10 PDX Budget-Friendly Kids Activities


Kids are expensive, but entertaining them doesn’t have to be. Here are 10 budget friendly kids activities to do around Portland!

Someone walks across a wooden bridge in a recreational area.

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

Cost: Free

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.

Cost: Free

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.

Cost: Free

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. 

Playforest is an imaginative space for young children to explore.Playforest

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)

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New to the area as of March of 2021, Samantha is originally from a small town in the Colorado Mountains. Her husband took on a job in Troutdale, giving her the opportunity to be a SAHM to their two young children. Stryder is almost 2 and as wild as they come, and Aspen, who has only been earthside 2 months, but fills the world with bright smiles every day. Outdoor exploration is her number one goal, whether it be hiking, camping, snowboarding, snowshoeing or kayaking… as long as its outside, she’s happy! Watching her son blossom into an outdoor enthusiast just like her is something that life never prepared her for, in the best way possible. They are often out on a trail, at the park, or finding a unique local spot that has fun offerings for the littles. However, being a SAHM wasn’t cutting it, so she took it upon herself to explore as much as she could with this time at home with her kids. She started a virtual assisting business, is diving into the world of e-commerce and is taking her love of art to newer and bigger levels while experimenting with different mediums. Eventually she might end back up at a 9-5, but until then, she’ll be trying out life’s other opportunities!