We recently returned from a short trip to Portland, Oregon with the kiddos and were pleasantly surprised at how kid-friendly the city is. Below are some recommended highlights from our trip. Though Portland is known to be a public transit and bike friendly town, we opted to rent a car given our little one’s needs. However our adventures didn’t take us more than 10 miles outside of downtown.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry – This is an awesome museum to introduce little minds to science and discovery. Though a majority of the exhibits were too advanced for our 3 and 1 year old to properly engage, there is a large Science Playground upstairs specifically designed for ages 0-6. My kids spent 1.5 hours here moving from the sand area to the water play area to the infant section, to the science lab where arts and crafts were offered.
1945 SE Water Ave
1945 SE Water Ave
Hours 9:30-7p daily
Admission: Adults $14, Youth 3-13 $9.75
Powell’s City of Books Bookstore – Take a break from all the sights and stop by the world’s largest bookstore with color coded “rooms”. The children’s section is Rose and quite large. They carry new and used books at bargain prices.
store hours: 9am – 11pm daily
Washington Park Playground – We discovered this playground when searching for a place for the kids to burn some energy. Our original plan to take them to splash pad/fountain didn’t pan out as it was a pretty chilly afternoon. This playground is apparently Portland’s largest play structure. There’s slides, monkey bars, swings, bridges and ramps to keep them occupied and definitely worth a visit. Washington Park is huge and worth exploring. While here, make it a day and also enjoy the Zoo, Children’s Museum and Japanese Garden.
4001 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, OR 97221
Pumpkin Patch Farm at Sauvie Island – Summertime means berry season and we were lucky enough to catch the tail end of it during our visit. My daughter loooooves berries so we couldn’t pass up this opportunity to take her to a u-pick farm so she could pick it herself off the tree, not that she’ll ever remember the experience. This was one of two farms we looked into that still had a decent amount of self pick blueberries and blackberries so definitely call ahead or check out their website prior to going so you know what’s in season and available. The berries we picked with super juicy and plump. My son loved the many display tractors around the parking lot and wanted to climb on all of them. There’s also a small barn with animals (none to pet) and a grocery store. During the fall they have a corn maze and their namesake, a pumpkin patch.
Open daily 9a-6p
Blueberries ($2.00 lb). Thornless blackberries ($1.50lb).