courtesy of Native American Family Day

Ready for some cultural experiences this weekend? There’s a Chinese and Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration, a Native American Family Day, and a Mochitsuki celebration for the Japanese New Year. Get a head start on Valentine’s Day by making valentines with artist Lisa Kagan. Learn about animal feet at the Oregon Zoo, or hit Tryon Creek State Park for a story and a stroll. Finally, there’s a comedy act with Henrik Bothe or a family movie (Pinocchio!) at Café Sip-n-Play on Friday evening.

OMSI’s new exhibit, “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science,” opens this weeekend! Examine real human and animal mummies, tomb art, facial forensic reconstructions, CT-scans, and funerary artifacts. Plus the Crafty Mamas Bazaar is happening on Saturday at Milagros. Not only is this a great opportunity to support our creative P-town mamas, it is a fundraiser for MercyCorps NW. Have fun out there!

Eastside

 

Native American Family Day

Head to Mt. Scott Community Center and learn all about the cultures of our native people! Enjoy performances, presentations, food, and recreational and cultural activities for every age. Fri., 12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.

 

Lunar New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Lunar New Year customs of China and Vietnam and welcome the Year of the Rabbit at the Gregory Heights Library! Enjoy activities including a Vietnamese spelling bee and writing contest, traditional dress pageant, a lion dance performance, crafts and food. Sat., 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.

 

Family Valentines

Create valentines for your whole family! Join artist Lisa Kagan and use a combination of collage, personal photographs, drawing and creative writing to create your valentines. Pre-registration required. Sat., 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.

Westside

 

Mochitsuki

It’s time to celebrate the Japanese New Year! Experience a day filled with performances, activities and delicious food. Enjoy free mochi samples, and the kids will love mochi pounding, mochi making, origami, and games. Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Portland, $9 13+, $4 2-12, under 2 free. Event details.

 

Footprints and Fingerprints

Everything you ever wanted to know about animal feet! Toes, hooves and fingers, some are for grabbing, some for scratching, and some are for running. Experience an exhibit tour, story, craft and snack. Adults must attend with children, pre-registration required. Fri., 10:00 a.m. – noon, Portland, $25 (members) $29 (non-members) for one child and one adult, $11 (members) $13 (non-members) for each additional person. Event details.

 

Story and Stroll – Garbage Monster

Who do you think is the garbage monster at Tryon Creek State Park? Come find out and join a park naturalist for nature story time plus a brief stroll through the park. This program is geared toward families with young children (ages 3-6). Pre-registration required. Fri., 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.

 

Suburbs

 

Family Fun Night

Get a start on your weekend by hitting the Hillsboro Main Library for a physical comedy act by Henrik Bothe! He can juggle, spin plates, escape from a straightjacket while riding a unicycle, and he has been known to glow in the dark. His act may include any one or all of these things, narrated in any of four languages. Fri., 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Hillsboro, free. Event details.

 

Early Childhood Discovery Time

Help your child grow and learn while having a blast! Bring your 18-month to 6-year-old children to the Forest Grove City Library. There they will share special toys and books all centered on the theme of animals. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – noon, Forest Grove, free. Event details.

 

Movie Night at Café Sip-n-Play

It’s a family-friendly movie night! This week’s movie is Pinocchio. Café Sip-n-Play also offers a nice menu complete with sandwiches, salads, and of course, the all-important children’s menu! Fri. and Sat., 5:00 p.m., Vancouver, free. Event details.

—Holly Crisp