It’s April! You’re no fool and that’s why you are going fill your family’s weekend with cool events like the Zimbabwean Marimba Concert, Portland Taiko, and the the Rainbow Crow Story Performance. Your kids will enjoy shaking their booty to music from around the world and frolicking their way through the city. Read on to find out where you need to go to catch all of the fun!

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Lake Oswego

Join the Family Dance – Fun N’ Fancy Frolic
Whether you’re 4, 40, or 84, put on those dancing shoes and head to the 2nd annual Fun n’ Fancy Family Frolic! This event is open to the public, and all proceeds benefit Lake Grove MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). This will feature the danceable tunes of DJ Sam LeFeber, delicious treats from Creatures of Habit Espresso, and a fun, homegrown raffle with a variety of family-friendly prizes. Nautical themed costumes are encouraged, and all are welcome! Just a $5 admissions fee at the door for everyone 1 year old and up. Come dance the night away! Fri. Event Details.

SW Portland

Experience Disney’s Aladdin Broadway Musical
Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Attend the Rainbow Crow Story Performance
Experience the telling of the Native American tale of Rainbow Crow, who makes a noble sacrifice to save her friends.  The stories are told with movement, live music, spoken word, color, light, and a bit of magic!  Your senses are sure to be enlivened and filled with joy upon hearing and seeing this beautiful story.  All ages are happily welcome to attend this feast for the senses! Sat. Event Details.

Attend the 39th Annual Trillium Festival
The 39th Annual Trillium Festival is an educational event for the whole community that celebrates spring. Friends of Tryon Creek, in partnership with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Bosky Dell Natives, and the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, look forward to celebrating the Trilliums with you. Sat. Event Details.

Join The Healthy Kids Running Series
The Healthy Kids Running Series is a five week running program in the spring and fall for kids from Pre-K to 8th grade. Each Race Series takes place once a week and offers age appropriate running events including the 50 & 75 yard dashes, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile and the one mile run. Kids compete each week of the Series for a chance to earn points. At the end of the Series the top boy and girl with the most points in their respective age division receive a trophy. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you run because all participants receive a medal and gift bag for their achievements courtesy of our sponsors! Sun. Event Details.

NW Portland

Attend Pearl Dive Project – BodyVox
BodyVox returns to the Pearl Dive Project, taking an unprecedented approach to dance-making. Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland have invited a new group of highly creative individuals who have never worked in dance before, asking the question: “What will happen when artists and innovators working at the peak of their profession immerse themselves in a craft they’ve never considered?” The Pearl Dive Project melds creative worlds in a collaboration of movement and ideas, the likes of which have never been seen. Fri., & Sat. Event Details.


Experience Portland Taiko
Celebrate Portland Taiko’s 25th Anniversary with a special, all-ages, interactive performance at the Walters this spring! Taiko drumming fuses music and movement in electric, unforgettable performances that appeal to the young and young-at-heartalike. Founded on principals of innovation, respect and cooperation, this celebration of ancient music approached with a modern spirit affirms Asian American pride, builds community, and inspires and educates audiences about Japanese heritage and culture. Experience the unique impact of this dynamic, exciting, and continually evolving art form by one of the Northwest’s most celebrated performance groups. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Fri. Event Details.

SE Portland

Don’t Miss NW Kids Summer Camp Expo
Join the “one-stop shop” opportunity to learn about all of the best summer camps in the Portland Metro area. With over 30 different camps represented, you are sure to find the perfect fit for your family. Make this your kids’ best summer yet! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Experience a Zimbabwean Marimba Concert
Put on your dancing shoes and hear five marimba bands play high-energy music from Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa. Neighbour’s Cafe (in the lobby) will be open during the event serving coffee, tea, hot chocolate and light snacks. Feeling lucky?  Bring a few bucks for the raffle which includes over 30 items. All proceeds to benefit the Zimfest Association ( A beautiful African-themed quilt lovingly made by the Cama Beach Quilters will also be raffled off. Proceeds to benefit several non-profits working in and for Zimbabwe. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti