This weekend launches us into April which means lots of showers. But don’t be fooled! We see sun in the forecast and lots of weekend fun both indoors and out doors. Hit the theater or the trails, or fill your calendar with something else. Read on to find out just what Portland has  in store.

photo: Owen Carey via Oregon Children’s Theater

SW Portland

Check Out Red Yarn: Folksongs & Puppetry for Families
Red Yarn, Andy Furgeson, is a dynamic family performer and teaching artist in Portland, Oregon. He weaves folksongs and puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic performances and lush recordings, Red Yarn reinvigorates American folklore for younger generations. Fri. Event Details.

Tomás and the Library Lady
Your little theater goers will love this play with both Spanish and English based on the inspiring true story of Mexican-American author and educator, Tomás Rivera.Some relationships are so special they have the power to change lives forever. Tomás, the son of migrant workers, spends long, hot days in the fields harvesting crops. But when he meets a kind librarian, she helps him find escape from the heat in the form of thousands of books. Soon his imagination takes off and Tomás discovers a surprising world filled with dinosaurs, tigers, and limitless possibilities. Through the magic of theater and songs, this heartwarming story illustrates the power of imagination, self-respect, and positive encouragement. Sat. Event Details.

Head to the Trillium Festival
Are you ready to get out and active? Don’t miss the beautiful blooming trillium! There will be Interpretive stations with information about the forest, a native plant sale and plenty of space to hike the trails. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Attend the 1st Annual Citywide 3 day Super Hero Kiddie Disco
Get your little superheroes ready because Greater New Hope presents the 1st Annual Citywide Spring Break Superhero Kiddie Disco for ages 12 and under and your kiddos are going to have fun! Special guests include Spiderman and Batman and there will be music, games, food, photos and a parent’s lounge! Fri. Event Details.

Go to an Easter Bunny Party
Help us welcome the Easter Bunny with music, games and prizes, balloon artistry, cupcake decorating, and crafts. You’ll even have the opportunity to meet Rojo the lama and Napolean the alpaca. Sat. Event Details.

Visit The Rabbit Hollow
Hop on the bunny shuttle and visit The Rabbit Hollow. Enjoy a relaxed and fun family filled experience as you wander through the forest which is home to a number of bunnies. Start at Easter Candy Land and continue following the rabbit foot prints through the woods and around the bend. You’ll find a number of interesting rabbits along the bunny trail and gather treats and great photos along the way. Everyone will want to stop at the Bunny Atrium where there is a fantastic photo op for the whole family. This one will make it into your memory books. Continue on to the Big Rabbit House where you’ll find the Super Cute Easter Bunny and the opportunity for more photo ops that you can take or we can take for you. Enjoy a wonderful seasonally inspired cupcake and a drink from our juice & coffee bar before hopping the shuttle home. Sun. Event Details.

SE Portland

Join in on Some Green Screen Fun
Your young movie lover won’t want to miss out on this class.Have you ever wanted to visit Paris without leaving Portland or Safely swim with sharks or maybe you wanted to travel to outer space. Students in this class will learn basic Green Screen magic and create short movies and photos that can be downloaded and shared with family and friends. Students will learn all the tricks and skills need to create their very own Green screen studio in their bedroom. Fri. Event Details.


Plant an Edible Rainbow
Starting vegetable seeds is a fun and rewarding project in early spring. This is an opportunity for you and your little gardeners to learn about vegetables and start many favorites to take home and grow. Children can watch their seeds sprout into a rainbow of fresh veggies that are ripe for the pickin’ come summer. Registration is required.Sat. Event Details.

Learn About Winter Survival Shelters
Take shelter! The driving wind and rain can be held at bay with simple skills that every squirrel uses. In this family-oriented class, learn the basics of building a winter survival shelter that can keep you safe and warm without a sleeping bag or a fire. Younger participants will have free time to build forts. Sat. Event Details.


Go to a Pajama Bowl for Foster Kid
Pull out your best PJs and start practicing your bowling skills – the 12th annual Pajama Bowl is nearly here. Gather your team of 4 to 5 people and sign up. Participants will help raise funds for “little wishes” programs that help ensure local foster kids can participate in extracurricular activities like joining a sports team, learning a musical instrument or attending a field trip. Sun. Event Details.

How does your family celebrate the arrival of April? Share in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti