What is with the weekdays lately? Is it just us, or do you feel like you’re running from work to grocery shopping to play dates to homework sessions from the moment you wake up on Monday morning to the moment you lay your head on your pillow Friday night. Whew! They’re exhausting! Take a tip from us – move a commitment, like a class for your kids, to the weekend, and we’re certain that not only will it help lighten up your weekday madness, but you might even be relaxed enough to have some fun with your kids in class or while watching them from the parent area. Families in the Portland area can take advantage of these childrens’ classes that are available on the weekends – here are some of our favorites!

Ano’s Art Academy
Weekend Classes: We adore Ano and her art academy in Portland where there is no limit to your child’s creativity…or your own! Ano’s Art Academy encourages families to come to their workshops together to spend time creating art as a family or side-by-side. Saturday classes for all ages are currently available from 12:00-2:00pm or 2:00-4:00pm.

10220 Southwest Park Way, Portland, Or 97225
Contact: By phone at 503-292-9278 or online at www.anosart.com

The Children’s Gym
Weekend Classes: Portland kids who need to get some energy out on the weekends (or any time, really!), head straight to The Children’s Gym without looking back. They are a Portland staple that parents know they can count on for classes that both engage and encourage their children to explore their physical capabilities. Saturday classes are currently offered throughout the day, starting at age 12-months. Classes for younger children are parent participation classes.

1625 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Portland, Or 97232
Contact: By phone at 503-249-JUMP (5867) or online at www.childrensgym.com

The Little Gym
Weekend Classes: Families on the other side of Portland can enjoy weekend gymnastics classes at The Little Gym. Located in Lake Oswego, Saturday classes are currently offered for children ages 10-months to 12-years old, with parent involvement required in the younger sessions. Be sure to ask about mixed-age classes where your older and younger children can take class together at the same time!

17890 Southwest McEwan Road, Lake Oswego, Or 97035
Contact: By phone at 503-595-9702 or online at www.thelittlegym.com

The Merry Kitchen
Weekend Classes: Do you have a kiddo who wants to help you make dinner every single night? Check out the weekend classes at The Merry Kitchen! Designed and taught by Julie Merry, who has a culinary background working with children, the classes are thoughtful, educational and most importantly, fun! Saturday workshops are available nearly every week, each offering a different, delicious theme.

5202 Northeast 72nd Avenue, Portland, Or 97218
Contact: By phone at 503-946-8357 or online at www.themerrykitchen.com

Portland Lil’ Kickers
Weekend Classes: With classes available both Saturdays and Sundays, Portland’s Lil’ Kickers is a popular option for families who want to spend some quality time together kickin’ around the soccer ball! Classes are held at Portland Indoor Soccer and begin with parent involvement classes at age 18-months.

Portland Indoor Soccer, 418 Southeast Main Street, Portland, Or 97214
Contact: By phone at 503-810-9266 or online at www.pdxlilkickers.com

Any Portland families out there that have already discovered the beauty of weekend classes? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

— Katie Kavulla

Photos via the Facebook pages of Ano’s Art Academy and The Merry Kitchen