p.m. start time

$35/ participant

All ages welcome

 

Edgefield Golf Course

2126 S.W. Halsey St.

Troutdale, OR

503-669-8610

Online: mcmenamins.com

photo: Photo by Yan Ming on Unsplash

St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Edgefield

A year ago St. Patrick's Day was about the time it felt like the world fell apart. Not only did most everyone have to cancel festivities, but many places were shut down entirely. This year with caution and care McMenamin’s is excited to invite you to their St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. 

You'll find McMenamins Irish Stout, Irish food specials, live music and more. May the luck of the Irish be with us all in 2021. Sláinte!

Online: mcmenamins.com

photo: Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

McMenamin’s St Patrick’s Day, All Locations

Enjoy one of McMenamins’ classic seasonal brews and hear live music during St. Patrick’s Day Across the Land, a casual weekend celebration at several participating locations throughout Portland. Kid-approved favorites on every menu make dining out at McMenamin’s an easy and affordable option for celebrations like this one. Check the website to find a location near you and more details. McMenamin pubs, restaurants and bars are open for takeout, delivery, outdoor dining and most with limited indoor seating. Please call ahead to see what the best and safest option is for your family. 

Sat., Mar. 14- Tues. Mar 17, times vary

Many participating locations

Online: mcmenamins.com

photo: Photo by Mat Reding on Unsplash

Virtual Tour of Blarney Castle

If you've ever dreamed of traveling to Ireland it's very likely that Blarney Castle is on your wish list. Blarney Castle is a well preserved 15th century building located in the small town of Blarney Ireland. This enchanting castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic making it a fascinating place to explore. There are many myths surrounding this castle including one that if you kiss the Blarney Stone you'll be granted the gift of gabbing! While travel is made much more challenging these days the internet allows us to take adventures all over the world. This St. Patrick's Day gather round the kids and take a virtual tour of Blarney Castle! 

Online: blarneycastle.ie

photo: Photo by Jess Bailey on Unsplash

Stay At Home Crafts

If you are looking to get creative and start some new family traditions this is the perfect craft for your family. While it was once true that leprechauns only lived in Ireland they have since naturalized all over the world in parks, the woods, and gardens. All you'll need to do is gather up a few materials, including a cardboard box or shoebox, a stick (or pencil in a pinch), a pillowcase, and food and trap your very own leprechaun. Follow three easy steps outlined here

 

Online: tinybeans.go-vip.net

–Elissa Cirignotta

 

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Portland Mom Bloggers to Follow in 2021

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If you are looking for some inspiration you’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled a list of creative, motivated, & resourceful Portland-area mom bloggers who are making waves in their community. These women are crafting, planting, adventuring, renovating, conserving, cooking, and writing their way through motherhood. Whether you’re looking for specific ideas or simply a positive corner of the internet to connect with, follow these standout blogs in 2021. Read on to find one that’s right for you!

FOOD: Clean Food Mama

If you’re a busy mom looking for easy ways to cook your family healthy meals this blog is for you. Run by Stephanie Collazo, Clean Food Mama is on a mission to help encourage eating habits that support overall well-being for everyone in the family.  You can expect lots of delicious, colorful, and nourishing recipes that the whole family will love. I can’t wait to try her Spinach Ranch Dip alongside the Buffalo Cauliflower bites. Yum! 

Online: https://cleanfoodmama.com/

HOME: Create/Enjoy

A seamstress and author of a book on DIY wardrobe makeovers, Portland mom Suzannah Hartley now blogs about home makeovers. Create/Enjoy chronicles her family’s renovation of a 1937 Tudor revival-style home outside Portland—a block from the house she grew up in. If you love the satisfaction of a good HGTV makeover you don’t want to miss her room reveals and one room renovation challenges! When she's not sewing, designing, renovating rooms, mothering her two kids, Suzannah is also co-hosting a fun podcast on DIY home decor. Go check her out! 

Online: create-enjoy.com  and @YourHomeStoryPodcast

PLANTS: Sacred Elements 

If you haven't yet discovered Sacred Elements you are in for a special treat. Karina Aldredge, the plant whisperer, shows us how to create Sacred Spaces and connect to the natural world around us through her platform Sacred Elements. This sweet soul is deeply and intuitively connected to nature. She rightfully believes that plants are magic and our connection to them can help us become happier and more productive humans. She teaches how to thrive in a new way while experiencing nature every single day, from within the home. Her plant content is beyond delightful and she also offers tons of holistic plant care and pest care tips. 

