There is so much to do this weekend with your family, and almost every single thing involves getting out and breathing a little fresh air. Ahhhh. You can take a sneak peek at the Oregon Zoo’s new elephant habitat, attend Safe Routes’ community bike event, educate yourselves about all things environmental at the big Earth Day PDX fair, watch the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, get a bird’s eye view from the aerial tram or go be farmers for the day at the Oregon Ag Fest in Salem. Read on to discover what’s up this weekend.
Bike It! Safe Routes Spring Kick-Off
BYO bike or borrow one from the Safe Routes’ fleet to participate in the Bike Rodeo, Learn to Ride a Bike Class, Learn to Fix a Flat Bike Tire, Community Bike Ride or the free basic bike repair info sesh, provided by volunteer mechanics. There will also be a crafts table with walk and bike-related art projects, info about map reading and safe route planning in your neighborhood and learning how to start a Walking School Bus. A free, healthy lunch will be served at noon to the first 120 people. Sat., 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Love Your Mother at Earth Day PDX
Around 100 exhibitors and vendors will be on hand at this 16th annual Earth fair. In addition to all of the sustainable learning you’ll be doing, there’s also a Kids’ Village with Circus Cascadia to keep your little clowns busy with juggling, stilt-walking, Chinese yo-yos, flower sticks and balance boards. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Rose Fest Time: 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade
The Rose Festival events kick off in 3, 2, 1…the first officially sanctioned event of the Rose Festival, the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade will feature local businesses, school groups, bands, fire engines and community organizations marching down the street in grand fashion. Stick around afterwards for the carnival with children’s entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and more, as well as the ultra-cool, classic car cruise-in. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-noon, Free, All Ages. Event details.
High Flying Fun at the Aerial Tram
Bring home a hand-made craft for Mom, pick up a Portland Tram activity book and take a tour of the tram engine and control rooms (sign up for either the 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. tour in advance). Don’t miss out on tram rides with incredible views. Sat., noon-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Be an Anti-Couch Potato With Healthy Kids Day
Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. On Saturday, the Beaverton YMCA will celebrate Healthy Kids Day®, a free community event that is open to all kids and families and filled with fun, active play and educational opportunities. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Elephantastic! Promises Fun of Epic Proportions
Visitors will have the opportunity to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience touring a portion of Elephant Lands from the elephants’ perspective. Small groups will be able to walk through the North Habitat, formerly the Elk Meadow. The exhibit is covered in thick sand and not suitable for those with mobility challenges, but the pedestrian viewing area is completely accessible. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Free with zoo admission ($8.50-$11.50), All Ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Pedal a Tiny Tractor at Oregon Ag Fest
After petting adorable bunnies, goats, sheep and pigs, learning how to lasso from real-live wranglers, racing mini tractors and riding ponies, don’t be surprised if your kids want you to pack up your city life and move to the country. In addition to the mountains of activities to keep the littles entertained, there will also be plenty of free, live entertainment and delicious homemade food available to sample and purchase. Sat. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $9/person; Free for kids 12 & under, All Ages. Event details.
What fun is your family getting into? Let us know in the Comments below!