Spring's the thing: From kites to bunnies, the season's busting out all over
by: , Far left: Before entertaining earthbound buddies, the Easter Bunny will drop in via helicopter at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Center left: Polar bears nose around for some colorful treats at the zoo.
Center right: Scott Davis of Puyallup, Wash., flies his stuff at the Indoor Kite Festival in Lincoln City. Right: In a step up from the sandbox, kids learn how to plant tree seedlings at the World Forestry Center's Discovery Museum.



Indoor Kite Festival

Fly a kite in Lincoln City, the kite capital of the world, at the Indoor Kite Festival.

Kids of all ages can learn from the pros at this annual event on the coast featuring skilled kite fliers with kites designed for indoor use.

- Suzie Ridgway

4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30-April 1, Taft High School, 3780 Spyglass Ridge Drive S.E., Lincoln City, 1-800-452-2151,, $2, $5 per family with kids 15 and under


Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau

Veteran jazz guitarist Pat Metheny teams with gifted pianist Brad Mehldau for an evening of what should be inspired improvisation.

Over the course of the past 30-odd years, Metheny has collaborated with heavyweights like Ornette Coleman, Chick Corea, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell, while Mehldau has shown a penchant for turning rock songs by the likes of Radiohead and Nick Drake into jazz tunes.

Given that no seat in the Newmark is more than 65 feet from the stage, this show should be a memorable - and intimate - experience.

- Barbara Mitchell

8 p.m. Friday, March 30, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-248-4335, $57 and $67.50, all ages



Arbor Week kickoff

Tree-huggers unite!

At the Arbor Week party this weekend, activities include children's crafts, papermaking, leaf and bark rubbing, guided hikes and lessons on environmental stewardship.

The community fair also features Earth Tones birdhouses made from recycled wood, Ladybug Walks for kids, REI's Leave No Trace program and truffles from Shirewood Farms, as well as demonstrations on tree pruning and native-plant gardening.

- SR

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 31, World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-228-1367,, $7, $5 kids; discount coupon on Web site


Trillium Festival

Tryon Creek State Park marks spring and the trillium flower this weekend with its annual festival, which offers guided nature hikes, children's crafts, live music, a native plant sale, storytelling, local artisans and authors, refreshments and a raffle.

- SR

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31-April 1, Tryon Creek State Park, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., 503-636-4398,, free


Easter Eggstravaganza

Some kids love bunnies and some love helicopters, but one thing is for sure - all kids would love to see the Easter Bunny arriving by helicopter.

Check out the Evergreen Aviation Museum's Easter Eggstravaganza going on this weekend, featuring an egg hunt in the oak grove for kids 10 and younger followed by the Easter Bunny's arrival.

Radio Disney will supply the music.

- SR

8:30 a.m. (egg hunt check-in), 9 a.m. (egg hunt), 9:30 a.m. (bunny drop), Saturday, March 31, Evergreen Aviation Museum, 500 N.E. Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, 503-434-4023,, $4 per child



Spring Break Party

You won't have to worry about getting a painful sunburn or sand

in your shoes when you treat your little monkeys to the zoo's Gone Wild Spring Break Party, complete with island cuisine, tropical music, animal talks, face painting and themed 'enrichment activities' for the animals.

Put on that Hawaiian shirt that's been waiting for just such an occasion and dig out the flip-flops and sunglasses, too, as 'island wear' is strongly encouraged.

- SR

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, through April 7, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-226-1561,, $6.75-$9.75, free for children under 2, $1 parking


Tulip Fest

Stroll through the early spring blooms of more than 150 varieties

of colorful tulips and daffodils

spread out over 40 acres.

The festival also offers a children's garden, bulbs and fresh cut flowers for sale.

Weekend activities include a crafters' marketplace, pony rides, wine tasting, wooden-shoe making and live entertainment.

- SR

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, through April 22, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Road, Woodburn, OR, 800-711-2006,, free weekdays, $5 per vehicle weekends

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