Flip flops, otter pops, super soakers and annoying your brother are the typical “homework” assignments now that school is out. After the first 2 weeks of summer, inevitably, we start to hear the phrase: “I’m bored”, in which case the “annoying your brother” really becomes amped up. Here are 11 things to add to your summer assignment list that will hold off those boredom blues and bickering, at least long enough till it’s happy hour somewhere!
Year round fun. Ride the rides in the spring & summer, look on their website for BOGO ride bracelet days. Roller skate year round in the historic roller rink. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the day. During the summer they also have designated pre-school days where your young ones can enjoy the park sans all the crowds.
Beautiful park just blocks from NW 23rd. Walk the 2 or 5 mile loop past creeks & small waterfalls. Moss covered trees tower over head creating a cool canopy on those hot summer days. Bring the kids, the dog or the mouse in your pocket. Bathrooms and drinking fountain available at the beginning of the trail.
Super fun, fast, wet and informative jetboat tours up and down the Willamette River. Adults and kids alike love this adventure. The ride is smooth, the guide/driver shares historical information and provides plenty of exhilarating 360 spins that has the entire boat squealing with delight. Boards right off the docks at OMSI. Dress warmly, weatherproof and a hood is better than a hat which will fly off your head once you hit top speeds.
The International Rose Gardens come alive in late spring & summer with thousands of roses in every color. Beautiful views of Mt Hood can be taken in as you walk through the gardens. A fantastic play structure keeps the kids happy. The Japanese Gardens are lush & Hoyt Arboretum boasts plenty of beautiful walking trails. All within this ginormous park. Also, if you happen to be good with a bow & arrow, there's archery! Consult the park on the web for a detailed map of all the goodness this park holds.
Fruits and veggies so colorful, it makes it one of the most picturesque activities to participate in on a Saturday morning.Peruse the vendors, sample the yummy goodness, pick out something you have no idea how to cook and turn your Saturday night into a culinary adventure. Also this summer, kids 7-11 can participate in cooking classes taught by the Culinary Institute instructors and students and are only $5 per child! See the Portland Farmers Market website for details and to sign up.
By daytime a park & fountain that is overflowing with squealing children who love the water feature and parents who love the ease of this outing and the hours of free fun it offers. My tip, wander past it in the twilight, the fountains continue to babble creating a romantic setting right up till midnight.
The entire course glows in neon bright colors and it's impressive not amateur. Birthday parties, team building, date night, fun-time-all-the-time. Some graphics may frighten little ones under 5. Prices are reasonable and a smart park is just around the corner
Tour the waterfront on a dual chopper, a bike or rent a 4 person surrey and make it a family excursion. Soak up the sun, peddle across a bridge, coast down the esplanade and enjoy PDX via bike! Hour, 1/2day and full day rentals.
A treasure trove of quirky sci-fi visuals, an ice cream parlor where you can " put a fly on it", nostalgic candies for sale and free to walk through! Great stop If you're wandering the NW blocks.
A "playground in the trees" is how this place is described and you certainly do feel the urge to do your best George of the Jungle imitation while maneuvering your way from treetop to treetop. Suspended high above the ground you leap, climb, wobble, walk tightropes and zipline from one tree top obstacle to another and it's so much fun! Multiple course levels are available, so you can progress to more difficult challenges or enjoy redoing only the ones you feel comfortable tackling. A mini and also a tween course is available. The instructors are fantastic, very encouraging and I felt completely safe, scared out of my mind on a couple of the obstacles but never unsafe.
In the heart of downtown, Director Park offers a fountain to splash in, a giant chess board to keep your strategic thinking sharp, Elephants Delicatessen to satisfy those hunger pains, comfortable seating in the shade and sun and a full summers' worth of free activities. Check out their website for the complete list and times.