Put culture on your calendar this weekend as Portland dishes up a healthy portion of music, performance and literature family-style. From an African Marimba Concert to a Dr. Seuss birthday bash, you’ll be up to your eyeballs in educational experiences your kids will love. If you’re craving a little active time, check out the Southeast Art Walk or Hula Hoopla. Read on to see our top picks for this weekend.

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East Side

Hoop It Up With Hula Hoopla
This Hula Hoopla class is fabulously fun and an excellent way to get kids moving. Instructors introduce kids to hula hoop instruction and play that is weaved into a social emotional curriculum which translates to having a blast while learning about kindness, compassion, and self-empowerment. Sun., 1:15-1:45 p.m., $14/drop-in or $70 for 5-week session, K-6. Event details.

Dance for a Good Cause at the African Marimba Concert 
Grab your dancing shoes and put some cultural flair into your weekend with the the 20th Annual Student Marimba Recital. The concert features several student bands from MyLinda King’s Marimba School performing this high-energy music originating from Zimbabwe and South Africa.  A raffle will also be held to benefit Portland-Mutare Sister City Organization and Africa AIDS Response. Sat., noon-3:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details. 

Bike, Bus or Walk the Route at the SE Art Walk 
Does your little Michaelangelo want to be an artist when he grows up? See what it’s really like with this behind-the-scenes peek at artists’ studios, home work spaces and galleries, as well as host homes and businesses on this self-guided walkable, bikeable, busable tour. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Gettin’ Swappy: Frankenstein’s Comic Book Swap
Comic collectors and afficionados of all ages will be on hand to swap and sell old and new comic books, along wth other related, collectible materials. Sat., noon-6 p.m., $1/adults; free for kids and seniors (11 a.m. early bird entry is $5/adult), All Ages. Event details.

West Side

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Bash
Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Seuss with activities, storytime, games, giveaways and cupcakes provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes. Sun., 2-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Drop and Run With OGA’s Parents’ Night Out
Drop the kids off at the gym and head out on a date night. This parent’s night out is full of safe and fun activities that keep your children busy, while you enjoy a great night out. Pizza, juice, and a snack are provided. Everyone wins! Sat. 5-9 p.m., $20/child members $25/non-members, All Ages. Event details.

Be Charmed at the Japanese Doll Festival
Mark the changing of the season withHina Matsuri, the Doll Festival. Families can visit the Pavilion where kids and adults can all be photographed in a traditional cottonyukata with the Garden’s special collection of handmade Hina Ningyo dolls. The dolls are displayed in a 7-tiered display to represent the imperial family and their courtiers and started as a way of warding off evil spirits, with the dolls acting as charms. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Free with admission ($6.75-$9.50/person; free for children 5 and under), All Ages. Event details. 

How do you infuse culture into your kids’ lives? Let us know in the Comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway