This weekend is all about exploring hobbies that you and your family love—whether it’sbooks, bugs, cheese, kites, or bikes. Let “The Bug Chicks” turn bug haters into bug lovers at a hands-on workshop. Bring the kids to Wordstock for some literary fun. Grab your bikes and trikes (or strollers) for The Harvest Century family bike ride. Or fly away to Lincoln City for the Fall Kite Festival.

Portland

Wordstock for Kids
In addition to enjoying readings by children’s authors and illustrators, kids can cozy up with a book in the Story Corner, read to dogs, write a great tale of adventure at the Young Author’s Writing Table or participate in activities like bookmaking, word games and puzzles and much more! Sat and Sunday. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Oregon Convention Center. $7 for one day or $10 for both days. Children 13 and under free of charge. Young readers of all ages. Event details.

Wonderful World of Bugs
Join “The Bug Chicks” and explore the world of insects and spiders. Meet live animals, go on a bug hunt in Leach Garden’s meadows and pond and stream, and get an up-close look at insects through the microscope! Sat. 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Please pre-register online. $5/person or $20 for family of 4 or more. All ages. Event details.

The Wedge Cheese Festival
This Farmers Market-style festival showcases cheeses from throughout the West. Southwest 9th Avenue will be blocked off between Belmont and Yamhill to provide space for 35 local cheesemakers. Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Green Dragon Bistro and Brewpub. $5 donation. All ages. Event details.

Suburbs

Design a Mr. Potato Head
Head to the Beaverton Farmer’s Market to support Farmers Ending Hunger, a non-profit created to bring nutritious food to those who need it most. There will be a booth with hands-on activities for kids of all ages, including Build-A-Mr. Potato Head. Farmer’s market vendors and local farms will donate potatoes and other seasonal vegetables for kids to create their own Mr. Potato Head. Sat. 8:00 am – 1:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Harvest Century Family Bike Ride
Tricycles, wheelchairs, strollers, and walkers—this safe, 3-mile family-friendly bike course is for you. It is a separate course from the three longer Harvest Century routes, but everyone will share in celebration at the finish line! Sat. Check-in at 1:00 pm, ride begins at 2:30 pm. Free. Washington County Fairgrounds. Please pre-register online. All ages. Event details.

Out of town

Fall Kite Festival (pictured)
The festival will include kite-flying demonstrations by experts and family-friendly activities like kite making, a kid’s kite parade, a Rokkaku (six-sided kite) aerial battle, and a mass ascension. Sat and Sun. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Lincoln City. Free admission. All ages. Event details.                                               

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen