Got a Case of the Mondays? 13 Ways to Kickstart Your Week
Susanna Hoffs felt manic on Mondays. Bob Geldof, during his Boomtown Rats days, wanted us to tell him why he didn’t like Mondays. The Mamas and Papas could not make Mondays go away. Mike Judge, when writing the screenplay for Office Space, forever instilled the line “Somebody’s got a case of the Mondays” in our brains. Thanks. We needed that.
Meanwhile, in parenting land Mondays can be extra tricky. Many of our kiddo go-to faves are closed. Portland Children’s Museum, the libraries, Art a La Carte. Play Boutiques. Shut. Shuttered. Closed. So what to do? Believe it or not, many dens of kidlet funtasy do rock a good Monday adventure and some super-fly things ONLY happen on Mondays. So go ahead. Start your week. And let Monday be a fun day! P.S. several of these small wonder activities include the option to purchase a delightful cup of caffeine-induced, Monday-morning-blues-defeating joy.
Let’s Get It Started: Mondays Only
Starting bright and early at 9:00 am (mid morning for many of us) is a chance at some zen. Family yoga for kids ages two to five is on at Friendly House. For an hour you and the little posers in your life can stretch, bond and breathe and get some quick ideas for more groovy stretches to try at home.
For the birth to 12 months set, there is a fabulous story time at both 9:30 or 10:30 am at Vancouver Community Library. If you haven’t been to this library yet, there truly is no time like the present. A whole floor for kids, an amazing early learning center and coffee available on the first floor are all big, bad reasons to go. We’re pretty sure it will be in your regular rotation once you do. At 2:00 pm on Mondays there is a family story time (stories, crafts, kiddos of all ages welcome) here and at 3:30 pm kids 6-11 are welcome to join a drop-in chess club. All free!
Lil’ Nature Kids (run by Portland Parks & Rec) for ages three to five is a two hour, drop-off program with a focus on plants, animals, and the ecology of our neck of the woods, the Pacific Northwest. Your little adventurers will learn to love the outdoors, rain or shine with songs, stories, exploration, and imaginary play. Make every Monday morning amazing. Classes are 9:30 am – 11:30 am every Monday in April at Mt. Tabor Park and are $56 for the month.
From 9:30 am – 11:00 am every Monday morning you and the nuggets can join Open Play with Japanese Crafts and Music at Isobel’s Clubhouse. Your kids can dress up in costumes, check out their toys, read stories, play games or get creative in their art space. It costs $3 per kiddo for an hour and they sell ten visit punchcards for $25.
Mommy & Me Mondays at World Forestry Center is every Monday at 10:00 am. Sometimes Red Yarn rocks this, other Mondays it’s Dave Orleans the “earth singer” and sometimes it’s Mr. Hoo. Whoever it is, there will be story-telling, songs, crafts, and free coffee for the adults! It’s included with the price of admission – adults are $9, seniors $8, kids $6 and under 2 free – so the kidlets can stay and explore, explore, explore. Your little tree huggers can climb into a whitewater raft, go on safari in Africa, check out a rainforest canopy in Brazil or ride a train through the Russian countryside. Plus their new Treehouses exhibit looks rad (on display through May 5).
Johnny Keener is strumming his guitar every Monday at 10:00 am over at Treehouse Boutique. His southern charms will not escape you! Nor will some quick, adorable shopping. $5 drop-in fee per little strummer.
Tallulah’s Daddy is making things shiny and bright regardless of the weather at Rain City Café every Monday morning at 10:00 am. Have you seen him play yet? What instrument hasn’t he mastered? Donations accepted and so are fist bumps. And as of July 1, Hollywood Library (right next door to Rain City Café) and the rest of the Multnomah County Libraries will be back open on Mondays. Yeah!
Olive and Dingo are rolling at Laurelhurst Café every Monday at 10:00 am. Have you seen these two? They are a hoot! They read stories, make balloon animals, clown around and keep the kids plenty entertained. Plus you can sip a latte and catch your breath for the week ahead. Inhale. Exhale. Smile. Laugh. Repeat.
The David Show is on every Monday at Cafe au Play from 10:30 am – 11:30 am. David Rutizer is a musical triple threat – he can sing, dance and play all kinds of instruments. Audience participation highly encouraged here and so is grabbing you a mug of their fabulous coffee and tasty treats. Café Au Play rocks a groovy space for the kids to play so stay and hang. Let the gloom flitter away.
Afternoon Angles of Repose or Tiny Dancer Rock Shows
After lunch, school, a bunch of outside rambunctiousness, perhaps your explorers want to quiet their minds and stretch their bodies. Head over to Yoyoyogi for their Kids Yoga. Targeting the 5-10 year old set, this class runs 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm. Located at NW 13th and Hoyt you can run an errand or two in the Pearl. Location, location, location.
Chris Gabriel strums every second and fourth Monday at 4:30 pm at The Village Ballroom. Playing both guitar and ukulele, Chris delivers a wide variety of music – not just the traditional kiddo stuff. This gig is perfect for the littler kiddos – say four and under – though older swingers can have much fun, too. The fee is $5 for non-Woodlawn Swap N Play families (located right downstairs if you wanna go and check out that scene). Chris is also a member of the kids band SuperZ and is the Director of MusikHaus, a local, independent music school with classes for young and old.
You have heard of him, you love him – it’s Mr. Ben and he is yours every single Monday evening from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm rocking out at Mississippi Pizza. Now this venue is ready for action – with pizza and beer. The kids can hang on stage, make their own mini-mosh pit. You name it. Think it over before you go to be sure you want this much energy, and if you do then the show is very much about to go ON.
Open Monday and Other Fun Days
OMSI is back open on Mondays as of late February. Hooray! Now you can go on a quieter day and check out the super-fly Mythbusters exhibit. Your local community center is a wonderful option for Monday play like Toddler Gyms or Art Park. Check out their schedules for weekly Day One adventures. Kidopolis (with indoor sandbox, art space, puppet theater and a ride-on Thomas train), The Oregon Zoo, Playdate PDX, and The Portland Aquarium are all at-the-ready to please your little adventurers on Mondays. Maybe Duran Duran should have called their song “New Mood on Monday”. It’s not so bad!
What is your favorite way to start your week?
– Liz Overson
Thanks for the photos Nuts About Nature Facebook page, Johnny Keener, Olive and Dingo flickr page and Stephanie Hays Gabriel.