April in Portland is no joke: rain or shine there’s endless ways to get outside and do some serious fooling around. Read on for our Editor’s picks.
photo: Portland Children’s Museum via Yelp
Opening Weekend of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Tossed overboard, thrown in a garbage heap, stuck in a hobo’s knapsack, and used as a scarecrow, Edward, a vain rabbit doll, unexpectedly undertakes a perilous 20-year journey. Along the way, he sheds his arrogance, and his heart grows bigger and softer as he discovers the importance of people, friendship, and love. Treat your kids (and yourself) to this fantastic production, based on the bestselling book by Kate DiCamillo. Sat., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Downtown/SW. $11-$32. 7 and up. Event details.
36th Annual Trillium Festival & Native Plant Sale
Celebrate the beautiful flower that is the trillium and have a blast at the 36th Annual Trillium Festival. In addition to a native plant sale there will be experts on hand to answer questions about gardening with natives, how to rehab you habitat and more. Explore Roving Stations where there will be 3-5 minute talks about topics including birds, soil ecology and more. Kids can enjoy nature-themed arts and crafts. On Sat., create an original painting along Trillium Trail with Plein Air Painting and see it displayed the next day. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. SW/Riverwood. Free. All ages. Event details.
Zumba for Kids
Sunday Zumba anyone? Grab the kids and get ready move like no one’s watching! Zumba is the dance-fitness party where you can play it loud and rock with friends to your own rules. Each Zumba class mixes dancing, games, storytelling, and an art activity. Open to ages 3 and up and a caregiver. Sun., 10-10:45 a.m. Washington Park/SW. $7/child and adult; $1/each additional child. 3 and up. Event details.
Trash to Treasure
Learn about all aspects of sustainability through fun, engaging, hands-on activities including building recycle bins out of trash, weaving out of plastic bottles, renewable energy activities, zero waste cooking, and more. This program is bilingual in English and Spanish. Sat., 2-4 p.m. SE/Rockwood. Free. All ages. Event details.
Ramona Neighborhood Walk
Celebrate the life of Beverly Cleary with a guided walking tour, including activities at neighborhood sites mentioned in her Ramona and Henry books. Additional activities will be taking place in the will be some paperwork to complete before starting the tour, please come 15 minutes early. Space at programs is limited. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5391. Sat., noon-1:30 p.m. NE/Hollywood. Free. All ages. Event details.
Good to Know
What’s on your family’s must-do list this weekend?