WINNER: Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl
Think Mount Hood is only fun in winter? Think again! Come summer, the whole family can play to their heart’s content at the adventure park at Skibowl, where you’ll find everything from mountain biking to ziplining to a giant maze and a 1⁄2-mile long alpine slide. Bonus: It’s only an hour and change in the car to get there, and summertime is often far less crowded than ski season.
Museums & Family Memberships
WINNER: Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI)
While the museum’s doors are shuttered, take advantage of OMSI’s top-notch collection of at-home science activities. You’ll find videos from their educators and step-by-step experiments, and you can even watch past Science Pubs and Space Science presentations online. They also have a great FAQ section about COVID-19.
WINNER: Tryon Creek
Although it’s only about a ten minute drive from downtown Portland, once you walk a few feet into Tryon Creek you feel as if you’re in the middle of the deep woods. The trails themselves are wide and well-maintained with gorgeous towering firs and scenic bridges.
WINNER: Westmoreland Park
An immediate hit from the moment it opened, Westmoreland Park is the place in the city to build a log fort, wade in a stream and scale a boulder.
Kid-friendly Bike Trail
WINNER: Springwater Corridor Trail
The stretch of the Springwater Trail between OMSI and the Sellwood Bridge is jam-packed with families on sunny summer weekends, as it should be. It boasts great pit-stops too, from nature at Oaks Bottom to roller-coaster thrills at Oaks Amusement Park.
Winner: Pips Original Doughnuts & Chai
Portland does doughnuts like nobody’s business. And nobody does it better than Pip’s Original in Beaumont Village.
Kid-friendly Take Out
WINNER: Laughing Planet Cafe
Come for the tabletop dinosaurs, stay for the fresh, tasty food with plenty of healthy choices for kids and grown-ups alike. We’re partial to the Highway to Kale salad; our kids flip for the bean and cheese burritos, with a side of fresh veggies and a smoothie.
WINNER: Pizzicato Pizza
With locations around the Portland metro area, you’re never too far away from a Pizzicato. And that’s a good thing — our kids never say no to a slice of their pizza.