With the election finally over and the holidays barrelling towards us, it’s time to take a breather from all of the stress and insert some family fun time. This weekend there are events that will power you up (think lots of caffeine), inspire you and your little artists and even leave you and your kids feeling empowered. Read on to find out where you should spend your next days off.


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Portland Area

Parents Rejoice! with a Coffee-Filled Weekend
The smell of coffee brewing always wakes you up. Image what coffee from 30 of Portland’s best coffee, tea and chocolate shops will do. Portland’s Caffeine Crawl consists of nine caffeinated routes includes fun, educational presentations, unique samples at each stop and a swag bag with take-home treats. The weekend will culminate in a cold brew competition open to Caffeine Crawl attendees and spectators. Grab that travel coffee mug and get caffeinated. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Enjoy the Art of the Dance
Enjoy the art of movement at the Metro Dancers’ annual repertory concert! The Dance Mosaic features the Metro Dancers company in a number of works by gifted choreographers spanning a variety of styles from, classical to modern, and ballet to jazz! In addition, several guest companies will be presenting their works for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to see local artists at their best! Sat. Event Details.

Take Your Kids to a Kids Self-Defence Class
Give your kids an opportunity to gain confidence. This class shares age-appropriate information presented calmly and clearly, that will help your child feel aware but also feel safe. Kids learn to use their voice and get out of situations that are uncomfortable or even threatening. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Take Your Little Music Lovers to the Young People’s Concert
Alexander Weimann, director and keyboardist, and a dad himself, leads PBO in a special version of the November Handel Organ Concertos program designed with young listeners in mind. It’s fun, educational, and interactive, PBO’s hour-long Young People’s Concerts are Baroque music highlighted with details that the whole family can enjoy. Sat. Event Details.


Attend the Moana Movie Release Party
Head to The Craft Factory and catch a sneak peek of the new Disney film soon to be released. Then let your kids craft their very own Pua (Moana’s pig), enjoy some sweet treats, take home some movie giveaways, and grab FREE advanced screening movie tickets! Sat. Event Details.

Get Crafty with Clay
Create a special hand-made gift to give to a special person! At this clay workshop, you will use a technique called water etching to create two projects – one ornament and one tile. After etching, you’ll paint on underglazes for a colorful finish. Your clay creations are then fired in kilns right here at Portland Children’s Museum and will be ready for pick-up two weeks after the workshop. All materials included. Dress to mess. Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Attend a Reading of the Wonderful World of Creatures and Code
Take in a lively reading of local new release The Wonderful World of Creatures and Code. It’s a children’s book that introduces computer coding to kids! A free craft will follow the reading! Sat. Event Details.

Attend Footprints, Moms and Mimosas
Catch a fun morning of pottery painting for Moms and little ones ages 0-5. The staff will help you get awesome hand and footprints for cherished holiday gifts. And you can enjoy snacks and mimosas and 10% off all pottery painting. Reservations recommended. Sat. Event Details.

Listen to Author Carson Ellis Read Her Latest Picture Book!
Join bestselling author and illustrator Carson Ellis for a story time with her new masterpiece, Du Iz Tak?! Signed copies of Carson’s books will be available after the reading. Sun. Event Details.


Take Your Homeschool Days to the Waterpark
Enjoy a day of fun and water related experiments. Waterpark day is a time to explore water science and then enjoy the slides and pools. Check in Begins at 9:30am, program begins at 10am – 2pm. Pre-Registration is required. Fri. Event Details.


What is your family’s favorite pre-holiday activity? Tell us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti