Set your phasers for “fun” because the question isn’t “What are we going to do this weekend?” … it’s more like “What aren’t we going to do?” Stay in town and see Sochi’s Stars on Ice or Sesame Street Live, or get out of town to drive a bulldozer or join the parade of aliens in McMinnville. Peruse our weekend picks below and keep us posted on what you end up doing.alienfamily_8588


Make a New Friend at Sesame Street Live
Join old buddies, Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and the rest of the crew in a live show, as they meet Grover’s new friend from India, Chamki. Follow them as they learn about cultural differences and similarities while they sing, dance and eat cookies. Fri.-Sun., various start times, $15-$58, All Ages. Event details.

Seeing Stars (on Ice)
Sochi’s Olympic ice queens and kings of the US Figure Skating Team  will reign supreme once again as they twizzle and spin their way through town on their national tour. Sat., 7:30 p.m., $25-$145, All Ages. Event details.

Indie Bookstore Love
Kickoff the national “Indies First Storytime Day” (authors supporting local bookstores) and the start of Children’s Book Week at Green Bean Books.  Local authors and illustrators will be reading to little ones all day long, including Cat Winters, Trudy Ludwig, Jennifer Coughlin, Chris Bolton, and Aaron Steinke.  Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.


Bring on Spring with Maifest
Celebrate spring at Maifest with your family by dancing around the maypole, enjoying live performances by local choirs, bands and dance troupes.  This year, France will be the special guest at this traditional German festival.  With that comes yummy French food, in addition to German goodies.  Performers will include Cosmic Rose, the Roseburg German Band, the Kleinstädtlers Bavarian dancers and Süsse Füsse. Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Wild About Animals
Get up close with “Wild Critters,” like the Audubon Education Birds, Oregon Zoo animals and Zenger Farms Chickens at the Children’s Nature Fair.  Activities for munchkins include an Audubon Scavenger Hunt, paper-making, animal crafts and Ladybug Walks.  Before you lock up, search the minivan for spare change – they’ll be selling ice cream for 25 cents. Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Drive a Bulldozer at Dozer Day
Little lovers of mighty machines get their turn behind the wheel with the help of a professional to drive big yellow bulldozers, excavators, dump trucks and other heavy equipment at Dozer Day.  Additional fun for the whole family includes music, giveaways, crawling through pipes, making crafts from concrete and digging for treasure. All proceeds will benefit local children’s charity, The Nutter Family Foundation. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $5-$10, All Ages. Event details.

Space Oddity
Craft some foil hats or squeeze back into those Star Wars costumes from Halloween, then head out to the 15th annual McMenamin’s UFO Festival in McMinnville for an unforgettable family experience.  Friday afternoon will be the all ages “Landing Party” with music from Vivid Curve and Jake Blair Band.  Then, on Saturday, highlights include the Abduction Dash fun run, UFO Costume Parade, Third Street Dance featuring the Garcia Birthday Band and the Alien Pet Costume Contest. Fri.-Sun., various start times, Free, All Ages. Event details.

Have you ever been to the McMenamin’s UFO Festival and did you dress up?  Let us know in the Comments section below!

–Suzie Ridgway

Photo credit: Liz Devine/ McMenamins