Happy 2014!  If you have resolved to be more active, this weekend is chock-full of offerings to help you and your family start the new year off on the right foot. Swing your partner at a Family Square Dance lesson, boogie with Mr. Palindrome, stroll around the Lan Su Chinese Garden or, if you are up for a trip to see some snow, head to Mt. Hood Skibowl for a little shredding and a snowboard competition before school’s back in session. MrPalindrome


Wow! It’s Mr. Palindrome
Based out of Sydney, Australia, Mr. Palindrome is a one-man-show in a hipster blazer who introduces big words and concepts, like alliteration, anagrams, onomatopoeia and palindromes to little people through wacky stories and  impossibly irresistible, effervescent songs. Sun., 1-2 p.m., $5 suggested donation, All Ages. Event details.

The Little Lady in Red
Once Upon a Time Family Theatre presents the traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood and gives it a modern twist to keep it fresh and unexpected. In this simple, but engaging adaptation, kids will explore with Little Red Riding Hood the concept of what friendship means through live theatre and storytelling. Sat., 12 – 1 p.m., $1-$2, All Ages. Event details.


It’s been said that, if you can count to four, you can square dance. While that may be true, there is more to it than four counts, petticoats and western wear.  Tonight, put on your dancing shoes, grab your family and learn the basics of square dancing from real live square dancin’ club members from Tigard’s own Tri Squares Square Dance Club. Fri., 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Chinese Immersion
Take your family on a cultural excursion and immerse yourselves in the beauty of the Lan Su Chinese Garden.  The garden, built by Chinese artisans from Suzhou, is based on the 2,000 year-old tradition of harmoniously combining art, architecture, design and nature and remains the most authentic garden of its kind outside of China. Sat., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Free admission with food donation, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Shreddin’ the Gnar
Head to the mountain for a little skiing and snowboarding for the last weekend of winter break and to see  the first in a series of three rail jams Mt. Hood Ski Bowl is offering this winter. In today’s 4F Rail Jam, which stands for Fan Favorites Feature Friday, riders will compete on a features course they helped the park crew dream up.  Ski all day, then stay to watch the competition under the West Rope Tow under the night ski lights. Fri., 3-5 p.m. practice runs, 5-7 p.m. contest, All Ages. Event details.

Did you make a family new year resolution? Let us know!

— Suzie Ridgway

photo credit: Jom Photography