So far we’ve been “lucky” that COVID-19 started spreading during an unusually dry spring and summer in Portland. Even if you were trapped at home, you could still head outside for walks around the neighborhood or backyard fun. But the rainy season is coming. Instead of giving up your family’s sanity-saving outdoor time, get your kids equipped for the weather with waterproof gear.

Oaki Trail Rain Suit is perfect for toddlers, but sizing goes all the way up to kids’ 10/11. Neoprene around the ankles helps keep the pants snug over rain boots. (So no water-filled boots after puddle jumping!) The roomy fit allows you to layer up underneath on chilly days. Available in a variety of colors. $69.99.

Columbia Kids’ Trail Adventure Pants feature Columbia’s Omni-Tech waterproof-but-breathable technology. The seam-sealed pants also feature an adjustable tab at the ankle. Available in kids’ sizes in black. (If you want a toddler size or more color choices, check out Columbia’s Cypress Brook II pants.) $36. At Columbia Sportswear Portland, 911 SW Broadway, or on


L.L.Bean Kids’ Discovery Rain Pants keep kiddos dry at a great price point. The hems of the nylon pants feature both elastic cuffs and Velcro for a secure seal. Available in kids’ sizes in blue or coral. $19.95. At

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