November 2019

Free unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, November 2

Native American Arts Day ~ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm ~ Meet Native artists as they share the stories of their art works, make a corn husk doll, and enjoy Native music and dance.  ~ Fort Vancouver

Community Celebration: Día de Muertos ~ 2:00 pm – 9:00pm ~ This year’s festivities will highlight the diversity within our Mexican communities and how Day of Dead brings people together to celebrate in their own way. ~ Portland Art Museum

Sunday, November 3

Family Tour: Pets & Other Cherished Creatures ~ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ~ Portland Art Museum

Monday. November 4

Marine Life from A to Z: Fall Family Home School Day ~ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center, Newport ~$25 ~ registration required

Tuesday, November 5

SCRAP Crafternoon: Pet Toys ~ 4:00 pm – 6:00pm ~ An afternoon of crafting pet toys from awesome reuse materials ~ SCRAP PDX ~ Ages 6+ ~ $10

Thursday. November 7

Child-led interest learning Q & A ~ 12:00 pm ~ Beaverton Village Home

Saturday, November 9

2019 Portland Book Festival ~ Enjoy activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair, local food trucks, entry to the Portland Art Museum, and more.  ~ Portland Art Museum and nearby venues ~ $15 adult ($20 day of show), 17 and younger, free

Sunday, November 10

Family Tour: Let’s Go on Vacation! ~ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ~ Portland Art Museum

Black Lives Masquerade ~ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ The BLMQ8 is a conceptualized dance ceremony, utilizing performance as restorative justice and creative direct action.  ~ Central Library ~ advertised for older children and adults

Martha Jordan Craft Party ~ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ In celebration of Martha Jordan, a Kennedy School kindergarten teacher, join us for a crafty afternoon making decoupage wood slice ornaments. ~ McMenamins Kennedy School ~ $10

Tuesday, November 19

Child-led interest larning ~ 6:00 pm ~ Salem Village Home

Sunday, November 17

Family Tour: Art Detectives ~ 12:30 – 1:30 pm ~ Portland Art Museum

SCRAP Crafternoon: Tinkerlab ~ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ The SCRAP studio (and all its supplies) will be open for you to work on your creations ~ SCRAP PDX ~ Ages 6+ ~ $10

Sunday, November 24

Family Tour: Abundance ~ 12:30 – 1:30 pm ~ Portland Art Museum

Friday, November 29

35th Annual Tree-lighting Ceremony ~ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm ~ Pioneer Square

ONGOING HOLIDAY EVENTS

The Grotto Christmas Festival of Lights ~ Nov 29-Dec 30 ~ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm ~ The Grotto ~ Ticket prices vary

ONGOING EVENTS

Homeschool Skate [on the OHEN calendar] ~ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ~ third Fridays of the month October-May ~ Oaks Amusement Park ~ $7.50

ReWild Portland Free Skills Series ~ The Free Skills Series is a family-friendly monthly class exploring different aspects of rewilding, and is free and open to the public.

Tryon Creek Nature Programs ~ Tryon Creek offers weekly and monthly guided nature hikes, discovery days, and Junior Ranger programs ~ Tryon Creek State Natural Area

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Tillamook Forest Center Programs ~ Join the Tillamook Forest Center staff for a variety of fascinating, forest-related programs.

Second Saturdays ~ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Each second Saturday of the month, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories.  ~ Water Education Resources, Vancouver, WA

Ecology Club ~ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm ~ Join BARK on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss an ecological theme that pertains to Bark’s work on Mt Hood or seasonal skills to give the community a deeper appreciation and understanding of NW ecology ~ BARK office, Portland ~ recommended for ages 13+

Portland Train Rides ~ Saturdays, various times ~ Round trip rides last approximately 45 minutes and travel along the east bank of the Willamette River, next to the Springwater Trail, through the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Portland Train Rides ~ Oregon Rail Heritage Center ~ Ticket prices vary

Planetarium Sky Theater ~ Monthly shows presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images ~MHCC Planetarium

Tween DIY at the Library ~ 3:30 pm on the second Friday ~ Monthly meeting for creative tweens at Hollywood Library.

Mult Co Library Events ~ all branches ~ Search for events at the libraries in your area, for the age range and topics you are interested in!

Clackamas Co Library Events ~ from West Linn to Sandy and many other locations, search here for the libraries in your area or programs you’re looking for.

All-Ages Knitting Groups ~ several library locations have weekly knitting meetups for all skill levels, with volunteer teachers who will offer one-on-one instruction or coaching to get you started: 
Not Just Any Knitting Group ~ Wednesdays ~ 1:00 pm ~ Hollywood Library
A Good Yarn ~ Tuesdays ~ 6:00 pm ~ Gregory Heights Library
Belmont Knit Fix ~ Tuesdays ~ 3:30 ~ Belmont Library
Yarn Club ~ Sundays ~ 2:30 pm ~ Gresham Library

Lego at the Library ~ Several library branches (both Multnomah and Clackamas counties) have a monthly or weekly Lego-building meetup. Confirm before you go on any given day:
Happy Valley Library – 3rd Saturday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 pm and first Wednesday of the month from 4;00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sellwood-Moreland Library – Mondays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hollywood Library – Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rockwood Library – Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Belmont Library – Fridays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Gresham Libary – Tuesdays 4:00 -5:00 pm
Woodstock Library – second Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm 
Fairview-Columbia Library – second & fourth Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
Central Library – third Sunday 3:00 pm 
Hillsdale Library – third Thursday 3:30 pm 
Holgate Library – third Friday 3:00 pm
Troutdale Library – fourth Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 pm

More For Teens

Rockwood Makerspace ~ Open lab from 3:00 pm – 5:30 daily, plus lots of workshops. ~ The makerspace is a collaborative learning environment at Rockwood Library with an emphasis on middle and high school learners. The space provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software and supportive mentors. Within this 1,000 square-foot area, students learn real-life technology, design and engineering skills through open labs, workshops and camps.

Teens @ the Happy Valley Library ~ monthly board game nights on 4th Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, various study halls, art and music meetups every month and opportunities to volunteer.

Multnomah Co. has several other teen programs, book discussion groups, art classes, that are not all individually listed here. See here for more info!

Friendly Disclaimer: 
We, over here at Homeschooling in PDX, aren’t just gorgeous and amazing witty geniuses with great hair (tosses hair dramatically for effect)… we’re also moms, which means we’re usually low key sleep deprived just like you. 
So please don’t take our word for any of this, double check stuff you want to go to by clicking on the links themselves.

October 2019

Free unless otherwise noted.

Friday, October 4

2019 Portland Greek Festival ~ 10:00am-10:00 pm ~ 3131 NE Glisan St, Portland

Saturday, October 5

2019 Portland Greek Festival ~ 10:00am-10:00 pm ~ 3131 NE Glisan St, Portland

Trackoberfest ~ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ Come celebrate Trackers’ 15th anniversary with a day of celebration and food. ~ Trackers Earth

Sunday, October 6

2019 Portland Greek Festival ~ 11:00 am-8:00 pm ~ 3131 NE Glisan St, Portland

Thursday, October 10

Ground Kontrol Free Play ~ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Play all the games for one entrance fee ~ Ground Kontrol ~ $7

Sunday, October 13

Snake Dance EP Launch Party ~ 5:00 pm ~ This will be an immersive event consisting of 6 bands, an open mic, a large collaborative art project, artisan vendors, movement, art, meditation, and more. ~ $5-$10 sliding scale admission, profits will be donated to City Repair and Friends of Noise.

Monday, October 14

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration ~ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm ~ Great Spirit Native American Fellowship/United Methodist Church

Friday, October 18

Portland Retro Gaming Expo ~ 12:00 pm- 10:00 pm ~ Arcade, vendors, presentations (note: only the arcade is open Friday ~ Oregon Convention Center ~ Ticket prices vary

Saturday, October 19

Portland Retro Gaming Expo ~ 9:00 am – 10:00 pm ~ Arcade, vendors, presentations (note: only the arcade is open Friday ~ Oregon Convention Center ~ Ticket prices vary

Salmon Homecoming ~ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ This two-day event includes indigenous storytelling, tea preparation, drumming, a Salmon Bake, and native plant walks introducing people to Indigenous perspectives on plants, animals, and water. ~ Oxbow Regional Park ~ $5/car, $7/bus; no registration required

OHEN [Oregon Home Educatiom Network] Costume Dance ~ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm ~ Join homeschoolers throughout the state for a fun night ~ Multnomah Arts Center ~ Ages 13 + ~ $20/advance, $30 at door

Sunday, October 20

Portland Retro Gaming Expo ~ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ~ Arcade, vendors, presentations (note: only the arcade is open Friday ~ Oregon Convention Center ~ Ticket prices vary

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge Family Hike Adventure ~ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ~ Young hikers will receive a trail packet which includes an interactive map, scavenger stickers, and a field guide with activities and learning material about the wildlife that live here like turtles, purple martins, eagles and more. ~ Steigerwald Lake NWR ~ $20 per adventure packet

Salmon Homecoming ~ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ This two-day event includes indigenous storytelling, tea preparation, drumming, a Salmon Bake, and native plant walks introducing people to Indigenous perspectives on plants, animals, and water. ~ Oxbow Regional Park ~ $5/car, $7/bus; no registration required

Tuesday, October 22

Sonidos de las Lenguas Muertas (Sounds of the Living and Language Death) ~ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm ~ An evening of reflection through a multilingual digital-visual-storytelling experience in honor of the extinct languages as part of “Día de Muertos 2019” (Day of Dead 2019). ~ Oregon Historical Society

Saturday, October 26

Cedar Creek Grist Mill Apple Pressing ~ The Apple Cider Pressing is the last Saturday of October when at 9 AM and continue until the apples are gone ~ Cedar Creek Grist Mill

Halloween Fun at the Portland Tram ~ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm ~ Frightful and delightful family activities from 11 am to 3 pm, including games and Halloween arts and crafts for kids. Enjoy the views from the Tram anytime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. All crafts and activities are free and open to the public. Children age 6 and under ride the Tram free with a paying adult. ~ Portland Tram

Annual Trick or Treat for the Animals ~ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Trick-or-treat for veggies to feed the animals, eat spooky vegan bake sale treats, taste fresh apple cider, enter the costume contest, join the retro cupcake walk,  and more ~ Out to Pasture Sanctuary

West Linn Pumpkin Display ~ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Saturday, Sunday and Halloween ~ Over 200 unique hand-carved jack o’ lanterns will be on display. Pumpkins include glow pumpkins, dancing pumpkins, a flaming pumpkin, fog, music, and lasers! All ages. Treats for the kids. Rain or shine. The display is located inside of a covered garage. All ages. On Halloween (after 8pm) a special guest appearance (first name Michael) may make an appearance. ~ 2885 White Salmon Ct., West Linn, OR

Halloween ComicFest 2019 ~ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm ~ Join us for free comics, sketches, facepainting, and costume fun! ~ Books With Pictures

Sunday, October 27

Samhain Celtic New Year Festival ~ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm ~ Experience a day of Celtic culture at the Ceili of the Valley’s fourth annual Samhain Celtic New Year Festival. ~ Willamette Heritage Center

2019 OMS Fall Mushroom Show ~ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ See beautifully displayed specimens from around the region and talk to mushroom experts. ~ Miller Hall, World Forestry Center ~ $5 Adults, $3 Seniors/Students

Tuesday, October 29

Homeschool Costume Skate & Cake Party ~ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Show your costume while skating to spooky music and enjoying some cake and snacks ~ Oaks Park Roller RInk ~ $9 per skater age 5 and up (includes skates and a raffle ticket) – $12 at the door; $1 per non-skater age 5 and up (includes a raffle ticket)

ONGOING EVENTS

Homeschool Skate [on the OHEN calendar] ~ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ~ third Fridays of the month October-May ~ Oaks Amusement Park ~ $7.50

ReWild Portland Free Skills Series ~ The Free Skills Series is a family-friendly monthly class exploring different aspects of rewilding, and is free and open to the public.

Tryon Creek Nature Programs ~ Tryon Creek offers weekly and monthly guided nature hikes, discovery days, and Junior Ranger programs ~ Tryon Creek State Natural Area

Hike with Friends Fall Programming ~ Friends of the Gorge’s free guided hike program offers something for everyone: scenic hikes, wildflower walks, kayak and rafting trips, informative driving tours, family-friendly and child-focused outings, and so much more. ~ registration required

Tillamook Forest Center Programs ~ Join the Tillamook Forest Center staff for a variety of fascinating, forest-related programs.

Second Saturdays ~ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Each second Saturday of the month, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories.  ~ Water Education Resources, Vancouver, WA

Ecology Club ~ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm ~ Join BARK on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss an ecological theme that pertains to Bark’s work on Mt Hood or seasonal skills to give the community a deeper appreciation and understanding of NW ecology ~ BARK office, Portland ~ recommended for ages 13+

Portland Train Rides ~ Saturdays, various times ~ Round trip rides last approximately 45 minutes and travel along the east bank of the Willamette River, next to the Springwater Trail, through the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Portland Train Rides ~ Oregon Rail Heritage Center ~ Ticket prices vary

Planetarium Sky Theater ~ Monthly shows presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images ~MHCC Planetarium

Tween DIY at the Library ~ 3:30 pm on the second Friday ~ Monthly meeting for creative tweens at Hollywood Library.

Mult Co Library Events ~ all branches ~ Search for events at the libraries in your area, for the age range and topics you are interested in!

Clackamas Co Library Events ~ from West Linn to Sandy and many other locations, search here for the libraries in your area or programs you’re looking for.

All-Ages Knitting Groups ~ several library locations have weekly knitting meetups for all skill levels, with volunteer teachers who will offer one-on-one instruction or coaching to get you started: 
Not Just Any Knitting Group ~ Wednesdays ~ 1:00 pm ~ Hollywood Library
A Good Yarn ~ Tuesdays ~ 6:00 pm ~ Gregory Heights Library
Belmont Knit Fix ~ Tuesdays ~ 3:30 ~ Belmont Library
Yarn Club ~ Sundays ~ 2:30 pm ~ Gresham Library

Lego at the Library ~ Several library branches (both Multnomah and Clackamas counties) have a monthly or weekly Lego-building meetup. Confirm before you go on any given day:
Happy Valley Library – 3rd Saturday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 pm and first Wednesday of the month from 4;00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sellwood-Moreland Library – Mondays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hollywood Library – Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rockwood Library – Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Belmont Library – Fridays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Gresham Libary – Tuesdays 4:00 -5:00 pm
Woodstock Library – second Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm 
Fairview-Columbia Library – second & fourth Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
Central Library – third Sunday 3:00 pm 
Hillsdale Library – third Thursday 3:30 pm 
Holgate Library – third Friday 3:00 pm
Troutdale Library – fourth Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 pm

More For Teens

Rockwood Makerspace ~ Open lab from 3:00 pm – 5:30 daily, plus lots of workshops. ~ The makerspace is a collaborative learning environment at Rockwood Library with an emphasis on middle and high school learners. The space provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software and supportive mentors. Within this 1,000 square-foot area, students learn real-life technology, design and engineering skills through open labs, workshops and camps.

Teens @ the Happy Valley Library ~ monthly board game nights on 4th Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, various study halls, art and music meetups every month and opportunities to volunteer.

Multnomah Co. has several other teen programs, book discussion groups, art classes, that are not all individually listed here. See here for more info!

Friendly Disclaimer: 
We, over here at Homeschooling in PDX, aren’t just gorgeous and amazing witty geniuses with great hair (tosses hair dramatically for effect)… we’re also moms, which means we’re usually low key sleep deprived just like you. 
So please don’t take our word for any of this, double check stuff you want to go to by clicking on the links themselves.

September 2019

Free unless otherwise noted

Saturday, September 1

Portland Slavic Festival ~ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm ~ Gateway Discovery Park

Bunnypalooza ~ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ The Oregon Bunny Palooza is a festival celebrating domestic pet rabbits and the people who love them. ~ Oaks Park Dance Pavilion ~ Ages 12+ $4 in advance, $5 at the door; under 12 is free

Wednesday, September 4

Homeschool Day at The Oregon Garden ~ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ Hands-on, self-paced learning stations throughout the garden ~ The Oregon Garden ~ Adults – $9, Students 5-17 – $4, Children 4 and under, free

Friday, September 6

Oaks Park Not-Back-to-School Day ~ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ Special day of rides just for homeschoolers and their families, with 40% off the regular retail prices for ride bracelets! OHEN’s Homeschool Resource and Curriculum Fair will be held indoors in the Dance Pavilion, from 11am to 3pm. ~ Oaks Amusement Park ~ Prices vary

Saturday, September 7

Portland Mini Maker Faire ~ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm ~ OMSI ~ ticket prices vary

Seventh Annual Catio Tour ~ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ The self-guided tour will showcase ten diverse outdoor cat enclosures ~ Various locations ~ $10, ages 12 and under, free

Science in the Park ~ 12;00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Family-friendly event featuring Native American Storyteller Ed Edmo, bug identification station, Salmon Obstacle Course, and more! ~ Mill Park

Sunday, September 8

Portland Mini Maker Faire ~ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm ~ OMSI ~ ticket prices vary

Thursday, September 12

Ground Kontrol Free Play ~ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Play all the games for one entrance fee ~ Ground Kontrol ~ $7

Saturday, September 14

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire ~ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ~ Kings Valley, Oregon ~ Adults $14, Seniors and children 6-12, $7, 5 and under, free

Soul Food Family Gathering ~ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ~ Bring the whole family to a total health and wellness experience in nature. ~ Blue Lake Regional Park

Cathlapotle Plankhouse: Ancestors on the Water ~ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Family-friendly activites, tours of the plankhouse ~ Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Aquifer Adventure ~ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Big and little pirates alike are welcome to join us for a family festival all about groundwater with free canoe rides, T-shirts, treasure hunts and more ~ Portland Water Bureau Launch

Flavor of Japan ~ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ stage show with Japanese music, dance, and more ~ Director Park

Sunday, September 15

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire ~ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ~ Kings Valley, Oregon ~ Adults $14, Seniors and children 6-12, $7, 5 and under, free

Friday, September 20-Sunday September 22

Oregon Airshow ~ McMinnville Municipal Airport ~ Ticket prices vary

Oktoberfest ~ Oaks Parks ~ Ticket prices vary

Saturday, September 21

28th Annual Mount Hood Salmon, Mushroom, and Bigfoot Festival ~ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ~ Oregon Country Settlement, Rhododendron, Oregon

Sturgeon Festival ~ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm ~ Water Resources Education Center, Vancouver

Portland Polish Festival ~ 11:00 am – 10:00 pm ~ 3900 N Interstate Blvd

Cider Squeeze ~ Bring your apples, press ours, or buy cider. ~ Philip Foster Farm ~ $5 person, $20 familly

Sunday September 22

28th Annual Mount Hood Salmon, Mushroom, and Bigfoot Festival ~ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ~ Oregon Country Settlement, Rhododendron, Oregon

Portland Polish Festival ~ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm ~ 3900 N Interstate Blvd

Bird Language for Beginners ~ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm ~ Cooper Mountain Nature Park ~ Ages 12+ ~ $10 ~ registration required

Sunday Parkways, Northeast ~ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ Northeast Portland

Friday, September 27

American Indian Day Celebration ~ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm ~ Pioneer Courthouse Square

Park & Palooza to Save Columbia Pool ~ 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm ~ Columbia Park

Saturday, September 28 – Sunday, September 29

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival ~ Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ livestock shows, activities, workshops, vendors

ONGOING EVENTS

ReWild Portland Free Skills Series ~ The Free Skills Series is a family-friendly monthly class exploring different aspects of rewilding, and is free and open to the public.

Tryon Creek Nature Programs ~ Tryon Creek offers weekly and monthly guided nature hikes, discovery days, and Junior Ranger programs ~ Tryon Creek State Natural Area

Hike with Friends Fall Programming ~ Friends of the Gorge’s free guided hike program offers something for everyone: scenic hikes, wildflower walks, kayak and rafting trips, informative driving tours, family-friendly and child-focused outings, and so much more. ~ registration required

Tillamook Forest Center Programs ~ Join the Tillamook Forest Center staff for a variety of fascinating, forest-related programs.

Second Saturdays ~ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Each second Saturday of the month, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories.  ~ Water Education Resources, Vancouver, WA

Ecology Club ~ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm ~ Join BARK on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss an ecological theme that pertains to Bark’s work on Mt Hood or seasonal skills to give the community a deeper appreciation and understanding of NW ecology ~ BARK office, Portland ~ recommended for ages 13+

Portland Train Rides ~ Saturdays, various times ~ Round trip rides last approximately 45 minutes and travel along the east bank of the Willamette River, next to the Springwater Trail, through the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Portland Train Rides ~ Oregon Rail Heritage Center ~ Ticket prices vary

Planetarium Sky Theater ~ Monthly shows presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images ~MHCC Planetarium

Tween DIY at the Library ~ 3:30 pm on the second Friday ~ Monthly meeting for creative tweens at Hollywood Library.

Mult Co Library Events ~ all branches ~ Search for events at the libraries in your area, for the age range and topics you are interested in!

Clackamas Co Library Events ~ from West Linn to Sandy and many other locations, search here for the libraries in your area or programs you’re looking for.

All-Ages Knitting Groups ~ several library locations have weekly knitting meetups for all skill levels, with volunteer teachers who will offer one-on-one instruction or coaching to get you started: 
Not Just Any Knitting Group ~ Wednesdays ~ 1:00 pm ~ Hollywood Library
A Good Yarn ~ Tuesdays ~ 6:00 pm ~ Gregory Heights Library
Belmont Knit Fix ~ Tuesdays ~ 3:30 ~ Belmont Library
Yarn Club ~ Sundays ~ 2:30 pm ~ Gresham Library

Lego at the Library ~ Several library branches (both Multnomah and Clackamas counties) have a monthly or weekly Lego-building meetup. Confirm before you go on any given day:
Happy Valley Library – 3rd Saturday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 pm and first Wednesday of the month from 4;00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sellwood-Moreland Library – Mondays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hollywood Library – Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rockwood Library – Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Belmont Library – Fridays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Gresham Libary – Tuesdays 4:00 -5:00 pm
Woodstock Library – second Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm 
Fairview-Columbia Library – second & fourth Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
Central Library – third Sunday 3:00 pm 
Hillsdale Library – third Thursday 3:30 pm 
Holgate Library – third Friday 3:00 pm
Troutdale Library – fourth Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 pm

More For Teens

Rockwood Makerspace ~ Open lab from 3:00 pm – 5:30 daily, plus lots of workshops. ~ The makerspace is a collaborative learning environment at Rockwood Library with an emphasis on middle and high school learners. The space provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software and supportive mentors. Within this 1,000 square-foot area, students learn real-life technology, design and engineering skills through open labs, workshops and camps.

Teens @ the Happy Valley Library ~ monthly board game nights on 4th Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, various study halls, art and music meetups every month and opportunities to volunteer.

Multnomah Co. has several other teen programs, book discussion groups, art classes, that are not all individually listed here. See here for more info!

Friendly Disclaimer: 
We, over here at Homeschooling in PDX, aren’t just gorgeous and amazing witty geniuses with great hair (tosses hair dramatically for effect)… we’re also moms, which means we’re usually low key sleep deprived just like you. 
So please don’t take our word for any of this, double check stuff you want to go to by clicking on the links themselves.

August 2019

Free unless otherwise noted

2019 Glean Exhibition ~ Open Friday- Sundays in August ~ See how five local artists transformed a steady stream of the Portland area’s trash into art. ~ LoveJoy Square

Thursday, August 1

Family Fishing Day~ 10:00 am- noon ~ Under 12, learn to fish for free. Equipment provided. ~ Blue Lake Regional Park

Sunday, August 11

24th Annual Columbia Slough Regatta ~ 10:00 am – 2:00 p.m. ~ this family friendly event is a fun paddle for experienced paddlers and novice paddlers alike

Saturday, August 17

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby ~ 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ~ Mt. Tabor

Northwest Reptile Expo ~ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ~ Columbia Conference Center ~ $10 Adult/$5 ages 6-12

Third Annual Oregon Bigfoot Festival ~ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ~ Gelnn Otto Park, Troutdale ~ % suggested donation for adults/$2 suggested donation for kids 12 and under

Saturday, August 23-Monday, September 2

Oregon State Fair ~ Salem, Oregon

Saturday, August 24

Portland Celtic Fantasy Faire ~ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ~ Shute Park, Hillsboro

Saturday, August 31

Family Nature Days ~ Columbia Springs ~ $5 suggested donation

Sun and Fun Picnic ~ Join us in Alberta Park for a meet and greet with our
local self-directed education communities; unschoolers, free-schoolers, relaxed homeschoolers, world-schoolers, and radical youth unite!

ONGOING EVENTS

Summer Free For All ~ Various parks and dates throughout Portland

Tryon Creek Nature Programs ~ Tryon Creek offers weekly and monthly guided nature hikes, discovery days, and Junior Ranger programs ~ Tryon Creek State Natural Area

Tillamook Forest Center Programs ~ Join the Tillamook Forest Center staff for a variety of fascinating, forest-related programs.

Second Saturdays ~ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Each second Saturday of the month, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories.  ~ Water Education Resources, Vancouver, WA

Kids Can Weave! ~ noon – 1:00 pm, Mondays and Wednesdays in July ~ Try out hand weaving on a floor loom. Finished pieces will be displayed. ~ Capitol Hill Library

Tween DIY at the Library ~ 3:30 pm on the second Friday ~ Monthly meeting for creative tweens at Hollywood Library.

Mult Co Library Events ~ all branches ~ Search for events at the libraries in your area, for the age range and topics you are interested in!

Clackamas Co Library Events ~ from West Linn to Sandy and many other locations, search here for the libraries in your area or programs you’re looking for.

All-Ages Knitting Groups ~ several library locations have weekly knitting meetups for all skill levels, with volunteer teachers who will offer one-on-one instruction or coaching to get you started: 
Not Just Any Knitting Group ~ Wednesdays ~ 1:00 pm ~ Hollywood Library
A Good Yarn ~ Tuesdays ~ 6:00 pm ~ Gregory Heights Library
Belmont Knit Fix ~ Tuesdays ~ 3:30 ~ Belmont Library
Yarn Club ~ Sundays ~ 2:30 pm ~ Gresham Library

Lego at the Library ~ Several library branches (both Multnomah and Clackamas counties) have a monthly or weekly Lego-building meetup. Confirm before you go on any given day:
Happy Valley Library – 3rd Saturday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 pm and first Wednesday of the month from 4;00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sellwood-Moreland Library – Mondays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hollywood Library – Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rockwood Library – Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Belmont Library – Fridays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Gresham Libary – Tuesdays 4:00 -5:00 pm
Woodstock Library – second Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm 
Fairview-Columbia Library – second & fourth Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
Central Library – third Sunday 3:00 pm 
Hillsdale Library – third Thursday 3:30 pm 
Holgate Library – third Friday 3:00 pm
Troutdale Library – fourth Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 pm

More For Teens

Rockwood Makerspace ~ Open lab from 3:00 pm – 5:30 daily, plus lots of workshops. ~ The makerspace is a collaborative learning environment at Rockwood Library with an emphasis on middle and high school learners. The space provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software and supportive mentors. Within this 1,000 square-foot area, students learn real-life technology, design and engineering skills through open labs, workshops and camps.

Teens @ the Happy Valley Library ~ monthly board game nights on 4th Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, various study halls, art and music meetups every month and opportunities to volunteer.

Multnomah Co. has several other teen programs, book discussion groups, art classes, that are not all individually listed here. See here for more info!

Friendly Disclaimer: 
We, over here at Homeschooling in PDX, aren’t just gorgeous and amazing witty geniuses with great hair (tosses hair dramatically for effect)… we’re also moms, which means we’re usually low key sleep deprived just like you. 
So please don’t take our word for any of this, double check stuff you want to go to by clicking on the links themselves.

July 2019

Free unless otherwise noted.

Monday, July 1

Crea Aretes, Pulseras y Collares / Make Earrings, Bracelets and Necklaces ~ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ In this class participants will learn how to make earrings, bracelets and necklaces. They can also make your own designs using crystals , beads , wire, and several other options. ~ Hollywood Library ~ Free tickets 15 minutes in advance.

Ready, Set, Light Speed! ~ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ~ Use the force to create a galaxy far, far away by stenciling your own unique star design onto an eco-friendly tote bag. ~ Hillsdale Library

Tuesday, July 2

Move Like a Mammoth ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Can you pounce like a saber-toothed cat, lift like a mammoth, or stroll like a giant ground sloth? Get moving as you discover how these and other amazing ancient animals ran, swam, leaped, climbed, and ate their way through Oregon’s history. Explore fossils, bones and teeth while comparing ancient animals to those living in Oregon today. ~ Holgate Library

JuggleMania ~ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ~ Rhys Thomas dazzles you with improbable juggling, unique comedy and amazing acrobatics. ~ Gresham Libary

Wednesday, July 3

Ready, Set, Light Speed! ~ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Use the force to create a galaxy far, far away by stenciling your own unique star design onto an eco-friendly tote bag. ~ Woodstock Library

Comedia mágica, música y humor absurdo con Ángel Ocasio / Comedy Magic, Music & Silly Stuff with Angel Ocasio ~ 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm ~ Enjoy a wacky show filled with comedy magic, silly antics and fun sing-a-longs as Angel plays his ukulele. This bilingual Spanish/English show is perfectly suited for children of all ages and their families. ~ Midland Library

Saturday, July 6

Sunday, July 7

Monday, July 8

Living in Space ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Imagine waking up on a space station orbiting 240 miles above the Earth. What would you eat for breakfast? What kind of pajamas would you wear? Spend a day in the life of an astronaut and learn how living in space can be quite a challenging mission! ~ Hollywood Library

Summer Pokémon Club ~ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Are you a Pokémon fan? If so, join us for some Pokémon free play! Bring your Pokémon cards or learn how to play the game with others. For kids and teens ages 7-14. ~ Gresham Library

Tuesday, July 9

Construction Madness ~ 1:00 – 2:30 ~ Using paper, scissors, glue, recycled materials and imagination, design and build your own architectural wonder! ~ Sellwood- Moreland Library ~ Free tickets 30 minutes in advance

Zoo ZAP Animals / Presentando Animales del Zoológico ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ The Oregon Zoo is coming to the library!  Join Zoo Animal Presenters as they show and tell live zoo animals to library families. ~ Rockwood Library

Lucky Diaz Family Jam Band ~ 2:00 pm ~ 2:45 pm ~ Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have been crowned the very first Americans to win a Latin Grammy in the Children’s Album category!  Bilingual, head-bopping, dance party extravaganza. ~ Holgate Library

Space Origami ~ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ~ Did you know that the concept of folding paper has been used in space as solar arrays? These origami-inspired solar arrays are compactly folded at the time of launching, and expanded to cover a large area once in space. ~ Northwest Library

Lucky Diaz Family Jam Band ~ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm ~ Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have been crowned the very first Americans to win a Latin Grammy in the Children’s Album category! ~ St. John’s Library

Wednesday, July 10

Meet the Minis (Horses, That Is) ~ 10:00 am – 11:00 am ~ Meet Milo and Loki! They are being trained to be therapy horses. Learn why miniature horses are used as therapy animals, how horse behavior often is similar to our own behavior, and how we can learn about ourselves by watching their behavior. ~ Capitol Hill Library

Lucky Diaz Family Jam Band  ~ 11:15 am -noon ~ Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have been crowned the very first Americans to win a Latin Grammy in the Children’s Album category! ~ Gregory Heights Library

Lucky Diaz Family Jam Band  ~ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ~ Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have been crowned the very first Americans to win a Latin Grammy in the Children’s Album category! ~ Gresham Library

Ceramic Painting for Kids ~ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Come and paint your own car, truck, butterfly, princess, dragonfly, and much, much more! We supply the ceramic pieces, paint, brushes, smocks, water tubs and mats. You come with your imagination and talent. The pieces are painted with lead-free acrylic paint and ready to be taken home in just a few minutes! ~ Midland Library

Thursday, July 11

Lucky Diaz Family Jam Band  ~ 11:00 am – 11:45 am ~ Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have been crowned the very first Americans to win a Latin Grammy in the Children’s Album category! ~ Rockwood Library

Space Origami ~ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Did you know that the concept of folding paper has been used in space as solar arrays? These origami-inspired solar arrays are compactly folded at the time of launching, and expanded to cover a large area once in space. ~ North Portland Library

Lucky Diaz Family Jam Band  ~ 2:00 pm – 2:45 am ~ Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have been crowned the very first Americans to win a Latin Grammy in the Children’s Album category! ~ Troutdale Library

Twirly Whirlys ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Create this simple toy with wire, beads and found objects. Watch the beads shimmer and dance as you move it in your hands. Gain experience with needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, hammers and anvils to create your one-of-a-kind toy. ~ Gresham Library

Friday, July 12

Aliens Are Coming! ~ 10:30 am – 11:30 am ~ Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra performs stories based on “The Wynwood Project” in Miami, Florida; a series of murals commissioned by the town and painted by graffiti artists and home to over 70 galleries, museums and art collections. ~ Central Library ~ Free tickets 30 minutes in advance

Saturday, July 13

Comedia Para Los Niños / komedy 4 da kidz ~ 10:30 am – 11:15 ~ Angel Ocasio presents a bilingual and interactive performance combining physical comedy, juggling, balancing and magic. ~ Albina Library

Mr. Lizard’s Mobile Zoo ~ 11:45 am -12:45 pm ~ Entertaining children and adults alike with his mobile reptile zoo, Mr. Lizardprovides an interactive, hands-on experience like no other. He shares fun, fascinating information on these amazing, though often misunderstood, animals. ~ Hillsdale Library ~ Free tickets 30 minutes in advance

Crayon & Watercolor Space Art ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Explore the infinite possibilities of this simple – yet magical – painting technique! All you need are crayons, watercolors and imagination! ~ Holgate Library

Sunday, July 14

Russian Egg Khokhloma Painting ~ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ~ With a wooden egg as your canvas, design and paint your egg using traditional Russian Khokhloma painting techniques. ~ Kenton Library

Monday, July 15

Monday Movie: Muppets from Space ~ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Join us for a free, fun, all-ages movie at the library! Bring your own comfy pillow or blanket and curl up for a showing of Muppets from Space (1999). Popcorn and lemonade provided. ~ Hollywood Library

Tuesday, July 16

Mz. Pearl in Space ~ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm ~ Mz. Pearl takes the audience to outer space and back again in her imaginative show full of juggling, magic and physical comedy. ~ Sellwood-Moreland Library ~ Free tickets 30 minutes in advance

Solar Observing ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Rose City Astronomers will provide solar telescopes to permit observers to look at the sun safely and see features such as solar prominences and sunspots. ~ Holgate Library

Comedia mágica, música y humor absurdo con Ángel Ocasio / Comedy Magic, Music & Silly Stuff with Angel Ocasio ~ 6:00 pm – 6:50 pm ~ Enjoy a wacky show filled with comedy magic, silly antics and fun sing-a-longs as Angel plays his ukulele. ~ Hollywood Library

Wednesday, July 17

Micah and Me Family Dance Party ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Micah and Me have been voted one of the top five Kindie performers in the Portland Metro area! Enjoy their highly danceable music, plus an instrument petting zoo at the end of the dance party. ~ Gresham Library

Diorama ~ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Let your imagination flow and create your own tiny world in this diorama workshop! Participants will have access to a wide variety of unique materials to re-purpose and build miniature scenes in boxes, such as decorative paper, vintage magazines, ribbon, fabric, broken jewelry bits, buttons, tile, corks, bottle caps, wood and much more! ~ Kenton Library

Space Adventures ~ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ What do we know about space? From gravity to wind to chemical reactions, outer space is a very different place from Earth. Learn about the properties of space, see how rockets make it to space, find out how to make a comet out of dry ice, and maybe even walk on a non-Newtonian surface! ~ Hillsdale Library

Thursday, July 18

Foam Block Printing ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Make your own prints and greeting cards using simple block printing methods.  Students will learn the basics of printmaking using craft foam and markers. ~ Midland Library

Magnificent Magnets ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Join artist Kathy Karbo in this fun workshop to design your own mixed media magnets. We will explore color, shape, texture and contrast as we work with painted papers, trinkets and treasures in our unique creations. ~ Gresham Library

Meet the Minis (Horses, That Is) ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Meet Milo and Loki! They are being trained to be therapy horses. Learn why miniature horses are used as therapy animals, how horse behavior often is similar to our own behavior, and how we can learn about ourselves by watching their behavior. ~ Childswork Preschool (located at St. Stephen’s, 4235 SE Salmon St.)

Friday, July 19

The ABCs of Space! ~ 10:30 am – 11:15 am ~ The Alphabeticians will take you on a musical journey to outer space, real and imaginary. ~ Central Library

The Fascinating World of Reptiles ~ 11;30 am – 12:30 am ~ Join the Reptile Man, aka Richard Ritchey, in meeting his outstanding crew of snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises! ~ North Portland Library

Magnificent Magnets ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Join artist Kathy Karbo in this fun workshop to design your own mixed media magnets. We will explore color, shape, texture and contrast as we work with painted papers, trinkets and treasures in our unique creations. ~ Rockwood Library

Saturday, July 20

Harry and the Potters ~ noon – 1:00 pm ~ Harry and the Potters are a rock band that performs songs from the perspective of Harry Potter. Their rock show is appropriate for all ages and details the adventures, concerns, hopes and fears of the famous boy wizard. ~ St. John’s Community Center

Hip Hop Soulsation ~ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ~ Join Cykhyia and Hip Hop Soulsation Academy as they bring an upbeat edgy interactive performance the whole family can enjoy. ~ Albina Library

Ceramic Painting for Kids ~ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ~ Come and paint your own car, truck, butterfly, princess, dragonfly, and much, much more! We supply the ceramic pieces, paint, brushes, smocks, water tubs and mats. You come with your imagination and talent. The pieces are painted with lead-free acrylic paint and ready to be taken home in just a few minutes! ~ Rockwood Library

Harry Potter Party ~ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Join fellow witches and wizards at the Northwest Portland branch of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! You will be sorted, then taught wand-making, potions and more. Grab your broomstick and join us! Snacks catered by the Leaky Cauldron. For kids in grades K-5. ~ Northwest Library

Harry and the Potters ~ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm ~ Harry and the Potters are a rock band that performs songs from the perspective of Harry Potter. Their rock show is appropriate for all ages and details the adventures, concerns, hopes and fears of the famous boy wizard. ~ Gresham Library

Monday, July 22

Summer Pokémon Club ~ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Are you a Pokémon fan? If so, join us for some Pokémon free play! Bring your Pokémon cards or learn how to play the game with others. For kids and teens ages 7-14. ~ Gresham Library

Tuesday, July 23

Pool Noodle Fun ~ 2:00 – 3:00 pm ~ Join us out on the lawn for simple crafts and games involving pool noodles! Make a tiny pool noodle boat, craft a colorful pool noodle monster, race through the pool noodle obstacle course, and more! ~ Holgate Library

Steve’s Creature Feature ~ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm ~ Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve Lattanzi. Kids will be able to safely see, hear and touch some of the most amazing creatures on earth. ~ Northwest Library

Living & Working in Space ~ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm ~ Take part in a dramatic mission to another world, as students build and launch paper rockets, handle artifacts from the space shuttle, and try on a spacesuit. ~ Fairview-Columbia Library

Wednesday, July 24

Aliens Are Coming! ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra performs stories based on “The Wynwood Project” in Miami, Florida; a series of murals commissioned by the town and painted by graffiti artists and home to over 70 galleries, museums and art collections. ~ Woodstock Library

The Stories of the Stars ~ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ~ Space is full of stars. But how did those stars get their names? Pegasus Puppet Theatre brings Roman and Greek myths to life, illuminating the stories behind constellations such as Hydra, Leo and Pegasus! This production is a non-stop kid-friendly puppet-romp of excitement and fun for everyone. ~ Gresham Library

Crea Aretes, Pulseras y Collares / Make Earrings, Bracelets and Necklaces ~ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ In this class participants will learn how to make earrings, bracelets and necklaces. They can also make your own designs using crystals , beads , wire, and several other options. ~ Kenton Library

Thursday, July 25

Draw Your Own Monster, Robot, or Fantasy Animal ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Use your imagination to create fun and unique monsters and animals. Youth will be introduced to basic drawing techniques and guided on how to create custom monsters and animals. ~ Midland Library

Living in Space ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Imagine waking up on a space station orbiting 240 miles above the Earth. What would you eat for breakfast? What kind of pajamas would you wear? Spend a day in the life of an astronaut and learn how living in space can be quite a challenging mission! ~ Belmont Library

Slime Time ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Ooze into a gooey hour of sliming around! Create slime using the Mad Science recipe; students learn about the properties of polymers to make their own ooey gooey slime. ~ Troutdale Library

Clay Medallions ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Join this workshop to decorate allergen-friendly clay medallions. Make a necklace, ornament or wall hanging with nature items and gel pens for yourself or as a gift! ~ Gresham Library

Friday, July 26

Colors of the Jungle ~ 10:30 am – 11:30 am ~ Meet the Oregon Bird Man and his parrots! This educational and entertaining program features a wide assortment of parrot species from four continents — including many endangered species. ~ Central Library

The Fascinating World of Reptiles ~ 11:00 am – noon ~ Join the Reptile Man, aka Richard Ritchey, in meeting his outstanding crew of snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises! ~ St. John’s Library

Ceramic Painting for Kids ~ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm ~ Come and paint your own car, truck, butterfly, princess, dragonfly, and much, much more! We supply the ceramic pieces, paint, brushes, smocks, water tubs and mats. You come with your imagination and talent. The pieces are painted with lead-free acrylic paint and ready to be taken home in just a few minutes! ~ North Portland Library

Stencil Block Printing ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Using a combination of stencils and simple block printing, we will be making unique art prints and greeting cards. Youth will be introduced to basic printmaking concepts and will have their own personalized prints to take home and share. ~ Rockwood Library

Saturday, July 27

Japanese Koto Concert ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Koto is one of the traditional musical instruments of Japan and has long history. Oregon Koto-Kai thinks of each performance as a special gift to our community. ~ Woodstock Library

Living & Working in Space ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Imagine waking up on a space station orbiting 240 miles above the Earth. What would you eat for breakfast? What kind of pajamas would you wear? Spend a day in the life of an astronaut and learn how living in space can be quite a challenging mission! ~ Albina Library

Mr. Lizard’s Mobile Zoo ~ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Entertaining children and adults alike with his mobile reptile zoo, Mr. Lizardprovides an interactive, hands-on experience like no other. ~ Rockwood Library

Confecciona tu propio extraterreste / Make Your Own Alien ~ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Have you ever wanted to meet an alien? Come make your own cuddly alien friend! We will provide everything you need and we’ll be using needles and thread. This is a bilingual program for kids and their grownups. ~ St. John’s Library

Sunday, July 28

A Celebration of Classical Indian Arts: Dance, Music and Poetry ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Experience the dance, poetry and music traditions of India. This event brings together five dance styles from across India and will feature talented, multi-generational artists residing in Multnomah and Washington counties. ~ Kenton Library

Monday July 29

Meet the Minis (Horses, That Is) ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Meet Milo and Loki! They are being trained to be therapy horses. Learn why miniature horses are used as therapy animals, how horse behavior often is similar to our own behavior, and how we can learn about ourselves by watching their behavior. ~ Hollywood Library

Tuesday, July 30

Living & Working in Space ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Imagine waking up on a space station orbiting 240 miles above the Earth. What would you eat for breakfast? What kind of pajamas would you wear? Spend a day in the life of an astronaut and learn how living in space can be quite a challenging mission! ~ Sellwood Moreland Library

Aliens Are Coming! ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 ~ Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra performs stories based on “The Wynwood Project” in Miami, Florida; a series of murals commissioned by the town and painted by graffiti artists and home to over 70 galleries, museums and art collections. ~ Holgate Library

Paint with He(ART) ~ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ~ Paint with He(ART) is a painting class where we will explore paintings that highlight the diversity of Black people (primarily Black women) with an emphasis on self-love, Black relationships and women empowerment. ~ Kenton Library ~ Registration required

Wednesday, July 31

Comedia Para Los Niños / komedy 4 da kidz ~ 11:15 am – 12:00 pm ~ Angel Ocasio presents a bilingual and interactive performance combining physical comedy, juggling, balancing and magic. ~ Gregory Heights Library

Zoo ZAP Animals / Presentando Animales del Zoológico ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ The Oregon Zoo is coming to the library!  Join Zoo Animal Presenters as they show and tell live zoo animals to library families. ~ Gresham Library

Planets and Moons ~ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Take your place in the grand orbit of our solar system! Circle the sun and weave through rocky planets and gas giants while creating solar and lunar eclipses. This workshop will have junior space cadets shooting for the moon! ~ Kenton Library

ONGOING EVENTS

Summer Free For All ~ Various parks and dates throughout Portland

Kids Can Weave! ~ noon – 1:00 pm, Mondays and Wednesdays in July ~ Try out hand weaving on a floor loom. Finished pieces will be displayed. ~ Capitol Hill Library

Tween DIY at the Library ~ 3:30 pm on the second Friday ~ Monthly meeting for creative tweens at Hollywood Library.

All-Ages Knitting Groups ~ several library locations have weekly knitting meetups for all skill levels, with volunteer teachers who will offer one-on-one instruction or coaching to get you started:
Not Just Any Knitting Group ~ Wednesdays ~ 1:00 pm ~ Hollywood Library
A Good Yarn ~ Tuesdays ~ 6:00 pm ~ Gregory Heights Library
Belmont Knit Fix ~ Tuesdays ~ 3:30 ~ Belmont Library
Yarn Club ~ Sundays ~ 2:30 pm ~ Gresham Library

Lego at the Library ~ Several library branches (both Multnomah and Clackamas counties) have a monthly or weekly Lego-building meetup. Confirm before you go on any given day:
Happy Valley Library – 3rd Saturday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 pm and first Wednesday of the month from 4;00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sellwood-Moreland Library – Mondays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hollywood Library – Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rockwood Library – Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Belmont Library – Fridays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Gresham Libary – Tuesdays 4:00 -5:00 pm
Woodstock Library – second Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm 
Fairview-Columbia Library – second & fourth Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
Central Library – third Sunday 3:00 pm 
Hillsdale Library – third Thursday 3:30 pm 
Holgate Library – third Friday 3:00 pm
Troutdale Library – fourth Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 pm

More For Teens

Rockwood Makerspace ~ Open lab from 3:00 pm – 5:30 daily, plus lots of workshops. ~ The makerspace is a collaborative learning environment at Rockwood Library with an emphasis on middle and high school learners. The space provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software and supportive mentors. Within this 1,000 square-foot area, students learn real-life technology, design and engineering skills through open labs, workshops and camps.

