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Preschool Preparedness 2018-2019 Schools Open House Guide Pumpkin Patches & Fall Fun

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OCTOBER 2017


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Editor’s Note Sweet relief! Fall is here, and putting together this October issue has filled us with the hearty spirit of the season. Here in the lush, abundant Pacific Northwest, dozens of area farms transform into wonderlands of fun and adventure – it’s not just hayrides and pumpkin patches anymore, it’s apple slingshots, pumpkin cannons, obstacle courses and tons more! Our Pumpkin Patch Guide on p. 12 details our favorites. It’s also time to think about next school year (oh boy); our Annual Schools Open House Guide, with its colorful and easy to read chart format, and expert tips on first-time preschool prep should get you pointed in the right direction. And finally, this month’s issue is a bittersweet one for me, as it’s my last one with NW Kids. Being a part of our tight-knit team since March 2010, then taking the editorial helm six years later, has been an indelible experience in knowing, supporting and growing the local Portland business and family community. I have been so inspired by the entrepreneurial fabric of our city; my time at NW Kids has been instrumental in allowing me to dream big enough to start and run my own small business, and now it’s time to pass the buck. Melissa Kniazeva comes to us from Portland Family and brings with her all the knowledge and enthusiasm that you’ve come to expect from our little corner! Thank you, so much, for reading and being with us. It’s been incredible. See you around,

Karel

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Contents

OCTOBER 2017 12 It’s the Great Pumpkin Patch Guide! 16 2018-2019 Schools Open House Guide 28 Ready, Set, Go: 5 Steps to Preschool Prep 32 Get Out and Play! This month’s local adventures

Cover photography courtesy of MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF BEAVERTON Contents photography courtesy of PLUMPER PUMPKIN PATCH & TREE FARM

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Listings Aim High Martial Arts..................................... 7 All Families Surrogacy...................................31 Art of STEM...................................................... 9 Barre3.............................................................10 Bella Stella.....................................................34 Bennett Suzuki...............................................11 Blue Frogs Jump............................................21 Brain Balance................................................... 9 Bridges Middle School...................................30 Catlin Gabel..............................................18-19 Cedarwood School.........................................15 Childpeace Montessori .................................27 ChildRoots........................................................ 3 Childswork Learning Center...........................20 Club Pilates.....................................................11 Cornerstone Montessori.................................21 Cottonwood School.......................................15 Engineering for Kids......................................34 Fazio Farms.....................................................14 French American International School..........30 French Prairie Gardens...................................14 German International School........................23 6 | NW Kids Magazine

Editor Karel Chan karel@nwkidsmagazine.com Advertising Director Laurel Carrasco laurel@nwkidsmagazine.com Graphic Designer Robyn Barbon robyn@folkloremedia.com Client Services Coordinator Mary Brady mary@nwkidsmagazine.com Advertising Inquiries: 503-282-2711, ext. 1 sales@nwkidsmagazine.com Accounting & Business Services Heather Rex heather@nwkidsmagazine.com

Hearing Resources Audiology Center.............. 9 Holy Trinity Catholic School...........................34 International School......................................15 Koch Family Farm...........................................11 Krugers Farm..................................................14 Little Fruit Farm..............................................26 Lloyd Center Ice Rink........................................ 9 Marylhurst.....................................................31 Montessori School of Beaverton...................29 My Gym..........................................................11 North Clackamas Parks and Rec...................... 8 Northwest Chinese Academy........................30 Oregon Ballet Theatre...................................... 8 Oregon Children’s Theatre..............................10 Oregon Episcopal School...............................23 Oregon Hope Chinese School........................33 Oregon Zoo....................................................... 2 Play Fit Fun....................................................... 7 Plumper Pumpkins........................................14 Portland Early Learning Project.....................33 Portland Jewish Academy.............................31 Portland Trampoline......................................35

Pottery Fun.....................................................33 Riverdale School District................................29 St. Thomas More School................................26 Saturday Academy.........................................31 Sit Still............................................................11 Small Friends School.....................................29 Soccer Shots...................................................36 Spielwerk Toys.................................................. 7 St Cecilia School.............................................22 St Matthew School .......................................27 Sunshine Montessori.....................................29 Sunstone Montessori.....................................33 Swallowtail School........................................22 The Kids’ Backyard Store................................35 Tri-County Farms............................................14 Tucker Maxon................................................... 2 Uniquely Wise................................................34 West Hills Montessori....................................31 Westside Montessori.....................................20 Yoga Playgrounds..........................................34


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The Pumpkin Patch at Sauvie Island 16511 NW Gillihan Rd, Portland Sauvie Island’s Pumpkin Patch sees massive crowds every year, so make time to visit this legendary farm earlier in the month before the rush hits. The Pumpkin Patch boasts hayrides, a petting zoo, a truly spectacular corn maze and a downright glorious farmstand. Pro tip: grab a bag of freshly popped kettle corn to munch while you navigate the corn maze. 10am-6pm daily. Free, thepumpkinpatch.com

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Fazio Farms NE Fazio Way & 13th Ave, Portland Known for their barrel fresh pickles, Fazio Farms also has a pumpkin patch so vast, seeing it might make you forget you’re still inside the city limits. Their fall festivities include hayrides, carnival games and a hay maze for children, as well as a formidable corn maze. Sat-Sun, 9am-8pm. $10 ($5 with one toy donation), faziofarms.com

Kruger’s Farm 17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd, Portland Kruger’s Farm has long been Portland’s favorite u-pick farm. Their summer offerings include ripe berries and bright flowers in addition to local beer tastings and live concerts. Well, that celebratory attitude lingers well into fall with not only a corn maze and epic pumpkin patch, but with a singular Halloween themed cabaret show as well! 9am-6pm daily. Free (corn maze $6 for ages 4 and up), krugersfarm.com

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French Prairie Gardens 17673 French Prairie Rd NE, St. Paul Truly the most ambitious of this year’s pumpkin patches, French Prairie Gardens is hosting far more fall activities than we could fit in this modest description. But rest assured, all your favorite pumpkin patch pursuits will be present and accounted for (Corn maze! Hayrides! Petting zoo! Hooray!). Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. $15 entry (includes unlimited access to several attractions), fpgardens.com

Tri-County Farms Washington, Clackamas & Multnomah County locations A group of independent and family farms who have opened to the public. Some are tiny, some are large, but all offer some combination of u-picking, farm store sales and seasonal


pkin Patch Guide!

m stands, exciting corn maze day trips and d celebrates fall in the best way, by putting ere you and your kids can while away a brisk etime. I speak, of course, of the fabled pkin patches and harvest festivals:

Liepold Farms 14050 SE Richey Rd, Boring Liepold Farms celebrates fall in a big way. Their corn maze clocks in at over 5 acres, they host a children’s pavilion with hours worth of fun and games and you can even take in a vintage tractor exhibition. This farm may be located in Boring, but that’s the only boring thing about this epic harvest festival. 9am-5pm daily. $8-10, liepoldfarms. com

Bauman’s Harvest Festival

happenings, including several awesome pumpkin patches! Visit their website to look for a farm near you. tricountyfarm.org

12989 Howell Prairie Rd NE, Gervais This year Bauman’s has more than 30 activities for kids of all ages, with mazes, obstacle courses, giggle-worthy rides, oodles of farm animals and memories-aplenty. They’re also unveiling an all new Jumping Pillow - one of the most popular attractions with kids. For wholesome family fun, come on down to Bauman’s Harvest Festival! Mon-Sat 9am6pm, Sun 9am-5pm, $5-6 general admission, activity tickets $1 each or wristband $8-20, baumanshf.com

Plumper Pumpkins

Koch Family Farm

11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd, Portland The trip up Old Cornelius Pass, with its multi-hued foliage in full, glorious display, is absolutely one of Portland’s favorite fall activities to revel in. Add a day trip to Plumper Pumpkins Pumpkin Patch and your family will have a full day of gorgeous autumn tinged memories to share. This patch is perfect for families with toddler-aged kiddos. 9am-5:30pm daily. Free, plumperpumpkins.com

4745 Raybell Rd NE, St Paul Hop on a weekend hayride, select the perfect pumpkin and pick up fall decorations and fresh, local produce, jam and honey at Koch Family Farm. Just a few miles from Downtown Newberg! Tues-Sun 9am-6pm, closed Mon, facebook.com/kochfamilyfarms

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SCHOOLS SCHOOLS

DESCRIPTION

AGES/GRADES

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS Childpeace Montessori School Multiple locations 503-222-1197

ChildRoots Multiple locations 503-235-1151

West Hills Montessori SW Portland & Lake Oswego 503-246-5495

Guiding the development of the whole child, socially and academically, through the principles of AMI Montessori education in an urban setting.

15 months8th grade

Progressive and thoughtful learning community; nurturing environments where children are treated with compassion, deep respect and love.

6 weeks6 years old

Meeting the social, emotional and intellectual needs of children through joyful exploration and hands-on learning.

15 months12 years old

SOUTHWEST PORTLAND Bridges Middle School 2510 SW 1st Avenue 503-688-2922

Catlin Gabel School 8825 SW Barnes Road 503-297-1894

Cedarwood Waldorf School 3030 SW 2nd Avenue 503-245-1477

Individualized learning for 5th through 8th grade students with learning differences.

5th-8th grade

Catlin Gabel supports inspired learning leading to responsible action.

PreK-12th grade

Cedarwood School brings Waldorf education to life and strives to instill a love for learning.

PreK-8th grade

Northwest Chinese Academy Think critically. Think creatively.

PreK-5th grade

8565 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway 503-546-3455

East meets West.

Oregon Episcopal School

Independent college preparatory school, grades preK-12. Prepares young leaders with skills to thrive in a changing world.

PreK -12th grade

OHCS provides Chinese immersion preschool, after-school Chinese club, Saturday Chinese classes and summer camps.

2.5-6 years old

PJA honors the whole child and nurtures and inspires Jewish engagement, respect and responsibility for the world.

Infant-8th grade

6300 SW Nicol Road 503-246-7771

Oregon Hope Chinese School 4010 NW Kaiser Road 971-226-7240

Portland Jewish Academy 6651 SW Capitol Highway 503-244-0126

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OPEN HOUSE GUIDE TUITION

SPECIALIZATION

OPEN HOUSE INFO

WEBSITE

$10,000-18,000 annually

Experiential, Montessori, Whole Child

Check website

childpeace.org

Please call

Experiential, Play-based, Reggio Emilia, Whole child

Please call

childroots.com

Varies based on schedule

Montessori

January 21, 11am-1pm (both campuses)

westhills-montessori.com

2017-2018: $22,500 annually, 2018-2019: $23,000 annually

Whole Child, Special Education

October 21, 10-11am January 20, 10-11am February 17, 10-11am (RSVP requested)

bridgesms.org

$24,900-31,100 annually (average financial assistance $20,470)

Experiential

October 29, 1-4pm

catlin.edu

$12,295 annually

Waldorf

October 14, 10am-1pm January 13, 10am-1pm March 10, 10am-1pm

cedarwoodschool.org

$750-14,933 annually

Language Immersion

3rd Tuesdays 9-11am January 20, 10am-12pm March 10, 10am-12pm

nwchineseacademy.org

$18,000-27,300 annually

Reggio Emilia

November 8, 6-8pm

oes.edu

$175-1,050 monthly

Language Immersion, Montessori

Call for a tour

oregon-hope.org

$710-18,450 annually

Whole Child, Project-Based Learning

November 8, 10am January 18, 10am

pjaproud.org

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SCHOOLS SCHOOLS

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AGES/GRADES

SOUTHWEST PORTLAND (continued) Riverdale School District 11733 SW Breyman Avenue 503-262-4840

Small Friends School 7475 SW Oleson Road 503-388-2266

St. Thomas More Catholic School 3521 SW Patton Road 503-222-6105

Sunstone Montessori School 6318 SW Corbett Avenue 503-768-3847

The Cottonwood School of Civics & Science 0640 SW Bancroft Street 503-244-1697

The International School 025 SW Sherman Street 503-226-2496

The best aspects of independent schooling in a public school setting, with small class sizes, enthusiastic teachers and challenging academics.

PreK-12th grade

At Small Friends children explore, create and collaborate to deepen their understanding of their world.

3-5 years old

St. Thomas More Catholic School is a community of faith dedicated to fostering integrity, serving others and promoting lifelong learning.

K-8th grade

Sunstone empowers children to fulfill their highest potential, socially, academically and emotionally.

16 months6th grade

The Cottonwood School of Civics & Science, K-8th grade formerly SW Charter School, is dedicated to exploring our community through fieldwork & service. A warm, multicultural environment where children are fully immersed in Spanish, Japanese or Chinese from preschool through 5th grade.

PreK-5th grade

SOUTHEAST PORTLAND Childswork Learning Center 4235 SE Salmon Street 503-234-3611

Tucker Maxon School 2860 SE Holgate Boulevard 503-235-6551

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Nonprofit preschool and kindergarten with a constructivist, play-based philosophy.

3-6 years old

Tucker Maxon School focuses on communication, academics and emotional intelligence from preschool to 5th grade.

PreK-5th grade


OPEN HOUSE GUIDE TUITION

SPECIALIZATION

OPEN HOUSE INFO

WEBSITE

$10,130-11,950 annually

Experiential

December 3, 1pm HS Info Day; February 9, 9:15am Kindergarten Coffee Q&A

riverdaleschool.com

$175-224 monthly

Play-based

February 1, 7pm

smallfriendsschool.com

$6,500-7,520 annually

Faith-based, Multidisciplinary

January 25, January 28

stmpdxschool.org

$990-1,850 monthly

Montessori

November 2, 5-7pm January 11, 5-7pm

sunstonemontessori.org

Tuition-free Public Charter

Place-based Learning

January 23, 6:30-7:30pm; info sessions first Tuesday of every month starting February, 9am

thecottonwoodschool.org

$10,400-17,800 annually

Language Immersion, International Baccalaureate

October 27, 9am-12pm

intlschool.org

Varied

Experiential, Tours twice a month. Play-based, Reggio Call to schedule. Emilia, Whole Child, Waldorf, Constructivist

childswork.org

$815-1,700 monthly

Experiential, Play-based, Whole Child, Communication

tuckermaxon.org

November 3, 9:30-11:30am January 24, 4-5:30pm February 28, 9-11am March 10, 12:30-3pm April 25, 6-8pm

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SCHOOLS SCHOOLS

DESCRIPTION

AGES/GRADES

NORTHWEST PORTLAND Blue Frogs Jump LLC Preschool 10207 NW Alpenglow Way 503-925-3919

French American International School

Blue Frogs Jump strives to provide a high quality program to have an impact the child’s future.

2-5 years old

An independent school with an internationally focused curriculum.

PreK-8th grade

8500 NW Johnson Street 503-292-7776

BEAVERTON/HILLSBORO German International School 3900 SW Murray Boulevard 503-626-9089

Holy Trinity Catholic School 13755 SW Walker Road 503-644-5748

Little Fruit Farm Montessori 16445 SW Melinda Street, Beaverton 503-521-8603

MSB (Montessori School of Beaverton) 11065 NW Crystal Creek Lane, Beaverton 503-439-1597

St. Cecilia School 12250 SW 5th Street, Beaverton 503-644-2619

St. Matthew School 221 SE Walnut Street, Hillsboro 503-648-2512

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Explore their international program firsthand. Personal tours also available. Please contact admissions@gspdx.org for more information.

PreK-5th grade

Holy Trinity Catholic School offers a quality education rooted in the Gospel message and values.

