Must-Do Holiday Events for Families

By AM Northwest Staff

If you've got kids you have even more reasons to make the holidays a festive time!

Here with a run-down of fun holiday events for the whole family to enjoy was the co-creator of the DVD Guide "Portland at Play", Robyn Taylor Barbon.

Some of her ideas included:

1. Mt. Hood Snow Play
The first flurries of the season have arrived and kids are itching to play in the snow. Head up to Mt Hood this month for skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing -- or just to celebrate the season.  You'll find lots of discounts at Mt Hood Meadows and Skibowl puts on its 20th Annual New Years Extravaganza on New Year's Eve - an awesome fireworks show and skiing/riding until 2 am.  And there's great tubing for the younger kids at Summit, Skibowl and Trillium Lake Sno-Park too.

2. Swimming at North Clackamas Aquatic Park
The weather may be cold outside but the indoor pools around town are still toasty warm! There are terrific pools all over town --like the Southwest Community Center on the west side and Mt. Scott Community Center on the east side, but to make it a real treat for your kids, head to North Clackamas Aquatic Park in Milwaukie.  It's a true indoor water park and they're offering additional holiday break hours throughout the school break. Everyone in the family will enjoy it: they've got a toddler wading pool, fun wave pool, 3 big slides and more.  And now they have a BRAND NEW 29' climbing wall open during their big surf hours right next to the pool (which opened just before Thanksgiving).  And when the kids get hungry they have an on-site cafe.  Don't forget their Dive-in movie series, which will present Santa Claus 3 on Friday Dec 28th.
3. An afternoon or evening at the Theater
With so many family-friendly shows happening around town during the holidays, it's the perfect time to share the gift of theater with your kids. Choices include:
4. The Lights!
So many choices to see the beautiful lights of the season.  Some favorites for families to check out:  
- Zoolights
- The Grotto
- Portland International Raceway
- Peacock Lane
5.  Christmas Ship Parade  Dec. 7 – Dec. 20th 
A spectacular parade of ships -- 55 to 60 each evening on both the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.  And for a memorable way to see the Christmas Ship parade, take a ride on the Willamette Shore Trolley during one of their special holiday runs.  Cookies and cider are served before departure.  Trains leave from Lake Oswego station.
6.  Holiday fun at PB&Ellie's Cafe
This fabulous kids cafe is holding a number of events this month.  Hanukkah just began last night and PB&Ellies' will be holding a Hanukkah celebration tomorrow night at the cafe with storytelling and activities for the kids.  They're also offering Dining with Santa on the 8th and the 10th and a New Years celebration on the 31st from 6-8pm especially for the younger kids.  You can find out all the details on their website.
7. Tuba Christmas. 
This is one of those one of a kind events -- Two hundred tubas playing holiday-themed music is quite something to hear! The event takes place in Pioneer Courthouse Square on December 15th from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and admission is free.

To get more ideas purchase her DVD guide, for more information click here. 


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