The pomp and parties of January 1st is behind us, but the New Year’s parties are just beginning. You can celebrate this weekend at two of Portland’s most well known gardens. O-Shogatsu, Japanese New Year, is the most important festival of the year in Japan. Celebrate this special day kakizome and other activities at the Japanese Garden. Or get ready for the Year of the Snake early (it begins on February 10) with free admission at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. And, speaking of good fortune, Once-Upon-a-Time Family Theater is presenting their version of The Golden Goose.

Portland 

O-Shogtusu New Year’s Festival (pictured)
The Garden’s celebration of O-Shogatsu features kakizome, the writing of the first calligraphy of the new year. Children are encouraged to write a celebratory character to set the tone for success in their studies in the coming year. Sun. 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Free with Admission. All ages. Event details.

Great Eight Free Days
To kick off 2013 and a year full of events, Lan Su Chinese Garden is offering free admission. Sat (through Jan 12). 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. $7. All ages. Event details.

Kim Palumbis at Tula Bakery
Tula’s airy bakery is fast becoming a popular spot for family music shows. This week, listen to Kim Palumbis. Sat. 2:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Once-Upon-a-Time Family Theater
The Golden Goose is presented with a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling. Sat. Portland Metro Arts. 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. $1/kids, $2/adults. All Ages. Event details.

Suburbs

Let’s Lego at Oaks Lodge Library
We’ll supply the LEGOs; you bring your creativity! Build with other LEGO fans and then tear down your constructions. Sat. 1:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Read to the Dogs
Help your child improve their reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. Sat. Troutdale Library. 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen