As the school year screeches to a halt, it’s more challenging than ever to find activities that hold your little learners’ attention. Fortunately, this weekend there are a variety of events that are sure to capture the interest of everyone in your clan. If filling your agenda with dance performances and arial adventures sounds like fun, read on to find out more!

photo: Dawn L. via Yelp

SW Portland

Catch NW Dance Project “Summer Splendors”
NW Dance Project closes its thirteenth season with a spectacular bang: A world premiere from Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper, and the return of the highly lauded Chopin Project – four choreographers (Sarah Slipper, Lucas Crandall, Rachel Erdos, Tracey Durbin) magnificently interpreting Chopin’s complete 24 Preludes, which will be played live by Portland concert pianist Hunter Noack. Celebrate the start of summer with this evening of stunning music and dance with a show that is suitable for the entire family. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Grow a Salsa Fiesta Planter
Salsa is fun to make and eat, but who would have known that it is so fun to grow! You and your little gardner will plant a pot with ingredients such as tomatoes and peppers to make a fantastic salsa at harvest time. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Join the South Tabor Litter Pickup
Help out with the (second annual), South Tabor Litter Pick Up event in beautiful South Tabor! It’s a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, make new friends, and clean up the neighborhood in the process! Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at 76th & SE Division, grab clean up materials. Everyone is welcome to free pizza at the end of the fun-filled, South Tabor Litter Pick Up! Sat. Event Details.


Celebrate Fathers at the Portland Aerial Tram
Get the kids ready for Fathers Day and get them out of the house to enjoy some family time at the Portland Aerial Tram. Bring home a hand-made craft for Dad or take a family portrait at the Tram photo booth. Temporary tattoos and the Portland Tram Activity Book will enchant the young ones, and everyone will love the views from above. For an extra treat take a picnic to the Willamette Greenway (just two blocks east) and enjoy the river up close. Sat. Event Details.

Got to a 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. Pre-registration is required. Sun. Event Details.

NW Portland

Attend A Weekend of Circus: Reflections
Don’t miss this Community Showcase which supports the Social Circus programs. Enjoy performances from Circus Project students, members, and coaches. This event provides an opportunity for students to celebrate their accomplishments and perform their newly honed skills, and for members and coaches to premiere new works in progress! Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Hit the GeekCraft Expo PDX
GeekCraft Expo PDX returns to the DoubleTree on June 10-11 with nearly twice the number of exhibitors! This curated, geeky craft show—think Etsy-Meets-Comic-Con—was founded by comic book writer Daniel Way (Deadpool, Wolverine: Origins) and will showcase local Pacific Northwest crafters who create handmade jewelry, plushes, artwork, and more inspired by comics, television, and pop culture. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Don’t Miss Wonder Woman Day in Gresham
Celebrate 75 years of Wonder Woman just in time for her first solo feature film! Gresham Library will have DC Comics coloring pages, trivia sheets, and a small take-home craft. You will also find many Wonder Woman books and graphic novels to check out. The collection will be available starting June 3rd while supplies last. Fri. Event Details.


Participate in a Song Circles at Vista House in the Columbia Gorge
Do you love singing?  And your Oregon State Parks?  These two worlds are coming together this summer in the Columbia River Gorge. Meet at Vista House at Crown Point; east of Portland just past Corbett on the Historic Columbia River Highway. This is a special kids’ event! Fri. Event Details.


Attend a Free Soccer Shots Clinic for Kids Ages 5-8 in Vancouver
Take your little athlete to a free soccer clinic. Soccer Shots is a nationally recognized program that offers a high energy, fun and age-appropriate introduction to the wonderful game of soccer. In addition to soccer, they work on improving children’s gross motor skills and teaching children important concepts such as teamwork, sharing and respect. Soccer Shots instructors are enthusiastic and passionate about working with kids. Their goal is simple: to leave a lasting, positive impact on every child we serve! Sun. Event Details.

What activities do you do with your kids when they get the end-of-school-year itch? Share it in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti