Activities and Outings

The Short List: Apr 7-9

This is a weekend chock full of variety, with music, flying, math and and crafts coming your way!

Apr 7

Catch Mr. Ben’s Live Set

This Friday and every Friday, head to the comfy, cozy, inclusive Tabor Space to catch Mr. Ben’s live music. Mr. Ben loves family time and music, and expertly brings them together at his shows. Your littles will love to shimmy and shake to their favorite tunes while you and the other big people get to chat and enjoy the show. A lovely way to kick off your weekend! Donations encouraged,


Apr 8

NW Kids Summer Camp Expo, sponsored by OES

That’s right – we’re hosting our annual Summer Camp Expo this weekend, sponsored by Oregon Episcopal School! Head on over to OMSI for a full day of all things summer camp: meet over 30 camps of all kids, play games and do interactive demos, grab free swag and enter to win super cool prizes in our HOURLY raffle drawings! Stop by our table and say hello, won’t you? Free,

Apr 8

ITSPHUN to Play with Math

iSpark Toys presents ITSPHUN to Play with Math! Math has a bad rep, and iSpark is here to change that. Bring the gang out for a super fun and creative day learning about geometry! In that place where imagination meets mathematics, you’ll be solving math mysteries, learning formulas and building shapes called polyhedrons. Dr. Christina Draghicescu will keep things colorful and engaging while also incorporating Common Core State Standards to make learning easy and fun. Ideal for ages 4-11. Free,

Apr 8

BRAVO Youth Orchestra

Who doesn’t love the big sound of a wind ensemble?? Get your musical little guys and gals out to this fantastic show from the Marsalis Wind Ensemble from BRAVO Cesar Chavez. BRAVO changes the lives of underserved youth through intensive music instruction, teaching collaboration, building self-confidence and creating an inspiring and encouraging community where children thrive. Come support this wonderful program and hear some great music this Saturday afternoon at the Portland Children’s Museum. Free for members, $10.75 for non-members,

Apr 9

Scrap PDX Open House

Scrap PDX just turned 18 and they’re inviting you to the celebration! If you and the littles are into all things arts, crafts and scraps, you won’t want to miss this interactive Open House. Take a tour to see where all the textile magic happens and fill your passport to enter the raffle. Chat with educators about sustainability and art, participate in take home crafts and Earth Month crafts, hear a reading from Kyle B. Hart’s new book and more. This event will definitely be an educational, crafty adventure! Free,

Apr 9

iFly All Abilities Night

iFly, Portland’s only indoor skydiving facility, is holding an All Abilities Night to make the dream of flight a reality for those with physical or cognitive challenges. While iFly is always happy to cater to those with special needs, this evening is specifically designed to create an environment of support and inclusion. All members of the special needs community are encouraged to come out and have fun! Event package includes a pre-flight training session, all necessary gear, personal assistance and accommodation and two rounds of flying. Ages three and up. $39.95,

About Ruth Plourde

It was the summer of 2015, and Ruth had had it up to here (read: her eyeballs) with east coast livin’, sensing that, for her, Philadelphia might be more lovable from afar. Perhaps she had listened to Tom Waits’ Goin’ Out West two too many times that day, or perhaps dreams of wine country, the Cascades, and temperate rain forests had finally stolen her heart, but once she bought that plane ticket to Portland, OR, there was no going back. Ruth is a barista by day and a poet by night/lunch break. She is currently working on her first poetry collection to be published sometime this year. She couldn’t be happier to be interning for NW Kids Magazine and to be a part of the NW Kids community!