May is the perfect month for all of our your favorite activities! The weather is warmer, the flowers are blooming, and the events are endless. We’ve put together a list of experiences that will provide learning opportunities, creative movement, outdoor play, and so much more for everyone in the family. Read on to find ways you can play in the month of May.

photo: Cassie Goodluck Johnson

 

The Grotto’s Free Spring Alleluia! Concert Series
This spring the Grotto is bringing together beautiful and talented choirs from all over the Portland Metro Area. This spring concert series is free to everyone. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of two canned or boxed food items to benefit St. Vincent de Paul. On May 6 at 3 p.m. enjoy the St. St. John Lutheran Church Choir followed by a 4 p.m. Celtic Harp experience by Tyger Bailey. If you can’t make the first May concert, mark your calendar for May 13 for the Trinity Academy Choir followed by a 4 p.m. performance by St. Joseph Catholic School Choir.

The Grotto
8840 NE Skidmore St
Online: facebook.com/events/158948094809783/

 

photo: Cassie Goodluck Johnson

Fit Parent PDX
Start the month of May with a workout! Bring your children or leave them at home! There’s no need to separate from the little ones for this parent workout. While parents focus on their personal fitness goals kids can play, join in, or watch! Classes are all donation based on a sliding scale from $5-$10. Try it out and if it’s a good fit dedicate yourself to attending all month long!

Village Ballroom
700 NE Dekum St,
(971) 340 5435
Online: fitparentpdx.com

Sunday Parkways
Sunday Parkways is around the corner! Spend the day riding alongside hundreds of Portland families on May 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can participate in the entire seven mile route or jump in for a shorter section. The route moves through Southeast Portland moving through the beautiful Laurehurst Park, Sewallcrest, Colonel Summers, and Ivon Park. It’s a great way to connect with your community, move your body, and explore Portland!

Online: portlandoregon.gov/transportation

photo: brx0 via flickr

Oregon Zoo
Each month on the second Tuesday you can enjoy the Zoo at a fraction of the cost. On May 8th from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can bring the whole gang to see the animals for $5 per person. Children two and under are free! Anyone who rides the MAX light rail or TriMet bus gets an additional $1.50 off their already discounted tickets! Visit TriMet to plan your trip!

4001 SW Canyon Rd.
(503) 226-1561
Online: oregonzoo.org

photo: Cassie Goodluck Johnson

Mom & Baby Yoga
If you are looking for a community of supportive women who love to move try out Mom and baby yoga. They believe that big life transformations should be done with the support of a community. Together in these classes you can share triumphs and struggles while practicing a restorative yoga flow that supports the recovering postpartum body. You can drop in for $14 or buy a class card. The first class of the month is Thurday May 3 from 11:00-12:15 p.m. They also offer family yoga options!

Shanti Om Yoga
7334 N Chicago Ave
Online: intentionalbirth.com/yoga

Read to Dogs
If you love dogs, keep reading. The Multnomah county libraries have teamed up with Pet Partners to bring Portland area families the sweetest experience. Kids can practice their reading skills and make a new furry friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. They have a full schedule on their website. Once you find a date in May that works for you call ahead and register.

(503) 988-5123
Online: multcolib.org/events/read-dogs

photo: Evelyn Cirignotta

Friends of Tryon Creek
Friends of Tryon Creek envision a collaborative, creative and engaged community where people and wildlife thrive in relationship to each other and Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Their intention is for people to feel connected to this land, now and in the future. They inspire fun, active participation, well-being, and community health through their free nature hikes. The hikes take you on an exploration of the forest and stream ecosystems as they discuss the natural history of this area. Every week there is a new topic geared for ages 5 through adult. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes!
Weekly topic schedule:

May 5: Exploring the Plants of Tryon Creek
May 12: Animal Moms at Tryon Creek
May 19: Wildflowers of Tryon Creek
May 26: Pollinators: Flowers, Bugs, and Springtime in the Forest

11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd
(503-636-4398)
Online: tryonfriends.org

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What are your favorite May activities? Tell us in the comments!

—Elissa Cirignotta

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