From low-key to festive, there’s plenty of ways to play around this weekend. Whether you’re in the mood for an old-school Irish story session or more in an urban trees state-of-mind, you’ll find more than one way to help you keep Portland weird and wonderful. Ride on!

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The Wit & Wonder of Irish Storytelling
Art of the Story: A Storytelling Festival is taking over the Portland area from Apr. 2-9. Take the kiddos out to The Wit and Wonder of Irish Storytelling, where legendary Celtic harpist Patrick Ball tells stories that celebrate the Irish oral tradition and have lasted for ages. Fri., 6:30-7:30 p.m. NW. Free. 6 and up. Event details.

Happy 100th Birthday Beverly Cleary
Head to the Beverly Cleary Children’s Library and enjoy interactive live readings, crafts, games and activities featuring all things Cleary! Get dressed up as your favorite character from her books for your chance to win an awesome prize. The producers from Oregon Public Broadcasting will be showing the Oregon Art Beat “Beverly Cleary” Special in the Collins Gallery at 1, 2 & 3 p.m. Light refreshments served. Sat., 1-4 p.m. SW. Free. All ages. Event details.

Ice Cream Social with Craft Factory & Hatties Sweet Shop
The days are getting a bit warmer, so it’s time for an ice cream social (not that you need an excuse). First, climb the stairs to The Craft Factory to craft a sweet treat that won’t melt, then head downstairs for a free scoop from Hattie’s. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. SW. $10. All ages. Event details.


Ladybug Walk at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Take a guided stroll through the park with a preschool naturalist. Get up close and personal with slugs, leaves, bark, birds and more. This weekend, head to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Fri., 10 a.m. SE. $4/child; adults are free. 2-5. Event details.

2016 Nike Hoop Summit
Bring your little basketball fans to a super cool game featuring the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team (which includes the best U.S. high school senior boys) as they take on the World Select Team, made up of international players 19 or younger. Sat., noon. N Portland. $10-$50; parking fee is $13. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Bring your bunnies to this musical based on the book by Mo Willems, full of adventure, songs and even dancing laundry. It’s an instant-classic and perfect for kids big and little, and their grown-ups. Sat., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. $5. Beaverton. All ages. Event details.

What’s on your family to-do list this weekend? Share in the comments below!