It’s the last weekend of Spring Break and you’ll find there’s still so much more you can cram in before classes resume. How does the Easter bunny flying in via helicopter grab you? Or how about seeing something completely different with a stargazing party or donating your sweat to the annual SOLV beach cleanup? So many things. Check out our top picks for what to do with your kiddos in, around and within a short distance of Portland.


photo: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

Worth the Drive 

Bunny Fly-In and Egg Hunt
Join the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum for Easter crafts, egg hunts, petting zoo, and the Easter Bunny flying in via helicopter. Call now to reserve your spot. Sat., 9-11 a.m., $10/youth, All Ages. Event details.

Get Starstruck at These Vernal Equinox Star Parties
OMSI, Rose City Astronomers, Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers and Oregon Parks and Recreation invite you to their free Star Parties where you can talk shop with others interested in astronomy, as well as view the planets, moon, and stars. All levels are invited. Call the hotline to check on possible weather-related cancellations. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome, though there will be others there in many sizes free to share. Sat., 7:30 p.m., $5 parking, All Ages. Event details.

SOLV Beach Cleanup
While you’re at the coast watching whale babies, your family can help make the coastline even more beautiful with the annual SOLV Spring Beach Cleanup. Register in advance to help clean up one of 45 cleanup sites from Brookings to Astoria and bring a bucket or reusable bag, an old colander, gardening gloves, a water bottle and a trash-free lunch. Sat., All Day, Free, All Ages. Event details.

West Side 

Three Is a Magic Number: Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Check out opening weekend of the 70’s morning classic, animated shorts, Schoolhouse Rock, as they come to life in a musical production on the big stage. The show features Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher, inspiring his students with the beloved music cleverly disguised as history, civics, grammar and math lessons. Kids will have a blast with I’m Just a Bill, Three is a Magic Number and Conjunction Junction, among others. Sat. 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $15-$28, Ages 4 and up. Event details. 

Take a Hike With Tryon Creek
Head out for a nature walk through the park with a park guide for a to explore the forest and stream ecosystems, as well as the natural history of Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Parents must stay with children on all of the hikes. Sat., 10-11:30 a.m., Sat., Free, All Ages. Event details.

East Side

Celebrate Passover With Preschoolers
Portland Jewish Academy and PJ Library will host Passover for Preschoolers, including super cool preschooler science, crafts and yummy treats. Reserve your spot in advance online. Sat. 1-3 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

How has your Spring Break been treating you? Let us know what you’ve been up to in the Comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway