This weekend, the list of of activities that are perfect for your family is as eclectic as our fair city. From exploring the wizarding world to tumbling along with James and the Giant Peach to taking in the magnificence of OMSI’s new LEGO sculpture exhibit, Portland is bringing the fun to a whole new level. Buckle up because your family is in for an interesting and entertaining ride regardless of which events you pick and choose.

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Photo: wiredforlego via Flickr

SE Portland

Gasp at The Art of the Brick at OMSI
You won’t want to miss OMSI’s newest exhibit! Your little LEGO lover will lose it over the world’s larges display of LEGO art every! It feature original pieces of inspiring artworks as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO bricks. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Sign, Sing, & Play with Your Tiny Talker
Don’t miss this sign language, music, and movement class for kiddos ages 9 months to 2.5 years. Each class offers a chance to learn and discover for you and your child. Learn more about your child’s unique development and why certain activities are used in the class to help encourage this development, such as nurturing their imagination, playfulness, problem solving, social skills and musicality. Fri. Event Details.

Enjoy Music, Movement & Signing with Your Talkers
You and your little movers and shakers, ages 2-5, will sing, dance, hear stories and learn some sign language in this lively interactive class. Each class offers a chance to learn and discover for you and your child. Learn more about your child’s unique development and why certain activities are used in the class to help encourage this development, such as nurturing their imagination, playfulness, problem solving, social skills and musicality. Fri. Event Details.

N Portland

Head On Over to KidFest! SportFest!
Don’t miss this exciting Winter Festival offering kids and parents an affordable day of fun and an abundance of entertainment and education. Live Stage Entertainment, Interactive Sports Demos, Inflatable FunZones, GameTruck Video, Laser Tag and Bubble Soccer, Paint Ball Arena, Stunt Jump, Character Appearances by Star Wars, SuperHeros and Disney Princesses, Iron-Kid Chef Competition, Mad Science, Exotic Animals and more. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

NW Portland

Check Out James and the Giant Peach!
Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. You and your little theater goers are sure to enjoy this local play! Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland 

Don’t Miss Wizard World Portland
Wizard World Portland combines the best in pop-culture, movies, TV cosplay, comics, video gaming, collectibles celebrity meet & greets, autographs, photos, Q&A panels and more. For the whole weekend you will have the chance to meet with a variety of celebrities, attend a bunch of panel discussions, and interact with fellow comic enthusiastic. There are also a variety of kid programs happening on Saturday and Sunday including kids costume contest, story time, and dance lessons. Kids 10 and under get in for free. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Try Your Hand at the Free Children’s Golf & Tennis Clinic
Do you have a little athlete that loves to golf or play tennis? If you do, then you don’t want to miss this opportunity for them to get pointers from the pros. Let them get their wiggles out and their sportsmanship on a these free clinics at Glendover. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Join the Rainy Day Family Band
It’s raining, it’s pouring, it’s time to get up and dance! Join The Rainy Day Family with your favorite children’s musicians: The Alphabeticians, Tallulah’s Daddy, Mr. Hoo, Pointed Man Band, and special guest puppets from Penny’s Puppets! Let’s go on an adventure that takes us out of the rain and into our endless imaginations. This show is also sponsored by Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play. Sun. Event Details.

Oregon City

Catch the Museum of the Oregon Territory Grand Re Opening Celebration
There’s reason to celebrate at the grand reopening of the Museum of the Oregon Territory. Check it out with your little historian and experience our new Kaegi Virtual Reality Pharmacy, the interactive Hands-On History Hall, and our revitalized exhibit spaces. Celebration (including a professional Drum Line and cake!) starts at 10:30 am. Sat. Event Details.

Sing Along with Sounds Along the Oregon Trail
Your little historians will love this show! Nancy and Rob Downie play a variety of instruments that were common during the Oregon Trail migration period, including hammered and mountain dulcimers, fiddle, acoustic bass, banjo and Native American flute. Their program features music from the Lewis and Clark era through the Civil War, information on the history of the tunes, and the origin and construction of their instruments. The program ends with a sing­along, and a chance for visitors to see the instruments “up close and personal” and to have a mini-­lesson! Sun. Event Details.

What is one of Portland’s strangest events that your family loves to attend. Share it in the comments section below.

—Annette Benedetti