Diversity is one of the defining characteristics of our beautiful city. It provides exciting entertainment options for every family—whether artsy, outdoorsy, sciencey, or all of the above. Find out what Portland has in store for your clan with our weekend roundup, which we promise has a little something fun for everyone.

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SW Portland

A Friday Night Date for the Whole Family
Spend your Friday evening at the Portland Children’s Museum for free thanks to Target’s Free First Fridays program. Enjoy all the fun the museum has to offer and get home before bedtime (well, they might fall asleep in the car on the way home, but is that bad?). Fri. Event details.

Catch the Musical Hairspray
Don’t miss this family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs — adapted from the Broadway production that won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It’s 1962, and spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has one big dream — to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” Fri. – Sat. Event details.

Pete’s Dragon Movie Release Party
You children will cherish, “Pete’s Dragon” as much as you and there’s no better way to celebrate the movie release than by attending the release party at The Craft Factory. There will be a themed craft, FREE movie tickets, a sweet treat, and maybe even some movie freebies. Fri. Event details.

An Outing That Won’t Break the Bank
For Bank of America cardholders, this weekend means free admission to the Portland Art Museum and the Portland Children’s Museum. Visit the museum’s websites to find out what admission rules apply for kids and adults. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Science Up Your Sunday
Head to OMSI for a major discount on admission, the first Sunday of every month. There’s no shortage of activities for all ages. Play in a Science Playground, shake it up in the Earthquake House and climb on board a real submarine. Sat. Event details.

N Portland

22nd Annual Columbia Slough Regatta
Meet with over 400 people at the St Johns Launch and to launch into the safe slack water of the Columbia Slough.  Despite the name, the Columbia Slough Regatta is not actually a race, it’s more of a leisurely wildlife-watching group paddle. Keep an eye out for Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Western Painted Turtle, Beavers and more! Sun. Event details. 


Climb on the Big Rigs at Truck Day
Your little motor head will go wild climbing on bulldozers, fire engines, freight trucks, cranes, and buses and more at Truck Day. Don’t miss out on the fun! Sat. Event details.


Journey Theater Arts Group Presents: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious”. Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, this play is a high-flying fun-filled adventure for the entire family. Fri. Event details.

It’s almost the end of the dog days of summer. How will you beat the heat this weekend? Share it with us in the comment section below!

— Annette Benedetti