May it a beautiful time of year to spend with the family. Thanks to the Covid-19, it looks like Portland families are getting to stay extra close this weekend. The good news it that there are still plenty of awesome virtual events going on…and we’ve got a couple of super fun ideas for families to try while they are staying at home. Get ready to to transform your yard, get science-y and play with plants. Read on to find out more.

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Visit the Virtual Science Center

Check out the virtual science center from the Arizona Science Center. Want to watch videos? Or make a volcano or even a rocket? They’ve got you covered. Explore our DIY activities, virtual demonstrations, hands-on tutorials and more. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Amazingly Adaptable Plant Activities

Part of Burke at Home’s weekly activites, families can learn about plants. Over 400,000 plant species grow on Earth, and they can live in nearly every environment you can imagine. Get to know plants in your neighborhood, and start your own research collection with this resource created by the Burke Field Trips team. Fri. Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Pollyanna Theatre Company’s Distance Learning Programs

Austin children’s theatre company Pollyanna Theatre has developed a free series of educational activities based on its productions of Through the Slumber-Glass and Everything is Round. Designed for distance learning, the activities incorporate video clips from Pollyanna’s performances to reinforce educational objectives for children in both pre-school and grade school.Fri. Event Details.

Go Under the Sea

We know you can’t visit the OdySea Aquarium right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the wonders of aquatic life, During our temporary shutdown, the aquarium be sharing all kinds of educational content for kids (and adults!) who are at home learning. Find out what the animals are up to with live cams and explore! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Fun With Junk Craft

Turn trash into treasures with this fun craft thanks to the KiDiMu on Bainbridge Island. Sat. Event Details.

Children’s Day (Kodomo No Hi) From Home

Join us for Japan’s national holiday where all children are stars and their happiness is celebrated! Watch a theatrical performance and an animation story telling of the classic story, Momotaro (Peach Boy), and learn the Momotaro dance! Afterwards, create your own koinobori, or carp streamers, and don your own origami kabuto samurai helmet with Children’s Day-themed craft projects you can do at home! Sat. Event Details.

Listen to Local Podcasts

Get cozy with the kids and listen to these 13 podcasts for Portland families.

Grow Together as a Family

Check out these 31 ways to grow together as a family in May.

DIY Obstacle Course

Turn your back yard into and obstacle course. Here are 11 courses you can set up at home!

–Annette Benedetti