Reviews

Imago’s FROGZ Delights and Mesmerizes

Portland favorite FROGZ is back!

NWCT’s “Cinderella” Dazzles

Review of NWCT's Holiday Extravaganza "Cinderella"

Opera for Three Generations

The Portland Opera's "The Magic Flute" is a budget-friendly, joyous holiday show for the whole family.

Review: OCT’s “Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt”

Set off for adventure in OCT's Clever & Creative "Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt"

Review: NWCT’s The Starlings Present: Amelia Earhart’s First Flight

Review: NWCT's The Starlings Present: Amelia Earhart's First Flight

Field Trip: Obstacle Course in the Sky

An obstacle course in the sky at Tree-to-Tree Adventure Park.

Magical Retelling of “Snow White” at Broadway Rose

Delightful All-Ages Theatre at Broadway Rose

Tickled Pink at OCT’s “Pinkalicious”

OCT's Pinkalicious Is a Charming Treat

Fun and Fairness Reign in Robin Hood

Fun and Fairness Reign in Robin Hood

OCT’s Tomás and the Library Lady Is a Delight

“Tomás and the Library Lady” is a fun, entertaining performance about the love of language and books.

Orchestra of teens performs thrilling, beautiful music

PYP Fascinates and Inspires Kids with Music

“Flora & Ulysses” Flies Into Oregon Children’s Theatre

"Flora & Ulysses" Flies Into Oregon Children’s Theatre

A Fun Introduction to Improv at Oregon Children’s Theatre

A Fun Introduction to Improv at Oregon Children's Theatre

NWCT’s Delightful, Modern Take on a Classic Tale

Review of NWCT's "Sleeping Beauty with Puppets"

The Buzz on “Fly Guy”

The Buzz on "Fly Guy"

Classical Ballet Academy’s “The Nutcracker” a Magical Holiday Treat

Classical Ballet Academy's "The Nutcracker" a Magical Holiday Treat

Festive Holiday Fun: Oregon Ballet Theatre Performs “The Nutcracker”

Festive Holiday Fun: Oregon Ballet Theatre Performs “The Nutcracker”

Creative, Whimsical “La Belle” Charms at Imago Theatre

Creative, Whimsical "La Belle" Charms at Imago Theatre

Incredible Aerial Dancing & Quirky Superhero Fun at Echo Theater

Incredible Aerial Dancing & Quirky Superheroes at Echo Theatre

A Visit to the Merry Old Land of Oz

A Visit to the Merry Old Land of Oz at NWCT!

Rock the Presidents: Captivating, Covertly Educational Fun

"Rock the Presidents" Review: Captivating, Covertly Educational Fun

Review: NWCT’s “The Cat in the Hat”

A childhood favorite comes to life on stage

REVIEW: Knick Knacks and Tik Toks at Echo Theater Company

From start to finish, an impressive group of youth performers from Echo Theater.

REVIEW: OCT’s “James and the Giant Peach”

REVIEW: OCT's "James and the Giant Peach"

Review: NWCT “Snow White”

Review: NWCT "Snow White"

Review: Chrysalis by OCT’s YP

There was no happy ending, but there was a satisfying one.

Review: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Review: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

REVIEW: OCT’s “Bad Kitty!”

A purr-fect show for kids and adults alike.

REVIEW: Marvel Universe at the Moda Center

Awesome and also Double Awesome. Five stars!

Review: NWCT’s “Alice in Wonderland”

Inventive props and costumes make for jazzy entertainment in this musical rendition of a classic favorite.

REVIEW: OCT’s “Impulse”

"THIS THE BEST SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN ON A STAGE! Mom, we HAVE to go see it again!"

Review: Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space

Oregon Children’s Theatre (OCT) has created an adaption that lets children see their favorite book characters up close and personal.

Oregon Children’s Theatre presents Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space

A world premiere adaptation of the best-selling book series, with an astronomical cyber threat adventure!

Original Adaptation Returns to NWCT Stage for a Jazz-Fueled Adventure

Tumble down the rabbit hole as Alice’s adventures through Wonderland are transformed into a spectacular jazz odyssey!

NWCT presents “Alice in Wonderland”!

Northwest Children's Theater is proud to present one of their most beloved adaptations, January 30 - February 28, 2016.

