WOW! (What’s On this Weekend!)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While it might not seem like the most family-friendly of holidays, there are plenty of fun holiday events happening this weekend — in addition to the opening of the NW Children’s Theater’s production of Busytown, the opening of OMSI’s new LEGO-focused exhibit The Art of the Brick, and more! Check out our picks below, then take a peek at our online calendar for more listings every day.


The Art of the Brick OPENS. OMSI’s latest exhibit, The Art of the Brick, runs March 17 through April 29, displaying sculptor Nathan Sawaya’s amazing LEGO creations. Visitors can try a variety of hands-on LEGO activities, demonstrations and challenges. 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Tues through Sun. $12 adults, $9 ages 3 to 13. Parking $3. 1945 SE Water Ave. 503-797-4000.

Busytown OPENS. Northwest Children’s Theater presents an adaptation of the Richard Scarry book What do People Do All Day. The jaunty musical tours the Busytown neighborhood and visits the farmer, doctor, grocer and more. Best for ages 4 and older. Runs March 17 through April 1. Check website for show times. $18 to $22 adult, $13 to $18 youth. 1819 NW Everett St. 503-222-4480.


Oregon Children’s Theatre Open House. Join OCT for a day of class samplers, tours and improvisation performances at their new location, plus door prizes and complimentary cupcakes from Cupcake Jones! 10 am to 2 pm. FREE. 1939 NE Sandy Blvd. 503-228-9571.

Queen Melissa Tea Cruise. Join Queen Melissa for high tea, story time, face painting, a treasure hunt, games and more – all aboard the Portland Spirit. Noon to 2 pm, Saturdays March 3 through May 26. $28 adults, $20 ages 1 and older. Board at 11:30 at Salmon Street Springs Fountain. 503-224-3900.

Parents’ Survival Night. Kids have fun with fitness, crafts, music and snacks while parents get some alone time. Ages 3 to 12. 6 to 9:30 pm. Call for pricing, directions. The Little Gym, Lake Oswego. 503-595-9702.

Junior FIRST LEGO League Showcase. Kids ages 6 to 9 show off their LEGO robotic creations. 10 am to 4 pm. FREE; does not include museum admission. Parking: $3. OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave. 503-797-4000.

Super Hero Celebration. Wear your costume, meet Star Wars characters (11 am to 2 pm), make a cape (5 per cape) and more. 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Free with museum admission of $9 ages 1 to 54. Portland Children’s Museum, 4015 SW Canyon Road. 503-223-6500.

Pooches on the Green. Celebrate St. Paw-trick’s Day with your canine pal, dog demonstrations, crafts, entertainment and more. 11am to 2 pm. FREE. Beaverton City Park, 5th/Hall Blvd. 503-526-2559.

Hillsboro St. Pat’s Parade. Starts at Hare Field at 11 am, then winds south on Main, north on Second. Games and activities for kids from noon to 1:30 pm at Civic Center Plaza. FREE. 503-640-1124.

Kells St. Pat’s Irish Festival. Crafts, Irish music, dancers, face painting and more. Kids are welcome in the front tent from noon to 8 pm and in the back tent from 8 am to 5 pm. FREE. Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, 12 SW 2nd Ave. 503-227-4057.

Family Day. Celebrate Packy the Elephant’s 50th birthday with an elephant craft and zoo guests. 11 am to 3 pm. Two kids free with adult admission, Multnomah County residents always FREE. Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave. 503-306-5198.


Banana Slugs! Hear slug stories, make slime and more. Ages 3 to 7, with grown-up. 10 to 11:30 am. $10, member discount. Pre-registration required. Tryon Creek State Park, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd. 503-636-9886 xt. 225.

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