What do you get when you combine a starlight parade, a dance party and PDX’s finest museums? Just another weekend day in paradise, Portland-style. Read on for our editor’s favorite outings to kick off June in the Rose City.
photo courtesy Blender Dash
Free First Friday at the Portland Children’s Museum
Watch your kids build works of art in the Clay Studio, invent their own machines in the Garage, tend to their furry friends in the Pet Hospital, play with light and shadows on the Twilight Trail and find their way out of the Zany Maze. No matter what they choose to do, it will be a fun-filled experience from start to finish. And did we mention, it’s free? Fri., 4-8 p.m. Washington Park/SW. Free. 0-7. Event details.
Rose Festival Starlight Parade
It might be late, but you don’t see many kiddos nodding off during the Starlight Parade—there’s too much fun and excitement. Grab a glow stick and cheer on marching bands and floats, all lit up in the summer night. This year, grab your lawn chairs and be ready for a twinkling spectacle through the streets of downtown Portland. Sat., 8-11:30 p.m. Downtown/SW. Free. All ages. Event details.
First Friday Dance Party
Head to Beanstalk for an in-house dance party for kids of all ages with Micah & Me playing fun-filled music on ukulele and guitar. As an added bonus, you can get a 10% discount on purchases. Fri.,10-11 a.m. Montavilla/SE. Free. All ages. Event details.
OrangeFest Community Festival
Soccer Shots is throwing its second annual summer kick off party, OrangeFest! Join them at for soccer, fun activities and community vendors focused around health, fitness and education. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. SE. Free. All ages. Event details.
First Sunday at OMSI
Head to OMSI for a major discount on admission and no shortage of activities for all ages. Play in a Science Playground, shake it up in the Earthquake House and climb on board a real submarine. Sun., 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. SE. $2/person (theater, planetarium and submarine tours are $5/person). All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Family Adventure Day
Join the German International School for their annual Family Adventure Day. This free, family-friendly event that is open to the public and includes crafts, outdoor activities and even marshmallow roasting. RSVP here. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Buxton. Free. 3 and up. Event details.
Don’t miss out on Tualatin’s newest fun run for kids ages 6-15! The Blender Dash will include a mix up of everyone’s favorite themed runs, including color, foam, mud, obstacles, and zombies (ages 10-15 only). Every participant will receive a pair of sunglasses plus a Blender Dash bandana. Make sure to wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty as no one will come out of this clean! Sat., 8 a.m.-noon. Tualatin. $20. 6-15. Event details.
What’s on your weekend to-do list for family fun? Tell us about it in the comments below!