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WEEKEND WARRIORS - April 4-6, 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.

Ladybug Nature Walks at Gabriel Park. For preschoolers and parents who want to explore nature in Portland's parks. Children are guided along the trails at just the right pace and introduce children to forests, water, insects, plants and animals. Friday 10am. $4/child.

Free First Friday at the Children's Museum. Enjoy free admission the first Friday of every month, with special crafts, activities, and musical guests. Friday 4-8pm.

Opening weekend of Raven Stories from Tears of Joy Theatre at Imago Theatre. An all new production based on that trickster of Native American lore, Raven. Like his cousin Coyote, Raven uses his wits and cunning to get what he wants. He may be sneaky but his tricks have given us the sun, fire, and more! Raven Stories is written by Shoshone-Bannock poet and storyteller Ed Edmo and features original music. Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 11am and 1pm, Sunday 1pm and 3pm. $18, adults, $15 students, $13 ages 0-13. Performances through April 13.

Trillium Festival and Native & Hardy Plant Sale at Tryon Creek. Share the beauty of Tryon Creek forest at this community event. Enjoy the native and hardy plant sale, guided nature hikes, nature discovery open house and exhibits, local craft and garden art vendors, and native gardening and nature presentations. Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm. Free!

Queen Melissa Tea Cruise on the Portland Spirit. Queen Melissa, Queen of Maybeland from the beloved radio show and children´s book, The Cinnamon Bear, is coming to Portland for a high tea cruise with her most loyal subjects. Cruise includes High Tea complete with dainty sweet and savory finger foods, story time, face painting, "whimsical" games, a treasure hunt and a photo with Queen Melissa. Dress in your royal best. Saturdays through May. Noon-2pm. Boarding at 11:30am. $30 adults, $22 children.

Art of the Story: 10th Annual Storytelling Festival. A week-long festival features shows for audiences from adults to age 6. Various times and locations. Free!

Umbrella Festival Family Matinee at Alberta Rose Theatre. Some of the finest vaudevillians, acrobats, jugglers, physical comedians, musicians, and aerialists from the global Varieté culture that they call home. Storied guests will fill this historic music hall with laughter and wonderment for young and old alike. Sunday 2pm. $20, $12 ages 0-12.

$2 Sunday at OMSI. Explore OMSI for $2 every first Sun. 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Parking $3.

Tree Jubilee and the Ultimate Family Tree-sure Hunt at World Forestry Center. Kick-off Oregon's Arbor Month with fun family activities, educational programming and Tree-sure Hunt. All activities, including the Ultimate Family Tree-sure Hunt, are included with museum admission. $9.00 adults, $8.00 seniors (62+), $6.00 children 3-18. Members and children 2 years and under are free. Sunday 10am-3pm. Tree-sure hunt 10am-noon.

Singing in the Square for the Pioneer Courthouse Square's 30th Birthday Celebration. Enjoy 1,984 free cupcakes and sing in harmony alongside the full Pink Martini band and other special guests at the second annual Singin' in the Square. Complimentary songbooks including 40 songs and music, hand selected by Thomas Lauderdale, will be distributed at the event while supplies last. Sunday 3-5pm. Free!

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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