This three day weekend, explore the last operating steam-powered sternwheel tugboat in the country, which is also a working museum, for free on Saturday. Boat-loving kids will love seeing the inner-workings of a real boat—from the engine room to the pilot house. If you want to get your family exploring out-of-doors, look to Newt Day or the Owl Prowl in Beaverton. Or tuck inside and grab a slice and a pint and watch the little ones rock and roll to Lorna Miller at Mississippi Pizza. Looking for more far-flung adventure? Take the family to the Oregon coast to look for treasure on the beach.

West side

Family Saturday Oregon Maritime Museum 
Explore a historic steam-powered tug. Your kids can pretend to be captains as they turn the wheel and ring the bell. Learn to tie some nautical knots and take a knot guide home with you! Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

East side

Lorna Miller Kids’ Jamboree
Lorna Miller’s Little Kids’ Jamboree is an interactive event for kids, parents, grand-parents, neighbors and friends. Lorna leads an interactive concert filled with singing, dancing, and rhythm games. Sat., 4:00 pm. Mississippi Pizza. $5/family. All ages. Event details.

Red Fans for the Lunar New Year
A good luck tradition for the new year, making red fans is a fun, family-friendly activity. Join the Midland Library for a red fan-making workshop with local artists. Fri., 12:30 pm. $8/hour. Registration required. Free. All ages. Event details.


Park After Dark: Owl Prowl
Journey into the forest at night to look and listen for courting owls, watch a slideshow, listen to recordings of owl calls and see preserved specimens up close. Sat., 7:00 pm –9:00 pm. Nature Park Interpretive Center, Beaverton. $10/in-district. Ages 6 and up. Event details.

Kids Nature Night Out: Newt Watch
A great chance for parents to have a night out while the kids get to experience the Nature Park in a way few others ever do. Gather in the Interpretive Center, have dinner (pizza and veggies), then head out into the park after dark to explore and look for wildlife. Fri., 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Nature Park Interpretive Center, Beaverton. $25, in–district. 6-12 years. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Glass Float Art Drop
Handcrafted glass sand dollars and glass crabs along with glass floats will await discovery along the 7.5 miles of Lincoln City beaches, weather and ocean permitting. Sat. & Sun., 9:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen