Portland makes saying goodbye to winter fun, fun, fun! That’s right, this weekend there are tons of activities that will let you and your family enjoy kicking the coldest season of the year to the curb. Get Frozen at Lloyd Center, play with Legos at an expo or catch Harry Potter in concert. But, don’t stop there. There’s so much more. Read on to find out what you should be doing this weekend.


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SW Portland

Harry Potter in Concert
Get ready to fight a dragon, swim with merpeople, and find out just who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire™! For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ while the Oregon Symphony performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

K-8 Drop in Studio
Friday drop-in studio at Spark Arts Center is for ages 6-12 with projects  for everyone! They provide the art supplies and the kiddos bring the creativity. The open format in their colorful studio means kids can build, paint, and collage their own project ideas and be in their “happy place.” Fri. Event Details.

Bricks Cascade LEGO Fan Expo

Get ready for Portland’s premier public LEGO® event.  See amazing creations from hundreds of builders from the Pacific Northwest and around the world!  Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Monster Jam – Triple Threat Series
The most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world returns to Oregon for another high-octane weekend featuring the ultimate mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement with the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series®, featuring six different competitions of speed, racing and freestyle stunts including Oregon’s first-ever indoor truck backflip stunt. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

NW’s Largest Family Expo–KidFest
Don’t miss this exciting Winter Festival offering kids and parents an affordable day of fun and an abundance of entertainment and education. This annual community event features Live Stage Entertainment, Interactive Sports Demos, Inflatable Fun Zones, Rock Walls, Zip-Line, Star Wars Blast-A-Trooper, Character Village, Iron-Kid Chef Competition, Mad Science, Extreme Air Jump, Paintball Arena, VR Flight, Family Circus and more. Parents can enjoy shopping the various exhibits while the kids are entertained and find resources in Education & Youth Enrichment, Camps, Sports, Fitness, Health, Cooking & Healthy Eating, Family Recreation, Special Needs and more. Sat & Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Frozen Family Day Ft. Elsa & Anna
Winter is wrapping up with the Frozen Family Fun Day featuring Elsa and Anna! Join this dynamic duo for an afternoon of music, skating and magic, meet and greet with Elsa and Anna, and join the Build a Snowman Craft Station. The first 200 guests receive a princess wand! Sat. Event Details.

Core Baby Bounce
In this fun and unique class, parents will spend half of their time on the mat with baby by their side, and half on a physio-ball while baby-wearing, bouncing their way to a content baby and a stronger core! Sun. Event Details.

SW Broadway

The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559
In 1942, 12-year-old Ben Uchida and his family are forcibly removed from their home in San Francisco and imprisoned at Mirror Lake, an American concentration camp, along with hundreds of thousands of other Japanese-American families. In this unfamiliar place, removed from everything he once knew, Ben’s emotional journey is even more upsetting than his physical one.

Originally commissioned by the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, this play details—with anger, despair, sadness, and hope—a dark chapter in this country’s history; it tells a story that is relevant, moving, and one that cannot be forgotten. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

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Hina Matsuri, the Doll Festival
Hina Matsuri – Dolls Festival – is a special time to pray for the growth and happiness of girls. It is also called ‘Peach Blossom Festival’ because it typically takes place on the 3rd day of the 3rd month, which is a season for peach blossoms in the lunar calendar. In earlier days, people believed that peach had special powers to drive away evil spirits because of its fragrance.

At Japanese Garden, the Hina doll collection was donated by the Dozono family and will be displayed at the Cultural Corner. Festival activities include children choosing their favorite yukata to wear for a photo with the Hina Dolls. And in the Classroom, guests can participate in a flower workshop hosted by the Ohara Ikebana School to celebrate the Peach Blossom Festival. Sun. Event Details.

–Annette Benedetti