Are you struggling with the winter blues? We’ve got the cure! This weekend you can hit open swim, check out the Nordic Carnival or hang out with clowns. Scroll down for those, and even more exciting weekend family events in Portland.

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Free Open Swim
Your little swimmers will be thrilled when they find out they get to splash and play on Friday! Experience your THPRD pools! Join Beaverton Swim Center every third Friday of the month for a free open swim. Fri. Event Details.

N Portland

Tennis & Tacos
Join the Portland Tennis & Education community at our Supporter Appreciation Event – Tennis & Tacos! Celebrate donors, supporters, and volunteers with tennis, tacos, and music. It will include homemade tacos, open tennis play, and fun with the PT&E community. Fri. Event Details.

University of Portland Reading Fair
Join us for our free annual Reading Fair at the University of Portland Chiles Center, Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 11am to 3pm!  We will have fun games, activities, crafts, and educational stem booths for the entire family to enjoy!  Every kid, from elementary through high school, gets to go home with a free book! Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Kid’s Movie Night
Enjoy Live Music Fridays at the Oregon Golf Club while your kids have a whole lot of fun on their own? Take them to the Club for Kid’s Movie Night beginning at 6 p.m. every Friday starting January 3rd. Fri. Event Details.

Fastelavn Nordic Carnival
Fastelavn is a Nordic Carnival tradition where kids dress up in costumes, play games for prizes and make fun crafts, and eat traditional  fastelavnsboller buns. The highlight of the event is the barrel-bashing, where kids hit a candy-filled barrel to scare away evil spirits..although nowadays the candy is the main goal! Fri. Event Details.


8th Annual Brazilian Carnaval
Join the  8th Anniversary of the Brazilian Carnaval Ball in Portland at the crystal ballroom! This event is open to all ages! Go early with your family or stay late to celebrate like Brazilians. They will be presenting: Bloco Alegria – Authentic Rio Drums Carnaval Band, Mandela Dance – Presenting Funk Carioca & Axé, Maracatu pdx – Northeast Brazil Folk Drums, DJ Dìgo Dalí + Risk of Change – Performance from Oregon Country Fair!, and there is a Costume Contest for kids and adults. Sat. Event Details.

Lake Oswego

Mozart for Munchkins
Think Johann Sebastian Bach meets Baby Shark!! Lake Grove Presbyterian Church is partnering with the New York-based education program, Mozart for Munchkins to present two free concerts geared toward preschool aged children and their families. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

21st Clowns Without Borders Benefit
Clowns Without Borders’ annual benefit is a hilarious, awe-inspiring variety show. It features the very best circus artists and physical comedians, including live music, aerialists, jugglers, acrobats, comics, and strange stunts from all over the world. Sat. Event Details.


Portland Polar Plunge
2020 will be the 7th year Oregonians staff plunges for an awesome purpose: Special Olympics Oregon! Each year their employees make donations, raise money, and even volunteer to take the plunge into the freezing Columbia River all in support of Special Olympics Oregon. Join them in this chilly good cause!  Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti