How much fun can things to do with kids in Portland oregonyour family pack into a Portland weekend? This upcoming weekend is your chance to see. From citywide Easter activities to Earth Day Events (Earth Day is Friday, April 22), there are plenty of family events in Portland to choose from. It’s an ideal opportunity to take a nature walk together or spend some time collecting your gently used books to donate to kids in need. And, yes: Tidying up your child’s book collection can be fun AND meaningful, if you take the time to talk about what you’re doing and why.

Citywide

Children’s Book Drive (pictured)
Please bring new and gently used children’s books to any of nine New Seasons Market locations to help The Children’s Book Bank reach their goal of gathering 30,000 community-donated books for Portland’s children in need. Other locations include Whole Foods Bridgeport and Laurelhurst. Sun, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, free, all ages. Event Details.

Eastside

Ladybug Nature Walk
Each week, Ladybug walks for preschool-aged children (and their accompanying adult) are led at a different park. Children get to borrow a ladybug backpack full of tools as they touch slimy slugs, smell tree bark, feel leaves and listen for bird songs. Fri, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Mt Tabor Park, $3, ages 2-5. Event Details.

SCRAP Earth Day Festival
This event will feature 15 to 20 reuse artisan vendors (whose products are made of at least 75% reused materials), free sustainable craft station, live music, raffles and food carts in the parking lot. Sat, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, free, all ages. Event Details.

Westside

Oregon Zoo Rabbit Romp
Games, petting zoo and fun! Candy “egg” hunts occur every 20 minutes for children 10 years or younger. Toddlers two and under will have their very own candy hunt designed just for them. Sat, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, free with zoo admission, all ages. Event Details.

Alpenrose Easter Egg Hunt
It’s a frenzied free-for-all, but the stakes are high: prizes include 14 six-foot bunnies (one for each age bracket). Arrive early—it’s one of the biggest Easter Egg Hunts in the West. Sat, Alpenrose Dairy, ages 3 – 8, free, see listing for times. Event Details.

Suburbs

Edgefield Easter Brunch

Put on your Easter best and come out for a delicious holiday brunch at Blackberry Hall. Easter egg hunts on the lawn happen at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. Sun, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Blackberry Hall, see listing for prices, all ages. Event Details.

– Cheyenne Terbrueggen