Don’t let spring simply be a slow march toward summer. No one knows this better than kids. Pool days and campouts 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 Tualatin Valley.
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.
An easy spring break itinerary begins with an exploration of charming downtown Beaverton. Stroll the streets. If it’s a Saturday, then start with sampling in-season fruits and veggies from the Beaverton Farmers Market. From downtown, there’s easy access to public transportation. This means you can hop on the MAX light rail to the Oregon Zoo, easily bypassing a parking nightmare.
After taking the MAX back into Beaverton, drive toward Hillsboro’s Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals. Despite its name, you’ll find no grains here. Instead, little eyes go big as they roam through the collection of gems, fossils and a whole room filled with petrified wood. Outside, there’s a large yard for play (and burning off some energy). Kids can even pick out a pet rock from the outdoor rock pile.
Kid-Friendly Breweries & Wineries
As Tualatin Valley is located at the northern end of the esteemed wine region, the Willamette Valley, wineries are often at the top of a visitors must-do list. The beauty and friendly environment of our wineries make a perfect addition to any itinerary, even with kids in tow.
Árdíri Winery and Vineyards sits on a beautiful east-facing slope with a view of Mt. Hood. The open-air facility has an adjoining patio, fireplace and three fire pits for a cozy, family-friendly afternoon.
In the same vein, Oregon’s beer scene doubles as a family-friendly one. Ridgewalker Brewing in Forest Grove even started with elementary school roots. The co-owners are comprised of family members and childhood friends. Today, the brewery serves up not only great beer but also soft pretzels, mac and cheese bites, chicken fingers, and root beers floats (i.e. kid food heaven).
The Lodge at Cascade Brewing is another family-friendly brewpub. The “little critter” menu will keep little ones snacking and happy while the parents sip their way through a pint of one of Cascade Brewing’s many sour brews.
While there are lots of ways to spend time together this spring break, parents can also enroll kids in the upcoming spring break camps. The camps offer hands-on fun with a nature or sports bent, which gives a few hours for parents to sneak away for a spa date or wine tasting tour. However you plan it, spring break with the kids should be a time to reset and recharge. With easy options in Tualatin Valley, it will be just that.