10 Ideas for Portland-Area Spring Break Fun with Kids

Many lucky Portlanders are heading toward sunnier pastures over the next few days for Spring Break. But for those of us who are staying behind in our rainy little haven, there is still plenty to do to pass the time over these no-school days. Here are some ideas for Portland-area Spring Break fun with your kids.

Whale watching weekFrom March 25 to March 31, people from all over come to learn about gray whales as they migrate past the Oregon Coast. Trained volunteers will help visitors at 24 sites along the Pacific Northwest Coast as about 30 gray whales per hour migrate past. A memorable day trip! 

Go for a swim. If it’s going to be wet, may as well get wet on purpose. Portland Parks and Recreation’s pools have some extra open swims during spring break. You can check out the schedule here

Volunteer. There are lots of park beautification projects going on this week. You can help spruce up Marquam Nature Park or Hoyt Arboretum. Or find another volunteer project that fits your family’s needs here. 

Take a nature walk. With spring here, this is the perfect time to get into nature. You can take your budding naturalist on nature walks all over town – like Leach Botanical Garden’s honeybee hike, PP&R’s ladybug nature walk or Tryon Creek‘s nature walk opportunities. A low-cost way to get out into nature, learn a lot, and have fun. 

Go for a ride on the orange line. Hop on Trimet’s Orange Line to explore Milwaukie, Westmoreland Park, The Oregon Rail Heritage museum, OMSI, Tilikum Crossing, shopping, restaurants (especially ice cream) and lots more. Here are our suggestions – or create your own adventure! 

Start planting a garden. Make your own vegetable starts at Al’s Gardens’ Kids’ Club. Or stock up on plants and learn about nature at Tryon Creek’s Trillium Festival, taking place April 1 and 2. No outdoor garden? Make a little indoor garden, perfect for fairies, at Artemesia

Visit a museum. Get out of the rain and learn something new! Check out the Lego exhibit at OMSI, take a family tour of the Art Museum, or visit one of the dozens of other museums in Portland

Get your Pokemon fix. The 2017 Pokemon Regional Championships Tournament takes place March 25 and 26. You can watch competitions for trading card and video game players. Or take the Pokemon leap yourself with the primer in April’s issue of PDX Parent!

Check out something cool at the library. And not just books. There are many events going on over spring break, including a presentation of Peter and the Wolf, up-close classical music performances, crafting, and more. And yes, they’re all free! 

Smell the… tulips? The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival begins March 24. Take a ride on the cow train, bounce on the bounce houses, and enjoy the beauty of acres of tulips. 

What are your plans for Spring Break? Let us know below! 

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Ali Wilkinson

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Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at www.runknitlove.com.
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