Portland Kids Weekend Events: Dec. 3-5

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Light up your weekend family time with events that celebrate the winter months with flair. From live theater to lights on the raceway, there’s so much to do before Christmas hits. Read on to find out out top picks for things to do with your family this weekend.

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A Carol for Christmas

A Carol for Christmas is a new musical inspired by Charles Dicken’s classic ghost story and set in the Midwest during America’s 1930’s Depression Era. The themes of greed, bigotry, contempt and apathy ring true today as they did then. The cry for the gifts of love, life and caring, give us all a chance to shed the chains of our past and give hope for a better future. A Carol for Christmas shows each of us, what, when embraced, a world of joy, friendship and giving might do for the greater good. The original score written by Janet Mouser and James Campodonico is filled with new holiday songs that celebrate the season. A show for young and old alike, don’t miss being a part of this exciting, world premier musical presented by Stumptown Stages Musical Theatre.  Event Details.

Starry Nights Live

Planets, constellations, the zodiac, shooting stars and satellites are all in the night sky if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. This live presentation focuses on the night sky during the current month. Event Details.

Worlds Beyond Earth

Narrated by Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o, Worlds Beyond Earth tells the story of the surprisingly dynamic worlds that orbit our Sun. Based on authentic scientific data from groundbreaking space missions, Worlds Beyond Earth takes viewers on an exhilarating adventure through our cosmic neighborhood. Immersive visualizations showcase the solar system with unprecedented accuracy, including a landing on the cratered surface of our own Moon, a dramatic flight through the swirling rings of Saturn, and soaring encounters with distant worlds of active volcanoes and buried oceans. Featuring breathtaking visuals and cutting-edge science, Worlds Beyond Earth is a dazzling celebration of the Age of Exploration and the unique conditions that make life on Earth possible. Check Website for a list of dates and times. Event Details.

Winter Wonderland at the Raceway

You want to be impressed? Maybe a little blown away, but also stay warm and cozy? Get the family to Winter Wonderland! Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the “Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi”, the 29th annual Safeway Winter Wonderland powered by Advantis Credit Union, will grab your attention with glimmers and glows around every corner. The Northwest’s largest light show spans the track at the raceway, making a great drive on a chilly night. Over 250 giant set pieces are alight, many animated, all fun. Running since 1993, the Winter Wonderland is going cashless this year. All proceeds from the event benefit the Sunshine Division, which provides food and clothing to Portland families in need. Event Details.

Christmas Ship ParadeThe Christmas Ships

The Christmas ships are coming! A fleet of ships have sailed down the Willamette and Columbia Rivers every year for 67 years. Grab a perch with a view (restaurants along the route book up quick!), pack your thermos and blankets, and watch the floating lights go by. This is a great parade, and the best part is, you can catch it almost every night in December! Be sure to check online for when they’ll be closest to you, as the route changes. Perfect for tiny boat enthusiasts! Event Details.

Exhibit: Quilts for Empowerment

Celebrate the opening of Quilts for Empowerment, an exhibit created by survivors of obstetric fistula and gender violence in Kenya. Event Details.

Sunday Garden Session

Tend to the garden with friends. No previous skills required! There are specific tasks weekly but generally they center around: mulching, planting seeds/starts, weeding, harvesting, composting, working in the greenhouse, and more! Event Details.

Skating at Oaks Park

Roller skating is active, indoor fun perfect for the rainy NW! This beautiful Roller Rink is famous coast-to-coast as the premier skating establishment in the U.S. and is not only the oldest roller rink in the country but also has the largest skating floor west of the Mississippi! So strap on a pair of skates and enjoy moving to music all afternoon long. Event Details.

Bowling at Grand Central Bowling

Get your little bowlers ready to knock down pins at their favorite bowling alley. Grand Central Bowling is open and ready to host your family for an afternoon of fun. When you aren’t knocking down pins, mom and dad can grab drinks while the kids play arcade games. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti


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