May is a month full of goodness and this coming weekend is a perfect example of how diverse our fair city can be when it comes to spring activities. From bird festivals to plays to train-filled days and important lessons in diversity…there’s and incredibly wide variety of things for your family to do. Read on to find out where you should be this weekend and when.We’ve got all of the best going ons lined up for you.


photo: Arthur T. LaBar via flickr

Beaverton

Go on a Wine & Chocolate Walk
Go on a little walk around Downtown Beaverton – and taste some amazing regional wines and chocolate! We have 10 locations already and more signing on each day! Each of the participating businesses downtown will have a winery and a chocolatier ready to shower you with samples and you can also purchase the chocolate and wine (bottles or glasses) you love right on site! Fri. Event Details.

Check Out Threes Preschool Open House
Learn about the Threes Preschool Program and meet Teacher Julie of our Threes Class. The classrooms and playground will be open and we’ll have activities for the kiddos as parents learn about this amazing program! There are openings for the Threes Class and are now enrolling for Fall 2018. Teacher Julie, as well as members of the school, will be on hand to answer questions. Sat. Event Details.

Tualatin

Head to the Tualatin River Bird Festival
Start the day with an early morning bird walk. Listen to the “dawn chorus” and learn to identify birds by sight and sound with experienced birders. Family activities start at 10 a.m. and will include hands-on educational arts and crafts to help children learn about nature, building a bird and butterfly house or for their backyard, and painting a duck decoy. Visitors can learn to catch a fish, try their hand at archery, practice shooting a BB gun or play migratory putt-putt golf. The always popular and exciting Audubon Birds of Prey show will be featured. The Conestoga wagon rides around the Refuge, always a big hit, will run 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Check out the conservation exhibits presented by local environmental groups and browse in the Nature Store. Sat. Event Details.

Vancouver

Catch a Showing of Dear Edwina Jr.
You don’t want to miss this Metropolitan Performing Arts (MPA) lively children’s production this May! Follow the chronicles of Edwina Spoonapple, advice-giver extraordinaire, who wows her neighbors in Paw Paw Michigan via original musical extravaganzas performed in the Spoonapple family garage. A spunky, singing version of Dear Abby, told through a show-within-a-show format, Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends through clever, catchy and poignant songs. The show unfolds like a virtual block party and will delight children, teens and adults. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Head to Spring block party #golocalmontavilla
Join the First Ever #golocalmontavilla Spring Block Party! The neighborhood is closing down 81st Ave between Stark and Oak to have a community party, and everyone is invited! There will be Music, Food, and Fun for All, and all sponsored by local businesses! Come out and enjoy all that Montavilla has to offer- Rain or Shine! Sat. Event Details.

Don’t Miss Portland Train Day
Oregon Rauk Heritage Center Presents Portland Train Day 2018 –Celebrating the 80th Birthday of Portland’s own SP&S 700 Steam Locomotive. Celebrate Portland’s rich history with trains. Enjoy exhibits, live music, food carts, local beer, kids activities, and train rides all day for the whole family! Sat. Event Details.

Attend Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways
Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways kicks off the new season on May 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Join us for a 7-mile traffic-free, family-friendly bike ride that takes you on a tour of Laurelhurst, Sewallcrest, Colonel Summers and Ivon Parks to grab a bite to eat, listen to tunes, and join some activities. Come play the Passport to Health Sticker Hunt, and spend a lovely summer day walking, strolling, and rolling around our Southeast Portland route. Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Check Out Family Saturday with an African American Twist
Families are invited to a FREE all-ages program that focuses on culture and diversity in Oregon. Please join the Oregon Black Pioneers and the Oregon Historical Society for a Family Saturday celebrating our Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years exhibit, on view now through June 24. Hands-on activities and performances will be taking place throughout the day and include:

1. Performance by Christopher Franklin, acting an original script as a young 1960s Civil Rights activist
2. “Hair Dance” book read aloud and hair braiding demonstration by hair stylist Sylvia Jackson-Riley
3. “I Love Being Me” book read aloud
4. Group sing-a-long of protest songs of the Civil Rights movement, provided by Journey Towards Justice
5. Button making
6. Making Faces activity
7. Mancala board game play
8. Take a Stand poster activity

Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Take the Family Tour at the Portland Art Museum
Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life. Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance. Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger. Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

Attend Jessa Campbell’s ROCK’Inn Kids
As a Local Roots event, we will feature local performers who specialize in creating music that can be enjoyed by younger audiences. As a mother herself, Jessa is passionate about creating spaces for young ones to enjoy music at a venue their caregivers can enjoy as well! This event takes place during happy hour with happy hour prices. Sun. Event Details.

Check Out Ants Ants Ants in Concert: Why Why Why?
A new group in Portland’s vibrant family music scene, Ants Ants Ants is a collaboration between songsters Johnny Clay (The Dimes) and Dave Gulick (Derby) and a host of Portland creatives. These two full-band shows celebrate the release of a new album, “Why Why Why?” Kids and parents alike are invited to sing and dance along to these new pop tunes. With stylistic nods to 1970’s era Sesame Street, School House Rock, and “The Point” by Harry Nilsson, Ants Ants Ants recalls the best elements of a fun and fanciful childhood – the thrill of knocking down a tower of blocks; the fun of imagining what your dog is thinking right now; the imagined world where nocturnal animals meet in the park at night to play games. These are just a few sights in the musical world that you enter when you press play. Sun. Event Details.

Is there an event coming up that you are super excited about? Share it with us in the comments below!

—Annette Benedetti