A weeklong celebration of South American cultures and critters awaits spring breakers at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's Rainforest Week, where macaws, snakes and bugs will intermingle with cultural music and dance.
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. FRIDAY-SUNDAY, March 30-April 1, OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., 503-797-6674, www.omsi.edu, $7-$9
Spring Whale Watch Week
Catch a glimpse of whales as they swim north with their babies to feed in the Bering and Chukchi seas near Alaska. Visitors can stop at any one of the 28 sites manned by Whale Watching Spoken Here volunteers.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, March 30-31, Oregon and Washington coasts, 1-541-765-3407,www.whalespoken.org, free
Roots and Wings
Safe, healthy children and happy, educated parents are the foundations of a strong community. This festival, sponsored by the Children's Trust Fund of Oregon, intends to cover those bases at a free, all-ages event featuring live music, dancing, martial arts and more, along with information on how to build and maintain an engaged, supportive community.
More than 50 organizations will be on hand helping parents with topics such as how to settle a crying baby, infant massage and stress reduction tips.
The event also offers a kids' parade, vest- and hat-making and English and Spanish storytelling.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SATURDAY, March 31, Lloyd Center Mall, 2201 Lloyd Center, 503-988-4282, www.ctfo.org, free
Legions of fans of role-playing and board games will gather for three days at GameStorm 9. A thousand hours of programming are being offered, as well as historical and new board games and miniature war games.
GameStorm 9's guest of honor is the world's most prolific and award-winning board and card game designer, Reiner Knizia.
Panels and presentations will take place throughout the weekend involving game playing as a hobby and game design.
8 a.m. to 4 a.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. SUNDAY, March 30-April 1, Sheraton Portland Airport, 8235 N.E. Airport Way, 503-426-3786, www.gamestorm.org, $35 at door for all three days
'The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet'
The timeless tale of star-crossed lovers and feuding families is presented by the Northwest Children's Theater and School.
The show is most enjoyed by kids 12 and up.
7 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, March 30-April 15, Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center, 1819 N.W. Everett St., 503-222-4480, www.nwcts.org, $20, $16 youths