Online: https://www.sacredelements.world/

HOME DECOR: The House of Hood

The House of Hood run by mom of two, Chelsee Hood is chalked full of home decor, motherhood, easy entertainment ideas, her favorite finds/deals, and her DIY projects. If you’re a mom of girls looking for ideas on how to decorate bedrooms you’ve come to the right place! Chelsee has all sorts of great organizational advice including her 3-2-1 system for picture storage. While you’re browsing her site make sure to take a look at her Flower Field Guide! 

Online: https://thehouseofhoodblog.com/

SUSTAINABILITY: Little Green Lives

From a homestead just outside Portland, former-midwife Sam Jennings now writes about cultivating a more eco-conscious life with her family of 6. Little Green Lives is a family lifestyle blog on low-waste living. From growing vegetables and throwing zero-waste birthday parties, to exploring the natural world and developing homeschool routines, Sam writes about it all with a refreshing down-to-earth style that brims with honesty and enthusiasm. Did we mention the pictures? You’ll find plenty of inspiring vignettes on the blog and Instagram.

Online: littlegreenlives.com

PARENTING: Portland Mom Collective

 

Portland Mom Collective is a locally-focused parenting resource for moms and families. They are passionate about both parenting and our community. The Portland Mom Collective run by a bunch of local mamas strives to connect area moms to relevant resources, local businesses, can’t-miss happenings, and most of all — each other! Their topics range from Adoption & Fostering to Food & Nutrition and Travel & Adventure, with a whole lot in between! You can find a community event calendar on their site along with a long list of Portland related guides. They've got something for every mom!  

Online: https://portland.momcollective.com/

STORYTELLING: The Made to Mother Project

Portland writer and mom of three Wynter Kaiser curates the collaborative blog Made to Mother, a collection of stories by real mothers sharing diverse experiences of motherhood. Guests posts and stories feature reflections on a wide range of topics: making different choices than one’s own mother, “mothering” when you don’t have children, family counseling, trust, and adoption, just to name a few. PS: the Made to Mother book is live! Head on over to buy your copy of the book now. 

Online: madetomother.com

PREGNANCY & POSTPARTUM: The Leaky Boob

Managed by Jessica Martin-Weber the Leaky Boob exists to unite breastfeeding mothers through laughter and tears. While it’s intended to be a breastfeeding community this blog offers a plethora of information for any expecting or new mom. What stood out to me the most was her 2021 New Baby Guide. It includes an extensive list of tips, tools, and product recommendations. 


Online: https://theleakyboob.com/

—Elissa Cirignotta

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Trick-or-treating is tons of fun, but there’s more than one way for families to celebrate Halloween in Portland. If your family takes this beloved holiday seriously, you are going to want to keep reading! We’ve come up with a list of indoor events that will thrill you little ghosts and goblins. Read on for our favorite picks.

Halloween at the Portland Children’s Museum

On Halloween day bring your little animals, monsters, witches, superheroes, or ballerinas to the Portland Children’s Museum for a special quest!  Kids will Trick-or-treat to each exhibit and have the opportunity to participate in a spookily fun art project or slimy sensory experience. Museum staff will be handing out candy-free goodies like glow sticks, hand-made Halloween buttons, and toys for a perfectly marvelous sugar-free Halloween that everyone can enjoy! This happens on October 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you already have plans mark your calendar for October 28th  for a playful, festive, and NOT-SO-SCARY evening of Halloween fun at the museum. Note: this is for members only. Kids can  trick-or-treat in the exhibits for candy, stickers, pencils and more, decorate Trick-or-Treat bags, and have fun with glow-in-the-dark painting!  
Oct. 28, 5:30 –7:30 p.m.
Oct. 31, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Free for members, $11/non-members

4015 SW Canyon Road
503-223-6500
Online: portlandcm.org

Portland's Aerial Tram Halloween Ride

Wear your witch's hat but leave the broomstick at home! Portland’s Aerial Tram will do the flying for you. Expect a day of frightful and delightful family activities, including face painting and Halloween arts and crafts for kids, and TRAM rides. Kids under 6 ride free with a fare-paying adult.

Oct 26, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
3303 SW Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239
Online: gobytram.com

Kennedy School TRICK-OR-TREATING!

On Halloween Day from 4:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. you can take your kids to the halls of the Kennedy School for Trick-or Treating adventures, dinner out, live performances, and so much more! It’s free for everyone and all ages are welcome. Dinner is not included but we recommend you stay and feed those little cute monsters… or else. Starting at 4:30 p.m. there’s a Willamette Radio Workshop in the Kennedy School Theater. Trick-or-Treating begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. all throughout the Kennedy School Halls. If you’re feeling the energy stay a bit longer for a live musical performance from the Coastline! Click here to see some images from last year’s fun filled event!

Free for Everyone
Oct. 31, 4 - 10p.m.
5736 N.E. 33rd Ave
503-249-3983
Online: mcmenamins.com

Story Slam: Halloween Edition at Beaverton Library

Get in the Halloween Spirit with a spooky storytime slam at the Beaverton Library! Tell or listen to a story based on the themes “Trick or Treat” and “Spooked, Frightened, or just Plain Scared.” Beaverton City Library's Story Slam is a friendly, open-mic storytelling competition. Potential storytellers will put their names in a hat; names will be picked from the hat and those chosen will take to the stage to tell their true, personal, 5 to 8-minute story. You and your kids can put your names in the hat to tell a story or just attend to enjoy the show! Stories must be told from memory. The winner receives a $10 gift certificate to The Book Corner. This program is free and open to the public; recommended for ages 13 and up. Potential storytellers should arrive 15 minutes early to speak with the event host about their planned story.

Oct. 30, 7 – 8:30 p.m. 
12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton
503-350-3600
Online: beavertonlibrary.org

Halloween Party and Open Gym at the Playground Gym

Experience a fun-filled Halloween Party along with an open gym. The Playground Gym will have their space full of fun equipment and mats and will provide crafts, games, story time with a princess, a fire dancing performance, and more. Costumes more than welcome. 

Oct. 31
3-6 p.m.
$8 for 1 child, $12 for 2, $15 for 3
5215 N Lombard St.

More info here.

photo: smarty pants via yelp

Halloweek Arts at Smartypants

Have a not-so-spooky time at this Halloween event. For the entire week leading up to—and on—Halloween, your kids can get crafty at Smarty Pants. They'll enjoy getting creative while waiting to hit the streets to trick-or-treat.

Oct.25-31
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
5512 N Montana Ave.
Event details here.

—Annette Benedetti

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The eggs are hiding, Easter Bunny is on location, and food is warm and ready! This year try something new with the family by venturing up Mt Hood, wandering to the Portland waterfront for an Easter cruise, or support a good cause while getting a tasty meal. Read on to decide which exciting Easter Brunch experience is right for your family! Hop to it!

Pix Patisserie

If you are looking for a reason to get dressed up this Easter then we have the perfect location for you and your family. This year Pix Patisserie is once again hosting their Easter Sunday Tea with 14 bite sized savory and sweet treats and a pot of Townsend's tea. There will be 50 eggs hidden throughout the restaurant each with a golden ticket within. A special prize of $50 will be given to the person who finds the right egg! Doors open at 1:30 p.m. sharp with Tea Time at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. It's an extravaganza you don't want to miss! 

2225 E Burnside
971-271-7166
Online:pixpatisserie.com

Timberline Lodge

This year celebrate Easter with a delicious brunch and fun Easter activities at Timberline Lodge. Enjoy a scrumptious multi-course brunch with an elaborate dessert buffet then meet the Easter bunny and hunt for eggs. What could be better!? There will be Easter activities crafts and games for the whole family. Head over to the Raven’s Nest on the hour from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m for Easter Egg Hunting. If you want pictures with the Easter Bunny make your way over to the Mt. Hood Room starting at 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. There is limited space for this event so make your reservation soon. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Additionally they have a special children's buffet for kids 11 and under! 

