by Nina Lary - 21 Reviews - 50 List
Aside from obvious made-for-kids attractions like the Portland Children's Museum, OMSI and the Oregon Zoo, kid-friendly activities in Portland can be found in unexpected places. Adventures for you and the little ones include swimming, hiking, movies, soccer, planes or cars. We've got a list of summertime outings with the kids to please you both.
Updated: June 22, 2010
A daytrip to this 150-acre farm on Sauvie Island is quintessential summer. Hay tractors haul visitors out to the in-season berry patches, where kids and their parents are free to pick till their fingers hurt (and take the berries home for about a quarter of the price of supermarket berries). More kid-friendly fun: running across the grassy lawn, chasing the farm chickens or devouring fresh roasted corn on the cob.
Groves lush with big-leaf maple and alder, easy winding trails and quaint bridges crossing clear creeks make this Portland park an easy getaway from city noise. The ranger center runs frequent summertime programs with kid-friendly activities, so be sure to check in with them before you set out for the day.
Follow Cornell Road as it climbs into Forest Park and a surprise education. Kids can visit birds that are stuffed and catalogued (in the small museum), along with live ones that are injured and healing (in the nearby medical center). Birds in better health are often taken from their cages and introduced to visitors by Audubon staff. Wooded trails wind off in every direction.
Though it's more nostalgic for the parents than the kids, they will be ecstatic to snuggle up under their own blankets, eat snacks and watch a movie from inside the car. The Hwy 99 Drive-In offers a double feature starting at dusk every weekend throughout the summer.
Portland Parks & Rec runs free outdoor screenings of family-friendly films all summer long. Check the schedule, scoop the family, grab a blanket and stuff some goodies into a picnic basket. You've got all the ingredients for a relaxing summer's eve.
What's summertime without swimming? This SW Portland pool is not only a cheap day out, it comes with all the frills. A 114-foot water slide, a flowing river channel with whirlpool, a tiny tots pool with frog slide, and a six-lane heated pool with diving board.
Of all Portland's community pools, this crazy indoor complex takes the cake. With the city's only wave pool, a dive well, three water slides, a lap pool, an adult's-only hot tub, and an outdoor sun deck, the whole family will be happy rain or shine. With prices from $4-7, you'll capture the fun of a kid-friendly water park at a fraction of the cost.
The Timbers Army (a legion of loyal fans) can get rowdy, but as long as you keep the kids away from the center of the action, an evening at the stadium is fantastic family fun. With fast-paced action on the field, exuberant crowds and ballpark treats, the kids will become bonafide fans in no time.
Little aviation fans will be giddy at this sprawling McMinnville museum. Home to the Spruce Goose, the world-famous flying boat financed by Howard Hughes during World War II, the museum also houses over 50 historic aircraft, an IMAX theater and the private firearms collection of museum founder Captain Michael King Smith.
Fast moving things usually wow the kids. A day at PIR will keep them captivated by automobiles of all sorts. From historic Alfa Romeo races to official NASCAR events, drag racers and motorcycles. Check the schedule online for special kid-focused events and treat the family to a day at the races.