Weekend Warriors: November 21-23

November 19, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, November 21st

Free Week of Stroller Strides (throughout PDX). Bring your stroller and little one for a great one hour workout. All workouts are free this week at all locations. See website for schedules and locations. Monday-Saturday, various times.

Open Studio at Portland Child Art Studio in NW PDX. Your kids can do as much art as they'd like, and you don't have to clean up. $10/child ($5/child for Oregon Trail Card card-holders). Friday 10am-1pm and 2-5:30pm. 

Micah and Me Singalong at A Children's Place Bookstore. Sing and dance along to the sounds of the guitar, ukulele, harmonica, and mandolin. $5 suggested donation. Friday 10:30am. 

Storytime with Olive & Dingo at the Pie Spot. Check out these bright, cartoony characters who love to entertain families through songs, dance, stories, and balloons. $5 suggested donation. Friday, 3-4pm.

Puppet Show at Playdate PDX. See Dragon Puppet Theatre perform  The Pirate and His Pet. Free with admission ($4-$8). Friday 6:30pm. 

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urbanMamas Podcast Episode 3: Boobs, Chickens & Gratitude

November 18, 2014

This is a partial transcript from the urbanMamas Podcast, Episode 3. To hear the full story about boobs, fruit hacks, chickens and a rant about gratitude, click here. Want to listen online and not via iTunes? Click here. Or subscribe to the urbanMamas Podcast on iTunes. And hey, while you’re in there, we’d love it if you’d leave us a review! We’d be ever so GRATEFUL! 

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Weekend Warriors: November 14-16

November 12, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, November 14th

Free Italian Language Mommy and Me Playgroup in NW PDX. Chidlren ages 18-36 months and their caregivers can sing, dance, play, and enjoy simple crafts while being immersed in Italian. Free. Friday 10-11am. 

Kids Yoga in North Portland. Kids' classes this month will focus on the principle of grounding, with poses and indigenous stories celebrating the earth and what it produces. $12 drop in. Friday 4:15-5pm (ages 6-10) and 5:15-6pm (ages 3-6). 

Friday Night Films For Kids at Poa Cafe. Take a break and let your kids watch a free family-friendly film. Friday 5-7pm.

Opening Night of Tears of Joy Theatre's Alice in Wonderland. This original adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale, told with puppets, is sure to captivate. $13-22. Friday at 7:30pm and throughout the weekend.  

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Giveaway: 2 Tickets to 2BWell's Cooking Class

November 08, 2014

Everything you need to know about healthy Thanksgiving side dishes. Sample 2BWell's very own cooking genius, Maryam Milani-Baladi's, delicious food and leave with more food and a jar of fermented veggies.

Saturday Nov 15th, from 4 to 6:30 PM

Head over to the post in the giveaways to enter to win 2 tickets to this fantastic class! 

urbanMamas Podcast Episode 2: Sabrina Williamson

November 07, 2014

This is a partial transcript from the urbanMamas Podcast, Episode 2 with Sabrina Williamson, mom to 6 year old Ollie. To hear the full story about adoption, Halloween candy, dead rats, lice, and your uterus, click here to listen or subscribe to the urbanMamas Podcast on iTunes. Want to listen online and not via iTunes? Click here.

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Sabrina and her list of resources. Links below.

(Kelli) So today we'd like to welcome Sabrina, a friend of mine from a very long time. Hi Sabrina.

(Sabrina) Hi.

(Kelli) How's it going?

(Sabrina) Fabulous.

(Kelli) Awesome. Rae Ann, do you wanna break the ice?

(Rae Ann) Yes! This is where we have the Icebreaker Hat with all of these random questions in it and you get to draw one and answer it.

(Sabrina) These scare me.

(Rae Ann) They should! They're terrifying.

(Sabrina) Oh! Well that's easy.

(Rae Ann) Oh well then put it back you've gotta do a different one.

(Sabrina) How often do I shower? (whispers) Everyday.

(Rae Ann) Seriously?

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Weekend Updates: November 7-9

November 05, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, November 7th

PP&R Ladybug Walk in SE PDX. It's the last Ladybug Walk of the season! Meet at Mt. Tabor for a guided nature walk with a trained naturalist. Best for ages 2-5. $4/preschooler. Friday 10am. 

Craft and Storytime at The Craft Factory. Join for a free story followed by a special storytime craft special - $5 for any two ornamental crafts. Friday 10:30am.

OMSI Animation Film Festival. From independent shorts to feature films, there something for everyone at this film festival. $5-18. The festival runs Thursday through Sunday. Click here for details

Story Time at Pie Spot with Olive & Dingo. Get silly with this storytime full of comedy, songs, stories, balloons, and laughter. $5 suggested donation per child. Friday 3-4pm. 

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Check out the museum's interactive exhibits and play areas for free on the first Friday of every month. Friday 4-8pm. 

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urbanMamas Podcast Episode 1: Rosalee Rester

October 31, 2014

This is a partial transcript from the urbanMamas Podcast, Episode 1 with Rosalee Rester, founder of Baby Wit. Subscribe to the urbanMamas Podcast on iTunes and be sure to check out the introductory episode while you're at it. Want to listen online and not via iTunes? Click here.

(Kelli) Welcome to the urbanMamas podcast with Rae Ann Peil and Kelli Martinelli. Every couple of weeks we'll be bringing you stories from in and around Portland about the mamas in our community who are doing amazing things from small biz, to advocacy to everything in between. urbanMamas are your neighbors, your friends, the moms you pass in the hall at kindergarten but haven't yet said hi to, etc. urbanMamas is YOU.

Today we welcome Rosalee Rester, founder of Baby Wit, unique and iconic designs for babies and toddlers, proudly made in Portland.

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(Rae Ann) We also have a swear jar. We're working really hard to keep this podcast something you can listen to in the background with your kids hanging out, so in an effort to do that, we have a jar where we are going to drop coins, which will later be donated to the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, and then if we can come up with like really cool, creative swear substitutes, we'll donate twice as much money.

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Weekend Warriors: October 31-November 2

October 29, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, October 31st

A Not So Scary Halloween at the Children's Museum. Enjoy trick-or-treating, treat bag crafting, a scavenger hunt and more. Most activities free with admission. Friday 9am-4pm. See website for complete schedule. 

Toddler Trick or Treat Party at the Zoo. Take part in this annual Halloween party, complete with real animals and animal mask-making. Free with admission. Friday 9am-2pm. 

Sweet Tooth the Ghost Puppet Show and Halloween Celebration in NE PDX. Join Penny's Puppets for a Halloween Puppet show followed by a short costume parade. $5/person or 4 for $17. Friday 10:30-11:15am. 

Trick or Treat in Multnomah Village. Join hundreds of other ghosts and goblins as your trick or treat your way through the village. Free. Friday 3:30-5:30pm. 

Trick or Treat Alberta Street. Trick or treat along the incomparably quirky Alberta Street. Free. Friday 3:30-6pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: October 24-26

October 22, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, October 24th

Ladybug Nature Walk in Forest Park. Children are guided along the trails by an environmental educator as they learn about forests, water, insects, plants, and animals. Only a few walks are left this season! $4/child. Friday 10-11am. 

Squishing of the Squash at the Oregon Zoo. Watch as some of the world's largest land animals demolish some of the area's largest pumpkins. Regular admission rates apply. Friday 10:30am. This event marks the beginning of the weekend-long celebration of "Howloween" at the zoo, where costumed trick or treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. 

Halloween Enchantment at the Micha-el School. Take your child on a journey in the autumn twilight, where they will encounter many enchanting characters. $10. Call to reserve your tour time. Friday 4:30-8:30pm.

The Great Garden Home Pumpkin Hunt. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities, a flashlight pumpkin hunt, prizes, treats, and more. Come in costume and bring your flashlight. $10. Friday 6-8pm. 

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