Halloween fun is behind us and Thanksgiving festivities are weeks ago. That gives you plenty of down time to enjoy the rewards of fall with your family. If you want to get your family exploring out-of-doors, look to Newt Day in Beaverton or the Salmon Festival at Multnomah Falls. Dig into eco-friendly fun and make a worm bin with the whole family at Tryon Creek. Or tuck inside and grab a slice and a pint and watch the little ones rock and roll to Aaron Nigel Smith at Mississippi Pizza. Indoors or out, Portland is filled with opportunities for autumnal adventures! 

West Side

Family Fun with Worm Bins
A creepy-crawly, family-friendly program at Tryon Creek that will focus on engaging children while giving parents all the information they need to make a worm bin for household composting. Sun. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. $18/members, $20/non (includes materials). Register in advance. All ages. Event details.

Ladybug Nature Walk: Hoyt Arboretum
Each week they lead Ladybug walks for preschool-aged children a different park. This week’s park is a real tree-filled treasure! Children get to borrow a ladybug backpack full of tools as they touch slimy slugs, smell tree bark, feel leaves and listen for bird songs. Fri. 10:00 am. Hoyt Arboretum. $3. Ages 2-5. Event details.

East side

Crafty Mamas Holiday Bazaar
The Crafty Mamas Bazaar at Milagros makes shopping easy for parents. Peruse a wide variety of locally made goods (clothes, jewelry, etc) by craft vendors and enjoy complimentary refreshments and art activities for the kids. Milagros and all the vendors at the Holiday Bazaar will be donating 10 percent of their sales to support Mercy Corps. Sun. 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Aaron Nigel Smith Live
Aaron Nigel Smith’s mission is simple: to share his love for music and movement with the world. He performs his hip original songs for kids and the whole family to enjoy. Sat. 4:00 pm. Mississippi Pizza. Kids free with paying adult ($2-$5). $5 a person/$15 family. 2-9 years. Event details.


Newt Day (pictured)
The 9th annual Newt Day at Beaverton’s Nature Park Interpretive Center in Beaverton will feature crafts stations and hands-on activities. Participants can warm up inside with hot cider while learning about and examining the rough-skinned newts and other animals. Then they can head out into the nature park for a scavenger hunt. Activities for all ages are planned. Both indoor and outdoor activities will happen rain or shine! Sat. 12:00 pm – 54:00 pm. $2 or 2 cans of food per person. All ages. Event details.

Out of town

Salmon Festival at Multnomah Falls
Join Mt. Hood Community College and the U.S. Forest Service for this family-friendly event to watch salmon chasing and circling in Multnomah Creek. Visit interactive booths from local organizations and learn about the state of salmon and other endangered species. Fun for the whole family. Sun. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Multnomah Falls. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen