If you’ve never been to the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, then you’ve never seen anyone race a giant pumpkin across a lake while dressed as the tooth fairy. Well, this weekend you have your chance. And who-who-who wants to learn about owls? Your little ones do, that’s who. Go on a night prowl to learn more about our beaked buddies. Or take the family to the Oregon coast and learn why fungi can be fun. If all else fails, you can build a giant LEGO SpongeBob in Tigard.

Portland

Owl Prowl
Have little owlets at home that would love to learn about nighttime predators? Bring your family for a free classroom talk and evening hike all about owls. Fri. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Whitaker Ponds Natural Area. $5 donation. Advanced registration required. Children 5-15 with adult. Event details.

Family Fridays: Whistlin’ Rufus
Mark these on your calendar. One Friday a month, have a musical night out with the kids at the Community Music Center. First up: Whistin’ Rufus. Fri. 7:15 pm. Concert is free. Donation appreciated: $5 for individual, $15.00 for family. All ages. Event details.

Suburbs

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta (pictured)
Witness costumed participants race 1000 lb. pumpkin “boats” around the Lake at Tualatin Commons. There will also be clown shows, a costume contest, pumpkin carving, a giant pumpkin weigh-off, a pie-eating contest, live music, and more family fun.  Sat. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Tualatin Commons. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

Build a Giant LEGO SpongeBob
Help a real LEGO Master Builder construct an 8-foot tall LEGO SpongeBob SquarePants model made completely out of LEGO bricks! Fri-Sun. Times vary by day; see schedule online. LEGO store at Washington Square. Free. All ages. Event details.

Make Sugar Skulls
Celebrate Hispanic heritage and learn about the Day of the Dead celebration and its traditions. Paint your own edible sugar skull and dedicate it to an ancestor or loved one. Sun. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Fairview-Columbia Library. Free. All ages. Event details.

Out of town

Yachats Mushroom Fest
Inviting all fun-guys and fun-gals! Enjoy a weekend of wild forest mushroom cuisine, expert led mushroom walks, talks and exhibits, a variety of mushroom workshops, culinary mushroom markets, books, arts, wine tasting, and more. Fri-Sun. Activities all day; see website for schedule. Several free events; others require small fee. All ages. Event details.