The Road to Ashland

Winter fun awaits you in this Southern Oregon mountain town, nestled right near the California border. Even in wintery driving conditions, you can travel safely if you follow a few key road-safety rules — check our Arriving Safely section at the end of the article for details. Without any stops (or inclement weather), you’ll get …

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hacks

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Ali Wilkinson is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at
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  If you have a hand in the Thanksgiving meal prep, now is about the time when you’re probably starting to wonder what you got yourself into. Cooking for Thanksgiving is a task no matter what, but it becomes exponentially harder when your kids are running around demanding attention too. Here are some hacks to …

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Review: Howloween at the Oregon Zoo

Meg Asby is a mom of two in SW Portland and loves nothing better than a cartful of books from Central Library. Check out what her family is reading at Booked.

Enjoy costumed fun at the Oregon Zoo’s annual Howloween scavenger hunt! I haven’t met a kid who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt, and Howloween at the Oregon Zoo doesn’t disappoint. The hunting adds another layer of excitement (and education) to the already thrilling trick-or-treat experience. And of course, you will have the entire zoo to …

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Teal is the New Orange: Making Halloween Safer and More Inclusive

Elizabeth Ely Moreno is a freelance writer who lives in Beaverton with her husband and two sons, both of whom have food allergies. She posts about her family’s allergy journey on Instagram @foodallergymama, writes traveling with food allergies articles for, and is one of the founders of Food-Free Fun for Everyone.
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Halloween can be scary for all the wrong reasons when your child is one of the nearly 6 million kids in the US with a potentially life-threatening food allergy. That’s 1 in 13 children, or approximately 49,000 children in the Portland metro area.*  For them, what should be a care-free night of trick-or-treating with friends …

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National Night Out

National Night Out (NNO) is coming up! NNO lets people shut down local streets to get outside and celebrate their neighborhoods together. A huge part of NNO is also working to connect local public safety officers with their community members. Below are just a few neighborhood block parties. If you want to find what’s happening …

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Portland’s Top Skateparks

From our friends at evo, a skate shop, bike shop, surf shop, wake shop, ski/snowboard shop, camping store, and lifestyle retailer all under one roof For many kids, sports present a great outlet for their energy, provide great exercise, and they also teach valuable life lessons of hard work, dedication, and resilience. After all, one …

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A Family-friendly Fourth

Most events are canceled due to COVID. You can check our Kids Calendar or our list of ideas for A Different Fourth of July. ‘Tis the season for red, white and blue. For streamers and BBQs. For parades and fireworks. Yes, Independence Day is right around the corner, and Portlanders know how to celebrate it! Below …

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