Kids Activities in Portland

Four Private Music Lessons from Acoustic Way Studios (50% Off)

Acoustic Way Studios

Portland

From the merchant: Private lessons are designed for each student. We will set goals and create lessons to achieve them.

$120 $60

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One-Year Maple, Oak, or Fir Membership at Hoyt Arboretum (Up to 50% Off)

Hoyt Arboretum

Portland

Members receive complimentary tours and special-event invites at a ridge-top arboretum with more than 6,000 trees

$35 $17.50

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Four or Eight 30-Minute Violin or Fiddle Lessons at Red Barn Studios (Up to 59% Off)

Red Barn Studios

Multiple Locations

2011 National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest winner teaches students to play fiddle or violin employing the Suzuki method

$120 $59

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Two-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Lesson from Next Adventure (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Next Adventure

Sellwood Riverfront Park

Explore the Willamette River during a two-hour standup-paddleboard lesson that teaches all the basic strokes

$70 $35

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Admission to KidFest and SportFest for a Family of Five on Saturday or Sunday, January 24–25 (Up to 50% Off)

KidFest and SportFest

Expo Center

Weekend festival showcases fun and healthy kid activities alongside events such as educational workshops, games, and prizes

$20 $10

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$6 for a 2014 Three-Visit Indoor Playground Pass at Munchkin Playland ($15 Value)

Munchkin Playland

Tanasbourne North / Hillsboro

Children explore an indoor playground with slides and climbing structures while adults relax in an adjoining cafe

$15 $6

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Crafts Session for Two or Four Kids at The Craft Factory (Up to 54% Off)

The Craft Factory

The Craft Factory

Kids of all ages can decorate, create, or build their own crafts that come in a variety of materials such as wood, and recycled objects.

$24 $12

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Touting itself as the Northwest's largest family expo, KidFest entertains families and children of all ages with a weekend of live music, petting zoos, and informative exhibits for parents and kids. At KidFest's SportFest, visitors try their hand and fun games as they learn about nutrition, injury prevention, and sports science.

2060 N Marine Dr.
Portland,
OR
US

Historically, pumpkin patches only grow gourds and fancy carriages that disappear after one night. But that's not the case at Norris Amusements—the family-run pumpkin patch sprouts magical experiences that last nearly all year. The original San Clemente location opened for the Halloween season in 2001, and it wasn't long before the patch spread its roots to multiple locations and across multiple seasons. Today, Norris Amusements' grounds serve as pumpkin patches in the fall, as Christmas tree farms during the winter, and as inflatable playgrounds during the summer.

25 Northwest 23rd Place
Portland,
OR
US

The entire Earth spins inside of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It's as if visitors have launched into outer space, where they can see everything—clouds forming over North America, hurricanes churning in the tropics, and millions of animals in migration. Night falls, and the major cities light up Earth's continents like misshapen Christmas trees. Just then, the planet disappears, and in its place rises a spinning orb of fire and violent solar storms: the sun. The display, appropriately titled Science On a Sphere, is actually a 6-foot animated globe powered by a series of video projectors. It serves as the perfect centerpiece for OMSI's Earth Hall, which explores geology, tectonics, and everything else that makes Earth a living planet. The hall's exhibits let visitors control wind turbines and launch satellites into space.

Earth Hall is only one section of the museum, however. More hands-on activities wait within Turbine Hall, where kids design bridges and boats. Visitors can tour the USS Blueback, a U.S. Navy attack submarine that guarded the Pacific for 31 years, or gaze towards the heavens inside of Kendall Planetarium, which uses real-time 3D graphics to transport audiences into the very heart of black holes. Even Theory, the onsite eatery, has an educational focus. The restaurant's displays explore food sciences while Chef Ryan Morgan and his team use local ingredients to cook meals in full view.

Although every corner of OMSI sparks scientific curiosity, the museum's educational programs take things one step further. The faculty hosts astronomy camps and teaches 50-minute interactive labs in which kids might make soap or dissect a squid—a requisite skill for any future biologist or sushi chef.

1945 SE Water Ave
Portland,
OR
US

Many traditional artists paint linen or sculpt stone. For an agri-artist such as Craig Easterly, though, a cornfield makes a perfectly good canvas. For more than a decade, Craig has been chiseling through the 12-foot stalks of his 5-acre field to create what is from the ground a maze of rustling green tunnels and from above a stunning tableau of Portland themes and images. "I like to create designs that resonate with Portlanders and our friends in the greater Portland area," he said in a 2011 press release. One year, his work cut the city's bridges and rivers into the corn; in another he incorporated the Portland Timbers insignia into his maze.

Many traditional artists paint linen or sculpt stone. For an agri-artist such as Craig Easterly, though, a cornfield makes a perfectly good canvas. For more than a decade, Craig has been chiseling through the 12-foot stalks of his 5-acre field to create what is from the ground a maze of rustling green tunnels and from above a stunning tableau of Portland themes and images. "I like to create designs that resonate with Portlanders and our friends in the greater Portland area," he said in a 2011 press release. One year, his work cut the city's bridges and rivers into the corn; in another he incorporated the Portland Timbers insignia into his maze.

Each fall, these Sauvie Island fields birth both Craig's famous corn maze and its evil twin, the Haunted Maize, which spooks its visitors at night with costumed actors and eerie animatronics. Along with its mazes, The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch also sprouts fall-centric family-friendly activities. Overall-clad patrons bounce along on free hayrides, get crowned king of the hay mountain, or mimic the beastly accents of farm animals in the big red barn.

16511 Northwest Gillihan Road
Portland,
OR
US

In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.

10136 SW Park Way
Portland,
OR
US

Movable walls, luminous rocks, mirrors, ramps, and unexpected dead ends. These are just a few of the obstacles players face at Ultrazone Laser Tag, a two-level, 5,000-square-foot arena that, much like a spring-break DJ?s apartment, is always flooded with black light and fog. Before separating up to 36 players into three teams and setting them loose in the arena, a game master delivers rules and moves teammates to the vesting room, where they grab lasers and flashing vests. As the beat of pulsing music hammers the arena, players stream into the field, launching beams at opponents and attempting to seize their strongholds. When players are hit they aren't eliminated from the action; a computer keeps a running tally of points throughout the mission and awards champion status to the team with the highest count after the game. The facility also includes an arcade packed with video games as well as air-hockey tables, pinball, and a snack area.

16074 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Milwaukie,
OR
US