Things To Do Anytime



THINGS TO DO ANYTIME
There are lots of ideas here for things to do on any day!
The seasonal section is following the general section.
With hundreds of ideas, there's always something to do!


~~Things to do by Season~~
Winter Spring Summer Fall

Amusement Parks
There are several amusement parks in the area. They may not be Disneyland, but they can be just as fun!
Enchanted Forest If you haven't been to Enchanted Forest in years, it's time to go again. They have been adding many new attractions over the past few years.
$9.25 for adults limited ride bracelets $31.25 including admission
$8.25 Kids limited ride bracelets $30.25 with admission
Prices may vary.
Oaks Park Oaks Park has been open in Oregon for over 100 years. It is a great little park with lots of fun rides, a roller coaster, roller skating, picnic areas, and a midway. Don't miss out on their Halloween haunted house!
PlayDate PDX A 7,500 sqft indoor play space in downtown Portland that is tailored to create a safe and energetic environment that stimulates the imagination and gives your children space to roam...at the same time giving parents a comfortable and soothing environment to relax and enjoy a warm cup of Stumptown coffee.
Ski Bowl Adventure Park
Summer Only
This park has all kinds of fun things to do. Bungee Jumping, Reverse Bumgee, Go Karts, Summer Tubing Hill, Alpine Slides, Mountain Lift, Mini Golf, Mountain Biking and LOTS more!
Sky High Sports Wall to Wall Trampolines for jumping fun!  About $10 for first hour and less after.
Air Robics, Dodgeball Tournaments and Free Play.
11131 SW Greenburg Rd, Tigard, OR 97223
Tel: 503-924-JUMP
Wild Waves Amusement Park Large theme park on I5 in Federal Way, Washington. Formerly Enchanted Village.
$38.99 over 48" tall
$29.99 under 48" tall.
$84.99 Season Pass

Prices may vary.
Arcade
Ground Kontrol Arcade
 511 NW Couch St. | NW PORTLAND | 503-796-9364
80's Arcade
Open 7 Days a Week
Noon - 2:30AM
All Ages Admitted Until 5PM
21+ & I.D. Required After 5PM
Wunderland   Wunderland is a Nickel Arcade with several locations throughout the area.
Astronomy
Look at the stars! They are constantly changing and will amaze you every time.
Haggart Observatory Located on the campus of Clackamas Community College. They are up in the tower every clear Saturday night this summer. They will point out and show you many stars planets and constellations. You can also take a constellation walk with a knowledgeable volunteer. Bring walking shoes, binoculars if you have some, and a flashlight. $3 donation to go up in the tower, and the walks are free. They also have telescopes on the ground to look through. Go around Dusk.
OMSI Kendall Planetarium
Take a trip to the stars in OMSI's Harry C. Kendall Planetarium, the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the Pacific Northwest. The 52-foot domed theater features educational astronomy shows with state-of-the-art visuals and special effects. The Harry C. Kendall Planetarium offers a variety of educational and entertaining multimedia presentations on astronomy, space science and laser programs. The planetarium is not only a place to learn about the sky, but also a place to experience a unique environment which blends art, science, fantasy and fun. Learn more about the Harry C. Kendall Planetarium...
OMSI Star Parties OMSI holds star gazing parties from Spring to early fall, about once per month. They are free and a lot of fun. You don't need any equipment to join. Everyone is quite willing to let you look through their telescopes. OMSI folks on hand to teach and talk about the stars and the events going on.
Beach
You are about 90 minutes from enjoying the sand and the waves, right now.  The only cost is the gas.
Take along a picnic and spend the afternoon.  There are many nice beaches other then Seaside.  Try Rockaway!
All of Oregon beaches are free access.  There are no private beaches on the Oregon Coast. 
 
Berry Picking
There are many farms around the area where you can pink your own berries, fruits and vegetables!
Kruger's Farm Market Kruger's farm grows its own, blueberries, boysenberries, raspberries, strawberries, beans, beets, cabbage, corn, cucmbers, lettuce, peas, onions, peppers, squash and tomatoes. They also have other produce available for purchase. The farm also has lots of fun things to do, including parties, concerts, and a corn maze in the fall.
Bike Riding
Portland is America's best city for bike riding. There are literally thousands of miles of bike trails lanes and routes.
Remember that all bikers must follow the rules of the road and be extra aware of cars,
don't assume they see or are looking out for you or your kids!
Free Portland Bike Maps Maps to many of the MILES and MILES of bike routes. There are also Vancouver Bike Maps listed.
Order a Portland Bike/Walk Map Portland Transportation Bureau offer a variety of walking and biking maps, as well as other literature and resources to help you walk, bike, and use transit in Portland and surrounding areas. 
Books On Tape
There are lots of great books that kids and adults can enjoy! If you have ever had to answer some hard questions
while listening to early morning radio, you know that it's not always kid friendly. Maybe a better idea is to get a book on tape that
you can listen to on the way to school in the morning, or on a long drive.
 
Bowling
Bowling
hasn't always been a family activity, but it is really gaining in popularity, and its lots of fun.
AMF Bowling Centers are giving away FREE Bowling Bucks for kids with good grades.
 
