Happy Thanksgiving, Portland! Enjoy your family time inside, but if you’ve got a hankering to head outside the house, there is certainly no shortage of things you can do. In case you missed it, here’s our list of 8 Ways to Keep the Kids Busy Over Thankgiving Weekend, as well as our roundup of Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies. But wait, there’s more!  Here are six additional super cool things you can do this weekend to keep your family appreciating the arts, shopping locally and dancing the weekend away.

Tears Of Joy Theater “When Animal Were People”

photo: Tears of Joy Theatre

West Side

Give the Puppets a Hand
Tears of Joy Theatre presents two tales from Mexico and Argentina paired into one dynamic puppet play incorporating Spanish words and phrases. When Animals Were People features friends, Tortuga, Grandfather Zopilote, and Ardilla, who enjoy sharing meals together. Find out what happens when Lobo asks to join them, and wants to eat more than just their delicious stew.The Lazy Bee, features a young, fun-loving bee as she faces the consequences of refusing to do her fair share of the work. Sat., 11 a.m and 2 p.m., $11/person, Ages 4 & Up. Event details.

Put a Firebird on It With Portland Ballet
John Clifford’s Russian fairytale, Firebird, is brought to life by the Portland Ballet dancers, with music by Stravinsky. Artistic Director Anne Mueller’s, Day by Day, set to Mozart, will also be performed in a clever, world premiere story ballet that highlights the drama and humor of everyday life. The dancers will be accompanied by live music performed by the PSU Orchestra. Fri.-Sun., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., $5-$35/person or $90/family, All Ages. Event details.

East Side
Thomas and LEGOs Join the Model Railroad Show
All aboard!  Now’s your chance to grab your future engineer and get up close to marvel at some incredibly tiny, detailed model railroad sets, assembled up by experts.  The show will include 4200 sq. ft. of HO railroad, featuring vintage passenger trains, steam engines and track side signals for a glimpse into the past. This year will feature Thomas and an enormous LEGO layout. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., $7/adult; $3/child (3-11), All Ages. Event details.

It’s Seriously Mysterious for Indies First Day
Celebrate independent bookstores with Indies First Day. To celebrate, Green Bean Books will have a mystery story time and scavenger hunt and mystery book giveaway. Sat., 2-2:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Belly Dance With Baksana
Join Baksana, a brass belly dance band, as they celebrate the release of their new CD with a folk roots belly dance party fit for all ages. Baksana is a performance group influenced by Balkan, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Romani and American jazz dance and music styles. The party will include plenty of dancing, as well as a hula hoop competition, henna, a photo booth and balloon creations. Sun., 4-7 p.m., $15/adult; Free for kids, All Ages. Event details.

Footprints, Moms and Mimosas
Join Mimosa Studios for a fun morning of pottery painting for Moms and little ones. They’ll have healthy breakfast snacks, beverages (including adult ones) and 10% off all pottery painting. Austin and Allison will assist in getting awesome hand and foot prints for holiday gifts for loved ones. Reservations recommended. See our listing for a $5 coupon. Sun., 9 a.m., price varies by pottery selection, Ages 5 & Under with an Adult. Event details.

What’s your plan for Thanksgiving weekend? Hide out or go out? Let us know in the comments!

—Suzie Ridgway