This weekend is full of fantastic family events and activities. Take in colorful Lunar New Year celebrations, let your little scientists get their hands dirty or attend a Valentine’s Day dance. There’s plenty to keep your whole tribe entertained, so read on to find out where you need to be.

photo: Elvis N. via Lan Su Gardens Yelp

NW Portland

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Lan Su
Celebrate Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su Chinese Garden’s two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Be a Scientist for a Day
Be a scientist for a day and try out different experiments at stations. Simple household items will be used to show how different properties interact and we’ll be making magnetic slime! Sat. Event Details.

Attend a V-Day Themed Origami ClassJoin  a Valentine’s Day themed origami class! You will make the flower and unbreakable heart! This is a kid-friendly origami class! Reservations are required and seats will fill up quickly so sign up soon. Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Attend a Valentine’s Day Dance
Parents and children dress their best, dance to their favorite music, take pictures in a photobooth and have a special dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day together! All are welcome! 4-10 years old! Fri. Event Details.

Don’t Miss Grown-ups Night Out
The Grown-ups’ Night Out event gives adults the opportunity to reconnect with their own childhood while playing and partying in the Museum without children. The event is held twice yearly with a theme of breaking at least one rule party-goers had as a child. While the rule to break will change, the event will always have dessert before dinner, as well as an opportunity for social good.

The theme is Climb on the Furniture. Guests will participate in activities such as Jumping on the Bed, Swivel Chair Racing, and Fort Construction and can relax in the Mattress Lounge area. During this night’s event, learn how to reduce the amount of salvageable materials, including furniture, that end up in landfills with ReClaim It! and Community Warehouse.

A complimentary adult beverage is included with admission along with dessert from Pie Spot and DB Dessert Company. Sat. Event Details.

Catch this Lunar New Year Celebration
Celebrate the Year of the Pig with your family in Washington Square. Ring in the Year of the Pig with traditional cultural performances, children’s entertainment and arts and crafts. Sat. Event Details.

ExperienceJedi Nights in the Pool
The force is strong at Conestoga, so strong that you and your kids can watch a full marathon of one of the most iconic film sagas ever in the pool. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

The 20th Annual Portland Clowns Without
The 20th Annual Clowns Without Borders Benefit Show will feature its most powerhouse circus, comedy, and variety line-up yet. With a second performance added by popular demand, the family-friendly shows will take place at the beautiful Alberta Rose Theatre. Proceeds of this audience-acclaimed annual spectacular will, as always, benefit Clowns Without Borders-usa. Sat. Event Details.


A Night of Magic Family Dance
Ala-ka-ZAM! Conjure up the family, cloak yourself in your most mysterious or magical getup, and dance the night away at this new family event. Whether you’re a dad and daughter, aunt and nephew, grandparents and grandkid, or can make your whole family appear, you are welcome to enjoy snacks and cookies on a spellbinding Saturday night. Snap an otherworldly pic at the photo station, make marvelous arts and crafts, and be entranced by a professional magician. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti