Hands On: Science Experiments

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This winter break, turn your kitchen into a makeshift science lab with these fun (and only mildly messy) experiments from Mad Science Portland.   Kids are natural scientists — they are always engaging in informal science experiments by asking questions about things and then testing their hypotheses. Expanding the idea of science from something you …

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Young Trailblazer Aanaiyah Jones to be Classical Ballet Academy’s First African American Clara

Meg Asby is a mom of two in SW Portland and loves nothing better than a cartful of books from Central Library. Check out what her family is reading at Booked.

Ballet has historically been an art form performed by mostly white dancers, but that is beginning to change. Now little girls and boys have posters of Misty Copeland or Desmond Richardson on their walls, and 10-year-old Aanaiyah Jones, a student at Portland’s Classical Ballet Academy, is joining that legacy. She will dance the role of …

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Holiday Gifts for Kids 2019

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We’ve scoured Portland’s toy shops for the coolest kid gifts around, no matter your budget. And don’t miss our presents with a purpose and roundup of gifts of experience the whole family can enjoy. Under $20 Suyon nontoxic, peel-off nail polish dries quickly and goes beyond pink and purple to include, green, blue, yellow and …

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Field Trip: Stronger Skatepark

Sarah Vanbuskirk is a writer based in Portland. She is the mother of five kids, Violet, 15, Charlie, 13, Hank, 11, Noah, 9, and Walter, 6, and is currently working on a memoir.
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Good vibes and cool terrains make the indoor Stronger Skatepark in Milwaukie a hot spot for kids to skateboard through the winter.  My kids have grown up skateboarding — their dad gave them each (all five of them, ages 8 to 16) skateboards for their first or second birthdays. Still, Portland’s rainy winters and my …

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Free Cultural Passes from Portland-area Libraries

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Michelle lives in SW Portland with her husband and seven-year-old daughter. When she's not working, Michelle is watching ice skating practice or gymnastics class, and checking the Kids Calendar for a new activity to explore.
Michelle Carew

Local parents love the library for so many reasons. It’s dry in the winter and cool in the summer, and a comfortable spot for finding and reading books, playing with toys and hanging out. Of course, there’s also the free events like storytimes, Lego clubs, cultural events and summer reading programs. But wait—there’s another reason …

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Circus for Social Justice

The Circus Project is proud to invite you to Gravity Defiant, a touching circus-theatre production exploring themes of identity and the invisible forces that shape our lives.   Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 pmThe Circus Project, 1420 NW 17th Ave #388 Gravity Defiant uses trapeze, tightwire, aerial fabric and dance to …

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REVIEW: "Me…Jane" Opened at Oregon Children's Theater

Erica Vo is a local mom who loves exploring Portland and beyond with her son and daughter. She hopes to help families make their own memories by sharing ideas and experiences at fb.me/adventureswithchickenandnugget and her blog adventureswithchickennugget.wordpress.com.

Me…Jane Encourages Girls to Follow Their Dreams, Trust Themselves and Be Courageous Oregon Children’s Theatre kicked off their new season with Me, Jane, featuring lots of humor, great music and empowering messages for young girls. We caught an opening weekend showing of the musical, which imagines the story of Jane Goodall as a child. In …

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Castles and Wizards Enchant the Symphony!

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From our friends at Oregon Symphony Oregon Symphony Kids Series presents Castles and Wizards Sunday, November 10, 2019 Make sure to grab your wand and don your finest wizarding robes for this magical performance! Music from Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and more will enchant concert-goers of all ages. This Kids Concert features: Norman …

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Review: Howloween at the Oregon Zoo

Meg Asby is a mom of two in SW Portland and loves nothing better than a cartful of books from Central Library. Check out what her family is reading at Booked.

Enjoy costumed fun at the Oregon Zoo’s annual Howloween scavenger hunt! I haven’t met a kid who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt, and Howloween at the Oregon Zoo doesn’t disappoint. The hunting adds another layer of excitement (and education) to the already thrilling trick-or-treat experience. And of course, you will have the entire zoo to …

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The Long Way Home: Homelessness in PDX

Tessa Clampitt’s dream home is two stories, modern, and painted pink, with land enough for a few horses. Zechariah McLaurin and Dezirae Serrano would like to rent-to-own a nice house in a nice neighborhood in the Portland metro. It doesn’t matter where, as long as it’s got good schools and room for their three kids …

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20 Free Things to Do in September

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Michelle lives in SW Portland with her husband and seven-year-old daughter. When she's not working, Michelle is watching ice skating practice or gymnastics class, and checking the Kids Calendar for a new activity to explore.
Michelle Carew

Sure, we’re back at school, and the days are getting shorter. But there is still so much going on in September. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to do with kids around Portland—all for free this month. We’ve made every effort to confirm this information, but always double-check with the organization before heading …

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