Review: Classical Ballet Academy’s “The Nutcracker”

This production is a great intro to the famous ballet and an inspiring showcase of young talent.

Review: OBT’s “The Nutcracker”

A venerable a tradition in Portland as the Pioneer Courthouse Square Christmas Tree.

Review: PYP’s Cushion Concert

Lovely, rousing, beautiful and gentle ... these are just a few of the ways our reviewer describes the music from PYP's Cushion Concert on March 15th.

The Lumberyard

Tear it up on a trick bike at The Lumberyard, the oh-so-Portland indoor bike park that's great for rainy day play.

Messy Art Nirvana at Portland Child Art Studio

We had fun getting messy with three kids at Portland Child Art Studio in NW Portland.

Review: Christmas Revels

I have to admit I didn’t know any history behind the Revels or that it’s a countrywide group until I read their (professionally done) program. If the performance I went to is even a minor glimpse of their bigger picture then clearly they are in the business of spreading cheer no matter the time of year. Now, the first thing I want to get out of the way, knowing this could make or break it for some of you parental units from the get go, is that the Christmas Revels is a full 3 hours long. There’s an intermission of

Review: Christmas in the Garden at The Oregon Gardens

About an hour south of Portland, on the border of Silverton, Oregon sits a garden respite. The Oregon Garden, an 80-acre botanical garden, opened in 1999. Since welcoming its first visitors, it has grown to include over twenty different specialized gardens. This time of year, The Oregon Garden transforms itself into a holiday wonderland. It's Rediscovery Gardens are adorned with lights, while artists and vendors sell handmade crafts and food. Fire pits are scattered along the path for visitors to warm their toes and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, hot apple cider, or for the adults gluhwien that are

Review: Red Yarn’s “The Deep Woods” Pilot

The Clinton Street Theater was an appropriate venue for the sold-out premiere of the pilot episode of Red Yarn’s The Deep Woods, funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, on Saturday December 6th. Like the theater’s midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, kindie musician Red Yarn has developed quite the cult following. And it’s easy to see why. Red Yarn (aka musician and educator Andy Fergeson) has a folksy, easy manner that makes fans of all ages feel instantly welcome. Combine that with a twangy voice, expressive movements, and a few puppets and you’ve got yourself

Review: Cinnamon Bear Cruise 2014

Walking along the chilly waterfront on this gorgeous Saturday morning to board the Cinnamon Bear Cruise, we were excited to share the experience with our now 6 year old son Marshall and his friend Addie. Marshall has been on this particular adventure before, while, for Addie, it was a completely new experience. Watching their eyes shine as we were greeted by Captain Tintop and Captain Taffy for our "Welcome Aboard" photo was just the beginning of our magical adventure. As we walked down the gangplank to board the cruise, the questions were numerous. Where were we going? Who would be

Fairy Gardens

Make your own terrarium, fit for a fairy, at Artemisia in SE Portland.

Reaching for the Stars

Beer for you, a healthy kids' menue for the littles at Ecliptic Brewing, the latest offerings among PDX's family-friendly brewpubs.

Home on the (Archery) Range

Mini Robin Hoods and wanna-be Merias unite at a new indoor archery range with family-friendly hours.

Noodles Like Your Nonna’s

Noodle Nirvana for kids and grownups alike at Grassa, in downtown PDX.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Portland

Field Trip! Pumpkin patches and October go together like tricking and treating. A select guide to a few of our area favorites.

Pizza in the ’Burbs

Thin-crust goodness, plus a kiddo play area in Clackamas? Sign us up.

Growing with Music Together. A Review

It’s been more than six years since the day my not-quite-two-year-old son and I walked into our first Music Together class, unsure of what to expect but excited to do something new together in our new home of Portland. Since then, much has happened … a new house, preschool, a baby sister, kindergarten, grade school, preschool for her, and just starting kindergarten herself. But through that all, my weekly visit to the musical circle that this program creates has been a constant pleasure for me and one or both of my kids to look forward to. It hasn’t quite sunk

Cultured Caveman

Paleo Bites, fit for small fry, at Cultured Caveman in NoPo.

