There’s more to celebrate this weekend than Eggs Benedict Day (though who doesn’t love a holiday that involves hollandaise sauce?) This is a weekend to celebrate children—with festivals big (the largest in the NW being KidFest NW) and not-as-big (The Forest Grove Children’s Fair and the Creativity Fair in Beaverton). You also have a chance this weekend to get a jump-start on spring holidays like Mother’s Day and Easter.


KidFest & Easter Egg Hunt
Come experience an amazing weekend focusing on active and healthy family lifestyle and raising kids successfully. Non-stop entertainment, interactive exhibits for babies, kids, teens and parents, family fun zones, live entertainment, inflatable fun zone, rock wall, petting zoo, and more. Sat. and Sun., gates open 9:00 am both days, Portland Expo Center, $5 adults and kids (per day), 3 and under free. Event Details.


Pearls, Pastries and Portraits
Come join us for a wonderful event celebrating Mother’s Day by making cards, eating yummy food, taking professional photos, and trying on jewelry! Sat, Heathman Hotel, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, $10 (adults and kids over 3) kids 3 and under free. Event Details.

Bunny Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt
Practice egg hunting before the Easter weekend hits. Celebrate the season with a scrumptious pancake breakfast and springtime crafts. Then, enjoy a photo opportunity with this year’s celebrity bunny, fun games, and a small animal petting farm. Sat., Southwest Community Center, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, $15-$19.50, ages 1 and up. Event Details.


Creativity Fair
From crazy bubble paints to gooey flubber, fantastical fun is had by all at this event! The Creativity Fair has become an annual spring event for children from Hillsboro to Vancouver. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Creative Children’s Center, Beaverton, free (Oregon Food Bank donations welcome), all ages. Event Details.

Forest Grove Children’s Fair (pictured)
Bubbles, face painting, music, dancing, drumming, sidewalk chalk—and those are just the pre-parade festivities! Then enjoy (and join in) the parade to the fair, where you can create, play, watch and celebrate at booths sponsored by local organizations that provide services to young children and their families. Sat., Pacific University Campus, 9:30 am –1:00 pm, all ages, free. Event Details.

Columbia Gorge

Hood River Blossom Festival
A gorgeous 47-mile drive along the Hood River Fruit Loop is the centerpiece of the longtime celebration, and winds through the Festival’s activities at over 20 different venues. Sat. and Sun., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, free, all ages. Event Details.

– Cheyenne Terbrueggen