Spring will be upon us soon, so here’s to newness and the exploration of new things. A new hobby perhaps? Whether your kids are into LEGOs, night creatures, birds, or fire trucks, there is something that will tickle their fancy this weekend. A LEGO convention that is the perfect activity for families with kids who love LEGO and want to see what amazing creations people have done with simple plastic bricks. The Historic Belmont Firehouse is open to explorers, as is Sauvie Island’s Wapato Walkway (home to many feathered friends). The whole family can learn Indian Dance moves in Hillsboro and older kids can listen to the sounds of the night in Beaverton.


East side

Bricks Cascade LEGO Convention (pictured)
Bricks Cascade will have tons of Lego models to see, a play area for kids to indulge in their own creativity, and vendors selling LEGO-related items. Kids will also be able to chat with model builders, who will be on hand to answer any questions about their unique creations. Sat & Sun. Oregon Convention Center. 10:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Girl Power Day at Green Bean Books
Kids can strut their spelling stuff on the Mississippi Pizza stage. Three difficulty levels give everyone a chance to play. Winners take home fun prizes, and every speller gets a treat. Sat. 1:00 pm. Free. Best for ages 4-10. Event details.

Safety Saturday: Historic Belmont Firehouse
The Historic Belmont Firehouse is a local treasure. Now is your chance to go inside! The firehouse is open to the public and features exhibits, an interactive fire engine simulator, and education and fun for the whole family. Sat. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Portland. Free. All ages. Event details.

West side

Morning Bird Walk
Join a naturalist for Morning Bird Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks focus on bird identification, behavior, and getting to know the local birds. Sat. 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Free. Pre-registration necessary. All ages. Event details.


Family Friendly Indian Dance Matinee
Learn about Bharathanatyam, an ancient South Indian dance used as a cultural bridge to share peace, spirituality and artistry with audiences of all ages and all backgrounds. Sat. Walters Cultural Arts, Hillsboro. 2:00 pm. Adults: $12 advance/$17 day of show; Kids 6-18: $5 advance/$7 day of show. All ages. Event details.

Park After Dark: Sounds of the Night
We will explore the park to find out who is out at night, where they are and what sounds they make. We will listen for some of our nocturnal residents including coyotes and bats. Sat. Nature Park Interpretive Center, Beaverton. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Best for ages 6 years and up. $10/in district, additional fee for non-district. Event details.

Creatures of the night or LEGO madness? What does you family love to explore together?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen