Here are the highlights of our meal:
My oldest son studied Peru during the past school year. As part of an 'International Festival' he and his classmates chose nations from South America to research. For weeks, my son brought home books and filled pages and page of notes. When the unit was over, he had produced this audio book to share with his peers:
As an extension of this project, I decided we should enjoy a meal at a local Peruvian restaurant. A search of the web led me to Las Primas Peruvian Kitchen. In a bike friendly section of north Portland, this restaurant has a variety of moderately-priced items our family could sink our teeth into. Family friendly and great service - we'll be back to enjoy more soon!
Here are the highlights of our meal:
It was ALL LEGO® - ALL day for us this Saturday!
Here's a few snapshots of the fun activities:
Here's a few of the store's great offerings:
Now, we're home and our our LEGO day continues. I'm sleepily sipping a cup of hot cider (with my feet up) while the boys are busy building with their new bricks. With their new purchases, and the 'mini-set' prizes they received at KIDSFEST, I'm not sure when they'll be ready for bed. Our eight year old keep announcing, "This is such a fun day!"
Who ever imagined that such small bricks could bring such joy and contentment to so many?
Cara and her two boys!
They will be enjoying LEGO® KidsFest in Portland on October 12th with two free tickets generously provided by event organizers.
For others who want to join the fun - you can still purchase tickets at: http://www.legokidsfest.com/portland/tickets.html.
In addition: Here's a link to a discount code for $2 dollars off.
Right now all the sessions are open, but this could change
as sessions will fill as the event date nears. Get your tickets soon!
It turns out that LEGO is the contraction of two Danish words, "leg godt" meaning "play well." With Lego-brick-loving-boys (like Cara and I have), my guess is the event will include just that.
Thank you LEGO®!
Ticket winners will receive two, free admission passes for the Saturday, October 12th, 9am to 1:30pm session.
LEGO KidsFest includes:
To enter the drawing for these two passes--
just leave a comment to this post.
If you’d like additional chances: You can mention this giveaway on your own blog (please provide the link to your post with your comment) or spread the word to your friends and family (as I’ll give you additional chances anytime anyone mentions your name in their own post. Ie..“Jennifer K. told me about this giveaway!”).
The drawing will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18th.
Feel free to email me with questions!
Anyone who knows my boys, knows that LEGO® bricks are hugely popular at our house. They say that children around the world spend
5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO® bricks, and based on how my boys love to build and rebuild their original creations, I'm not surprised. LEGO is a central part of my son's childhood. As a family, we've had the good fortune of visiting several LEGO related places. (Three cheers for LEGOLAND Billund; applause for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago; hoots and hollers for FIRST LEGO League!) Lucky us: Now, I hear that LEGO KidsFest is coming to Oregon!
Here's the official press release for those interested. There are 5 sessions available (4.5 hours in length and each featuring the same exhibits and activities). Tickets are $19 for kids and $21 for adults. All the official information can be found at: www.LEGOKidsFest.com
With 915 million ways to combine six eight-stud LEGO® bricks, this is the perfect opportunity for Oregon boys and girls to continue the fun. Check back here in a few days for more info. and the possibility of FREE tickets for one lucky family!
While you are at the Museum, be sure to visit the Discovery Center on the 3rd floor. There are books, exhibits, costumes, art supplies, and furniture all designed with young museum visitors in mind.
After walking through almost all of the exhibits, my boys were ready for action. My youngest loves a good mummy fact. My oldest, began a portrait of a "young Roman guard" for the wall. I tried my hand at tin-foil sculpture.
For years I’ve heard of Portland’s Eastbank Esplanade, but have never had the pleasure of exploring the 1.5 mile path. Following along the east side of the Willamette River, the Esplanade officially extends from the Hawthorne Bridge to the Steel Bridge. Even better: there are a variety of connection to east-side destinations.
My family recently accessed this amazing bike path from OMSI. After enjoying a few hours of science museum fun, we jumped on our bikes and followed the path all the way to the Portland Saturday Market on the north end of Portland’s Waterfront Park. Highlights included the floating portions of the Esplanade path, crossing the Steel Bridge (on a level completely separate from cars), ice cream cones at Saturday Market, water fountains in Waterfront Park, and (of course) little boys who love to ride!
Here’s a bit of info for out-of-towners like ourselves. Free parking for your car, can be found just south of OMSI near the SE Caruthers Street Portland Spirit and Portland Opera offices. East access to both the Eastbank Esplanade and the Springwater Corridor are available. We rode just a bit of the Corridor near OMSI and found it to be mostly undeveloped. The railroad is on one side and the unmaintained river’s edge is on the other. That currently makes for a feeling of seclusion. The day we were there provided enough traffic that I felt safe – but generally, I would not want to take the path without my husband along for the ride. This was in sharp contrast to the Esplanade which was more open, visible from a distance and heavily in use. I felt very safe, as the path seemed expertly integrated into the urban landscape.
I recommend that all riders bring water, sunscreen, a bike-lock, and money for ice cream along the way. If you don’t have bikes of your own you can transport to the big-city: Never Fear! Kerr Bike Rentals is right along the way and has everything needed to set you up for the day (including tagalongs and bike trailers for wee ones).
Reading about the design and planning involved in this great bike connection (between the two sides of the river), I’m impressed by the undertaking. This project is an amazing model for other communities. The possibilities (and benefits) of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure await!
Thank you to Bike City, USA for a day of great family bike ride and for leading the way.
My Mother’s Day was pure delight.
We enjoyed the first 2012 Sunday Parkway in Portland and discovered a wonderfully delicious breakfast spot in NE Portland.
Helser’s on Alberta first came to my attention when watching Breakfast Special on OPB. After a glowing recommendation, I was eager to try the fare of this local café.
Mother (and children) weren’t disappointed.
Think English muffins,
but better than anything you’ve had from the store shelf.
Smoked Salmon Hash.
The true sign of
a northwest chef
behind the griddle.
Potato Cakes and a Scotch Egg.
A hard boiled egg,
wrapped in sausage,
rolled in panko bread crumbs,
and deep fried = Genius!
_ Oregonians have a true gem in the Oregon Zoo. Two weekends ago, my husband and I took our boys for a full day of spying the 2,000+ animals on display. During the long car ride home our 6 year-old talked non-stop about the cougars. We heard how far they jump; how fast they run; how tall they stand; what they eat; where they sleep; and a detailed description of what makes them so uniquely beautiful. It was 60 minutes of cougar crush confessions. (Side note: I savored every single moment and plan to look back fondly on this car trip one day - when he turns 15 and refuses to talk to me at all.)
Overall, I gave the trip two thumbs up. It was a bit cold and a bit wet, but a true bright spot of family fun. Here are just some of the highlights:
A truck load of snow was brought in just as we arrived on Sunday morning. Layering snow and fish and snow and fish right next to the viewing window for the black bear exhibit, zoo employees provided us with an up-close and personal view of the action.
Who doesn’t like a train ride through the trees and the chance to peek at the elephant yard from another view? Even better: it’s truly Oregon style with a biodiesel engine.
Predators of the Serengeti-
This new, impressive exhibit was perfect for my 9 year-old, as he just completed a school report on these amazing animals. I’ve never before seen such a great cheetah enclosure. Other new learning: hyenas area BIG!
The Oregon Zoo does a great job of presenting informational displays that catch your eye (rather than the standard printed poster that makes your eyes glaze over). This poster amplified the animal sound when you placed the pine cone over each picture. The elementary teacher in me says, "Bravo!"
We visited the elephant house twice: once to see the baby inside, once to see the baby outside. I never tire of how skillfully these animals use their trunks to gather hay. My youngest never tires of the elephant poop jokes. Oh my!
On the Go