Winter days may feel like they are drawing long, but don’t despair. Portland has been cooking up some fantastic family events that will keep the kids smiling until spring arrives. Enjoy Dr. Seuss and live theater. Go on a tour by lantern. Or, get splashy for Free! Read on for the details below.

photo: Tim Pierce via Flickr

Beaverton

Head to Free Open Swim
Experience your THPRD pools! Head to Beaverton Swim Center and get splashy during their free open swim. It’s the perfect way to kick the winter blues. Fri. Event Details.

Hillsboro

Experience Inclusive Storytime
Limited to 15 children, ages 3-5, and their parents and caregivers. Kids with varying learning styles and abilities come together in a safe and supportive environment. Children who may need visual/communication supports, a more predictable routine, or adapted materials due to a motor impairment are welcome. Pre-register at mpebly@pdx.edu. Fri. Event Details.

Vancouver 

Check Out Skyview High School Presents Seussical
The Skyview High School combined Departments of Performing Arts announced thier production of “Seussical™”, a magical and charming musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens (book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty).

“Seussical™ premiered on Broadway in 2000, earning four Tony nominations. Thier production of Seussical™ will have six performances at the Skyview High School Auditorium. Activities for children (and fun loving adults) will take place in the lobby before the show and during intermission! Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Go on a Lantern Tours: an Evening at the FortAn Evening at the Fort take place inside the Fort Vancouver stockade. Participants are treated to historical vignettes in several buildings as a park ranger guides them through the reconstructed fort. These vignettes transport the visitor back in time to exhibit what life was like at Fort Vancouver in the 1840s. Sat & Sun. Event Details.

Downtown

Dont’ Miss Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
The story of when rat met hat! Wilbur the Naked Mole Rat was just like all the other naked mole rats – naked – until the day an ordinary hat falls into his tunnel. Wilbur dares to try it on and his life changes forever! But his au naturel friends think he’s crazy and pressure him to give up his clothes-wearing ways. From three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems, this cheeky musical shows that individualism can, and should, be worn proudly! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

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Attend Free Pre-Ballet Series
The Portland Ballet presents a series of free ballet classes in January for ages 6-9! These three commitment-free classes introduce young dancers to the fundamentals of ballet and help them decide if ballet is right for them. We welcome all new dancers! The classes develop motor skills, creativity, confidence, social skills, balance, flexibility and give students the foundations of and an appreciation for dance. The final class acts as a placement assessment for our Curriculum Ballet program. Sat. Event Details.

Experience a Winter Powwow
Get ready for an extraordinary campus and community celebration. This cultural event features drum groups and dancers from across the region and attracts more than 1,000 participants each year. It supports the PCC Native American Scholarship Fund and Native American businesses by offering vendor space. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Head to the Winter Farmers Mercado
Support local growers, artisans, and Latino entrepreneurs at the Portland Mercado. There’s lots of live entertainment and plenty of fun activities for the kids. Sat. Event Details.

Mt. Hood

Go on a Guided Snowshoe Tours Weekends at Mt Hood

Enjoy a wonderful afternoon away from the hustle and bustle, and go on a tour through trees and meadows with a scenic view of frosty Umbrella Falls. The snowshoe tours are an incredible way for our guests who don’t ski or snowboard to experience the beauty and inspiration of the being on the mountain. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti