Before hitting the family-friendly events happening this weekend, might be a good idea to do a little preventative safety work. Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin will be offering a Safety Saturday event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity to purchase helmets at a reduced rate, to get a free car safety seat check, and a chance to recycle your used, outdated or damaged car safety seats.

Now let’s have some fun! This weekend offers a guided walk at Leach Botanical Garden, a family bike ride (or walk) in Hillsboro, the annual apple and pear tasting event at Portland Nursery, and an occasion to watch birds migrate while listening to bluegrass music. If you’re looking for an indoor activity, we’ve got a family square dance, a production at Northwest Children’s Theater, a magic show, and a story with music and movement. Finally, for those who are looking for an excuse to head out of town, the Fall Kite Festival is happening in Lincoln City.



Apple Tasting
Get your taste buds ready—over fifty varieties of apples and pears to sample! The little ones also will love the Kid’s Tent complete with pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, Cosmo’s balloon hat creations and face painting. Plus live music, cider press demonstrations and cider tastes. Fri. to Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.


Leach Botanical Garden Guided Walk
Explore the beautiful gardens! What’s in bloom this season? Meet in front of the Manor House and a volunteer guide will treat you to a fun and informative tour. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – noon, Portland, free. Event details.


Nail Soup
A sweet story filled with movement and music, sure to please children and adults alike! This is a Scandinavian story of an old woman who needs cheering up. A young man comes along and helps her see she has always had everything she needs. Together they make a delicious pot of Nail Soup! Most appropriate for families with children ages 2 to 9. Fri., 11:00 a.m. – noon, Portland, free. Event details.




Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Things are not going Alexander’s way in this Northwest Children’s Theater production. From a yucky breakfast to annoying siblings, a dentist visit, bossy parents, and terrifying encounter with a copy machine—it’s enough to make anyone want to move to Australia! Based on the popular book, Alexander’s comical catastrophes will turn any day from bad to glad. Most appropriate for age 4 and older. Sat. and Sun., noon and 4:00 p.m., Portland, $22 adults, $18 youth.Event details.


Portland Country Dance Community Family Dance
Have a ball learning to country dance with your kids! Meet new friends as you promenade! There also will be a potluck dinner following the dance. The Portland Country Dance Community is a consortium of dancers, musicians and callers promoting traditional and modern Contra and English country dance and music through regular dances. Sat., 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Portland, $6 adults, $5 child, $20 maximum per family. Event details.



BirdFest and Bluegrass
Listen to bluegrass music as you enjoy the sights and sounds of fall migration. There will be plenty of fun and education for kids: family bird walk, games, crafts, touch table, ring toss, storytelling, and bird bingo! Plus visit an authentic replica of a plankhouse and sample salmon at a traditional salmon bake.Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Ridgefield, free. Event details.


Harvest Century
Tricycles, wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, and those who have mastered the art of riding a two-wheeled bike, but aren’t prepared, willing, or able to pedal across three counties – this one is for you! You’ll traverse over rolling hills, through falling autumn leaves, and enjoy the gorgeous Oregon countryside. The 3-mile family route is free and offers a chance to win a new bicycle from REI, a souvenir medal, rest stop with fresh fruit and water, mechanical support, live music, and family activities such as face painting, bicycle decorating and crafts.Sat., noon – 5:30 p.m., Hillsboro, free. Event details.


I Love to Read Magic Show with Jay Frasier
Head to the Lake Oswego Public Library and be treated to a show by one of the country’s top children’s performers! Frasier’s shows are a combination of sleight-of-hand, physical comedy, and audience participation that results in a unique entertainment experience. Kids have been known to roll on the floor laughing during Fraiser’s shows! Sat., 11:00 a.m., Lake Oswego, free. Event details.

—Holly Crisp