Happy February, fellow P-town friends! Love is in the air and it’s all about gettin’ crafty. Make your honey bun a sweet valentine with pipe cleaners and paper at Messy Monkeys, or maybe a copper wire heart with beads and ornaments is more your style. While you’ve got the creative mojo flowin’, head to Burgerville in Vancouver for Mudeye Puppet Company’s puppet making workshop. There’s also a chance to sing along with Mr. Ben, to start the new Kinderdance class at WeVillage, and a showing of a family-friendly movie at a matinee specifically geared to the needs of sensory-challenged kids. Finally, Bridge of the Gods puppet show opens this weekend, and the raptor road trip is sure to delight and be educational all at the same time. Now get a move on!


Copper Wire Hearts
Artist Kathleen Karbo will show you how to create a one-of-a-kind valentine using copper wire, pipe cleaners, and colorful beads and ornaments. Gain experience with hammers, anvils and needle-nose pliers. Fun for all ages! Sat., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Portland. Free. Event details.

Messy Monkeys
Relax and enjoy a cup of coffee while your child is free to enjoy messy art playtime! The studio will provide multiple sensory art stations for your child to explore. Plus create your very own valentine in this open studio experience with pipe cleaners and paper. Fri., 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Portland. $6 per hour. Event details.

Sing Along with Mr. Ben
Mr. Ben plays live music for kids and their grownups. Interactive, educational show with singing and stomping, moving and grooving! Fri., 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Portland. Free. Event details.


Bridge of the Gods Puppet Show

Huddle close to our campfire and listen to the legend of a fight between two brothers that caused the great land bridge in the Columbia Gorge to collapse. Join Coyote and She Who Watches as this story of the river and mountains unfolds. Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m., Sun., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Portland, $15-$18.
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Grab your dancing shoes and join the fine folks at WeVillage for their first Kinderdance class! Kinderdance is intended for 3- to 5-year olds and is developmental dance, motor development, gymnastics, and fitness, blended with academics. Pre-registration required. Sat., 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Portland, $10 registration fee and $40 for a month of classes. Event details.

Raptor Road Trip
Explore Sauvie Island in search of magnificent eagles, hawks, and falcons that spend the winter here. On this special day devoted to raptors, experienced naturalists and hawk experts will host activities at four locations around the island. Hot drinks and donuts will be available in the morning! Sat., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Portland. $10 per vehicle. Event details.


Puppet Making Workshop
Burgerville is the place to be! Make your very own puppet and get a Mudeye Puppet Company activity book too. Burgerville is donating 10% of sales earned between 2:00 and 6:00pm back to Mudeye to help support future programs. Sat., 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Vancouver. Free. Event details.

Sensory Saturdays: Movies for Kids with Special Needs/Sensory Issues
A nice way for special needs kids to enjoy a family-friendly movie. Lights will not be turned all the way down, sound will not be turned all the way up, and the kids can walk and or dance around, with no worry of disturbing the rest of the public. Sat., 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Canby. $6.50 per ticket. Event details.