Kid Friendly Things to Do near Portland
Traveling with the entire family? Oregon’s Tualatin Valley isn’t just fun for the adults! There are plenty of enjoyable activities for the whole family to enjoy when you get out and explore. Whether you’re looking for a nice stroll through nature or an exciting adventure, you can find it here.
Exciting Indoor Adventures
If you’re looking for an indoor activity that’s sure to get your heart pumping, try iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Tigard. The indoor skydiving facility provides you and your whole family the exhilarating opportunity to fly without jumping out of an airplane. Perfect for all ages and abilities (no experience needed), the experts at iFLY will walk you through everything you need to know before you begin your high-flying adventure. (Good for ages 3 years and older)
One of Tualatin Valley’s newest attractions is K1 Speed Indoor Kart Racing. K1 offers all-electric go-karts, perfect for the environmentally conscious Pacific Northwest. This state-of-the-art attraction features museum-quality motorsport memorabilia, the latest all-electric Storm and Junior go-karts imported directly from Italy, an 11-turn road-course inspired track, arcade, and lounge offering delicious food and refreshing beverages for all ages. (Must be at least 48″ tall to ride)
Langer’s Entertainment Center is Tualatin Valley’s newest attraction. Langer’s Entertainment Center offers fun for the whole family, with a high ropes course, laser tag arena, rock climbing wall, arcade games and bowling lanes. Langer’s features a large menu of food items as well as treats and drinks at the Thunder Mountain Cabin Cafe and the Tack Room Bar. (All ages)
The newly renovated Bullwinkle’s Entertainment (formerly the Family Fun Center) offers six acres of fun in Wilsonville. This amusement park has miniature golf, go-karts, laser tag, bumper boats, a 28-foot rock wall, batting cages, a bungee sling shot, more than 150 arcade games, a cyber coaster, Kidopolis Playland–and a full-service restaurant and snack bar. The facilities are open year-round. (All ages)
Kids of all ages can get into the swing of things at Topgolf. Ditch those pizza-and-play spots and opt instead for this fun and interactive, state-of-the-art golf entertainment center, which offers an extensive food and drink menu. (All ages)
Located in a unique 1952 ranch-style house in Hillsboro, the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals features a world-class collection of fine rocks and minerals, fossils, meteorites, lapidary art and gemstones from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. One of the most popular exhibits for both young and old is the “Rainbow Gallery,” home to glow-in-the-dark stones that light up under ultraviolet light. Don’t forget to stop by the museum store to look through jewelry, books and rocks for your family’s own collection. (All ages)
Imagine being locked in a room with your family—or even strangers—and you have 60 minutes to figure your way out of the room, which will be granted only after your group successfully solves riddles, rhymes and puzzles. Tualatin Valley boasts a number of Escape Rooms, which can help nurture team building and critical thinking skills. (Good for teens and older kids)
Both the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve are ideal for family travel. In addition to trails that lead through many diverse nature habitats (which can lead to some fun bird spotting), both have hands-on educational centers that can sneak in a little education on their vacation. (All ages)
Cooper Mountain Nature Park
Enjoy a nice afternoon with the whole gang at Cooper Mountain Nature Park in Beaverton. With over three miles of family-friendly walking trails, the park offers visitors an up-close look at birds and other local wildlife and beautiful views of the nearby Chehalem Mountains. A nature themed playground and demonstration garden provide the chance to explore and learn more about the area’s diverse habitats. (All ages)
From outdoor recreation to indoor entertainment centers, Tualatin Valley is full of family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained. Plan your family fun adventure today.
Did you know….?
Kids are welcome at many wineries and brewpubs in Tualatin Valley (check the websites before you go). At Ponzi Vineyards, kids won’t feel left out as they can sip on their own glass of Cugini (non-alcohol grape juice made with estate-grown grapes) while playing a game of Bocce Ball on the lawn.
Pristine, rural wetlands, nature parks, wildlife refuges, verdant forests, tranquil waters and open fields are perfect spots for a family getaway.
Squeeze a little education into a Tualatin Valley getaway. With museums as fun as these, the kids will never know they're learning something!
From tree-top fun to exhilarating indoor skydiving, these adventures are sure to get your adrenaline pumping!