Among the top destinations for rainy day fun in Portland with the kids is the Portland Museum of Art (7 Congress Square, 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org). It’s never too early to introduce youngsters to the wonders of the creative mind. At the Portland Museum of Art, children can view and experience the wonderful colors and themes representing more than 300 years of legendary international art. Afterwards, you can enjoy a soda or snack in the downstairs café of this fabulous museum.
Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine — Photo courtesy of Children's Museum and Theatre of MaineAnother great place to explore is the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine (142 Free Street, 207-828-1234, www.childrensmuseumofme.org). Here boys and girls can immerse themselves in wonderful play scenarios from firefighting to post office to lobstering. It’s a fantastic environment where youngsters can create their own imaginary worlds, as well as learning more about the world around them.
The Saco Museum in nearby Saco (371 Main Street in Saco, 207-283-3861, www.sacomuseum.org) will take children through an intriguing retrospective of south Maine coast history. Of special interest to youngsters is the recreation of a mill worker girls dormitory on the second floor.
Children who need to burn off some of that rainy day energy will find a lot to like at three local enterprises. At the Maine Rock Gym in Portland (127 Marginal Way, 207-780-6370, www.merockgym.com) boys and girls will thrill to climbing opportunities available at this top notch rock wall facility. Meanwhile, the Southern Maine Sportszone in Saco (400 North Street in Saco, 207-282-4005, www.smsportszone.com) features a wealth of activities such as Splashzone, one of Maine’s best inflatable indoor water parks, and Bouncezone for plenty of inflatable, bouncing fun.
Southern Maine Sportszone — Photo courtesy of Southern Maine SportszoneAlso worth checking out is Jokers Family Fun and Games (512 Warren Avenue, 207-878-5800, www.jokersfunandgames.com) which has a very popular playhouse featuring exciting tubes and tunnels just waiting for crawling action. Also available are arcade games, indoor miniature golf, rock climbing, rides, a slide and a moonwalk.
Good old standby Chuck E. Cheese (166 Philbrick Avenue in South Portland, 207-773-5550, www.chuckecheese.com) is always a sure bet for those rainy days. It has a great offering of arcade games, a playhouse maze and, of course, pizza and soda for refreshments.
So, there you have it. Don't let a rainy day spoil your fun in Portland. Simply venture into the great indoors with these and many other places to explore when the skies get cloudy.