Did you know that Portland has a puppet museum? Ping Pong Puppet Theatre is the first (and only) one in PDX. This weekend you can catch a collection of fanciful Eastern creations there. Or see puppets in action: Tears of Joy Theatre brings the epic Greek tale Adventures of Perseus to life on a large stage and showcases Raven Steals the Sun in a more intimate library setting. Also, most local schools are closed on Monday, Nov. 12 for Veterans’s Day. It’s a perfect time to visit the Japanese Garden with your children—the garden is offering free admission all day.

West side

Puppetry of the Exotic East (pictured)

Become inspired by the ancient puppetry and storytelling traditions of the Exotic East. Fri-Sun. 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Ping Pong Puppet Museum. Free. All. Event details.

Pinkalicious: the Musical

With Broadway-style show tunes, dancing cupcakes, and a sparkling story, this musical finds its title character craving anything and everything pink—especially cupcakes! Nov 9- Dec 9. Evening and matinee performances. Newmark Theatre $15-$30. Event details.

Adventures of Perseus

This classic Greek tale is performed with a stunning combination of puppets, marionettes and masked puppeteers. Nov 9-18. 7:30 pm showing on opening night. Multiple matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Winningstad Theatre. $16-$21. Ages 6+. Event details.

Free Admission: Portland Japanese Garden

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to invite their friends, family, and fellow community members to visit the Garden on this Free Admission Day. Guides will be on hand to help answer questions and speak about the Garden’s history, culture, and traditions. Mon., Nov. 12. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

East side

Raven Steals the Sun

Based on a Native American tale and performed by Tears of Joy Theatre, this story shares how Raven the trickster brought light and warmth to the world. Sat. 11:00 am – 11:30 pm. Sellwood-Moreland Library. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Curious Garden

Watch Razzie the Fairy, Daisy the Flower, Dottie the Ladybug, and Flappy the Chicken do their thing. Then it’s your turn: the show ends with an open mic session. Sun. 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Curious Comedy Theatre. $5 suggested donation. Ages 0– 8. Event details.

What does your family have planned for this three day weekend?

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen