When it comes to “only in Portland” this weekend just might win the award. Where else can you see acrobatic cats, join a superhero academy race milk carton boats and learn how to whip up a batch of fresh berry crepes, all in one weekend? Show your kiddos a good time: it’s June in PDX!

milk carton race photo: TravelUSA via flickr


Superhero Day at the PCM
Send up the signal in the sky, it’s time for Superhero Celebration! Dust off your costume and unite with other cape crusaders at the museum. Meet out-of-this-world guests, Portland Superhero Coalition, catch a puppet show of heroic proportions, and participate in a variety of fun activities to test your superhuman powers. Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. SW/Washington Park. Included with admission ($10.75). 0-7. Event details.

Kids Cook Class at PSU Farmer’s Market
Your junior chefs can get a real taste of summer by learning to cook with fresh market ingredients. Classes are taught by Arielle Clark of the Portland Kitchen Inc., and Julie Merry of The Merry Kitchen and include a market shopping trip, hands-on instruction and recipes to take home so students can share what they learn with family and friends. This Saturday: Berry crepes with whipped cream. Classes fill up fast so register now. Sat., 8:30-10 a.m. SW. $10/child. 7-11. Event details.


The Royal Rosarians Milk Carton Boat Race
Inventive boaters take to the casting pond in Westmoreland Park on watercrafts they’ve fashioned from old milk containers. Free to race or watch! Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. SE. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Amazing Acro-cats
This troupe of real house cats will jump and pounce right into your heart! Reaching out to shelters in need and accepting cats found homeless in the streets, show creator, Samantha Martin, has not only rescued her own cats but has found homes for over 172 cats and kittens. Giving them a second chance with positive reinforcement-only clicker training, they take these amazing abilities on the road and tour the nation in the infamous Acro-cat Bus! Sat. & Sun., 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. (doors open one hour before show). Southeast. $21-$36. All ages. Event details.

Sensational Superhero Academy
Head to Green Bean Books to enroll in Sensational Superhero 101 Academy where you can learn to be the superhero you’ve always dreamed of being. Read superhero stories, play superhero games and make your own cape and mask. There will even be a kryptonite scavenger hunt in the garden. The cost is $5 if you bring an old t-shirt to turn into your cape ($10 if you prefer they provide the t-shirt). Please call to register: 503-954-2354. Registration is required. Sun., 1-2 p.m. NE/Alberta. $5-$10. 2 and up. Event details

Worth the Drive

Library Book Sale
BookFest ’16 is on! It’s the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation’s summer used-book sale, where more than 20,000 books will be available for serious browsing and way-cheap deals. Bring your own bags or boxes! Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Vancouver. Free. All ages. Event details.

What’s on your weekend bucket list? Share it with us in the comments below! 

—Amber Guetebier