An interesting mix of family-fun adventure awaits this weekend, there’s bound to be something that fits you and your family perfectly! If you love The Alphabeticians as much as we do, come out and support them as they celebrate the release of their new CD “Rock.” The Cat in the Hat is making an appearance, a one-man variety show is sure to tickle your funny bone, and it’s all about worms at Tryon Creek. Meet new friends at Isobel’s Clubhouse’s creative play, eat your way through the Chowder Challenge, and be dazzled by the figure skating champions at Smucker’s Stars on Ice. Finally, travel back to ancient China with a stage adaptation of Disney’s Mulan Jr. or attend an Aaron Nigel Smith performance.  Here’s to lots of joy and laughter for all!


The Alphabeticians CD Release Party
This is big, folks! There will be free balloons with Olive Rootbeer, balloonist extraordinaire, and special guests Matt Clark and Professor Banjo will be jamming with The Alphabeticians. There will be give-aways, and a contest for best representation of your favorite letter of the alphabet. Sat., 3:30 pm, Portland, $5 per person or $15 per family, take $10 off if you purchase a copy of “Rock” or have already purchased one. Event details.

Chowder Challenge
Fourteen local brewpubs and restaurants will vie for the coveted Chowder Cup at the fifth annual Chowder Challenge! The festivities also feature a beer garden, live music, a soda garden for kids, Joe the Balloon Guy, a raffle of restaurant gift certificates and Lompoc gear, and pub food for purchase. Sat., noon – 5:00 pm, Portland, free admission and $10 to participate in the tasting. Event details.

Smucker’s Stars On Ice
America’s most beloved figure skating tour, Smucker’s Stars on Ice, has brought together a superstar ensemble of Olympic, World and National Champions from all over the globe to celebrate its 25th season. Sat., 7:30 pm, Portland, starting at $25 13+, $12.50 0-12. Event details.


Family Fun with Worm Bins
Join the Friends of Tryon Creek for an afternoon of creepy-crawly fun! Discover worms in their natural habitat and see first-hand how truly invaluable these invertebrates are to the park’s ecosystem. We’ll then warm up inside as we get to work making our own worm bins for our entire household composting needs. Pre-registration required. Sat., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Portland, $15. Event details.

Creative Play @ Isobel’s Clubhouse
Meet new friends while having a fantastic time! Kids can dress up in costumes, play with toys, read stories, play games or create in the art space. Feel free to bring something to share, and definitely don’t forget fun ideas for group songs and games. Fri., 9:30 am – 11:30 am, Portland, $3 per child per hour. Event details.

Aaron Nigel Smith Concert
You’ve heard him on PBS’s “Between the Lions”—now’s your chance to see award-winning singer and musician Aaron Nigel Smith live! This is the final performance of Portland Children’s Museum’s 6th annual World Sounds event. Sun., 11:00 am, noon and 1:00 pm, Portland, $9 1-54, $8 55+, under 1 free. Event details.


Disney’s Mulan Jr.
Travel back to the legendary, story-telling days of ancient China with this action-packed stage adaptation of Disney’s Mulan. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor! Mulan Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit. Fri., 7:00 pm, Sat., 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Sun., 2:00 pm, Hillsboro, $14 19+, $11 62+, $11 2-18. Event details.

Family Fun Night
Angel Ocasio’s “komedy 4 da kidz” is a high energy, very funny one-man variety show, perfectly suited for family audiences! This wonderfully interactive performance combines physical comedy, jokes, juggling, object balancing, comedy magic, and impromptu comedy situations. Fri., 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm, Hillsboro, free. Event details.

The Cat in the Hat Appearance
Celebrate Read Across America Day, a program from the National Endowment for the Arts that encourages children and teens to read. Enjoy a story time with OPB’s April Baer, and the opportunity to meet The Cat in the Hat costume character and learn about his new show on OPB! Sun., 1:00 pm, Beaverton, free. Event details.

–Holly Crisp