Get your little animals out of the house and let them roam free at these natural offerings taking place for the start of April, aka Earth Month.  With events on tap, like sidling up to geckos, hugging trees, tracking coyotes and exploring a lava butte, this is shaping up to be a pretty wild weekend.Mr. Lizard


Lizards, Princesses and Bargains, Oh My!
Shop bargains galore at this gigantic, bi-annual kids’ consignment event with thousands of new and gently used clothes, toys, maternity wear, baby gear, books and furniture. In addition to bargains, bargains, bargains for you, the kids will be wowed by the face-painter, balloon artist and Mr. Lizard’s Reptile Zoo, as well as getting ready for their close-ups with Princess Photos. Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Sesquicentennial Library Puppet Show
Celebrating 150 years, Librarian Gabby, from Penny’s Puppets, will travel back in time, tell stories and sing songs about the library’s early beginnings and through now. Parents can expect spontaneous dancing and guaranteed belly laughs. Sat., 11-11:45 a.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.


Hug a Tree
Immerse yourselves in tree love for Oregon’s Arbor Month at the Tree Jubilee and Ultimate Family Tree-sure Hunt. Jubilee activities will include paper-making, gardening tips and a nature survival demo. The hunt will lead kids on a search for clues around the museum and arboretum while they learn about native flowers, trees and plants. Prizes, including a team sleepover in the bunk houses at Magness Memorial Tree Farm, will be awarded to the top three Tree-sure Hunt winners. Tree seedlings will be given out to all participants. The first 150 people to the event will receive a free cinch bag. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $6-$9, Free for ages 2 and under and members, All Ages. Event details.

Wiley Coyotes
Get up close and personal with animal pelts, skins and tracking techniques for the first half of the Park After Dark: Coyotes program, then head outdoors for a guided hike to watch for and listen to creatures who only come out at night. Reservations required for tots and their accompanying grown-ups. Fri. 7-9 p.m., $10/person, Ages 6 and up. Event details.

Bigfoot and Mo Phillips
Local kids’ rocker, Mo Phillips, will celebrate two events in one, National Poetry Month and Oregon Reads 2014, by reading “Everyone Out Here Knows: A Bigfoot Tale,” written by William Stafford. Mini scribes will have an opportunity to write poems of their own and create Sasquatch art. Sat. 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Boy Scout Badge-O-Rama
Is your little tiger, wolf or bear cub scout trying to earn some badges? The museum’s Passport Program features stations set up for boys to complete electives to earn badges including sewing on a button, learning about an animal, visiting a museum and learning the history of Native American life. Sign up asap. Reservations are required. Sat., 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., $6/scout and sibling, Free for adults, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Lava Butte Exploration
Jump in the car and take a short drive – or longer bike ride – to explore an extinct lava butte with Metro naturalist, Ashley Conley, for Mt. Talbert Explorers’ Day. Watch your tiny peeps’ eyes light up as you discover animal tracks, migrating songbirds and blooming wildflowers together. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $11/family, Ages 5 and up. Event details.

What’s your favorite, can’t-miss nature activity? Tell us in the Comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway

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