This weekend, Portland is all about celebrating blooming flowers at Tryon Creek and on the Fruit Loop, giving back through the Me and My Family volunteer event, sustainable shopping at the SuperKids Resale Consignment Event and noshing on free grilled cheese sandwiches, courtesy of Franz and Migration Brewing. Take a peek below to see our top picks for the weekend ahead.

Tryon Creek State Natural Area

photo: Trillium Festival by Friends of Tryon Creek

West Side 

Tryon Creek’s Trillium Festival is Pure Flower Power
Enjoy the beauty of our awakening forest, the native plant sale, guided nature hikes, children’s crafts and activities, local craft and food vendors, live music performances and more at the only all-urban state park in Oregon. The event supports the education and restoration programs of the Friends of Tryon Creek State Park. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Give Back at the Me and My Family Volunteer Event 
Join in for 30 minutes of age-appropriate volunteer tasks, 30 minutes of story time, a snack, and 30 minutes of craft time. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about giving back to your community, while having a fun time with the whole family in the library.  Register online through Hands on Portland Sat., 6-7:30 p.m., Free, Ages 3-12. Event details. 

East Side

Hang With Super Slice for Franz Grilled Cheese Day 
Franz Bakery is hosting a Grilled Cheese Day event at Migration Brewing in honor of National Grilled Cheese Day. This free and family-friendly event will include grilled cheese, beverages, games and a fun photo opportunity with Super Slice, the beloved Franz mascot. Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Support Sustainable Shopping With SuperKids Resale
Shop 100,000 gently-used items at 50-90% off retail prices. Expect to see rows and rows of clothes, toys, shoes, baby gear and books, games, room décor, outdoor toys and a huge Super Junior Section too. Mr. Lizard’s Mobile Zoo will be there to entertain the kiddos. Fri. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Get Up Close and Personal with Reptiles and Amphibians 
Celebrate Earth Month and explore the important roles reptiles and amphibians (herps) play in nature’s ecosystems. If you have ever thought about keeping herps as pets, find out which ones are good for beginners. Discover simple things you can do in your yard to attract and protect frogs and other wildlife. Sat., 1-3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details. 

Worth the Drive

Follow the Fruit Loop: Hood River Blossom Festival
Celebrate spring with Hood River County’s acre after acre of pear, cherry and apple trees dressed in their delicate pink and white blooms. In addition to the supremely scenic 35-mile drive around the Fruit Loop, families can expect pancake breakfasts, a pansy party, quilt and craft shows, beer and wine tastings, as well as truckloads of baked goods, preserves, yarn and fresh produce available for purchase. Sat. & Sun., various times, Free, All Ages. Event details. 

What’s your family up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

–Suzie Ridgway