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From training wheels to tandem bikes, there’s an event for every tire size at Portland’s Pedalpalooza. At the three-mile “Kidical Mass‚” ride, mom and dad can line up their custom-made Vanilla bikes beside junior’s pimped-out tricycle and pedal through downtown or Southeast Portland. June 11-27;

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
In our music-loving town, even the critters know how to rock. The longest-running outdoor music series in the Northwest kicks off its thirty-first year with performances from Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, the B-52s, and Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang. Bust a move to “Love Shack” and you’ll be the hit of the animal kingdom. June 17, 19, 24;

Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Tryon Creek’s hands-on courses let you brush up on your camping skills without embarrassing yourself in front of the kids. The park offers free Saturday guided hikes with a variety of themes, like ‘Northwest Hiking Essentials’ or ‘Springing Plants.’ Or try the ’Let’s Go Camping’ program, where for $25 a ranger will walk you through each step of the camping process, from raising the tent to lighting a campfire.

Beacon Rock State Park
Just forty miles from Portland, Beacon Rock’s intimate $19 campsites go quickly, but this Washington gem with myriad hiking trails will reward early birds. Short, leafy paths, such as Doetsch Trail (a one-mile loop), hug the Columbia River and are great for tiny legs, while the Hamilton Mountain Trail—a strenuous four-mile hike to the peak’s summit—features a nest of powerful, hair-blowing waterfalls. How’s that for getting in touch with nature?

Lincoln City Kite Festival
Forget high-tech entertainment like the Wii; the simple pleasure of watching fabric ride the wind still gives us the chills, especially if the fabric is a giant multicolored kite in the shape of an octopus. Lincoln City’s Summer Kite Festival brings enormous kites and dexterous flyers—and we’re betting a few ooohs and ahhhs—to Oregon’s central coast for a day of spectacular swoops and dives. June 27-28;