The daffodils are blooming and the days are staying light longer.  With all of the extra light, now is a great time to stay out a little longer to explore the town. This weekend, LEGO maniacs rejoice as not one, but two brick-building events are stacked up, including the Bricks Cascade LEGO Exposition a convention by and for LEGO enthusiasts, and the  Jr. FIRST LEGO League show at OMSI, where kids will be showing off their mad skills with LEGOs mixed with robotics.  Also on deck, the Blue Man Group and Ruby the Vulture rear their bald heads to entertain and educate, while McMenamins Grand Lodge turns 92 and throws a party like only McMenamins can.Lego Bricks Cascade Union Station


Young and old LEGO architects from around the world show off their innovative LEGO creations to the public at the Bricks Cascade 2014 Public Expo. Vendors will be onsite selling T-shirts, minifigures, custom plastic elements and vintage LEGO sets.  Grab-bag raffles will take place every 30 minutes.  The first 1,000 kids through the door each day will receive a free minifigure.  Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,$8/person, $28/family of 4, Free for children 3 and under, All Ages. Event details. 

Watch as budding scientists Jr. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) show off their LEGO-robotic projects with bricks and moving parts. The Jr. FLL robotics program is meant for kids aged 6-9 and teaches design skills through LEGO building.  Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Free with museum admission $9.50-$13/person; free for members and kids 2 and under, All Ages. Event details.

Buckman Art Show and Sell
New artists, new dates and new times for this year’s 24th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell. Over 140 artists and craftspersons come together to benefits Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School and generate a significant portion of the school’s PTA income. There will also be several food carts, music, a silent auction, kids’ area and more. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. , 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., $2-5 donation, All Ages. Event details.

Vulture Day
Join the Audubon Society in welcoming turkey vultures back to the city from their long winter away.  Hands-on activities, like crafting a vulture and mask, and playing games, like “Upchuck Chuck!” Kids will also have the chance to meet-and-greet the Audubon Society’s education birds, including Ruby, the turkey vulture, whose wingspan rivals that of a California condor’s. Sat. 12-3 p.m., Free, All Ages, Event details.


Blue Man Group
The classic blue-painted, black clad men of the Blue Man Group, are back with their amazing, visually stunning show that’s a family-friendly combo of artistry, comedy, music, technology and theater all rolled into one. Fri.-Sun., various start times, $35 and up/person, All Ages. Event details.

Celtic Concert
The Stompttoowners, a Celtic music group performing traditional Celtic music from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales performs today to get folks in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day a little early.  The joyous ensemble uses voice, instruments and “Sean Nos,” a type of old-style Irish dancing to entertain the masses.  Sat., 3-4p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

A Gem of a Show
If your little ones can’t get enough of the rock treasures they find in the park, they’re going to love looking at all of the rare and beautiful stones and gems on this educational field trip. The Tualatin Valley Gem Club presents its annual rock and mineral show, featuring jewelry, gems, fossils, supplies, beads, door prizes, a silent auction and a special Kids Corner for those little rock lovers in your life. Fri-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $1/adult, Free ages 12 and under, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

McMenamins 92nd Birthday Bash
Party in grand fashion, McMenamins’ style, as the Grand Lodge celebrates its 92nd birthday with family-friendly activities, and specials on tasty food and drinks.  Live entertainment includes balloon animals, juggling, music, unicycling and fire juggling from “The Balloon Guy,” Joe Mishkin, as well as music well into the evening from Mr. Ben, The Freak Mountain Ramblers and Cooper and the Jam. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Free, All Ages, Event details.

What’s your family doing this weekend?  We would love to know!

–Suzie Ridgway

Photo credit Bricks Cascade