The classic tale of Stellaluna, a bat who’s world is literally turned upside down, comes, opens this weekend at Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre. Need another reason to head downtown with the kids? Portland’s famous elephant Packy turns 50 and the Oregon Zoo are throwing a pachyderm-sized party that’s filled with family fun. Or get out of town—join a naturalist-led exploration of Mount Talbert Nature Park. (Who knew there was a lava butte right near Clackamas Town Center?).


Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre: Stellaluna (featured)
Knocked from her mother’s safe embrace, little Stellaluna ends up in a bird’s nest and finds herself the odd one out. See how she embraces her true identity in this popular tale. April 13-22. Evening shows and weekend matinees. $17-$20. All ages. Event details.

Packy’s 50th Birthday
Packy, Oregon’s most beloved elephant, is turning 50 years old April 14, and the zoo will celebrate his big day with a pachyderm-sized party featuring music, games, and cake for humans and elephants alike. Sat. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.


Mo Phillips’s Monster Suit Release
Beloved by Portland  families, kindie musician Mo Phillips is ready to burst onto the national scene with the release of his third kids’/family CD, Monster Suit. Sat. Kennedy School. 5:00 pm. Free. $10/family. All ages. Event details.

 Make and Take: Hand Felting
This all-ages workshop provides all the materials needed to make hand-felted wool beads. Sun. SCRAP. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. $5. Participants 12 and over may attend on their own, while kids 11 and younger may attend with a grown-up participant. Event details.


52nd 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.

Family Nature Explorers: Mount Talbert
This first Family Nature Explorers field trip is to a lava butte near, of all things, Clackamas Town Center! Sat. 10:00 am. Clackamas. Meeting location provided after registration. Advanced registration required. 4 and older. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen