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Let’s dance, let’s shout! Shake you body down to the ground! There’s at least four musical/dancing events going on this weekend: Baby Loves Disco, Yo Gabba Gabba Live, a benefit concert to support Harper’s Playground, and a Jill Trenholm concert. If you’re thinking a more mellow experience is in the cards, we’ve got a few things for you too: a puppet show production of Cinderella, free Thanksgiving-themed crafts at Lakeshore Learning, and a children’s theater production of The Little Mermaid. Finally, a couple chances to get out and embrace your community—a grand opening celebration of Portland Green Parenting and the Portland holiday tree arrives at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Saturday is the National Neighborhood Toy Store Day! Toy stores across the country will be celebrating the joy of play—plenty of toy stores in the Portland area will be participating. While the plans may vary depending on the store, the festivities may include face painting, balloon animals, musical entertainment, puppet shows, clowns, magicians, carnival games, crafts and contests.



Benefit Concert to Support Harper’s Playground
A fun afternoon of live music and dancing! The concert will feature our local favorites: Mr. Ben, Kim Palumbis, and the Water Tower Bucket Boys. All proceeds support Harper’s Playground. Sun., 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Portland, $10 adults, $7 children. Event details.


Yo Gabba Gabba Live
There’s a Party in my Portland! So fun, so fun! Experience DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Foofa, Toodee, Brobee, and Plex as they rock the house! Sun., 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Portland, tickets starting at $24.75 each, under 1 free. Event details.


Portland Green Parenting Grand Opening Celebration
Check out Portland Green Parenting while you and your kids enjoy the festivities! There will be live music, food and drink, arts and crafts for kids, a chance to meet the farmers, and door prizes and giveaways. Sat., noon – 6:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.




Baby Loves Disco Lemonade Tour
Not only can you show off your dance moves when Baby Loves Disco comes to town, you can do so for FREE! Just be sure to get your wristbands from H&M before the event. If you haven’t experienced the fun of Baby Loves Disco, imagine toddlers, preschoolers and parents hitting an afternoon dance party featuring real music spun and mixed by real DJs! At its core, Baby Loves Disco is a community event that brings kids together with kids and parents together with parents. Sat., 1:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.


Get in your pumpkin coach and race to the theatre before the clock strikes 12! Stylized puppets and rich costumes dance and swirl in Cinderella, an original musical based on the French classic. Forced to be a servant and endlessly nagged by her stepsisters, Cinderella finds that her biggest obstacle is believing she can achieve her dreams. Two talented vocalists tell the story using kid-sized puppets that help children see their own self-worth. Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 11:00 a.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Portland, $18 adults, $15 children. Event details.


Pioneer Courthouse Square Holiday Tree Arrival
It can’t really be time for this, right? Continue the tradition (or start it) of watching the HUGE tree be paraded down Southwest 6th Avenue and set into place at the Square. This year’s tree, the eighth donated from Stimson Lumber Company, was grown on sustainable forestlands near Gaston, Oregon. The day also will include a visit from Santa! Fri., noon, Portland, free. Event details.



The Little Mermaid
Ariel fans, big and small, this is just for you! Come along as Ariel, The Little Mermaid, seeks adventure in exploring the human world. Presented by Christian Youth Theater, the largest youth theater in the nation. Fri., 7:00 p.m., Sat., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m., Vancouver, $14 16-61, $11 62+, $11 2-15. Event details.

Jill’s Pail: A Kids’ Concert
Jill Trenholm, singer and songwriter, visits Lake Oswego Public Library for a special performance! Trenholm will perform fun, original songs and will play guitar and rhythm instruments. Sat., 11:00 a.m., Lake Oswego, free. Event details.


Free Crafts at Lakeshore Learning
Get into the Thanksgiving spirit! Let your little one create a turkey table topper you’ll be able to display with oodles of pride and joy. Appropriate for ages 3 and older. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Lake Oswego, free. Event details.

—Holly Crisp