February may be one of the darkest months of the year in Portland, but the weekend events brighten our beautiful city up with a variety of colorful things to do. This weekend, fill your days and nights with live theater—think Cinderella. Or, get active and brave at the Polar Plunge. If music is your family’s thing, catch a live show hosted by a Rock N Roll Fairy. Intrigued? Read on to find out more.

photo: Oregon Ballet Theatre

Vancouver

Attend Quan Rens Annual Lantern Festival 2019
Experience a Lantern Festival! Welcome year of 猪 the pig! Celebrate the end of Chinese New Year! View hundreds of student made paper lanterns. Solve riddles together in this age old, lively tradition. Enjoy live music with Aram Arslanian. Bring a jacket, bring a smile, it is happening whether the heavens smile upon us or not! All Franklin (English & Mandarin) families and alumni welcome. Bring your neighbors, family and friends! Fri. Event Details.

Attend STEM Adventures
Get ready for a STEM Adventure! This free community event invites children and their parents to Kiddie Academy to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and math through age-appropriate and fun activities. This event is free and open to everyone — bring a friend or two. No skills required. Please RSVP on the Event Website to reserve your spot. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Head to the Mount Scott Big Swim
Join for one of the most favorite MSE events! The Big Swim is a free event that all Mount Scott students and their families are invited to enjoy. Play in the wave pool, on the three slides, in kiddie pool area and on the rock wall at the North Clackamas Aquatic Park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is not a drop off event, parents must stay with their children. Fri. Event Details.

Find Out The Science Behind Pixar
What happens before an animated film reaches the big screen? Find out at The Science Behind Pixar! This interactive exhibit allows you to get hands-on experience with the science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts used by artists and computer scientists to help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. You’ll also hear firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams, and come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E! Sat. Event Details.

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Catch the Cloth Diapering on a Budget Workshop
This is a free workshop for income eligible families interested in cloth diapering their child(ren). Attendees receive great information, resources, and free gently-used cloth diapering supplies. Families receiving WIC, SNAP or other government subsidies are automatically eligible. Babies are welcome. Curious about another great way to reuse and save? Come to this class and learn about cloth diapers as well as reusable menstrual products from a small local business, GladRags! We’ll be talking all about cloth pads and menstrual cups and answering your questions. Each attendee will also get a free cloth pad to take home! Sun. Event Details.

Go See the Rock N Roll Fairy & Friends
Join for a special show with the amazing Wildflower Fairy and her whimsical hooping and performance art! This show is targeted for littles and Elementary school kids. The hosts will be including sing along songs with some favorite cover tunes that are fun for the whole family. Musicians provide an interactive music show for children and families that nourish one’s creative and musical talents. Hands-on instruments and dancing scarves will be available and the performance encourages self expression with call and response music. Diversity is celebrated through multicultural songs and the musicians teach concepts of peace, safety, empathy, and reverence for the Earth through songs.This unique and one of a kind show will facilitate a safe place for communities to interact in a magical experience through music, movement and pure joy. Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Don’t Miss Cinderella
Against the backdrop of Prokofiev’s luscious score, Ben Stevenson’s ballet brings Cinderella to life with both slapstick humor and lush romanticism. Cinderella suffers cruelly at the hands of her step-mother and two step-sisters, and yet is loving enough to offer a poor beggar woman some bread when she knocks at the door. Little does she know that the beggar woman is really her Fairy Godmother, prepared to grant her most fervent wish – to go to the Prince’s ball. Cinderella’s magical night unfolds against the backdrop of gorgeous sets and spirited dancing. But when the clock strikes midnight, Cinderella must make a choice – to tell the Prince who she really is, or return to a life overshadowed by her stepmother’s cruelty. A triumphant tale of courage, hope, wishes … and magic. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Participate in a Polar Plunge 5K 10K Fun RunWalk
Join the Portland for our Sixth Annual Legacy Health/Pacific Source Health Plans 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk! Runners and walkers, lace up you shoes for this exhilarating 5K and 10K race to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes. The route is an out-and-back course on the Marine Drive Trail along the beautiful Columbia River. The race will start and finish on Broughton Beach, the same site as the Portland Polar Plunge. If you are looking for a more extreme form of exhilaration, consider adding a little splash to your dash by doing the 5K or 10K Fun Run/Walk followed by the Polar Plunge! Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Don’t Miss the Bigwig Vegan Donut Pop-up
Save the date! Bigwig Donuts is stopping by Tea Bar Pearl for a tasty pop-up on Sun., from 12-5 p.m. and they’re serving freshly made vegan and gluten-free donuts! Grab a donut date and come say hello! Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

University of Portland Reading Fair
Kappa Delta Pi (the Education Honor Society) and the UP STEM Education and Outreach Center will be hosting a reading fair and family STEM day! Each child will receive one free book upon attendance as well as a day full of discovery in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This free event will encourage students from pre-kindergarten to middle school to explore the world around them through reading and STEM. There will be fun crafts, experiments, and books! Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti