February—with its customary gray skies and rain—is here. But cheer up, because there are many family-friendly events and activities in Portland this month.

Whether you are looking for indoor activities or outdoor explorations, here are 15+ fun things to do with kids in Portland this February — all for free!

We’ve made every effort to confirm this information, but always double check with the organization before heading out!

Ring in the Year of the Tiger!
There will be traditional cultural performances, children’s entertainment and arts & crafts on February 5 at Washington Square Mall.

Image courtesy Washington Square

See the light.
Check out the Portland Winter Light Festival with its illuminated art installations, kinetic fire sculptures and stand-out performances. Many installations are situated along the banks of the Willamette, between the foot of the Tilikum Bridge and the Hawthorne Bridge, but check the website for more details on the festival expansion across the river. February 4-12, 2022. Starts at dusk.

Homage to Trogdor by Ivan Mclean, photo by Amy Sakurai, courtesy Portland Winter Light Festival 2018

Fall in Love with Lents
Head to Lents Town Center for the Fall in Love with Lents festival on February 11-13 for free activities, performances and art. There will even be a “Really Really Free” community market on Friday! Festivities go from dawn to dusk.

Hear a Symphony Storytime.
This series of virtual storytimes features a reader from the library who will tell stories while an Oregon Symphony musician brings them to life with live music.

Courtesy Oregon Symphony

Drive by a Valentine Display.
Holidays on Franklin Street is known for its Halloween and Christmas displays, but they also go all out for Valentine’s Day, too! Drive by for free.

Stream Multnomah County Library’s Black Storytime Pajama Night
This virtual event is designed for ages birth to 3 years. February 9, 5:15 pm.

Watch African Films
The 32nd Annual Cascade Festival of African Films: Africa Through African Lenses is virtual this year, but you can also watch four of the films in person at Hollywood Theater and Clinton St. Theater. See the website for more details. February 4-March 5.

Min Alesh? directed by Amleset Muchie, courtesy Cascade Festival of African Films

Fish for free.
On Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Free Fishing Weekends, you don’t need a license! February 19-20. If you’re new to fishing, here’s how to get started.

Image courtesy Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Take an Art Walk
Join the First Tuesday Art Walk in Downtown Hillsboro. Feb 1, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Celebrate Black History Month with Multnomah County Library’s virtual events.
Nikki Brown Clown will teach a music and movement class for children on Saturday, February 19. Therapist ZaDora Williams is hosting a “Wellness and Teens” talk on Tuesday, February 8. And join Chef Michelle Guinn and Chef Sable Askew on Thursday, February 10 for a live cooking event, “Stones, Bones and Black Eyed Peas.” Feeling comfortable visiting the library in person? Thirteen libraries will have Black History Month Displays, including a Black Resource Book List and Black History Month swag. The library has invested in a rapid and intentional hiring of Black Cultural Library Advocates, who are the leaders behind these displays. Contact your local branch for more information.

Learn about local birds at the Audubon Society Nature Sanctuary. 
Meet the nonprofit’s famed educational birds, check out the Wildlife Care Center, and see the interpretive displays. If the weather cooperates, walk along nearby trails to explore Forest Park and Balch Creek.

Celebrate Oregon’s 161st birthday.
You don’t have to head to Salem to celebrate Oregon’s birthday this year! This year’s event will be virtual. Check it out on Facebook.

Skip the parking fee.
February 17 and February 20 are Metro’s Free Parking Days. Enjoy free parking at Oxbow and Blue Lake regional parks, Broughton Beach, M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp, and Chinook Landing Marine Park.

Take a walking tour.
While there are lots of fabulous paid walking tours in the city, you can take a self-guided Walking with Ramona Tour for free!

Visit a bookshop event.
Maggie Mae’s Kids Bookshop is hosting a special book clubs and events, including a Galentine Book Swap, Middle Grade Book Club, Virtual You + Me Book Club and more. See all the events on their Facebook page.

Plan a fun outing with your library’s cultural passes.
Local library systems offer free and discounted passes to popular museums and attractions. Find your library system here to see where you can go.

Create a podcast.
Avoiding crowds? Stay home and make your own podcast with your kids.

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