School is back in and life is settling down from the holidays, which isn’t to say that the doldrums must set in. There are plenty of Portland events to keep your family moving and grooving all weekend long. Hit a book sale, watch lunch time shows at the pub or pet some pooches. There’s so much to do. Read on to find out more.

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NW Portland

Spruce up the Family Promise Day Center
Got a knack for cleaning and organizing? Sign up to clean windows, sanitize toys, organize books and kitchen items, and pick up trash around this hospitality program for families experiencing homelessness. Kids over 5 with a chaperone are welcome to join in the spruce-up. Put on your work clothes and pitch in, then stick around for refreshments and connecting with other community helpers. Fri. Event Details.

Join Power up Kids Self Defense Workshop
As a parent, one of your primary jobs is to keep your child safe, but our children grow up! A child’s work is to explore the world and spend increasingly more time away from home. You want to be sure they have the tools they need to stay safe, even when they are not by your side.

Your child leaves class with new confidence, a strong posture, a loud, forceful voice and a realistic yet positive sense of their place in the world. We promise to reinforce the message that communication with YOU, their biggest champion, is important now and for the rest of their life. Sat. Event Details.


Don’t Miss Fort Vancouver Library Book Sale
This annual book sale benefits literacy programs focused on the littlest readers in the Ft. Vancouver Regional Library’s 13-branch system. Book worms over 12 are invited to help sort and restock book sale items, and assist customers in locating titles and transporting purchases to their cars. Wear comfortable clothing with pockets to stash your valuables, since safe storage will be unavailable during the event. Fri. Event Details.

NE Portland

Enjoy Kids Lunchtime Shows at the Pub
Head to Alberta Street Pub every weekday afternoon for live children’s music, lunch and good times! Featuring a kid’s menu for the little ones and full lunch menu/full bar for you big kids! Fri. Event Details.

Pet Pooches With the Oregon Humane Society
Did you know the Oregon Humane Society has a natural area where they walk shelter dogs? Round up the kids and help spread bark on walking paths, prune, and weed, and you might just get a visit from some of OHS’s friendly dogs. Be sure to wear long pants and sleeves, closed-toe shoes, and wet weather gear. Sat. Event Details.

Attend Sunday Swing WThe Hot Lovin’ Jazz Babie
Get on the dance floor every Sunday afternoon with Portland’s best swing bands! All ages welcome. THE HOT LOVIN’ JAZZ BABIES is a Portland based 7 piece swing band which strives to resurrect the spirit of 1930’s small band ensembles such as Fats Waller & his Rhythm, Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra and Billy Holiday and her Orchestra. Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Don’t Miss Kid’s Movie Night
Enjoy Live Music Fridays at the Oregon Golf Club while your kids have a whole lot of fun on their own? Take them to the Club for Kid’s Movie Night beginning at 6 p.m. every Friday starting January 3rd. Fri. Event Details.

Find Out Why Dragons Like Tacos
Your kids’ favorite book comes to life at Oregon Children’s Theatre! This hilarious, dance-filled journey into the field of Dragonology is equal parts ridiculous and delicious, and has all the ingredients for a fantastic time! Sat & Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Experience Studio Ghibli: Ponyo
Enjoy an animated film full of pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder on the largest screen in Portland. The tender love, humor, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke forms the emotional heart of the film.

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. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti