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Here we go again folks. I list them as I find them. Feel free to list some of your own. Yes, this thread a bit early this year but school will be out in three weeks! Hope you are having a marvelous Memorial day weekend.


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City fountains. Take the walking tour to see them all or play in one new one a week until you've done them all.

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/?c=42348
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Summer free for all. Concerts, movies and even some specialized activities. All free.


http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/61921
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Lake O has two free concert series....one on Wednesday nights and one on Sunday nights.


http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/summer-concerts
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Free Shakespeare in the parks!


http://www.portlandactors.com/
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Original Practice Shakespeare.... plays closer to the way the playwright meant them to be seen. May not be suitable for the youngest in your families.

http://www.opsfest.org/tour-calendar.html
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The Aerial tram. Coordinate with another parent. The DOWN ride is always free. It's the ride up that is four dollars. With two cars or a bus pass, you can do this for a minimum of fuss. The view is incredible and kids get a sticker from the tram operator.

http://www.gobytram.com/
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The rose garden is a great place to picnic. Some of the roses do have a smell and its a good place for the very young to practice their colors. Can you find a pink one? maybe a yellow one? The view from here is incredible as well. Its near the zoo and the Japanese garden.

http://www.rosegardenstore.org/rose-gardens.cfm
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Pioneer Courthouse Square hosts many concerts at lunch time and some other free events. Here's the link.

http://thesquarepdx.org/events/
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Portland Saturday market has free concerts.

http://www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/events/live-music-calendar
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Beaverton Farmer's market has a free concert almost every weekend during the summer season. There's a fountain nearby for the kids to get into and the Beaverton library is just a couple of blocks away. You could make a whole day of this.

http://www.beavertonfarmersmarket.com/ContentLoader.aspx?tag=musicschedule
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Powell's Books does kid storytime. I love Powell's! joy.gif

http://www.powells.com/calendar/
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Hike around the tree museum. It is free and in the same area as the zoo and the Forestry Museum. There's friendly folks in the office to ask questions of and bathrooms if you need them.


http://www.hoytarboretum.org/
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http://www.pdxkidscalendar.com/events-calendar/ I check this out regularly and have found some great things to do in the Portland area.


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Urban mamas has a weekend warrior page they post every Thursday or Friday. Be careful of your budget, though... some of those events are not free!

http://urbanmamas.typepad.com/
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Multnomah county library storytimes.

https://multcolib.org/events/storytimes

And book babies.

https://multcolib.org/events/book-babies
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Bridgeport Village Shopping center concerts!



July 10: Hit Explosion – The premier disco dance band in the northwest

July 17: Johnny Limbo & The Lugnuts – Portland’s own nostalgic band celebrating 35 years together

July 24: Papa Doo Run Run – Beach Boys tribute band plus the best beach music

July 31: Quarterflash – Oregon’s own chart topping artist known for their hit “Harden My Heart”

Aug 7: Pepe & The Bottle Blondes – Copacabana plus more

Aug 14: The Beatniks – The Beatles plus the best of the 60’s and much more!

Aug 21: 5 Guys Named Moe – 11 piece showy dance band performing the hits from 70’s to today

Aug 28: Apple Jam – performing 15 songs The Beatles wrote but never recorded plus more
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The Ten Toe Express walks are suitable for families and generally tell you about the history of the part of the city you are walking through. I have done these and loved them.


http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/401203
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For the bike crowd or biking with youngers... these events block off neighborhoods to make them safe for a Sunday outing. They call them Sunday Parkways! This would be a great way to get to know the city on a personal level if you attended all these around town. But if you just attend the one nearest you, you could make friends with your "neighbors".

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/58929
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These are not free but just a dollar. My kids and I used to grab a car full of friends and go every week during the summer. Several theaters in Portland and in the state of Oregon.

http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summ...Express#Oregon
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Letterboxing and geocaching can both be free and fun outdoor activities for the whole family. Encourages a treasure map and follow directions skills. I did letterboxing with my school age kids and they loved it. There's some in every state so you can do them as you travel, too! Geocaching requires a GPS. Have fun.

http://letterboxing.org/

http://www.geocaching.com/
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Little free libraries... these are an awesome way to share books. Take some and leave some. The closest one to my house is loaded with kids books. And the little houses these are located in are so cute.. each one has its own personality. There's some in Portland and many around the country so you can hit a handful on vacation as well.

http://littlefreelibrary.org/
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Visit different farmer's markets all around town. Different days of the week, different farmers, products and produce. Give each kid a thrift store basket to carry and little money and see what they come up with when they shop at some of these charming little markets.

http://www.movingtoportland.net/food/farmers-markets/
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The Portland Police museum is free! Open Tues-Fri. 10 to 3

http://www.portlandpolicemuseum.com/
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First Thursdays

Have a blooming artist in your home? Old enough to view art without touching it or knocking it over? If so, exploring these galleries is a fabulous cheap way to see many works of art and many artists themselves.

If your kids are little or still in a stroller....maybe keep to the street fair/ kiosks that will line the closed streets these nights.

http://explorethepearl.com/about-the...l-portland-or/
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Pedalpalooza 2014

This is a link to the calendar.... family friendly and kid friendly events are in green! Some of the others may be more adult.. like beer or nakedness. Not kidding...use some care in planning one of these outings.

http://www.shift2bikes.org/cal/viewpp2014.php
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The famous Bridge Pedal. Children under 12 bike for free. Adults pay a registration fee of about 40$ but you get to ride across the Portland bridges with no cars nearby. My hubby and son have done this twice and loved it. You get some great pictures from the tops of the Fremont bridge.

http://blog.bridgepedal.com/

Sorry this is not entirely free but it is a cool event!
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