Now that it’s officially spring in the Northwest it’s time to end your hibernation. From trickster tales of coyote to acrobatics, Portland shows all of its beautiful colors this weekend. So get out there and bask in the glory!

Junior Ranger Dayphoto courtesy Fort Vancouver/NPS


Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson at Piccolo Mondo Toys
This outstanding, third-generation silhouette artist will be creating beautiful hand-cut portraits all day at Piccolo Toys in Bethany Village. They make awesome gifts for grandparents but be sure to upgrade to a duplicate so you can keep one for yourself. Please reserve your appointment at this link. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. NW/Bethany Village. $30/silhouette, duplicates and framing available at additional cost. All ages. Event details.

NWDT Peter and the Wolf and Other Works
Don’t miss Northwest Dance Theatre’s annual spring mixed-bill program featuring Peter and the Wolf and other contemporary works, including “Rhapsody in Blue” by Dennis Spaight. Expose your kids to some beautiful movement and support NWDT’s young artists, too. Sat. & Sun., 7-8:30 p.m. SW/PCC Sylvania. $10-$18. 4 and up. Event details.

Tears of Joy-Coyote Tales
Enjoy two stories—Coyote and the Cedar Tree, adapted from a Clatsop/Chinook and How Coyote Kept His Name, adapted from an Okanogan tale—told with puppetry and mask. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. NW. $11. All ages. Event details.


All American Magic & Ventriloquist Show
Get ready for two hours filled with head-scratching illusions, music and the hilarious comedy magic of Mark Benthimer and ventriloquist, Scott Davis. Plus an onsite magic shop, snack bar and pizza by the slice. Sat., 2-4 p.m. SE. $14/adults; $12/children 12 and under. Family ticket packs available. All ages. Event details.

Pre-Engineer with LEGOs
Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGOs! Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design! Sat., 1-4 p.m. SE/Hawthorne. $25. 5-7. Event details.

Liminal Space featuring the Zig Zags
Imagine aerial dance, acrobatics, and original contemporary circus theater created and performed by the Zig Zags ( a teen troupe), and you’ve got Liminal Space. Fun for all ages and in support of local kids circus arts. Sat. & Sun., 7-9 p.m. SE/Hawthorne. $18/adults; $12/children. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Junior Ranger Day at Fort Vancouver
Enjoy kid-friendly activities at Pearson Air Museum and historic demonstrations at Fort Vancouver. Kids who complete one (or both!) of the park’s themed Junior Ranger booklets will be officially “sworn in” and receive their Junior Ranger badges. Plus special edition books and badges for the first 200 kids. Even though the Junior Ranger program is designed for ages 6 to 12, younger children can complete it, with a little help. Even older kids and adults can participate! Sat., noon-3 p.m. Vancouver, Wa. Free. All ages. Event details.

What’s on your family calendar this weekend? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

—Amber Guetebier