The month of love is here and it is full of fun events that will help you and your kids find that inner glow even when it’s dreary out. Get crafty and make some Valentine’s explore Fort Vancouver by lantern, or watch a stop gap motion movie. Whatever you do, do it with lots of love. Read on for details below.

photo: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site via facebook 

NW Portland

Experience the skinner|kirk | BodyVox Dance Performance
BodyVox is thrilled to welcome skinner|kirk Dance Ensemble back to the stage for a sixth year. BodyVox founding members Eric Skinner and Daniel Kirk continue their legacy of choreographic projects, presenting an evening of new work. Their history of inspiring collaborations with musicians, composers, designers, and artists promises to make this a production to look forward to. Martha Ullman West of Oregon ArtsWatch had this to say about their most recent production, “Over the past twenty years, give or take, Eric Skinner and Daniel Kirk have developed what you might call an autobiographical movement vocabulary.” Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Attend the Portland Winter Light Festival
It’s the third year of the Portland Winter Light Festival and the theme is The Light of Progress. This festival is free all ages and takes place rain or shine! In 2017 the festival hosted over 40,000 visitors, presented 75 installation artists, showcased 42 performers, and worked with over 180 volunteers to create one of Portland’s most talked-about events. 2018 promises to shine even brighter! Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Join Pint Sized Picasso Explores: Space
‘Space’ will be the theme for the Winter term Pint Sized Picasso class for artists aged 3-6. Each 45 minute class will begin with reading a book and include thematically inspired art projects ranging from 2-D to 3-D using a variety of art materials. Sat. Event Details.


Create Your Own Topiary
Imagination and creativity are a must for this fun class! Children will learn about the art of topiary while getting firsthand experience creating their own topiary design out of soft wire. After making their own unique topiary shape, children will plant a vine at the base to climb up and cover the wire. Sat. Event Detail.


Attend the 12th Annual Hō’ike Hula Show and Fundraiser
ALOHA! The Ka’ana ‘Ike A Ka ‘Ohana (KIAKO) Foundation and Hula Hālau ‘Ohana Holo’oko’a would like to invite you to the 2018 12th Annual Hō’ike. There will be 2 shows, Matinee and Evening/Lū’au/Silent Auction. Proceeds from this event support the KIAKO Foundation’s mission to cultivate Hawaiian arts, language, and heritage in the Pacific Northwest.Sat. Event Details.


Join the Waterfowl Watch 101
Get the “how to’s” of waterfowl watching. Build your skills with bird watching tools and tips, practice identifying waterfowl and then venture out on the Refuge to see them in the wild! Please bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. Loaners will be available. This event is open to all skill levels. This is a free event, preregistration is required. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Go on the Worst Day of the Year Run
Name your start time  at this super fun yucky run (9 a.m, 10 a.m., or 11 a.m.) — start & finish early or make it a day at Edgefield! Included with registration:

  • Winter hat
  • Glittery stormcloud finisher medal
  • Costume contest with great prizes
  • Homemade soup from McMenamins
  • Heated indoor post-race party
  • Free onsite parking

Sat. Event Details.

See Animated Worlds: Stop Motion Classics
Portlander Will Vinton’s film was the world’s first Claymation feature and the first animated feature made in the Northwest. It took his studio three and a half years to make and is a display of dazzling animation technique. James Whitmore is the voice of the famous writer, chronicling Twain’s fantastic voyage in a magical airship with Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Becky Thatcher to rendezvous with Halley’s Comet. Along the way they encounter a variety of Twain’s storybook characters from The Diary of Adam and Eve, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Mysterious Stranger, and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Attend the Special Celebrations Sweetheart Social
Bring your family, friends or that special someone for an afternoon of fun and festivities! Activities include: Valentine crafts, card making, games and prizes, photo booth fun, music, and more! Bring a festive treat or snack to share! Sat. Event Details.

Take a Lantern Tour
Titled “Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks,” these new ranger-led programs will walk visitors through the grounds of Vancouver Barracks by lantern light, connecting attendees to the national park’s military history through thematic storytelling.

These tours will be small in size, and each will feature a specific thematic focus rather than historical vignettes. They will require walking through grass and uneven surfaces at night and in in inclement conditions, including rain and mud. These tours also meet at the entrance gate to the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. Fifth St., start at 7:00 p.m. Sat. Event Details.

What is your favorite way to kick off the month of February? Share with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti