10 Things to Do with Kids in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon has been a growing city for years with many young people relocating here to start a career. These people have gone on to marry and have children and the city has continued to evolve to accommodate the needs of families. With this growth Portland has truly become a fantastic destination for families.

Portland, Oregon was already home to one of the best zoos and best science museums in the nation, but now it is home to so many more things to do with kids.

Part of the planning for Portland's city parks has been making sure they are kid friendly and fun. That is way Portland has so many unique parks for kids like Director Park, a park with a  fountain for the kids to play in, and a place like Blue Lake park where kids can play in a spray pad, swim in a lake, or play on one of the playgrounds there. 

Just like the city parks many of Portland's community centers have been updated and remodeled. We have included the Mt. Scott Community Center, because it has been updated and has an awesome indoor pool now. For those that can not get enough swim time in on a vacation we have also included the North Clackamas Aquatic Center which is a massive indoor pool facility. 

No matter what activity your kids like to do Portland is sure to not only offer that activity, but likely to have multiple places that offer that activity to choose from. 

Blue Lake Park is a large recreational park located in Fairview, OR less than twenty minutes from downtown Portland. There's a small admission fee of $5 per car to enter the park. Inside the park there's an exciting splash pad for kids that's...  Read More

Alphabet District

Playdate PDX is a 7,500 square foot indoor play place for children near the Pearl District in downtown Portland, Oregon. Upon entering children are greeted by a castle where once inside there is all kinds of fun including an interactive light...  Read More

North Clackamas Aquatic Park

North Clackamas Aquatic Park is completely indoors. They have six swimming pools, including a wave pool, zero entry pool perfect for small children, and an adult lap pool. They also have a hot tub and three water slides. There is a kiddie pool...  Read More

Oaks Amusement Park is one of the oldest, continuously operating amusement parks in the country. Built in the early 1900's, Oaks Park is a collection of classic entertainment and smaller thrill rides. Hidden away in Southeast Portland, the...  Read More

Financial District

Washington Park is next to downtown Portland and home to one of the best playground in the city. This park offers residents and visitors 130 acres of lawns and gardens, with trails that connect to Forest Park and the Pittock Mansion. The park is...  Read More

Financial District

Combing fun and education, the Portland Children's Museum encourages an interactive, hands-on approach to learning. Exhibits span subjects ranging from gravity to medicine and include favorites like the grocery store and cafe, which allows...  Read More

Director Park is a public piazza right in the heart of downtown Portland. This park sits on top of an underground parking garage. Here they have a large fountain feature that doubles as a splash pad for kids on hot days. Director Park offers...  Read More

Mt. Scott Community Center & Pool is home to another one of Portland's remarkable indoor pool facilities and it also has an indoor roller skating rink. Their pool offers an open swim time everyday in addition to lessons. The pool has a lazy...  Read More

Financial District

Spanning 64 acres in Washington Park, the massive Oregon Zoo offers children the chance to see their favorite animals up close and is one of the largest attractions in Oregon. Here, more than 1,000 animals reside in natural, expertly designed...  Read More

Known by the acronym OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a favorite family day trip for locals and tourists alike. Kid's will find a wide range of interactive exhibits that both educate and fascinate. Younger children have a...  Read More


Meet Meagan Shamy

Meagan Shamy is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan

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