Happy holidays, Portland! If you’re looking for something to do Friday, check out our list of 10 Things to Do on Christmas Day. We also have a handful of other sweet things worth piling the kids in the car for, like a Kwanzaa Celebration and whale watch week. Read on for our picks for the weekend.

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East Side

Winter Sing Along and Cocoa Bar
Need to make some space for the new toys? Bring your gently used toys and keep that holiday feeling going with a sing-along, live entertainment, free coffee and hot cocoa. Be sure to bring toy donations for the Toy Library to the event or at any other time they’re open. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Kwanzaa A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture
Celebrate Kujichagulia, which translated means “self-determination” at this event open to all. Sun., 2-3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Childbirth Education Classes for Experienced Parents
Whether this is your second or seventh, every birth experience is new. This one-day, condensed class, led by Biodynamic Childbirth educator, Amanda Mayther of Families in Bloom, will talk about learning from past birth experiences, offering new pain-coping strategies and thinking of this new birth as completely unique. Sat., 3-6 p.m., $99/couple, Adults. Event details.

West Side

Be Part of the Pack at The Jungle Book
Join Mowgli as he takes his grand adventure through the Indian jungle, based on the book by Rudyard Kipling. Familiar animal teachers, including Baloo, Bagheera, Akela and the band of monkeys will join Mowgli on his discovery of what family means. Audience members will join in as part of the wolf pack. Sun., various start times, $11/person, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Whale Spotting
Grab your rain gear and head to the coast this weekend for your chance to see mother whales migrating south to the warm waters of Mexico to give birth. Winter Whale Watch Week expects thousands of whales to pass by Oregon in a two-week period. Volunteers will be located at 24 sites along the coast to offer up information and help spot tales, breeches and spouts. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., All Ages, Free. Event details.

What are you doing post Christmas? Let us know in the comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway

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