The city is in bloom! So spring is coming early. Celebrate with your family by spending some time together at a local event. Watch giant vehicles fly through the air or maybe a raptor instead. There’s a wide variety of activities that will leave your crew in awe. Read on to find out more.

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Greater Portland Area

Catch the PDX Jazz Festival
The 15th Annual PDX Jazz Festival comes roaring in this month, ready to celebrate past legends and showcase new talent! Over 100 events across 11 days, the amount of toe-tapping, soul-swinging beats will blow your mind. Local Portland star Esperanza Spalding joins in on February 22, or, for free events that won’t keep the kids up too late, check out the new talent at the PSU or Clackamas Student Duets for piano/voice. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Attend Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years
The Oregon Black Pioneers have been working to tell the forgotten stories of the region’s diverse past for years. Their latest exhibit in the Oregon Historical Society focuses on the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s. Using photos from the City of Portland the Oregonian’s archives, the exhibit presents a hard look at the obstacles the Black community of Portland faced, like racist attitudes and policies of exclusion. The exhibit is family friendly and welcomes all ages and backgrounds. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Sauvie Island

Take A Raptor Road Trip on Sauvie Island
Here’s your chance for some super exciting bird watching! Sauvie Island is the winter home of many Bald Eagles, raptors, and hawks. Join Metro and the Portland Audubon Society for a self-guided tour around the island. Guides will be at four locations around the island to help beginner bird-spotters (and don’t worry, even if you can’t find any in the skies you can meet some up-close raptors). And hot drinks and donuts are provided for your Breakfast with the Birds! Spend a day with the hawks! Sat. Event Details.

Downtown

Don’t Miss the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series
Monster Jam Triple Threat Series, the most family-friendly, action-packed motorsport in the world races back to the Moda Center to keep motorsport fans on the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Take the Family Tour at the Portland Art Museum
Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life. Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance. Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger. Sun. Event Details.

Vancouver

Hit BYOB-G (Bring Your Own Board-Game)
Your young game competitor is going to love this event. All Gamers are welcome to bring their family and friends to the BYOB-G (Bring Your Own Board-Game). Free Food will be provided throughout the event. Gamers from beginning to advanced are welcome. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Join Little Chefs: Chicken Nuggets
Bite-sized, tasty, and finger-food friendly – just a few reasons why kids love to munch on nuggets. Sadly, we all know that chicken nuggets can be loaded with preservatives and lack essential nutrients. FInd out how yummy homemade nuggets can be!

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Children ages 5-14 must attend with the supervision of a parent. All children 14 and over must come with parent permission. This class is taught by Chef Jacobsen Valentine and is located at our new workshop kitchen. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Head to the Zymoglyphic Museum
A strange and wonderful peek into an oddball world of delight, this tiny museum houses art exhibits of found objects arranged in surrealistic ways. Strange and quirky dioramas showcase skeletons of imaginary creatures and other curiosities. Kids and families open to a wacky art show of collected nature will love it! You may even be inspired to start your own museum…Sun. Event Details

Attend 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. Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

University of Portland Reading Fair and STEM Day

Kappa Delta Pi (the Education Honor Society) and the UP STEM Education and Outreach Center will be hosting a Reading Fair and 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! Sun. Event Details.

How does your family like to celebrate the beginning of Spring? Share in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti