Love and adventure is, without a doubt, in the air this weekend. Feed the kids and take in Scandinavian culture at the Viking Pancake Breakfast, fish in an indoor trout pond at the Pacific Northwest Sportsman’s Show or go on the lookout for raptors on Sauvie Island. If you’re looking for Valentine crafty goodness, it can be yours on either side of the river. There’s Valentine Collage-making in NoPo and handmade card-creating at Valentine Fun downtown.
Eat Like a Viking
If your kid can eat like a Viking in battle times, you won’t want to miss this. Join the Sons of Norway at the Grieg Lodge for their Viking Pancake Breakfast. Get big and little tummies set for all-you-can-eat pancakes, served with scrambled eggs, sausage links, fruit, orange juice and coffee or tea. Ann Grangaard will lead story time for kids at 10 am. Sun., 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $7/adults; $4/children 5-12, free for kids 5 and under, All Ages. Event details.
Outdoor Fun Indoors
Outdoor-loving families can check out the latest and greatest in camping, fishing, boating, hunting and all things that make the Pacific Northwest an outdoor paradise. Kids will have the chance to fish in a stocked trout pond, try their hand at archery, pan for gold and see demonstrations on camp cooking and outdoor safety with Peter Kummerfeldt. Fri. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $12/adult, $5/junior (6-16); free for ages 5 and under, All Ages. Event details.
Learn how to create collage paper valentines using decorative papers, fabrics and fancy embellishments. Materials and supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome free to bring their own supplies to add a little unique flare to their projects. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Family and Kids Festival
Learn about entertainment, education, nutrition, healthcare, vacations and safety at the KUIK Northwest Family and Kids Festival, the largest of its kind on the west side of the river. Highlights include live music, crafts, a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, Mad Science experiments, a Life Flight helicopter, Barley from the Hillsboro Hops and a reptile exhibit. Visit the website for a $2 coupon. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $10/family, All Ages. Event details.
Going for Baroque
Portland Baroque Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are hour long, fun, educational, and interactive presentations of baroque music suitable for everyone in the family. After the music, anyone can come forward, ask questions of the orchestra members and check out the instruments. This afternoon’s selections will be from “The Classical Concerto.” Sat., 3-4 p.m., $10/adult; $5/child; $20/family of 4, All Ages. Event details.
Do your kids love horses? Take them for an informational lesson about sharing the hiking trail with the furry, four legged beasts with Tryon Creek’s Hiking with Horses. Members of Valley View Rides and Oregon Equestrian Trails will share information and their horses in the equestrian parking lot. Proper horse etiquette and care, as well as how to behave around horses, and other resources will be provided along with tales of the equine world. Sat., 1-3 p.m., free, All Ages. Event details.
Love handmade Valentines? Show up and create heart-felt cards and crafts at this lovely library event. Instruction and supplies will be provided. Sat., 2-3:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Raptor Road Trip
Explore Sauvie Island in search of Bald Eagles, hawks, and falcons, who call the island their home in winter. For one day, naturalists and hawk experts will be stationed in four locations around the island, hosting activities and answering burning questions about raptors. Visitors can enjoy guided bird viewing, self-guided tours from maps at Kruger’s Farm, meet live raptors and learn about how to identify hawks. Hot bevvies and donuts will be available in the morning to warm those little bellies. Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
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— Suzie Ridgway