PreK-8th grade

Supporting children’s natural development, curiosity and exploration. Low student teacher ratios, beautiful home and garden environments.

Toddler-PreK

MSB is where academics come alive, boundaries to success and progress are lifted and children love to learn.

3-12 years old

Academic excellence, state-of-the-art learning centers and technology education leader.

PreK-8th grade

To nurture the heart and mind of every student to live, learn and serve with the compassion of Christ.

PreK-8th grade


OPEN HOUSE GUIDE TUITION

SPECIALIZATION

OPEN HOUSE INFO

WEBSITE

$645-1,495 monthly

Experiential, Play-based, Whole Child, Eclectic

By appointment, please call

bluefrogsjump.com

$14,500-19,150 annually

Language Immersion, Whole Child, International Baccalaureate

November 8, 9am

faispdx.org

$11,200-14,500 annually

Language Immersion, Play-based, International Baccalaureate

October 26, 9-11am January 21, 10-11:30am

gspdx.org

$7,435 annually

Whole Child, Faith-based

January 28, 12-2pm

htsch.org

Please call

Montessori

Please call

littlefruitfarmmontessori.com

$8,510-10,880 annually

Montessori

October 10, 6pm November 3, 8:30am

msb.org

$2,270-7,670 annually

Whole Child, Faith-based

January 21, 10am-12:30pm

stceciliaschool.us

$5,275-7,800 annually

Whole child

November 2 3-4:30pm & 6-7:30pm

stmatthewschoolhillsboro.org

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SCHOOLS SCHOOLS

DESCRIPTION

AGES/GRADES

BEAVERTON/HILLSBORO (continued) Sunshine Montessori School 4845 SW Murray Road 503-644-1466

Providing the Montessori method of education with before and after school care.

2 yrs old- K

Westside Montessori International

“Equipping the Next Generation” through training in the formative years to allow children to reach full potential in adulthood.

6 weeks-6 years old

Individualized to meet the unique developmental needs of children and foster a love of learning.

2.5 years old-K

Artistically educating the whole child. Inspiring gratitude and reverence for humanity, nature and lifelong learning.

PreK-8th grade

Founded in 1972, The Marylhurst School is an independent, progressive education community serving 200 students in preschool through eighth grade.

PreK-8th grade

1870 NW 188th Avenue, Beaverton 971-727-8496

OUTER METRO AREA Cornerstone Montessori Children’s House 31700 NW Commercial St. #580, North Plains 503-647-7402

Swallowtail Waldorf School and Farm 460 S. Heather Street, Cornelius 503-846-0336

The Marylhurst School 1232 Linn Avenue, Oregon City 503-650-0978

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OPEN HOUSE GUIDE TUITION

SPECIALIZATION

OPEN HOUSE INFO

WEBSITE

$875-1,100 monthly

Montessori

Please call

sunshine-montessori.com

$1,000-1,500 monthly

Montessori

Fridays 10am-12pm or call/email for a tour

wmioregon.com

$300-340 monthly

Montessori, Christian

Call for an appointment

montessoricornerstone.com/ Index2.html

$7,300-10,800 annually

Experiential, Waldorf, Farm School

October 19, 5:30-7pm

swallowtailschool.org

$1,430-9,000 annually

Experiential, Play-based, Whole Child, Progressive

November 16, 6-8pm January 27, 10am-1pm

themarylhurstschool.org

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Ready, Set, Go:

by KELLEY GARDINER

5 Steps to Preschool Prep

Preschool is a big step for a lot of kids and their parents, and it can come with anxiety on all sides. With a little preparation, though, you can get through this! “The best skill to hone as a three-year-old,” says Howard Fonda of Montessori School of Beaverton, “is [to] simply [be] a kid – avoid screens, be active and spend time together as a family.” When it’s getting closer to the day you walk in that door to preschool and walk out without your sweet little one, here are some other ways to get ready.

Pretend play together.

