Our warehouse and service center is in Portland Oregon. We serve all of the Portland Metro area- Including Oregon and SW Washington.
West Portland – Northwest Portland
Beaverton, Hillsboro, Rock Creek, West Haven – Sylvan, Northwest Heights, St. Johns, Scappoose, St. Helens, Skyline, North Plains, Banks, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston
South Portland - Southwest Portland
SW Portland, Southwest Hills, Raleigh Hills, Multnomah Village, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Metzger, King City, Durham, Tualatin, Sherwood, Newberg, Yamhill, Carlton, McMinneville, Newberg, Dundee, Dayton, St. Paul, Donald, West Linn, Wilsonville.
Northeast Portland – Southeast Portland
NE Portland, N Portland, Maywood Park, Mt. Scott, Gresham, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, Corbett, Damascus, Happy Valley, Sunnyside, Clackamas, Oregon City, Canby, Sandy, Estacada, Beavercreek, Redland, Spring Water, Mulino, Mollalla, Colton, Mt. Hood, Mt Angel, Woodburn Hubbard, Aurora, Gervais.
We Also Serve:
Bend, Corvallis, Albany, Eastern Oregon, Eugene, Klamath Falls, Medford-Ashland, Oregon Coast, Portland, Roseburg, Salem.
Vancouver, WA - SW Washington
Vancouver, Camas, Mill Plain, Camas, Washougal, Five Corners, Orchards, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Ridgefield, Woodland, La Center, Kelso, Longview, Amboy, Kalama, Castle Rock, Centralia, Chehalis, Napavine, Mossyrock, North Bonneville, Stevenson, Goldendale.
Salem – Kiezer – Albany
Four Corners, Brooks, Hayesville, Amity, Willamina, Grand Ronde, Monmouth, Independence, Silverton, Stayton, Turner, Jefferson, Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Brownsville, Sweet Home.
Bend – Redmond
Prineville, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Warm Springs
Eugene – Springfield – Ashland – Medford – Klamath Falls
Salem – Kiezer – Albany
Central - Eastern Washington
Yakima, Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Tri-cities, Spokane, Ellensburg, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Spokane, Spokane Valley, and more.
Post Falls, Coeurd'Alene, Sandpoint, Lewiston, Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Twin Falls
Kids learn in school about prospectors panning for gold during the Gold Rush, but reading about things in books or listening to a teacher talk leaves the kids with an abstract notion of how things were. History comes alive much more vividly when kids get to participate. Experiencing historic activities then makes the children more interested in learning more about history and excited to read or listen to an instructor who is teaching about the subject.
Panning for gold can be a fun activity for school events, fairs, parties, and other events. Kids have fun looking playing in the water, looking for treasure, and learning at the same time. Adults, of course, can enjoy panning for gold too, especially when there is a real treasure to be found.
For educational events, consider combining gold panning with watching one of the many documentary films about the Gold Rush or for fun events play Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent film “the Gold Rush.”
Portland is a beautiful place with lots of green areas. However, there is a reason that the city is so alive with plants, and it isn’t because residents water their lawns. Portland gets a lot of rain throughout the year. The same rain that makes the city such a beautiful place can make planing an outdoor event very challenging. After all, no bride wants to be soaking wet on her wedding day and many a picnic has been ruined by a sudden downpour.
There are certain times of year of course that are less likely to be rainy; however, there is a saying in Portland: “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” It is not unheard of to get precipitation even in the driest times of year.
When planning an outdoor event in Portland, always have a plan in case of rain. Many parks have shelters that you can rent for an event. Some event venues offer both indoor and outdoor spaces. If the venue you have chosen for your event, does not have adequate shelter, you can also rent tents.
Whether or not it rains, outdoor events during winter, fall or spring can get downright cold. A tent or patio heater may be a good solution to help the guests stay warmer during your outdoor event.
Even if your event takes place on a beautiful sunny day, offer tents or other shelter so guests can have shade. Being too hot can be just as uncomfortable as being too cold. On really hot days, a little extra moisture might not be such a bad thing. Consider renting a misting tent so the guests have a place to get cooled down. Water games also provide a fun way for guests to cool off.
While outdoor events are at the mercy of the elements, being prepared can help make sure that any event is a success no matter what the weather may bring.
A recent expo at the Portland Convention Center offered free rides on Thomas the Train for kids. As a result, the place was packed with families. Of course, it did not hurt that the expo was full of model trains either.
For any event to be successful, it has to attract people. If no one turns up to participate in the event, there really isn’t any point in having it. Vendors need to sell their products and services. If there is a charge for admission or ticket fee, someone has to pay.
Attracting families to an event is a great way to increase attendance. After all, it is not unusual for adults to go to activities by themselves. Children, on the other hand, pretty much always travel with a parent or guardian, which at least doubles your attendance. Consider then that many families include more than one child and more than one adult, and your head count increases dramatically. Another great benefit to attracting families to your event is many adults who won’t buy much for themselves have a hard time saying no to their children. For instance, the booths selling Thomas the Train toys at the expo did brisk business throughout the event.
So how do you attract families to your event. If your event is kid friendly to begin with, that helps, but adding kid friendly amenities and attractions is a good way to get families in the door whether or not the event would otherwise be a family function. You can pick attractions that fit your event, like the fishing pond at a recent outdoor show, the Thomas ride at the train show, or pony rides at a horse expo. You can also pick attractions that suit any kids, whether or not they are interested in the theme of your event.
Inflatables are a great family attraction. Kids love bounce houses and slides and if your event is outdoors, large inflatables serve as their own billboards as they are visual from a long distance away. Some events charge extra for kids to play in the inflatables while others include it as an added incentive for families with kids to attend.
Having live entertainers, like clowns, magicians, or musicians is another way to attract families to an event. Some entertainers even provide additional promotional services by contacting their own fans.
Another way to encourage families to attend an event it to offer discounted or free admission for children or family admission packages. Offering coupons is also a good way to encourage families to attend. The Expo Center further encourages people to come in groups by giving car pool discounts for parking cars with three or more people in them.
When advertising your event, be sure to promote your family friendly features. Advertise in family publications and promote the event with fliers and other promotions where families are likely to hear about it. Get your event added to as many calendars of events as you can, such as the online calendars for Metro Parent and NW Kids.