Happy 2016, Portland! Now that the rush, rush, fun of the holidays has passed, start the new year off right with some relaxing weekend activities, like a play, puppet show or a stroll along the Clackamas River. Read on for details for our top picks for the weekend ahead.


photo: Medoria Star via flickr

East Side

Plant Yourselves at Birds & Bees
Drop in any time during the day to warm up your winter by making a terrarium using succulents, tropicals or airplants. All supplies are included. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $8 & up, All Ages. Event details.

Take a Hike for Nature in the New Year 
Explore the Clackamas River banks and learn about this successful restoration project that includes a white oak forest and salmon habitat. Sat., 1-3 p.m., $6/person; $11/family, Ages 8 & Up. Event details.

Smile at The Princess Who Never Smiled
Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their families. There’s always a slight twist to the traditional story that keeps these productions fresh. This month, come in to see a unique tale about the priceless gift of laughter. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $1-$2, All Ages. Event details.

West Side

Get the Bare Necessities at The Jungle Book Puppet Show
Join Mowgli as he takes his grand adventure through the Indian jungle, based on the book by Rudyard Kipling. Familiar animal teachers, including Baloo, Bagheera, Akela and the band of monkeys will join Mowgli on his discovery of what family means. Audience members will join in as part of the wolf pack. Sat., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $11/person, All Ages. Event details.

Norm of the North Movie Release Party
Enjoy crafts, treats and passes to the movie, Norm of the North. Synopsis: A polar bear of many words, Norm’s greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do…he heads to New York City to stop it. With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $12/person, All Ages. Event details.

How are you starting off the new year? Let us know in the comments below!

— Suzie Ridgway