This month is shaping up to be full of fun and adventure. It’s time to get outdoors and explore! Celebrate Forest Day, spend the night at the zoo, or reignite your passion for nature with a viewing of Snow White. Read on to find out where all of these activities, events and more can be found this weekend.

photo: Oregon Zoo via facebook


Go to the Japanese film festival
Japanese Currents features films ranging from anime to samurai epic, documentary to family melodrama, at Portland Art Museum. This year’s 11th annual Japanese Currents series highlights recent noteworthy Nipponese films, ranging from anime to jidaigeki, documentary to comedy, all while exploring issues important to contemporary Japanese society. Collectively, these selections offer a fresh take on Japanese culture and showcase the wealth of creative invention at work in Japan today. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Attend Family Forest Day
School is out for Portland Public Schools on April 13! Bring the family to the Arboretum for a self-guided scavenger hunt and find the answers with your kids as you stroll along the wooded trails – together, you’ll identify trees, explore wildlife, and engage with nature through the shapes and colors in the Arboretum. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up your free game card and map, then return at the end of your walk to pick up a small prize between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fri. Event Details.

Join the Zoo Snooze at the Oregon Zoo
Hosted by the Girl Scouts, this is for your young scout!Experience the Oregon Zoo in a whole new light – moonlight! Discover zoo animals under the cloak of darkness. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the vet hospital and animal kitchen, up-close animal presentations and in the morning watch an animal get an enrichment treat or toy. You will even get admission to the zoo the next day! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Check out Snow White and other works
Northwest Dance Theatre is excited to invite you as we premier our very own production of Snow White. Join us to see the evil queen, adorable forest creatures and the fun loving dwarves as they tell the beloved tale of Snow White. A treat for the whole family! This production also features new innovative works by renowned choreographers and guest performers from the MAC company dancers. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Check Out April Second Saturday at the Water Center: Amphibians, Reptiles and other Critters
Celebrate Earth Month and explore the important roles reptiles and amphibians (herps) play in nature’s ecosystems. Families are invited to view a variety of unusual snakes, lizards and other cold blooded animals during live critters shows at 1 and 2 p.m. Learn about fascinating creatures that slither, crawl and climb! 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. Event Details.

Try the Critter Count
Discover the hidden world of amphibians and reptiles at the 18th Annual Critter Count. The Water Resources Education Center celebrates Earth Month by inviting local residents to assist with amphibian and reptile field surveys. Critter Count begins with a brief training session at 9 a.m., Saturday, Apr. 14, at the Water Center. Participants will then head to designated sites to find and count frogs, snakes and lizards. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Help Celebrate Portland’s Democratic School Grand Re-Opening in New Location
The Village Free School is celebrating their Grand Reopening Sat., Apr. 14, from 2-6 p.m. All are welcome to join for food, music, and a peek into the daily lives of students directing their own education. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Check Out the Portland Camp Fair
Visit the “Best Camps in the Known Universe” at the Portland Camp Fair. This free event lets you experience the adventure and fun of award-winning summer camps. Meet program directors and educators. Explore interactive areas highlighting over 40 different day and overnight camps. Both kids and parents can learn a bit about everything from wilderness survival to archery. Sat. Event Details.

Sign Up for the 2018 Tabor Challenge 5K
Tabor Challenge is a fun-filled 5k for walkers and runners of all levels. The event benefits the LTJG. Thomas J. Cameron Memorial Fund, granting college scholarships to outstanding Portland high school students.

No matter your pace, you’ll be rewarded with a cold beer at the finish line, along with raffles and snacks. Bring the kids and let them join in on the fun and the after party. Sat. Event Details.

Head The Zymoglyphic Museum
A strange and wonderful peek into an oddball world of delight, this tiny museum houses art exhibits of found objects arranged in surrealistic ways. Strange and quirky dioramas showcase skeletons of imaginary creatures and other curiosities. Kids and families open to a wacky art show of collected nature will love it! You may even be inspired to start your own museum…Sun. Event Details.


Check Out Earth Day Celebration at iSpark Toys

Seeds, worms, and sprouts… It is Earth Day!

iSpark Toys will be celebrating Earth Day on April 15. It will be a great day for some earthy discovery!

Join iSpark Toys and dig in to the wonderful world of worms and compost with Nicole Hernandez-Marrs from Oregon Metro.

Hillsboro’s Garden Frog Nursery will also be on hand teaching kids how to grow their own wheat grass, potatoes or onion. Sun. Event Details.

What is your favorite outdoor Spring event? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti