Is the season making your kids squirming? Get them out this weekend with some fun, funky and fabulous activities. Check out the cat show or make your way to where the trains are waiting to take your little locomotive on a ride. Whatever your family feels up to, chances are there’s something perfect waiting for you. Read on to find out more.

photo: Jimee, Jackie, Tom &  via flickr

NE Portland

Attend the International Cat Show
The International Cat Show® and food drive for the Oregon Food Bank invites you to appreciate the diversity of feline beauty from around the world. See dozens of breeds, judging, and one amazing event. There will be rescue cats and kittens available for adoption from West Columbia Gorge Humane Society and Community Cat Coalition. There will also be a large variety of vendors, who will be offering cat items for sale, not found in local stores, including teasers, cat nip toys, fluffy blankets, cat trees and jewelry. Judges from around the world will be officiating in 6 continuous rings as they present their best finalists all day long, in classes for purebreds and even the regular house cat. Fri. Event Details.

Downtown

Experience Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic
Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with 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 surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular 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 or who might join in the fun. In Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination. Fri. Event Details.

SW Portland

Get in on Celebrating All Super Heroes
Test your super powers in games of strength, agility and speed. There will be a photo booth costume parade Conestoga lifeguards will host a pool party with a favorite superhero dive-in movie. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fri. Event Details.

Celebrate Grandparents Day
Crafting is more fun when it’s two-for-one! Join and celebrate that special bond between the generations. Catch this two-for-one craft special for grandparents joining us with their grandchildren.If you have grandparent/grandchildren-like people in your life, you guys are welcome, too. Both of you can make a craft while you’re here! Sat. Event Details.

Attend Japanese New Year at PSU
The 22nd annual Mochitsuki celebration will be held at Portland State this month! The celebration centers around pounding rice to make a smooth dough for mochi, creating a sweet treat along with community fun. There will be more food, games, and performances, including Portland Taiko drum group, and traditional storytelling. Fun events include classes like children’s bento, sumo wrestling and martial arts demonstrations, calligraphy activities, and more. Sun. Event Details.

Vancouver

Check Out the story of Billy Goats Gruff
You may have heard of the three goats Gruff and their fateful crossing of the Gabby G. Clampett river, but that is only one side of the story. In the aftermath of his brutal assault Zedur Shatterbones, bridge troll, takes the Gruff kids to court hoping that the no-nonsense Judge Jackie can settle the case once and for all. Town of Gruff: Trial of the Century is a one-act play written by William Johnson (MPA teacher) and features all local beginning actors part of the MPA Broadway Jr Program. All performances are free and open to the public. Recommended for ages 3 and over. Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Head to the Great Train Show
The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors at Portland Expo Center. Grab your little locomotive lover and get read to enjoy:

  • 50+ Exhibitors from Across the Country
  • Amazing 20′ x 60′ LEGO Train Display!!
  • Riding Train for Kids of All Ages
  • Free Door Prize Giveaways
  • Plus Much, Much More!

Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland
Try Reaching for the Stars
The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is dedicating a full day of fun activities and learning workshops to serve people of all ages with special needs. Whether participants have a developmental or physical disability, we want to create a memorable and joyful learning experience. All Museum activities and spaces will be wheelchair accessible and tailored to accommodate each participant’s specific needs.There will be have hands-on workshops, exploration tables, informational booths, and much more! Local Star Wars group Cloud City Garrison will also be making an appearance! Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland
Catheral School Open House
Families are invited to join the annual Open House. Come meet the highly qualified and engaging teachers and tour the school. Cathedral School is a Pre-Kindergarten – 8th grade Catholic School, where Academic Excellence meets Catholic Tradition. Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Attend a Cloth Diapering on a Budget Workshop
This is a free workshop for income eligible families interested in cloth diapering their child(ren). Attendees receive great information, resources, and free gently-used cloth diapering supplies. Families receiving WIC, SNAP or other government subsidies are automatically eligible. Babies are welcome. Pre-registration required. Sun. Event Details.

What is your favorite way to get the winter wiggles out as a family. Share with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti

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