Here is this week’s list of family-friendly free or frugal events for around the Northwest, as well as some events going on around  the country.

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

Beneath the Streets: Subterranean Walking Tour (Seattle; 3/7 – 3/31 Fridays & Mondays; tickets as low as $7.50 plus service fee)

Pinocchio: New Take From Seattle Children’s Theatre (Seattle; 3/7 & 3/8; tickets as low as $12.50 plus service fee)

One-Hour Improv, Sketch, Stand-Up Shows From Pocket Theater (Seattle; 3/7 – 3/30 Fri, Sat & Sun; as low as $7 plus service fee)

Aida: Elton John’s Score Soars in Tony Award-Winning Musical (Portland; 3/8; tickets as low as $16.15 plus service fee)

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. — A Musical Adventure for the Family (Portland; 3/7 & 3/14; tickets as low as $6 plus service fee)

Portland Youth Philharmonic Concert for Kids (Portland; 3/16; tickets as low as $5 plus service fee)

Split 2nd Improv: Audience-Led Comedy Shows at SecondStage Rep (Seattle; 3/21 – 3/22 & 5/2 -5/3; tickets as low as $7.50 plus service fee)


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


Friday, March 7th :  

*Kruckeberg Leprechaun Hunt – Seattle; 3/7 & 3/9; 10:00am – 5:00pm;  The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is a magical place, just perfect for leprechauns and other enchanted creatures.  Visit them during open hours in March to join our leprechaun hunt. Pick up their leprechaun scavenger hunt at the garden, or download it from our website.

*Nature Alphabet  – Tacoma; 3/7; 10:30am – 11:30am; Preschoolers explore different nature topics through stories, hands-on activities, nature walks and crafts. Note – two location options: Tacoma Nature Center and Center at Norpoint. Adult participation is recommended, children younger than age 4 require an adult present. Space is limited, advance registration required. $6.

*FreeTête-à-têter At Frye Museum – Seattle; 3/7; 11:00am to 5:00pm; Frye Museum entrance and parking are free all the time. You can check their events page here, for a list of weekly events.

On the first Friday of the month Children’s stories are brought to life with movement and play in the Frye Art Museum galleries by Frye educators or librarians from The Seattle Public Library. 11:15am – 11:45am Visit the galleries after story time. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Both museum entrance and story time are free

*Free Entrance To Bellevue Art Museum – Bellevue; 3/7; 11:00am – 8:00pm. First Friday of the month Bellevue Art Museum offers free admission.

*Pay-What-You-Can at Seattle Symphony’s “Soundbridge”- Seattle, Beneroya Hall; 3/7; 12:00pm – 4:00pm; Soundbridge is a music discovery center and Friday afternoons are “Pay What You Can” entrance- suggested donation $5 – $15 per family; Ages 2-5, 30 minute interactive storytelling with song & rhythm, dance & musical instruments at 1:45pm.

* Half Off Admission To KidsQuest Children’s Musuem – Factoria; 3/7; 5:00pm – 8:00pm; First Friday evening of the month offers free admission.

*Metamorphoses – Seattle; 3/7 – 3/8; 7:00pm; Seattle Public Theater’s (SPT) Youth Program presents Mary Zimmerman’s humorous and insightful modern take on the classical mythology of Ovid, Metamorphoses. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 28 through March 8, and 2 p.m. March 2. FREE, donations are accepted.

*Unearthing Africa’s Crocs, Dinos & Ancient Civilizations – Seattle; 3/7; 7:00pm; Join us as Sereno paints a vivid picture of how a lifetime of discoveries and field research carried him to remote corners of the Sahara to discover dozens of new species. Explore the transformations the land, people, and animals have gone through over millions of years under some of the most brutal conditions on Earth.

*Columbia City BeatWalk – Columbia City /Seattle; 3/7; 7:00pm to 10:00pm; BeatWalk always features a diverse line-up of first-rate, local musicians hosted by neighborhood businesses for audiences of all ages. $7 for adults. Free ages 14 and under.

*Free Entrance to the Hands-on Children’s Museum – Olympia; 3/7; 5:00pm to 9:00pm; First Friday has free entrance in the evenings.

Saturday, March 8th :

*Tales & Trails for Little Tykes – Seattle; 3/8 & 3/12; 10:00am-11:00am; Introduce your toddler to nature with story time, songs, and fun activities inside, followed by exploration along the trails of Seward Park. Walks are easy and less than one mile in length. Pre-register, space is limited. Recommended for ages birth to 3. Cost: $2 per person.

*Seattle Children’s Health Fair – Seattle; 3/8; 10:00am – 2:00pm; Games, activities, crafts and music, plus bring a teddy to the Teddy Bear Clinic, explore an ambulance, buy low-cost booster seats and life jackets (wearer must be present) and more.

*Fly it Forward Challenge – Seattle; 3/8 – 3/10; 10:00am – 4:00pm; This program offers women and girls who have never flown in a small airplane the chance to take an introductory 20-minute flight with a volunteer. Flights are weather-dependent. Space is limited, pre-registration required.

*Saturday Stories – Seattle; 3/8; 10:30am – 11:15am; Stories and activities that celebrate gardens, plants and nature. Ages 3 to 8 and their families.

*Kids Rock Concert Series: The Not-Its! – Seattle; 3/8; 10:30am; Part of the Mount Baker Community Club’s Kids Rock season. Doors open 10 a.m., show starts 10:30 a.m. $5, $15 per family of four, season tickets available.

*Saturday Family Concert: Gustafer Yellowgold – Seattle; 3/8; 12:00pm – 1:00pm; An absurdly funny and touching multi-media concert of live songs, stories and animation, performed by award-winning illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor. $5, free ages 12 and younger with adult, $25 unaccompanied adult.

*Mother Goose Story Time – Seattle; 3/8; 1:00pm – 2:00pm; Bring your kids ages 6 and younger to meet master storyteller Mother Goose for myths and legends, sing-alongs, scavenger hunts and other activities highlighting birds and animals of Seward Park and legends of the Northwest. Guest appearances by Talking Tree, Sasquatch, Owl, Eagle and Bear.

*Bellevue Art Museums Get Crafty Saturday – Bellevue; 3/8; 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Free craft time for kids each Saturday. $2 material fee or free with admission.

*Nature Walk at Lake Hills Greenbelt – Bellevue; 3/8; 2:00pm; Explore Lake Hills Greenbelt with a park ranger. Learn the history of the park, tour community gardens, and learn about local wildlife. All ages. 2 p.m. Saturdays. $1 suggested donation per person.

*Mercer Slough Nature Walk – Bellevue; 3/8; 2:00pm-3:00pm; Meet a Mercer Slough park ranger at the visitor center for a free guided tour and learn about the fascinating flora, fauna and history of the Mercer Slough Nature Park. Please dress for weather. No registration is required. FREE.

*Crossroads Bellevue 2nd Saturdays – Bellevue; 3/8; 5:00pm – 9:00pm; Enjoy a family-friendly evening the second Saturday of every month. Activities can include game times, snacks, concerts and more.

Sunday, March 9th:

*Waterfront Week: Field Day – Seattle; 3/9; 10:00am – 4:00pm; Meet us at the Pike Street Hillclimb across the street from the Seattle Aquarium to get an insider’s look at how to build a seawall, participate in family-friendly activities, and be part of our time capsule!

*Children’s Nature Movies – Bellevue; 3/9; 2:00pm – 2:30pm; Join us for fun, educational nature movies at Lewis Creek. Popcorn provided. Drop-in; no registration required. Kids younger than age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 425-452-4195425-452-4195 for more information. FREE.

*Family Sundays at the Henry – Seattle; 3/9; 2:00pm – 3:30pm; Family Sundays at the Henry are every second Sunday and are especially for adults and children to learn and create together. Each month we will focus on different activities and ways of seeing. Family Sundays are best suited for elementary-aged students, but we encourage older or younger kids to join in. $10 family, free for members. Space is limited, pre-register.

*Columbia City BeatWalk – Columbia City /Seattle; 3/9; 7:00pm – 10:00pm; BeatWalk always features a diverse line-up of first-rate, local musicians hosted by neighborhood businesses for audiences of all ages. $7 for adults. Free ages 14 and under.

Monday, March 10th:

*Teen Mindfulness Meditation Class – Seattle; 3/10; 6:30pm – 8:00pm; High school teens (and especially mature middle school teens) are invited to a FREE mindfulness meditation class, led by Krista Gemmell Harris, an experienced insight meditation practitioner, certified .b Teen Mindfulness Teacher, InterPlay leader, and dance educator. This class can help teens find a sense of calm, observe what’s happening around themselves and inside themselves, skillfully handle emotions and thoughts, and feel compassion and appreciation for themselves and others. Pre-register via e-mail to kristaharris@comcast.net.

Wednesday, March 12th:

*FREE Drop-In Playgroup – Seattle; 3/12 & 3/14; 10:00am – 12:00pm; Join kids ages birth to 5 and their parents/caregivers every Wednesday and Friday for a drop-in playgroup! Have fun playing with other families, reading, and singing. First-time families will be asked to fill out a registration form.  FREE

*Story Hour at the Conservatory – Tacoma; 3/12; 11:00am – 12:00pm; Enjoy a story plus art and science activities on the second Wednesday of each month at the conservatory (no January story time). Free to $3.

*Students Get Free Admission To The Bellevue Art Museum – Bellevue; 3/12; 1:00pm to 5:00pm; Students of all ages can explore the Bellevue Arts Museum after school FREE with printable coupon.

*Author Appearance: Jennifer S. Holland – Seattle; 3/12; 7:00pm; Jennifer S. Holland is a contributing writer for National Geographic

magazine, specializing in science and natural history. Her “Unlikely Friendships for Kids” book series for ages 7 to 10 explores heartwarming, real-life animal pairings like the monkey and the dove, the leopard and the cow, and the piglet and the dog.

Thursday, March 13th :

*Tugboat Storytime – Seattle; 3/13; 11:00am – 12:00pm; Listen to stories about boats and the sea aboard the Arthur Foss, a 100-year-old tugboat. After stories, there is time to explore the boat. This is an indoor/outdoor activity; dress accordingly. Ages 2 to 5. Not intended for preschool groups.

*Free Admission To NAAM - Seattle; 3/13; 11:00am – 7:00pm; The Northwest African American Museum is free on the second Thursday of each month.

*Half Priced Admission Imagine Childrens Museum – Everett; 3/13; Thursday 3:00pm – 5:00 p.m. is half priced ( $3.88)

*Lucky Leprechaun Hunt – Seattle; 3/13; 4:30pm – 5:15pm; Kids ages 6 to 10 can hunt for gold coins and win candy and prizes at this annual event.

*Capital Hill Art Walk Blitz – Seattle; 3/13; 5:00pm – 8:00pm; On the second Thursday of every month in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, 5pm – 8pm and later. Events include visual arts, musical performances, food and beverage specials, and more. Pick up a printed map at a participating venue and explore Capitol Hill. Art is everywhere! Get FREE admission to the Seattle Asian Art Museum during this time too.

*FREE Seattle Asian Art Museum – Seattle; 3/13; 5:00pm – 9:00pm; Seattle Asian Art Museum 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. first Thursdays and 5 to 9 p.m. second Thursdays.

*Open Studio Night for Teens – Seattle; 3/13; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; Teens can get creative with local artists, as well as enjoy glass blowing demonstrations and refreshments.

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

*Sounds Fun Mom - Maegen always has a great list of events  local to the South Sound area of WA, as her blog features family fun activities around the South Sound.

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

*SnoCo Mom - Emily shares all about Snohomish County family & kids activities on her blog & you’ll find some great weekly events.


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

Friday, March 7th :

*Little Kids Ride at the Lumberyard – Portland; 3/7, 3/8 – 3/12; 9:00am – 12:00pm;  The Lumberyard, Portland’s indoor bike park, includes jump lines, pump tracks, skill sections and technical trail riding for beginners to experts.  Weekday mornings that major Portland area metropolitan schools are in session kids 6 and under ride for just $6 from 9 am until noon. If they want to continue riding after noon it’s just another $6 until 2 pm.

*Tualatin Valley Rock & Gem Club Show at WA Cty Fair Complex – Hillsboro; 3/7 & 3/8; 9:00am – 5:00pm; The Tualatin Valley Gem Club presents its annual rock and mineral show at the Washington County Fair Complex.  The event includes jewelry/gems, fossils, supplies, beads, dealers, demonstrations, door prizes, exhibits, silent auction and more. There’s also a fun Kids Corner.  $1 adults, free ages 0-12

*Ladybug Nature Walks – Portland; 3/7; 10:00am; Explore nature in Portland parks with trained naturalists! Mid-February through early November, rain or shine. $4 per preschooler, no charge for adults. For more info, call 503-823-3601503-823-3601.For ages 2-5 with grown-up.

*Mo Phillips at Treehouse Children’s Boutique – Portland; 3/7; 10:00am; Mo has devised a fine, music blend of Americana, soul and blues in his secret ninja laboratory and is not afraid of a poppy hook, or straight rocking’ out! $5 per child.

*Red Yarn at Warehouse Cafe – Portland; 3/7; 10:00am – 10:45am;  Join Red Yarn & his lovable critters every Friday morning at Warehouse Cafe. Audiences will sing, dance, act, and experience the joy of community during Red Yarn’s interactive shows. This show is hosted by Warehouse Cafe, a coffee shop, market and community space committed to healthy food at fair prices.

*Music From Mr. Hoo from The Alphabeticians – Portland; 3/7; 11:00am to 12:00pm; Mr. Hoo will be singing songs with and for kids. He’ll play his guitar and sing some original songs, some Alphabeticians songs, some classic kid songs and Hoo knows what else? $3 suggested donation pp.

*Music With Pointed Man Band At Cafe au Play – Portland; 3/7; 11:30am – 12:30pm; Groovy music for all ages.  $3 suggested donation

*Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek – Portland; 3/7; 1:00pm-2:15pm; This program integrates nature exploration, art, literature, music, movement, and outdoor play. It is geared toward families with young children (preferably ages 2-6 but all are welcome.) For more specific information, call (503) 636-9886(503) 636-9886   ext. 225.  FREE.

*Story Time with Olive and Dingo at Pie Spot – Portland; 3/7; 3:00pm – 4:00pm;Fun for all. Full of comedy, songs, stories, balloons and laughter. Balloons twisting  at the end of the show.  Cost:  $5 per child for balloons and entertainment

*Free Admission To The Children’s Museum - Portland; 3/7; 4:00pm to 8:00pm; The first Friday of the month you Target sponsors free admission to the Childrens Museum. This month you can make a book.

*Vancouver First Friday Art Walk - Vancouver; 3/7; 5:00pm – 7:00pm; Join us for a fresh spring evening with refreshments, stimulating conversation and inspiring art! Walking maps will be provided to all attendees. This event is free to attend, but an RSVP is requested by replying to this email at firstfriday.artwalk@yahoo.com.

* Camas First Friday - Portland; 3/7; 5:00pm – 8:00pm; Come and join us for January’s First Friday- Game, Craft & Cocoa Night! Enjoy family friendly games and crafts throughout participating downtown merchants. Have fun and the chance to win prizes!

*First Friday Art Walk  - SE Portland;3/7 ; 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Hosted by Portland’s Eastside art galleries and alternative art venues, First Friday provides arts enthusiasts the opportunity to wander from gallery to gallery for artist receptions and openings during extended hours on the First Friday of every month

Saturday, March 8th :

*Safety Saturday at the Historic Belmont Firehouse – Portland; 3/8; 9:00am – 3:00pm; Head to the Firehouse for a monthly open day of operation. Drop in during open hours to see the exhibits and learn about safety for you and your family. No appointment is necessary.