Apr. 21 
27500 E Timberline Road
Timberline Lodge, Or
503-272-3251
Online: timberlinelodge.com

Portland Spirit

All aboard! Gather the family and your favorite friends to create an Easter Memory you’ll never forget! On the Portland Spirit you’ll hit the open waters for 2 hours of unforgettable family fun. Let the kids play and enjoy the rose city sight-seeing while you soak in the live entertainment and eat a delicious meal! Plus kids get a special gift. Ticket includes: Northwest buffet, dessert, reserved table, entertainment, coffee, hot tea, champagne, orange juice, sparkling cider and service gratuity

Apr. 21 

Morning Brunch
Boarding 9 a.m.
Cruising 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon Brunch
Boarding 2 p.m.
Cruising 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Price: $60/adults; $30/children

Boarding Location:
1020 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
503-224-3900
Online: portlandspirit.com

Bridgeport Village

Would you like to have breakfast with a bunny and support a great cause? Bridgeport Village is hosting their annual charity event, Breakfast with The Easter Bunny & Friends. Join Hatter, Alice, The Queen, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum for a fun morning of music, games, prizes plus a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Tickets are available starting March 1st and they are expecting to sell out! Tickets are $15 each for adults and children ages 2 and up with 100% of the ticket sale proceeds going to benefit the Chelsea's Closet. This year there are two locations to choose from. 

Mar. 1
Choza Tacos-Y-Cantina - 8:30am-9:30am
California Pizza Kitchen - 9:00am-10:30am
Online:  bridgeport-village.com

Salty’s Waterfront Seafood Grills

Salty’s on the Columbia will be offering their incredible Easter Brunch once again this year. While the menu is still is progress you can plan to expect the same delicious seafood, omelet making station, carved meats, a do it yourself crêpe making station, and a pasta bar this year! You get all that plus stunning river views. There will be special entertainment just for the kids! Call ahead for reservations.

 

Saturday, Apr. 20
Brunch Hours: 1st Seating 9 a.m. – Last Seating 1 p.m.
Adults(14+): $52 ($62 with Champagne), Kids (9-13): $29.99, Kids (5-8): $19.99 Kids (4-under):free 

Sunday, Apr. 21
Brunch Hours: 1st Seating 8 a.m. – Last Seating 6:45 p.m.
Adults(14+): $70.00 ($80.00 with Champagne), Kids (9-13): $29.99, Kids (5-8): $19.99 Kids (4-under): free

3839 NE Marine Dr.
Portland, Or
503-288-4444
Online: saltys.com/Portland 

The Benson Hotel

This Easter head over to The Benson Hotel for a very special Easter Brunch with the family. They will be offering a delicious spread of fresh chilled seafood, made-to-order omelets, honey glazed ham, a carvery with roast beef and leg of lamb, fresh baked desserts, sparkling wine, and much more to celebrate the occasion. YUM!

Brunch pricing is $60 per adult and $30 for kids ages 5-12. Kids under 5 eat for free. 

Space is limited so don't forget to call ahead and make your reservation. 
Sunday, April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

309 SW Broadway 
503-228-2000
Online: bensonhotel.com

—Elissa Cirignotta

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School is almost out and we’re all feeling the summer itch! If you are in need of some ideas for creative activities that will keep the kids engaged and curious, read on! We’ve come up with a list of 7 family friendly ideas that will connect you to your community, get your out of your normal routine, and bring a smile to everyone’s face.

photo: Anthony Doudt via flickr

Legos at the Library
Do you have a tiny builder in your home? Maybe you have more than one?! If so it’s time that you all bring your mad Lego skills to the library! During each session participants build a new structure to put on display. Kids are given a general theme and encouraged to let their imagination flow. It’s a great opportunity to practice cooperative learning skills while creating a new project. Bricks and lego supplies provided and donations are welcome. This is activity is appropriate for builders ages 5-11.

June 4 from 3:30 -4:30 p.m.
Hollywood Library at 4040 NE Tillamook St,
Online: multcolib.org/events/legos-library

Local Disability Film Shorts
The Local Disability Film Shorts is an excellent opportunity for families to celebrate expression of Disability culture and experience Disability art. At ReelAbilities they strive for inclusion. The facility offers many accommodations including captioned or subtitled films and wheelchair accessibility. They offer audio description, ASL interpretation, CART, and for select events thy offer information in Braille. On Saturday June 2nd from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. come for screenings of local and dance films with a special performance from the Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company. First up is Four Quarters of Silence. Guests are taken on a journey that follows the road to success of the Texas School for the Deaf Rangers. As the only high school football team serving students with hearing impairments they take on a competitive league. The second showing is called The Battle. It’s about a young artist Kayah Guenther who is struggling to find his place in the world as a person with trisomy 21. Enjoy his story as he narrates it through dance.

Jun 2 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m
New Expressive Works at 810 Southeast Belmont St.
503-358-9085
Online: portland.reelabilitieslegacy.org

photo: Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office via flickr

Portland Parks 5k Series Fun Run
Portland Parks and Recreation offers monthly 5k races that are family friendly and fun. They encourage participation from all ages and all levels of athleticism. Walkers, runners, and seasoned racers are all welcome. Registration is $5 per participant unless you’re under 17 years old and then you’re free. That’s right, all youth are free! Plus everyone gets a ribbon! There will be raffle prizes, bananas, music, face paint, bananas, crafts, vendors, and more bananas. Get your running shoes on and send the morning getting some good family fun exercise.

8:45 a.m. Kid’s Fun Run (1k)
9:00 a.m. Sprinters 5k
9:30 a.m. All Runners 5k
Jun. 10 from 8:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Fernhill Park at 6010 NE 37th Ave,
Online: portlandoregon.gov/parks

“Little Ears” Concerts for Children
Little Ears Concerts are for all children. They are free to everyone and provide early exposure to the arts. Little Ears works with Young Audiences, Classics 4 Kids, and Oregon Symphony, as well as independent artists to deliver a variety of high-quality music, storytelling and theatrical performances that keeps music available to all kids in they city. Through the free concerts they hope little imaginations will be ignited and creativity sparked. Each show is about 45 minutes long and appropriate for kids ages 2 to 7. Donations are welcome as they help keep these series free for everyone. On June 19th join the community for a Penny’s Puppet performance of 3 Billy Goats Gruff.

June 19 2018, 10 a.m.
The Old Church at 1422 SW 11th Ave
Online: theoldchurch.org/kids/

photo: Bardia Photography via flickr

Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Gardens
On the Honeybee Hikes kids can look for wildlife, touch bark or a thimble-berry leaf, listen to the wind and the creek, visit the bees, make a craft, listen to a story, water the Children’s Discovery Garden and maybe even eat a raspberry right off the vine!  They have a team of fabulous guides who will read a story to the kids and help them craft something creative and fun! Each week there is a unique seasonal theme. The hike is $3 per child. Non walkers and adults are free. You can buy punch cards which give you the deal of getting the 6th hike free when you purchase 5. The hikes promptly begin at 10 a.m. The Honeybee Hike meets and starts in the Upper Garden. Make sure you get there on time. Check the weather in advance and dress appropriately for the day’s forecast. June hikes are on Wednesdays through the entire month.

Please note: Although the 122nd St. bridge south of Foster Rd. is closed, the Garden is open and can be accessed from 122nd Avenue.

Park in the Claybourne parking lot – look for parking signage at corner of 122nd/Claybourne St. just south of Foster Rd.

June 6, 13, 20, and 27th from 10 – 11:00 a.m.
Online: leachgarden.org/event/honeybee-hikes

photo: Capoeira Kids Academy Latvia via flickr

Toddler Capoeira
If you take your child to this event please send us pictures! Capoeira is a high energy Braxilian martial art that combines self-defense techniques, acrobatics, dance, music, and CULTURE. If you want to let your toddler participate in a high energy activity that will keep them constantly moving and having fun you should try out Toddler Capoeira Mondays in June at the Village Ballroom. The dynamic movements encourage development of balance, coordination, strength, while teaching them traditional songs and dance. Vamos jogar! A $3-$10 donation is suggested.

June 4, 11,and 18 from 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Village Ballroom
704 Dekum St
Online: facebook.com/pg/PDXtoddlercapoeira/events

photo: TravelUSA via flickr

Dragon Boat Races
On June 9th and 10th there will be hundreds of people gathering at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River for the annual Dragon Boat Races. The race viewings are free to the public and will last from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. There will be 80 teams competing in a series of races over the two days. The Rose Festival hosts the Dragon Boat Races each year as a way to bring the exciting Chinese tradition to Portland. Come out and cheer on the brave racers!

Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Online: rosefestival.org/event/dragon-boat-race

What are you favorite June activities? Let us know in the comments!

—Elissa Cirignotta