Teens @ the Happy Valley Library ~ monthly board game nights on 4th Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, various study halls, art and music meetups every month and opportunities to volunteer.

Multnomah Co. has several other teen programs, book discussion groups, art classes, that are not all individually listed here. See here for more info!

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June 2019

Free unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, June 1

Summer Splash Demo Day ~ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ~ Family-friendly event to demo paddle craft ~ Oaks Park

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South ~ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ~ Newel Briggs sings old slave songs accompanied by his guitar, mandolin and banjo.  ~ Central Library ~ free tickets 30 minutes in advance

Sunday, June 2

Paint with He(ART) ~ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Paint with He(ART) is a painting class where we will explore paintings that highlight the diversity of Black people (primarily Black women) with anemphasis on self-love, Black relationships and women empowerment. ~ North Portland Library ~ Advance registration required

Monday, June 3

Homeschool Jump Time ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Sky High Sports, Tigard ~ $9

Tuesday, June 4

Epic Draw/Play ~ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm ~ We will draw our favorite characters, color them, cut them out, and play with them. This is informal, goofy, and a lot of fun. ~ Sellwood-Moreland Library

Wednesday, June 5-Sunday, June 9 ~ Times vary ~ Rose Festival Fleet Week ~ Tom McCall Waterfrom Park

Saturday, June 8

Youth Outdoor Day ~ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm ~ Youth Outdoor Day is a unique event designed to give the youth of Oregon a place to learn about conservation of habitat, hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities. ~ Registration required ~ $5

McMinnville Scottish Festival ~ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm ~ Linnfield College ~ various prices

Get Outdoors Day ~ 10:00 am-3:00 pm ~ Outdoor-themed fastival ~ Fort Vancouver

Oregon Renaissance Faire ~ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ~ Clackamas County Fairgrounds ~ Ticket prices vary

Salmon and Coyote Tell My Family Stories ~ 11:00 am-12:30 pm ~ Join artist Lillian Pitt as she shares her Native American family stories for children, featuring Salmon and Coyote. ~ Fort Vancouver

造龍船 Making Dragon Boat  ~ 2:00 pm 3:30 ~ Please join us for a fun afternoon playing a game, tasting the festival treat “zongzi”, and making your own dragon boat! We will supply a variety of materials for the craft activity. ~ Central Library

Saturday, June 8

Osebo’s Drum ~ 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm ~ Parents’ Choice Award winner Robbi K’s spirit is contagious as the entire audience is soon singing and clapping along with Osebo’s Drum. Enjoy interactive movement, singing, chanting and humor ~ Midland Library

Sunday, June 9

McMinnville Scottish Festival ~ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ~ Linnfield College ~ various prices

Oregon Renaissance Faire ~ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ~ Clackamas County Fairgrounds ~ Ticket prices vary

Monday, June 10

Homeschool Jump Time ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Sky High Sports, Tigard ~ $9

Tuesday, June 11

Epic Draw/Play ~ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm ~ We will draw our favorite characters, color them, cut them out, and play with them. This is informal, goofy, and a lot of fun. ~ Sellwood-Moreland Library

Wednesday, June 12

June Ecology Club: Lichen ~ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm ~ BARK office ~ recommended for 13+

Saturday, June 15

Oregon Renaissance Faire ~ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ~ Clackamas County Fairgrounds ~ Ticket prices vary

FUNdamentals ~ 11:00 – 11:50 am ~ Join award winning children’s educator and performer Aaron Nigel Smith as he gets the whole family moving, grooving and learning. This class introduces children to the exciting world of music through creative movement, note reading and fun instrument play. ~ Sellwood-Moreland Library ~ free tickets 30 minutes in advance

Library Music Project: Traditional Cuban Music with Melao de Cuba ~ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Melao de Cuba has been playing Cuban music together for thirteen years. They are led by vocalist Virginia Lopez, who has enjoyed the rhythms of her Afro-Cuban heritage through drumming, singing and dancing from an early age. Come and dance to their performance of traditional Son, a genre that combines Spanish guitar, verse & chorus with African vocals & drumming. ~ Central Library

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South ~ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Newel Briggs sings old slave songs accompanied by his guitar, mandolin and banjo. ~ Northwest Library

FUNdamentals ~ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Join award winning children’s educator and performer Aaron Nigel Smith as he gets the whole family moving, grooving and learning. This class introduces children to the exciting world of music through creative movement, note reading and fun instrument play. ~ Kenton Library

Sunday, June 16

Oregon Renaissance Faire ~ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ~ Clackamas County Fairgrounds ~ Ticket prices vary

Bluegrass Journey with Bigfoot Mojo ~ 2:00 pm ~ 3:00 pm ~ Live band Bigfoot Mojo performs samples of the genres which influenced bluegrass music including Celtic, old time, blues, gospel and country. ~ Hillsdale Library

Juneteenth: Words Along the Way ~ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ~ On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers brought Texans the news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Juneteenth, the observance of that date, has become a national celebration of freedom.  Join us at the North Portland Library as we celebrate Juneteenth with words and music. ~ North Portland Library

Monday, June 17

Homeschool Jump Time ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Sky High Sports, Tigard ~ $9

The Stories of the Stars ~ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm ~ Space is full of stars. But how did those stars get their names? Pegasus Puppet Theatre brings Roman and Greek myths to life, illuminating the stories behind constellations such as Hydra, Leo and Pegasus! ~ Hollywood Library ~ free tickets 15 minutes in advance

Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21

Space Camp ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Have you ever dreamed of going into outer space? Do you want to live on the Space Station or be the first to visit Mars? Have you wondered what it might be like to work for NASA? If so, join us for Space Camp. It will be out of this world! Grade K-6. ~ St. John’s Library ~ Free registration required, limited space available.

Tuesday, June 18 – Friday, June 21

Making Games with Roblox Studio ~ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Do you enjoy playing games on Roblox? Have you tried the studio tools but haven’t been sure how to make a real game or program in Lua? Join Pixel Arts Game Education in this four day workshop that will get you started with making your own Roblox games! For grade 6-12. ~ Rockwood Makerspace ~ Free advance registration required, limited space available.

Tuesday, June 18

Epic Draw/Play ~ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm ~ We will draw our favorite characters, color them, cut them out, and play with them. This is informal, goofy, and a lot of fun. ~ Sellwood-Moreland Library

Pets on Parade ~ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm ~ Cut, paste, paint and play with watercolor and collage. Bring a good-sized photo of your family pet to add to your art or choose from the materials provided. Learn basic composition and design while creating an anthropomorphic (human qualities) animal. Perfect for young children and fun for all ages. ~ Capitol Hill Library

Wednesday, June 19

Living & Working in Space ~ 11:15 am – 12:15 am ~ Take part in a dramatic mission to another world, as students build and launch paper rockets, handle artifacts from the space shuttle, and try on a spacesuit. ~ Gregory Heights Library

Thursday, June 20

Space Adventures ~ 12:30 – 1:30 pm ~ What do we know about space? From gravity to wind to chemical reactions, outer space is a very different place from Earth. Learn about the properties of space, see how rockets make it to space, find out how to make a comet out of dry ice, and maybe even walk on a non-Newtonian surface! ~ North Portland Library

String Art ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Use found sticks and upcycled string and yarn to make string art! Go home with a special piece of art to decorate your life. ~ Midland Library

Living & Working in Space ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Take part in a dramatic mission to another world, as students build and launch paper rockets, handle artifacts from the space shuttle, and try on a spacesuit. ~ St. John’s Library

Friday, June 21

The Stories of the Stars ~ 10:30 am – 11:15 am ~ Space is full of stars. But how did those stars get their names? Pegasus Puppet Theatre brings Roman and Greek myths to life, illuminating the stories behind constellations such as Hydra, Leo and Pegasus! This production is a non-stop kid-friendly puppet-romp of excitement and fun for everyone. ~ Central Libary

Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23 ~ Tigard Festival of Balloons ~ Cook Park ~ $5 early bird, $8 at gate

Friday, June 21

Midsummer Midsommer ~ 9:00 pm ~ Original Practice Shakespeare Festival ~ Mt Tabor Summit

Oodles of Doodles ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Learn how to turn scribbles into fun character faces. The best ideas pop out of the wiggliest lines during this free draw exercise ~ perfect for creating comics, illustrations or puppet designs!  ~ Rockwood Library

Saturday, June 22

Explorando El Columbia Slough ~ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm ~ Celebrate nature in the city and the environment of the Columbia Slough at the 17th annual ¡Explorando Festival!  ~ Whitaker Ponds Nature Park

Vengan a bailar Salsa Choke! ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ La salsa choke es un estilo musical del género salsa, de tipo urbano que nació en las costas del pacífico Colombiano, inspirada en la salsa tradicional añadiéndole el son urbano y sonidos de origen africano, lo cual lo hace un ritmo “pegajoso” y perfecto para amenizar fiestas y celebraciones. Este baile se popularizó aún más cuando los jugadores de fútbol de la Selección Colombia la empezaron a bailar cada vez que hacían un gol en el mundial de Brasil de 2014. (The library website doesn’t say, but I think the universal language of dance will transcend communication barriers even if you don’t speak Spanish.) ~ Holgate Library

Ready, Set, Light Speed! ~ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Use the force to create a galaxy far, far away by stenciling your own unique star design onto an eco-friendly tote bag. Decide you must, a favorite Star Wars character, planet or vehicle to trace. This intergalactic accessory is the perfect collector of summer reading books to help you get Ready, Set, Read! at Light Speed! ~ Albina Library

JuggleMania ~ 3:00 pm – 3:45 ~ Rhys Thomas dazzles you with improbable juggling, unique comedy and amazing acrobatics. JuggleMania shares the heroes that taught him how to juggle: BOOKS! By reading and practicing, this Oregon boy gained enough skills to become an internationally touring juggler, magician and comedian. ~ Rockwood Library

Romeo and Juliet ~ 6:00 pm ~ Original Practice Shakespeare Festival ~ Gateway Discovery Park

Sunday, June 23

Milk Carton Boat Race ~ 11:00 am ~ Children and adults race and show off their handmade, human-powered boats that float only by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs. ~ Westmoreland Park Casting Pond

Oregon Country Settlement ~ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ living history village ~ Rhodedendron

Monday, June 24

Homeschool Jump Time ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Sky High Sports, Tigard ~ $9

Sharin’ Space with the Critters ~ 2:00 pm – 2:45 ~ Join award-winning Portland family performer Red Yarn and his lovable animal puppets on an exploration of space … shared space, personal space and safe space, that is! ~ Capitol Hill Library

Tuesday, June 25

Rocket Hamster’s Dreamy Space Odyssey ~ 2:00 pm – 2:45 ~ Rocket Hamster may be small, but he dreams big! His dream is to become an astronaut and explore space. But a villain known as “Luna Tick” will try and stop him! Her alien space bugs steal the moon and try to take over the solar system. Only Rocket Hamster and his team of “Home Grown Heroes” can save the day! Presented by Dragon Theater Puppets and Princesses ~ Holgate Library

Blast Off! ~ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm ~ Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist has stumbled upon a special element from the center of the earth that has the power to bend spacetime and allow us to travel to the very edges of our universe.  Unfortunately, in his early experiments visiting other planets, he brought back a little visitor that might cause lots of trouble on Earth.  Through song and dance we’ll help our new friend get back home, explore the secrets of the universe, learn how gravity works, launch a rocket, and rediscover just how special and unique our very own blue planet is.  ~ Northwest Library

Epic Draw/Play ~ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm ~ We will draw our favorite characters, color them, cut them out, and play with them. This is informal, goofy, and a lot of fun. ~ Sellwood-Moreland Library

Wednesday, June 26

Aliens Are Coming! ~ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm ~ Portland’s Columbia Symphony Orchestra performs stories based on “The Wynwood Project” in Miami, Florida; a series of murals commissioned by the town and painted by graffiti artists and home to over 70 galleries, museums and art collections. ~ Gregory Heights Library

The ABCs of Space! ~ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ~ The Alphabeticians will take you on a musical journey to outer space, real and imaginary. Learn about the Moon’s name (or lack thereof), eclipses, Pluto, space monkeys, lunar ladybugs and other things not of this Earth, all in the form of rock ‘n’ roll songs. Portland’s favorite rock duo is ready to board the rock it ship to fun! ~ Midland Library

Rocket Hamster’s Dreamy Space Odyssey ~ 2:00 pm – 2:45 ~ Rocket Hamster may be small, but he dreams big! His dream is to become an astronaut and explore space. But a villain known as “Luna Tick” will try and stop him! Her alien space bugs steal the moon and try to take over the solar system. Only Rocket Hamster and his team of “Home Grown Heroes” can save the day! Presented by Dragon Theater Puppets and Princesses ~ Woodstock Library

Thursday, June 27

Muñecas Mexicanas / Mexican Dolls ~ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm ~ This program will be conducted in Spanish. The Maria doll is a Mazahua creation from the states of Mexico and Michoacan. Their tender faces can be found all over the country. All work is done by hand. For ages 8 and up. ~ Troutdale Library

Friday, June 28

Twirly Whirlys ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Create this simple toy with wire, beads and found objects. Watch the beads shimmer and dance as you move it in your hands. Gain experience with needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, hammers and anvils to create your one-of-a-kind toy. ~ Rockwood Library

World Beat Festival ~ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm ~ Riverfront Park, Salem ~ Fee by donation

Chess for Success ~ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ Drop-in and play chess with Chess for Success – all ages welcome! ~ Gateway Discovery Park

Saturday, June 29

Kids Dig! ~ Various Times ~ This popular program introduces kids aged 8-12 to the fascinating world of archaeology! ~ Free with admission. Youth ages 15 and under are free.

Recycled Arts Festival ~ 9:00 am -5:00 pm ~ Esther Short Park, Vancouver

World Beat Festival ~ 10:00 am – 11:00 pm ~ Riverfront Park, Salem ~ $5, children 14 and under free

The Fascinating World of Reptiles ~ 10:30 am – 11:30 am ~ Join the Reptile Man, aka Richard Ritchey, in meeting his outstanding crew of snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises! ~ Albina Library

FUNdamentals ~ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ~ Join award winning children’s educator and performer Aaron Nigel Smith as he gets the whole family moving, grooving and learning. This class introduces children to the exciting world of music through creative movement, note reading and fun instrument play. ~ North Portland Library

Frankenanimals ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Bring an old toy or stuffed animal – or use ones we provide – and come play Frankenstein with us!   Use tools and resources to help you take old toys apart, recombine them, or add something entirely new so you create a Frankenanimal of your own design and story.  ~ Belmont Library

Party with a Purpose: 50 Years of the Oregon Country Fair ~ 2:30 – 4:30 ~ The Oregon Country Fair began in 1969 to raise funds for a Eugene alternative school. Throughout the past 50 years the fair has worked to transform culture in joyous and healthy ways. The fair focuses on handcrafted wares, responsible land use, and giving back to the community. Those values are lovingly projected through the lenses of art and whimsy. Visit the Collins Gallery to see how the Oregon Country Fair can nourish your heart and mind. This is the opening reception event, featuring talks from people who have been a part of the fair’s history. On display through August. ~ Central Library

Space Origami ~ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ~ Did you know that the concept of folding paper has been used in space as solar arrays? These origami-inspired solar arrays are compactly folded at the time of launching, and expanded to cover a large area once in space. ~ Central Library ~ Free tickets 30 minutes in advance

Sunday, June 30

Recycled Arts Festival ~ 9:00 am -4:00 pm ~ Esther Short Park, Vancouver

Make Music Day PDX ~ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm ~ Make Music Day PDX is a day-long, totally free musical event, aimed at bringing local performers into the spotlight.  ~ Various locations

World Beat Festival ~ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm ~ Riverfront Park, Salem ~ $5, children 14 and under free

Sunday Parkways: North Portland ~ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ Annual neighborhood bike ride

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South ~ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Newel Briggs sings old slave songs accompanied by his guitar, mandolin and banjo.  ~ Hillsdale Library

ONGOING EVENTS

Summer Free For All ~ Various parks and dates throughout Portland

Tween DIY at the Library ~ 3:30 pm on the second Friday ~ Monthly meeting for creative tweens at Hollywood Library.

