Art is meant to inspire, entertain and provoke. And this weekend is full of opportunities to expose your child to the joys and magic of theater and music. Local favorite Tears of Joy Theatre opens its season with an amazing production of Pinocchio, Baby Loves Disco will rock Pioneer Place, meet Flappy the Chicken at The Curious Garden, and indie music darling Laura Veirs (who also happens to be a Portland resident) is back with a beautiful collection of children’s music that will delight listeners of all ages. Catch her for free at the local release party. Encore! Encore!

West side

Tears of Joy Puppet Show: Pinocchio (pictured)
An interactive take on the classic tale brings Pinocchio nose-to-wooden-nose with Fire Eater, The Blue Fairy, talking donkeys, and a magical penguin. Pinocchio learns to do what is right instead of being manipulated by others in this stunning, national award-winning production. Nov 11-20. Showtimes vary (weekend matinees). Winningstad Theatre. $20 adult, $17 child. Ages 4+. Event details.

Baby Loves Disco
Shake your booty at the best family disco around. Bubbles float over the dance floor, a DJ keeps the tunes comin’, healthy snacks abound, and babies can join older children and grown-ups and boogie the early evening away. Egg shak­ers and play scarves help get kiddies in the mood, but there is a comfy, toy-filled chill-out space too. Sat. 1:00 pm.  Pioneer Place. Free. All. Event details.

Free Admission: Portland Japanese Garden
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to invite their friends, family, and fellow community members to visit the Portland Japanese Garden on this Free Admission Day. Guides will be stationed throughout the Garden to help answer questions and speak about the Garden’s history, culture, and traditions. Fri. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

East side

Laura Veirs: Tumble Bee Release Party
Free performance and signing of her new album Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children. Sat. Music Millenium. 3:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

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The Curious Garden
Come see our old friends Razzie the Fairy, Daisy the Flower, and Jojo the Lawnjockey; and meet our new garden friends Ribbit the Frog, Dottie the Ladybug, and Flappy the Chicken! The show ends with an open mic session. Sun. 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Curious Comedy Theater. $5 suggested donation. Ages 0– 8. Event details.

African storytelling with Habiba
Join Habiba Addo, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multi-cultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. These stories help us explore our own world as well as those far, far away. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sat. 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm. Kenton Library. Admission is free, but space is limited. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen