Raptors! A giant squid! Set a course for adventure this weekend. Tears of Joy Theater is back with a family-friendly puppet-powered production of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. And Pacific City’s Birding & Blues Festival will have something to offer all ages and interests. Enjoy a soulful lineup of entertainers and three days of birding expeditions and education. For more intimate activities, your child can work side by side with artists at PNCA to make a print to take home. Or spy on painted turtles at Smith and Bybee Wetlands.\



20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Two very enthusiastic Jules Verne fans tell the story of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea like it’s never been told before. This is a fun, rollicking, family-friendly adaptation of the Jules Verne classic. April 12 – April 21. Matinee and evening shows available. $16 – $21. Best for ages 2 and older. Event details.

PNCA Printmaking Party
Drop in for a Screens and Stamps Printmaking Party! Work with a local artist or designer to create a unique keepsake to take home! Sat. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Free with Museum admission. Children 12 and under, members, and the PNCA community are always free. All ages. Event details. 


Painted Turtle Walk
Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is home to one of the largest populations of Western painted turtles in the Northwest. See these beautiful reptiles and learn about the natural history of painted turtles and why they are so rare. Sat. 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


53rd Annual Lu’au at Pacific University
Enjoy a dinner and/or a show—Luau is a time to celebrate with the extended Pacific community. Sat. 4:30 pm. Pacific University, Forest Grove. Dinner/show packages from $15. All ages. Event details.

Out of town

Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival
This event will feature three days of seminars and workshops by respected birding experts, as well as live bird exhibitions and numerous birding hikes and kayak expeditions. And music. Don’t forget the blues. Fri-Sun. Events run all day and into the evening. Pacific City. Costs vary by event. All ages. Event details.

Raptors? Turtles? Creatures of the deep? What creatures and adventures will your family discover this weekend?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen