There are as many different ways to celebrate Mother’s Day as there are mothers. Quietly and kid-free in a bathtub with a glass of wine? Rocking and rolling at a family concert? You can find this, that, and everything in between this weekend. Or look to some lesser-known holidays for ideas. It’s Astronomy Day and National Train Day on Saturday. There are celebrations all weekend at the Japanese Garden–not just Mother’s Day on Sunday, but Kodomo No Hi (Children’s Day) on Saturday! A highlight: the release of 23 new koi fish into the pond.  

Eastside

Run Mama Run!
Come celebrate motherhood at Portland’s 3rd annual Mother’s Day 5K/10K run/walk fundraiser for Adoption Mosaic. The Kids Fun Run makes it something the whole family can enjoy (Dad can head up the cheering section!) Sun, events begin at 9:30 am, Mt. Tabor Park, $45.00 entry fee, children’s run is free. Event Details.

Gustafer Yellowgold Show
The Gustafer Yellowgold Show is coming to Portland! Equal parts pop rock concert and animated storybook, Gustafer Yellowgold concerts are a truly different multimedia experience that entrances children and adults alike. See for yourself what all the hype is about. Sun, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, $10, all ages. Event Details.

Westside

Mother’s (and Children’s) Day at Japanese Garden (pictured)
The Portland Japanese Garden celebrates Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) with a variety of children’s activities and performances. On Sunday, they celebrate okāsan with more family fun. Sat and Sun, see listings for times, free with garden admission, all ages. Mother’s Day event details and Children’s Day event details.

National Train Day
Attention young train conductors! See the 4449 Steam Engine, be entertained by Gadget, Cha-Cha and The Rose Festival Character Clown Corp, and win family train trips. Sat, Union Station, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, free, all ages. Event Details.

Suburbs

Kids’ Drawing Party at Powell’s Books
Carolyn Conahan, staff illustrator for Cricket magazine, presents her new picture book, The Big Wish, an inviting picture book that tugs at the heartstrings and reminds us all of what is most important in life. Sat, 1:00 pm, free, 4-8. Event Details.

OMSI Star Party
Astronomy Day 2011 wouldn’t be complete without a free Star Party. From beginners to experts of all ages, here’s your opportunity to view the planet Saturn, waxing crescent Moon, Beehive star cluster and more! Sat, Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park, 7:30 pm, free admission, $5 parking per vehicle, all ages. Event Details.

– Cheyenne Terbrueggen