Ready to stretch your legs and head out? There are still plenty of the usual holiday happenings, including light displays and live shows, like Mary Poppins and FROGZ, going on until the New Year and beyond. But if you’re looking for something that just happens this weekend, try whale watching, crafting with grandma, a puppet show or roller skating in your pjs.

Depoe Bay Whale Center

photo: Depoe Bay Whale Center by wikimedia.org via creative commons

Worth the Drive

There She Blows! Whale Watch Week Begins
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. Sat.&Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., All Ages. Event details.

East Side

PJs and Roller Skates
Don your jammies for a night of 8-wheelin’ fun at Oaks Park skate rink. Folks showing up to the regularly scheduled Friday Night Skate wearing their p.j.s will receive a $1 discount off admission. Fri., 7-10:30 p.m., $6.25/person (after $1 discount); $1.75/person skate rental, All Ages. Event details.

Penny’s Puppets – Snowbrite
Penny’s seasonal and imaginative puppet production, Snowbrite, spins the tale of a snow girl built by some children who visited the woods for the day. One magical full moon night she comes alive. See how the story unfolds as Snowbrite hurries to make friends under the night sky before the sun comes and melts her away. Fun lights, music and dancing are all included in this original puppet play, as is free coffee, tea and stickers for all. Buy tickets online or at the door. Sat., 10-11:30 a.m., $5/guest, All Ages. Event details.

West Side

Grandparents Day Crafting
Crafting is more fun when it’s two-for-one! Celebrate that special bond between the generations with a two-for-one craft time for grandparents and their grandchildren. Both of you can work together to create something or work side-by-side to each make a craft to take home. Sat., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., $12, All Ages. Event details.

Simple Science and Math
Beaverton City Library staff will help kids play with potato stamps, ice experiments and adding up items in their grocery store to introduce math and science concepts in a simple way. Fri., 2-3 p.m., Free, Ages 2-8. Event details.

Are you heading out or hibernating this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section!

-Suzie Ridgway