From Earth Day and the start the Rose Festival season, to meet-and-greets with a rock star soccer player and a fancy little girl named Nancy, there’s so much fun to be had in Portland this weekend. If  your family has a hankering to get out of town, mosey down to Salem for the Oregon Ag Fest, where kids can learn about life on the farm and race around on little tractors. OregonAgFest

Eastside

Be Green: Earth Day PDX
Show your Mother Earth some love at the Earth Day PDX celebration, from the Portland Earth Day Coalition. Reverse Migration is the theme for this earth day event, which will include two stages of live music and entertainment, a Kids’ Village, over 75 businesses and organizations devoted to sustainability, the Soapbox Speakers Stage and the Procession of the Species Parade. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

82nd Avenue of Roses Parade
The Rose Festival events kick off in 3, 2, 1…  For the first officially sanctioned event of the Rose Festival, the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade will feature its “Making Memories Starts Here” theme with businesses, school groups, bands, fire engines and community organizations marching down the street in grand fashion.  Stick around afterwards for the carnival with free pony rides, face painting, balloon animals and more, as well as the super cool, classic car cruise-in. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Soccer Star Book Signing
If you have a soccer playing kid, run, don’t walk, to the phone to sign up for this now.  Portland Thorns player and Olympic Gold Medalist, Alex Morgan, will be signing her new book, Win or Lose, part of her popular middle reader series, The Kicks.  Advance tickets required by phone.  Admission includes a signed copy of the book. Fri., 4 p.m., $15.99/child, All Ages. Event details.

Westside

Get Fancified with the Fancy Nancy Bookstore Tour
The Oregon Children’s Theatre production of “Fancy Nancy: The Musical” is opening in early May, but kids can meet Nancy way before that happens at this very special meet-and-greet, where they will hear Nancy sing songs from the production and readings from Fancy Nancy books.  Families will also have a chance to win tickets to the show and get free cupcake vouchers from Cupcake Jones.  The fanciest of fancy attire is encouraged, of course. Sat. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m. (two locations), Free, All Ages. Event details.

Healthy Kids Day
The Beaverton Hoop YMCA celebrates YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event that encourages families in Washington County to move, learn and live healthier with activities such as Zumbatomic, crafts, and obstacle courses. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Farmer for a Day at Oregon Ag Fest
Lasso lessons, wooden cow milking, chicks hatching, puppy petting and mini tractor races are just a taste of what kids can experience at the annual Oregon Ag Fest.  Along with having tons and tons of down-home fun, kiddos will learn important lessons about how food and fiber are produced. Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $9/person; free for kids 12 and under, All Ages. Event details.

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–Suzie Ridgway

Photo credit: Oregon Ag Fest