Activities and Outings

The Short List: May 26-28

Wrap up May with a fantastic Memorial Day weekend! From movies to meteorites, we’ve got the dish on what Portland’s up to this weekend.

All Weekend


Anyone ever tell you that you are what you eat? Well, in this funny, family musical, a young girl eats so many yummy cupcakes that she turns completely pink! Doctor says to stick to the greens, but she just can’t resist her favorite sweet treat. Join the singing, dancing crew of this Broadway-style show in this wild and crazy sweet adventure. $14-32,

May 26

May Family Movie Night

Nothing beats cuddling up with your friends, family and neighbors to a hit movie. This Friday night, grab the gang, put on your jammies and get ready to watch Moana at the Village Ballroom! Food and drink will be available for purchase through the Oregon Public House. Bring chairs and blankets or get cozy on the floor! Free, donations accepted,

May 26-29

City Fair

It’s the opening weekend of the Rose Festival City Fair! Head down to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park for some classic Portland celebrations. Opening night kicks of with a huge fireworks display set to music and a rockin’ dance party in the RoZone. Scope out the following weekends for even more fun, like arts and crafts, a kids zone, Walk on the Wild Side exotic animals and more! $8 ages 7 and over,

May 27

Meteorite and Family Fun Day

Have some space cadets on your hands? Then scoop ‘em up and bring ‘em to the Meteorite and Family Fun Day at the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals. Listen in on a super educational talk by Dick Pugh of the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory and learn tons of facts about fireballs, meteorites and outer space. Oh yes, he will bring his collection of meteorites to share, and the whole family will have the chance to take part in fun activities (like make your own impact crater!). Included with regular admission,

May 27 – 29

Multnomah County Fair + Art in the Park Festival

Celebrate this Memorial Day Weekend with a county fair and Portland’s beloved Art in the Park Festival! This event (two events??) is packed full of awesome family fun. Get ready to ride camels, “walk on water” in a floating water ball, watch Professor Bamboozle’s magic show, scope out Walk on the Wild Side’s exotic animals and so much more! Free,

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!