From the active to the creative to the plain ol’ fun, Portland’s cooking up some cool family events. The live theater scene is hopping with classical tales that will tickle all. And if your family is musical, there are festivals kicking off left and right. There’s even a cooking class waiting for you. Read on to find out More.

photo: via Tears of Joy Theater

NW Portland

Celebrate Chinese New Year
Welcome to the Year of the Dog! The Lan Su Chinese Gardens kicks off the celebrations on February 16 by rolling oranges and lucky coins straight through the front door, a traditional way to celebrate. Stop by any weekend during the celebration for stunning lion dances, martial arts performances, craft activities, and a chance to add to the Chinese Wishing Tree. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Attend Little Chefs: Zoodles Class
We all know kids love pasta; unfortunately, too much pasta can be unhealthy. This class is great to get kids (and parents) excited about eating veggies while satisfying their pasta cravings!

Children ages 5-14 must come with the supervision of a parent. All children 14 and over must come with parent permission. This class is taught by Chef Jacobsen Valentine and is located at the new workshop kitchen. Sat. Event Details.

Attend There’s a Nightmare in my Closet by Mercer Mayer
This classic Tears of Joy production is performed with a variety of styles of puppets. The boy and the Nightmare are adaptations of Japanese bunraku puppets and our nationally acclaimed ‘Jabberwocky’ is performed with three dimensional shadow puppets created from kitchen utensils. The play addresses childhood fears in ways that will elicit both wonder and giggles. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Watch Jean and the Wonderful Idea Machine – Family Musical
Jean is a young girl who believes she could invent something that would change worried thoughts to wonderful ideas. Encouraged by a science fair project, Jean invents and builds a wonderful idea machine. Word of this machine reaches the President of the United States and Jean is invited to bring her wonderful idea machine to the world peace summit to help solve all the world problems. Jean is a wonderful example of a little girl who believes in her ideas and cares about making the world a better place. This world-premiere musical event is about believing in your dreams and making them come true. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Joins the Singalong & Games Playdate by Fit4mom SE Portland
Fit4mom is a mom-orientated fitness group, with all kinds of class options. They host several free playdates a month for our kiddos to play, create, and socialize, but also so other mommas can come check out our village, as questions, and just relax for a few minutes while the kids play!

They are going to have a sing a long, a dance party, and toddler games like duck duck goose, and simon says. Their playdates are very accommodating for all ages, so come join us! Snacks will be provided to the kids. Sat. Event Details.

Check Out the Junior Roller Derby Double Header
The Rose City Rollers are moving into 2018 with a bang! Don’t miss this double header featuring bout match ups that you won’t forget. Watch the Daughters of Doom take on the Voodoo Dolls followed by the Rose Buds Death Scar Derby Droids and the Undead Avengers! Sun. Event Details.


Check Out the WeVillage Open House
You’re invited to WeVillage Orenco Station’s Open House on Saturday, February 17! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the preschool teachers and learn more about all the programs. Parents are welcome to review the curriculum, tour the facility, ask questions, and kids even have 1 hour of free Family Play! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Check Out PDX Black Film Festival at Hollywood Theater
The Oregon Black Pioneers have been working to tell the forgotten stories of the region’s diverse past for years. Their latest exhibit in the Oregon Historical Society focuses on the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s. Using photos from the City of Portland the Oregonian’s archives, the exhibit presents a hard look at the obstacles the Black community of Portland faced, like racist attitudes and policies of exclusion. The exhibit is family friendly and welcomes all ages and backgrounds. Sun. Event Details.

Greater Portland Area

Catch the PDX Jazz Festival
The 15th Annual PDX Jazz Festival comes roaring in this month, ready to celebrate past legends and showcase new talent! Over 100 events across 11 days, the amount of toe-tapping, soul-swinging beats will blow your mind. Local Portland star Esperanza Spalding joins in on February 22, or, for free events that won’t keep the kids up too late, check out the new talent at the PSU or Clackamas Student Duets for piano/voice. Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

Attend KidFest NW
This is the most epic kid festival you’ll find in these parts! The “Whopper of All Family Fests” kicks off at the Expo Center with a bang: entertainment stages, inflatable bounce houses, bubble soccer, exotic animals, music, art, Paint Ball, and so much more. The SportFest is an event-within-an-event offering demos for a wide range of sports sure to please any age. And if sports aren’t your family’s thing, don’t worry: you can also find science demos, interactive exhibits, and even cooking challenges. And with your ticket getting you into almost everything it’s an affordable, epic day full of fun. Sun. Event Details.

What is your favorite February festival? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti