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March has fully arrived and it’s brought with it, tons of springtime fun. This weekend, catch some live theater or watch a magical ventriloquist. There’s plenty of live music for your family to get down to, and there’s even dance parties to attend. Read on to find out where you can find the best family activities and events in Portland.

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SE Portland

Disney’s the Little Mermaid Jr
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. features the hit songs such as “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love,” and the Oscar®-winning “Under the Sea.” Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Shrek the Musical – Journey Theater
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek. Catch it onstage. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Kids Morning Skate at Oaks Amusement Park
Start the weekend with healthy, indoor, family fun! Session features kid-choice music, skate games, a visit from Chipper the Squirrel, and a group skating lesson. Children 10 and younger only, please. Everyone must be wearing skates to be on the skating floor. Sat. Event Details.


All American Magic and Ventriloquist Show
Get ready for two hours filled with head-scratching illusions, music and the hilarious comedy magic of Mark Benthimer and ventriloquist, Scott Davis. The theater also has a snack bar with cotton candy and popcorn for a buck,  plenty of free parking and an onsite retail Magic Shop. Buy your tickets in advance online because the show sells out every time! Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

KiLoFriDay Featuring Zazzy Zoe and Mr. B
KiLoFri (Kind Loving Friend), is the band name Zazzy Zoe & Mr. Ben use when they play together, plays every Friday at Mississippi Pizza Pub. You and your kiddos will love getting down to their groovy tunes before heading into the weekend. Fri. Event Details.

SW Portland

Kid’s Movie Night
Enjoy Live Music Fridays at the Oregon Golf Club while your kids have a whole lot of fun on their own? Take them to the Club for Kid’s Movie Night beginning at 6 p.m. Fri. Event Details.

Free Soccer Shots Clinic
Join Soccer Shots for a fun, non-competitive soccer skills clinic at Pendleton Park. Soccer Shots is a nationally recognized program that offers a high energy, fun and age-appropriate introduction to the wonderful game of soccer. Sat. Event Details.

Oregon Symphony Presents Dance Party
The best dance parties are brought to you by a full orchestra! With “Mambo” from West Side Story and Leroy Anderson’s Sandpaper Ballet, we’ve got a line-up sure to get you off your feet and dancing in your seat. Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

2020 Winter Music Series
Spend a cozy evening in wine country with a glass of Pinot Noir and live music from talented local musicians.  Durant Vineyards wine, light snacks, and our signature picnic platters will be available for purchase. Sat. Event Details.


80s 90s Dance Party
Dress in your favorite 80s/90s attire and dance the night away to the best of the 80s, 90s, and today’s hits performed by DanceHall Days. There will be a full bar, snacks for purchase, Giant Jenga, Cornhole, Twister, photo booth, dance and costume contests and other fun activities! Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti