Dozer Days are a dream come true for kids (and some adults). If your child doesn’t want to drive a big yellow bulldozer, how about playing with a bin of wriggly worms (while the whole family learns a thing or two about worm bin composting)? No? Then how about bugs? See and learn about all kinds of bugs at this year’s Nature Fair event at Leach Botanical Garden.

Out of town

2012 Dozer Days (pictured)
Kids hop in the driver’s seat and actually drive big yellow dozers, dump trucks and other heavy equipment with a professional operator at their side. Sat & Sun. Cemex/Fisher Quarry, Vancouver, Wa. See listing for ticket information. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Children’s Nature Fair: Amazing Bugs
Learn about our insect friends through a variety of arts and crafts activities, storytelling, slug races, music, Ladybug walks, worm activities, and more. Sat. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Elephabet Pachyderm Party
Enjoy a hands-on workshop where you can draw your own pachyderm portmanteaus based on Elephabet, a book by Portland artist Hilary Pfeifer that celebrates elephants and the 26 letters we all know and love. Sun. 1:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worm Composting Family Workshop
Learn everything you need to know about turning your food scraps into garden compost and take home a worm bin, full of red wiggler worms! Includes kids activities and the opportunity to build your worm bin as a family. Sat. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Zenger Farm. $50/family. Event details.

Westside

Tryon Creek Nature Hike: Amphibian and Snakes
Join a park ranger for a free, guided nature hike to discover the amphibians and snakes who call Tryon Creek State Natural Area home. Sat. 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Free. All ages (parents must accompany kids). Event details.

Suburbs

Kids Nature Night Out: Rodents of Unusual Size
Kids have dinner before heading out into the Park after dark to explore and look for wildlife. Fri. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Nature Park Interpretive Center, Beaverton. $25, in district. Registration required. Ages 6-12. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen

Photo credit: Zachary Kaufman