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13 Nights on the River Concert Series -FREE!

If you drive about 30 miles north of Portland on Hwy 30, you will wind up in my hometown of St. Helens, Oregon.  If you just happen to make that drive this Thursday, June 6th, you will be rewarded with being able to enjoy the first of a series of concerts called 13 Nights On The River. This family-friendly, outdoor summer event happens every Thursday all summer long, starting June 6th and going until August 29th, and, it’s completely FREE!

Flyer graphic art designed by Steve Johannsen, http://steves-art.com
Flyer graphic art designed by Steve Johannsen, http://steves-art.com

Held at Columbia View Park on the Columbia River ( it’s a fenced park, a safe distance from the water, btw), the concert also offers an open air market with vendors selling food and refreshments, jewelry, art, crafts, and more. Grab the kids, load up the car, grab dinner at one of the booths and kick back to watch some great family-friendly bands and enjoy the river.  You can also pack up your own dinner for a picnic in the park. Bring along blankets, chairs, and maybe an umbrella if the weather is having a moody day 🙂

Here’s the schedule ( * note: I provided a link to their page, but the concert schedule is not yet posted. Concerts schedules are subject to change or cancellation at any time, so try checking their site frequently before heading out!).

Flyer graphic art designed by Steve Johannsen, http://steves-art.com

I have been attending these concerts since they began a few years back, and I can honestly say that they are always enjoyable. They usually have a great selection of food, and, as long as the weather holds out, it makes for a fabulous evening, kicking back in the grass, watching little kids twirl  and couples dance. Do yourself a favor, and head out, at least once, early in the concert season. You might just wind up with a new Thursday evening tradition for your family!

Fun For Pennies Tip: Just go to the concert. It’s fun. Ok? and FREE. What more do you want?

UP NEXT: More festivals and events!


For some seriously serious fun – North Clackamas Aquatic Park

The number one rule for my kids? If they are crabby… PUT THEM IN WATER! ASAP! Bathtub, creek, pool, mud puddle, doesn’t matter. There’s just something about water that kids’ brains immediately respond to, saying, ” Oh, hey, it’s fun time now! WOO-HOO!”

And now that the sun seems to be coming back (ssshh… don’t jinx it!), it’s the perfect time to hit the water. But since it’s not exactly HOT out there yet, an indoor swim is just the ticket.

So, of course, the Clackamas Aquatic Park is an obvious choice. Water slides? Check. Wave Pool? Check. Fountains? Check. Happy Kids? Checkity-Checkity-Check-Check!  

BONUS: HOT TUB FOR MOM AND DAD!  It just doesn’t get any more winning than that.

They even have a rock wall, cuz, you know, mixing wet slippery kids and heights is apparently a genius idea! ( just kidding, obviously there are safety measures in place! This could be great for if/when the kids need a break from the water)

They also offer a cafe for refreshments, so bring some extra cash, cuz there are no outside food or drinks allowed.


Under 3 yrs- free, up to two 3 yr olds per paying adult

Ages 3 and up, $5 for residents, $8 for non-residents

Tube rentals are $1, and  rock wall climbing is $2 ( resident) and $3 ( non) or $6 ( resident) or $10 ( non)  for all day.

Fun for Pennies Tips:

Sundays are family discount days. Get 2 adults and up to 4 kids in for $12 ( for residents) or $24 ( for non-residents)

* now get out there and have fun!* 

Coming up next I will be posting about Playdate PDX, local area parks, fountains, and summer festivals and events. Comment and let me know which you would like to read about first! 🙂