Review: Queen Melissa Spring Tea Cruise aboard the Portland Spirit

My daughters and I joined Queen Melissa of Maybeland, from the children’s book The Cinnamon Bear, for a springtime “High Tea” cruise aboard the Portland Spirit last Saturday. All three girls (ages 6, 6, and 8) loved this adventure. Upon boarding the Portland Spirit, we were greeted by Maybeland Fairies who checked our name on the ship’s manifest, and then helped us choose our own magic teapot for our 2-hour afternoon high tea along the Willamette River. The children were encouraged to invent a story about their magic teapot’s origin, which they had the option to share and have read

Review: ZooLights 2013 by MaryJo

Review by MaryJo Monroe I have a secret to confess: I don’t really like the zoo. I think it is due to one too many times of following an eager toddler/preschooler down to the bottom of the hill inside the zoo only to have him stage a fit, which means I had to carry him all the way back what felt like a mile uphill in the hot summer sun while he screamed in my ear. So I have been a Zoo Grinch for years. But then I had the opportunity to go to the Oregon Zoo’s annual ZooLights Festival,

Review: ZooLights 2013

Review by Debbie Tofte Since 1988, a favored holiday tradition has dazzled Portland families. Initially started grassroots, volunteers built the displays and worked the event. Today, the Oregon Zoo’s Zoolights Winter Festival is a must-do on many people’s December itinerary. We ventured to Zoolights on one of our chilliest nights in December. Sipping hot cocoa, bundled up in our coats, hats, and gloves, viewing the beautiful lights, it was perfect to put us in the holiday frame of mind. We were thrilled to see some of our favorite displays: the brilliant red and green walk-thru wreath, trees strung with thousands

Review: ZooLights 2013 by Ang

Review by Ang Campbell As newcomers to the Portland area we’ve been excited to explore activities that are available to do as a family during our first holiday season here. When we heard about ZooLights we were doubly excited because we hadn’t yet had the opportunity to visit the Oregon Zoo and we love visiting zoos that are new to us! We were thrilled with the chance to attend ZooLights as our first holiday outing as a family in 2013. ZooLights gates open at 5 p.m. We arrived shortly after that on one of the coldest nights of the season

Review: ZooLights 2013

Review by Abby Wyers We had arrived early, around 5pm to see the ZooLights. It was a cold evening and we were all bundled up and ready to be amazed. The beautiful tree, illuminated in green and purple was a show stopper before we even entered the Zoo. "This is going to be our new Christmas ritual" said my 9 year old son as we approached the gorgeous entry. Once past the ticket window, we were greeted by several  festively dressed staff members including one in a tiger costume. Since my younger son loves tigers, we had to get a

Review: The Cinnamon Bear Cruise

review by Rachaey May - local mom to Aden, 7, Carter 5, and Adella 2 and PDX Kids Calendar reviewer The Cinnamon Bear Cruise is something I’ve only known about since moving to Portland 3 ½ years ago. The Cinnamon Bear tradition goes back to the 1940s, when it was a national radio show that aired weekly from November 25th until December 25th. While other parts of the country may not treasure the story about the adventures of Judy and Jimmy Barton, here in Portlandia you’ll have no problem coming across a stranger who has their own memories of Cinnamon

Review: “The Deep Woods” by Red Yarn

In the wild world of Portland kindie rock, there are quite a few colorful characters. Artists like The Alphabeticians, Mr. Ben, and Mo Phillips can be found rocking coffee shops and other family-friendly venues all across Stumptown on any given afternoon. But in the arena of Portland's 'colorful' kid-friendly musicians, there is perhaps none more colorful in spirit (and appearance) than the crimson-bearded Andy Furgeson, otherwise known as Red Yarn. Since 2011, Red Yarn Productions has been bringing his unique blend of  musical puppet shows and educational programs to schools, libraries, community events, and other venues across the PDX. Red

Sunset at the Zoo – review 7/10/13

Review by Michelle Porter - local area mom and PDX Kids Calendar reviewer Oh, Portland Summers, how I love thee. The cool mornings, long warm nights and outdoor concerts a plenty. The Oregon Zoo is one of our favorite summer concert venues. Sunset at the Zoo is the Zoo's latest addition to their summer concert series. Every other Wednesday in July and August they are opening their gates from 5pm until 8pm (zoo grounds remain open until 9:30) to let people enjoy an evening of animal watching, summer festival style fun and music. My family was delighted to attend the

Review: Dizzy Castle Indoor Playground in Vancouver, WA

Review by Michelle Porter - local mom and PDX Kids Calendar reviewer As a mom of 5, I'm always looking for new and fun things for my kids to do. During the rainy months, which can really be just about all of them, I'm especially interested in fun indoor options. Double points for indoor fun that has the option of coffee and free wi-fi for me. Dizzy Castle is the area's newest installment of indoor playgrounds. Located in Vancouver, it's a quick and easy drive from Portland. This place has it all: tons of slides, ramps, space to run for

Review: Songs for Johnson Creek – a benefit album

review by Ali Wilkinson - local mom and kindie music connoisseur We Portland parents may differ on a lot of things, but there are at least two things we can all agree on: we want to preserve and protect our environment for our kiddos and we love the kids’ music scene in this town. With the new compilation album Songs for Johnson Creek, we can support both! Songs for Johnson Creek is the brainchild of kids’ musician Matt Clark, who happens to have an alternate career as Executive Director of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, an environmental non-profit based in

Review: Queen Melissa Tea Cruise – Tea, Treats and Treachery

Review by Amy Seaholt - PDX Kids Calendar reviewer and local mom High tea sounds fancy. So sophisticated, in fact, that one cannot enjoy it at home. A seven-year-old must take her tea in a posh setting. A five star hotel would qualify ... or aboard a boat ... or with the queen! Jolly luck for you if you're in Portland, because every Saturday in April and May you can accomplish the latter two in one outing. Four of us attended the Queen Melissa Tea Cruise aboard the Portland Spirit, hoping for some cheer to combat these rainy days of

Review: Portland Youth Philharmonic Cushion Concert

As documented throughout this website, my son Grady (almost 3) is a huge fan of music. He loves the local kindie music scene, Music Together, and has been enjoying the Oregon Symphony youth concert series lately as well. So of course we were thrilled to learn about the Portland Youth Philharmonic Cushion Concert at the World Forestry Center, an annual concert aimed at Portland’s youngest music fans. Grady and I arrived at the World Forestry Center a bit early so that we could take part in the instrument “petting zoo.” This is a fun idea, allowing kids to touch and

Review: Monster Jam at the Rose Quarter

review by Jennifer Bevacqua - Portland area mom and PDX Kids Calendar reviewer My husband said it best as we were walking out of the Monster Truck Jam today: “Well, that was never on my bucket list, but I’m glad that I went.” My husband and I are not Monster Truck fans, NASCAR fans, or any similar type of fans. However somehow our oldest son (5 years old) is extremely infatuated with monster trucks and race cars! I’m originally from the rural Midwest and wonder if love for these things somehow skips a generation genetically! Anyway, our experience was entertaining.

Review: Portland Aquarium

review by Tabitha Rhodes Like many PDX families, we were very excited about the opening of the Portland Aquarium in Milwaukie. An aquarium - just a stone's throw away? AWESOME! And after seeing numerous ticket deals and opting for the 1/2 off membership, we were very excited to check out a place that certainly looked amazing in the photos! We went to the Aquarium on the 2nd day after they opened for the members only preview - a week prior to their public opening. I have to admit, I've been to a lot of openings of new spots in our

Review: Cinnamon Bear Cruise

review by Abby Wyers ~ PDX Kids Calendar reader and local Portland area mom On a rainy and windy Sunday afternoon my family found its way to the Portland Spirit for the Cinnamon Bear Cruise. What we found was warmth, fun, and a true welcoming spirit. As we boarded the ship our photo was taken and offered later for purchase (with no pressure). All the employees were dressed as characters: Candy Cane, Snowy, Sugar, Spice, Presto and many others from the Cinnamon Bear book.  They all welcomed us aboard and let us know where we could sit and what to

Review: Oregon Zoo Lights

review by Olivia Pflanz - local mom and PDX Kids Calendar reader Kids and adults alike will be mesmerized by the beautiful and sometimes whimsical light displays at the Oregon Zoo. Even if light displays aren’t quite your thing, you can’t help but marvel at the artistry these displays require (the zoo website advises they use more than a million lights). My husband, a working artist, was skeptical but even he was impressed with the quality and amount of the displays. We took our 6 1/2-year-old daughter (who admittedly already loves holiday light displays of any kind) and she thoroughly