Your picnic blanket will get a lot of use this weekend. Pack the popcorn (and Reese’s Pieces) and watch E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, as Movies in the Parks returns with over 50 free outdoor movies for summer. Then throw your blanket down in Washington Park for a rollicking production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Or get cozy on it in North Portland as you enjoy your Build-a Burger masterpiece or an all-out ice cream social smorgasbord.

Eastside

Ice Cream Social
Peninsula Park’s annual Ice Cream Social will feature ice cream, plenty of toppings, as well as family-friendly activities. Fri. 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Movies in the Park: E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
Portland Parks & Recreation’s popular “Movies in the Park” program returns with 45 favorites. Movies are shown on a giant, 268-square foot screen with a state-of-the-art sound system. Sat. 8:00 pm. King School Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Westside

Shakespeare in the Park
Enjoy As You Like It as Shakespeare intended it: with limited rehearsal, energetic, fast-paced acting, and lots of audience interaction. Sun. 2:00 pm. Washington Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Suburbs

Backyard Bats Family Program
Learn about bats, and then build your own bat house to place in your yard. Separate bath myths from facts as you learn about these creatures that fly the night skies and have voracious appetites for insects. Sat. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Nature Park Interpretive Center, Beaverton. $33 family rate, in district. Advance registration required. All ages. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen