Courtesy of Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show

Lots of interesting and varied things to do in Portland with kids this weekend—something for everyone! For starters, there are several theatrical performances to choose from. Disney Live! presents “Mickey’s Magic Show” at the Rose Garden, the Oregon Children’s Theatre has the world premiere of the musical “Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly,” Theatre In The Grove puts on “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” and Penny’s Puppet Productions performs “The Magic Book.” If you’re interested in learning how to play a musical instrument, head to Jam Night on Friday evening, or if you’re into learning about reptiles (or even purchasing one from a reputable Northwest breeder), the Portland Metro Reptile Expo is sure to delight. Finally, there are three family-oriented community events happening: Castle on the Court at Southwest Community Center in Portland, Winter Family Fun Fest at Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Portland, and Model Trains with Beaverton Modular Railroad Club at Lake Oswego Public Library.



Jam Night
Explore rock instruments and jam with other students! Learn about ensemble playing, and music basics such as chords, rhythm and singing. All instruments are welcome and can be played at Jam Night in addition to being taught drums, guitar, bass guitar and keyboards. Pre-registration required.Fri., 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Portland, $10 or free for current students. Event details.


Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show
Your favorite Disney characters and professional illusionists come together live on stage! See the special magic from legendary Disney films performed right in front of you—Cinderella’s rags turn into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine levitates into the air; and the enchanted dancing brooms in Fantasia help sweep Minnie off her feet. Fri., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Portland, starting at $22. Event details.


The Magic Book
Do you ever wish you could fall into a fairy tale? Which of your favorite characters would you like to have as friends? Join Robin as she discovers an old magic book in her grandmother’s attic. Dragons, whales and adventure await! Presented by Penny’s Puppet Productions. Fri., 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.



Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly
Oregon Children’s Theatre presents the world premiere of this humorous musical! It captures all of the droll humor and whimsy of the wildly popular books by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. Take a look at the world from a bug’s perspective; perhaps you’ll see that their lives are not all that different from yours. Sun., 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Portland, starting at $16 15+ and $13 1-14. Event details.


Castle on the Court
Calling all princesses, knights and knaves! Can you cross the moat, escape the tower, or wield a frying pan? Wear your costume as you explore the kingdom, make magnificent crafts, and compete in medieval games. Get tangled up in the merrymaking! Sat., 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Portland, $6 per child and $3 per additional child (pre-registered) or $8 per child and $4 per additional child (day of event). Event details.


Winter Family Fun Fest
A perfect excuse to get out of your pajamas and out of the house on a rainy winter Sunday afternoon! Keep the kids happy with an indoor playground, art projects, stories, singing, and more. Sun., 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Portland, $5 per family. Event details.




Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Hands-down, one of the coolest kid’s musicals: It’s 7 a.m. You wake up with a nasty wad of gum in your hair. Trip on your skateboard. Drop your sweater in a sink full of water. And your brothers express interest in trading you for some roller blades. As bad days go, it’s tough to top Alexander’s. He’s the funniest fed-up kid ever! Fri. and Sat., 8:00 p.m., Sun., 2:30 p.m., Forest Grove, $12 per person. Event details.


Portland Metro Reptile Expo
Come and learn about these beautiful creatures! Or if you’ve talked Mom and Dad into a reptile pet of your own, this is the place to be! Buy direct from the finest breeders and dealers in the Pacific Northwest. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wilsonville, $7 13+, $3 6-12, 5 and under free. Event details.


Model Trains with Beaverton Modular Railroad Club
Lake Oswego Public Library is all about trains this weekend! Two sets of model trains and tracks will be on display: one set on the main floor and the other in the children’s room. People of all ages are invited to view the trains, ask questions, and “drive” the trains. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sun., 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Lake Oswego, free. Event details.

—Holly Crisp