Photo courtesy of Kidical Mass

A little bit of inside fun, a little bit of outside adventure – take a look at what’s up this weekend! For the inside, we’ve got a few performances on tap: the ComedySportz 4 Kidz comedy, a showing of “How to Train Your Dragon”, live music by a local kids’ band, and a theater production of the popular animated series, School House Rock. It’s Family Day at The Oregon Historical Society on Saturday, and The Polar Express at Mt. Hood Railroad begins its seasonal journeys to the North Pole on Friday night. For those seeking a little fresh air, there’s the Kidical Mass Tour de Pie family bike ride and a Thanksgiving walk at Oxbow Regional Park.

This weekend offers a chance to show your support for two Portland Public Schools while getting some holiday shopping done! A book sale of used books in excellent condition benefits the Sunnyside Environmental School Library, and the Holiday Craft Fair raises money for The Portland Village School.

Eastside

 

Kidical Mass Tour de Pie
Like to go on bike rides with your kids? Like to eat pie? Lucky you because this event has your name written all over it! This month’s Kidical Mass – family bike rides where the starting points, themes, and destinations change each month – will celebrate Thanksgiving and the yummy pie component of the holiday by exploring southeast Portland’s pie establishments. Stops will likely provide pizza pie, fried pie, and the traditional baked in-a-flaky-crust pumpkin pie. Sat., 2:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Portland, few dollars for pie. Event details.

Family Fun Night @ The Movies
A family that plays together stays together! St. Johns Community Center will feature a favorite movie for all ages, “How to Train Your Dragon.” There will also be concessions, crafts and a play area. Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Portland, $3 per family. Event details.

The Toy Trains
A fantastic combination—The Mississippi Pizza Pub’s yummy pizza and the groovin’ sounds of Portland’s own kids’ band, The Toy Trains! You’ll hear a bit of bluegrass, blues, indie-rock, Americana/rootsy rock, and whacky kids’ music if you choose to attend this festival of food and sound!. Sat., 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Portland, $5 12+, 11 and under free. Event details.

Westside

ComedySportz 4 Kidz
Ready to laugh? ComedySportz is fast-paced, family-friendly improvisational comedy, played as a sport. The ComedySportz 4 Kidz show is designed to appeal to the 12-and-under set; the show is a little shorter, the games and suggestions are geared to the younger kids, and lots of audience volunteers participate in the act. Sun., 2:00 p.m., Portland, $8 adults, $6 kids. Event details.

Family Day at The Oregon Historical Society
Learn about Oregon’s past in thoughtful, illuminating, and provocative ways! In addition to the regular exhibits, there will be a special Walls of Heritage Walls of Pride show. Celebrate the work of African American artists by viewing stunning examples of this unique mural tradition; children can learn about the Adinkra symbol and incorporate it into their own art piece to take home. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Portland, up to two children (18 and under) free with each paid adult admission, $11 adults. Event details.

Suburbs

The Polar Express at Mt. Hood Railroad
All aboard! Get your pajamas on for an adventure to the bright lights of the North Pole. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and a reading of “The Polar Express.” Upon arriving at the North Pole, Santa will board the train, handing each child their own Christmas bell. Fri. to Sun., 2:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Hood River, starting at $26 adults, $18 ages 2-12. Event details.

Thanksgiving Walk at Oxbow Regional Park
Enjoy and celebrate the simple gifts of nature! Walk along the Sandy River before gather around the campfire as naturalists share the Thanksgiving address passed down from the Iroquois Nation. Hot drinks provided. Sun., 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Gresham, free. Event details.

School House Rock!
A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage! Christian Youth Theater performs this catchy musical based on the popular animated series. Join new teacher Tammy as she tries to win her students over using both her imagination and music – the performance includes catchy tunes like Conjunction Junction! Fri., 7:00 p.m., Sat., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m., Hillsboro, $12 16+, $9 2-15, $9 62+. Event details.