The holidays are behind us and a bright new year beckons. This is a good weekend to decompress–maybe even put down the electronics. Whether your families likes classic board games, card games, or is looking to learn something new, Unplugged Games has lots of great ideas to make family game time fun. Or, begin the new year with healthy family fun. Learn to skate and squeeze in some Roller Limbo time at Oaks Park. Go square dancing with Professor Banjo, or hop in the car and cap off the year with a whale-watching adventure on the coast.

Portland

ZooZoo with Cats (pictured)
The family hit returns with felines among the entourage of frogs, penguins, hippos and other wild, crazy creatures. Through Jan 1. Imago Theater. Multiple showtimes, including matinees. Imago Theater. $16 for kids, $27 for youth/senior, $31 for adults. All ages. Event details.

Professor Banjo Square Dance
Squaredance Paul (a.k.a. Professor Banjo) calls dances every Sunday at the Village Ballroom. Sun. 7:00 pm. $7. All ages. Event details.

Family Fun Day at Unplugged Games
Try one of the games from their huge library, or bring one from home to play with new friends. See a new game you want to learn? The staff will teach you! Sat. 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Oaks Park Morning Skate
A weekly skate session for kids and their parents includes a group lesson, skating games, songs, and other activities. Fee includes skate rental. Sat. 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. $6/kids, adults free with child. Ages 2-10. Event details.

Suburbs

Irish Sunday: Rock Creek Tavern
Enjoy Irish music every Sunday at Rock Creek Tavern. This week, two of the Northwest’s finest purveyors of Irish music meld their magical, musical talents. Sun. 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Out of Town

Winter Whale Watch Week
Trained volunteers help you spot migrating whales at 26 sites along the coast. See website for locations. Through Jan 1. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

How will you spend the last weekend of 2012?

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen