Besides Valentine’s Day, February is often a month we’d rather speed through quickly. It’s still winter, still cold, and still raining; sometimes it’s a blessing that it’s the shortest month of the year. Luckily, there’s still plenty to do around Rose City, and we have a round-up of some of our favorite family-friendly options to keep you entertained through the rest of the rainy winter days.
Princess Promenade (Feb 1)
Now in its fifth year, this Daddy Daughter Dance is growing in popularity each year! Music, snacks, face painting, a few real princesses, and, of course, dancing for girls in grades K-8 and their fathers, guardians, or male relatives. This year, there will be professional hairstyles on site offering $10, 15-minute sessions. More details available on their website!
Portland Winter Light Festival (Feb 6-8)
To encourage folks to get out in dark (and cold!) evenings, The Portland Winter Light Festival is a family-friendly art and light adventure. With its main gallery near OMSI, this year’s edition will take place at multiple locations; check out their website for specifics. Admission is free for guests and worth the visit!
Valentine’s Market at Oaks Park Pavillion
Head to Oaks Park for the inaugural edition of the Valentine’s Market, an artisan-focused event with a family focus. Kids are welcome, VIP tickets include drinks and an oyster bar! More info on vendors and ticket options on the event Facebook page.
KidFest NW (Feb 29-Mar 1)
Called “The Whopper of All Family Fests,” KidFest returns to the Portland Expo Center for a weekend of sports, enrichment, activities, performances and more! This annual event is a one-stop-shop for all things kids in PDX, which means there is something for everyone. Reptile exhibit, rock climbing, character visits, art centers… the list goes on! Find out more about the event on their website or follow the event on Facebook.
Bricks Cascade Lego Expo (Feb 29-Mar 1)
Be dazzled by some of the wildest Lego creations you have ever seen! Head to the Oregon Convention Center for the two-day Lego bonanza; fun for kids and grown-ups alike! More information on the event page on Facebook.
Community Events Calendar
Our events calendar features community-submitted events from organizations and businesses throughout the Portland area who offer family-friendly activities. Each event is reviewed by a member of the PMB team prior to publication. If you have an event or activity that you think would be of interest to our readers, please complete your submission here for review.
The Whopper of ALL Family Fests! We love it here in the Northwest, but let's face it, winters can be rough finding a variety of fun things for families to do indoors. Don't miss this exciting Winter Festival offering kids and parents an affordable day of fun and an abundance of entertainment and education at the Northwest's Largest Family Expo—KidFest! SportFest! at the Portland Expo Center, February 29 - March 1. Doors open at 10:00am with Parade of Prizes so…Find out more »
Presenting: Magic Hour @ KidFest! (VIP Early-Entry at 9:00am Saturday/Sunday) Family Fun for Kids with Disabilities and/or Special Needs. What is easy fun for some kids can be limiting or overwhelming for others, particularly those with disabilities or with special needs. That's why we're introducing Magic Hour at KidFest, offering early 9:00am entry both days, much smaller crowds and more sensory friendly! Because making our events as inclusive as possible so that everyone feels welcome and has an opportunity to…Find out more »
The most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today returns to Oregon for another high-octane weekend featuring the ultimate mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement with the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series®, featuring six different competitions of speed, racing and freestyle stunts including Oregon’s first-ever indoor truck backflip stunt at the Moda Center in Portland on February 29th and March 1st. Featuring eight skilled Monster Jam athletes, fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with…Find out more »
Join Portland Early Learning Project for our free Spanish Story and Play Time. Books, bubbles, movement and more! Perfect for lap babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. No previous Spanish language experience necessary.Find out more »
Join us at Buckman Elementary for our 30th Annual Art Show and Sell! This is a wonderful, family-friendly, community event that mutually benefits arts education and the diverse group of over 100 local artists who participate. Come browse the galleries, enjoy the work of these talented artists and craftspersons, and shop their original artwork, including: furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, paper creations, photography, paintings, ceramics and much more! We will also have performances, art activities for kids, and food trucks! Visit…Find out more »
This specially curated exhibit features vehicles that tell the remarkable story of Ferrari, a brand that has never compromised in producing the most stylish, innovative, and race-worthy sports cars in the world. The exhibit will feature vehicles from Ferrari's earliest days in racing up through the beautiful and advanced production cars of the modern era.Find out more »
Northwest's Original and Largest Event for Expectant & New Parents since 2001. Win Prizes, Attend Seminars, Get Pampered, Shop and Be Educated on Everything You Possibly Need for Your Growing Family. Featuring the Children's Village with entertainment for the Pint-Size Crowd! Music, Crafts, Play Zones and the Easter Eggstravaganza with visit by the Easter Bunny! Baby's First Easter photos. These events are an intimate treat for expectant & new parents seeking the best, most innovative, eco-friendly and luxurious baby products…Find out more »
Meet “bestus friends” Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig. Together, they tackle friendship’s big questions: What happens when two friends want to play with ONE toy? What DO you wear to a fancy party? And will ANYONE say “Banana?”Find out more »
Join us on Facebook every Tuesdsay morning for a live Tinkergarten session led by Founder, Meghan Fitzgerald. You can join from your backyard, fire escape, living room, or any safe spot where you can find space! HOW TO JOIN: All you need to do is visit our Facebook page each Tuesday at 11:30AM ET / 8:30AM PT: https://www.facebook.com/tinkergarten. You'll see our Facebook Live as a video at the top of the page. Classes will last roughly 20 minutes and all…Find out more »
During these scary & uncertain times, Red Yarn & the Critters are bringing their high-energy, joyful, interactive folk music & puppetry show right to your living room! Join us on our Facebook page — www.facebook.com/redyarn — on Mondays & Wednesdays at 10am PT & Thursdays at 4pm PT for 45 minutes of upbeat folksongs, silly critter skits, social-emotional conversations & virtual community-building. All are welcome to watch for free — especially families dealing with lay-offs or a loss of income…Find out more »