From driving mega machines at Dozer Day to marching in two parades, dressed as either Paul Bunyan for the Kenton Street Fair’s Children’s Parade or as your favorite Star Wars character for the McMenamin’s UFO Festival parade, your family is going to love the events happening in and around Portland this weekend. Read on to discover our top picks. dozer-day-3

photo: Dozer Day

East Side

Kids Drive Big Rigs at Dozer Day
Now in its 11th year, this event welcomes kids to sit in – and operate – trucks, dozers, excavators and other big machines, with the help of a pro, of course. In addition to the big rigs, families can enjoy food, music, pipe crawls, tire crawls, digging for treasures (including real gemstones), and other fun giveaways. Garbage trucks, ambulances and even firetrucks will be available for the curious little ones. Money raised at Dozer Day benefits a variety of children’s charities, including schools, little leagues, PTAs and other well-deserving non-profits. And to make the deal just a little sweeter, all young “diggers” get to collect stickers from sponsors throughout the day and  take home an official hardhat. Sat.&Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $8-$10 advance; $11-$13 day of event; free for kids under 2; Parking is $6 cash only, All Ages. Event details.

Shake Your Groove Thing at Sesame Street Live! Let’s Dance
Think of it as a giant, mind-blowing dance party with all of your kids’ favorite Sesame Street songs and characters, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and others dancing right along with them. Fri.-Sun., various times, $15-$38.50, All Ages. Event details.

Dress Like Paul Bunyan for the Children’s Parade and Kenton Street Fair
Don your finest Paul Bunyan and Babe outfits and meet in downtown Kenton for the first annual children’s parade. The parade will go from the corner of N. Watts and Denver, four blocks through downtown Kenton, ending at the Paul Bunyan statue to kick off the Kenton Street Fair. The fair offers up coaster car racing, music performances on the main stage and a children’s area with kids’ performers, face-painting, crafts and games. Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free, All Ages. Event details.

Get Ready for Baby at BabyFest!
Experience all of the innovative gear, luxury items, products and services for expectant or new parents under one roof at this all day baby marathon. Learn about car seat safety, baby care and take advantage of mama pampering, including hairstyling, makeup, manicures and massages. Reserve tickets online. Guests who choose the VIP experience will be privvy to early admission and a sweet swag bag that includes a Moby Wrap baby carrier. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $20-$100/person; $30-$120/couple, All Ages. Event details.

West Side

Disney’s Strange Magic DVD Release Party
Come to the Craft Factory to celebrate the DVD release of Disney’s Strange Magic. Craft a fairy house for only $10 and enter to win a copy of the DVD. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $10, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

McMenamin’s UFO Festival
Do you believe? If not, this event might convince you that otherworldly beings from outer space live right here on earth. Activities range from a crazy, costumed parade for anyone who wants to join to serious talks with UFO abductee, Travis Walters. The free family entertainment includes a UFO Abduction Dash fun run, followed by the parade, live music, contests and a movie. Sat., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (parade at noon), Free, All Ages. Event details.

Which of these piques your interest for the weekend?

-Suzie Ridgway