Many Portlanders are heading toward sunnier pastures 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. (PPS is out March 23-27 this year.) Here are some ideas for local Spring Break fun with your kids.
Head to Lincoln City. Lincoln City is one of Oregon’s top Spring Break destinations with over seven miles of fun at the coast to explore. Watch for majestic gray whales as they travel just off the shore, or hunt for treasured glass floats along the sand. You can immerse yourself in a world of wonder and magic during the Festival of Illusions, or learn to be a beachcombing expert from a local guide.
Go for a swim. If it’s going to be wet, may as well get wet on purpose. Portland Parks and Recreation’s pools often have some extra open swims during spring break. Their schedule will be posted online as the break gets closer. Or try the slides, wave pool and toddler area at North Clackamas Aquatic Park; our editor shares the inside scoop and some tips here.
Volunteer. Volunteering with the kids is a great way to help others and model giving back to the community. Here are 11+ ongoing opportunities to check out.
Get out into nature. With spring here, this is the perfect time to get into nature. Check out activities at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, or Leach Botanical Garden’s honeybee hikes, PP&R’s ladybug nature walks or Tryon Creek‘s nature programs.
Treat yourself. Try a doughnut or ice cream at one of these spots that won our readers’ poll for best sweet treats.
Check out something cool at the library. And not just books. There are many events going on over Spring Break, including music, crafts, science and more! And yes, they’re all free!
Go by train . . . or tram. Hop on Trimet’s Orange Line to explore Milwaukie, Westmoreland Park, The Oregon Rail Heritage museum, OMSI, Tilikum Crossing, shopping, restaurants and lots more. Or take the kids on the Portland Aerial Tram (perfect weather not required).
Smell the… tulips? The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival begins March 20. Take a ride on the cow train, bounce on the bounce houses, and enjoy the beauty of acres of tulips.