Earth Day is here and green is a word Portlanders are well-acquainted with. Whether you take the kids to a lush park, clean up one of your favorite ‘hoods, dig in the dirt or take in a play, this weekend is as verdant as they come. Scroll down to get started.
PSU’s Earth Day Festival
Enjoy a craft marketplace to pick up some Earth-friendly goods, a reuse market, kids crafts, free food and lots of entertainment for kids of all ages. Score extra points with Mother Earth by traveling there on public transit: the MAX and streetcar run right through campus. Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. SW. Free. All ages. Event details.
Herb Gardening with Kids
Traditional Roots Institute (in partnership with the Portland Children’s Museum) will teach the kiddos about healing herbs. Kids will plant a pot of herbs, go on a garden tour, create an art project and learn how herbs can be used to treat common ailments. Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic in the Min Zidell Healing Garden with the group at the end of class. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. SW. $40/child & adult; $20/additional child. All ages. Event details.
NWCT’s original adaptation of the fairy tale classic, Snow White: Who’s Afraid of a Poison Apple, is fast-paced, full of humor action and some fierce and empowering female leads. Sat. & Sun., noon and 4 p.m. NW. $17-$23. All ages. Event details.
Operation Clean Sweep
Celebrate Earth Day and get to know your neighbors when your family tackles a neighborhood cleanup, picking up garbage and removing graffiti along Alberta from MLK to 33rd Avenue. Sat., 10 a.m. NE Alberta. Free. All ages. Event details.
Caspar Babypants with Mr. Ben
Caspar Babypants is making his way down to Portland, and Portland fave Mr. Ben will be opening for him. Don’t miss this great show the whole family will enjoy. Food and drinks available for purchase: no outside food and drinks allowed (snacks for the wee ones are okay). Sun., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. NE. $7/person; babies 1 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Nature Day in the Park: Camille Park
Kiddos can explore the 12-acre park that traverses wetland and White Oak habitats. Your mini-Muirs will have a blast in the nature-play area where they can get up close and personal with a hollowed-out log, a boulder, a stacked log structure and more. Interactive activities and resources staff add to this exciting day getting in touch with nature in your ‘hood. Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Beaverton. Free. All ages. Event details.
How will you and the crew rock your weekend? Let us know in the comments below.