Thank you to all the parents who shared how they are making the most of outside time! Despite the challenges of stay-at-home restrictions, Portland families are keeping busy. It’s so heartening to hear how your families are enjoying neighborhood walks and bike rides, fun games in the backyard, and new gardening projects together. Read on for a sampling of how Portland kids and their grown-ups are savoring outdoor time — and maybe you’ll discover some new ideas for your family to try!


“Bike rides & walks in our neighborhood!” – Monet


“Walking in our neighborhood, trying to eat meals outside, playing ‘I Spy’ with our newborn and just showing her new things, bird watching after putting up some feeders on our deck.” – Kyira

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“Pickle Ball in our driveway, hikes in Forest Park, and gardening.” – Erin


“A few times a week we do a neighborhood scavenger hunt. My 8-year-old daughter and I take turns creating the scavenger hunt list so that it’s always a surprise for one of us … our list always has ten items on it and the first one to find everything on the list wins…” – Candra


“Avoiding crowded bike trails.” – Nayeli


“We’re trying to make a backyard escape, complete with slack line, squirrel feeder, kiddie obstacle course, and grazing garden!” – Tara


“We are using the empty parking lot across the street after the store closes for some evening bike time.” – Molli

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“Creating a cairn.” – Katherine


“Walks around the neighborhood looking for birds using Bird Log: A Kids Journal to Record Their Birding Experiences.” – Jennifer

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