Young & Restless

Kid-friendly activities that you’ll enjoy too.

Science and Learning Center Winter Reopening Celebration

As winter approaches, visitors may be looking for things to do on the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Mount St. Helens Institute is hosting an event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, to mark the winter reopening of the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater. Beginning Nov. 4, visitors to Mount St. Helens can explore the Science and Learning Center on weekends while the Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed for the winter season. The event features live music by Raeann Phillips, art workshops with biologist and artist Natalie Tonn, Forest Service Ranger talks, volcano and winter themed crafts, a Mount St. Helens photo booth, lunch on-site, a gift shop, and more. A full schedule is available at A $10 suggested donation includes lunch and all activities.

The Science and Learning Center is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through mid-May, when the Johnston Ridge Observatory reopens for the summer. Visitors to the Science and Learning Center during winter can enjoy a hike or snowshoe on nearby trails around the monument, watch two films about the 1980 eruption, pick up a souvenir at the gift shop, and learn fascinating facts from employees and volunteers who love sharing information about this special landscape.

Creature Feature at the Mall

Prepare yourself for an amazing reptile adventure from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at The Mall Library Connection. Hear a gecko bark. See a cobra hood. Pet a snake (but maybe not a cobra). Learn about these and other incredible scaly, slithery, cold-blooded creatures—and touch or hold a few of them, if you’re brave enough!

The Mall Library Connection is located inside Vancouver Mall, downstairs near JCPenney, in Suite 285. This program is absolutely free and all ages are welcome to attend. No registration is necessary—just bring yourselves and your curiosity! For more information, call The Mall Library Connection at 360-906-5000 or visit You can also keep up to date with new activities at The Mall Library Connection by following them on Facebook at Vancouver Mall is located at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive in Vancouver.

Wine & Chocolate Festival in Ridgefield

Ridgefield’s First Saturday just got a little more delicious! On Saturday, Nov. 4, downtown Ridgefield and the SW Washington Wine Association are partnering to host a Wine & Chocolate Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Overlook Park. Sip delicious local wines paired with decadent chocolate treats—or buy a bottle of wine to take home. The wine-tasting event will be held under a heated tent with live music and ample seating, hot food, and local vendors. This 21-and-over gala is $10 to enter, and the fee includes a wine glass plus three tasting tokens. Additional tokens are $1 each. The first 300 guests will receive a hand-painted wine glass created especially for this occasion. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance online at Eventbrite.

Featured wineries include Emanar Cellars, English Estate Winery, Heisen House Vineyards, Burnt Bridge CellarsOlequa Cellars, Rezabek Vineyards, Stavalaura Vineyards, and Confluence Vineyard and Winery. Chocolate goodies to tempt you include artisan Moonstruck chocolate from Blue Heron Floral, chocolate cake bombs and chocolate dipped biscotti by Killabites, chocolate sourdough bread by Bakerchic’s, and all kinds of chocolate and chocolate foods from local chocolatiers and food vendors. While you sip and nibble, you can enjoy live music from Justin Sheehy and Faisal & Mitch.

If you’ve got kids, no worries! Downtown Ridgefield businesses will be open and offering sales and specials throughout town, and you can also browse the wares of Ridgefield Farmers Market vendors. The Old Liberty Theater will be hosting a Chocolate Bar featuring chocolate treats and hot cocoa. Merchants will offer chocolate tastings, and wine- and chocolate-based products. If you’re feeling expressive, write it on the Gratitude Graffiti display! And all ages are welcome to visit the Chickadee Arts & Crafts Bazaar at the Ridgefield Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—complete with a Gingerbread House Contest!—sponsored by the Ridgefield Art Association. There will be non-alcoholic wine tasting, arts and crafts sales by local artisans, and free chocolate samples.

Halloween Hangar Party

Try something new for Halloween and come to an aviation harvest party at the Pearson Field Education Center! The free, family-friendly Halloween Hanger event is happening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Halloween night, Tuesday, Oct. 31. This is a one-stop evening of good ghoulish fun, hands-on activities, candy bags and party favors—plus plenty of open cockpit action where kids can experience what it’s like to be in the pilot’s seat. There’s no registration necessary, no charge or admission fee, and everyone is welcome. Best of all: no matter what the weather, it’s warm and dry inside the hangar!

Here’s what you can look forward to: making whirly-gigs and watching them dance in the vertical wind tunnel, building a glider or balloon-powered car, playing games for candy and favors, playing the remote control plane program on the large-screen TV, and experiencing the fun of flying in the flight simulator lab. (You can’t get THAT while trick-or-treating in your neighborhood!)

All kids will receive a candy bag, while supplies last. Young people ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve St. in Vancouver, near Fort Vancouver. The Pearson Hanger will also be open as usual for the Open Saturday program. For more details, call 360-992-1815.

Bootacular Halloween at Van Mall

What’s one of the best places to be on Halloween night in Vancouver? The Vancouver Mall, of course! Every year, the mall hosts a “Bootacular” Halloween party with safe, indoor trick-or-treating for kids (and fun for grown-ups, too!). Bring your little Frankensteins and baby boos to the Vancouver Mall between 5 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, for more candy than you can shake a pitchfork at.

Trick-or-treating is encouraged for kids up to age 12. Not every store is participating in the trick-or-treating event, but you’ll know which ones are getting in the “spirit” of the season by looking for the Bootacular Trick-or-Treat sign at the door, or on the kiosk. After everyone has filled his or her (or its?) bags with goodies, there will be Halloween-themed games and crafts on lower level of the Mall’s H&M Court.

The Vancouver Mall is located at 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive. Candy is available while supplies last. For more information, visit

Thankful for Pie in Downtown Camas

Who doesn’t love pie? (If you don’t, maybe you just haven’t found your PPP–Personal Pie Profile.) Whether you prefer pumpkin, apple, or pecan—or caramel apple, rhubarb, cherry, blueberry, marionberry, coconut cream, chocolate cream, banana cream, French silk, Key lime, peach, or lemon meringue—we can all agree that pie is something worth celebrating. From 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3, Downtown Camas will be just the place to celebrate with its family-friendly “Thankful for Pie,” event. Sample all kinds of pies, enjoy after-hours holiday shopping, art shows, kids’ crafts and painting, and activities designed to get you thinking about what makes you feel grateful—just in time for Thanksgiving! Here’s what you can expect:

  • Pie tastings in participating businesses–vote for your favorite pie and be entered to win pies and prizes from the merchants
  • Pie Walk Dance Party starting at 7 p.m. in Journey Community Church—win a delicious pie or other treats
  • Pie raffle with the Downtown Camas Association
  • Kids’ autumn crafts and painting with The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party
  • Gratitude Leaves—pick up paper leaves in participating locations, write one thing you are thankful for on each leaf, and add your leaves to the Community Gratitude Branch. Each leaf earns you a ticket to win autumn prizes or pies!
  • Art shows at Camas Gallery, Second Story Gallery, and Attic Gallery

First Fridays are themed family-friendly art, activity, dining, and after-hours shopping events coordinated by the Downtown Camas Association each month of the year to support the downtown area and bring the community together. For more information, visit and

Halloween at the Scaregrounds

This is the last weekend for Halloween at the Scaregrounds (also known as the Clark County Event Center). It’ll be open every day from now through Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31. There are different Halloween Haunts for various ages. The haunted attractions open at 7 p.m., and the ticket booth closes at 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. on Oct. 27 and 28. This scare-iffic event features haunted houses, carnival rides and games, all-ages attractions and special events, dozens of midway vendors, food and dining options, and walk-around characters.

There’s also Kids’ Trick-or-Treat Day from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $8. There will be trick-or-treat stations, Halloween games, a bounce house, Halloween-themed crafts, pumpkin carving, kid-friendly spooky characters, food and retail vendors, and more. Rides at the carnival include Starship Exodus, Ali Baba, Hi-Jacker, Berry Go Round, Rainier Ferris Wheel, and the Mini Pirate Ship. Single ride tickets are $5 and unlimited ride wristbands are $12. (Admission to the Scaregrounds does not include the carnival.)

Admission is $25 for adults and $18 for kids ages 12 and under. A Speed Demon Wristband is an additional $13, and allows you to skip to the front of the lines, and an additional $10 will give you access to all the side attractions. Tickets are available online by clicking here: Parking is free! For more information, email, call 503-807-3322, or visit

Halloween Block Party at The Mill

The Mill—the trendy shopping and dining destination in central Vancouver, formerly known as Garrison Square—will host a Halloween Block Party on Sunday, Oct. 29, from noon to 5 p.m. This will be a free event open to the public to enjoy! Family-friendly activities include giveaways, a bounce house for kids, face painting, delicious bites from Rally Pizza and Smokehouse Provisions, and a photo opp with Rojo the Llama. Come dressed up in your Halloween costume and enjoy treats (no tricks!) from the many fine businesses located in The Mill. Try some of Rally’s frozen custard, boozy shakes, and wood-fired pizzas, or some of Smokehouse’s bacon molasses cornbread, beef brisket, pulled pork, and spareribs.

NW Wine Distributors will also be hosting a wine tasting with local Washington wines and Ben’s Bottle Shop will be selling beer and offering free tastings for imbibers. You’ll also want to visit the locally legendary Pines Coffee and sample one (or more) of their many housemade spiced coffee and tea drinks, like the Fort Vancouver (coconut caramel and dark chocolate), Mount St. Helens (smokey Ancho chiles, cayenne pepper, and dark chocolate), or Lodgepole Pine (juniper berry, pine, and orange).

The Mill is located at 7950 E. Mill Plain Boulevard where it intersects with Garrison Road. Ample free parking is available in the large lot.

Booville Family Halloween Party

Enjoy indoor trick-or-treating, a kids’ costume contest, spooky story time, and arts and crafts at Booville, a spooktacular (and free!) Halloween event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marshall/Luepke Community Center. Booville will feature lots of safe, supervised children’s activities that will be enjoyable for the whole family. There will be games an prizes provided by iQ Credit Union, Waste Connections, Soccer Shots, Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry, Yoder Chiropractic, Vancouver Parks and Recreation, and many more community partners. Young and old will be treated to story time from some of Vancouver’s best storytellers, such as Vancouver’s First Citizen and community historian Pat Jollota and and Jim Mains of High Five Media.

This event is completely free and no registration is necessary. Come in costume—grown-ups, too! Mashall/Luepke Community Center is located at 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. in Vancouver and ample free parking is available in the adjacent parking lot.

Headless Horseman Train Ride

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is operating its annual Headless Horseman train excursions on Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29. There will be complimentary candy, hot cocoa, coffee, and a haystack full of goodies for the kids—who are welcome to come in costume! The run will be on a steam train, through a 330-foot solid rock tunnel to the Heisson area with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls, where the Headless Horseman has recently been spotted.

Because of this event’s popularity, the folks at Chelatchie Prairie Railroad (all of whom have their own heads) have added one extra train ride on each day. The trains will depart at 9:30 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m. from the train station in Yacolt. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to allow sufficient time to pick up your tickets and board the train. Advance reservations are recommended.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for those aged 60 or better, $15 ages for ages five through 12, $13 for ages two to four, and little pumpkins under age two are free. The Yacolt station is located at 207 N. Railroad Ave, just south of Yacolt Road. Parking is available on the North side of Yacolt Road, west of the train tracks. For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit or call 360-686-3559.

Halloween Harvest Party at Camas Meadows

Camas Meadows Golf Club is hosting its third annual Halloween Harvest Party starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. The free, family-friendly party features a Halloween costume contest with prizes, games, a cake walk, trick-or-treating, pumpkin putting, giveaways, and more. All kids (younger and older) and their families are welcome. Fall beverages for both juniors and adults will be served. Prizes will be awarded in the costume contest and the Grand Prize winner (see below) will be announced at 4:30 p.m.

Those who complete the Harvest Punchcard before 4:30 p.m. will be entered in a drawing to win either a $100 Camas Meadows Golf Shop credit toward a set of youth golf clubs or a complimentary pizza party at Camas Meadows for up to 25 people. For more information, visit the Camas Meadows website at or follow them on Facebook. Camas Meadows is located at 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive in Camas.

Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival

Local families are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and receive a free pumpkin at the annual Downtown Washougal Pumpkin Harvest Festival from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, in Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main St.  The event has moved from its usual Wednesday afternoon to Saturday in hopes this will be a more convenient time for families. The event, which is completely free and open to everyone, will take place rain or shine.

More than 300 pumpkins will be harvested from Washougal’s city garden plot behind City Hall for the event. An additional 800-900 pumpkins will be purchased with a generous donation from Columbia River Realty. All pumpkins will be handed out free, one per child, while supplies last. There will be games and activities in Reflection Plaza, and downtown merchants will have candy on hand as part of the popular “Halloween Hunt.” The event will also feature carnival games run by student volunteers, balloon animal makers sponsored by IQ Credit Union, apples donated by Washougal Family Dental, popcorn from the Washougal Fire Department, a selfie station, and more.

Second grade students from Gause Elementary planted the pumpkin seeds last spring during a field trip to City Hall and the seeds were donated by Washougal True Value. Representatives from the Washougal Library, City of Washougal, Unite Washougal, Downtown Washougal Association, Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance, and Washougal Round Table each cared for a portion of the patch to ensure a bountiful harvest of pumpkins for the event.

Halloween Fun Fest & Fright Night

Battle Ground’s 36th annual Halloween Fun Fest & Fright Night will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on the evening of Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31. There will be Safe Trick-or-Treating on Trick or Treat Street for your little monsters, a scarecrow contest, a coloring contest for ages two through 12, and a costume contest for kids and dogs. Prizes will be awarded to kids with the most creative costumes in two age groups: ages 10 and under and ages 11 and up, plus an award for the most creative dog costume (…so get ready for cute overload). The costume contest will take place at 5 p.m. at the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce, located at 317 E. Main Street.

Safe Trick-or-Treating will be held all along Main Street, east of SR503. Look for the stores with the jack o’lantern in the window to know where to get candy! Instead of trick-or-treating, you could go Trunk-or-Treating: decorate your car, come in costume, and hand out candy from your trunk; call 360-687-1510 to get your assigned parking spot. Ribbons will be awarded to the best-decorated car. There will also be a Fright Night party at the Battle Ground Community Center with games, prizes, and more tricks and treats. For more details, visit the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce website at

Boo Bash Trick-or-Treat

Boo Bash! Trick or Treat is a Halloween tradition in downtown Camas, held from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before Halloween every year. This year, Boo Bash will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and you’re invited to add your “Boo!” to Camas’ bash. Come in costume but be prepared for the whatever the weather might do (rain is always a possibility) and bring jumbo-sized buckets, pillowcases, or maybe a wheelbarrow to hold all the candy you’ll get. Pretty much every single store in downtown Camas will be open and handing out candy and Halloween-themed goodies to the crowds who are expected to throng the streets, forming a candy-fueled conga line up and down N.E. Fourth Ave.. About 3,000 people came last year, and this year is expected to be another record turn-out!

Fourth Ave. from Adams to Franklin and side streets from Third to Fifth will be closed for the event to ensure children’s safety. Please no bikes, skateboards, or scooters. Parents, please provide supervision when crossing streets! We want our little ghosts and goblins, superheroes and storybook characters, pirates and princesses to stay safe.

After you’re done with your boo-bashing, stick around and have a warming coffee or hot cocoa at Caffe Piccolo, grab a bite to eat at Mill City Brew Works, Nuestra Mesa, or The Sushi Joint 2. If you need some extra carbs to go with your sugar, sample the Halloween treats at Cake Happy. Click here for a walking map of downtown Camas to help you plan your visit.

Aviation Explorers Open House

The Pearson Field Education Center, in partnership with Cascadia Technical Academy and The Historic Trust, will host an open house for prospective Aviation Explorers from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 21. Aviation Explorers is a hands-on program open to young men and women from 14 to 20 years old who have an interest in learning more about careers in aviation. Parents are also invited to attend and learn about the program. Hot dogs and snacks will be provided.

Explorers meet on the first and third Saturdays every month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Meetings incorporate activities, field trips, and interactions with aviation professionals, exposing youth to potential careers in aviation. Explorers is also a leadership development forum, in which participating youth assume governance roles and determine the goals and direction of the group. Aviation Explorers will experience firsthand what it’s like to be a pilot, aircraft mechanic, aerospace engineer, flight attendant or air traffic controller. They will visit airports, observe flight operations, and experience flying. Participants will learn about the educational requirements and receive tangible advice on steps to take now to prepare for a successful career in the field of aviation.

There is no charge to attend the initial meeting. If your child decides to join, the annual dues are $27. Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve St. in Vancouver. For more information about Aviation Explorers, contact Garrett Schmidt at 360-992-1818 or, or go to the Facebook page @Aviation Explorer Post 1905.

The Pearson Field Education Center is a program of The Historic Trust, a 501c3 nonprofit since 1998. Pearson Field Education Center delivers experiential, aviation-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for youth. It is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for youth and families to enjoy free activities such as glider building, flight simulation, and other educational aviation fun. For more information about Pearson Field Education Center, visit or call 360-992-1815. For more information about The Historic Trust, visit or call 360-992-1800.

SW WA Tamale Festival


The Southwest Washington Tamale Festival is coming to downtown Washougal from 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. Presented by the Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens, the family-friendly event will celebrate the richness of Latino culture and is free and open to the public.

The event will feature tamale contests for two groups: restaurants, caterers, and food trucks (“Professionals”) and individuals with their own family recipes (“Homestyle”). Entries will be judged in three categories; meat, no meat/vegetarian and sweet/dessert. Winners will be determined based on taste, technique, appearance and overall quality. Prizes will be awarded for the winning entries. For contest rules and entry form, go to the event website at

Beyond the tamale contest, the event will offer a craft area for kids, tamale making demonstrations from 2 to 3 p.m., food vendors featuring food with a Latino flair, a beer garden, local craft vendors, music and dancing. Entertainment will include Gerardo and Nekla Calderon and their “Leyendas de Mexico” show at 3 p.m., Hudson’s Bay High School Las Bonitas y Los Caballero’s Ballet Folkloric at 4:30 p.m. and Son de Cuba Quartette at 6 p.m.

Proceeds and donations collected from event will support future scholarship stipends for local youth. For more information, contact the festival at

Haunted Happenings at the Camas Library

October at the Camas Public Library is filled with frighteningly fun and fabulously free things to do for little ghouls and goblins—and grown-up witches and warlocks too! (Also girls, boys, moms and dads—the Camas Library is equally welcoming to both humans and monsters!) All month long, you can join the Great Jack 0′ Lantern Hunt (that is, you can guess from photographs where in the library the Great Jack ‘o Lantern has appeared). But there’s loads more spooky happenings, like:

  • Paper Sugar Skulls craft event for teens from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24
  • Boo Bash trick-or-treating at the library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 (mostly little kids & parents)
  • BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) decorating event from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 (all ages)
  • Spooky Stories for young kids & parents at 6:30 p.m., followed by crafts at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Haunted Library experience for older kids, teens, and adventurous adults at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28

All events at the Camas Library are free and no registration is necessary. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, visit, or call 360-834-4692.

Owls & Bats at the Water Center

Clark County’s Green Neighbors Program is celebrating its fifth anniversary from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

The featured speaker is John Prucich, a wildlife biologist, conservationist and licensed falconer known as The Falconer. He will explain the difference between nocturnal and diurnal animals and bring in live owls and other animals that hunt in the night. He will discuss their diets, ability to fly with barely a sound, and conservation efforts that can help ensure these animals have a future. Guests will learn what owls eat by comparing the bones, skulls and teeth found in owl pellets to charts and pictures. They will discover the less scary side of bats—heroes of the night that eat insects, spread seeds and pollinate plants.

Clark County’s Green Neighbors program helps citizens create a sustainable lifestyle. The program promotes green living through a variety of community events such as the Natural Garden Tour, Wastebusters, and the Recycled Arts Festival. To stay up to date on green tips and local events, sign up for the Green Neighbors newsletter at

Mask Making Contest at Vancouver Art Space

Calling all goblins, ghoulies, super-heroes, princesses, warriors and Other Beings, ages five to 12: the Vancouver Art Space, #206 at the Vancouver Mall, invites you to “The Most Amazingly Creative Halloween Mask Event,” where you will decorate a one-of-a-kind mask to wear on Halloween. Halloween music and surprises are in store for event participants. 

Your mask will be displayed (if you’d like) at the Vancouver Mall during the week before Halloween. There will be valuable prizes from the Vancouver Art Space for first, second, and third place winners…and visitors to the Vancouver Mall will have a chance to vote for a prize-winning People’s Choice Award.

Open spots are limited, so your parent should register you for one of the event times offered between Saturday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 21. You’ll have up to one and a half hours to decorate your mask, and your parent will be your Earthly Helper. You must bring your parent to attend. The cost to decorate a mask is $8.

For selection of special prize winners, a panel of judges will take into account your child’s age-appropriate level of skill. Other criteria include creativity, most effective choice of materials (all materials are supplied by Vancouver Art Space), and quality of production.

Visit for details and to register for the event, or call 360787-8772. The Vancouver Art Space offers classes and workshops in a variety of media, and is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Above image: a sample mask from Vancouver Art Space

Fall Leaves Steam Train

What’s the best way to see the North Bank’s glorious autumn foliage? From a train, of course! The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will operate its Fall Leaves Special train rides this weekend, departing at noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15. With the leaves just beginning to show off their fall finery and a slight crispness in the air, this train ride will offer you moving views of north Clark County’s most beautiful countryside. This will be a steam engine excursion through a 330-foot solid rock tunnel to the Heisson area with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls.

All trains depart from the train station in Yacolt. Passengers should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure to allow sufficient time to pick up your tickets and board the train. Tickets for the steam train are $20 for adults, $19 for those aged 60 and better, $15 for children ages five to 11, and $13 for little ones ages two to four. Children under two years old are free. For more information, reservations, and directions to the train station, visit or call 360-686-3559.