Honor Patron St. Valentine to your heart’s content this weekend by spending serious quality time with the ones you love. Snuggle up at home or take a drive to count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count, show your love for books as Multnomah County Libraries celebrate their 150th birthday, take a peek at what goes on at the Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center, or if monster trucks crushing cars is your passion, don’t miss Monster Jam at the Moda Center.
Multnomah County turns the ripe old age of 150 and they want to party with you. Libraries around the county will have heart-shaped treats, Valentine crafts, activities and you can write a love note to your favorite library. Check out the website for branch-specific start times and activities. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Multnomah County Library branches, Free. Event details.
Birds of a Feather
Take a drive to your favorite spot, or stick to your own backyard, to be part of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Register on the official website, then go out and count how many birds you spot in 15 minutes, try to estimate how many individual species you saw, then submit your findings online during the 4-day event. Fri.-Mon., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Monster Jam, as it is actually known, is part showcase, part competition with gigantic, car-crushing trucks racing around, smashing things and doing tricks on an obstacle course built just for them. Come and see fan favorites, Gravedigger, Ironman and others, in a showdown to find out who’s tougher, trickier or crazier than the other. Sat. 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m., $5-$40, All Ages. Event details.
Snoozing at the Zoo
Send your kids to the I Love Zoo Overnight for an educational and fun experience they won’t soon forget. Pack a pillow and a sleeping bag and send them off on an adventure while you enjoy a romantic Valentine’s night out. The zoo overnight includes guided tours, visits with animals and behind-the-scenes peeks around the zoo. Dinner, an evening snack and a continental breakfast are included. Fri.-Sat., 5 p.m.-9:30 a.m., $48, Ages 7-13. Event details.
Wildlife Rehab Open House
Once a year, the center opens its doors to let the public take a peek at what goes on inside Oregon’s oldest and busiest animal rehabilitation center that takes in 3,000 animals each year. Take guided tours, meet the center’s non-releasable education birds, learn about raptors and birds of prey with hands-on bird identifying activities, stump the vets with your questions and have a raptor painted on your face. Advance reservations are required for the guided tours. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $5-$10 donation suggested, All Ages. Event details.
Valentine’s Family Party
Take all of your sweethearts for a night out together. Nosh on pizza and salad, grab a drink, enjoy games, dance with the DJ-hosted Stellar Play and Valentine’s Dance, try your luck with bingo and hourly giveaways, and light up the kids with glow stick bracelets. Advanced online purchases receive a premium decorated table, reservations and a special dessert for the grownups. Fri. 6-9 p.m., $10-12/person; free/children under 2, Ages 12 and under. Event details.
What are you going to do with your little valentines this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.
Photo by Tinsley Hunsdorfer, Audubon Society of Portland