Fireworks, fairs and water safety courses are all showing up on this weekend’s event calendar. You know what that means? Summer is on it’s way! Read on for a list of activities that will get you and your clan prepared for the long-awaited arrival of our favorite sun and fun-filled season.

photo: Nathan Rupert via flickr


SW Portland
Participate in Toddler Time
Take your little ones by Craft Factory for a Toddler Time craft special: $5 for any two ornamental crafts. Toddler Time is intended for children 3-years-old and younger, though all ages are welcome during that time to make a regularly-priced craft. Let your littlest ones get crafty and creative. It’s sure to be tons of fun! Fri. Event Details.

Attend Balanchine’s Who Cares?
The Portland Ballet will feature highlights of George Balanchine’s Who Cares? in its Spring Concert May 26-27 at Lincoln Performance Hall. The concert will also commemorate the Ballets Russes with Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides and Tom Gold’s Festival Russe. This year marks the 100th anniversary that the legendary ballet troupe performed in Portland. The program also includes a new work by Portland choreographer Lane Hunter.Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Catch the Opening Night Fireworks
Nothing says celebration like fireworks! Pack up your little firecracker fanatics, a blanket and snacks and head down to the waterfront at dusk to stake out the perfect viewing area for the Rose Festival’s Opening Night Fireworks! Fri. Event Details.

Attend the Rose City Fair
This fair has everything your little adrenaline junkies crave: rides that fling, swing, whirl and twirl your for ever! After you have checked out all of the carnival rides, games, and the exotic animal section, head to the Kids Zone Tent, which features bean bag chairs, books and free arts and crafts. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Don’t Miss the 111th Annual Multnomah County Fair
The friends of the Multnomah County Fair present the 111th annual Multnomah county fair! Adults and children, both returners and newcomers are sure to have an enjoyable weekend experiencing the many offerings of the Fair, including great food, entertainment, activities, and attractions. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Enjoy Parent’s Night Out
If you’ve got kids ages 3-9 get ready for a 4 hour break at Kinder Garden Playschool with a drop-in playtime. It runs from 4:30-8:30 p.m., a prime time for parents to get a night on the town. Dinner and a campfire will be provided as well as an opportunity to meet new friends, play outdoors and enjoy a fun camp like environment for the afternoon. Sat. Event Details.

Try the Challenge Course
Challenge yourself and build stronger connections with your family, together at Camp Namanu! Suitable for anyone ages 10 and up! Don’t miss this chance to play and learn on a challenge course while developing communication skills and overcoming some physical obstacles. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Cuddle Up for Family Movie Night
Don’t miss May family movie night! Free entry for all (donations accepted), with food and beverages available for purchase from The Oregon Public House. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the movie starts at 6:15 p.m. Comfortable chairs are available or bring a blanket and get cozy on the floor! Fri. Event Details.

Beaverton

Find Out All About Water Safety
Conestoga is offering a free open swim for everyone taking the safe swimmer pledge. The School Age Program will be practicing self rescue swimming with clothes on. Conestoga will also have interactive activities and safety awareness games with lifeguards leading the activities. Fri. Event Details.

Vancouver

Fly Over to Open Saturday Programs
Take your little aviation lovers to the historic Pearson Field to experience the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Pearson Field Education Center. This free educational experience is open to the public and features the Flight Simulator Lab, vertical wind tunnel, glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and various ongoing educational programs that will propel students of all ages into the wonderful world of flight. Sat. Event Details.

What is your family’s favorite way event to kick the summer season off with. Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti