4 Fun Things to do with Kids in Portland

If you’re looking for your next great family adventure, or someplace different to take the kids, we have you covered. Spending a day out with the kids is a great way to recapture your own childlike curiosity and love of play, so we’ve included plenty of options that will make the adults as happy as the kids. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most beloved things to do with your kids in Portland.

Electric Castle’s Wunderland

A family entertainment center perfect for those families that don’t mind a little friendly competition. The Wunderland is also connected to Avalon Movie Theater, so you can combine playtime with movie night if you want. Inside the Wunderland, they have laser tag, arcade games, mini-golf, and virtual reality. You can also take a ride on the XD Dark Ride, a 3D interactive movie experience that will have you and the family fighting enemies with laser blasters while feeling the wind-blowing and the earth rumbling beneath you. With so much to do, the Wunderland is aptly named, and it is a fantastic place to go play with the kids.

Portland Aerial Tram

A landmark in the city of Portland and one of the most unique methods of transportation in any city. Riding along the Aerial Tram is a special, one-of-a-kind thing to do with the kids. The Tram Cabins travel from South Waterfront to Marquam Hill and rise hundreds of feet into the air. You’ll have incredible views of the city, the river, and maybe even a few clouds on a foggy day. 

Oregon Zoo

A trip to the zoo is always a family favorite. Travel through the Great Northwest, the Elephant Lands, Africa, and the Primate Forest, and you’ll encounter amazing animals from all over the world. Kids will especially love the Family Farm, Zoo Train, carousel, and Nature Play Area. You can choose to wander the zoo yourselves, take a guided tour, or stop at the amphitheater for a “Wildlife Live!” show. No matter which adventure you choose, the kids are sure to have fun while learning about the world around them.

Forest Park

Many people are looking for something to do with the kids that will get them outside and active. Forest Park is the perfect place to do that, to explore the beauty of nature, and go for a hike with the kids. The park covers more than 5,000-acres of forest, so there are trails of every kind imaginable, offering easy and difficult options. Some trails take you over rivers and to small waterfalls, across bridges, and past abandoned stone buildings perfect for exploring. If you’re feeling ambitious, the more difficult trails will take you high up and provide incredible views of the Tualatin Mountain Range in the distance. 

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