It’s official: 2012 will bring Portland families good luck, happiness, and many more great PDX kids’ activities. Year of the Dragon celebrations are still in full roar all over the city. The largest is at the Classical Chinese Garden but smaller parties are popping up at community centers and libraries, too. And this isn’t the only holiday in town. Celebrate National Puzzle Day with a make-your-own-puzzle party at the Holgate-Library.

West side

Year of the Dragon at Portland Chinese Garden
This annual event for families and kids of all ages includes lion and dragon dances each weekend day, martial arts demonstrations, feng shui talks, dance and music performances, plant talks and much more. The two-week celebration of Chinese culture and features daily special events. Through Feb 6. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Usher in the Year of the Dragon with a mix of traditions, like mochi (rice)-pounding and ikebana (art of flower arrangement), with new ones like learning how to make children’s bento box lunches and paper sumo wrestling. Indulge in sumptuous Japanese food and drop in on ongoing performances throughout the day, with drumming by Portland Taiko and many other exciting performers! Sun. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Scottish Rite Center. $4-$12. All ages. Event details.

East side

Puzzle Celebration
Celebrate National Puzzle Day! Design a landscape, a family portrait, a picture of your pet, or whatever other image you’d like to take apart and put back together! All materials provided. Sun. 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Free. Preschool and older. Event details.

Magic Monkey Art: Cardboard City
100th Monkey Studio does a great weekly art series for toddlers, but this week’s project is especially awesome: using cardboard boxes and recycled materials to make a cardboard city. Check out the sample photos! Fri. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. $6/hr for parents and child. Ages 1-5. Event details.


Family Movie Night at Café Sip-n-Play
Grab a bite to eat, relax, and unwind while you enjoy a movie with the little atmosphere. This weekend: Finding Nemo. Fri and Sat. 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen