March is finally here, which means spring is on it’s way! The weather is turning warmer by the day, so we’ve rounded up ideas for both outdoor and indoor activities for you and your family. Get familiar with Portland’s local free art and playgrounds, or go on online adventure with your family. Read on to find out more about what our city has in store for you this weekend.

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Hit the Playgrounds

Portland has tons of greenspaces for kids to play in. Take in the spring weather at these awesome spots!

Listen to Podcasts

Sit and listen to a local podcast with your family. These mom podcasters have just what you need!

Tour Portland’s Murals

Get out and check out Portland’s free public art. If you aren’t quite sure where to find stunning murals, check these out.

Go Skiing at the Meadows

Meadows has introduced the sports of skiing and snowboarding to more Oregonians than any other ski resort. With a separate “fun zone” supported by on-the-snow conveyors, beginners learn technique and how to have fun fast. Meadows has the only enclosed on the snow conveyor “The Ballroom Carpet” in the Northwest! Affordable Learn to Ski and Snowboard Packages are available, and the PSIA-certified Adult Snow Sports and Children’s Learning Centers offer private and group lessons daily. There’s also a certified Day Care center for ages 6 weeks to 11 years. Event Details.

Minecraft Coding Intro Class

Join this online small-group computer class (FREE) designed by Google and Stanford experts for Grades 5-9! In this class, we introduce students to the platform for coding on Minecraft. It is easy to use and very powerful. They will also start building their very first mod and have it run inside Minecraft! Event Details.

Buttonwood Books Story Time

Visit the FaceBook page every Friday to hear Kristine read the week’s newest children’s books along with Buttonwood favorites. A selection of recent titles is available for purchase below, or stop by the store and take home a new book to love! Event Details.

The Dark Tower: Virtual Escape Room

Play as wizards with friends and family anywhere in the world in this online escape game! You and your group of fellow wizards must stop a dark sorcerer from completing his foul ritual in an hour’s time, dooming the land of Seradel. Choose a school of magic with your friends to embark on an adventure. Gather new spells, overcome magical creatures, and battle a dark wizard before it’s too late. Event Details.

The Magic Tree

InterAct Story Theatre presents A funny, uplifting story adapted from a Zambian folk tale, performed by actor and teaching artist Khaleshia Thorpe-Price. The animals of the grasslands are in terrible trouble—it hasn’t rained in ages, and everyone is hungry and thirsty! Their only hope is to find out how to get the fruit from a mysterious magic tree, but they must journey across the land to learn how…and they have to remember the secret on the long journey back! Suitable for ages 3 and up. Event Details.

How to Make an Urban Bird Feeder

Birds need to eat 365 days a year!  Birdseed ornaments are a fun project to make year-round.  They are perfect for a backyard bird feeder, as holiday ornaments or gifts for teachers.  They are made with ordinary cookie cutters, so you can easily customize your ornaments to suit the occasion.  In this live, one-hour Zoom class, you will make your own bird feeder ornaments using unique seeds like black sunflower seeds, nyjer seeds, cracked corn, millet and meal worms.  You will also learn about San Francisco Bay Area bird species.  Most supplies included and can be picked up at Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, CA.  Recommended for ages 6 and up.  Fun for the entire family! Event Details.


—Annette Benedetti