We’ve got enough family fun to fill your three-day MLK weekend to bursting!
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Events This Weekend
- Give Back on MLK Day of Service
Learn about opportunities to volunteer and events to attend on MLK weekend. Plus check out our other family-friendly volunteer opportunities.
- Watch Keep Alive the Dream at Hollywood Theatre
The World Arts Foundation Inc. will present Keep Alive the Dream, a film honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will also feature live music and a Q&A. Admission is free. Reserve tickets here. January 17, 3:00 pm.
- Join the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in Lake Oswego
Lake Oswego will host a celebration at Millennium Plaza Park to honor Martin Luther King, Jr, including speeches, live music, poetry readings and a silent meditative walk. January 16, 2:00 pm.
- Head to Olympia for Hands On Children Museums’s Ice Adventures
Do you miss the Portland Children’s Museum as much as we do? Then take a road trip to Olympia this weekend for Hands On’s three days of frozen fun. They will also have special activities honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan 17.
- Enjoy Free Entrance Days at National Parks
January 17 is the first of five fee-free days at national parks, like Crater Lake National Park or Fort Vancouver. See the full list of parks at the National Park Service website.
- Learn about Nature with Hillsboro Parks
Hillsboro Parks & Recreation has three events this Saturday: Wetlands Exploration Day – Animal Tracks, Young Scientist Club – Slime in Nature, and Basics of Birding.
- See Fireworks and Ice Carving in Leavenworth
For another fabulous road trip idea, don’t miss the Village of Lights Winter Karneval in Leavenworth. There will be ice carving, fireworks, and more. Don’t miss it!
Have your teens and tweens check out the LGBTQ+ Tween/Teen Dance & Pizza Party at Sellwood Community House this Friday. $5.
- Watch Cartoons at the Cafe
Head to The 4th Wall cafe on Hawthorne on Saturday morning. They’ll be showing quality cartoons all morning long, with coffee, pastries, free wifi and — of course — sugary cereal.
- Root for the Home Team
The Winterhawks play the Americans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Jan 15, at 6:00 pm.
- Buy Tickets to a Live Performance
Check out our NEW guide to live performances in the Portland area, whether you’re introducing your children to the performing arts or planning date night for the grown-ups. Duende de Lorca is showing at the Milagro Theatre this weekend.
- Have Free Fun
We’ve rounded up plenty of free things to do with kids in January.
- Stay Dry
We’ve rounded up your options for Indoor Gyms and Pools, Skating Rinks, Rock Climbing Gyms and Art Studios.
- Or Get Outside
Here are five ways to embrace the gray days and enjoy the rain!
- Support BIPOC-Owned Businesses
Check out these local, BIPOC-owned businesses.
- Pick up a Take & Make Kit at the West Slope Library
This month the kit is beeswax candles!
- Read a Story While You Walk
Wilsonville Public Library has set up laminated story pages in Town Center Park. Read Ten Ways to Hear Snow this month with your kiddo while you walk through the park. Tigard has a similar program in Cook Park, featuring Looking Down by Steve Jenkins. Theirs will run January-February 2022.
- Visit The Oregon Zoo
The zoo has a new polar bear! Meet Amelia Gray on your next trip to the Oregon Zoo.
We’ve got tips for planning the perfect winter vacation, including where to stay, eat, play and more. Head to Mount Hood for a snow day, or watch for whales at the coast during their winter migration.
- Get Vaccinated and Party at PlayDate PDX
Pearl Health Center is offering vaccines and vaccine information at PlayDatePDX. Once vaccinated, stay and join the party, which will include admission-free play to anyone who receives the vaccine, live entertainment and free food and drink for all.
- Step Inside a Painting
More dates added for this popular event! Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will be in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center November 19-February 12. All ages welcome, children 4 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Plenty of room for a stroller in the exhibit, and there is a nursing pod on site as well. Your kids will never forget the time they walked through Van Gogh’s masterpieces! Tickets start at $24.99.
- Swap Minifigs
Head over to PDX Minifig Exchange at SE 42nd & Cora in the Creston Neighborhood. (It looks like a little free library, but with minifigs.) Take one, leave one. This is one of the many reasons Portland is the BEST.
- Explore Ancient Egypt
It’s the last weekend to see Queen Nefertari’s Egypt! Step into the Portland Art Museum and let its latest exhibition, Queen Nefertari’s Egypt, transport you and the family back to the mid-14th century B.C. $25 for adults, kids under 18 are free. Oct 16-Jan 16.
- Visit OMSI
Inspire your children to create a more just society at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s exhibit featuring Nelson Mandela. Encanto and Dune are playing at the Empirical Theater, and Matrix Resurrections opens on Friday. If you haven’t tried the earthquake simulator in Turbine Hall, don’t miss it. Also visit OMSI’s reimagined Science Playground!
- Try a New Museum
For more museum options, check out our Kids ❤️ Museums Guide!
- Get Kid-Friendly Take-Out
The whole fam will be welcome at these local eateries with fantastic take-out. Also try these other Kid-Friendly Restaurants.
- Visit Portland-Area Farmers Markets
Don’t forget to visit the farmers market this weekend. Some operate year-round, like PSU’s market, and others have a reduced schedule.
For more kid-friendly events in Portland, keep up with our popular Kids Calendar!
This page is updated weekly, so add it to your bookmarks! We’ll plan the weekend fun for you every week.