Kid-friendly events to take you through this weekend — and beyond

Looking for something fun to do this weekend and beyond? Below is a listing of events and activities suitable for — or in support of — children.


March 27 — Springtime astronomy, 7 p.m. at the Hood River Library. With Trout Lake amateur astronomer Jim White. Free and open to all ages. More info at 541-386-2535,, or visit their website at

March 28 — Bird Walk, 9 a.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts. Part of Fine Feathered Friends exhibition activities. With Cathy Flick, Field Biologist. One hour walk. Session limited to 20. Reservations required at reservations required at Donations accepted. More info at 541-387-8877.

Through March 31 — Fine Feathered Friends exhibition at the Columbia Center for the Arts. Bird-inspired art by Ann Fleming, Tom Herrera, Abigail Merickel, David Ryan, Mary Rollins, Kathy Watne, Angela Williamson, Kelsey Mosley, Bill Sturman, Wesley Lawson, Elizabeth See, Meran Ni Cuill, Kim Lindemyer, Linda Steider, Robin Panzer. Info at 541-387-8877.

Through April 12 — Free admission for kids with a paid adult, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum. Special for Oregon and Washington spring break. Through high school. Scavenger hunt, kid craft activities, special kids menu and live raptor shows daily. More info at 541-296-8600 ext. 201 or


March 30 — Turn a Wine Bottle into a Painted Vase, 5-6 p.m. at The History Museum of Hood River Co. Part of “Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine” exhibit. $7; includes viewing exhibit, museum, project supplies and instruction. Preregistration required to ensure supplies, 541-386-6772 or Co-sponsored by Relay for Life, who will receive portion of proceeds.

Story Time at Hood River Library: Baby/Toddler story time and Big Kids story time, 10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings.

Wednesdays through April — Munchkins at the Museum, 10-11 a.m. at the History Museum of Hood River County, 300 E. Marina Drive. $5 for each parent/child pair; $1 for museum members. Each child must have adult present to help with activity. Program teaches letters, numbers, colors, play dough art and history. Preregistration encouraged at 541-386-6772 or email

April 4 — Children’s Safety Fair, 10 a.m. in the front parking lot at Jackson Park. Prelude to annual Easter egg hunt. Fire trucks, Sparky the Fire Dog, bike helmet stickers and free bike helmets, booster seat education, swimming safety, Smokey the Bear, police cruiser.

April 4 — Annual community Easter egg hunt, 11 a.m. at Jackson Park. Sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Fellowship of Churches. Free. Over 8,000 plastic eggs; children 1-10 will also receive an Easter goodie bag. Easter Bunny and photos, music, more.

April 4 — HRVHS Electric Car Race in front of Full Sail. Practice 9:30-10:30 a.m.; race 10:30-noon. Watch 30 Electric cars racing in a Grand Prix open wheel format. 8 student cars and 2 adult cars racing. Come support HRV engineering.


April 10-11, 17-18 — Lions Follies, 7:30 p.m. in the Hood River Middle School Auditorium. Special 2 p.m. matinee April 12. “A Ma and Pa Kettle Story.” General admission $10, $9 presale; call 541-386-2763 or Presented for the Oregon Lions Site and Hearing Foundation.

April 10-12 — Ninth Annual Gorge Artists open studios, 10-6 p.m. Free. 38 artists showing original art. Maps can be downloaded at www. or picked up in Hood River at Columbia Center for the Arts, HR Chamber of Commerce, Waucoma Books and Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, in The Dalles at The Dalles Chamber and Klindts Bookstore, and in White Salmon at The Inn of White Salmon.

April 11 — Tutus and Tyvek Fashion Camp, 10-1 p.m. at HRV High. Students will model creations during the HRVHS Fashion Club spring fashion show April 16. $40; all proceeds to Lila May Schow for expenses related to cancer treatments. For more info or to register, contact Jennifer Furrow at or 541-645-0176.

April 16 — HRVHS Spring Fashion Show, 7 p.m. in the HRVHS Bowe Theater. Fundraiser for Lila May Schow. Tickets $10. Gala Fashion Show Fringe Fashion Camp and Tutus and Tyvek Fashion Camp participants invited, too. For more information or to sign up, contact Jennifer Furrow at or by phone at 541-645-0176.


April 1 — Help stuff over 800 Easter goodie bags with candy, prizes, and stickers and tape together thousands of plastic eggs for the Community Easter egg hunt, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State. The more help the better!

April 7 — Dyslexia support meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Ground Coffee, 12 Oak St. For more info, contact Megan Filiault at 503-209-9638 or columbiagorge@decoding

April 8 — Free car seat check, 11-1 p.m. at HR Fire Station, 1785 Meyer Parkway. Expectant parents, grandparents and parents of children under 4 feet 9 inches are encouraged to attend to have seat installations checked by car seat technician Elizabeth Stillwell. Second Wednesday of each month.

April 8 — Breastfeeding Support Group, 12-1 p.m. at Riverside Church, Fourth and State. Mother-to-mother support led by Columbia Gorge Breastfeeding Coalition and facilitated by a Certified Lactation Consultant. For more info call Jennifer McCauley, RN, IBCLC, 541-387-6344.

Now through May 2 — Little Feet Cooperative Preschool 2015 Plant Sale Fundraiser. Pre-order plants online at Collection May 2, 11-3 p.m. at Westside Elementary parking lot.

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