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Portland Aquarium

The new Portland Aquarium has lots of people talking. With it’s many exhibits of amazing marine life, you’d think  that would be enough to keep everyone’s interest, but Portland Aquarium takes the experience even further by offering many other activities for families. From story time with mermaids, to summer camps and ‘Sleep With the Sharks’ over-nighters, they certainly have plenty to for kids and families to take part in!

Yellow Tang, photo credit: Wikipedia

Yellow Tang, photo credit: Wikipedia

Open 365 Days A Year

Sunday – Thursday 10am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 8pm

General Admission

 Children under 2……………………. FREE

Children 2-11 ……………………….. $7.95

Ages 12 and up ……………………. $10.95

Senior (55+)/Military …………… $9.95

Fun For Pennies Tips:

  • If you head there on the first Tuesday of the month, beginning 6/4/13, admission is only $5 per person! Children under 2 are still free.
  • The Portland Aquarium offers 50% off  children’s admission on weekdays, if they bring in a colored drawing. Why not have them draw what they think will be at the aquarium, then have them compare to the real thing?
  • If you are a foster parent, Portland Aquarium offers free admission for foster children. Just be sure to bring state issued I.D.
Crown of Thorns, photo credit: Wikipedia
Crown of Thorns, photo credit: Wikipedia
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Weekend Fun, May 24/25/26

I know I promised that the next post  would be the Portland Aquarium, but I wanted to get a post up for those of you planning your weekend as well. There is ALWAYS a multitude of things to do in the Portland area on any given weekend, but here are a few fun, easy, and cheap or free things to keep you and the family entertained!

English: Nature center and shelter at Tryon Cr...
English: Nature center and shelter at Tryon Creek State Natural Area in Portland, Oregon, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nature Classroom Discovery Day at Tryon Creek. Bones, animal pelts, live animals and all sorts of other cool stuff. Saturday 10am-1pm. Free!

Pinkalicious Party! Friday at 10:30 am at Piccolo Mondo Toys Progress Ridge Location, join the Pinkalicious Party! Make beautiful tiaras, read Pinkalicious stories, and enjoy tasty , fancy snacks! Pre-registration is required, call (503)579-8100. Free!

Sofia the First Extravaganza at Clackamas Town Center. Join Radio Disney AM1640 for a royal extravaganza! Listen to the story of Sofia, learn some royal manners, and do some royal arts and crafts. Kids 16 and younger can enter to win a Sofia the First Prize Pack. Dress up for the royal occasion and be crowned by the royal Radio Disney Road Crew. Saturday 10-11:30am. Free!
Dino Party at the Children’s Museum. Opening weekend of the Museum’s newest exhibit, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice.  Join them for  storytime, puppets and clay. Saturday 11am-2pm. Free with museum admission.

Steve’s Creature Feature at St. Johns Library. Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve Lattanzi. Kids will be able to safely see, hear and touch some of the most amazing creatures on earth. Saturday 11am-noon. Free!

Multnomah County Fair at Oaks Park. Snowcap food drive, mutton bustin’, barnyard fun, walk on the wildside, alpaca pavilion, petting zoo, pony rides, thrill rides, miniature golf, roller skating and more! Saturday, Sunday & Monday 12-7pm. Free admission, activity costs vary.

Creature Cabins at Tillamook Forest Center. The animals of the Tillamook State Forest have made themselves at home. They occupy nests, holes, dens and more. Come and learn about the special places where animals live. Saturday 1:30pm and Sunday 11:30am. Free!

Morning Bird Walk.  Saturday  8a.m. to 11 a.m. Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Bird Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on bird identification, behavior, and exploring resident bird populations. Great for all ages, but dress and pack accordingly, bring binoculars and water/snacks.  Pre-registration  is necessary. Call 503-636-9886 .  For more events like this, visit their events page.

Ladybug Nature Walk: Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Walk through parks, gardens and natural areas with your youngster (2 – 5 years old)  and a nature guide. All walks begin at 10am rain or shine, $3 per child*, no charge for adults. Friday 10am.

Rose Festival CityFair at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park. A must do for Portlanders!

Waterfront Village in Gov. Tom McCall Waterfro...
Waterfront Village in Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park at the 2007 Portland Rose Festival. The Willamette River is at right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The metropolitan fair features live exotic animals, a wide variety of shopping, carnival rides, special attractions and a customized fireworks show choreographed to your favorite classic rock hits on May 24 at 10 pm. Weekends May 24-27, May 30-June 2 and June 6-9. $7 ages 7 and up.

The Alphabeticians at Mississippi Pizza. Let the kiddos rock out, and get worn out! Saturday 4-5pm. $10/family.

Mo Phillips Rocks Out for Kids at Flying Cat. Fun, rockin’ music for your little ones. Sunday 10-11am. $5 suggested donation.