Lego at the Library ~ Several library branches (both Multnomah and Clackamas counties) have a monthly or weekly Lego-building meetup. Confirm before you go on any given day:
Happy Valley Library – 3rd Saturday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 pm and first Wednesday of the month from 4;00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sellwood-Moreland Library – Mondays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hollywood Library – Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rockwood Library – Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Belmont Library – Fridays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Gresham Libary – Tuesdays 4:00 -5:00 pm
Woodstock Library – second Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm 
Fairview-Columbia Library – second & fourth Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm 
Central Library – third Sunday 3:00 pm 
Hillsdale Library – third Thursday 3:30 pm 
Holgate Library – third Friday 3:00 pm
Troutdale Library – fourth Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 pm

More For Teens

Rockwood Makerspace ~ Open lab from 3:00 pm – 5:30 daily, plus lots of workshops. ~ The makerspace is a collaborative learning environment at Rockwood Library with an emphasis on middle and high school learners. The space provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software and supportive mentors. Within this 1,000 square-foot area, students learn real-life technology, design and engineering skills through open labs, workshops and camps.

Teens @ the Happy Valley Library ~ monthly board game nights on 4th Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, various study halls, art and music meetups every month and opportunities to volunteer.

Multnomah Co. has several other teen programs, book discussion groups, art classes, that are not all individually listed here. See here for more info!

Friendly Disclaimer: 
We, over here at Homeschooling in PDX, aren’t just gorgeous and amazing witty geniuses with great hair (tosses hair dramatically for effect)… we’re also moms, which means we’re usually low key sleep deprived just like you. 
So please don’t take our word for any of this, double check stuff you want to go to by clicking on the links themselves.

May 2019

Wednesday, May 1st

Classical Blitz ~ 1:30 pm ~ Milwaukie Center

Friday, May 3rd- Sunday, May 5th

Portland Cinco de Mayo ~ Tom McCall Waterfront Park ~ Ages 13+, $10; ages 7-12, $7, ages 6 and under, free

Saturday, May 4-Sunday, May 5

2019 NW Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibition ~ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Portland Community College, Sylvania campus ~ Adults $5, 12 and under, free

Saturday, May 4th

Free Comic Book Day ~ find your nearest participating shop for free comics! (The shops still have to pay for these free comics because they trust that the extra foot traffic will result in new customers, so buy something to support them and this great event.)

Star Wars Party ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Crafts, games, prizes. ~ Happy Valley Library

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations ~ Tom McCall Waterfront Park ~ $10/adult, $7/kids 7-16

What Matters Storytelling Performance ~ 7:30 pm ~ Clinton Theater ~ $12

Sunday, May 5th

Family Tour : Let’s Go On Vacation ~ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ~ Portland Art Museum ~ tours are free with the price of admission

Classical Kids Concert ~ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ~ Tigard Library

Wednesday, May 8th

Outdoor Explorers ~ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ~ The library heads outside to learn more about our wild spaces. We’ll meet at Village Green Park rain or shine. ~ Happy Valley Library

Thursday, May 9th

$7 Free Play Day ~ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm ~ All the games are turned to free and a $7 cover charge gets you in to play to your heart’s content ~ Ground Kontrol Arcade

Saturday, May 11th

Volcano Day ~ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals (Hillsboro) ~ free with price of admission

Mother’s Day Crafts ~ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ~ Make something special for mom, grandma, or auntie! ~ Happy Valley Library

The Immigrant Story Exhibition Opening Reception ~ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Opening reception for the exhibit: The Immigrant Story: Who We Are and What We Carried, featuring talks from the photographers and the sharing of stories. Light refreshments will be served.Who We Are is our way of honoring those affected by the horrific violence that took place aboard a Portland MAX train on May 26, 2017. It is a visual narrative of six Muslim women who wear hijabs. The six stories were documented by The Immigrant Story in 2017 and 2018. ~ Collins Gallery, Central Library

Sunday, May 12th

Family Tour : Let’s Go to the Beach ~ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ~ Portland Art Museum ~ tours are free with the price of admission

Thursday, May 16th – Saturday, May 18th

UFO Festival ~ McMinnville ~ Prices vary

Friday, May 17th

Toddler and Preschool Drive-In ~ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ A special “drive-in” movie just for children ages 2-6 and their grown-ups! Come enjoy a snack and a short movie from the comfort of the car you decorate yourself. ~ NW Library

Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 19

Dozer Day ~ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ Dozer Day puts kids in the driver’s seat of real heavy construction equipment, fire engines, an ambulance and much more while educating about building sustainable communities, industry opportunities and public safety ~ Adults, $10; Kids, $8

Saturday, May 18

Family Day: Rock and Roll ~ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Enjoy musical crafts and local youth rock bands to celebrate the newest exhibit, Ladies & Gentleman, the Beatles ~ Oregon Historical Society ~ Free

Sunday, May 19th

Family Tour : Northerwest Art ~ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ~ Portland Art Museum ~ tours are free with the cost of admission

Monday, May 20th

Studio Ghibli Fest : Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind ~ 7:00 pm ~ Century 16 Theater, Eastport Plaza ~ prices vary by age

Tuesday, May 21st

Get Into Comics ~ 6:15 pm ~ Calling all comic book fans! Join Mr. Wolf author and illustrator Aron Steinke for a special family night of books and drawing. ~ Happy Valley Library

Wednesday, May 22nd

Pop-Up Makerspace ~ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Drop in to try out some of the West Linn Public Library’s engaging hands-on technology and out most popular STEM activities!  The activities and technology available at the Pop-Up Makerspace varies from month to month – come see what’s new. ~ West Linn Library

Virtual Reality Night ~ 5:00 pm ~ Sign up for a 20-minute time slot by calling 503-742-8623or stopping by the Youth Services desk to reserve your space on either the PlayStation 4 or the HTC Vive for an fun evening full of virtual enchantment! This event is open toages 8 and older. Children under 12 need to have a parent/guardian present. ~ West Linn Library

Friday, May 24th

Fireworks ~ 9:50 ~ Tom McCall Waterfront Park ~ kickoff night for CityFair

Saturday, May 25-Sunday, May 26

Glas X Portland ~ Various times ~ Animation Festival ~ Hollywood Theater ~ Prices Vary

Sunday, May 26th

Family Tour: Northwest Art ~ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ~ Portland Art Museum ~ tours are free with the price of admission

All Month:
Kids Bowl Free

Looking Ahead

Not Back to School Family Campout registration is now open for this year’s campout, August 27-30 at Oxbow Regional Park.

ONGOING EVENTS

Tween DIY at the Library ~ 3:30 pm on the second Friday ~ Monthly meeting for creative tweens at Hollywood Library.

Lego at the Library ~ Several library branches (both Multnomah and Clackamas counties) have a monthly or weekly Lego-building meetup. Confirm before you go on any given day:
Happy Valley Library – 3rd Saturday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 pm and first Wednesday of the month from 4;00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sellwood-Moreland Library – Mondays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hollywood Library – Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rockwood Library – Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Belmont Library – Fridays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Gresham Libary – Tuesdays 4:00 -5:00 pm
Woodstock Library – second Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Fairview-Columbia Library – second & fourth Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Central Library – third Sunday 3:00 pm
Hillsdale Library – third Thursday 3:30 pm
Holgate Library – third Friday 3:00 pm
Troutdale Library – fourth Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 pm

More For Teens

Rockwood Makerspace ~ Open lab from 3:00 pm – 5:30 daily, plus lots of workshops. ~ The makerspace is a collaborative learning environment at Rockwood Library with an emphasis on middle and high school learners. The space provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software and supportive mentors. Within this 1,000 square-foot area, students learn real-life technology, design and engineering skills through open labs, workshops and camps.

Teens @ the Happy Valley Library ~ monthly board game nights on 4th Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, various study halls, art and music meetups every month and opportunities to volunteer.

Multnomah Co. has several other teen programs, book discussion groups, art classes, that are not all individually listed here. See here for more info!

Friendly Disclaimer:
We, over here at Homeschooling in PDX, aren’t just gorgeous and amazing witty geniuses with great hair (tosses hair dramatically for effect)… we’re also moms, which means we’re usually low key sleep deprived just like you.
So please don’t take our word for any of this, double check stuff you want to go to by clicking on the links themselves.

April 2019

Free unless otherwise noted.

Monday, April 1

Red Yarn Family Concert ~ 10:00 am – 11:00 am ~ Red Yarn (aka Andy Furgeson) is a Texas-born, Oregon-based family performer who weaves folksongs and puppetry into high-energy shows for all ages. ~ TaborSpace

Homeschool Jump Time ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Sky High Sports, Tigard ~ $9

Tuesday, April 2

Epic Draw/Play ~ 3:30 – 4:30 ~ We will draw our favorite characters, color them, cut them out, and play with them. This is informal, goofy, and a lot of fun. Last time we ran this class, we drew characters from Minecraft, Mario, Bendy, Cuphead, Undertale, and many other stories. Teach us about YOUR favorite characters from books or games or movies or anywhere else and we’ll “Epic Draw/Play” them. Ideal for ages 9-12 but everyone is welcome! ~ Sellwood Moreland Library

Auroras, Cosmic Rays, Shooting Stars, and Other Space Invaders  ~ 6:00 pm and 7:15 pm ~ Planetarium Sky Theater, Mt Hood Community College Gresham ~ $5 adult/$2 under 17

Wednesday, April 3

Family Concert: Mo Phillips ~ 10:00 am – 11:00 am ~ TaborSpace

Thursday, April 4

Spring Unschoolers Day ~ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Community Room, McMenamins Kennedy School

Friday, April 5

Free Community Square Dance ~ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm ~ Pioneer Courthouse Square celebrates 35 years in downtown with a free community square dance! ~ Pioneer Courthouse Square

Auroras, Cosmic Rays, Shooting Stars, and Other Space Invaders  ~ 6:00 pm and 7:15 pm ~ Planetarium Sky Theater, Mt Hood Community College Gresham ~ $5 adult/$2 under 17

Saturday, April 6

Bridal Veils Nature Exploration ~ Bring the whole family. Young hikers will receive a trail adventure packet*, scavenger stickers, hands-on activity field guide, and more.  ~ $20/adventure pack (Proceeds benefit Gorge restoration) ~ Bridal Veil Falls ~ registration required

Great Electrifying Event ~ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm ~ Family-friendly event at the Bonneville Dam ~ Bonneville Dame, Washington Shore Visitor Center

Printmaking for Kids ~ 11:00 am – noon ~ In this workshop, participants can explore several different hands-on methods of printmaking including rubbings, stamps, stencils and inkblots. ~ Sellwood-Moreland Library

Whimsical Troll Fairy Houses ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Create miniature troll houses and gardens around it, while we take care of Mother Earth by using recycled materials. ~ Belmont Library

​¡Día de los Niños y Día de los Libros! ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ A celebration of childhood and bilingual literacy. During this event, every child will receive a free book and enjoy free crafts, live music, face painting and other fun activities. ~ St. John’s Library

Park after Dark ~ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ~ The first part of the program is indoors, learning about nocturnal residents. For the second part, head out into the park for a guided night hike. ~ Cooper Mountaon Nature Park ~ Ages 6+ ~ $11

Monday, April 8

Red Yarn Family Concert ~ 10:00 am – 11:00 am ~ Red Yarn (aka Andy Furgeson) is a Texas-born, Oregon-based family performer who weaves folksongs and puppetry into high-energy shows for all ages. ~ TaborSpace

Homeschool Jump Time ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Sky High Sports, Tigard ~ $9

Learn to Fly ~ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Discover the patterns of flight as youth take part in an engineering challenge to build a functioning glider and fly on flight simulators. ~ Hillsdale Library

Tuesday, April 9

Epic Draw/Play~ 3:30 – 4:30 ~ We will draw our favorite characters, color them, cut them out, and play with them. This is informal, goofy, and a lot of fun. Last time we ran this class, we drew characters from Minecraft, Mario, Bendy, Cuphead, Undertale, and many other stories. Teach us about YOUR favorite characters from books or games or movies or anywhere else and we’ll “Epic Draw/Play” them. Ideal for ages 9-12 but everyone is welcome! ~ Sellwood Moreland Library

Wednesday, April 10

Family Concert: Mo Phillips ~ 10:00 am – 11:00 am ~ TaborSpace

Thursday, April 11

Pirate Pouches! ~ 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm ~ In this 1 ½ hour workshop, children 4-12 will explore a variety of art & craft material to create their own usable pouch.  ~ Midland Library

Friday, April 12

Klineline Kids Special Needs Fishing Event ~ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ This event introduces kids to fishing ~ Salmon Creek Park, Vancouver WA ~ registration required

BUGS! ~ 11:30 am ~ 12:30 ~ Learn about insects and their relatives by observing live and preserved bugs! Original bug-themed coloring pages and activities provided. This program is an activity-based class for ages 2 and up. ~ North Portland Library

Saturday, April 13

Klineline Kids Fishing Event ~ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ This event introduces kids to fishing ~ Salmon Creek Park, Vancouver WA ~ registration required

2019 Celebrate Critters ~ 9:00 am – noon, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Discover the hidden world of amphibians and reptiles ~ Vancouver Water Resources Education Center

Guided Nature Walks: Trilliums ~ 10:00 am – 11:30 am ~ Venture out with a park guide for a free nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week, and will be geared for ages 5 through adult, but all ages are welcome. ~ Tryon Creek State Natural Area

Family Bird Walk ~ 10:00 am – 11:30 am ~ These guided walks provide opportunities for parents and children to learn a new outdoor skill together.  ~ Hoyt Arboretum ~ Ages 5+ ~ $7

Herb Walk in Forest Park ~ This educational romp will focus on the medicinal uses of plants that can be found in your own backyard. ~ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ~  Birch Trailhead on NW 53rd Drive ~ Advanced registration required

Summer Steelhead Release ~ 11:30 am, 1:00 pm ~ Learn about salmon life cycle and then release baby fry to the river ~ Dates are an estimate, depends on fish readiness ~ Tillamook Forest Center

​¡Día de los Niños y Día de los Libros! ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ A celebration of childhood and bilingual literacy. During this event, every child will receive a free book and enjoy free crafts, live music, face painting and other fun activities.~ Gresham Library

Concert for the Community ~ 6:00 pm ~ This year’s Concert for the Community celebrates music of North, Central, and South America ~ Arlene Schnitzer Hall

Sunday, April 14

Summer Steelhead Release ~ 11:30 am, 1:00 pm ~ Learn about salmon life cycle and then release baby fry to the river ~ Dates are an estimate, depends on fish readiness ~ Tillamook Forest Center

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers (POPS) ~ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm ~ Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it. Adults and teens welcome, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.~ Belmont Library

Static Electricity ~ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Students will learn about subatomic particles as they experiment with balloons and other household items to determine their place in the Triboelectric series. ~ Hillsdale Library ~ advance registration required

Monday, April 15

Red Yarn Family Concert ~ 10:00 am – 11:00 am ~ Red Yarn (aka Andy Furgeson) is a Texas-born, Oregon-based family performer who weaves folksongs and puppetry into high-energy shows for all ages. ~ TaborSpace

Homeschool Jump Time ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Sky High Sports, Tigard ~ $9

Tuesday, April 16

Epic Draw/Play~ 3:30 – 4:30 ~ We will draw our favorite characters, color them, cut them out, and play with them. This is informal, goofy, and a lot of fun. Last time we ran this class, we drew characters from Minecraft, Mario, Bendy, Cuphead, Undertale, and many other stories. Teach us about YOUR favorite characters from books or games or movies or anywhere else and we’ll “Epic Draw/Play” them. Ideal for ages 9-12 but everyone is welcome! ~ Sellwood Moreland Library

Wednesday, April 17

Family Concert: Mo Phillips ~ 10:00 am – 11:00 am ~ TaborSpace

Learning the Language of Birds ~ 7:00 – 9:00 pm ~ Learn to understand the different types of bird calls. This is a free lecture. Note, there is a field trip on April 27 at Clear Creek Natural Area that has a fee. ~ Oregon Zoo Education Center ~ Registration required ~ Ages 12+

Saturday, April 20

SOLVE-It for Earth Day ~ Times and locations vary ~ Clean up, plant, restore habitat around Oregon ~ Registration required

​¡Día de los Niños y Día de los Libros! ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ A celebration of childhood and bilingual literacy. During this event, every child will receive a free book and enjoy free crafts, live music, face painting and other fun activities.~ Midland Library

Guided Nature Walks: Amphibians ~ 10:00 am – 11:30 am ~ Venture out with a park guide for a free nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week, and will be geared for ages 5 through adult, but all ages are welcome. ~ Tryon Creek State Natural Area ~ Free

Oregon Garden Earth Day ~ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ Free admission to the Oregon Garden ~ The Oregon Garden

Lilac Days Opening ~ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ Lilac Days are the 3 weeks up to and including Mothers’ Day. The gardens are open daily 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. year around. ~ Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, Woodland, WA ~ $5, children 12 and under free

Sunday, April 21

Kidical Mass Easter Ride ~ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ Kidical Mass PDX’s annual Easter ride! ~ Overlook Park

Flor al Estilo Origami de 5 Pétalos / Five Petal Origami Flowers ~ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ~ Learn how to make paper flowers with mother and daughter instructors, Daisy and Natalia. This program is for children 8 years and older, or younger if accompanied by an adult. All materials will be provided. ~ North Portland Library

Monday, April 22

Red Yarn Family Concert ~ 10:00 am – 11:00 am ~ Red Yarn (aka Andy Furgeson) is a Texas-born, Oregon-based family performer who weaves folksongs and puppetry into high-energy shows for all ages. ~ TaborSpace

Homeschool Jump Time ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Sky High Sports, Tigard ~ $9

Earth Day Crafternoon: Paper weaving ~ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ~ Join special guest instructor and SCRAP royalty Sarah Morgan as she leads a fun workshop on the ins and outs of creative paper weaving.  ~ SCRAP PDX

Tuesday, April 23

Epic Draw/Play~ 3:30 – 4:30 ~ We will draw our favorite characters, color them, cut them out, and play with them. This is informal, goofy, and a lot of fun. Last time we ran this class, we drew characters from Minecraft, Mario, Bendy, Cuphead, Undertale, and many other stories. Teach us about YOUR favorite characters from books or games or movies or anywhere else and we’ll “Epic Draw/Play” them. Ideal for ages 9-12 but everyone is welcome! ~ Sellwood Moreland Library

Wednesday, April 24

Family Concert: Mo Phillips ~ 10:00 am – 11:00 am ~ TaborSpace

Friday, April 26

Tennis on the Go ~ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ~ Free introduction to tennis through games. ~ Gateway Discovery Park

Birding 101 ~ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm ~ In this two part series, learn the basics of bird identification and then practice in the park the following morning. [Second part takes place, 7:00 am – 10:00 am, Saturday, April 27] ~ Ages 14+ ~ Registration required

Saturday, April 27

Mushroom Discovery Hike ~ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm ~ Discover the fascinating and weird world of mushrooms ~ Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area ~ $6/person, $11/family ~ All ages but geared toward adults ~ Registration required

New year in the Park ~ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm ~ Fifth Annual New Year in the Park festival, celebrating Cambodian, Lao, Thai and Burmese cultures. ~ Glenhaven Park

Oregon Ag Fest ~ This family-friendly celebration is aimed at helping families better understand where their food, fiber and flora come from . ~ Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem ~ $9, children 12 and under, free

Guided Nature Walks: Trees ~ 10:00 am – 11:30 am ~ Venture out with a park guide for a free nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week, and will be geared for ages 5 through adult, but all ages are welcome. ~ Tryon Creek State Natural Area ~ Free


Discovery Days: Tryon’s Backyard Habitat ~ The nature classroom opens its doors on the last Saturday of every month with fun and educational hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. ~ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm ~ Tryon Creek State Natural Area

Mushroom Discovery Hike ~ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Discover the fascinating and weird world of mushrooms ~ Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area ~ $6/person, $11/family ~
All ages but geared toward adults ~ Registration required

Alternatives to Herbicide~ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Rewild Portland’s Free Skills Series is a family-friendly class and community event that happens monthly, usually (but not always) occurring on the last Saturday of the month. ~  Location TBA ~ $10-$20 donation suggested

OHEN Homeschool Prom ~ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm ~ Multnomah Arts Center ~ tickets go on sale about a month before event

Sunday, April 28

Mushroom Discovery Hike ~ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm ~ Discover the fascinating and weird world of mushrooms ~ Oxbow Regional Park ~ $6/person, $11/family ~ All ages but geared toward adults ~ Registration required

Oregon Ag Fest ~ This family-friendly celebration is aimed at helping families better understand where their food, fiber and flora come from . ~ Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem ~ $9, children 12 and under, free

Mushroom Discovery Hike ~ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Discover the fascinating and weird world of mushrooms ~ Oxbow Regional Park ~ $6/person, $11/family ~ All ages but geared toward adults ~ Registration required

Monday, April 29

Red Yarn Family Concert ~ 10:00 am – 11:00 am ~ Red Yarn (aka Andy Furgeson) is a Texas-born, Oregon-based family performer who weaves folksongs and puppetry into high-energy shows for all ages. ~ TaborSpace

Homeschool Jump Time ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Sky High Sports, Tigard ~ $9

Tuesday, April 30

Epic Draw/Play~ 3:30 – 4:30 ~ We will draw our favorite characters, color them, cut them out, and play with them. This is informal, goofy, and a lot of fun. Last time we ran this class, we drew characters from Minecraft, Mario, Bendy, Cuphead, Undertale, and many other stories. Teach us about YOUR favorite characters from books or games or movies or anywhere else and we’ll “Epic Draw/Play” them. Ideal for ages 9-12 but everyone is welcome! ~ Sellwood Moreland Library

ONGOING EVENTS

Tween DIY at the Library ~ 3:30 pm on the second Friday ~ Monthly meeting for creative tweens at Hollywood Library.

Lego at the Library ~ Several library branches (both Multnomah and Clackamas counties) have a monthly or weekly Lego-building meetup. Confirm before you go on any given day:
Happy Valley Library – 3rd Saturday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 pm and first Wednesday of the month from 4;00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sellwood-Moreland Library – Mondays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hollywood Library – Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rockwood Library – Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Belmont Library – Fridays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Gresham Libary – Tuesdays 4:00 -5:00 pm
Woodstock Library – second Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Fairview-Columbia Library – second & fourth Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Central Library – third Sunday 3:00 pm
Hillsdale Library – third Thursday 3:30 pm
Holgate Library – third Friday 3:00 pm
Troutdale Library – fourth Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 pm

More For Teens

Rockwood Makerspace ~ Open lab from 3:00 pm – 5:30 daily, plus lots of workshops. ~ The makerspace is a collaborative learning environment at Rockwood Library with an emphasis on middle and high school learners. The space provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software and supportive mentors. Within this 1,000 square-foot area, students learn real-life technology, design and engineering skills through open labs, workshops and camps.

Teens @ the Happy Valley Library ~ monthly board game nights on 4th Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, various study halls, art and music meetups every month and opportunities to volunteer.

Multnomah Co. has several other teen programs, book discussion groups, art classes, that are not all individually listed here. See here for more info!

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March 2019

Free unless otherwise noted

Saturday, March 2

Metro Regional Destination Imagination Tournament ~ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm ~ Come watch homeschool and other regional teams perform their Destination Imagination challenge solution. ~ Evergreen Middle School, Hillsboro

Construction Madness ~ 11:00 am – 12:30 am ~ Using paper, scissors, glue, recycled materials and imagination, design and build your own architectural wonder! ~ Sellwood Moreland Library

Annual Traditional Pow Wow ~ noon – 10 pm ~ The Native American Parent Association of SW Washington invites you to our annual traditional pow wow to share singing, dancing, and drumming. FREE and Open to the Public. Grand entries at 1 pm and 6 pm. Arts and crafts vendors and concessions (frybread, Indian tacos, and more). ~ Heritage High School, Vancouver, WA

Bird Eggs: Let’s learn to wet-felt! ~ noon – 1:00 pm ~ Learn about amazing local birds while crafting eggs in an age old tradition of wet felting! Fun for all ages, enjoy some time with soft, warm bubbly soap and wool fiber. ~ St. John’s Library ~ Registration required

Whimsical Troll Fairy Houses ~ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Create miniature troll houses and gardens around it, while we take care of Mother Earth by using recycled materials. ~ Albina Library ~ Registration required

Fastelavn ~ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ~ Family-friendly Nordic Carnival event ~ Nordia House ~ $5

Owl Prowl ~ 6:00 pm ~ Program will include indoor presentation, owl pellet dissection, and a short hike to call for owls~ Silver Falls Conference Room ~ registration required ~ Free

Sunday, March 3

Family Tour: Pacific NW Art ~ 12:30-1:30 ~ Portland Art Museum ~ tours free with admission

Southwest Washington Wind Symphony Performance ~ 3:00 pm ~
Performing Arts Center at Union High School

Beaverton Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition performance ~ 3:00 pm ~ VBC Grand Auditorium at Village Baptist Church

Monday, March 4

Homeschool Jump Time ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Sky High Sports, Tigard ~ $9

Tuesday, March 5

Make a Mardi Gras Mask ~ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Mardi Gras is a lively celebration held each year in New Orleans. Celebrate with us by making a colorful mask while we listen to New Orleans jazz. ~ Capitol Hill Library

What did NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Find Beyond Pluto?  ~ 6:00 pm and 7:15 pm ~ Planetarium Sky Theater, Mt Hood Community College Gresham ~ $5 adult/$2 under 17

Wednesday, March 6

Coping with Stress ~ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm ~ This lesson helps youth build their own definitions of stress, identify what causes them stress, and discuss how people cope with stress in both helpful and unhelpful ways. ~ Marrow Radical Youth ~ Ages 10- 24

Self-care Kit-making ~ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm ~ Marrow Radical Youth ~ Ages 10-24

Thursday, March 7

Girls Who Make ~ 3:00 pm -5:30 pm ~ Work on creating a game, design and print in 3D, make jewelry and clothes, invent wacky crafts, laser cut a photograph on wood, work on robotics projects, and more. For grades 4-12. ~ Rockwood Makerspace

Friday, March 8

Ancient Science ~ Evergreen Aviation Museum Homeschool Day ~ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ Every month, the museum’s education department hosts Home School Days focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Topics range from learning about the science of hot air balloons and gliders to talking with adults in the air-and-space industry about career options.  ~ Evergreen Aviation Museum ~ registration required ~ Prices vary

What did NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Find Beyond Pluto?  ~ 6:00 pm and 7:15 pm ~ Planetarium Sky Theater, Mt Hood Community College Gresham ~ $5 adult/$2 under 17

Workshop WORD! ~ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ~ This will be a workshop centered around finding the power in the little details of our lives, and piecing them together to create a piece that shows how much every part of who we are matters, and deserves to be heard. ~ Youth free, Adults sliding scale ~ Marrow Radical Youth

Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10

Family Fish Camp ~ A fun-filled weekend where families learn fishing skills together while staying overnight at Camp Angelos on the Sandy River ~ Registration Required ~ tickets vary ~ scholarships availableW

Saturday, March 9

Second Saturday at the Water Center: Love Your Earth ~ 1:00-3:00 pm ~ This is the rescheduled event from February. Explore new ways to reduce waste and treat the Earth kindly. ~ Vancouver Water Resources Education Center ~ Free

Kids’ Animation ~ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ~ The animation workshop is designed to introduce students to the idea of simple stop-motion and drawn animation.  Students will learn techniques and methods to make their own cartoon characters move. ~ Holgate Library

Recycled Puppet Making ~ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ~ KCPuppetree engages participants in a dynamic puppet making workshop, using re-used and up-cycled items. Participants of all ages will explore the creative potential of egg crates, boxes, plastic jugs and more while creating original puppets that can move, dance, and sing. ~ Belmont Library

Anime Your Way: Comics for Kids ~ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ~ Anime Your Way is a comprehensive step-by-step drawing program developed over 10 years by former Simpson’s artist Carlos Nieto III that teaches the participant how to create and adjust an anime character from scratch, no matter what their drawing level is! ~ Gresham Library

Sunday March 10

Family Tour : Drawing is Seeing ~ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ~ Portland Art Museum ~ tours free with the price of admission

Monday, March 11

Homeschool Jump Time ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Sky High Sports, Tigard ~ $9

Hula for the Family ~ 3:30 – 4:30 pm ~ We invite all family members to join us to learn Hawaiian language, songs and a simple hula dance in a warm, welcoming environment. You will learn some basic hula steps, easy-to-learn language and songs, hand motions, and then we will put our hands and feet together to perform a hula. ~ Hollywood Libary ~ Free tickets 15 minutes ahead

Early College Info Night ~ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm ~ Join a panel of representatives from Baker Early College, Summit Learning Academy, and PCC/Gateway to learn more about options for Early College ~ Registration required ~ Village Home, Beaverton

Tuesday, March 12

Epic Draw/Play ~ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm ~ We will draw our favorite characters, color them, cut them out, and play with them. This is informal, goofy, and a lot of fun. ~ Sellwood-Moreland Library

Mini Marble Mazes ~ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ~ SCRAP Crafternoon ~ SCRAP pdx ~ Ages 6+ ~$10

Wednesday, March 13

March Ecology Club: Wildlife Tracking with Cascadia Wild ~ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm ~ Join us on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss an ecological theme that pertains to Bark’s work on Mt Hood or seasonal skills to give the community a deeper appreciation and understanding of NW ecology. ~Bark office: 351 NE 18th Ave Portland, OR 97232 (next to the Circuit Climbing Gym). ~ Recommended for 13+ W

Radical Self Love ~ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm ~ Radical self-love stems from the idea that everybody and every body is worthy of love.  In this youth-led workshop, you will learn about Radical Self Love – what it is, how you can practice it, and how radical self-love can change the world for the better. There will be fun, hands-on activities! ~ Marrow Radical Youth ~ Ages 10-24

Thursday, March 14

$5 Free Play Day ~ 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm (21+ after 6:00) ~ Ground Kontrol ~A $5 covers gets you into to the giant retro arcade where, for the day, all the games are set to free. No quarters necessary.

Little Bugs, Big World ~ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm ~ A little lady bug meets a caterpillar and together they decide to travel the world, visiting bugs from different countries. While on their journey, they have to be very careful of the sneaky spider Mr. S., who is out to catch the reading bugs! Will they be caught in his web, or will the adventure lead them back home safely? Find out in this thrilling puppet show performed by Dragon Theater. ~ Midland Library

Friday, March 15

Ancient Science ~ Evergreen Aviation Museum Homeschool Day ~ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ Every month, the museum’s education department hosts Home School Days focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Topics range from learning about the science of hot air balloons and gliders to talking with adults in the air-and-space industry about career options.  ~ Evergreen Aviation Museum ~ registration required ~ Prices vary

A Midsummer’s Night Adventure ~ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ~ Multnomah Arts Center

Saturday, March 16

Spring Garden Fair ~ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ Celebrate Spring in the garden ~ Leach Botanical Garden ~ Free

Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol ~ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ This event
celebrates the rich impact of the Japanese culture on Oregon and the history of the cherry industry.  ~ Oregon State Capitol

Kidical Mass in the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day parade ~ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm ~
Join us for bike decorating and ride in the parade ~ Sellwood Park

Herb Walk in Forest Park ~ This educational romp will focus on the medicinal uses of plants that can be found in your own backyard. ~ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ~  Leif Erikson Trailhead at the end of NW Thurman ~ Advanced registration required ~ free

Welcome Back Vulture Day ~ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Join the Audubon Society to celebrate the Turkey Vulture’s return to Oregon this spring. Snacks & drinks provided. This event is free and family-friendly. ~
Nadaka Nature Park and St. Aidan’s Church

Felted Beads for Families ~ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Learn the ancient craft of feltmaking by making beads using only raw wool and hot soapy water. You will felt a “cane” of layered wool that will be cut into slices of millefiori-style beads. In this workshop, you’ll get to make a nice collection of beads. ~ Albina Library ~ Registration required

The Funny Thing About Spring ~ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm ~ Armed with her umbrella and boots, Mz. Pearl will captivate audiences as she brings spring storybooks to life. This solo clown show is filled with physical comedy, circus skills and clever – or at least odd – solutions to bizarre problems. By the end of the performance, everyone will be dreaming of warm sunshine and sandy beaches. ~ Woodstock Library

Printmaking for Kids ~ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ The interactive and immediate process of printmaking is a great way to develop creativity for all ages.  In this workshop, participants can explore several different hands on methods of printmaking including rubbings, stamps, stencils, and inkblots.  Several printmaking stations will be set up where participants can freely explore one station at a time. ~ Kenton Library

Art from all Angles ~ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm ~ Art From All Angles is excited to host a one-night engaging multidisciplinary art festival at the Mission Theater – a showcase of the broad range of expression from our local community. ~ $10 ~ McMenamins Mission Theater

Sunday, March 17

Family Tour : Shades of Green ~ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ~ Portland Art Museum ~ tours are free with the price of admission

Portland Opera, As One performance ~ 2:00 pm ~ Collin’s Gallery, Central Library

Monday, March 18

Homeschool Jump Time ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Sky High Sports, Tigard ~ $9

Tuesday, March 19

Epic Draw/Play ~ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm ~ We will draw our favorite characters, color them, cut them out, and play with them. This is informal, goofy, and a lot of fun. ~ Sellwood-Moreland Library

Mamá Ratoncito, Cucú y La Borreguita — ¡Qué listo! / Clever! — A Cat, a Cuckoo and Little Lamb ~ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Three bilingual stories of clever animals; a mouse who outsmarts a cat, a lazy cuckoo who works hard to save seeds and the lamb who turns tables on trickster coyote. ~ Hillsdale Library

Wednesday, March 20

Stress Management & Suicide ~ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm ~ This workshop will be focusing on learning to recognize and manage stress in helpful ways as well as identifying signs of suicide and seeking the appropriate resources for help. ~ Ages 10-24 ~ Marrow Radical Youth

Thursday, March 21

Girls Who Make ~ 3:00 pm -5:30 pm ~ Work on creating a game, design and print in 3D, make jewelry and clothes, invent wacky crafts, laser cut a photograph on wood, work on robotics projects, and more. For grades 4-12. ~ Rockwood Makerspace

Free Metro Parks Day ~ Free parking at all metro parks ~ Various locations

Friday, March 22

Stellaluna ~ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm ~ Based on the beloved book by Janell Cannon, our rendition of this charming story is full of excitement, adventure and big laughs. Come along as our adorable fruit bat friend, Stellaluna, learns just what it takes to be a bird, a bat and a friend. Performed by Emily Alexander. ~ North Portland Library

Saturday, March 23 into April ~ Tulip Fest ~ Event is free but various activities have prices

Saturday, March 23

Mamá Ratoncito, Cucú y La Borreguita — ¡Qué listo! / Clever! — A Cat, a Cuckoo and Little Lamb ~ 11:00 – 11:45 ~ Three bilingual stories of clever animals; a mouse who outsmarts a cat, a lazy cuckoo who works hard to save seeds and the lamb who turns tables on trickster coyote. ~ St. John’s Library

Fairy House & Gnome Homes ~ 11:30 am and 1:30 pm ~ Join naturalists to make dwellings for woodland critters ~ Tillamook Forest Center ~ Free

Felted Universe ~ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Participants will make their own felted universe out of wool. We’ll wet-felt planets, stars, and other celestial bodies using only raw wool and hot soapy water. All ages welcome. First come, first served ~ Holgate Library

Hula for the Family ~ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ We invite all family members to join us to learn Hawaiian language, songs and a simple hula dance in a warm, welcoming environment. You will learn some basic hula steps, easy-to-learn language and songs, hand motions, and then we will put our hands and feet together to perform a hula. Join us for a great time while spending time with family and friends. ~ Rockwood Library

Lantern Tour at Fort Vancouver ~ 6:45 pm ~ Participants are treated to historical vignettes in several buildings as a park ranger guides them through the reconstructed fort.  ~ Fort Vancouver ~ $25/adult, $10 for age 16 and under

Sunday March 24

Signs of Wildlife ~ 11:30 am and 1:30 pm ~ Learn to recognize the clues animals leave behind and you will find that they are all around you. ~ Tillamook Forest Center ~ Free

Family Tour : Drawing is Seeing ~ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ~ Portland Art Museum ~ tours are free with cost of admission

Mariachi Viva Mexico ~ 3:30 pm -4:30 pm ~ This lively Mariachi band includes trumpets, violins, guitars, guitaron and vihuelas to create lively, spirited music. ~ North Portland Library

Monday, March 25

Homeschool Jump Time ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ Sky High Sports, Tigard ~ $9

Digging for Dinosaurs ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Visit a time when dinosaurs walked the earth! Make a fossil cast, behave like a dinosaur, and more. Become a paleontologist by using fossils as clues into the past. ~ Capitol Hill Library

Tuesday, March 26

The Alphabeticians ~ 10:00 am ~ The Alphabeticians play clever, upbeat, family appropriate songs, including songs about numbers, size, dads, metaphors, extinct fish and multiple alphabet songs.   ~ The Old Church

Construction Madness ~ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ~ Using paper, scissors, glue, recycled materials and imagination, design and build your own architectural wonder! ~ Central Library

Diorama-Rama ~ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ~ SCRAP crafternoon ~ SCRAP pdx ~ Ages 6+ ~ $10

Cardboard Costume Creation ~ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Come with your imagination and Tinker Camp will help you leave with a cardboard costume for your next adventure. Construct amazing costumes with really simple engineering techniques then make it truly unique by decorating with fun materials we supply. Why be ordinary when you could have wings? Awe your friends with your plated suit of corrugated armor! Make the robot suit you always dreamed of! When you think like a designer you’ll never look at cardboard the same way again! ~ Hillsdale Library

Wednesday, March 27

Spectacular Arcade for Kids ~ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm ~ Imagine, design and create your one-of-a-kind arcade game using cardboard, reclaimed materials, balls and electronic components such as LED lights and motors. The fun doesn’t stop there; invite others to play your game while you test out theirs. You’ve just turned the library into an arcade! ~ Fairview-Columbia Library ~ Registration Required

Piano Day! ~ noon – 5:00 pm ~ Come listen to the piano played by local pianists of all ages on some of the region’s best pianos for 2019’s Piano Day! The choice of music is up to the performer and there are no restrictions on what will be played. ~ Title Wave Used BookstoreS

Wolf Figurines ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Enjoy learning the technique of staining and painting ceramic figures with ceramic grade acrylics! Each participant will receive a hand-sculpted, locally made, mini wolf ceramic figure to paint. Learn how bisque ware – a low fired ceramic takes these special forms of acrylics while creating your own portrait of an Oregon wolf. Instructor, Suzanne Moulton will clear coat the wolf totems at the end of class to make your ceramic figure suitable for display outdoors in your garden! For ages 8 and older with a favorite adult. ~ Capitol Hill Library

Teen Decision Making ~ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm ~ This workshop will be focusing on understanding brain science to help put risky behaviors in perspective. This lesson helps teens focus on how teens make decisions and why. ~ Ages 10-24 ~ Marrow Radical Youth

Friday, March 29

Wildflower Walk ~ 1:30 pm ~ An easy, guided walk to look for trilliums, wood violets, candy flowers, sour grass and much more. ~ Tilloamook Forest Center ~ Free

Saturday, March 30

Introduction to Wild Foods ~ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ~ In a walk through several habitats within Mt Tabor Park, learn essentials of wild food use. ~ Children under 7, free. Other prices vary.

Printmaking for Kids ~ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ~ The interactive and immediate process of printmaking is a great way to develop creativity for all ages.  In this workshop, participants can explore several different hands-on methods of printmaking including rubbings, stamps, stencils, and inkblots.  Several printmaking stations will be set up where participants can freely explore one station at a time. ~ Gresham Library

Mini Kites ~ 1:30 – 3:30 pm ~ Mini kites are great fun for flying almost anywhere or anytime, as all they need is a little breeze! In this class we’ll make kites in the shapes of birds and butterflies out of some repurposed plastics of origins that might surprise you! Also learn a little bit about balance, aerodynamics and material usage as we craft these pocket-sized kites. ~ Albina Library

Contemporary Foraging Ethics ~ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Rewild Portland’s Free Skills Series is a family-friendly class and community event that happens monthly, usually (but not always) occurring on the last Saturday of the month. ~  Location TBA ~ $10-$20 donation suggested

Owl Prowl ~ 6:00 pm ~ Program will include indoor presentation, owl pellet dissection, and a short hike to call for owls~ Silver Falls Conference Room ~ registration required ~ Free

 


THINK AHEAD

Klineline Kids’ Fishing ~ Join the Klineline Kids Fishing event held annually in Salmon Creek Park. They are expecting 500 special needs kids and adults on Friday, April 12, 2019. On Saturday, April 13, 2019 they are expecting 2500 kids, ages 5 to 14. Registered children will receive a fishing rod & reel complete with terminal gear and an event t-shirt. Bait is provided also. Kids fish in 45 minute increments throughout the day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ~ Registration open now

Kids’ Fishing Festival ~ Join Columbia Springs for a day of fun family fishing! Kids ages 5-14 are eligible to fish with an expert fishing mentor ~ $7 ~ registration is open now. Fishing tickets sell out.

ONGOING EVENTS

Tween DIY at the Library ~ 3:30 pm on the second Friday ~ Monthly meeting for creative tweens at Hollywood Library.

Lego at the Library ~ Several library branches (both Multnomah and Clackamas counties) have a monthly or weekly Lego-building meetup. Confirm before you go on any given day:
Happy Valley Library – 3rd Saturday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 pm and first Wednesday of the month from 4;00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sellwood-Moreland Library – Mondays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hollywood Library – Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rockwood Library – Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Belmont Library – Fridays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Gresham Libary – Tuesdays 4:00 -5:00 pm
Woodstock Library – second Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Fairview-Columbia Library – second & fourth Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Central Library – third Sunday 3:00 pm
Hillsdale Library – third Thursday 3:30 pm
Holgate Library – third Friday 3:00 pm
Troutdale Library – fourth Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 pm

More For Teens

Rockwood Makerspace ~ Open lab from 3:00 pm – 5:30 daily, plus lots of workshops. ~ The makerspace is a collaborative learning environment at Rockwood Library with an emphasis on middle and high school learners. The space provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software and supportive mentors. Within this 1,000 square-foot area, students learn real-life technology, design and engineering skills through open labs, workshops and camps.

Teens @ the Happy Valley Library ~ monthly board game nights on 4th Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, various study halls, art and music meetups every month and opportunities to volunteer.

Friendly Disclaimer:
We, over here at Homeschooling in PDX, aren’t just gorgeous and amazing witty geniuses with great hair (tosses hair dramatically for effect)… we’re also moms, which means we’re usually low key sleep deprived just like you.
So please don’t take our word for any of this, double check stuff you want to go to by clicking on the links themselves.


February 2019

All Month

Youth Curated Black History Traveling Museum ~ World Stage Theatre has partnered with Black Student Union groups from Portland metro high schools to create Black History Month displays. Each group has chosen a specific time period in history to highlight the African American experience to do collective research and curate pieces for the displays. The traveling museum will be exhibited at their local library (Albina, Troutdale, North Portland, Midland, Belmont and Kenton branches) for the month of February. The exhibition is open during this library’s open hours

Black History Festival NW ~ Variety of events happening all month: art shows, music, speakers (some free, some requiring tickets.)

