Put culture on the family calendar this weekend. From history lessons at the Washington County Museum to the Portland Opera’s Opera to Go for families, the following are our picks for what’s hip and happening in Portland for kids this weekend. Read on to get the full scoop.

Portland Opera To Go Presents THE ELIXIR OF LOVE

photo: Courtesy of Portland Opera

West Side

The Elixir of Love Family Opera
Introduce your family to opera with Portland Opera’s Opera to Go! The story, set in the 1930’s on American’s western plains, opens with the daredevil, Belcore, lands his bi-plane nearby and cozies up to Adina, the town sweetheart. Her would-be boyfriend Nemorino is in despair, until he downs a double dose of Dr. Dulcamara’s top secret love potion and fights to win back the girl of his dreams. Fri., 7-8 p.m., $5/person, All Ages. Event details.

En Garde! Stab Your Friend Night
Grab your hearty foes and join in for a free night of fencing. No experience needed. All equipment will be provided, as well as instruction from Coach Vince Camillo, of Northwest Fencing Center. Wear indoor athletic shoes and sweats, and bring a bottle of water and a towel. Fri., 7-10 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Washington County Museum Free Day
Celebrate the New Year by learning how different cultures in Washington County mark their celebrations. Participants will complete a passport to explore traditions, make crafts and play games. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Torah Yoga for Small Fries
Join professional yoga instructor, Rachel Stern,  as she engages with preschoolers and their parents, celebrating the 2015-16 theme of Mishpacha Shelanu (Our Family). Enjoy an interactive Tu B’Shvat Shabbat and begin the year with a Rosh Hashanah spirit for the trees. Stretch out with Torah yoga and connect with the earth and trees. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-noon, Free, Preschoolers and adults. Event details.

East Side

Do Tell: Oregon Storytellers Spin Tales
Join The Oregon Tellers, Sellwood’s own Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke for storytime and learn, laugh and leave with a story of your own to tell. There’s limited seating. Be sure to pick up your free ticket starting at 12:30 p.m. at the library reference desk. Sun., 1-1:45 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Happy Slavic New Year!
Celebrate the new year Slavic style with traditional music, treats and folktales. Sun., 2-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

What’s your family plotting for the weekend ahead? Let us know in the comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway