We’ve got enough family fun to fill your three-day MLK weekend to bursting!

Thank you to our sponsor, Washington Square Mall. In celebration of the Lunar New Year on February 5, enjoy traditional crafts, stories, dances, tastes, deals, and more for the whole family, as they celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

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Events This Weekend



Image courtesy Hands On Children’s Museum
  • 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.
Image courtesy Visit Leavenworth WA
  • Dance!
    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.

Around Town

  • Have Free Fun
    We’ve rounded up plenty of free things to do with kids in January.
  • Or Get Outside
    Here are five ways to embrace the gray days and enjoy the rain!


  • 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.
  • Getaway
    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!

For more kid-friendly events in Portland, keep up with our popular Kids Calendar!

This Weekend in PDX
Image Courtesy Kevin Bidwell

This page is updated weekly, so add it to your bookmarks! We’ll plan the weekend fun for you every week.

Meg Asby
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