April brings showers and flowers, that means tons of outdoor fun. Get ready to head out for some uniquely Portland family adventures at these six events! Trilliums, superheroes, reptiles and more await— read on to find out more!

Tryon Creek Trillium Festival

Learn all about these woodland springtime flowers at the Trillium Festival at Tryon Creek. Did you know that these plants can live up to 25 years? Learn more about flowers, soil, and critters at the Nature Stations while you explore the beautiful trails around the park. When you’re back at the center, shop the store for hiking guides, bird feeders, gifts, and more. Head home with your very own trillium to plant, or other plants from a local nursery.

Sat, Apr. 7, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Tryon Creek State Natural Area
11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd
Portland OR
Online: tryonfriends.org

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Critter Count

Join the Water Resources Education Center in a spring field survey! This annual event invites anyone who wants to join in on a scientific expedition to count amphibians and reptiles. The day starts with a brief training sessions, then you’ll then you’ll head out to designated sites to spot frogs, snakes and lizards—all for the cause of science! Back at the center they can get a close-up look at even more live critters. Admission is free to the center every day—check out their other offerings with exhibits, gardens, educational info about sturgeons and salmons, and even a special toddler play area.

Sat, April 18, 9 a.m.
Water Resources Education Center
4600 SE Columbia Way,
Vancouver, WA
Online: cityofvancouver.us

Ag Fest

This Salem event aims to bridge to gap between urban and farm life, to help people better understand where their food and more is coming from. Kids will love the chance to see pet farm animals, see sheep get sheared, ride ponies, dig for potatoes, and more! And parents will love the fact that kids 12 and under get free admission, AND almost all the activities are free of charge, as well. It’s a super fun day for the whole family!

$9/adults, free for children 12 and under
Apr 28-29
Oregon State Fairgrounds
2330 17th St NE
Salem, OR
Online: oragfest.com

Wizard World Comic Con

This national comic book convention is coming to Portland and bringing some star power! Kids under 10 enter free with adult admission, and both adults and kids can enter their own costume contest. You’ll also find panels, exhibitors, artists, and autographs of celebrities from movies like Stranger Things, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, and Harry Potter.

Adults/ $39.95- $49.95, 2 kids under 10 free
Apr. 13-15
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR
Online: wizardworld.com

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest

Every year thousands of tulips bloom in the fields of Woodburn, making the perfect setting for a spring festival to remember! There are dozens of events and activities, like hot air balloons, food vendors, the cow train, and a kids play area, all set against the backdrop of 40 acres of tulips. Bring the family out for a spring stroll anytime!

Daily through Apr. 30, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
33814 S Meridian Rd
Woodburn, OR
Online: woodenshoe.com

Rock and Gem Show

This annual show is a chance for the Mt. Hood Rock Club to show off their amazing finds of fossils, gemstones, and minerals. The public gets their own chance to see jewelry-making demonstrations, exhibits, thundereggs, and Oregon agates. Kids get their very own area with games and activities for fun. To top it all off, every kid gets their own free rock to take home!

Free admission
April 27-29, 2018
W.D. Jackson Amory
6255 NE Cornfoot Rd.
Portland, OR
Online:  mthoodrockclub.wordpress.com

What’s your favorite April event? Tell us in the comments below!

—Katrina Emery