10+ Ideas for Portland-Area Spring Break Fun with Kids

Sticking around for spring break? Portland is so spectacular, there’s no need to travel far! Here are 10+ family fun ideas to get you started.

Trail of Ten Falls, image courtesy Meg Asby

See a waterfall. Spring is the best time for a waterfall hike! We love Hardy Falls and Wahclella Falls, and both are easy to access with kids. Feeling more ambitious? Go on a day trip to the Trail of Ten Falls, the “crown jewel” of Oregon trails.

Volunteer with the kids. During the busy school year it can feel impossible to make time to volunteer with your kids. Spring break is the perfect opportunity to give back. We’ve rounded up family-friendly spots where kids are welcome to contribute.

Image courtesy Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.

Snap photos in the tulips. The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival begins March 22! The week of spring break will be on the early side for blooms, but that means no lines at the festival rides and if you get lucky with the weather you might see hot air balloons sans crowds.

Go whale watching. In late March, gray whales begin traveling past the Oregon coast on their way to Alaska. Find some of the best spots to look for whales.

Visit a museum. Spring break is a great time to drive to Astoria for a visit to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Or check out one of our other featured favorites!

Skate around town. Check out one of these indoor rinks or strap on those skates and head to one of our kid-friendly bike paths.

Image courtesy Portland Japanese Garden.

Find spring blooms. These are some of our favorite spots to catch spring in action in the Portland area. The timing should be just perfect for cherry blossoms on the waterfront!


Visit a farm and feed the animals. At Triskelee Farm’s weekday public tours, you will see alpacas, goats, ostriches, rabbits, and more. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance on weekends, along with a special egg hunt, bounce house, and crafts. Can’t get enough animal fun? Check out our roundup of other places to find farm favorites.

Go on an egg hunt. Speaking of the Easter Bunny, there are plenty of Easter egg hunts happening the last weekend of spring break. Check out our full list of Easter events here, which includes Easter Fun at Topaz Farm.

Go snow tubing. Although flowers are blooming here, there’s still snow on the mountain, so don’t miss Mt. Hood Skibowl‘s snow tubing fun.

Image courtesy Bricks Cascade

Build something. The fan favorite Bricks Cascade LEGO Fan Expo is March 23-24. See hundreds of incredible displays and enjoy family-friendly activities all weekend long.

Treat yourself. It’s definitely warm enough for ice cream. Or pack a picnic and head to one of these drool-worthy spots to dine alfresco.

Explore a new neighborhood. In our Neighborhood Guide, we highlight family-friendly spots to eat and play in neighborhoods across the quadrants.

Stay dry. It’s not summer yet, and you may still get some rain. But we’ve got you covered (literally). Visit one of these local Indoor Gyms and PoolsRock Climbing GymsArt Studios or Bowling Alleys.

Escape. A spring break staycation is the perfect excuse to splurge on an escape room experience.

Check off a bucket list item. We’ve listed 101 ultimate Portland activities, and spring break is the perfect time to check a few off the list!

Looking for more ideas? Don’t forget to check our popular Kids Calendar for the daily happenings!

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