Activities and Outings

The Short List: May 12-14

This weekend, we’re celebrating rock ‘n’ roll, street fairs and spring season, and of course, our wonderful mothers!

All Weekend

Rock, Roll & Remember

This weekend through May 21st, you and your family can revisit the best decades of rock and roll, through the eyes and ears of Dick Clark’s beloved show, American Bandstand. Pay tribute to the sound track of America from the 50’s to the 80’s by rocking out to favorites like “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Boogie Fever” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Bring the family, get decked out in your favorite decade and get ready to rock! Ideal for ages 6 and up. $12,

May 13

St. John’s Bizarre

It’s finally time for street fair season! Let’s kick it off with the ever fabulous St. John’s Bizarre, now in its 55th year! Get there for the parade first, and then enjoy one of Portland’s favorite fairs. The entire six block area of the business district will be closed off and filled with over 70 vendors, food, drink, games and music. Cure that spring fever with street fair season! Free,

May 13

We’ve Got Love to Spare

Baby Blues Connection is a Portland based non-profit that provides free support to families dealing with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Join them this Saturday for a Mother’s Day weekend celebration! Check out bowling, pizza and soda, raffle baskets, wine wall, and face painting and live music for the kiddos! Kids under 3 free. $10-25,

May 13

Camas Plant and Garden Fair

It’s time to get stocked up on new goodies for your garden! Held the day before Mother’s Day, Camas Plant and Garden Fair is a perfect place to celebrate Mother’s Day or to grab some lovely gifts to give to mom on Sunday. The fair offers an amazing selection of plants, trees, garden tools, art and more. There will also be kids’ activities, live music, food and a potting station! Free, cwplantfair,org

May 14

Mother’s Day at Mimosa Studios

Mimosa Studios is a one of a kind paint-your-own pottery studio in the Alberta Arts District. Join them this Mother’s Day for a special celebration of the wonderful women and mothers in your life. Choose from hundreds of pieces and let your imagination go wild creating a very special Mother’s Day gift! Free mimosas and juice served all day. All ages welcome. $15,

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!