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Free Things to Do with Kids in February

Whether you are looking for indoor activities or outdoor explorations, here are 15+ fun things to do with kids in Portland this February — all for free!

February Issue

Our February issue spotlights two important issues: statewide rule changes abolishing suspensions and expulsions for preschool students in schools and day care and youth mental health. It also includes three pages of family-friendly events (including free ones!) and ways to make your little one's Valentine's Day special.

The Ultimate Portland Bucket List: 101 Things to Do with Kids

PDX Parent staff has gathered together a big list of must-dos and must-sees for any family who calls Portland their home. The next time you’re feeling at a loss for activities to do with your kids, keep this list handy for some inspiration!

Don’t be Fooled by the False Promises of Quackery

With the indulgences of the holidays behind us, many people are feeling bloated, sluggish and ready to get back in shape but urge you to avoid “quackery.”

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Dumpling Week

This annual tradition by The Oregonian/OregonLive invites restaurants around the city to showcase a special dumpling for the week, often at discounted prices. It's a great opportunity to try new-to-you restaurants.

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Tree Time Preschool Walks at Hoyt Arboretum

Hoyt Arboretum Meet at Stevens Pavilion, across from the Visitor’s Center (4000 SW Fairview Blvd)

Tree Time! preschool walks are a safe and fun way to get outside with your little one. Come join us for a story and guided walk on the trails at Hoyt Arboretum. We will use all of our senses to explore the natural surroundings and maybe even get our hands dirty! Staff and trained Arboretum …

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$3 – $5

Kelli Welli at LEKA Playland

LEKA Playland

Fan favorite @kelliwellikids will be back at LEKA on Wednesday February 1st to sing and dance with your kiddos! Her original songs are fun for the whole family. Playtime starts at 3pm and Kelli starts her show promptly at 3:30pm. The play session ends 5pm. This show is FREE with regular admission ($15/child). You can also use …

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Free with admission
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Evening Lantern Viewing at Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Join us at Portland's favorite Lunar New Year nighttime event! Lan Su welcomes the Year of the Rabbit with several evenings of traditional lantern viewing evenings, when the garden glows with hanging red lanterns illuminating sweeping roof lines and the Lake Zither reflects the lights of large-scale floating lantern sculptures. The lantern viewing evenings at Lan …

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Free – $45
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Dumpling Week

This annual tradition by The Oregonian/OregonLive invites restaurants around the city to showcase a special dumpling for the week, often at discounted prices. It's a great opportunity to try new-to-you restaurants.

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Lunar New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Be part of the biggest Lunar New Year celebration in the Pacific Northwest. Gong Xi Fa Cai!- “Wish you good prosperity in the New Year!”  Visit Lan Su to experience the most colorful and joyous Chinese festival during the garden's 16-day Lunar New Year celebration. In accordance with the Lunar Calendar, the Lunar New Year celebration of the Year …

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Free – $14
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Indoor Playpark Sellwood Park

Sellwood Community House 1436 SE Spokane St, Portland, Oregon

Where the only limit is imagination! Kiddos will stay dry and have a blast playing with bikes, riding toys, slides, gymnastics mats, balls and our all-new Imagination Playground! Sip coffee and chat with friends while the kids get their wiggles out! M-F, 10:15-12:15, $6 or 5 for $25 with punchcard. Wednesdays are FREE.

$6
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Weekly Music Exploration with Zazzy Zoe

Hammer + Jacks Toy Store 6406 SE Foster Rd., Portland, OR

During these interactive music sessions, participants will be exposed to and begin to learn and practice simple fundamentals of music, all while having a blast singing and/or acting out silly and interesting songs that are often accompanied by musical paraphernalia like shaker eggs, dancing scarves, and drums. Making music fun sets the stage for a …

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$7 – $15
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Storytime at Ledding Library

Ledding Library

Join us for weekly in-person storytime at the library in October!  We’ll share songs, stories & action rhymes.  No registration required, but capacity is limited to the first 50 attendees. Library Community Room. Mondays & Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.:  All ages storytime Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.:  Baby storytime.  Ages 0-18 months. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.:  All ages storytime & family …

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Free
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Music with Mr. Hoo at PILEA Play

PILEA Play 7832 SW Capitol Hwy Suite B, Portland, OR

A 45 minute show with Mr. Hoo, children’s musician and educator extraordinaire, preceded and followed by open ended play with opportunities to create, investigate and connect with one another in PILEA Play’s beautiful environment inspired by community-building, diversity and discovery. Open play starts at 9. Mr.Hoo’s show runs from 10:30-11:15. Open Play ends at 12.  …

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$20
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Airway Science for Kids Free After School Programs

Aerospace Training Center (ATC) 3710 N Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR

Airway Science for Kids will be offering free after school programs for students ages 11-14, Monday through Friday 3:00pm to 6:00pm during the school year. Flight simulators, Kerbal Space Program, STEAM activities, and homework help will be available to begin with and additional programming will be added as the program expands. A one time registration …

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Free
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After School Art Studio K-4th