*Rain City Rock Out! at Rain City Coffee – Portland; 3/8; 10:00am – 11:00am; Mo Phillips jams his originals, classic family jams, and supa sweet familiar pop tunes to charge up your Saturday!  Cost:  $5 suggested donation

*Guided Nature Walks at Tryon Creek– Portland; 3/8; 10:00am-11:30am; Free guided nature hikes exploring the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area.  Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages.  Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.

*Free Family Day at WA Cty Museum – Hillsboro; 3/8; 10:00am – 1:00pm; Join Museum staff and volunteers to make puppets and celebrate spring. Tears of Joy Puppet Theater will perform their play Papagayo, a tale from the Guatemalan jungle, at 11 a.m.  Crafts and activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

* Kids Saturday Morning Skate Session At Oaks Park – Portland; 3/8; 10:30am – 12:00pm; For $6 children 10 and under can skate (skates included). Parents free with paid child admission.

*Plant a Sack of Potatoes at Al’s Garden Center – Sherwood; 3/1; 11:00am; You can grow potatoes, even if you only have a small space. By planting potatoes in a bag, you can easily grow and harvest them. Find the eyes on a potato and learn more about this unique root vegetable. You will love their flavor at harvest time. Reservations required.  Cost:  $5

*Buckman Art Show and Sell in SE PDX – Portland; 3/8; 11:00am – 7:00pm;  Over 140 artists and craftspersons, great food, dance and music performances and a free supervised hands-on children’s art activity all culminate to make this a fantastic community event.  The festival features paintings, ceramics, sculptures, photography, prints, collage, mosaics, fabric and paper arts, textiles, fashion accessories, jewelry, and toys created by both established veterans and newly emerging talents in the Northwest art world. A separate gallery showcases the work of talented Buckman students and young alumni.  $2-$5 donation, kids 0-4 free

*McMenamins Grand Lodge 92nd Birthday Party – Forest Grove; 3/8; 11:00am – 9:00pm; We’re throwing a party and you’re invited! We’ll have free, family-friendly, live music and entertainment as well as food and drink specials.

The music lineup in our Compass Room is:

2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. – Mr. Ben

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – The Freak Mountain Ramblers

7:30 p.m. – Cooper & The Jam

*The Sesquicentennial Library Celebration Puppet Show at Holgate Library – Portland; 3/8; 12:00pm – 12:45pm; Multnomah County Library is celebrating 150 years of library service. MCL is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi! Join Librarian Gabby as she transports herself back in time to unfold the stories of the library’s? humble beginnings?; then t?ravel?s? back again to now, ?150-years ?later ?of amazing dedication to get information out to the public free for you and me. Singing, dancing and laughter are included in this original Penny’s Puppet Show.

*Welcome Back Vulture Day at Leach Botanical Garden – Portland; 3/8; 12:00pm – 3:00pm; Celebrate the beauty of vultures at the Audubon Society of Portland’s free Welcome Back Vulture Day, held at our East-side Branch at Leach Botanical Garden. This family-friendly event will keep kids of all ages engaged with fun, hands-on activities focused on increasing their knowledge of these amazing creatures. Meet Ruby, Portland Audubon’s Turkey Vulture, and other Audubon education birds and compare their “wingspan” to that of a California Condor. Make a crafted vulture and mask. Learn fun vulture facts. Play “Upchuck Chuck!”

*Make a Movie with Steve & Kate’s Camp at Cosmic Soda – Portland; 3/8 & 3/9; 12:00pm – 4:00pm;  Join the Community Directors from the Portland locations of Steve & Kate’s Camp for an afternoon at Cosmic Soda Pop and Candy Shop.  Jason and Piera will be on-hand to not only talk about what a summer at Steve & Kate’s Camp looks like (clue: it’s a lot of fun), but they’ll have with them several of their custom-made animation stations letting kids (and adults!) teach themselves how to make a stop motion animation movie.

*A Big Foot Reading at Green Bean Books – Portland; 3/8; 1:00pm – 1:30pm; Everyone Out Here Knows is a gorgeously poetic new picture book recently selected by  Oregon Reads and written by Oregon’s fourth poet  laureate, William Stafford.  We’ll have Tim Barnes read from this beautifully illustrated picture book about Big Foot and nature Saturday, March 8th, 1pm.

*Oregon Pacific Railroad Train Rides at Rail Heritage Center – Portland; 3/8; 1:00pm – 5:00pm; The Oregon Pacific Railroad is offering round trip diesel locomotive powered passenger train rides to the public from the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, located near OMSI. Passenger trains will operate on Saturdays and depart the Oregon Rail Heritage Center at 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30 pm. Rides last approximately 45 minutes. Locomotive cab rides are available for an additional fee.  Cost:  $5

*2nd Saturday Family Dance at Fulton Park Community Center – Portland; 3/8; 4:30pm – 6:30pm; Seattle’s own and family dance favorite Caroline Oakley will be calling, backed by her own wonderful band.  $6/adult, $5/child, $20/family maximum

* Free Family Swim At Marshall Community Center - Vancouver; 3/8; 4:45pm to 6:30pm; Bauman Chiropractic is sponsoring free family swims at Marshall Pool Saturday evenings.

Sunday, March 9th:

*Viking Pancake Breakfast at Norse Hall – Portland; 3/9; 8:30am – 1:00pm; Sons of Norway, Grieg Lodge Viking Pancake Breakfast.  Save your Sunday morning appetite for our all-you-can-eat pancakes?-?served with scrambled eggs, sausage links, fruit, orange juice, and coffee or tea.  Adults are $7, children ages 5-12 are $4 and children under 5 eat free.  Ann Grangaard will lead story time for the youngsters at 10 am.

*Curious Garden at the Curious Comedy Theater – Portland; 3/9; 10:30am – 11:30am; The Curious Garden is back! Come see our old friends Razzie the Fairy, Daisy the Flower and Jojo the Lawnjockey – and meet our new garden friends Ribbit the Frog, Dottie the Ladybug and Flappy the Chicken! The Curious Garden is a show for all ages – especially kids 0-8. Every month on the second Sunday at 10:30am. And remember each episode ends with an open mic where you can sing, dance, tell a joke and show off your talent at the Curious Garden. $5 suggested donation.

*Reading and Recess in Play at Green Bean Books – Portland; 3/9; 1:00pm – 2:00pm; Wear your sneakers and bring your best game to Green Bean Books as Jill Vialet signs books and reads excerpts from Recess Rules. The free event will feature games and recess activities run by Playworks Pacific Northwest, and are open to everyone.

*The David Show! at Rain City Coffee – Portland; 3/9; 1:00pm – 2:00pm; Musical variety show for children of all ages and their families.

Monday, March 10th :

*Music Class with Johnny Keener at The Treehouse – Portland; 3/10; 10:00am; He will craft music for kids that is exciting and fun, as well as artistically satisfying.  He is committed to inviting kids into the musical process providing them with a musical experience they won’t forget!  Best for ages 0-6.  Cost:  $5 per child

*Tangled Threads at Warehouse Cafe – Portland; 3/10; 10:00am – 11:00am; Join The Tangled Threads for music and merriment. They delight and amaze audiences everywhere through an ever-evolving repertoire that includes music, dance, stilt walking, juggling, clowning, Heely skating, and much more! $5 admission.  Please bring exact change or a check for the artist.

*Storytime with Olive Rootbeer and Dingo at Laurelhurst Cafe – Portland; 3/10; 10:00am – 11:00am; Join Olive and Dingo for stories, balloons and songs at Laurelhurst Cafe, a quaint restaurant serving organic local high quality meals.  (Gluten free and kids menu options too.).  $5 suggested donation.

*Tallulah’s Daddy at Rain City Coffee – Portland; 3/10; 10:00am – 11:00am; Come sing, dance and play with Tallulah’s Daddy as he plays guitar, bass and cajon. Tallulah’s Daddy plays fun, energetic acoustic music for your little ones, and you can grab some coffee, tea or a snack. We start with musical storytime, then sing songs, and we leave a little bit of extra time for the kids to get their hands on some percussion instruments!  No cover charge, donations appreciated.

