Portland Children’s Museum, Oregon

A fun day trip to the Portland Children’s Museum:

With ever changing exhibits the Portland Children’s Museum only gets better with each visit! Located right next to the Oregon Zoo where there is conveniently a max line with an awesome tunnel, by the way! The Children’s Museum offers plenty of  fun for the whole family.  Plan to spend a day fully engaged while the kids splash around in the water room. Or ring up grocery’s while shopping at the neighborhood market. Maybe they’ll chose to make you a locally sourced and hand made delicacy at the city cafe. Parents will smile and laugh as they watch their children sit in the alligator dentist chair while other kids laugh as they brush his large teeth. The best part for me is watching all of the little ones come to life as they take control of the world around them and run with it!

From our family to yours: If you truly wish to experience it all you’ll need to plan on spending the whole day there. Inside there is a small cafe, which is a little pricey especially after the steep cost for a family of three to get in, around $50.00. I like to offset this by packing a picnic lunch. Bring a blanket and kick back in one of the grassy areas. IMG_2085

Where to play:

As a child I loved the water room! Water tables with colorful rubber duckies sit ready to race. Large shinny wheels waiting to be cranked. Learn how to divert the water flow while giving the umbrella a tug. Twirl a handle to send the water down onto drums or spin a yellow wheel and send the water flowing through clear tubes to other tables. Years later and I still find it to be a wonder. This years big new outdoor adventure area, was a smash! Children will delight in opening and closing metal gates to control the flow of the river. Get soaked splashing in the waterways, then dry off while playing a game of hide and seek in the alcoves of this beautifully designed stick village.

From our family to yours:  Bring a pair of water shoes and a change of clothes for the kiddo’s as they are going to get wet inside and out! While they do have water aprons… they just weren’t enough to keep Lily dry. 🙂

A fabulous up-cycle room offers tid bits of recyclable materials, hot glue guns, work stations and with a little imagination it’ll give children the rains to build creative new works of art! Plus your art is free to keep in the up-cycling room. A fan favorite is always the clay studio. Children will enjoy sculpting a vase, or making a dog or how about a dish to hold earrings for Mom? No matter the project it’s sure to be fun! For a small cost, you can even buy some clay to take home with you. It’s a great investment as it lasts forever!

From our family to yours:  For an additional fee the clay studio will also fire your art for you. Which can be available for pick up in a few days. IMG_2132Children who love to climb, on well everything, finally have a reason to! Snag a helmet and give it a go on the rock wall! Can your children make it all the way down the long wall? Next to the climbing wall is a large digging room full of Tonka Trucks and small tractors that lay in wait to assist young kids with the heavy lifting. Best part, no sand! Chunky rubber pellets make digging fun and clean up a breeze!

Lily’s favorite exhibit at the Portland Children’s Museum is the Theater. A large stage surrounded by theater seating offers children a chance to wow the crowd. She loves her 15 minutes of fame. Stop at the ticket booth before entering to get your passes. Inside children will find all that they need to put on a show of a lifetime. Costumes, make up, instruments, there’s even a thick red curtain that hides away the stage. Making for a true to life play experience. In today’s show Lily enjoyed playing the part of a black super hero doggy while a small group of kids set the vibe with bursts of musical talent!

From our family to yours: By the way, there is not an area to clean off the stage makeup, so you might want to bring some wet-ones. Which will also make for a great way to give back, simply leave the package of wet ones behind for others to enjoy!IMG_2119 (2)3Well worth the trip:

A day spent where my whole family puts down the electronics is a good day indeed! Even I was so busy playing that I only managed to take a handful of photos. Make sure to check out Portland Children’s Museums website to see what new exhibits are going on this month!

From our family to yours: Parking can sometime be a challenge mostly during the summer months. We recommend taking the max while also saving on the parking fee! Be sure to spend time looking at the underground tunnel before taking the elevator up. A coat may be needed as well, as the tunnel is really windy! If you decide to go by car, show up slightly before opening will ensure you a parking spot. No matter how you chose to travel there be prepared for a quite ride back!

All our best and safe travels my friends!

Jenny

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