It’s time to celebrate Mom, and to help you with your game plan, we’ve put together a list of our top Mother’s Day picks to make that special lady feel like a rock star. If you’re looking for more group activities, check out our picks for belly-laughing, crazy fun adventures that will make everyone in the family feel special – even Fluffy. Sunday Parkways


Roll and Bounce with Sunday Parkways – East
It’s National Bike Month!  Celebrate by biking, walking or skating under your own power around 7 miles of car-free city streets through East Portland.  This Sunday Parkways event is the first in a series of five happening this summer.  Stop at Glenwood, Bloomington and Ed Benedict Parks for food, music and other vendors for everything from bike repair to Zumba. Kids activities include a climbing wall at Glenwood Park, a bouncy, inflatable castle at Gilbert Heights School, as well as a dance party, puppet shows and emergency preparedness demos at the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management. See website for route. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Theater, Scouts and Thrill Rides
First, hit the rides, then check out two free Northwest Children’s Theater musical performances on the Comcast Stage, Serendipitious Siblings, sharing the ups and downs of brothers and sisters, and Once Upon a Time, telling the back stories behind Prince Charming, Jack and the Beanstalk and Hansel and Gretel.  It’s also Scout Day, so if you’re a uniformed Girl or Boy Scout (or present your badges, sash, or scouting program ID) , you’ll get discounted Deluxe Ride Bracelets. Sat., 12-7 p.m. (rides), 4-5 p.m. (shows), Deluxe Ride Bracelets $9.95 and up, All Ages. Event details.

May Faire for Preschoolers
Wild Lilac Child Development Center is hosting their 7th annual May Faire to celebrate spring with preschooler games, a puppet show, music and maypole dancing, as well as a bake sale and plant sale. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Free, 6 and under. Event details.


Doggie Dash
Run with your kids and your furry kids, too, at the Oregon Humane Society’s Doggie Dash.  The whole family can join in the fun by running or walking one of two kid and pet-friendly courses – a 2.5 mile walk/run or the 1.5 mile walking loop.  A pancake breakfast kicks off the event in the morning, followed by the race. All spectators and dog lovers are welcome to check out the pet clinics, vendors, music and take part in the canine contests, including a pet talent show, a Frisbee show, peanut butter challenge, last beggar sitting contest and plenty of others. 100% of proceeds benefit OHS. Sat., 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $30/person registration; free for children 10 and under; free activities, All Ages. Event details.

Beavers, Black Birds and a Park Dedication
Check out resident beavers, blackbirds and other wandering mammals and migratory birds in this urban wetland oasis for Nature Day in the Park.  The community is invited to explore and learn about Pioneer Park and its wild inhabitants from staff and volunteers and take part in interactive nature-based activities, including a self-guided nature scavenger hunt, as well as native flower specimens to check out.  Park rangers will be on hand to answer any burning questions.  Stick around for the park dedication, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and hot dogs, from 1-3 p.m. to celebrate the park’s new play structure and trails. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive
Celebration of Children and Books
Día del Niño/Día del Libro (Day of Children/Day of the Book) combines Latino culture, children and reading into one fantástico celebration. Activities will include a bilingual puppet show and stories, Mexican folk dances, puppet and book-making crafts and face painting. Kiddos can also munch on snacks and have their photo taken with Clark College’s mascot, Oswald the penguin. Fri., 5-8 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.


Do you do Sunday Parkways?  And do you go by bike, foot or roller skates? Tell us all about it in the Comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway

Photo courtesy of Portland Bureau of Transportation