The kids and I recently went on a ride on Mount Hood Railroad’s dino train over in Hood River. The dinosaur train is enjoyable for the entire family, but the younger kids will love the event the most. The special event features a train ride, singing, adventure park activities, magic show, snacks and goodies. The dino train is based on the hit PBS Kids Television series, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train. If your kids are fans of the show, now is a good time to take them on the special train ride. The dinosaur train will only be in Hood River for a short time: July 25-27 and August 1-3, and August 8-10.
Earth to Echo opened last weekend. I was not able to attend the screening last week because of my in-laws (I actually call them the outlaws), but I’ve heard Earth to Echo is a good family oriented film. If you have not seen the movie yet, there is still time to catch it at the theater. And thanks to Relativity Media, four readers of my Portland blog can win a plush toy from the Earth to Echo movie.
Fourth of July lands on Friday this year. Isn’t that sweet? Now we can stay up for the fireworks and not have to get up early the next morning to go to work. If you’re planning on watching the fireworks shows in the metro area, check out my list: Portland Oregon Fireworks 2014 (includes nearby cities).
Hey Portlanders! I just want to post a quick note about the Mount Hood Railroad. For the very first time, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train is coming to the Mount Hood Railroad in Hood River, Oregon. Children will get to meet Buddy, the loveable and curious T-Rex, and visit the Nature Tracker’s Adventure Park. There, kids will participate in four challenges designed to earn them stamps on their Game Card to earn a Nature Trackers Membership Card. Challenges include digging for fossils, identifying dinosaur footprints, excavating and a dino-themed craft area. Children (and parents too) will enjoy live entertainment, food and face painting to celebrate their accomplishment. Sounds awesome, right?
There’s an early screening of Earth to Echo on Tuesday (July 1st) at Regal Lloyd Center Theater at 7pm. For your chance to win VIP passes to the advance screening, leave a comment below about your favorite sci-fi film. Each VIP pass is good for two guests. Earth to Echo (Relativity Media), which is rated PG, opens in theaters nationwide on July 2, 2014.
Clip Radio is hiding $5,000 in cash at the Portland Rose Festival. Tomorrow morning (Friday) at 8am, the first clue will be posted to where the money is. Other clues will be posted throughout the day. After the final clue, the $5,000 in cash will be up for grabs. For more information, check out the YouTube video below.
It’s Rose Festival Fleet Week. Unlike last year, ships from the US Navy will be in Portland this year. Yay! Schedules will vary by ship, but the general tour hours are from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Public tours are free, but will be on a first-come basis.
The Rose Festival CityFair opens at 5pm on Friday. The Portland event will be open for three full weekends starting this Memorial Day weekend. Once again, CityFair take place in Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park downtown. There will be midway rides, live music in the RoZone, local beer and tasty treats, exotic animal displays, a wide variety of shopping, and other special attractions. In addition, there will be fireworks on opening night.
Hey, Portlanders. I thought I would share a mobile app today. It’s called Clip Radio. According to the press material, it’s the first and only mobile app that allows listeners to see and listen to what is on any radio station and interact by finding song information, entering a contest, accessing local deals offered during radio ads and more. The app currently only supports stations in the Portland and San Diego metro areas.
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day. That means you and your kids can get a bunch of free comic books this weekend. For those of you who don’t know, Free Comic Book Day is the day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely for free to anyone who comes into their stores. The annual event takes place on the first Saturday in May each year. Continue reading to see the list of comic books stores in the Portland area.