Turkey day is on it’s way and it’s got us all thinking about what we are most thankful for. There’s nothing quite as precious as family time, and it belongs at the top of our gratitude list. Pack your family time with a whole lot of magic this weekend. Watch Maddax Woods light up or watch a classic story (think Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast) unfold when little actors hit the big stage. We’ve got all the details for you below!
photo:Journey Theater Arts Group via facebook

Greater Portland

Join Family Volunteer Day
Join SOLVE to celebrate Family Volunteer Day. Family Volunteer Day is a Points of Light signature day of service which demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world. For more than two decades, Family Volunteer Day has been held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to “kick off” the holiday season with giving and service. Bring your family and join your community at a fun event near you! Sun. Event Details.


Visit The Sharing Tree
Help Through Holiday Giving by selecting a heart-shaped ornament from the Sharing Tree and purchase a gift for someone in need in our community. The Sharing Tree opens November 15, and unwrapped gifts should be returned by December 20 to ensure Christmas delivery. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Attend the PBO YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERT: Music from Dublin Castle
A special version of the Music from Dublin Castle program designed with young listeners in mind. Fun, educational, and interactive, PBO’s hour-long Young People’s Concerts are Baroque music highlighted with details that the whole family can enjoy. Sat. Event Details.

Visit Santa’s Headquarters at Washington Square
Santa will be available for photos and visits at his Headquarters presented by HGTV, located in Center Court between the escalators. Reservations available, but not required! Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.


Journey Theater Arts Group Presents: Disney’s Peter Pan Jr
Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook!  It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero.  Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up. Fri. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Oregon City

See Beauty and the Beast Jr
Take your kids to see a Disney classic performed by local kids. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Enjoy Footprints, Moms, and Mimosas
Join us for a fun morning of pottery painting for Moms and little ones ages 0-5 years. They provide snacks, mimosas, and you get 10% off all pottery painting. Staff will help you get awesome hand and foot prints for holiday gifts for loved ones. Reservations recommended. Sat. Event Details.


Attend the Native American Indian Heritage Festival Native Runway: A Celebration of Regalia, Culture & Song
Check out the annual celebration of Native American Indian Heritage Month with the native community. Discover and learn more about native cultures at the Water Center. Kids will have fun with hands-on crafts and activities. Families are invited to celebrate from 1 to 4 p.m., Sat, Nov. 18, at the Water Resources Education Center. Sat. Event Details.

West Linn

Attend the Lighting of Maddax Woods
Join the Friends of Maddax Woods at the 14th Annual Lighting of Maddax Woods. Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted , accessible path through the Woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River. Search for creatures of the Woods, view new Maddax’s Boat History, see Dorothy Maddax’s Garden. Lights will be on from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Hood River

Catch the Train to Christmas Town
Take a 75-minute train ride along the Columbia River as you drink cocoa with cookies and hear music on the The Train to Christmas Town [formerly Polar Express], with a visit from Santa and his elves. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti