Now that we’re pumpkined and candied out from all the Halloween festivities, let’s focus on enjoying some art or perhaps some nature, shall we? This weekend is loaded with lots of arts activities—a puppet show, a storytime with puppets, a kid’s musical performance, an arts center open house, a rock opera, and a musical! If you’re looking to get outside and enjoy nature and the beauty of autumn, there’s Newt Day at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park Interpretive Center and a Salmon Festival at Multnomah Falls. Also, why not get a head start on your holiday shopping? The Hand Made in Vancouver Seasonal Bazaar kicks off on Friday. Not only are all the items handmade, all are crafted by artisans within the Portland/Vancouver metro area and are eco-friendly with many repurposed and upcycled items. Here’s to a great weekend!

Eastside

 

Myrna the Mermaid and the Golden Key
On one of her daily dives, Myrna the mermaid finds a golden key and a treasure map. Join Myrna as she swims around the world trying to find clues to what the key unlocks. Go to far off lands, meet fun new friends and sing, laugh and dance in this nautical fun-filled adventure. Fri., 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Portland, $5 per person, 4 people for $17, under 1 free. Event details.

 

The Alphabeticians
Mom and Dad can get their caffeine fix while the family grooves to The Alphabeticians! The Alphabeticians play fun, upbeat, original, quirky kids music for the whole family. Get a great start to your Sunday! Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Portland, Flying Cat Coffee, 3041 SE Division, Portland, free. Event details.

 

Westside

 

Multnomah Arts Center Open House
Celebrate art and enjoy getting to know this great arts community! Watch performances and art demonstrations, and participate in hands-on art activities appropriate for all ages. Fri., 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.

 

Cinderella at Borders
Meet the star puppets of the Tears of Joy Theatre’s upcoming show Cinderella! Relive this favorite French classic while the magical puppets dance and sing at the downtown Borders Saturday storytime. Sat., 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.

 

Alice & Wonderland: A Rock Opera
Alice is bored, bored, bored! Until she plummets into a color-splashed land inhabited by the most peculiar characters you can possibly imagine. Alice & Wonderland: A Rock Opera is a spectacular event full of music and dance. The whole family will have a blast. All the madcap characters you love from the original story sing, dance, and rock out on guitars, pianos, tubas, and more, live on stage. Sat., 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m., Portland, starting at $16 for adults and $13 for children. Event details.

Suburbs

Newt Day
Time to celebrate and learn about all these cool amphibians! Participate in a scavenger hunt at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park Interpretive Center where you’ll join the newts on the trails within the park. Afterwards, warm up inside with hot cider while learning about and examining live amphibians including rough-skinned newts. Face painting and crafts also will be available for visitors of all ages. Sat., noon – 4:00 p.m., Beaverton, $1 or two cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank. Event details.

Salmon Festival at Multnomah Falls
Let your kids observe salmon in their natural habitat and learn the importance of preserving their ecosystem. Families will have a chance to see salmon spawning along Multnomah Creek and Mt. Hood Community College students, employees and Forest Service guides will be on-hand to answer questions. Kids also will be able to color and paint salmon themes on a free t-shirt. Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Multnomah Falls, free. Event details.

Amazing Race – The Musical
Come along on the Krayon Kids Musical Theatre Company’s adventure! You’ll be amazed at the fast-paced entertainment, extravagant costumes and the talents of the cast, which features over fifty local area students. Fri., 7:00 p.m., Sat., 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m., Oregon City, $15 19-54, $10 55+, $10 18 and under. Event details.

-Holly Crisp