Need a little creativity, entertainment or culture in your lives? This weekend, you can have it all. Whether your little one loves to get creative with cardboard, be mind-boggled by magicians or soak up a little Japanese or Hawaiian culture, this weekend is chockful of swell ideas for your family. Read on for the scoop on what’s hot this weekend in Portland.

Cardboard Box House

photo: Lars Ploughmann via flickr

East Side

Unwrap Their Creativity at Box Day
Kids love the cardboard boxes sometimes more than the toys that came inside. Turn your kids’ imaginations loose building rocket ships, playhouses and cars right inside Seahorses using the biggest, best boxes they have collected, along with their tape and crayons. Sun., Noon-5 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Abracadabra! It’s the All American Magic and Ventriloquist Show
Get ready for two hours filled with head-scratching illusions, music and the hilarious comedy magic of Mark Benthimer and ventriloquist, Scott Davis. The theater also has a snack bar with cotton candy and popcorn for a buck, pizza by the slice, plenty of free parking and an onsite retail Magic Shop. Buy your tickets in advance online because the show sells out every time! Sat., 2-4 p.m., $12-$14/person; $45-$50/family of five, All Ages. Event details.

West Side

Pound Rice at Mochitsuki
Mochitsuki is the pounding of rice into tasty, sticky rice cakes, or mochi, that symbolizes starting the New Year with a full belly in hopes of abundance in the year ahead. The 20th annual family-friendly festival offers a feast for the senses, with food, art, performances, and many exceptional hands-on cultural experiences, like drumming, flower arranging, calligraphy, card making and a tea ceremony, among others. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $4-$10/person; Free for kids 3 & Under, All Ages. Event details.

Staycation: KIAKO Foundation’s Hawaiian Celebration
Get a little of that aloha feeling without stepping foot on a plane.The KIAKO Foundation’s 10th annual Ho’ike is an authentic showcase of Hawaiian culture, complete with a delish Hawaiian dinner, live music, a silent auction and Polynesian dancing. Can you hear the ukuleles yet? 2-3 p.m. (matinee); 5-8 p.m. (evening dinner and show), $15-$25/person, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

All Abilities Are 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, they museum aims 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 hands-on workshops, exploration tables, paper rockets and a live RC airplane demonstration. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $5-$22/person, All Ages. Event details.

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

—Suzie Ridgway