Art, adventure and mystery are waiting right around the corner for you and your family this weekend! See Harry Potter in high definition while a real-live orchestra accompanies the show, head back to the 60’s and learn to tie dye or go on a scavenger hunt! If these activities intrigue you, you won’t want to miss the other events Portland has lined up for you. Read on to find out more.


photo: Cathy Stanley-Erickson via Flickr

SW Portland

Enjoy the Oregon Ballet Theater
Oregon Ballet Theater presents a spectacular dance performance and workshop that introduces families to the art of ballet—its athleticism, grace, theatricality, and fun. The Portland Children’s Museum is partnering with OBT to offer this special performance in their largest exhibit hall, Purple Turtle for a large scale performance and ballet workshop for all visitors. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Go On A Scavenger Hunt
The Famous Inventions Scavenger Hunt is waiting for you and your little explorers at Portland Children’s Museum. Navigate your way through the Museum while you search for famous inventors and their amazing creations. Locate them all and earn a prize! Fri. Event Details.


Discover A Dog’s Purpose
Every dog happens for a reason. Universal Pictures has created the perfect heartwarming movie to start the New Year. This movie adaptation of a popular book follows a dog as he teachers humans how to laugh and love over the course of several lifetimes. Stop by The Craft Factory to craft your own dog to take home, enjoy a sweet treat, and pick up some tickets for an advanced screening of the movie. Universal Pictures has teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society and will match all donations for up to $25,000. Sat. Event Details.

Experience Harry Potter with the Oregon Symphony
Grab your little muggle. This is an experience they won’t want to miss. The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Oregon Symphony performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Attend Uncommon Sense
Your little theater goers will be in awe of this collection of works by companies combining elements of circus arts, dance, narrative and physical theatre to illuminate themes related to social justice. Head to Echo Theater to enjoy the show! Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Make Honey Tonics!
Led by Bee Thinking’s passionate health and wellness aficionado, Hillary Bergh, students will learn how honey has traditionally been used as a remedy for many ailments.

They will cover:
1. How honey is made in the hive
2. Honey’s use in folk medicine
3. Recipes for using honey in herbal recipes

You and your kids will go home with herbal-infused honey and herbal tonics that they made in-class, and the knowledge to make their own custom honey remedies for years to come! Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Don’t Miss the Rose City Classic Dog Show
Rose City Classic is fun for the whole family. Plan to come early and stay all day. Breed judging and agility start at 8 a.m. and depending on the size of the entry and the particular event, the shows can run until 6 pm or later. Each year, the Rose City Classic offers a student art contest featuring a theme about dogs. The competition is sponsored by Eukanuba Dog Food. The contest encourages youngsters to develop their artistic talent and promotes responsible dog ownership. About 500 pieces of artwork by local students are presented at the Rose City Classic  each year. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Get Groovy and Tie Dye!
Join the folks at Smartypants for a colorful afternoon of rubber band twisting and dip dying our way to a psychedelic new shirt! Learn different techniques to create interesting patterns and designs.This is one piece of art your kiddo will wear with pride! Each kid will receive a Smartypants t-shirt to tie dye. You are welcome to bring additional white, 100% cotton items to dye if you like. And remember, tie dye can be wild, so wear clothes that are okay to get messy in. Sat. Event Details.


Learn Coding with Robots!
Robots are seriously cool no matter how old you are!  Learn how to program cute and colorful robots in these awesome workshops featuring the makerspaces’s Sphero robots. Workshops will feature activities like robot dance parties, obstacle courses, light painting, bridge building, chariot challenges and more! For teens, grades 6-12 only. Fri. Event Details.

NE Portland

Groove With Mo Phillips
You and your little music lovers will love listening to this musician get down.Mo performs interactive shows that respect the intelligence of young people with wit and irreverence, without being being strictly scatological. This is music built for kids and parents alike! Mo does not dumb down lyrics or melodies for kids to “understand”, and therefore sings about things whole families can appreciate. A fine, distilled blend of Americana, Soul and Blues, while not being afraid of a poppy hook or straight rockin’ out. Sturdy snacks & coffee will be available. Sat. Event Details.

What is your family’s favorite creative activity to do together. Share it with us in the comment section below.

—Annette Benedetti