What could be more well-rounded for kid-tastic fun than a weekend full of LEGOs, kitties, magic, salmon and paper airplanes? Not much! From the Bricks Cascade LEGO Convention to the world premiere of OCT’s Bad Kitty, the weekend is stacking up to be one for the books. There’s also gently used stuff to buy, baked salmon to try and paper airplanes to fly. Read on to get the scoop on the crazy fun you can have with your kids this weekend.
photo: Courtesy Bricks Cascade
LEGO Maniacs Unite for Bricks Cascade LEGO Convention
Portland’s annual convention, presented by Bricks Cascade, will have tons of LEGO models to see, a play area for kids to indulge in their own creativity, and vendors selling LEGO-related items. Kids will also be able to chat with model builders, who will be on hand to answer any questions about their unique creations. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $9/person; $30/family, All Ages. Event details.
Abracadabra! It’s the All-American Magic Show
Get ready for two hours filled with head-scratching illusions, music and the hilarious comedy magic of Mark Benthimer and ventriloquist, Scott Davis. The theater also has a snack bar with cotton candy and popcorn for a buck, pizza by the slice, plenty of free parking and an onsite retail Magic Shop. Buy your tickets in advance online because the show sells out every time! Sat., 2 p.m.-4 p.m., $12 Kids (12 & under) and Seniors, $14 Adults; $45 Family 5 Pack (adults+kids); $50 Family Snack Pack, All Ages. Event details.
Oregon Children’s Theatre: Bad Kitty
Some surprises are too hard to handle! Kitty doesn’t want a smelly new dog, a drooling new baby, or Uncle Murray’s unusual cat sitting. Kitty just wants to have Kitty’s world back to normal. A world that revolves around the most important creature in Kitty’s life…KITTY. Check out the world premiere this weekend. 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sun. through Mar. 27, $14-$28, Ages 4 & Up. Event details.
Celebrate Native American Culture at the Traditional Salmon Bake
Immerse yourselves in Native American culture with northwest salmon threaded on sticks, then cooked vertically over an open fire pit. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Native American dance and music with performances by Painted Sky and Northstar Dance Company, along with demonstrations of Ravenstail and Chilkat weaving. Buy tickets in advance, as space is limited. Fri., 6-8 p.m., $10/person; Free for kids 6 & Under, All Ages. Event details.
Declutter with the ThriftMouse Consignment Sale
This monster sale brings together families to buy and sell gently used toys, children’s books, DVDs, baby equipment, baby-to-teen clothing, shoes, furniture, decor and maternity items at 90% off retail. Need to get rid of stuff? As a ThriftMouse consignor, their splits range from 70% to 80%. Leave your big purse and diaper bags at home. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Meet The Paper Airplane Guy
You might think paper airplanes are fun, quick-to-make toys for kids, but there is a world of paper plane–makers who are dead serious about the creation of record-setting part of their Members are Our Heroes Month, the museum is bringing back John Collins, The Paper Airplane Guy, and his world record holding, plane folding, educational and fun program. See and meet this Guinness World Record holder for longest paper airplane throw. He will teach you all about paper airplanes and you will even learn how to build the record holding design. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $23-$25 museum admission (event is free with museum admission), All Ages. Event details.
Does your family go to the Bricks Cascade LEGO Convention every year? Let us know in the comments!