Sometimes an event is so magical that it’s worth keeping the kids up a bit later than usual. The Chinese New Year Lantern viewing at Lan Su is one of these events. If you into the whole looking skyward thing, head to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum to see the Paper Airplane Guy. John has been making paper airplanes for 40 years and loves to share his passion with kids. Looking to keep cozy this weekend? Curl up with a bowl of chowder or tuck into a local venue to catch one of PDX’s outstanding musicians.

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West side

Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing
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A magical evening in the garden, Chinese New Year Lantern Viewings offer members and visitors the chance to see Lan Su come alive with dozens of red lanterns hanging from pavilions and hundreds of floating lanterns in. Fri-Sun. 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. $15 member, $20 non-member. All ages. Event details.

East side

The Alphabeticians at Mississippi Pizza
The Alphabeticians play fun, upbeat, mostly original music for kids and families. They have songs about numbers, dinosaurs, daddies, monsters, metaphors and, of course, multiple alphabet songs. Sat. 4:00 pm. Mississippi Pizza. $10/family. All ages. Event details.

Chowder Challenge
A dozen local brewpubs and restaurants will vie for the coveted Chowder Cup. The festivities also feature a beer garden, live music, a kids area, a raffle with prizes from the participants, special beers, and pub food for purchase. Minors are welcome at the family friendly event. Sat. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Free admission. $10 for ages 12 and up to taste. All ages. Event details.

$5 Friday: Art a la Carte
Create adorable bottle cap magnets. If you want to bring photos of your family to cut out please do! Fill the bottle caps with beads, buttons, pictures, ribbon, glitter! Make as many as you would like. Fri. 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. $5. All Ages. Event details.

Suburbs

Paper Airplane Guy
At the age of 9, John invented his own plane that flew 150 yards. From that moment on, he knew that he would be an airplane inventor. He loves to share his passion for science with kids. Sat. Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville. 10:00 am and 1:00 pm (general public shows, RSVP suggested). Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Will your family be looking and thinking “Up, up, and away” this weekend or staying warm indoors?

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen