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08-07-2014 08:46 PM
philomom Bumpity bump. Those movies in the park are happening now. And if you haven't tried something on this list, choose something and get going. School starts again in just a month!
07-05-2014 02:14 PM
philomom Down on the Farm ..... Open House

July 23, 2014 a Wednesday

4 to 7 p.m

hay wagon, bus tours, drive the tractor, berry tasting, learn about farming
07-04-2014 11:29 PM
philomom EcoTrust concerts.

2014 Sundown Band Lineup

July 10: Portland Cello Project – All Ages Dance Party
July 17: Magic Mouth with Brainstorm
July 24: The Builders and the Butchers with Melville
July 31: Alela Diane with Lost Lander
07-04-2014 11:25 PM
philomom Kid's activities sponsored by Radio Disney... so probably pretty mainstream but might be fun to try.
07-04-2014 11:20 PM
philomom Music at Sherwood farmer's market

There's a sweet little wading pool and fountain there, too.
06-26-2014 07:14 AM
philomom Bump! Hope you are getting around town !
06-14-2014 11:24 PM
philomom Free lunches for kids around town.
06-09-2014 11:03 AM
philomom Bump!
06-03-2014 08:04 PM
philomom Pittock Mansion Although a fee is charged for admission to the mansion, part of an amazing day can be spent wandering the grounds and caretaker's quarters at no charge. On a clear day, the massive front lawn provides amazing views of the city, rivers, and famous area mountain peaks including Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and even Washington's Mt. Ranier. Pittock Mansion is located off Burnside just after it enters the Washington Park area. Bring a picnic lunch!
06-03-2014 07:58 PM
philomom Tour Old Church! Built in 1882.

Free Wednesday recitals to listen to with your sack lunch. Occasional kid's concerts.
06-03-2014 07:52 PM
philomom Jewish museum ... kids under 12 are free with paying adult. Adults pay 6$
06-03-2014 07:48 PM
philomom Dairyville open and free Sundays during the summer.
06-02-2014 08:27 PM
philomom Picnic at Council Crest park. Views of several mountains to the North and the Tualatin mtns and the coastal range to the west and south. There's a lot of history here.. the native Americans used this as a lookout and meeting place, there has been an amusement park and trolleys here in the past.

Is there a singer in your group? There's an acoustic sweet spot here in the center of the observation platform. Makes an average singer sound amazing!
06-01-2014 11:00 PM
philomom This is in Milwaukie! Free guided tour and samples. Have fun.
06-01-2014 10:59 PM
philomom Road trip.... go see the cheese factory and then get an ice cream there. I've done this a handful of times and never been disappointed. Always free.
06-01-2014 10:51 PM
philomom 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.

Sorry this is not entirely free but it is a cool event!
06-01-2014 10:45 PM
philomom 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.
06-01-2014 10:23 PM
philomom 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.
06-01-2014 10:16 PM
philomom The Portland Police museum is free! Open Tues-Fri. 10 to 3
06-01-2014 10:07 PM
philomom 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.
06-01-2014 10:00 PM
philomom 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.
06-01-2014 09:52 PM
philomom 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.
05-31-2014 10:40 PM
philomom 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.
05-25-2014 09:28 PM
philomom 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".
05-25-2014 09:22 PM
philomom 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.
05-25-2014 05:15 PM
philomom 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
05-24-2014 10:21 PM
philomom Multnomah county library storytimes.

And book babies.
05-24-2014 10:19 PM
philomom 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!
05-24-2014 08:47 PM
mamapigeon I check this out regularly and have found some great things to do in the Portland area.

05-24-2014 07:37 PM
Turquesa Subbing. I'm new to the area so I don't have any suggestions. I hope you don't mind me freeloading on this thread. innocent.gif
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