*Johnny Keener at Treehouse Boutique – Portland; 3/10; 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Johnny crafts music for kids that is exciting and fun, as well as artistically satisfying. He is committed to inviting kids into the musical process providing them with a musical experience they won’t forget! Ages 0-6 $5 per child.

*Mondays On The Mall – Portland – Downtown Central Transit Mall;  3/10; Various Times; Free events all day including Wii play, caricatures, the original photo booth and entertainment. 

Tuesday, March 11th : 

* $4 Admission For Second Tuesday At The Zoo - Portland; 3/11; 9:00am – 4:00pm; Enjoy all of the fun wildlife and adventure at the Oregon Zoo for a fraction of the cost with $4 admission per person. Children 2 and under are, as always, admitted free of charge. Ride transit and receive an additional $1.50 off with proof of ridership. (Parking is $4 per car.)

*Story Time with Olive and Dingo at Warehouse Cafe – Portland; 3/11; 10:00am – 11:00am; Full of comedy, songs, stories, balloons and laughter. Olive and Dingo are bright and cheery, cartoony characters who love inspiring kids and families to be silly, to love improv and creative performance and to be the best audience members Portland has ever known! Balloons twisting and fellowship is at the end of the show.  Cost: $5 per child for balloons and entertainment

*Preschool Play and Skate at Oaks Park – Portland; 3/11; 10:00am – 11:30am; This special roller skating session is just for your littlest skaters. Children 6 and under enjoy games, songs, blals, a 15 minute group lesson, snack time, and more.  Conventional skate rental included.  Shoes and strollers welcome on the skating floor.  Adults free with paid children’s admission.  Cost:  $6.00

*Tangled Threads at Milagros Boutique – Portland; 3/11; 10:30am; Join The Tangled Threads for music and merriment at Milagros Tuesdays at 10:30 am. $5 admission fee per child (adults are free!) Please bring exact change or a check for the artist.

*Red Yarn at Cafe au Play – Portland; 3/11; 10:30am – 11:00am;  Join Red Yarn & his lovable critters every Tuesday morning at Cafe au Play. Audiences will sing, dance, act, and experience the joy of community during Red Yarn’s interactive shows.  For more information, visit www.cafeauplay.org  Cost:  $3/walking person

*Tuesday Art Time at the Treehouse Children’s Boutique – Portland; 3/11; 10:30am – 11:15am; Join us at 10:30 every TUESDAY for an an hour of art, music, stories, bubbles, chalk, and messes at the Treehouse Children’s Boutique!  We have a wonderful new auditorium space! $6.00/child.

*Storytime at Green Bean Books – Portland; 3/11; 11:00am – 11:30am; Get ready to get immersed in the world of books!  FREE

*Mommy Matinee at the Kennedy School – Portland; 3/11 & 3/12; 2:30pm – 4:30pm; Tuesdays & Wednesdays moms, dads, grandparents, nannies and their babies are welcome. Let the kids fuss – we don’t mind!  Click here for today’s movie.  Cost:  $3 pp

*Micah and Me Singalong at Rain City Coffee – Portland; 3/11; 3:00pm; Micah and Me Kids Singalong at Rain City Coffee Tuesdays at 3pm. We will be singing the favorites including Dan Zanes’ new one, “Let’s Dance.”

Wednesday, March 12th :

*Visit the Historic Belmont Firehouse – Portland; 3/12; 9:00am – 3:00pm; Drop in any Wednesday to see the exhibits and learn about safety for you and your family.  No appointment is necessary.

*Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Gardens – Portland; 3/12; 10:00am – 11:00am; Weekly nature-related activities for young children and their adult caregivers. Discover the secrets of the Garden and its critters through stories and outdoor explorations. Dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes for unpaved, uneven walkways that could be muddy. Strollers limit where we can explore, so carriers are ideal for little ones. No pre-registration required. Best for ages 1-6.  Cost:  $2 per child

*Tadpole Tales at Whitaker Ponds – Portland; 3/12; 10:00am – 11:00am;  Children aged 3-5 with their parents are invited to a short story and guided nature walk. Watch birds fly overhead, search for hidden animal homes, and learn about local trees and flowers. Themes change each week and locations change each month.  This program runs each Wednesday March-May.  Event runs rain or shine.  Families are welcome to bring a snack.  Learn more and register for this event here.  $3 per child, adults-free

*Puddle Stompers at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge – Sherwood; 3/12; 10:00am – 11:30am;  This preschool environmental education program invites children and their families to spend the morning learning about the natural wonders of the Refuge. Volunteer Naturalists will lead nature crafts, share stories, and guide hikes on Refuge trails. The Refuge supplies ‘froggy’ raingear for the kids, but adults should bring their own.  This event is free & open to the public, but registration is required. Send your name, email address, phone number, and the date(s) you would like to attend, along with your little naturalist’s name and age, to Jenna at jenna_mendenhall@fws.gov or call (503)625-5944.

*Tangled Threads at Milagros Boutique – Portland; 3/12; 10:30am; Join The Tangled Threads for music and merriment at Milagros Tuesdays at 10:30 am. $5 admission fee per child (adults are free!) Please bring exact change or a check for the artist.

*Red Yarn at Cafe au Play – Portland; 3/12; 10:30am – 11:00am;  Join Red Yarn & his lovable critters every Tuesday morning at Cafe au Play. Audiences will sing, dance, act, and experience the joy of community during Red Yarn’s interactive shows.  For more information, visit www.cafeauplay.org  Cost:  $3/walking person

*Mommy Matinee at the St Johns Theater- Portland; 3/12; 1:00pm – 2:30pm;  Parents, nannies, grandparents and caregivers, bring your babies to these films, from G to R ratings. Let the wee ones fuss, they don’t mind.  Every Wednesday, first showing, unless an event has been booked.  Check movie listings for showtimes or call 503-249-7474503-249-7474   .  Cost $3.00

*Story Time with Olive and Dingo at Pieper Cafe – Portland; 3/12; 3:00pm – 4:00pm; Full of comedy, songs, stories, balloons and laughter. Balloons twisting and fellowship is at the end of the show. Folks are encouraged to check Olive and Dingo out on the web. Lots of love!  Cost:  $5 per child

*Mo Phillips Party Time! at Oregon Public House – Portland; 3/12; 5:00pm – 6:00pm; Join Mo for some excellent family rock out dinner action

Thursday, March 13th:

*Tallulah’s Daddy at Warehouse Cafe – Portland; 3/13; 10:00am – 11:00am; Come sing, dance and stomp like a dinosaur as Tallulah’s Daddy sings and plays his guitar, bass and cajon. Tallulah’s Daddy plays fun, energetic and interactive acoustic music for kids, and brings lots of percussion goodies for kids of all ages to play with!  Cost:  donation

*Story Time with Olive and Dingo at Cafe au Play - Portland; 3/13; 10:30am – 11:30am Full of comedy, songs, stories, balloons and laughter. Balloons twisting and fellowship is at the end of the show.Cost:  $5 per child for balloons and entertainment

*Kid’s Nature Program at Powell’s Cedar Hills – Beaverton; 3/13; 1:00pm; Join us for a preschool nature program led by a local naturalist. Students will discover the world of super spiders. This program teaches students about spiders through hands-on and interactive activities including the use of props and sharing of “firsthand” experiences. We will read Are You a Spider? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries, look at how spider webs work, and reveal where spiders like to call home. This program is produced by Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.

*Storytime at Green Bean Books – Portland; 3/13; 3:30pm – 4:00pm; GBB is  now offering a second weekly story time! Join us any Thursday afternoon, 3:30-4:00pm for stories and laughter!  FREE

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

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


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

*Pottery Lego Name Building Event ; 10am & Noon; Kids 4 – 12 can come build their own name plaque using legos!

*Lowes Build And Grow Clinic - Saturday ; 10:00am; Come join Lowes Build and Grow Clinic.

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


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