Awake Coffee & Art 7325 Se Milwalkie Ave, Portland, OR

Join Eclecto Art for an afternoon of focused crafting at Awake Coffee! This is the perfect class for those kiddos ready to dive in to art! Class is held every Thursday at 3:30pm. Pre-registration required. Grades K-6, younger siblings welcome Each Thursday, 3:30 - 4:30 at Awake Coffee Art $12 drop in Designed to inspire …

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$12

Chkalov’s Transpolar flight to Vancouver: Exploring its significance in both the Soviet Union and America

Clark County Historical Museum 1511 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

Clark County Historical Museum will launch its 2023 Speaker Series on Thursday, February 2, with Columbia River High student Luke Hildreth’s presentation of “Chkalov’s Transpolar flight to Vancouver: Exploring its significance in both the Soviet Union and America.” The event will occur in-person at the Clark County Historical Museum. Doors open at 5 p.m. and …

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$5
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Serious Cupcakes

BodyVox 1201 NW 17th Ave., Portland

A fresh batch of Serious Cupcakes! Get ready for a superb collection of premieres from new and newly-inspired choreographers, making delightful dances filled with BODYVOX’s signature athleticism, humor, and theater! As part of the Portland Performing Arts Vaccine Coalition and to keep audience members and performers safe, all attendees must present proof of being *up to date* on COVID-19 …

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$25
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Portland Winter Light Festival

Join us in transforming Portland into breathtaking color, art, and performance at night. Let’s shine a light on local artists and brighten the city together! The Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF) is an annual event of the Willamette Light Brigade, a non-profit arts organization. PDXWLF is presented to guests for free, and builds community by …

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Free
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Evening Lantern Viewing at Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Join us at Portland's favorite Lunar New Year nighttime event! Lan Su welcomes the Year of the Rabbit with several evenings of traditional lantern viewing evenings, when the garden glows with hanging red lanterns illuminating sweeping roof lines and the Lake Zither reflects the lights of large-scale floating lantern sculptures. The lantern viewing evenings at Lan …

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Free – $45
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Dumpling Week

This annual tradition by The Oregonian/OregonLive invites restaurants around the city to showcase a special dumpling for the week, often at discounted prices. It's a great opportunity to try new-to-you restaurants.

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Kids Art @ Awake Coffee

Awake Coffee & Art 7325 Se Milwalkie Ave, Portland, OR

Join us every Friday for crafts! This is our newest class and will be open ended art! Teacher Sara will lead the class is an open ended project, where parents are free to work with children or let them explore the materials on their own. Classes may start or end with stories, songs or games. …

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$8
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Baby Morning Meet-Ups (lower level) at the Lake Oswego Library

Lake Oswego Library

Babies need to be around other babies, and we know parents need other parents too. Let’s begin by gathering together in the Children’s Library to start socializing, getting to know each other and talking about what you’d like storytime to look like going forward. We’ll provide some fun things to play with, and lots of …

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Free
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Open Play @ City Park Church

City Park Church 58 W Powell Blvd, Gresham, OR

Join us every Friday from 10am-noon. This is a free event for children 0-6. The rain is here and we’ve got a dry place to play and stay!

Free
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Lunar New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Be part of the biggest Lunar New Year celebration in the Pacific Northwest. Gong Xi Fa Cai!- “Wish you good prosperity in the New Year!”  Visit Lan Su to experience the most colorful and joyous Chinese festival during the garden's 16-day Lunar New Year celebration. In accordance with the Lunar Calendar, the Lunar New Year celebration of the Year …

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Free – $14
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Friday Performance and Play!

Shake your groove thing every Friday at 10am with your favorite local children's performers and a monthly family-friendly drag show with the one-and-only Bolivia Carmichael and friends! Music is 10-11am, then play till noon in our indoor play park!

$8 – $12
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Indoor Playpark!

Sellwood Community House 1436 SE Spokane St, Portland, Oregon

Bikes, trikes, balls and more! Bring the littles (ages 2-5) to run wild in our gym on those cool and rainy Portland mornings.  We've got all the most fun riding toys, slides, gym mats and more! Sip your coffee on the bench with friends and neighbors while the kids get their wiggles out. A great …

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$6
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Indoor Playpark Sellwood Park

Sellwood Community House 1436 SE Spokane St, Portland, Oregon

Where the only limit is imagination! Kiddos will stay dry and have a blast playing with bikes, riding toys, slides, gymnastics mats, balls and our all-new Imagination Playground! Sip coffee and chat with friends while the kids get their wiggles out! M-F, 10:15-12:15, $6 or 5 for $25 with punchcard. Wednesdays are FREE.

$6
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Bubbles + Books Weekly Story Time with Literacy Lady PDX

REC Room in Hammer + Jacks 6406 SE FOSTER RD, PORTLAND, OR

Join us every Friday at NEW UPDATED TIME  10:30-11:00 am + 11:30 am-12:00 pm for story time with child literacy advocate @literacyladypdx! 🎶🕺📚  Story time runs about 25-30 minutes and includes an opening song + dance followed by alternating stories, sing alongs and movement breaks! There are also bubbles! The event closes with a goodbye …

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