OMSI Star Party: Planet Parade. May 25 – May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at  Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park, Corbett, Or.  For all ages.  Celebrate Astronomy Day with an opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include the planet Jupiter and Saturn. On the day of the star party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, 503 797-4610 #2, or check the OMSI Star Parties website for weather-related cancellation. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome. Free, $5 parking per vehicle.

With Monday being memorial day, Skateworld in Hillsboro is offering an all day skate for just $5.75, 10 a.m – 6 p.m.

So  there you have it, a small sampling of what’s on the table this weekend in Portland! For even more tips, I suggest you visit one of these sites:

PDX kids calender                                                                                                                                                               Redtri

And HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, EVERYONE!

OMSI. Go Ahead. Geek out on science!

OMSI is a great destination for some hands on learning fun. Their upcoming exhibit is the Mummies of the World exhibit, opening on June 14th. They have ongoing tours of their submarine, a state of the art planetarium, laser light shows, and the OMNIMAX theater. Tickets for these are sold separately.

Omsi Turbine Hall, Photo credit : Wikipedia
Omsi Turbine Hall, Photo credit : Wikipedia

The rest of the museum has five halls of(over 200) different  labs and exhibits. The Science Playground, The Earth Hall, The Turbine Hall, The Life Hall, and The Science Labs all exist for kids to experiment, explore, and test the world around them, in areas such as renewable energy, global climate, health and wellness, chemistry, engineering, technology, and more.  OMSI has even has the forethought to add a separate room for the toddler crowd.

Omsi Science Playground, photo credit : Wikipedia

Omsi Science Playground, photo credit : Wikipedia

OMSI SS-581 Submarine, photo credit: Wikipedia

OMSI SS-581 Submarine, photo credit: Wikipedia

                     Regular museum Admission ~ Submarine ~  OMNIMAX® ~ Planetarium / Laser light

Adult $12.00 $5.75 $6.00 – $8.50 $5.75 – $7.50
Youth (3-13) $9.00 $5.75 $5.00 – $6.50 $5.75 – $7.50
Senior (63+) $9.00 $5.75 $5.00 – $6.50 $5.75 – $7.50
Member (Join OMSI) FREE! $4.75 $4.00 – $7.50 $4.75 – $7.50

OMSI is another one of those great places that can, and probably will, take you all day, and you STILL won’t be able to see or do everything. If you and the kids really enjoyed it, I highly suggest buying the membership pass. Then you can come back again and again! Also, you get amazing discounts on admissions to all OMSI features and exhibits, AND it’s considered a charitable donation on your taxes, to boot! Definitely worth the money!

Fun For Pennies tips:

  • OMSI discount Sundays are the first Sunday of each month. Regular museum admission for each individual is just $2! Admission for additional features such as OMNIMAX, planetarium, featured exhibits, and submarine tour, are separate, but also sold at a discount on the first Sunday discount day. A great time to spend the day checking out all that OMSI has to offer before buying a family membership!
  • This is also another one of those wonderful places that allow you to bring your own food and drink in. Pack in a cooler with good foods for lunch and snacks, store it in one of their lockers provided ( for an extra small fee) and save some money! Or, you can hit up their cafe if you prefer not to bring your own.

UP NEXT: Portland Aquarium!

*( featured photo front of OMSI building. credit: Wikipedia)

Portland Children’s Museum – great for too rainy, or too hot, days!

The Portland Children’s Museum is a wonderful, interactive museum of exploration and learning for the younger crowd, ages 10 months – 10 years. With creative and hands- on activities from painting, to puppet shows, to making music, to  dress up, to building inventions, there is plenty to keep little bodies, hands,  and minds occupied and busy! Exhibits do change from time to time ( photo below is from their Sesame Street Exhibit), so check the Children’s Museum site frequently for updates. Starting May 25th they will have  an Exhibit called ” Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice”.

Portland Children's Museum entrance. The Child...
Portland Children’s Museum entrance. The Children’s museum is located in Washington Park, Portland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Museum Hours from March 1st- Labor day are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission Rates:

Under one: free

Ages 1-54: $10

ages 55 up and military: $9

There is a $4 parking fee per car.

Fun For Pennies Tip: 

  • The first Friday of every month is Free First Friday, with free admission for all , between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. *( they stay open 3 hours past their normal business hours on this day)
  • Pack your own lunch and snacks, outside food it totally allowed! They do have some vending machines with limited healthy choices available.
  • YAY, COUPONS! $2 off admission ( good til 6/30/13) AND $15 off of Summer Camp Tuition ( good until 5/31/13)

Hours, admission, and discounts subject to change. Please check back on their site HERE frequently for updates and current info. Thanks!

UP NEXT: OMSI