Spring Break Fun!

Staying in town for Spring Break? Here’s a roundup of area activities for school age kids during the week of March 26-30 to help you make the most of your extra family time! (As always, check our online calendar for more listings every day.)

MARCH 26

Spring Break Around the World. Activities and crafts from a different country every day this week. Best for ages 4 to 12. 10 am to 3 pm. Free with museum admission. World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, 4033 SW Canyon Road. 503-228-1367. worldforestry.org.

Mad Science. Fire and ice science, including demonstrations, for grades K-8. 11 am. FREE. Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi. 503-691-3016. ci.tualatin.or.us.

LEGO Lab/Intro to Robotics. Take a day trip to Salem for a special LEGO designing and building event in the morning and a robotics workshop in the afternoon. Both are open to kids between 8 and 12 years old. LEGO Lab is from 9 am to noon; Introduction to Robotics is from 1 to 4 pm. $31/each workshop, member discount. Reservations required. AC Gilbert’s Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Salem. 503-371-3631. acgilbert.org. (For more activities and attractions in the Salem area, see our Family Resource Guide.)

MARCH 27

Very Hungry Caterpillar Collage. Make tissue paper art. 2 to 3:30 pm. FREE. Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd. 503-988-5389. events.multcolib.org.

Garden Treasure Hunt. Search for clues in the garden. Dress for the weather. Ages 8 to 12. 1 to 2:30 pm. $6, member discount, reservations required. Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122d Ave. 503-823-1671. leachgarden.org.

Sweater Sleeve Puppets. Make a puppet; materials provided. FREE. 1 to 3 pm. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave. 503-988-5235. (Also 1:30-3:30 pm March 31 (reservations required) at Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd. 503-988-5386.) events.multcolib.org.

Nature Illustration. Art activity for ages 9 to 14. 10 am to noon. $15, member discount. Reservations required. Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122d Ave. 503-823-1671. leachgarden.org.

A Balancing Act! Learn about the science of balance. FREE. 1 to 3 pm March 27 at Troutdale Library, 2451 SW Cherry Pk RD. 503-988-5355; 3 to 5 pm March 29 (reservations required) at Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Ave. 503-988-5399. events.multcolib.org (search “balancing”).

Owls and Other Predators/ Micro Detectives. Take a day trip to Salem to learn about owls, bats, spiders and more in the morning and/or to work with microscopes in the afternoon. Both are designed for kids between 5 and 7 years old. Owls and Other Predators is from 9 am to noon; Micro Detectives is from 1 to 4 pm. $31/each workshop, member discount. Reservations required. AC Gilbert’s Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Salem. 503-371-3631. acgilbert.org. (For more activities and attractions in the Salem area, see our Family Resource Guide.)

MARCH 27 & 28

Preschool Play & Skate. Skate rental, lesson, games and a snack every Tuesday and Wednesday for kids ages 6 and under. 10 to 11:30 am. $5.50 per child ages 1 and older, parents skate or walk on the rink free. Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. 503-233-5777. oakspark.com.

MARCH 27, 28 & 29

Henna for Teens. Learn about henna and get a design. FREE. 2 to 3:30 pm March 27 at Capitol Hill Library, 1073 SW Capitol Hwy. 503-988-5385; 6 to 7:30 pm March 28 at Kenton Library, 8226 N Denver Ave. 503-988-5370; 2 to 3:30 March 29 at Troutdale Library, 2451 SW Cherry Park Rd. 503-988-5355. events.multcolib.org (search “henna”).

MARCH 28

Desktop Ballistics. Learn how to make your own desktop catapult to hurl tiny erasers across the room. 3 to 4 pm. FREE, registration required. Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 Brookwood Pkwy. 503-615-6500. evanced.info/hillsboro.

Fun with Fiber. Learn about dyes, wool and other fibers and make a project. Ages 6 and older, with grown-up. 1 to 3 pm. $34, member discount, reservations required. AC Gilbert’s Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Salem. 503-371-3631. acgilbert.org. (For more activities and attractions in the Salem area, see our Family Resource Guide.)

Milagros Jamboree. Lorna Miller performs, with help from the audience. Ages 8 and under. 10:30 am every Wed. $3 donation. Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th Ave. 503-493-4141. littlekidsjamboree.com.

MARCH 28 & 29

Do You See What I See? Explore the wonders of light. FREE. 2 to 4 pm March 28 at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Hwy., 503-988-5385; 2 to 4 pm March 29 at Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook St., 503-988-5391. events.multcolib.org (search “do you see”).

MARCH 29

Spring Break Puppets. Dragon Theatre presents The Reluctant Dragon. 2 pm. FREE. Ledding Library, 10660 SE 21st. Ave. Milwaukie. 503-786-7580. milwaukie.lib.or.us.

The Bug Chicks. Fun with insects! All ages. 10 to 11:30 am. $8, $24/family of 4 or more. Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122d Ave. 503-823-1671. leachgarden.org.

Science Fiction Fair. Study stars and make aliens. Grades K to 5. 3:30 to 5 pm. FREE. Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi. 503-691-3016. ci.tualatin.or.us.

Nature Bingo. Take a walk, make a craft, play bingo and more. Dress for the weather. Ages 6 to 10. 1 to 2:30 pm. $6, member discount. Reservations required. Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122d Ave. 503-823-1671. leachgarden.org.

The Clumsy Ballerina. Penny’s Puppets perform. FREE, get tickets 30 minutes prior. 10:30 to 11 am at Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook St., 503-988-5391; 3 to 3:45 pm at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd., 503-988-5388. events.multcolib.org (search “clumsy”).

Dance Party. Rock out, with refreshments. Ages 2 and older. 10 to 11 am. FREE. Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi. 503-691-3016. ci.tualatin.or.us.

Ice Age Discoveries. Paleontology lab for ages 5 and older, with a grown-up. 1 to 3 pm. $3 plus admission. AC Gilbert’s Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Salem. 503-371-3631. acgilbert.org. (For more activities and attractions in the Salem area, see our Family Resource Guide.)

MARCH 30

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest OPENS. Over 40 acres of flowers, a play area, pony rides ($5, weekends only), entertainment and more. 9 am to 6 pm March 30 through April 30. $10 car weekends, $5 car M-F. 33814 S Meridian Rd, Woodburn. 503-634-2243. woodenshoe.com.

Don’t forget to check our online calendar for more listings, including live theater and activities for younger kids, every day!





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