Whether you are laughing along with the unbelievably talented Harlem Globetrotters, dancing your heart out with the Greasy Kid Stuff DJs or seeing a live stage performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr., it’s all about group experiences this weekend. If you’re searching for crisp, fresh air outdoors, head to Tryon Creek for Nature Discovery Day or the Oregon Zoo to learn about their mighty cats. Harlem Globetrotters Spin


Harlem Globetrotters = Family Slam Dunk

The Harlem Globetrotters’ 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour travels through Portland for one day only.  The legendary team has been thrilling fans around the world for 88 years with their unbelievable basketball skills and hilarious antics on the court. Sat., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $18-$121, All Ages. Event details.

Animated African Matinee

The 24th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films’ Family Day offers up a family matinee, Khumba, a film from South Africa, directed by Anthony Silverstein.  The 85-minute, animated film follows a little zebra born with only half its stripes, who is blamed for the lack of rain by his superstitious herd. On his search to earn his stripes, Khumba meets a cast of characters who teach him that diversity is key to survival. The matinee will be hosted by Baba Wagué Diakité of Mali. Sat. 2 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Boogie Down with Greasy Kid Stuff

You’ve heard their radio program, now experience the Greasy Kid Stuff DJs live as they spin irresistable dance tunes to get tiny toes tappin’ and little rumps shakin’.  The Do Jump School will do a special performance.  See website for registration and details on the pre-dance family workshop filled with acrobatics, aerial apparatus and physical theater. Sun. 3-5 p.m., $5/person, All Ages. Event details.


Cat Tales at the Zoo

At this zoo experience, kids will learn the differences between the giant cats, like pumas, cougars and mountain lions.  The event includes an educational tour of an animal exhibit, a craft and a snack.  Advance registration required. Sat., 10 a.m.-12 p.m., $25-$29 one child and one adult, Ages 5-6. Event details.

Nature Discovery Day

Animal pelts, bones and living animals are all part of this unstructured educational program.  Visitors come and go and study how indigenous people survived for thousands of years in the forest using objects from nature, like stinging nettles for fishing nets and Oregon grapes for dye. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

The Little Mermaid, Jr. – Family Day

Experience Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr., adapted from Broadway’s 2008 production, with the cast from Journey Theater Arts Group. The beloved tale follows mermaid Ariel, who longs to be a human. After meeting Prince Eric, she is granted her wish by Ursula, the evil sea witch, who exchanges Ariel’s magnificent voice for a pair of legs.  In order for the spell to stay, Ariel has to get the prince to fall in love with her or she will return to the sea, a prisoner of Ursula’s forever. Only tickets purchased in advance for the Family Day show are offered at a discounted price. Sat., 7 p.m., All Ages, $10/person. Event details.

What adventures will you be taking this weekend? Tell us below!

–Suzie Ridgway

Photo Courtesy of Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc.