From Lunar New Year celebrations to those eclectic Portland family events we all have come to love so much, our city has packed the weekend with fun. Get mesmerized, have a glowing swim experience or catch a cool show. Read on to found out where you need to be for some awesome weekend family fun.

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Oregon City

Have Glowing Fun Swim
Get ready for some splashing good times. Join for the next Glowing Fun Swim- 2000’s night! All kids under 9 must have an adult within arms reach of them. Fri. Event Details.

N Portland

Head to KiLoFriDay Featuring Zazzy Zoe and Mr. B
KiLoFri (Kind Loving Friend), which is the band name Zazzy Zoe & Mr. Ben use when they play together, plays every Friday at Mississippi Pizza Pub. This calls for a renaming of Friday; henceforth it will be known as KiLoFriday! Fri. Event Details.

Attend Festival of the Bees
Come join us for homemade soup lunch and crafts, awesome vendors, games, live music, puppet show, bake sale, face painting, and MORE as we celebrate our favorite pollinators!! Admission is free, and Classrooms are open during the festival for you to meet our wonderful teachers. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Check Out K-8 Drop in Studio
Friday drop-in studio at Spark Arts Center is for ages 6-12 with projects  for everyone! They provide the art supplies and the kiddos bring the creativity. The open format in the colorful studio means kids can build, paint, and collage their own project ideas and be in their “happy place.” Although not a formal class, staff are available for support and idea starters are provided. Art shirts and aprons available. Fri. Event Details.

SW Portland
Attend The History of African Storytelling
Explore the history of traditional African storytelling and explore the moral lessons behind the stories. Come together with other African American children, families and elders to share the history of your families. This event will include an open mic for families to share their stories, history, songs and poetry, and a kids craft table. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of their family and those who identify as part of the African diaspora are encouraged to wear African attire. First come, first served. Presented by Javelin Hardy. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

All American Magic and Ventriloquis Show
Get ready for two hours filled with head-scratching illusions, music and the hilarious comedy magic of Mark Benthimer and ventriloquist, Scott Davis. The theater also has a snack bar with cotton candy and popcorn for a buck,  plenty of free parking and an onsite retail Magic Shop. Buy your tickets in advance online because the show sells out every time! Sat. Event Details.

Experience Mesmerica 360 Portland
This family-friendly, mind-expanding projection experience is designed to relieve stress, and is suitable for all ages 6 years and above. Go and leave your troubles at the door as they take you on a fantastic journey into awe-inspiring imaginary landscapes. Sun. Event Details.

Attend the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
You’ll be spirited away for a musical adventure inside the orchestra with Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Sun. Event Details.

NW Portland

Lan Su Chinese Gardens Lunar New Year Celebration
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Lan Su’s two-week-long festivities. From opportunities to observe, like lantern viewing and lion dances, to hands-on activities like the wishing tree and family crafts, there’s a little something for everyone. Hint: Go on the 25th when every guest receives a hong bao, or traditional lucky red envelope. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti