Nature is calling us Children's Nature Fair, Rockaway Beach Kite Festival, Portland kids activities,Portlanders! That glowing orb in the sky is beckoning your family to come outside.  Family friendly events and kiddie activities are endless. Root for banana slugs or create nature-inspired crafts at the Children’s Nature Fair, and party with woodpeckers at Tryon Creek. Enjoy Van Oodles in concert or the new puppet show Who’s in Hare’s House in a fun, kid-friendly venue. Of course, you can always go fly a kite on the beach–or just watch a lot of other kite fliers in action at the Rockaway Beach Kite Festival.


Children’s Nature Fair (pictured)
Spend a fun day exploring Leach Botanical Garden and learning about northwest plants and animals. Meet the critters that tidy up the forest floor, cheer on your favorite in the annual Banana Slug Races, dance to music, and enjoy a variety of crafts and other hands-on activities. Sat, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Leech Botanical Garden, $2/child, adults free, preschool and older. Event details.

Who’s in Hare’s House
Sungura the Hare returns home and finds someone in his house. Who can it be? Who can help him get it out? Introduce your child to the magic of puppetry in a child-friendly environment. Children are invited to arrive early (10:00 am and 11:15 am) to make their own puppets. Sat, Emily Alexander’s Preschool of the Arts, $6, all ages. Event details.


Woodpecker Party
Children can look forward to making a toy woodpecker, having their face painted woodpecker-style, spotting snags up close with a scope; and other great nature activities. Refreshments will be served. Sat, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, free, all ages. Event details.

Van Oodles Concert
Hot off the release of his new album Flossophy101, local kids’ rock star Van Oodles will make you want to sing, dance and shout. Sat, 11:00 am – 11:40 am, free, all ages. Event details.


Parents Night Out at My Masterpiece Art Studio
Kids can get creative, sculpt, paint, draw‚and enjoy pizza, stories, a movie, and games—while you have a romantic evening out. Sat, Beaverton, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, $35/child, ages 4 – 12. Event details.

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Rockaway Beach Kite Festival
If you need a reason to head out to the coast, here’s one that will fly with the whole family: Come enjoy the amazing sites at the 2011 Rockaway Beach Kite Festival. Sat and Sun, free, all ages. Event details.


– Cheyenne Terbrueggen