Activities and Outings

The Short List: Apr 28-30

This is shaping up to be an awesome weekend! Close out April with some family-friendly, super festive community events.

All Weekend

35th Annual Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival

Clouds got you feeling a little crabby? Then get your crew in the car and head to the Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival in Clatsop County! Nothing soothes the soul like some wine and delectable spring time catches off the Oregon coast. Taste wines from some of the best artisan and Oregon-based wineries, enjoy awesome foods, arts and crafts, lots of vendors and more! Bonus: on Sunday, kids and active military get in free. $5-10,

Apr 28

Celebración de mi Gente

Clark College invites you to this celebration of family, children and literacy. Each year, Clark college hosts Celebración de mi Gente (Celebration of my People) on or around the Mexican holiday of Día del Niño (Day of the Child), which is the same day that the American Library Association recognizes as Día del Libro (Day of the Book). Still with me? Good. What a day! Head to Clark College to celebrate children, Latino culture and books with a day full of reading bilingual stories, playing games, face painting, dancing, snacks and more! Free,

Apr 28

Oublié — Secrets of the Music Box

Take part in the wonder of Pendulum Aerial Arts’ 27th original production, Oublié. Pendulum Aerial Arts is a troupe of talented aerial artists disciplined in the ways of defying gravity and inspiring awe. Oublié tells the story of Anastasia and her memories, hidden in a music box. Travel with her to a Grand Ball, escaping a villain along the way. This group of intermediate, professional and junior company performers will delight you and your family with this performance! Kids under 5 free. $10-20,


Apr 28-30


The third studio production of the OCT Young Professionals’ season, Orphans is a Tony-nominated show about a pair of siblings, a strange kidnapping and humor and suspense along the way. Cast and tech are local theater students who have been selected to participate in the Young Professionals advanced theater training and professional development program – totally inspiring! $10,

Apr 29


In honor of Earth Day, community and general awesomeness, Willamette University is hosting the 19th Annual Wulapalooza Festival. Local schools, businesses, clubs, organizations, performance groups and professional bands will all join forces to put together this powerhouse of an event, entertaining the crowds as well as fund-raising for several worthy causes. The festivities will begin at 12 pm this year, with student acts, games and food kicking things off. Student performances will start at 1 pm, and then at 5:30 the main stage will open for the headliners. Don’t miss this fantastic, totally free Earth Day celebration! Free,

Apr 29-30

Oregon Ag Fest

In this day and age, it’s becoming increasingly important for us all to maintain a connection to the foods we eat and where they come from. Enter: Oregon Ag Fest! This long-running, two day festival is packed with super fun, educational activities for you and the kiddos. Gain a better understanding of where your “food, fiber and flora” come from through over 25 hands-on learning opportunities. Meet the whole farm at the petting zoo, watch chicks hatch, dig for potatoes, check out antique and modern farming equipment and so much more! Kids ages 12 and under free. $9,

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!