Spring is around the corner! Can you smell it? We bet you can feel it. The flowers are blooming, animals are migrating north, and everything is coming to life. We’ve come up with a list of 10 activities you and your adventurous family can enjoy as you celebrate the coming of spring. Scroll through the list, grab your rain gear, and head out for an adventure.

photo: Mia Battaglia via flickr

Spend an Afternoon at the Theater.
From March 3rd through 25th you can watch the story of Cassius Clay, known to many as Muhammad Ali. This play, put on by the Oregon Children’s Theater, tells the story of how 12-year-old Cassius becomes one of the greatest boxers and civil rights advocates of our time. The play is written by award-winning playwright, Idris Goodwin and is a must see! Recommended for kids ages 8 and up.

Mar. 3–25
Sat., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Winningstad Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
Ticket Prices: $14-$28
Online: octc.org

Watch a Live Action Animation at the Kids Film Festival
This year the festival will be held from March 2-4 at two separate locations. You can catch the fun at both The Hollywood Theatre and The Clinton Street Theatre. This year’s lineup will include animated and live action films appropriate for kids ages 3-15.


March 2-4
Cost: $4 per screening
Ages: 3-15 and their families

The Hollywood Theatre and The Clinton Street Theatre
Online: pdxkidsfilmfest.com

photo: PDX Kids Film Festival 

Become a Part of the Timbers Army
If you are a family of passionate soccer players add your voice to the thousands of Timber Army fanatics! Learn the songs, wave the scarves, and throw the confetti! The season officially starts on March 4th with the first home game on April 14th. Until then find another family of Timber fans and make it a home party!

Providence Park
1844 SW Morrison St.
Online: timbers.com

Take the Kids to Omsi
Did you know that the first Sunday of every month is $2 at Omsi?! That’s right! Just $2 a person to explore the museum and all permanent exhibits. The Submarine Tours, Theater, and Planetarium shows are also reduced to $5 per person. Mark the calendar for March 4th and plan to get there early!

1945 SE Water Ave
Online: Omsi.edu

Visit the Children’s Book Section at Powell’s
Portland is the home of the world’s largest independent bookstore and we should all take advantage of this book mecca. If you have the time in your day make a special trip to the downtown flagship store, grab a coffee for you and hot chocolate for the littles, and sit in the children’s section reading books! They have a full calendar of events but you may want to clear away some time on Saturday March 3rd at 11:30 a.m. for a special kids Storytime to celebrate Dr. Suess.

Click here for all the locations.
Online: powells.com

Visit the Tulip Festival
From March 23rd until April 29th at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm you can enjoy the annual Tulip Festival! There will be hay rides, trains, slides, delicious food, and plenty of photo opportunities for the whole family. Tulips of every color and size are scattered throughout the farm. It’s basically a dream come true. There are over 40 acres of farmland to explore and enjoy. Breathe in the fresh air, admire the flowers, and take lots of pictures! Pro tip: arrive early to beat the crowds!

33814 S. Meridian Rd.
Online:  woodenshoe.com

photo: Douglas Sprott via flickr

St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamins
McMenamins welcomes all ages to their annual Irish celebrations! Lots of Locations across the state will be participating so be sure to check out the calendar. Entertainments include free live Celtic music, Irish dancing, roving bagpipers, balloon twisters, face painters and leprechauns handing out candy. If you’re in Portland head on over to the Kennedy School for The Murray Irish Dancers from 3-5 p.m.

Fri., Mar. 16
Times vary by location. See website for schedules.

Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave.
Online: mcmenamins.com

Find Whale Tails at the Coast
Did you know that whale watching takes place year-round on the Oregon Coast? During certain times of year thousands of gray whales migrate past your view to and from the waters of Mexico and Alaska. You never know when you’ll get the joy of seeing one. In the winter there are nearly 20,000 gray whales traveling south. And then of course in the spring, beginning at the end of March they begin their journey back north. The park staff at Depoe Bay are ready to answer your kids’ questions and help point out the gentle behemoths. Species include humpbacks, orcas, dolphins, porpoise, and even blue whales can be seen!
Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center

119 US-101
Depoe Bay
Online: oregonstateparks.org

Photo: Michael Dawes via Flickr

Jump in on the Shamrock Stride
On Sunday March 18th over 30,000 people are expected to participate in the 40th edition of the Shamrock run! You can choose between a 5k, 8k, 15k, half marathon run. Not a runner? You’re in luck! You can walk in the Shamrock Stride. The Shamrock Stride is a stroller and dog-friendly 5k fitness walk. You can expect incredible city views and a river walk including the

Tilijum Crossing and Steel Bridges.All ages can get in on the action in the 5k and 8k runs as well as the walk.15k and half marathon are only open to ages 13 and older. For shorter legs (ages 3-12), there’s also the Leprechaun Lap, a 1k (0.6-mile) run/walk.
For the 5K, 8K, and Shamrock Stride:

Adults (Individual entry) — $44 per person
Children (ages 3 through 12) — $15 per child
Children under age 3 are FREE, but do not receive a T-shirt

For the Leprechaun Lap – Kids ages 3-12 – $15 per child

All the courses start at Waterfront Park near SW Oak and Naito Parkway and run through the center of downtown
Online: motivrunning.com

photo: Albert Mock via flickr

Go Wild at the Zoo
Each month on the second Tuesday you can enjoy the Zoo at a fraction of the cost. That means on March 13th from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can come see the animals for $5 per person. If you aren’t able to make it on the 13th mark your calendar for March 31 instead. The Oregon Zoo invites you to welcome spring with egg hunts, activities, and bunnies. It’s time for the Rabbit Romp. This experience is geared for kids 10 and under and features egg hunts every 10-15 minutes between 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids should bring their own basket. After the egg hunts head over to the family farm to pet the animals! This experience is free with zoo admission.

4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Online: oregonzoo.org

What’s your favorite March event? Tell us in the comments below!

—Elissa Cirignotta


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