2019 is off to an awesome start! So, start filling weekends with fun family events. Take in some art at the Portland Art Museum. Catch a play at a local library. And don’t forget to enjoy some local live music. Read on to find out where to go and what to do to set your family up for the best year ever.

photo: June Admiraal via Unsplash 

SE Portland

Dance and Sing with Tallulah’s Daddy
Tallulah’s Daddy plays fun, energetic, interactive acoustic music for kids and families! This event is free, with a suggested donation of $5 per child. Fri. Event Details.

Check Out PONYO: Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective
Ponyo is a feature film from OMSI’s Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective—Eighteen Ghibli films over eighteen days on Portland’s largest screen!

Perfect for audiences of all ages, Ponyo centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother. After a chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become a human so she can be with Sosuke. This film is awash in pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder—but it is the tender love, humor, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke that form the emotional heart of the film. Sat. Event Details.

See Snow Soup
Enjoy Snow Soup, a musical arctic version of the old French folktale “Stone Soup,” in which hungry strangers convince the wary people of a town to each share a small portion of their food to make a meal for everyone to enjoy. Featuring a clever arctic fox, lemming, walrus, polar bear, and a magical narwhal! Sat. Event Details.

Downtown Portland

See Art for 5 After 5
Every Friday evening, the Portland Art Museum invites you to play with them—to have a different Museum experience—a little bit more relaxed, more interactive, and more social experience. Admission is just $5 after 5 pm.

Here’s what they have in store:

  • Beer, wine, and food at Art Pub in the Museum Grounds Café.
  • Occasional special events like pop-up exhibitions, performances, art making, and improv comedy.

Fri. Event Details.

Attend the Family Tour at the Portland Art Museum
Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life. Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance. Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger. Sun. Event Details.


Attend a Family Celebration Concert
Whether you are a Music Together (MT) family or not, you are sure to have a great time singing, dancing and playing with the famous “Uncle Gerry” from MT recordings. Spend an hour with Uncle Gerry and other families in the community making music, sharing songs, dance moves and making memories. Fri. Event Details.

Jedi Nights in the Pool
The force is strong at Conestoga, so strong that we are watching a full marathon of one of the most iconic film sagas ever in the pool. Sat. Event Details.

Forest Grove

Don’t Miss ASO Game Club
The Forest Grove Game Club for Boys and Girls with autism and their families meets on the 2nd Friday of each month from Sept-May from 5 pm-9 pm at Pacific University, Berglund Hall.   A fun evening for the whole family! Games, movie, potluck, and graduate students volunteer their time to help. Fri. Event Details. 

NE Portland

Head to Peter and the Wolf
Enjoy the sounds of the epic children’s story Peter and the Wolf. The musicians will play and read the wonderful tale. Sat. Event Details.


Don’t Miss Open Saturday at Pearson Field Education
Pearson Field Education Center is the ideal location for families to experience STEM education through aviation. We feature a flight simulator lab, vertical wind table, historic airplanes and a rotating line up of STEM activities. You can even get in the cockpit of one of our historic airplanes! Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti