We actually turned on the heat one morning this week because it was so stinkin' cold. Right now I'm wearing my thickest wool sweater. I'm so not ready for this.
Bob the Builder at the Children's Museum. Opening celebration: Sept. 26-28. The museum's newest exhibit is going to be a HUGE crowd-pleaser if my son's reaction is any indication. Check out the Truck Petting Zoo, and meet Bob the Builder at 10 and 11:30am all three days! FREE with regular admission.
American Indian Celebration & Powwow, Sept. 26, 3-9pm. Native Americans in our area face a lot of challenges, and this event is designed to heighten awareness of these issues. Their rich, vibrant culture will be on display as Northwest tribal leaders, Indian advocates, drum groups, dancers, and arts and crafts vendors share their talents and experiences with the Portland community. FREE at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Ladybug Nature Walk, Sept. 26, 10am. Mt. Tabor Park is the site of Friday's walk. Kids are outfitted with a ladybug backpack full of specimen tools and other items that help them learn about their natural environment. $2 per child, FREE for adults. Walks are 60-90 minutes long. Meet at Crater Amphitheater near the playground.
Paddle My Own Canoe, Sept. 27, 11am-Noon. Local author Amber Keyser reads from her book and discusses outdoor adventures, canoing and camping -- and is bringing life jackets, paddles and other items as props. Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd. FREE, but seating is limited.
Legacy Healthy Kids' Fair, Sept. 27, 10am-2pm. I've always heard that this fair is a fun, free way to entertain the kids while they actually learn about health and safety. Bring their bike helmet for a free fitting (this is actually pretty important) or buy a helmet for $5. Car seat safety checks will be provided along with lots of other hands-on activities. Recycling of car seats also available. Legacy Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin, 19300 SW 65th.
FREE Museum Day, Saturday Sept. 27. Download a free pass for you and a guest to local museums at the Smithsonian Web site. Here are some in our area: Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Oregon History Museum, World Forestry Center. Good for Saturday only.
Polish Festival, Sept. 27-28. Performances, food and drink and polka! When was the last time you did the polka? St. Stanislaus Church, 3900 N. Interstate. FREE admission.
Festival Japan 2008, Sept. 27-28, 11am-5pm. The Asian grocery store Uwajimaya on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. is the site for this celebration that includes Taiko drumming, performances, children's games and activities, cultural demonstrations. FREE
Hot off the Press, Sept. 28, 1-4pm. The Museum of Contemporary Craft offers Family Sundays, and this Sunday kids of all ages can make art objects and vessels using paper destined for the recycling center. Admission to the museum and this activity are FREE. 724 NW Davis
Natural Cycles Exhibit Family Day, Sept. 28, 1-4pm. Wander the Trillium Trail at Tryon Creek Park and enjoy art in natural spaces as well as hands-on activities for the kids.
Baby Loves Disco, Sept. 28, Noon-3pm. Yeah, baby, it's back. $12 for all walking humans, and non-walkers are free. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell.