Portland Children’s Museum, Portland, Oregon
4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, Oregon 97221| Map |
The Portland Children's Museum is the place to go when you are looking for creativity, fun and want to sneak in a bit of learning on the side. This kid-friendly museum has something for each young member of your family to enjoy. The museum is nestled in Washington Park, just a short drive or train ride away from downtown, and the park is full of family attractions in Portland like the Oregon Zoo, International Rose Garden, Japanese Tea Gardens and playgrounds.
This children's museum has activities that range from a baby garden where little ones, ages 3 and under, can explore an exhibit called the Water Works where you learn about cause and effect by pouring and splashing in water -- how fun! Each exhibit is unique and offers a different lesson involving playful inquiry, creative expression and just plain fun for all who venture through. Visit the clay studio to learn how playing with clay actually helps little fingers develop dexterity, and indulge your little engineer in the Building Bridgetown section, where he or she will learn a bit about home improvement while wearing a cool hat and toolbelt. There's something for every child to enjoy here!
Because this is a big museum with lots to explore, you might consider staying at one of the hotels near the Portland Children's Museum and taking a couple of days to allow your kids to get the most out of each exhibit. If you happen to set up your family trip plans in Portland around the first Friday of the month, you can take advantage of Target Free First Friday when the Portland Children's Museum is free for everyone from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Should you need a bite to eat while exploring the children's museum's activities, take advantage of The Counter @ The Museum cafe, which is inside, near the lobby. Please remember that food is allowed in the lobby and the dig pit area only, although covered drinks are allowed in most areas. All visitors over the age of 18 need to be accompanied by a child. Any unaccompanied adults need a special guest badge to visit the museum, as well as prior authorization.
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- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
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The best kids Museum I have even been toFlag review
Went there with 11 years old boy and 9 years old girl. The 9 years old girl was as happy as can be, the 11 years old was too old for this museum, but he found things to do. They have there a supermarket area that the kids could load shopping carts and scan products at checkout, clay area that we spend about an hour there just working with the clay and our imagination, a theater with a real stage with dress up and lights, a vet section were you can take care of big furry pets, an outdoor maze, and so much more...
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Great for ages 3-9, wouldn't recommend to take older kids there. The Zoo and the Tree museum are within the same area, so you can plan an entire day there. Museum fee: $10/kid/adult, parking $4.
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This place is through the looking glass - in ways both good and slightly crazed. Pros: - Great variety of activities, from the water room to the pretend grocery store and deli, to the clay room and dig pit (naming about 1/2 the stops), meaning that every visit can be different according to that day's moods and interests. - Staff are friendly and genuinely seem to like kids. - It's clean -- we've been to some neighborhood indoor play parks that are crazy grungy. I'm all in favor of building up antibodies, but.... - Low-cost weekly classes for kids (yoga, dance, messy painting, etc) are fun and give the wee one a chance to meet some new kids. - Weekdays are generally mellow. If you come on the weekend, come ...
My 18-month old absolutely loved this place! He particularly enjoyed the Vroom Room with the large train set, the Grasshopper Grocery & Butterfly Bistro, and the Baby's Garden with the fish tank and waterbed. They have a lot of other great exhibits like the Pet Hospital and Waterworks which are really detailed and cool. Even my sister, who is 28 years old, was just as excited as my son about how cool and fun everything was. They have a lot of interactive art rooms which my son was too old to do at the time, but I am looking forward to trying when we come visit in the future. This is a great place to visit for the day, especially if you get a rainy day in Portland (which never happens, haha). They have a cafe...
Yes, it's called the "Children's" museum, but really, this place, in all its interactive glory, is best suited for 2-6 year olds. My sons are 3.5 and ~2 and right now we are totally enjoying the museum. The weather in Portland requires taking kids to indoor play places 9 months of the year, and this is one of the best. Pros: Lots of vignettes for the kids to play in / enjoy. Dig Pit / Water Works / Grocery Store / Cafe = our favorites. Rotating exhibit every few months provides the kids with something new to do for 15 minutes of your visit (that's about how long they last at each spot). Cons: Super crowded on weekends. Summer / school groups sometimes mean older kids that have no business being in Dig Pit / ...
We discovered this place 2 years ago on one of our mini vacations to Portland and it is a "must experience" if you have kids. It may be our 4 year old daughter's very favorite place to play -ever! Everything here is meant to be touched and played with. When asked what we should do on our last day here, she begged to do the museum AGAIN. It cost us $8/person. You get a discount if you mention that you took public transportation. Things she had to try twice (in this order) were: -water pipes, rubber ducky races -grocery store/diner (she made me a big sandwich and some coffee) -construction site (blocks, plumbing, locks) -magnetic blocks and gears -camping center with a tent and play fire. (there was also a pl...