The holidays are so last year. Let’s move on, shall we? This weekend, check out square and kid-sized bubbles with The Amazing Bubble Man, grow a treat for your pet, and visit the Portland Children’s Museum for free. Read on to see our decidedly non-holiday-centric picks going on around Portland.

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East Side

The Amazing Bubble Man
Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized, like square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes and tornados. The shows will also feature accordionist and singer Jet Black Pearl accompanying Louis with bubbly music to double your pleasure. Sat. & Sun, 2-3 p.m., $6-$10/person advanced; $7-$11/person at door, All Ages. Event details.

Kick It with Soccer Stars
Get a feel for the ongoing classes with a free Soccer Stars clinic, where kids will receive age-appropriate skill-building lessons that focus on the emotional, mental and physical growth of young soccer players. Classes are taught by some of Portland’s top coaches, who teach soccer skills, cooperation, teamwork and most importantly – how to have fun playing. Fri., noon-1 p.m., free, Ages 3-6. Event details.

West Side

Powell’s Books Storytime
Head to Powell’s to peruse the stacks, then join a member of the Powell’s staff for storytime. Today, they will read Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads, by Bob Shea. The story is set in Drywater Gulch with a wiley band of outlaw toads. Things seem out of control until seven year-old Sheriff Ryan rides into town to lay down the law. He knows a lot of facts about dinosaurs, which strangely enough helps him round-up the toads in this interesting picture book. Sat., 11 a.m., Free, All Ages. Event details. 

Children’s Museum Free First Friday
If you’re looking to break free from your cocoon-like house, head out to the museum for an educationally and culturally stimulating time disguised as straight-up fun. This is the perfect time to check out the Wizard of Oz exhibit, Outdoor Adventure, theater, grocery store, vet hospital and all of the other cool rooms that spark curiosity in little kiddos’ developing brains. Fri., 4-8 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Learn How to Grow a Pet Treat
This Kids’ Club class focuses on how to plant and nurture an indoor treat for your dog or cat that will keep them happy and healthly all winter long. This fun project involves scattering seeds in a shallow pet bowl and then watching them sprout into a lush, green treat that pets love to nibble. The instructor will also talk about plants that are good and bad for pets. Sat., 11-11:45 a.m., $5/child, All Ages. Event details.

Are you going out with your kids this weekend or is everyone still wiped out from the holidays? Let us know in the Comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway