Kids are expensive, but entertaining them doesn’t have to be. Here are 10 budget friendly kids activities to do around Portland!
Get outside in and around Portland
It’s no secret that Portland has many incredible options to get outside and explore. It’s a great way to turn this experience into a learning opportunity! Forage for mushrooms, identify plants and tress or just take in the views. Some great place to check out are:
- State Parks
- Hoyt Arboretum
- Forest Park
- Local natural areas or nature parks
Visit the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
Hit up the Rhody Garden in its peak blooming season in the springtime for the full experience, though it’s beautiful no matter the time of year. You will not be disappointed.
Cost: Mondays, 10 & under are free, otherwise $5
Stop by Home Depot
Every first Saturday of the month, Home Depot offers a free kids workshop! They get their own apron and all. Check with your local Home Depot to confirm.
Go on a library adventure
Libraries are such a great resource to kids and our community. Most libraries are back to in-person storytime. If in-person isn’t an option for you, many are still offering online versions. In Multnomah County, visit the list on their website for details.
Make a trek to Playdate PDX
Playdate PDX is great place to just let the kids run wild and have a great time. They have a three-story structure, two interactive dance floors, and a cannon ball area! They also offer food for an additional cost.
Cost: $11.50 for one hour or $14 for the day (per child)
Visit Leka Playground
Leka, meaning ‘play’ in Swedish offers fun for kiddos from 0-5 years in Tigard.
Cost: $14.50 or punch card options
Check out Oaks Park
Oaks Park offers many different experiences, from mini golf to arcade games to rides. Depending on what you are looking to do, you can tailor it to your budget.
Cost: Price varies. See website for details.
An indoor play center that is so much more than that! Playforest considers themselves a modern children’s museum with sensory play, STEM learning, and camp vibes.
Cost: $14 for 1 child + 1 adult
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is always an excellent option. There are specific exhibits (different cost), however the main museum is great in itself. There are multiple rooms including an area for just toddlers and even a closed off space for crawlers only.
Cost: $16 for adult and $11 for youth (parking is $5)