Playing school will help your child get used to the idea and work out their worries in a safe place. Lora Worden, librarian at The International School, advises talking about “previous times a child was nervous [to] help show [them] that it’s okay to be nervous and that it’s safe, and even exciting, to try new things.”

Visit the school.

Knowing what to expect helps ward off potential anxiety. Make sure your kiddo gets a tour (or two, or three) of the preschool facility before their first day. You may be able to tag along on tours for prospective families.

Read books about it.

Lisa Sickler from Small Friends School recommends finding a “going to school” book in a series your child already loves. Worden recently read Daniel Kirk’s Keisha Ann Can! to her students: “It’s a fun, positive rhyming text that can help kids think about their strengths and all the things they already know how to do or are learning to do at school.” 28 | NW Kids Magazine

Make a plan for goodbyes.

Kids are all different. Some might run off without saying goodbye, and other might be more hesitant to let go of caregivers (sometimes literally). Either way, talk to your child’s teacher and make a plan. Sickler looks at it as an opportunity for kids “to do something they are uncomfortable with and discover that they are capable of handling it.”

...And resist the urge to rescue. When it’s time to go, say your planned goodbye and leave without drawing it out. You might hear tears as you’re walking away, and that’s normal! Teachers are pros, and they’ve been through this before. Big feelings can happen no matter how much you prepare for preschool, but your child will know they’re safe and loved.

Kelley Gardiner writes winning copy for Portland’s small businesses when she’s not toting her two boys to farmer’s markets and libraries. kelleygardiner.com. Photo credits: Ildiko Arndt Smith for The International School Drum photo: Julie Jacobs for The International School


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PORTLAND GREEK FESTIVAL

Get Out and Play! This month’s local adventures

Oct 6-8

Portland Greek Festival From traditional dancing to cooking demonstrations to imported crafts for sale – this festival has it all. A children’s corner with face painting and activities will keep kids busy, and people of all ages will enjoy the wide array of Greek food on offer. Free, portlandgreekfestival.com

Oct 7

Wrestling “Lucha Libre” Masks / Máscaras de Lucha Libre at the St. Johns Library Ever wanted to create your own Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling mask? Now is your chance! Kids five and up will enjoy designing their very own characters with the inspiration of prominent luchadores. Free, multcolib.org

Oct 9

Going Batty at the Hollywood Library Are bats scary? Or just misunderstood? This free program provides a chance for

school age kids to learn the truth about bats while gaining an understanding of the techniques scientists use to study them. Free, multcolib.org

Oct 13-15

Portland Regional Gem & Mineral Show For those interested in fossils, rocks, gems or beads, this event is not to be missed. With over 45 dealers from across the country, there is plenty to choose from! Children can come for free and enjoy the games and prizes in the “Kids Corner.” $5 (free for kids under 12), portlandregionalgemandmineral.com

Oct 13-15, 20-22 Portland Nursery Apple Tasting

Searching for your new favorite kind of apple or pear? Head over to the Portland Nursery for their annual tasting event. While you’re there you can enjoy live music, free apple cider tasting, a scarecrow show and so much more! Free, portlandnursery.com

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Oct 21

Hillsboro Airport Air Fair In addition to a guided tour of the Hillsboro Airport, attendees will have the chance to try their hands at flying into the airport on a flight simulator. Classic comfort food provided by Retrolicious will be available for purchase onsite as well. Free, bit.ly/HillsboroAirFair2017

Oct 21

Halloween Night Flight: Audubon Society of Portland Get in the Halloween spirit by learning about creatures of the night – from the Great Horned Owl to the Turkey Vulture. Themed crafts and a naturalist-led walk round out this somewhat spooky experience. Free, audubonportland.org

Oct 28-29

Howloween at the Oregon Zoo All the fun of trick-or-treat, plus the thrill and challenge of a scavenger hunt AND learning about wildlife and nature at the zoo – what else could a kid need? Fancy up in their costumed best for this special Halloween event! Free with zoo admission ($9.95-14.95), oregonzoo.org

Looking for more? Check out our online calendar: nwkidsmagazine.com/events

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