- Suzie Ridgway
- Portland Tribune - Features
St. Paul Rodeo
The 71st annual St. Paul Rodeo is expected to draw 50,000 visitors to the tiny town of St. Paul to watch top cowboys and cowgirls from all over the U.S. and Canada compete for prizes.
The five-day event also includes carnival rides, Western art exhibits, hearty food and fireworks.
5 p.m. to midnight FRIDAY, 9 a.m. to midnight SATURDAY, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. SUNDAY, 11 a.m. to midnight MONDAY, 10 a.m. to midnight TUESDAY, June 30-July 4, Rodeo Grandstands, 20025 Fourth St., St. Paul, 1-800-237-5920, www.stpaulrodeo.com, $12-$20; available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400, www.ticketmaster.com ), subject to service charges
Thomas the Tank Engine
The Rev. W. Awdry's classic stories of Thomas the Tank Engine and friends come to life with a fully functioning steam engine done up as Thomas. The Come Ride the Rails Tour stops in 40 cities to entertain more than 1 million visitors.
The Mount Hood Railroad finishes its turn this weekend, featuring Thomas the Tank Engine trips and activities for three more days. The train departs hourly, rain or shine, taking children ages 2 and up along with parents, grandparents and friends on a 30-minute ride in heritage rail cars pulled by Thomas.
Families also can meet and take photos with the superintendent of the railroad, Sir Topham Hatt; participate in hands-on arts and crafts at the Imagination Station; and enjoy live music, videos and storytelling.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FRIDAY-SUNDAY, June 30-July 2, Mount Hood Railroad, 110 Railroad Ave., Hood River, 1-800-872-4661, www.mthoodrr.com, $16 ages 2 and up; advance tickets recommended
'Superman Returns: The Imax Experience'
Experience the Man of Steel on the domed Omnimax screen as Superman works to protect the world from sea to space.
The adventure stars Brandon Routh as Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman, Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane and Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor.
Various times, through Sept. 4, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., 503-797-4640, www.omsi.edu, $9-$12
'Folk Playground' featuring Victor Johnson
Putumayo Kids, the children's division of indie record label Putumayo World Music, offers a catalog of albums filled with child-friendly lyrics by well-known and undiscovered artists from around the world.
This weekend, check out its twist on American folk music, performed by Victor Johnson from the Putumayo Kids' recent 'Folk Playground' album. In addition to Johnson, 'Folk Playground' also features Zoe Lewis, Jon Gailmor and Michelle Shocked performing more timeless, family singalong tunes, such as 'This Old Man,' 'Froggie Went a- Courtin' ' and 'Polly Wolly Doodle.'
3 p.m. SUNDAY, July 2, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-226-1561, www.oregonzoo.org, $6.50-$9.50 includes zoo admission, free for children 2 and under
Robots + Us
From mechanical builders of cars to friendly, robotic pets, OMSI's latest exhibit, Robots + Us, offers visitors an educational and playful look at how robots play a part in our everyday lives.
Direct light-sensitive robots through mazes in the Robot Arena or experiment with walking machines in the Robot Leg Lab. The Garden of Sensory Delights offers visitors the chance to control the movements of robotic flowers with their bodies, while the Low Life Lab teaches how robot designers learn from insects.
9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, through Sept. 4, OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., 503-797-6674, www.omsi.edu, $7-$9