Kid-Friendly Fourth of July Staycation (Portland Style)

With the Fourth of July falling on a Tuesday this year, many of us get to enjoy an extra long weekend. For some, that means packing up the bags and getting out of dodge. But for those of us who are staying put, there is much family-friendly fun to be had right here in Portland. Here are some ideas to keep you and your family occupied and happy over the long weekend. 

  1. Pick away. Strawberries are in full season right now, raspberries are out, and blueberries are on their way. Fill up your pails, your freezers, your blenders and your jam jars with berries from our favorite u-picks.
  2. Scavenge around town. Ready to explore a new neighborhood? Print out this Woodstock-area mural scavenger hunt. Did we mention there are prizes?
  3. Get the blues. The Waterfront fills with music lovers from around the world for the Waterfront Blues Festival, taking place over the weekend. Even if you can’t snag tickets, you can still take in the fireworks. If you position yourself well (try Sellwood Blvd.), you can see a dual fireworks display over Oaks Park and the waterfront. Check out more fairs and festivals taking place around town this summer here.
  4. Take a break. Who wants to cook on vacation? More to the point, who wants to clean up from dinner over vacation? Give yourself a break and check out one of these kid-friendly restaurants. On a budget? Try one of these, where kids eat free.
  5. Soak in the a/c. Polish off those bowling shoes and head to a local bowling alley. If you sign up for the Kids Bowl Free program, your kids can get two free games every day of the summer. A/c included.

    Photo: Monica Wander

  6. Cool down. Looks like it’s going to be sunny and warm this holiday weekend. Perfect weather for hitting up a local splash pad. Bring your suit, a towel, a change of clothes and your camera—and get ready for some wet summer fun.
  7. Explore a new playground. Climb like a spider, get lost in nature, be a pirate, dig up fossils—all at one of these amazing playgrounds.
  8. Choose your own adventure. We put together 40 ideas for non-stop Portland-area fun here. Pick a number, and see what adventure awaits.
  9. Scoop it up. What’s a vacation without ice cream? Work your way through some of Portland’s best using this map as a handy guide.
  10. Still looking for ideas? Check out our top Fourth of July events here

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Online Editor at PDX Parent
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
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