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WEEKEND WARRIORS - DECEMBER 27-29, 2013

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Winter Whale Watch Week on Oregon Coast. Whale watching takes place almost year-round on the Oregon Coast. The whales migrate past on their way to and from the waters off Alaska and Mexico. We watch whales in the winter from mid-December through January. Volunteers will help you spot whales and answer questions at 24 sites along the coast. Dec 26-31st. See website for specific times. Free!

Penny's Puppets Fay the Fairy and the Pine Tree at Central Lutheran Church NE PDX. Ever wish you were something that you are not? Newton a little Fir tree wishes his pine needles were more important and beautiful to help him stand out, so much so that he makes a wish upon a falling star. Fay the Fairy comes to grant his wish. But is it really what Newton needs? Join Penny in this adaptation of a classic folktale and sing, laugh and dance our way to the answer. A mini- musical original by Penny's Puppet Productions. Friday 10:30am. $5, 4 for $17

Music with Mr. Hoo at Village Ballroom. Mr. Hoo (one half of The Alphabeticians), plays fun music for kids and their grown-ups. He plays guitar and kazoo, and sings songs that  get the audience clapping and moving and singing along. Friday 11am-noon. $5/family.

The Hullabaloo in Milwaukie: Red Goes Green. Little Red Riding Hood - with a twist! JANE a theater company has added a global warming message, songs, joke and LOTS of fun! Friday 7pm, Saturday & Sunday at 2pm and 4pm. Free!

Peter Pan at NWCT. Peter Pan, Wendy, and the Lost Boys are back for the holidays! Be a part of the most popular show in NWCT history as the "boy who would not grow up" flies from London to Neverland, does battle with Captain Hook and his cowardly pirates, and revels in the adventure of childhood. Best ages 6+. Friday 2pm & 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm and 6pm, . $18-$22

Free Fourth Friday at the Portland Art Museum. Free Museum general admission and $5 admission to Samurai! from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets required for Samurai! special exhibition. A limited number of Samurai! tickets will be offered for advance purchase, so keep an eye on the Museum's Facebook page for an announcement when tickets go on sale. Friday 5-8pm.

FROGZ at Imago Theatre. Alligators, haunted strings, musical windbags and an endless cowboy are just a few of the incredible creatures that come to life in this fantastical show that has been acclaimed worldwide for over three decades. Best for ages 4+. Friday 7pm, Saturday noon and 3pm, Sunday 2pm. $31 adults, $27 youth, $15 kids.

Tess on an Alien Planet at the Echo Theatre. Tess on an Alien Planet is the inaugural live show produced by the Echo Theater Company. It is an original Science Fiction adventure utilizing aerial dance, partner acrobatics, and ensemble devised physical theater. Friday 7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 1pm and 4:30pm. $15-22.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Newmark. Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman. Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2pm and 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm. $30-$58

OMSI: Electrifying Science at Vancouver's Cascade Park Library. Learn all about electricity. Where does it come from? Is it all the same? Can you make your own? Saturday 2-3pm. Free!

Family Sleepover at Oregon Coast Aquarium. You'll have the Aquarium to yourself as you travel through exhibits on a scavenger hunt, participate in hands-on activities, and experience early morning behind-the-scenes. After a fun-filled evening exploring life under the ocean, be lulled to sleep by the soothing sights of the Passages tunnel. Includes a full dinner with vegetarian options, a late snack and a light breakfast. Families with kids ages 6+. Saturday 6-9pm. $60 person, member discount.

Stories of the Monkey King in SW PDX. Traditional Chinese and Japanese folktales told by Dr. John M.K. Wang in celebration of the holiday season. Hands-on puppetry fun from Ping Pong's Pint Sized Puppet Museum and bamboo stick jumping. Sunday 1-3pm. $15 adult, $10 children (8th grade and younger).

Family Open Studio at 100th Monkey. A special family only time in their open studio space. Work on one piece as a family or let each person follow the voice of their inner creative. Sunday 1-3pm. Prices vary. 

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

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