Chinese New Year Celebrations ~ Super fun stuff happening all month downtown and at Lan Su Gardens

Friday, February 1

Jedi Tricks with Static Electricity ~ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm ~ Students will learn about subatomic particles as they experiment with balloons and other household items to determine their place in the Triboelectric series. They will observe the effects of positive and negative charges as they learn about conservation of charge. ~ Fairview-Columbia Library ~ registration required

Saturday, February 2

Guided Nature Walks: Owls of Tryon ~ 10:00 am – 11:30 am ~ Venture out with a park guide for a free nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week, and will be geared for ages 5 through adult, but all ages are welcome. ~ Tryon Creek State Natural Area ~ Free

Candy Science ~ 10:15 am – 11:15 am ~ Not just for eating, turn sweet and sour treats into science fun! ~ Happy Valley Library

Valentine Fun ~ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm ~ Have a love-ly time creating heart-felt cards and crafts. ~ St. John’s Library

Ants Ants Ants Family Musical ~ 11:00 am – 11:45 am ~ A fun sing-along family music band that kids of any age (1-100) will enjoy!  With their three-part harmonies and amazing guitar work, these ants put on a show that fans won’t soon forget. ~ Holgate Library

Winter Animal Puppets ~ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ~ In this puppet-making workshop, create winter animals and perform their own snowy stories! After reading The Mitten by Jan Brett, children ages 4-10 will enjoy mixing recycled and craft materials to create puppet characters from the book. Puppetkabob will show you how to transform ordinary craft materials into unique animal puppets. ~ Gilbert-Heights Library

Lunar New Year ~ 2:00 – 2:30 pm ~ Celebrate the new year with crafts, games, food, and music! ~ Happy Valley Library

Sunday, February 3

A Place Called Home: From Vanport To Albina ~ 3:00 pm ~ Join us for a screening of oral history documentaries, part of the Vanport Mosaic living archive. Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, this collection of short films and audio narratives traces the story of Portland’s African American community from the 1940s to 1970s. It is a story of struggle, perseverance, and resilience that continues today. Artist and Vanport descendant Velynn Brown will share her poem Roots and Remnants, and will faciliate a reflection on the beauty and challenges of story, home, community and belonging. ~ St. John’s Library

Monday, February 4

A Place Called Home: From Vanport To Albina ~ 6:30 pm ~ Join us for a screening of oral history documentaries, part of the Vanport Mosaic living archive. Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, this collection of short films and audio narratives traces the story of Portland’s African American community from the 1940s to 1970s. It is a story of struggle, perseverance, and resilience that continues today. Artist and Vanport descendant Velynn Brown will share her poem Roots and Remnants, and will faciliate a reflection on the beauty and challenges of story, home, community and belonging. ~ Albina Library

Tuesday, February 5

Lunar New Year ~ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ~ The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures, celebrating life, good health and prosperity. Join us to bring in the new year with cultural performances, educational activities and light refreshments. ~ Holgate Library

Wednesday, February 6

Family Puppetry Workshop ~ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ~ Chilean puppetry troupe Silencio Blanco offers a puppetry demonstration and hands-on workshop for families with children of all ages. Did you know that with only newspaper and masking tape, you can create a puppet figure that can jump and dance? Watch these master artists in action and build your own puppet to take home. ~ Gresham Library

Lego Creative Building with Blair Archer ~ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ~ Join Blair each month for a different LEGO building challenge. ~ Happy Valley Library

Make Yourself at Hat ~ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ~ Sew yourself a warm hat for this winter! Artist LeBrie Rich will bring five sewing machines along with hand-sewing supplies. We’ll have patterns and fabric ready for you. Extra hats that we make will be donated to those in need. Let’s craft together! No experience necessary. For grades 6 and up, free registration required. ~ Capitol Hill Library

Thursday, February 7 – Saturday February 9

Portland Winter Light Festival ~ Exhibits, shows, boats rides ~ Downtown Portland ~ Most free

Friday, February 8

Homeschool Day: Electricity ~ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ The Museum hosts monthly Home School Days throughout the school year. Our day-long programs are aligned with Oregon State Standards; programs consist of content instruction with hands-on application. ~ Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ~ Adults free, Members Youth, $10, Nonmembers Youth, $12, Groups of 25-30 $8 each ~ Registration required

Seeing the Invisible Universe ~ 6:00 pm and 7:15 pm ~ Planetarium Sky Theater, Mt Hood Community College Gresham ~ $5 adult/$2 under 17

Saturday, February 9

Wildlife Tracking ~ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ~ Learn the basics of wildlife tracking and explore Hoyt Arboretum to see what mammals have been living here ~ Hoyt Arboretum ~ Ages 15+ ~ $15/member, $20/non-member

Raptor Road Trip 2019 ~ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ Explore Sauvie Island in search of magnificent eagles, hawks and falcons. Naturalists and hawk experts host activities at three sites around the island. ~ Sauvie Island ~
$10 per vehicle, cash only

Guided Nature Walks: Mosses and Lichens ~ 10:00 am – 11:30 am ~ Venture out with a park guide for a free nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week, and will be geared for ages 5 through adult, but all ages are welcome. ~ Tryon Creek State Natural Area ~ Free

Lunar New Year Parade and Celebration ~ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm ~ Parade and dances ~ Route depends on rain, check day of event ~ Downtown Portland ~ Free

Introduction to Mason Bees ~ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Learn the basics of mason bees, their needs and usefulness ~ Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center ~ Age 12+ ~ $12/resident, $16/non-resident ~ registration required

Craft Club: Pop Up Cards ~ 1:30 – 2:30 pm ~ Get crafty with staff from SCRAP to reuse supplies to make awesome pop up cards. ~ Happy Valley Library

Second Saturday at the Water Center: Love Your Earth ~ 1:00-3:00 pm ~ Explore new ways to reduce waste and treat the Earth kindly. ~ Vancouver Water Resources Education Center ~ Free

Valentine Fun ~ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ~ Have a love-ly time creating heart-felt cards and crafts. ~ Central Library

Valentine Fun ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Have a love-ly time creating heart-felt cards and crafts. ~ Holgate Library

Ombra Musici (The Musicians Shadow) ~ “In the frame of the Portland Winter Light Festival 2018, the central facade of Lincoln Hall will become a canvas for the projected silhouette of violinist Tomas Cotik as he performs works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Spectators passing by and congregating in front of the building will hear the music through loudspeakers and see the moving silhouette projected on the full height of the building.” 7:00 pm ~ Lincoln Concert Hall

Sunday, February 10

Women’s Wilderness Skills Series: Fire Skills ~ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~
The class will cover the basics of building a camp fire, identifying and processing quality material for fire and how to make a survival fire in wet conditions. ~ For high school age and older ~ Coyle Outside, Corvallis~ Free

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers (POPS)~ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm ~ Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it. Adults and teens welcome, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. ~ Belmont Library

The Worst Day of the Year Bike Ride ~ Come celebrate the worst part of the year with a family friendly bike ride in varying lengths from 4 miles to 42 miles, depending on where you’re at. ~ $15 for adults, kids under 12 ride free

Monday, February 11

African Beaded-Jewelry Making ~ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ~ Come learn basic African bead-work. Beads, instructions and jewelry-making tools will be provided. ~ Capitol Hill Library

BUGS! ~ 4:00 – 5:00 pm ~ Learn about insects and their relatives by observing live and preserved bugs! Original bug-themed coloring pages and activities provided. This program is an activity-based class for ages 2 and up. ~ Capitol Hill Library

Science of Magic ~ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Magic? No, it’s science! You’ll learn the secrets behind famous magic that you can recreate for yourself! Mother Nature has some tricks of her own, and Mad Science will show you what’s up her sleeve! ~ Hollywood Library ~ Free tickets 15 minutes before show.

Portland’s Rhymes and Hip-Hop Life ~ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ~ Join us for a special performance led by Mic Crenshaw, featuring Cool Nutz. Be part of a discussion of hip-hop history in the Northwest and how it has influence our lives and our culture. ~ Rockwood Library

Wednesday, February 13

Homeschool Club: Junior Librarian ~ 1:30 – 2:30 pm ~ Do you have what it takes to be a library expert? Go on on a tour, take a Dewey challenge and earn a special certificate. ~ Happy Valley Library

Heart ‘Felt’ Valentines ~ 4:30 – 6:00 pm ~ Get crafty at the library making a felt valentine! We’ll practice cutting and simple sewing, then add rhinestones and ribbon to make a “heart felt” love note for you to keep or give away. ~ Midland Library

February Ecology Club: Bird Language Basics ~ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm ~ Join us on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss an ecological theme that pertains to Bark’s work on Mt Hood or seasonal skills to give the community a deeper appreciation and understanding of NW ecology. ~Bark office: 351 NE 18th Ave Portland, OR 97232 (next to the Circuit Climbing Gym). ~ Recommended for 13+

Classic Up Close Pop Up Performance ~ 7:30 ~ Muslim Educational Trust Community Center (Tigard)

Friday, February 15-Monday, February 18

Great Backyard Bird Count ~ Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are. ~ In your own backyard ~ Free

Friday, February 15

Homeschool Day: Electricity ~ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ The Museum hosts monthly Home School Days throughout the school year. Our day-long programs are aligned with Oregon State Standards; programs consist of content instruction with hands-on application. ~ Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ~ Adults free, Members Youth, $10, Nonmembers Youth, $12, Groups of 25-30 $8 each ~ Registration required

Saturday, February 16

Guided Nature Walks: The Changing Forest ~ 10:00 am – 11:30 am ~ Venture out with a park guide for a free nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week, and will be geared for ages 5 through adult, but all ages are welcome. ~ Tryon Creek State Natural Area ~ Free

Oregon’s 160th Birthday Celebration ~ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ~ Costumed interpreters, music, activities for the entire family and birthday cake are free for all to enjoy. ~ Oregon State Capitol ~ Free

Kids’ Fest/Sports’ Fest ~ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ~ Portland Expo Center ~ $6 per person, $25 for family pass (of 5)

Peg People: Winter Fairies ~ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ~ Come delight in making 2″ tall fairies from wooden pegs. Paint hair, and clothes. Add jewels if you like. Complete your fairy with various things found in nature to serve as a hat, wings, and swords. They will magically come to life in your imagination! ~ Sellwood – Moreland Library

Family Day: Experience Oregon Grand Opening Celebration ~ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Enjoy musical performances from BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Oregon Trail Trio, Portland Taiko, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, and The Prairie Blossoms. Listen to traditional Kalapuya/Coos storytelling by Esther & Shannin Stutzman, and take home a souvenir of your visit at one of our craft activity stations. ~ Oregon Historical Society ~ Free

Rainbow Felt Geodes ~ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ~ Geodes are the coolest thing. You open them up and there is always a surprise of color and crystals. Make your own felt geode using only colored sheep’s wool and hot soapy water in this felting workshop with LeBrie Rich. No experience necessary… come craft with us! Ages 3+ with adult ~ North Portland Library

3D Printing: Customize Your Stuff! For Teens ~ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ~ 3D printing is the wave of the future, but what can you do with it today? Come learn about 3D printing, see one in action, and make a few of your own 3D printed designs. You’ll leave with the skills to start making your own products and a 3D print of one of the parts we’ll design! ~ Holgate Library

Comic Book Magnets ~ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Come use your creativity to repurpose comic books by cutting out your favorite heroes and villians and then glue them onto glass disks and adding magnets. It’s fun and easy! For kids in grades K-5 with their favorite adult. ~ Kenton Library

̈Figuras de hojas de Maíz / Corn Husk Figurines: Gods and Imaginative Creatures ~ 3:30 – 5:30 pm ~ In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how ancient cultures are inspired by nature to make their arts and crafts, as well as learning about the importance of corn in native Mexican culture. Participants will create their own doll figurine with colored corn husks, decorating them with other corn materials. ~ Fairview- Columbia Library

Owl Prowl ~ 6:00 pm ~ Program will include indoor presentation, owl pellet dissection, and a short hike to call for owls~ Silver Falls Conference Room ~ registration required ~ Free

Lantern Tour at Fort Vancouver ~ NOTE THAT IS A REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENT THAT MAY NOT OCCUR IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUT-DOWN IS STILL IN EFFECT. PLEASE CHECK THE LINK ~ 6:45 pm ~ Participants are treated to historical vignettes in several buildings as a park ranger guides them through the reconstructed fort.  ~ Fort Vancouver ~ $25/adult, $10 for age 16 and under

Sunday, February 17

Kids’ Fest/Sports’ Fest ~ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ Portland Expo Center ~ $6 per person, $25 for family pass (of 5)

农历新年 / Tết Nguyên Đán / Lunar New Year ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures, celebrating life, good health and prosperity. Join us to bring in the new year with cultural performances, educational activities and light refreshments. ~ Woodstock Library

Midsummer Night at the Savoy ~ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm ~ Four choreographers, one story line, plus a community ensemble will bring the energy of Harlem to Portland through a distinctive performance examining spaces that allowed African American arts to flourish and marinate in U.S. history. Imagine Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a poetic through line with a recreated set of the Savoy Ballroom, the first integrated ballroom in the country and an artistic incubator in Harlem. Experience this twist on Shakespeare and the contributions of artists of color throughout history. ~ North Portland Library

Monday, February 18

Free Metro Parks Day ~ Free parking at all metro parks ~ Various locations

Tuesday February 19

Craft for a Cause ~ 4:00 – 6:00 pm ~ Using fabric scraps to do good, tweens and teens are invited to work on a special cozy project crafting items to donate to those who need it most. You will be introduced to the basics of making hats, mittens, mitts and more. Continue making them until our final session and we’ll collect everything we made and celebrate our successes. You keep one warmly item for yourself and the rest we’ll donate to Belmont patrons in need, via the warm items box by the door. ~ Belmont Library

Portland Opera Artist in Residence Performance ~ 7:00 pm ~ Portland Art Museum

Wednesday, February 20

Free Metro Parks Day ~ Free parking at all metro parks ~ Various locations

Saturday, February 23

Guided Nature Walks: The Story of Stumps ~ 10:00 am – 11:30 am ~ Venture out with a park guide for a free nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week, and will be geared for ages 5 through adult, but all ages are welcome. ~ Tryon Creek State Natural Area ~ Free

元宵花灯 Making Lanterns ~ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ~ To celebrate the *Chinese Lantern Festival of the Lunar New Year of the Pig, we will create lanterns to use for decorations, wall displays, and ornaments. There will be various materials to choose from for making the perfect lanterns for you. ~ Central Library

Pets on Parade ~ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Cut, paste, paint and play with watercolor and collage. Bring a good-sized photo of your family pet to add to your art or choose from the materials provided. Learn basic composition and design while creating an anthropomorphic (human qualities) animal. Perfect for young children and fun for the whole family. ~ Belmont Library


Lantern Tour at Fort Vancouver ~ NOTE THAT IS A REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENT THAT MAY NOT OCCUR IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUT-DOWN IS STILL IN EFFECT. PLEASE CHECK THE LINK ~ 6:45 pm ~ Participants are treated to historical vignettes in several buildings as a park ranger guides them through the reconstructed fort.  ~ Fort Vancouver ~ $25/adult, $10 for age 16 and under

Sunday, February 24

Winter Survival Shelters ~ In this family-oriented class at Oxbow Regional Park, learn the basics of building a winter survival shelter that can keep you safe and warm without a sleeping bag or a fire. ~ Oxbow Regional Park ~ Ages 10+ ~ $6/person, $11/family; $5/car, $7/bus

Americana: Sunnyside Symphony Spring Concert ~ Sunnyside 7th Day Adventist Church

Tuesday, February 26 

Polymer-a-Palooza ~4:00 pm – 4:45 pm ~ Polymers are all around us and we couldn’t survive without them. This palooza of polymers includes disappearing water, melting cups, invisible orbs that disappear and reappear, instant worms, instant snow and more. ~ Hillsdale Library

Thursday, February 28

Peace Corps Story Slam ~ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ~ Discover the benefits of Peace Corps service from returned Volunteers. Hear stories about the challenging, rewarding, and inspirational moments from returned Peace Corps Volunteers. ~ Taborspace ~ Free

THINK AHEAD

Klineline Kids’ Fishing ~ Join us for Klineline Kids Fishing event held annually in Salmon Creek Park. We are expecting 500 special needs kids and adults on Friday, April 12, 2019. On Saturday, April 13, 2019 we are expecting 2500 kids, ages 5 to 14. Your child will receive a fishing rod & reel complete with terminal gear and an event t-shirt. Bait is provided also. Kids fish in 45 minute increments throughout the day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ~ Registration begins February 1.

ONGOING EVENTS

Tween DIY at the Library ~ 3:30 pm on the second Friday ~ Monthly meeting for creative tweens at Hollywood Library.

Lego at the Library ~ Several library branches (both Multnomah and Clackamas counties) have a monthly or weekly Lego-building meetup. Confirm before you go on any given day:
Happy Valley Library – 3rd Saturday of the month, 1:30 – 3:00 pm and first Wednesday of the month from 4;00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sellwood-Moreland Library – Mondays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hollywood Library – Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rockwood Library – Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Belmont Library – Fridays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Gresham Libary – Tuesdays 4:00 -5:00 pm
Woodstock Library – second Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Fairview-Columbia Library – second & fourth Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Central Library – third Sunday 3:00 pm
Hillsdale Library – third Thursday 3:30 pm
Holgate Library – third Friday 3:00 pm
Troutdale Library – fourth Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 pm

More For Teens

Rockwood Makerspace ~ Open lab from 3:00 pm – 5:30 daily, plus lots of workshops. ~ The makerspace is a collaborative learning environment at Rockwood Library with an emphasis on middle and high school learners. The space provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software and supportive mentors. Within this 1,000 square-foot area, students learn real-life technology, design and engineering skills through open labs, workshops and camps.

Teens @ the Happy Valley Library ~ monthly board game nights on 4th Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, various study halls, art and music meetups every month and opportunities to volunteer.

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