Get ready to stroll, roll and run your way through this weekend’s events. Whether you spend your family time celebrating Arbor Day at the zoo, rollerskating with your littlest racers or attending one of the many shows at local theaters around town, you are bound to find yourself feeling worn out and sufficiently entertained by the time Monday comes around. Read on to find out where to spend your fun-time this coming weekend.


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NW Portland

Experience the Awe of Oublie
Grab your young acrobats and attend Oubilé – Secrets of the Music Box. Pendulum Aerial Arts presents its 27th original production Oublié. A circus spectacular based on the classic tragic tale of Anastasia. Oublié shares the story of Anastasia and her memories that she has hidden within a music box. Told through intricate aerial and acrobatic performances, we follow Anastasia on a long journey as she makes her way to a Grand Ball. All along escaping the vengeance of a villain. Made up of our intermediate, professional level students as well as our junior company members. This event will display a year’s worth of dedication and intensive training. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

TrackTown Youth League
Grab your little runners and get them started on the track early. The TrackTown Youth League is a series of 14 free all-comer track meets across Oregon, open to all boys and girls ages 7-14. Events include the 100m, 400m, 1500m, long jump and turbojav. No prior track & field experience is needed! Top finishers will advance to a championship meet at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon held in conjunction with the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships! Sat. Event Details.

TrackTown Youth League
Grab your little runners and get them started on the track early. The TrackTown Youth League is a series of 14 free all-comer track meets across Oregon, open to all boys and girls ages 7-14. Events include the 100m, 400m, 1500m, long jump and turbojav. No prior track & field experience is needed! Top finishers will advance to a championship meet at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon held in conjunction with the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Attend the Mt. Hood Rock Club, Rock and Gem Show
Grab your little naturalists and head to this fun and educational show. 24+ dealers will be selling: minerals, rocks, beads, jewelry, fossils and more. Activities will include: kid’s corner with games and activities; raffle prizes, door prizes and hourly prizes; demonstrations in lapidary a wire wrapping; exhibits of fossils, gems and minerals, lapidary and a silent auction. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Get to the Pop-Up Adventure Playground
Portland Children’s Museum is proud hosting a Pop-Up Adventure Playground, a celebration of child-directed play stocked with different materials (such as cardboard boxes, tape, and string) in their Outdoor Adventure Exhibit. A temporary version of the classic adventure playground model, this create-your-own-adventure play space gently introduces themes of risk and freedom by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to play and create together. Sat. Event Details.

Attend Arbor Day Celebration at the Oregon Zoo
Celebrate Arbor Day at the Oregon Zoo! Visit the Nature Exploration Station to learn about oak trees and the animals that depend on them. Take part in educational activities, videos and talks presented by nature experts from around the region, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Don’t Miss Kids’ Morning Skate
Get your weekend started right with healthy, family fun! This special skating session for kids 10 and younger features kids’ choice music, skate games and activities, a free group lesson taught by a USA Roller Sports certified coach, and a visit from Chipper the Squirrel! Must be wearing skates to be on the skating floor; conventional or Fisher Price skate rental included. One adult (responsible person aged 16 or older) free with a child’s paid admission, additional adults welcome at $6.75 each. NOTE: Cancelled May 20, 2017. Sun. Event Details.

Groove at Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show
Don’t miss this absurdly funny and touching multi-media concert of live songs, stories and animation, performed by award-winning illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor. The live performance will feature material from the Grammy® nominated DVD/CD set “Gustafer Yellowgold’s Dark Pie Concerns” along with plenty of fan favorites from the six previous Gustafer Yellowgold DVD/CD sets. Sun. Event Details. 

Vancouver

Attend Clark College’s Celebracion de mi Gente
Grab your kiddos and get ready for an evening of activities that celebrate both Latino culture and the value of literacy. The festival features arts and crafts, games, dancing, singing, and yummy snacks! Fri. Event Details.

Hillsboro

See the Secret Garden
Take your kiddos to see the timeless tale of a special place where magic, home and love grow! The story comes to live at HART Theatre, when young actors and actresses take to the stage for a performance that with capture your kiddos hearts and imaginations. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

What is your family’s favorite animal to visit at the zoo? Share with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti