Jump, groove, and celebrate with music, dance and other lively performances this weekend. The world premiere puppet production of The Ugliest Duckling is guaranteed to be a real not-to-be-missed delight! Your family can enjoy free, smaller-scale puppet shows and storytelling around town, too! Savor these last chilly days enjoying a show, helping the kiddies find their inner gymnast, or tripping the light fantastic with your baby before spring truly springs and we all head outdoors to bask in the long-awaited sunshine.

Eastside

Ballroom Dancing with Baby
Come and learn basic steps to popular ballroom and social dances—with baby as your partner. This playful class features a unique blend of dance, music, singing and learning for both adults and babies. By the end of the session you will know how to waltz, tango, salsa, swing and more. Sat, 10:30 am – 11:15 am, 4-week session: $44/drop-in: $12, 18 months and under. Event Details.

The Curious Garden
Come see our old pals Razzie the Fairy, Daisy the Flower, and Jojo the Lawnjockey; and meet our new garden friends Ribbit the Frog, Dottie the Ladybug, and Flappy the Chicken. The show ends with an open mic session. Sun, 10:30 am, $5 suggested donation, ages 0-8. Event Details.

Westside

The Ugliest Duckling (pictured)
Everyone feels like an ugly duckling once in a while; imagine if you were a platypus! This re-imagined version of the Hans Christian Anderson classic is set in Australia and features an array of wonderful creatures. The starring platypus reminds us that everyone is different and unique and that true beauty lies inside us all. Opens Sat, see listing for show times, $15 child and $18 adult, for ages 3 and up. Event Details.

Puppet Fairy Tales
Join Mother Goose, the Gingerbread Man and Foxy Woxy as they travel through the woods of mixed-up fairy tales. Sing, dance and laugh along in this musical puppet journey with Penny’s Puppet Productions. Opens Fri, Central Library, 2:00 pm 2:45 pm, free, all ages. Event Details.

Suburbs

Gymnastics! Parent’s Night Out
Keep your children busy, while you enjoy a great night out. Your kids will play games, enjoy the foam pits and trampolines, and more. The theme this time is Super Heroes. Sat, Oregon Gymnastics Academy, Beaverton, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, see listing for prices, ages 4 and up. Event Details.

Tikki Tikki Tembo
What happens when Tikki Tikki Tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo, with his great long name, falls into the well? Don’t miss the fun as Tears of Joy Theatre performs this beloved story. Sat, Gresham Library, 2:30 pm 3:00 pm, all ages, free. Event Details.

– Cheyenne Terbrueggen