Well, we knew it when we came to Portland. It rains here. Often. Have no fear – We Portlanders never let a little pesky rain stop us from having some family fun! We have a lot of options for rainy-day shenanigans.

Update for 2021: If you head out, follow the CDC’s social distancing best practices. Double check information with the organizers since there may be changes at any time. 

What: The Oregon Zoo. Something about the rain gets the animals out and about but makes it more likely that the humans stay home. So you can see way more animals with way fewer distractions. Plus a number of areas are covered, providing you protection in the unlikely event of a downpour.
Where: 4001 SW Canyon Rd.


What: Lan Su Chinese Garden. Of course, you can visit this garden in the sun too, but the gorgeous scenery and sheltered views make this a great rainy day stop.
Where: NW 3rd and Everett

What: Portland Japanese Garden. Winter in the garden is just as stunning as summer. A perfect chance to get entranced by the rain falling on the koi pond.
Where: 611 SW Kingston Ave

What: Sellwood Playground. If it’s just drizzling, Sellwood Playground is a great option for outdoor playground fun. Because it is largely shaded, it doesn’t seem to get too wet in there. Plus you’ll have the place largely to yourselves. Bring a towel, though, to wipe off the structures. And careful, those slides go FAST when wet! Many school playgrounds also have a covered area to run or bike around in.
Where: SE 7th and Miller

What: Ladybug Nature Walk. Portland Parks & Recreation hosts a weekly walk for preschoolers at parks across the city from February through November. Kids don a ladybug backpack filled with tools and get to work exploring nature. These walks are rain or shine.
Where: Various locations across Portland.

What: Local parks. The Portland Parks & Recreation Environmental Education team has  great recommendations on fun spots to explore in fall and winter, activities to do while you are there, and how to prep for all-weather fun. 


What: Puddle jumping. There are plenty of places where you can find some delicious muddy pools of water to jump in. Grab your rain boots and have at it!
Where: All around you!

What: Free virtual storytimes. What better weather to snuggle up with a good book than these dreary gray days? Multnomah County Library and Washington County Cooperative Library Services are offering live and pre-recorded storytimes with your favorite librarians. 

What: Indoor playgrounds. There are several indoor playgrounds that are offering either private play sessions or accepting reservations with limited capacity, including The Wiggle Room, The Nest Playground and Two Sisters Play Cafe

What: Skating. The Oaks Park Roller RinkLloyd Center Ice Rink and Winterhawks Skating Center are holding open skate sessions with reservations. 

And don’t forget to check out the daily happenings on our events calendar — you’ll find in-person and virtual options for family fun. Check here to see what’s on tap today.

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