Tuesday, June 14, 2011

O-O-O-O-OK-LAHOMA! right here on the waterfront

Take your sweetie courting this summer the old fashioned way - in a surrey with a fringe on top. These are pedal-powered surreys that you can rent from Kerr Bikes and ride around the waterfront, explore downtown in or or even take for an adventure on Springwater Corridor (picnic optional). There are two surrey sizes, so you can make it a family affair too - little kids love riding in the baskets in front and letting parents do all the work! (Read more in this week's Family Fun review.) You don't even need much sunshine - in fact, cooler weather is welcome on those steep bridge ramps. And unlike Rogers and Hammerstein's surrey, there's no horse poop to clean up afterwards.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

It's U-Pick Time!

Summer ain't summer without fresh-picked berries and cherries. And while New Seasons and farmers markets have luscious offerings, there's no better way to jump into the season than to spend a half-day at one of the area's many u-pick farms. You get fresh air, a little exercise (each hour of reaching and plucking burns away at least a pint of Ben and Jerry's, right?) and the freshest berries possible! And you often pay less for the privelege.

For a roundup of some great berry picking spots around Portland, plus links to produce calendars for greater Portland and Oregon, check out this week's Family Fun review. If you have a favorite spot, send it to me in the comments below.

Happy picking!


Friday, June 3, 2011

Helping families find fun

Great news! Not only is the sun making its first center-stage appearance in Portland in what seems like 30 years, I've just signed on as Metro Parent magazine's Family Fun editor, which means I'll be posting weekly reviews for them on fun events and adventures of all types. I'll notify you here when new stories are posted, so you can stay current without having to check back on your own. Let me know in the comments box if you have any great ideas for places to review.

Check out this week's review on the Starlight Parade, which is this Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Metro Parent Family Fun pages