Spring Clover in Oregon's Tualatin Valley. Photo by Doug Frierott
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Family Spring Break in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley

Multi-Generational Family Fun

Don’t let spring simply be a slow march toward summer. No one knows this better than kids. Pool days and camp-outs are still in the distant future. Oregon spring break with the kids, however, brings a burst of energy. An easy and affordable family trip reinvigorates the senses. Reconnect with the senses of spring, especially with so much to do, see, and taste in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley.

Indoor Activities

If it’s spring, it may be raining. And while rain may not deter most Oregonians, you may want to consider some fun indoor activities to while away the day.

Downtown Hillsboro’s new Arcade 2084 allows all ages until 8 p.m., making it a great place for adults to enjoy while the kids have fun too. It’s a throwback in every way, with ’80s music playing, retro games like Jr. Pac-Man and themed cocktails for the grownups.

If you want something that will challenge all members of your family, spend 60 minutes solving riddles, rhymes and puzzles in an escape room. This fast-thinking activities can be a fun and bonding activity for tweens, teens and adults. Tualatin Valley boasts a number of Escape Rooms, which can help nurture team building and critical thinking skills.

Outdoor Adventures

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.

Learn about the ancient history of Oregon’s Tualatin Valley with a self-guided tour along the Tualatin Ice Age Trail. Along the trail, you’ll discover evidence of centuries-old ice, rock and bone, including the sites where a mastodon and ground sloth were unearthed. The “Kids View of the Ice Age Tour” starts at the Tualatin Community Park playground, where little future scientists can play in the sandbox/fountain featuring fossil sculptures and rocks that reflect the actual bounders and fossils found in the area.

Tree to Tree Adventure Park is a playground in the trees. With adventures suitable for kids ages 2 and older, as well as adults, Tree to Tree features aerial ropes courses, zip lines, bungee jump, tree climb, and tree top obstacles. Experience the thrills of moving from platform to platform (tree to tree) via wobbly bridges, tightropes, zip lines and more.

Kid-Friendly Hotels

An upheaval of routine is hard on kids and parents alike. A mixture of creature comforts and fun novelties help. A family stay at the McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove is a perfect example of such a mix. Here, you’ll find kid-friendly live music events, an on-site movie theater and food menus where even the pickiest of eaters will have a hard time choosing what to order.

The Aloft Hillsboro-Beaverton gives all the amenities of a luxe hotel stay, while still accommodating to little guests. The hotel lobby doubles as a game room with a pool table. Take the elevator to the indoor splash pool.

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Family Fun in Tualatin Valley

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.

Pick your dates and explore our Events and Festivals Calendar to find family events happening during your stay.

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