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WEEKEND WARRIORS - APRIL 11-13, 2014

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.

Portland Canstruction® Event at Pioneer Place benefiting the Oregon Food Bank. An annual art show, design competition, and food drive all rolled into one, Canstruction® raises hunger awareness by challenging teams of architects, engineers, and construction personnel to create larger-than-life pop art masterpieces made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The structures will be on display and open to the public on both sides of Pioneer Place, April 7-13, M-F, 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm.

Weekly Storytime + Craft Activity at The Craft Factory. Listen to picture books while crafting the morning away at The Craft Factory's weekly Friday morning storytime. Friday 10:30am. The storytime is free for all ages, though geared toward toddlers and pre-schoolers.


Story Time with Olive and Dingo @ Pie Spot. Not your average story time. Full of comedy, songs, stories, balloons and laughter. Sure to get the jumpers jumping, the dancers dancing, wigglers wiggling and the noise makers cooing. Balloons twisting and fellowship is at the end of the show. Friday 3-4pm. $5 per child for balloons and entertainment.

Spring Bird Walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands. During spring about 30 different species of birds either pass through Smith and Bybee Wetlands during migration or join the year-round resident birds for nesting in the natural area. April through June is the peak of migration and local nesting with lively and noisy birds everywhere. Learn to identify birds by sight and song. Walks are led by Metro naturalist James Davis. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair on site. Suitable for ages 10 and older. Reservations required.

Marine Science Day at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Come learn what's new on the Oregon Coast's most dynamic Marine Science campus. Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the cutting-edge research, education and outreach in marine sciences that makes this marine laboratory unique. Explore with interactive science displays presented by marine scientists and special family-friendly activities. Saturday 10am-4pm. Free!

Free Family Fun Day! at Eastside Swap & Play. From 11-1 Miss Rosie will be there with her balloon animals, face painting, a gymnastics class, and her magic show. Saturday 10am-2pm. Free!

Second Saturday at the Water Center: Amphibians and Reptiles. Explore the important roles reptiles and amphibians (herps) play in nature's ecosystems. If you have ever thought about keeping herps as pets, find out which ones are good for beginners. Discover simple things you can do in your yard to attract and protect frogs and other wildlife. Saturday 1-3pm. Free!

Curious Garden at the Curious Comedy Theater. Come see old friends Razzie the Fairy, Daisy the Flower and Jojo the Lawnjockey - and meet new garden friends Ribbit the Frog, Dottie the Ladybug and Flappy the Chicken. The Curious Garden is a show for all ages - especially kids 0-8. Each episode ends with an open mic where you can sing, dance, tell a joke and show off your talent. Sunday 10:30-11:30am. $5 suggested donation.

Family Tours at Portland Art Museum. Bring your family to explore the Museum with a docent skilled at engaging visitors of all ages. Sunday 12:30pm. Free with museum admission.

JuggleMania with Shoehorn at the Village Ballroom. Two of the Northwest's most unique and engaging variety performers in a show packed with hilarity & dexterity. Knives fly, plates spin, tiny pianos play and volunteers become part of a show that is often compared to Pixar for its all-ages appeal. Sunday 4-5:30pm. $5 per person in advance, $7 at the door.

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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