Can you believe this is the last weekend before many Portland-area kids go back to school? Whether your family is making the most of this weekend by heading out for one last summer beach frolic, camping trip, or out-of-town adventure, there’s plenty to do for those who choose to enjoy a quality staycation! We’ve got great deals on admission to OMSI and Portland Children’s Museum, classical music in a gorgeous park, art in downtown Milwaukie, and two storytimes.

There’s also a great volunteer opportunity to help support the Portland Parks & Recreation Pesticide-free Parks Program. We are lucky to have dedicated parks where we can let our kids roll in the grass, play soccer or picnic without worrying about the dangerous effects of pesticides. Join other volunteers and Parks staff to pull weeds, mulch planting beds, and learn about other ways you can get involved with pesticide-free parks. Arbor Lodge Park has a work party the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Sewallcrest Park the first Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.

EASTSIDE

$2 Day at OMSI Not only can all ages get in for only $2 each, the Reptile and Amphibian Show will be running this weekend too! Over 100 exotic animals will be on display, plus there will be a special hands-on area where several dozen nonvenomous reptiles and amphibians will be available for supervised interaction. Sun., 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Portland, $2 all ages. Read more.

Musical Sing-a-long and Storytime at Mississippi Treehouse Meet new friends and sing along to your favorite songs and books! Pick up a tambourine, drum or shaker and get your jam on. While there check out locally handmade clothing, bedding and gifts. Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Portland, free.Read more.

WESTSIDE

 

Free First Friday at Portland Children’s Museum Looking for some Friday night fun for the whole family? Head to the Portland Children’s Museum where admission is free for the night! Check out the Kids Build exhibit–a monster building studio–and the new Pet Hospital exhibit. Plus make family votive candles while listening to the Portland Youth Metro Pipe Band. Fri., 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Portland, free. Read more.

SUBURBS

 

“Soar with Books” Toddler Reading at Pearson Air Museum Calling all airplane lovers, big and small! Here’s a great way to spend a Saturday learning all about early aircraft. Start with storytime held under the wing of a vintage airplane. You’ll also get to enjoy an age-appropriate tour of the museum and a craft project. Sat., 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Vancouver, $7 18-54, $5 55+, $5 active military with ID, $5 6-17, 5 and under free. Read more.

Art a la Carte A great excuse to come check out historic downtown Milwaukie! Plenty of fun for the whole family: live music, art, a treasure hunt for the kids, poetry readings, beer tasting, DIY painting with Portland Waldorf School, demonstrations, and more. Fri., 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Milwaukie, free. Read more.

Portland Festival Symphony Don’t miss the Symphony’s last concert for the summer! This summer marked the Portland Festival Symphony’s 30th season of presenting free classical concerts in Portland public parks. Enjoy beautiful Foothills Park, set along the Willamette River, while you and the kids take in the amazing sounds of Portland’s finest classical musicians. Sun., 4 p.m., Lake Oswego, free. Read more.