Quick! Hide the cheese, as three mice, Mickey, Minnie and Geronimo Stilton come to town and hit the big stage, ready to make your whole family grin from ear to ear. It’s also a long weekend, and there are plenty of MLK Day of Service events awaiting your family’s helping hands. Read on to see our top picks for the weekend ahead.


photo: Owen Carey

West Side

Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space
Villains are threatening New Mouse City, and the only hope is reluctant hero, Geronimo Stilton! In this enormouse adventure, a production of the Oregon Childrens’ Theatre, Geronimo is launched into space on a top-secret mission to save the day. Based on the wildly popular book series featuring Geronimo and his pals, Thea, Trap, and Benjamin, this story will rocket your family to another world. Sat. & Sun., various times (see website), $14-$32/person, Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Plant a Tree
Join in this free and fun native tree and shrub planting event in King City on MLK, Jr. Day with Friends of Trees. Gloves, tools, guidance and breakfast will be provided. Be sure to sign the MLK Day volunteer waiver located on their website. Mon., 8:45 a.m., Free, Ages 6 & up. Event details.

Put Down Roots
Dig in and help plant trees in the Tualatin River watershed. Gloves, tools, snacks and guidance will be provided. Be sure to wear sturdy boots or shoes. All youth under 18 are required to bring their youth volunteer form found on the Hands on Greater Portland website. Mon., 9 a.m.-Noon, Free, Ages 5 & up. Event details.

MLK Day Projects for Preschoolers
Stay warm and dry for this MLK, Jr. project event with your preschoolers. Bring donations of pajamas, diapers and wipes to benefit Goose Hollow Family Shelter, make blankets for Project Linus and work on a tzedakah (charity) box. RSVP online hereMon., 10-11:30 a.m., Free, Preschoolers. Event details.

East Side

Be Enchanted by Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic
Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite Disney characters reveal surprises through every door. Behold the Fairy Godmother transforming Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown, the Toy Story gang defying the dimensions of Andy’s toy box and the stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know what to expect. Fri., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., $23-$60/person, All Ages. Event details.

All Aboard! Great Train Show
This coast-to-coast traveling train show features hands-on activities for kids, merchandise from hobbyists, dealers and collectors and large, operating train displays, including the humongous Molalla Train Park’s 80 x 120 ft. Gauge Riding Train for kids. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $11 ages 12 & Up; free for kids 11 & under, All Ages. Event details.

Party in Your PJs
Ready for a parents’ night out? We thought so. Art Jam’s Pajama Parties invite kids, a.k.a. Jam Stars, to wear their favorite pajamas while they play music, make art and have a boatload of fun. PJ Parties are open to both potential and currently enrolled students, so bring a friend and a snack and head out for a double date with your favorite couple. Space is limited, so make sure you sign up asap to reserve your spot. Sat., 6-8 p.m., $25/child, Ages 3-7. Event details.

What is your family up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

—Suzie Ridgway