Suzanne's Around Town
Spring Breakdown 2012!

Hi! Everyone-

It's that time again- Spring Break for elementary school kids and Break(down) for parents. Luckily, there are many outdoor activities to keep everyone busy this week! Time for trilliums, tulips, hiking and more!!!! Some storytimes are still running,too.

Got a fishing pole? We were snacking at the new Ava Roasteria at Progress Ridge Town Center and noticed several people fishing at Progress Lake (down the steps from Ava). Progress Lake has just been stocked with 1,000 10-inch rainbow trout. Looks like a fun way to catch some Spring Break rays!!! Go to www.thprd.org for more info.

April Fool's Day is coming. Watch out!!!

Suzanne




Mar 26th

Spring Break Around The World@ World Forestry Center (4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland) from 10AM-3PM

Explore a new region of the world with cool crafts, etc. All activities included with museum admission of $9 per adult and $5 per child (3-18). Today you can learn about Chinese culture and history- Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre will perform, Asian reptiles, Chinese Dragon Fair craft, Kites with Chinese Zodiac sign and more. Go to www.worldforestry.org for more info.

Mommy and Me Mondays@ World Forestry Center from 10AM-11AM. Enjoy some entertaining stories and free coffee for parents every Monday through April in this new program! Included with admission fee of $8 per adult, $5 for kids over 3, and kids 2 years and younger are free! Afterwards- take your time and enjoy all of the hands-on exhibits. Go to www.worldforestry.org for more info.

Book Babies@ Tigard Library from 10:30-11:30AM. Share nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs and a simple book while developing early literacy skills. Stay and play after the program. Phone the library for more details at 503/684-6537.

Mad Science@ Tualatin Public Library (18880 SW Martinazzi Ave, Tualatin) at 11AM. Kids from K-8 will be dazzled with a fire and ice demo including high energy science magic. Arrive early to snag a seat. Go to www.ci.tualatin.or.us  and click on "library" and then "events calendar" for more info.

Story Time@ Living Wisely Shop (4650 SW Betts Ave., Beaverton) at 11:15AM. Preschoolers can enjoy uplifting stories and activities in this cozy shop near the Beaverton Post Office. For more info, go to www.livingwiselyshop.wordpress.com and click on Family Story Time.

Nature Mobile at Greenway Park (enter at SW Parkview lane and look for tractor playground) from 1-3PM. Learn about fish adaptations, migration, fish identification, and the life cycle of salmon through games and hands-on activities.Go to www.thprd.org and click on "Nature&Trails", "Nature Programs", and then "Nature Mobile" for more info.

Nature Play@ Hyland Forest Park/Hyland Woods Natural Area (access off 135th or Sexton Mountain, East of Murray Blvd.)from 1-4PM. THPRD Nature Rangers will be in the nature play area. Come by to learn more about nature play, look for bugs, build a stick fort, and get dirty! Go to www.thprd.org for more info.


Mar 27th

"Ratatouille" Fundraiser@ Le Cordon Bleu& Living Room Theaters (600 & 341 SW 10th Ave., Portland) at 12PM.

Enjoy a 3 course lunch based on the Pixar movie "Ratatouille" that will include jazzed up chicken strips, stroganof (buttered noodles with or w/out beef), and chocolate mousse! Then take a short stroll to watch the movie. Tickets are $15 per child and $20 per adult. ALL procceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington. Phone for more details at 971-230-6709 or go to www.rmhcoregon.org and click on "Upcoming Events".

 

 

Spring Break Around The World@ World Forestry Center (4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland) from 10AM-3PM. Discover Italy today! Go to www.worldforestry.org for complete info.

Book Babies@ Garden Home Library at 10:30AM.

Fun for Ones (Ages 12-24 months)@ Tigard Library from 10:30-11AM AND 11:30AM-Noon. Bring your one year old for songs, rhymes, simple stories and movement activities. Great for new walkers. Stay and play after the program. (Limited to first 20 kids for each session!). Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info or phone the library at 503/684-6537.

Nature Mobile@ Beaverton City Park (located between 4th&5th on SW Hall-look for white tent near water fountain) from 1-3PM. Learn about fish adaptations, migration, fish identification, and the life cycle of salmon through games and hands-on activities. Go to www.thprd.org and click on "Nature&Trails", "Nature Programs", and then "Nature Mobile" for more info.

Nature Play@ Hyland Forest Park/Hyland Woods Natural Area (access off 135th or Sexton Mountain, East of Murray Blvd.) from 1-4PM. THPRD Nature Rangers will be in the nature play area. Come by to learn more about nature play, look for bugs, build a stick fort, and get dirty! Go to www.thprd.org for more info.

Spring Break Exploration Days @ Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (19255 SW Pacific Highway, Sherwood) from 1-3PM. See Wednesday for details.

The Lorax Party@ Tigard Library from 2-4PM. Geared for kids 5 and up. Watch the original Lorax movie and work on some drop-in activities celebrating Mother Earth! Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info.

NW Children's Theatre Outreach@ Cedar Hills Crossing from 6-7PM. This monthly Kid's Club Event will feature fun, interactive improv and theater games! Go to www.cedarhillscrossing.com for more info.


Mar 28th

Spring Break Exploration Days@Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (19255 SW Pacific Highway, Sherwood) from 1-3PM.Come discover the natural wonders of wildlife at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge! This family-oriented event will feature hands-on nature activities for kids. FREE, no registration, rain or shine! Meet at the Wildlife Center. Go to www.fws.gov/tualatinriver  and click on "Calendar of Events and Activities" for more info or phone Gardiner @ 503.625.5944 x239.

Spring Break Around The World@ World Forestry Center (4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland) from 10AM-3PM. Discover Brazil today! Go to www.worldforestry.org for complete info.

Storytime at Bliss Bake Shop@ Bethany Village Centre from 10:30-11AM. Storytime at a great local cupcake emporium! Free itty bitty cupcakes for kids who attend! Phone for more info at 503/645-6000 or go to www.blisscupcakeshop.com for more details.

Pre-school Storytime@ Garden Home Library at 10:30AM.

Toddler Time (ages 24-36 months) Storytime@ Tigard Library at 10:30AM-11:15AM AND 12:30-1:15PM. Number of participants is limited to first 20 children for each session.


Mar 29th

The Reluctant Dragon Puppet Show@ Beaverton City Library from 10:30AM-11:30AM.Come see Jason Ropp of Dragon Theater Puppets perform the fun tale of a cowardly knight and a not-so-fearsome dragon. Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org  and click on "Spring Break" for more details.

Spring Break Around The World@ World Forestry Center (4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland) from 10AM-3PM. Discover Ireland today! Go to www.worldforestry.org for complete info.

Fun Science Attraction@ Cedar Hills Crossing from 10AM-6PM. There will be mind bogglers, fun with Physics, optical illusions, kid's construction area and more all day inside the mall. Go to www.cedarhillscrossing.com for more info.

All Ages Storytime@ Garden Home Library from 11:45AM-12:15PM.This fun story time is geared for kids from 2 to 4 year old but all are invited. Early education skill building and crafts will compliment the story of the day. Go to www.gardenhome.plinkit.org for more info.

Spring Break Exploration Days @ Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (19255 SW Pacific Highway, Sherwood) from 1-3PM. See Wednesday for details.

Nature Play@Hyland Forest Park/Hyland Woods Natural Area (access off 135th or Sexton Mountain, East of Murray Blvd.)from 1-4PM. THPRD Nature Rangers will be in the nature play area. Come by to learn more about nature play, look for bugs, build a stick fort, and get dirty! Go to www.thprd.org for more info.

Preschool Storytime@ Tigard Library from 1:15PM-2PM. Music, interactive activities, and longer stories for blossoming readers! Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info.

Thursday Family Art Night@ Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E. Main St., Hillsboro) from 6:30PM-8:30PM. This is a weekly drop-in program (limited to first 20) for kids and family to learn about landscapes, portraiture and more - using clay, paints, pastels and other mediums. $5 per person, 3 years old and under are free. Phone for more info at 503/615-3485 or go to www.ci.hillsboro.or.us and click on Walters Art Center, then Classes, then Class Info.


Mar 30th

Free Fourth@ Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland) from 5-8PM.

The museum offers free admission on the fourth Friday of every month. FYI- kids 17 years and younger are always FREE!!! Go to www.portlandartmuseum.org for more info.

Spring Break Around The World@ World Forestry Center (4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland) from 10AM-3PM. Discover Egypt today! Go to www.worldforestry.org for complete info.

Puppet Play Time@ Beaverton City Library from 10:30-11:30AM. Kids from 2-8 years old can enjoy some free time with puppets with their families. No registration required! Go to www.beavertoncitylibrary.org  and click on "Spring Break" for more info.

Family StoryTime (ages 0-6 years)@ Tigard Library from 10:30-11:15AM AND 11:30AM-12:15PM. Bring the whole gang for stories and songs Limited to first 20 kids for each session. Phone the library for more info at 503/684-6537.

27th Annual Woodburn Tulip Fest Opens Today@ Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm from 9AM-6PM daily through May 1st. See Saturday for more details or go to www.woodenshoe.com for more info.


Mar 31st

27th Annual Woodburn Tulip Fest@ Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm (33814 S. Meridian Road, Woodburn) from 9AM-6PM daily through May 1st.

Tip toe through the tulips! Check out the gorgeous flowers and bring your camera. Go to www.woodenshoe.com for info on family activities, directions, and flower conditions. $5 parking on weekdays and $10 on weekends.

Dazzling Dragonflies@ Beaverton City Library from 1-2PM. The Park&Rec Nature Mobile will be on hand with games, stories, and crafts about dragonflies. Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org for more info.

Trillium Festival and Native&Hardy Plant Sale@ Tryon Creek (11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland) from 10AM-4PM.


Apr 1st

Trillium Festival and Native&Hardy Plant Sale@ Tryon Creek (11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland) from 10AM-4PM.Welcome spring with nature hikes, kids' nature activities, music, local vendors, and native plant sale. FREE. Parking is limited for this popular event; take a free shuttle from Riverdale High School and Lewis and Clark College. Go to www.tryonfriends.org for more info.

27th Annual Woodburn Tulip Fest @ Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm from 9AM-6PM daily through May 1st. See Saturday for more details or go to www.woodenshoe.com for more info.

Free "Spring Produce" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Learn some new spins on spring produce and liven up your weekday meals!  Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!

$2 Sunday@ OMSI from 9:30AM-5:30PM. The first Sunday of every month is just $2 admission. Go to www.omsi.edu for complete info.