This weekend brings a mix of opportunities to fit every family. Feeling artsy? Catch a film at the film festival or watch a family friendly play. Feeling hungry? We’ve gotten word there’s a pancake breakfast that will tame even the largest of appetites! Read on to get the details.

photo: via Imago Facebook


Attend the Woodburn Tulip Festival
Dance among the tulips at the Woodburn Tulip Festival. From March 23rd until April 29th at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm you can enjoy the annual Tulip Festival! There will be hay rides, trains, slides, delicious food, and plenty of photo opportunities for the whole family. Tulips of every color and size are scattered throughout the farm. It’s basically a dream come true. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.


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.

SWENext DesignLab Milwaukee
SWENext DesignLab is a half-day  for middle schoolers in grades 6-8 who want to experience the creative and innovative facets of engineering. At SWENext DesignLab Portland, middle schoolers will participate in hands-on engineering activities led by women engineers and learn what it’s like to be an engineer.

There will also be a special event for parents and educators to learn more about engaging children in STEM, exposing them to engineering and guiding the along the path to becoming an engineer. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

See La Belle: Lost in the World of the Automaton
La Belle: Lost in the World of the Automaton brings to life the timeless tale of “Beauty and the Beast” with puppetry, shadow theater, song, and dance at Imago Theatre. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

NW Portland

Cedar Mill Pancake Breakfast 2018
Pancakes and sausage will pave the way for Cedar Mill Elementary fourth graders to spend two days and one night on the Oregon Trail. They will host their annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser March 7 to pay for the trip, which is the culmination of their Oregon Trail study.

The gathering is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. There is no charge for the breakfast but donations are accepted. The students need to raise at least $2,000 and suggested donations are $5 per person or $20 for a family. In addition to pancakes and sausages, there will be coffee and juice. Sat. Event Details.


Joyful learning happens through direct interactive experiences. Dirt is delightful, water is wonderful and mud is magical. Children, teachers and parents are partners in the learning process. All are welcome to attend this an Open House with Teacher Pamela and Teacher Penny. Sat. Event Details.

Earth Day Celebration at iSpark Toys

iSpark Toys will be celebrating Earth Day on April 15th. 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.

SW Portland

Catch the Amnesty International Oregon State Meeting
Join us for the Amnesty International’s Oregon State Meeting. The spring convening is a great way to learn more about global human rights issues and how to campaign on these issues at a local level. Activists will be coming together from all over the state to participate in hands-on learning and engaging conversations. This is a great way to meet people, engage in action, and share resources and ideas for protecting human rights at home and abroad. Now is the time to be heard! Lunch will be provided. Sat. Event Details.

West Linn

Join the Mary S. Young Park Work Party for April
Join like minded Portlanders at the beloved Mary S. Young Park to remove ivy at these first Saturday work days. Volunteers have worked continuously for more than 8 years to remove ivy and other non-native vegetation, plant native plants and trees, build trails, etc. You will get a good workout and feel good about contributing to the health of this beautiful forest.

Tools are provided. Work gloves and sturdy footwear recommended. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal. Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Attend Jessa Campbell’s ROCK’Inn Kids
As a Local Roots event, we will feature local performers who specialize in creating music that can be enjoyed by younger audiences. As a mother herself, Jessa is passionate about creating spaces for young ones to enjoy music at a venue their caregivers can enjoy as well! This event takes place during happy hour with happy hour prices. Sun. Event Details.

What does your family like to do on the wettest weekends in April? Share in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti