Though Punxsutawney Phil proclaimed spring is just around the corner, we’ve got plenty of exciting indoor activities this weekend in case the wind and rain continue! For performances, we’ve got a free puppet show at the Oregon City Burgerville, the amazing Harlem Globetrotters at the Rose Garden, and a Christian Youth Theater production of “The Hobbit.” For education and enrichment, there’s a Taiko workshop and a class about crocodiles and reptiles at the Oregon Zoo. You’ll have a chance to meet Curious George and Cookie Mouse. Finally, there’s a daddy daughter night at Southwest Community Center and a family flicks night at Hillsboro Main Library.

This weekend also offers a chance for you and your family to do a little channeling of Marlin Perkins! It’s time for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count! It’s a four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Enjoy your weekend!


Harlem Globetrotters
A guaranteed fun experience for the young and the young at heart! The dazzling “4 Times the Fun” World Tour stops at the Rose Garden on Saturday. Their 65th season promises to be a landmark year, with never before seen innovations in the game. Sat., 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Portland, starting at $20 per ticket. Event details.

Usagi Taiko Workshop
Learn the basics of Taiko, a Japanese performing art combining rhythm, movement, energy, and culture into a single art form. This workshop introduces children ages 4 to 6 to the basics of Taiko playing, including stance, simple rhythms and playing with others through fun, interactive games and exercises. Pre-registration required. Sun., 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Portland, $25. Event details.

Cookie Mouse Visits Storytime
Bring your camera and tell all your friends! Meet Cookie Mouse (from the popular children’s book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff) at a special storytime. Favorite Cookie Mouse stories and activities will be featured. Sat., 11:00 am, Portland, free. Event details.


Daddy Daughter Night Masquerade Ball
A special night for Daddy and his little girl! Girls ages 4 to 12 and their doting Dads get together with other friends and fathers for dinner, themed crafts, and dancing at Southwest Community Center. Pre-registration required. Sat., 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Portland, $38 per couple, $18 per additional child. Event details.

Curious George Meet and Greet
The wait is finally over! The Curious George exhibit at Portland Children’s Museum opens on Saturday! Come shake hands with everyone’s favorite curious monkey. First come, first serve—be prepared to wait in line. Sat. and Sun., 11:00 am, noon, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, Portland, $8 for ages 1-54, $7 55+, under 1 free. Event details.

Never Smile at a Crocodile
Crocodiles are known for their toothy grins. But crocs and their cousins (snakes, lizards and tortoises) have some pretty interesting adaptations. Get a chance to meet some really cool reptiles firsthand. For children ages 3 to 4 accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required. Fri., 10:00 am – noon, Portland, $25 for one child and one adult, $11 for each additional child (member), $29 for one child and one adult, $13 for each additional child (non-member). Event details.


The Hobbit
Based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic novel, “The Hobbit” is an epic adventure to reclaim a stolen treasure from a fearsome dragon! Set in a time “Between the Dawn of Færie and the Dominion of Men,” this unlikely hero’s journey is full of magic and mystery. Fri., 7:00 pm, Sat., 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Sun., 2:00 pm, Washougal, $14 ages 19+, $11 62+, $11 2-18. Event details.

Friday Family Flicks
See “Shrek Forever After,” the fourth installment in the Shrek film series, on Hilsboro Main Library’s big screen! Popcorn provided. Recommended for ages 4+ and adult family members. Fri., 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Hillsboro, free. Event details.

Puppet Show
Come see Mudeye Puppet Company’s production of “The Treetop Collector’s Club!” Follow the adventures of Vel-Crow as he bravely searches for his lost friend Hazel, the Kanga-Raccoon. On his journey, our hero meets Land-Phil, a misunderstood character who teaches Vel-Crow an important lesson about friendship and what to do with our waste. Sun., 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Oregon City, free. Event details.

–Holly Crisp