WEEKEND WARRIORS - January 31 - February 2, 2014
Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden. Gung Hay Fat Choy (Happy New Year)! It's time to celebate The Year of the Horse at Lan Su Chinese Garden. People born in the Year of the Horse are generally popular, smart, and strong. Activities include lion dancers, a visit from the Portland Police Mounted Patrol Unit, a martial arts demonstration, arts and crafts, and much more. Learn more about this most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during the two-week celebration at Lan Su, January 31-February 14, 2014.
Here in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, we have many opportunities experience the culture of Chinese New Year, from dances and performances to crafts and stories. Click here for a great guide to events for you to celebrate with your family - from PDX Kids Calendar.
Weekly Storytime + Craft at Craft Factory. Friday morning storytimes are free, with a storytime craft special: $5 for any two ornamental crafts. If your child would like to do something other than the ornamental craft, they are welcome to choose a regularly-priced ($12) base. Friday 10:30-11am.
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.
Tears of Joy Monkey King opening weekend at Imago Theatre. This classic tale of China's favorite trickster features 30 spectacular puppets created in China for Tears of Joy. Join Monkey, his master, and the comical Bajeer the pig, on an epic adventure, and watch as acrobatic monkeys fly through the air and magical transformations occur before your eyes! Recommended for ages 5 and up. Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 11am and 1pm, Sunday 1pm and 3pm. $13-18.
Kids Morning Skate at Oaks Park. Get your family's weekend rolling at Kids' Morning Skate. This session is specifically designed for kids 10 and younger and features: music chosen by kids for kids; a 15 minute group lesson taught by a USA Roller Sports certified instructor; and cool skating games like "Dead Bug", "Roller Limbo", and of course, "The Hokey Pokey". Saturday 10:30am-noon. $6/child, one adult free with paid child's admission.
10 Free Days at Pittock Mansion. Pittock Mansion celebrates its first 100 years with free general admission February 1 - 10. You’re invited to join us to celebrate the history, culture, and visual splendor that make the Pittock a favorite landmark. Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm. February 1-10. Free!
Festival of the Bees at Shining Star Waldorf School. A very family-friendly event, with crafts like dipping sweet scented beeswax candles, honey tasting and purchasing, Garden Bee Kits to sow in your own soil to encourage our bee friends, and storytelling. Saturday 11am-2pm. Free!
Goodnight Moon opening weekend at NW Children's Theater. The classic bedtime story is lovingly retold as the "Great Green Room" springs to life, from singing bears playing musical chairs, to a nervous cow jumping over the moon. Incorporating sensory storytelling and American Sign Language, this is a theatrical lullaby perfect for every child. Best ages 4+. Saturday & Sunday at noon and 3pm. $18-22.
$2 Sunday at OMSI. Explore OMSI for $2 every first Sun. 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Parking $3.
Big Game Day Party at John's Incredible Pizza Company. Sports fans can watch the game on John's big screens while the whole family enjoys games and rides and access to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Sunday 2:30-7:30pm. $15/person.
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.