Weekend Warriors: April 17-19
Friday, April 17th
Open Playgroup at the Friendly House in NW PDX. Explore a wide variety of activities and play in the gym with crawl-through tunnels, trikes and other age-appropriate climbing and sliding structures. First visit free; $6 following. Friday 9:30-11am.
PP&R Ladybug Walk in SW PDX. This week explore Hoyt Arboretum with a trained nature guide. Best for ages 2-5. $4/child. Friday 10am.
Gogh Kids Canvas Painting Class in SW PDX. Step by step painting classes for kids, with a different subject each week. This week, paint a beautiful stained glass tree. $15. Friday 4-5pm.
Wapato Nature Walks on Sauvie Island. Join a park naturalist for a guided nature walk that focuses on the local natural and cultural history of Sauvie Island. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Free. Saturday 8-11am.
StreamTeam Earth Day Celebration in Vancouver. Enjoy free children's activities, wildlife shows, salmon tours and more. Free. Saturday 10am-2pm.
Local Author Storytime with FLY! by Karl Newsom Edwards at the Craft Factory. Attend this free reading then make a bug craft for $10. Saturday 11am-1pm.
Closing Weekend of Tears of Joy Theatre's When Animals Were People. Folktales from Mexico and Argentina are brought to life in this bilingual play. $14-21. Saturday at 11am and 1pm; Sunday at 1 and 3pm.
McMenamins Kennedy School Presents Mo Phillips & The Spaghetti Pants Dance Band. This concert with one of Portland's best-loved musicians benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Advance purchase highly recommended. $7-12; children under 2 are free. Saturday 1pm.
Opening Weekend of Echo Theater Company's Rarely Pure and Never Simple. This aerial dance, acrobatics and original physical theater production is performed by teen ensemble the Zig Zags with opening act the Knick Knacks. Recommended for ages 7 and up. $12-18. Saturday at 7 pm; Sunday at 1 and 4:30pm.
Sunday, April 19th
Preschool Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Park. This program, aimed at children ages 2-6, integrates nature exploration, art, literature, movement and outdoor play. Free. First come, first served beginning 30 minutes before the program starts. Sunday 10-11:15am.
Pointed Man Band CD Release Party at the Village Ballroom. Pointed Man Band will release the new album "Flight of the Blue Whale." They will be joined by Tallulah's Daddy, Rick Huddle and Red Yarn. $5 per person, free under 2. Sunday 4-5:30pm.
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.