Best Things To Do With Children in Portland, Oregon

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Portland is a city with plenty of attractions for children, from its zoo to the science museum. The city also features parks and free attractions for families to enjoy during their free time and many events to attend throughout the year.

Oregon Zoo

The Oregon Zoo of Portland allows children to look at animals closely and learn more about them. Oregon Zoo has more than 1000 animals. Children can learn about the breeds and species of different animals. Oregon Zoo also offers several educational workshops and conventions for kids to learn about other animal species and their habitats.

Playdate PDX

It is one of Portland's most entertaining indoor playgrounds, with a world-class café inside. Playdate PDX features an indoor dancing floor for kids to dance and have fun with their friends. There are also climbing and crawling activities, a big indoor castle with four slides and two rows of ball cannons. There is a separate area for toddlers, while the main fun area is best for children up to 12.

Powell's City of Books

Portland is a dream location for children who love books and collect them. Powell's Book is the world's largest independent bookstore chain. Its headquarter in the Pearl District of Portland has gained the nickname of Powell's City of Books. It has over a million used and new books and offers free weekend storytime for kids in the rose room.

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Portland Police Museum & Historical Society

Children can learn a lot about police work and history in the Portland Police Museum and Historical Society halls. In the Portland police museum rooms, children will enjoy and explore records of the past police officers, admire historical memorabilia, and explore the old jail cells. It is one of the vintage museums of Portland.

Best food restaurants

Portland is heaven for foodie children. People who come to Portland can't leave without trying VooDoo Doughnuts from famous local restaurants. The fresh bacon maple bar is also one of the specialties of VooDoo Doughnuts. The mini doughnuts of Pip's Originals are best for mini hands. The cone of Salt and Straw Ice Cream is one of the best-tasting ice creams in the world. There are a lot of food trucks in Portland also which offer different foods.

World Forestry Center

At World Forestry Center in Portland, children can learn a lot about forests across the globe. The nonprofit educational institution founded in 1964 and located near the Oregon Zoo in Washington Park hosts different exhibits with the aim to inform visitors about the importance of trees in humans' daily lives and how to preserve them.

The first floor of the World Forestry Center focuses on the Pacific Northwest Forests; here, children can also learn about the animals that live in that habitat. The second floor focuses on the other forests of the world.

Keller Fountain Park

The Keller Fountain Park is a 0.92-acre recreational area excellent for families, thanks to its marvelous and eye-catching water fountains. These water fountains can evoke the memory of Columbia River waterfalls and cliffs. Visitors can stand on top of the waterfall specifically designed to prevent children or adults from falling down.

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Oaks Amusement Park

Oaks Amusement Park is one of the most famous sites of Portland. This amusement park, opened in 1905, spans over 44 acres of space offers many rides, and its roller coaster is one of its main attractions. There are also different carnival games, a Ferris wheel, and also mini-golf to entertain all the visitors and residents of Portland. If your children are a fan of roller skating, they can enjoy the roller skating area of the park known as a roller rink.

Punch Bowl Social

Punch Bowl Social is an amusement area having a lot of games and activities for families. There are several games in Punch Bowl Social like ping pong, karaoke, retro arcade games, and bowling which children and parents can both enjoy and have a fun time. There is also a world-class restaurant in Punch Bowl Social for a quick break between one game and another.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, also known as OMSI, is famous for its antique art collection. This museum is about 219,000 square feet, and it is filled with different exhibits and displays about science in its five huge halls. Children can learn a lot about science in this vast museum. No visit to Portland is complete without visiting OMSI.

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