Pack up the car and head to Salem for the Oregon Ag Fest, an activity-filled festival where kids (and grown ups too!) can touch, taste and experience life on the farm. Or attend a backyard chicken-keeping workshop for families right here in PDX. Looking for a little culture? See the Northwest Children’s Theater’s modern, glass-slipper-tappin’ version of Cinderella, or experience the Portland Youth Philharmonic orchestra in an intimate Pearl district show.

Westside

NWCT’s Cinderella
This retelling of the classic fairy tale is staged in a lavish Broadway musical style. April 27 – May 26. 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 7:00 pm shows. Free admission, $18-$22. Ages 5 and olderages. Event details.

Camerata PYP at Weiden+Kennedy
Experience the Portland Youth Philharmonic orchestra in an intimate, exciting, and engaging environment. Sun. 4:00 pm. $16-$20. Young music lovers. Event details.

Classroom Discovery at Tryon Creek
Enjoy this special open house-style opportunity to visit the Nature Center classroom and meet live animals (including Pockets, the Friends’ resident corn snake) and check out bones, animal pelts and other cool stuff. Sat. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Back-to-Nature Day for Lag ba’Omer
Enjoy the Portland Youth Philharmonic orchestra in an intimate, exciting, and engaging environment. Sun. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. $16-$20. Ages 2-12. Event details.

Eastside

Backyard Chicken Keeping for Families

This workshop covers the basics of backyard chicken keeping–from raising chicks, shelter, and feed–to municipal regulations and which chicken breed is right for you. Sat. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. $10-$35 sliding scale. All ages. Event details.

Out of town 

Oregon Ag Fest
Plant a seedling, ride a pony, watch chicks hatch, pet a rabbit, dig for potatoes and much more. Sat & Sun. State Fairgrounds, Salem. 8:30 am (Sat) 10:00 am (Sun) – 5:00 pm. $9 adults, free for kids under 12. All ages. Event details.

Chickens clucking or violins singing? Which way will your family flock this weekend?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen