A sweet taste of summer at Staccato Gelato

The 100th Monkey Studio

110 SE 16th Ave

The 100th Monkey Studio’s summer body care workshops let you just say no to tongue-twisting lotion ingredients like methylparabens and phthalates. Each two-hour class teaches you and your aspiring chemist how to make soaps, lotions, and body sprays with natural ingredients—like lavender and coconut oil—that are as easy on the skin as they are to pronounce. —MC




Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals

26385 NW Groveland Dr, Hillsboro

Hollywood might have you convinced that the earth is in constant danger of being body-slammed by a giant asteroid, but any pint-size patron at this Hillsboro museum—called one of the best in the country by Smithsonian magazine—can tell you otherwise. (The really big ones show up only once every million years or so.) They’ll also learn about the world’s largest opal-filled thunder egg, glow-in-the-dark fluorescent minerals, and where to find the best stone souvenirs in the giant rock pile out back. –KC

The Flower Farmer

2512 N Holly St, Canby

If your mini Martha Stewart is wreaking havoc on your garden with her spontaneous centerpieces, point your Subaru toward the Flower Farmer in Canby. Here, flower children can clip their own seasonal blooms with wild abandon. Of course, no trip would be complete without a spin around the 20 acres on the Phoenix & Holly railroad to visit Tilly the mule and Dover the miniature goat. All together now: Old McDonald had a farm … —KC

Staccato Gelato

1540 SE Bybee Blvd;

Whether you’ve been bird-watching in Oaks Bottom or riding the Zoooom Coaster at Oaks Park, nothing seals the deal on a perfect summer day quite like a heaping scoop of gelato. With 18 delicious flavors offered every day—keep an eye out for blackberry, honey tangerine, and strawberry rhubarb—Staccato Gelato is our favorite sweet spot in town. And if your gelato lover’s taste for adventure somehow remains unquenched, the Westmoreland location features a small Moroccan-themed play area complete with a cook set and stacks of classic kids’ books. —RR

Willamette Jetboat Excursions


While mellower types may enjoy observing the Willamette at a leisurely 12 miles per hour from the deck of the Portland Spirit, young adventurers might prefer something a bit, well, faster. Like a jetboat tour, where kids can zip past towering grain ships and through a wall of spray as they race south toward the 40-foot Willamette Falls near Oregon City. You’ll still spot bald eagles and sea lions, but with some humor and plenty of shirt-soaking donuts, the pilots make this outdoor history lesson a splash. —MC

You Who
tickets available at Black Wagon, 3964 N Mississippi Ave

If you hear the Teletubbies theme one more time, Tinky Winky and Dipsy are gonna get it. But what if you and your kid could enjoy the same music? You can. This monthly variety show at the Kennedy School features skits, interactive dancing, stories, sing-a-longs, puppets, and, most important, 45 minutes of kid-friendly, parent-approved live music. Past performers include Quasi and Blitzen Trapper; this month’s guest is the Dandy Warhols. (Don’t worry. The set list probably won’t include their song “Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth.”) BWB

Educational Birds at The Audubon Society

5151 NW Cornell Rd

Each year, the Audubon Society of Portland Wildlife Care Center rehabilitates nearly 2,500 injured wild birds. Many are released, but a few patients who can’t survive in the wild have become permanent residents. Although these majestic birds—seven in all, including a turkey vulture and a northern spotted owl—can no longer soar the skies, their stories still inspire visitors with lessons of stewardship for the environment and the critters who call Portland home. BMB

Casting Ponds at Westmoreland Park

SE McLoughlin Blvd & Bybee Blvd

When your 8-year-old is just learning her way around a fly rod—not to mention a pair of waders—our state’s 55 Wild and Scenic Rivers can seem a bit too wild. Instead, head for the placid water of Westmoreland Park’s casting ponds. Constructed as a WPA project in the 1930s, the banks of this time-honored training ground are dotted with miniature piers ideal for perfecting that roll cast. And with cherry blossoms and sprawling lawns, it’s a fine spot for thumbing through that faded copy of A River Runs Through It. —BMB