April may bring showers, but that’s never stopped anyone in Portland from getting outside – especially when a little more sun comes with it. Hello, rainbows! So, whether you’re in the mood to celebrate Packy’s 52nd birthday, adopt a new fuzzy friend or hunt for croaking frogs and spa gift certificates, this weekend will not disappoint. Read on to find out our top picks for what to do with your family around Puddletown. Packy Eating Cake


Egg-stravaganza – St. Johns
Take a pre-bedtime trip through the Bunny Patch sure to give them sweet dreams.  The evening event includes an egg hunt and spring crafts.  Buckets will be provided to all of the little hunters. Fri., 6-7:30 p.m., $3/person, Ages 8 and under. Event details.

Pet Adoptions, Fuzzy Fashions and Dog Relays
Bring Fluffy to this 13th annual expo and adoption event where more potential furry friends await.  Entertainment for the family includes a Flyball Dog Relay race, a pet fashion show and a Truffle Dog Tournament. Be sure to bring a pet food donation for The Pongo Fund, a nonprofit helping to feed hungry pets. Sat.10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

JuggleMania with Shoehorn
Warning! This show has been known to contain a teddy bear escape artist, the world’s only rat vest, a growling Chinese yoyo and an eyeball juggling goddess. When knives fly, plates spin, tiny pianos play and volunteers become part of the show, you never know what’s coming up next.  Advanced ticket purchase recommended. Sun., 4-5:30 p.m., $5/person advance; $7/person at door, All Ages. Event details.


Packy Turns 52
Oregon’s most beloved elephant, Packy, is turning 52 on Monday!  To celebrate all things pachyderm, the zoo will host it’s annual Elephantastic event this weekend, offering guests a sneak peek at the Elephant Lands habitat, set to open in 2015. Also for the event, kids can learn how elephants use their trunks to get water, play in some “goldilocks sand” that will be found in the new exhibit and practice building an elephant habitat using a felt board. After receiving stamps from each of the hands-on stations, participants will be rewarded for their hard work with a slice of cake. Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Free with zoo admission $8.50-$11.50, All Ages. Event details.

If you’re the type to turn all of your canned good labels facing out in your cabinets – or a fan of stacking things precariously – you’re going to love this event. Local teams of architecture, engineering, construction and related industry professionals have designed and built giant structural marvels, made entirely out of full cans of food, that will be on display at all hours through this weekend. This worldwide event, that’s been a fan favorite for over 2 decades, is an effort to raise awareness of hunger in our community and is also a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank. Fri.-Sun., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Breakfast and Egg Hunt – SW Community Center
Gobble up a full breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes, yogurt, granola and fruit, then take part in one of two different egg hunt event times.  An adult egg hunt will offer prizes, including personal training and spa gift certificates.  Kids can also take pics with the Easter Bunny, pet furry animals in the petting farm and make springtime crafts. Register in advance online for either the 9–11 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. time slot. Sat., 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $18-$25.25/person, Ages 1 and up. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Counting Critters
Amphibians and reptiles are peeking their heads out now that its spring.  Bring your mini naturalist out for a day of fresh air counting slithery snakes, quick lizards and croaking frogs.  Learn briefly about the survey process at 9 a.m., then head out into designated spots in the field to count and identify the little creatures.  Children must be accompanied by an adult during the Critter Walk count. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

What’s up with you this weekend?  Tell us in the Comments section below!

— Suzie Ridgway

Photo Credit: Oregon Zoo