It’s the last weekend of Spring Break and you may be getting a little sick of hearing your kids say, “I’m bored.” If you are fresh out of ideas, don’t panic. The following boredom busters, like aerial tram rides, hedgehogs, superhero crafts and a shark-filled sleepover, promise to keep your kids’ minds and hands busy this weekend and let you finish up the break in style. hedgehog3


High-flying Kids
The Portland Aerial Tram is celebrating kids today with Children’s Day, offering up free tram tours for brave riders under 17, accompanied by a paying adult.  Other tram-tastic activities include a tricky balloon-maker, fancy face-painter, a silly photo booth and t-shirt coloring for the price of the shirt.  Sat., 12-3 p.m., $4-$10, All Ages. Event details.

Scaly and Furry Fun
Bring your lizard-loving selves out to ogle more than 100 vendor booths filled with turtles, snakes, chameleons, birds and hedgehogs at the Pacific NW Reptile and Exotic Animal Expo.  Animals with their matching merch will be available to take home from the show. Sat.10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun.10 a.m.-4 p.m., $7-$12/person; Free ages 8 and under, All Ages. Event details.

Roller Derby Story Time
Read with a roller girl! Members from the rough and tumble Rose City Rollers, Portland’s all-female roller derby league, will read stories about their favorite strong female characters.  10% of books sales will benefit the nonprofit, First Book – Portland. Sat., 2-2:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.


Gardening with Snoopy
Hang with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang, with the Peanuts…Naturally exhibit, which utilizes comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations to explain the natural world.  Today’s focus will be gardening, with hands-on crafts including making a seed-sprouting necklace with Dennis’ 7 Dees Kids Gardening Club (10:30-11:30 a.m.) and seed planting and worm bin exploration with Growing Gardens (1-2 p.m.). Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $6-$9/person, Free ages 2 and under, All Ages. Event details.

Superhero Mega Crafts
Great Scott! Make capes, shields, cuffs, lunch bag puppets, bookmarks and dress die-cut paper super heroes at this epic crafting event.  Print outs for coloring will also be available for the little ones. Sat., 1-2 p.m., Free, Ages 11 and under. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Family Aquarium Overnighter
Round out your Spring Break with a Family Sleepover at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Travel through exhibits minus the crowds and take part in a scavenger hunt, hands on activities and early morning behind the scenes happenings.  That night, sleep peacefully in the Passages Tunnel for an unforgettable experience your kids won’t soon forget. A full dinner, as well as snacks and a light breakfast are included.  Advance reservations required. Fri., 6 p.m.-9 a.m., $60/person, Ages 6 and up. Event details.

Tell us what you’ve been up to for Spring Break in the Comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway

Photo courtesy of Tiffany Baily via Flickr