Activities and Outings

The Short List: March 31 – April 2

Now that it’s officially spring, and almost April (yippy!) we can start shedding a couple layers and heading outside on these wonderful weekends!

March 31

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Last Day of Whale Watching Week

Okay, so this event may require a little driving, but it’s totally worth it! Every spring in late March, gray whales travel northward along the Oregon coast, heading for Alaska. Through the Whale Watching Spoken Here program, volunteers are placed on location to help visitors spot these gentle giants out in the water. So head to the Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center to catch the end of the first spring time surge of gray whales! Free, oregonstateparks.org

March 31

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Green Screen Fun

Mr. David’s School of Film is hosting some really awesome classes over this Spring Break. This Friday, make sure you’re little film buffs catch this brand new class on using a Green Screen! Students will learn basic Green Screen magic and create short movies and photos that they can share with family and friends. Students will also learn how to create their very own Green Screen at home! $30, facebook.com

April 1

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Family Day at Holladay Park

Holladay Park is the place to be this Saturday! Portland Parks and Recreation, Holladay Park Partnership and the Lloyd Center have all teamed up to bring you a series of fantastic community events. This weekend is Family Day Fun, so you can enjoy a relaxing day in the park while the kiddos play lots of games, make crafts and groove to music! Free, portlandoregon.gov

April 1

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Stayin’ Alive: Winter Survival Shelters

Even though we’re coming out of the throes of winter, it never hurts to get some winter survival skills under our belts. This family-friendly course will teach you and the gang how to build a winter weather-proof shelter with a few basic skills. The kiddos will love getting in touch with their inner survivalist, and after the course they’ll get free time to build forts! Advanced registration required. $5-11, oregonmetro.gov

April 1-2

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37th Annual Trillium Festival

This is the weekend to get out and enjoy the beauty of flowering trillium in bloom. Friends of Tryon Creek present the 37th Annual Trillium Festival at the Tryon Creek State Natural Area on Terwilliger Blvd. Get out in the fresh air and hike the trails, where you can stop by the Roving Stations for brief presentations on science and natural history. Don’t forget to check out the Nature Store and the native plant sale and take home a great new book, toy or beautiful addition to your garden! Free, tryonfriends.org

About Ruth Plourde

It was the summer of 2015, and Ruth had had it up to here (read: her eyeballs) with east coast livin’, sensing that, for her, Philadelphia might be more lovable from afar. Perhaps she had listened to Tom Waits’ Goin’ Out West two too many times that day, or perhaps dreams of wine country, the Cascades, and temperate rain forests had finally stolen her heart, but once she bought that plane ticket to Portland, OR, there was no going back. Ruth is a barista by day and a poet by night/lunch break. She is currently working on her first poetry collection to be published sometime this year. She couldn’t be happier to be interning for NW Kids Magazine and to be a part of the NW Kids community!