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Things to Do In Portland With Kids

March 18, 2024

The kids are bored, your usual playgrounds have lost their luster, and you’re desperate to get out of the house but you’re out of ideas. I’ve got you covered. I’ve rounded up my favorite things to do in Portland with kids, just for you.

With two kids of my own and over a decade of experience as a family photographer, I’ve got more than a few favorite places for families up my sleeve. I’ve spent years scouting out the most picture-perfect (and fun!) locations in the PNW–hidden gems that captivate and engage kids of all ages.


berry picking in portland at smith berry barn: things to do in portland with kids


Top 5 Things to Do In Portland With Kids Outdoors

1. Sign your kiddo up for swim lessons

2. Make a trip out to the Columbia River Gorge

mom dances with her daughter in front of mountain view at the columbia river gorge


3. Hike at the Hoyt Arboretum

4. Pick berries at a family-friendly u-pick farm

5. Take the family on one of my favorite local hikes for families

Looking for a whole summer’s worth of ideas? Snag the free guide, where I’ve collected 42 of my favorite Portland spots for family adventures. Some offer epic scenery and outdoor adventures (PS, these make great photo locations!), and some are just my favorite spots as a mom. You know, the ones you can pull out of your back pocket when you need a day of intentional connection with your family.


Top 3 Things to Do In Portland With Kids in the Winter

1. Visit an indoor playground

2. Spend the day at OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry

3. Take your space-loving kids to the Evergreen Air and Space Museum


Best Kid-Friendly Shopping in Portland

Get spiffed up at a family-friendly hair salon

Check out Portland’s best baby boutiques

Check out one of these independent, locally-owned toy stores

Shop my favorite clothing stores for kids in Portland


I hope this list was helpful for you and your family! Be sure to snag my carefully curated list of 42 Things to Do With Kids in Portland for even more ideas. And if you haven’t been able to document this stage in your family’s adventures recently, be sure to head over to my main page to learn more about a relaxed family portrait experience.

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