We are in it, friends. We are in the rainy, icy, slushy push of winter. The season is showing off and—while there are lots of ways to enjoy the winter season—we also take solace in knowing the spring months around the corner. One of the first glimmers of spring is a pragmatic one: planning for spring break. Much of the Pacific Northwest schools take off a week in late March, which gives families reason to start planning their spring breaks in the Portland region.
This March, Tualatin Valley will be bursting with both first blooms and spring break camps for kids. With flexible options, parents can send their kids to unique day camps while they explore the Willamette Valley. At the end of the day, everyone can come back together and will surely have a lot to talk about.
Tualatin Valley Spring Break Camps
THPRD Spring Break Camps
The local parks and recreation district is known for its innovative, interactive, and large outdoor kids programming. This spring break—from March 25 to March 29—they’re offering a range of camps in its activities guide that are for kids age four to 14. The Sports Madness Camp (page 67) is an accessible entry point for kids interested in playing sports. More than technical skills, each age group hones in on fostering a passion for sports and play. The general Spring Break Camp (page 101) is a hodgepodge of everything good: art, swimming, games and letting kids be kids. For the budding outdoorist, sign up for Spring Break Nature Camps (page 159-160). The nature camps offer both half-day and full-day options, which is perfect for planning your family vacation. The camp is organized with different focuses for different age groups, ranging from “Pirates of the Pond” all the way to “Wilderness Warriors.” Warriors will build each day toward the survival skills of fire making, shelter building and identifying edible plants.
Speaking of edible plants, parents can DIY their own grown-up spring break with a wine tasting adventure. Plan for a leisurely wine tasting and kid-free lunch before the kids are done for the day. For a truly hand-held experience, book a private wine tour. We promise your day will be just as fun and educational as your kids’ day camp.
Oregon Zoo Spring Break Camp
To locals of the area, Oregon Zoo Camp Classes (March 25-29) are a rite of passage. That said, visitors are welcome, too. Kids ages four to 12 can pick and choose days of the week that focus on different animal groups: extraordinary elephants, feline frenzy, grand giraffes, radical reptiles, and beautiful birds.
The Oregon Zoo is its own stop on the MAX light rail. Skip the frantic parking lots and long drop-off lines for the MAX instead. The TownePlace Suites by Marriott—Portland Beaverton is the perfect hotel for your spring break getaway as it not only has easy access to the MAX, but the hotel also includes a complimentary breakfast, free parking, and is situated a 10-minute drive from theWashington Square shopping center. While your kids learn about animals, you can shop for the latest animal print fashion.
Come March, it’s not just the kids who deserve a spring break.