It’s that time again, mother nature is waking up and our city’s youngest explorers are ready to get out and check her out! This weekend offers families the opportunity to put on their outdoorsy gear and get their hands dirty. Sign up for a fish camp, check out at “rock’n” show, or hang out with the frogs and lizards. Read on to find out more.

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Attend the Tualatin Valley Gem Club, Rock and Mineral Show
Don’t miss this rockin’ event. Enjoy vendors and displays of rocks, minerals, fossils and lapidary arts. You can expect door prizes, a silent auction, kid’s corner fun, and demonstrations. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.


Check Out the Family Fish Camp
The Association of Northwest Steelheaders is hosting our 3rd Annual Family Fish Camp at Camp Angelos. Join for a fun-filled weekend where families learn fishing skills together while staying overnight in a summer camp setting. Kids and adults can fish the pond, play games, plan their next fishing adventure, and participate in various session activities led by expert anglers. For all families who want to learn more about how to jump-start their fishing experiences. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Experience Strawberry Explosion
Back by popular demand, you get to plant strawberry plants in a unique container with your young gardners. Kids will love picking and eating their delicious red, ripe strawberries throughout the summer months! Join us to learn more about this wonderful fruit! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Join the Cooperative Foundations Parent-Baby Play Class
Check out these RIE® based playgroups for parents and babies. In this class, your baby is the teacher. The class is led by Jackie Bartlett, MS. Sat. Event Details.

Join Spanish Story &Play Time
Join Portland Early Learning Project for books, bubbles, maracas, singing, dancing and oodles of fun while learning some Spanish along the way. Plenty of fun for the whole family! Sat. Event Details.

Check Out Caspar Babypants Comes to Portland
Caspar Babypants is making his way down to Portland. Get ready for some serious fun! Doors Open 30 min before show time. Music starts at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Food and drinks for the whole family will be available for purchase in the Village Ballroom bar thanks to The Oregon Public House. This show is hosted by Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play. Sun. Event Details.


Watch Guide Dogs for the Blind Public Graduations
Portland area dog lovers, kids, Kleenex, and cameras are welcome every other Saturday at Guide Dogs for the Blind’s heartwarming public graduation ceremonies at the organization’s campus in Boring.
These public events honor the independence and companionship that GDB’s exceptional guide dogs provide for the people they will serve, but they also allow GDB clients to meet the committed puppy raisers who cared for their canine heroes until they were old enough to begin formal training at the campus. Sat. Event Details.


Check Out Fabulous Frogs, Charming Toads & Lovely Lizards
Uncover the hidden world of creatures that jump, hop and crawl. On Saturday, March 10, discover frogs, toads and lizards in this fun-filled afternoon of activities and investigation. Get an up-close look at some local species and learn about their amazing adaptations in preparation for the Water Center’s annual Critter Count on April 14. Join the fun from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Water Resources Education Center. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Head The Zymoglyphic Museum
A strange and wonderful peek into an oddball world of delight, this tiny museum houses art exhibits of found objects arranged in surrealistic ways. Strange and quirky dioramas showcase skeletons of imaginary creatures and other curiosities. Kids and families open to a wacky art show of collected nature will love it! You may even be inspired to start your own museum. Sun. Event Details.


Experience the Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase
Check out the 36th year of this amazing event! They have beautiful antique wheels of all shapes and sizes, costumed spinners, and interactive demonstrations. Learn about the history of spinning and see a working replica of a unique spinning wheel invented right in the Aurora Colony. This event is family friendly and packed with kid fun. Sat. Event Details.

What is your favorite early spring family outing? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti