Family Activities » Portland, OR

Family Activities in Portland, OR

With so much to explore in Portland, Oregon, it's going to be hard to narrow down this list of ten family activities! There is truly something for everyone and every kid, so pack up the family and get out there to do some fun stuff!
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Sky High Sports

Kids bouncing off the walls today? Load everyone up in the minivan and head out to Sky High Sports in Tigard, just outside of Portland, where they literally have trampoline floors and walls lining the entire gym! The entire family will have a blast bouncing around at Sky High or taking part in their classes or games of dodgeball -- there's really something for every age to take part in. Older kids will love the huge foam pit for launching themselves into from the trampolines -- and anything goes here, so they can get as crazy as they want with flips! It isn't drop-in all the time at Sky High, so take a peek at their website before planning a trip. Also, be sure to bring your own water and snacks -- they have vending machines, but the prices are sky high and mostly serve candy bars.

Portland Saturday Market

There's so much going on at the Portland Saturday Market that the entire family will be entertained and have a great time! Between the live music, the fun booths of handmade goodies and all of the fresh fruits and veggies to pick up for dinner that night, you could easily spend all afternoon here. The market runs year-round, making it great for a regular family activity -- plus, it's actually open on Saturday and Sunday, despite its name. Come hungry -- Portland's food cart scene is alive and hopping at the Saturday Market with some of the best, hottest new places to dine in the city!

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

If your family has to choose one activity to do in Portland, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry should be it. Don't be put off my the formal name -- science and industry? That doesn't sound very family friendly! Trust us when we tell you that everyone in your family will love it here -- from the littlest explorers to grandparents who are visiting. Particularly hot exhibits include the planetarium and submarine ride. The visit to OMSI isn't cheap -- check online for discount coupons that pop up from time to time. 

Glowing Greens

This may be too good to be true -- a glow in the dark, pirate themed, 3-D mini golf course! Besides the obvious reasons, this course is fun for families because it is indoors (nice for those rainy Portland days!) and you can call ahead to set up a tee-time to avoid waiting in line too long with excited kids. The 3-D glasses cost $1.50 on top of admission, but you'll want to get them to make the experience complete. We would suggest this family activity for older kids -- ages eight and up.

VooDoo Doughnut

With a slogan like "The Magic is in the hole," how could Voodoo Doughnut not be on this list of family friendly activities in Portland! You'll probably have to pop your kids' eyes back in their heads when you get inside this shop -- we're talking about doughnuts covered in sugar cereals, candies, frosting, cookies and much more. Mom and Dad -- don't miss the doughnut that Voodoo is famous for -- the bacon maple bar. Be warned that there can be a line outside of Voodoo on the weekends -- they're that good!