Cemeteries
Pioneer Cementeries are a interesting and educational. They aren't great for little ones who might still be scared,
but older kids can be taught respect for sacred places, and can gain an interest in their family past, and history.
Please take photos, not rubbings.  Rubbings damage old headstones.
Please be respectful to the grounds of any cemetery you visit.
Portland Pioneer Cemeteries
Cultural Passes
Clackamas County Library Check out a pass from the library (Clackamas County) in the morning, and spend the day, for FREE at a revolving selection of area attractions that often include Portland Classical Chinese Garden, Rhododendron Gardens, Japanese Garden, Oregon Garden, Pittock Mansion, Portland Art Museum, or the CM2 Children's Museum. 
Multnomah County Library You and your family may reserve a one-day pass to a revolving selection of area attractions that often include Japanese Garden, Portland Art Museum,  Classical Chinese Garden, A.C. Gilbert's Discovery House, Children's Museum, Pittock Mansion, The Oregon Garden, Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals, Oregon Sports Hall of Fame & The Washington County Historical Museum, Japanese Garden, Portland Art Museum .
Washington County Library Cultural Pass to Adventure You and your family may reserve a one-day pass to a revolving selection of area attractions that often include Japanese Garden, Portland Art Museum,  Classical Chinese Garden, A.C. Gilbert's Discovery House, Children's Museum, Pittock Mansion, The Oregon Garden, Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals, Oregon Sports Hall of Fame & The Washington County Historical Museum, Japanese Garden, Portland Art Museum .
Fishing
Take Me Fishing.org  Locations for fishing, information on obtaining fishing licenses, information about boating and boating licenses.
Hiking & Walking Trails
Nature is the best FREE thing we have in the Northwest, and summer is definitely the best time to enjoy it. 
Multnomah Falls has a great hiking trail. You can go just up to the bridge, or all of the way to the top.
Metro Parks & Facilities  
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is a place to discover an ever-changing panorama of wildlife. As the seasons change, so do the wildlife viewing opportunities. Located on the Pacific Flyway, the Refuge is an important stopover where migrating waterfowl, songbirds, and shorebirds stop to rest, refuel, and raise their young.
Tryon Creek State Park
11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland
503-636-9886
Nature Trails and Guided Nature Hikes for different levels of hiker
Order a Portland Bike/Walk Map Portland Transportation Bureau offer a variety of walking and biking maps, as well as other literature and resources to help you walk, bike, and use transit in Portland and surrounding areas. 
REI Kid Friendly Hikes This list gives great info on 5 family friendly hiking spots in the Portland Area.
Historical Sites
Visiting Historical Sites can not only be educational, but fun too!
Baker Cabin Baker Cabin is in Canby Oregon. Check out the website for history and location hours.
The Historic Belmont Firehouse
 900 SE 35th Ave.
 PORTLAND | 503-823-3615
Tours are easily self-guided or, for a $1 donation, take the Audio Tour, which lasts 30 minutes and employs wonderful sound effects to supplement your tour.  As always, firehouse staff will be on hand to assist in your tour or answer any questions.
Visits are free, but donations to the Jeff Morris Fire & Life Safety Foundation are always accepted.  Pay a visit and enjoy the history and heritage of the fire service in Portland, Oregon.  Find the menu link under "Fire Museum" to enjoy photos and to learn how to schedule a tour.
Fort Vancouver The main area for trade in the 1830s and 40s, run by Dr. John McLoughlin. Located in Vancouver, Washington.
Phillip Foster Farm Open Mother's Day (Mother's Day Brunch) to Late September (Cider Squeeze). Suggested $3 donation for entry. Open daily 11-4 with period dressed volunteers.
The Pittock Mansion Portland's Pittock Mansion Tour the historic Pittock Mansion, typically decorated to match the holidays!
Feb 1June 30, 114PM daily - - - July 1–Aug 31, 10–4PM daily - - - Sept 1–Dec 31, 11–4PM daily - - -CLOSED January
Libraries
Besides the Summer Reading program, listed below, and Cultural Passes, listed above; the library is a great place to spend an afternoon. Besides books, they have Books on tape, CDs, Videos, Magazine, DVDs and CD-ROMs available for check out. Why rent a video when you can check one out! If you live in Multnomah, Washington, or Clackamas County you can have a card with all 3 counties! There are endless possibilities at the library.
Clackamas County Library  
Multnomah County Library A large number of libraries in the Portland Area!
Washington County Cooperative Library Services  
Miniature Golf
There are a few mini golf courses around the area/
All American Putt 'n Bat
Lincoln City, OR
Indoor 17 hole course.  Great for rainy days on the beach.  Also has batting cages and games. Indoors
Best Little Roadhouse and Mini Golf
Salem, OR
Restaurant and 18 holes of golf.  Less expensive before 3pm. Outdoors. 
Bullwinkle's Family Fun Center
Wilsonville, OR
Fun course with caves, a tiny town, waterfalls and a great view of the freeway! :-)  Outdoors.
All kinds of other family fun!  Batting Cages, Rides, Ropes Course, Laser Tag and more.
Eagle Landing Mini Golf and Golf Course
Clackamas, OR
Eagle Landing Golf Course also has a mini golf course on site. No windmills or castles, more of a nature themed course. Also lighted at night. Outdoors.
Glowing Greens Miniature Golf - Hilton Hotel Portland Oregon
Black light min golf is a relatively new phenomenon and it looks pretty cool.
This course has a pirate theme and is the only black light mini golf course in Portland.
Ahoy matey!  Indoors.
Hazel Dell Golf O Rama
Hazel Dell, WA
7120 NE Highway 99Vancouver, WA98665     360-694-4719   
This course is attached to a Steakburger Restaurant.  Decorated for Christmas! They have 2 - 18 hole courses.
Outdoors.
Mountain Air Miniature Golf, Sandy, OR
This is located at a landscaping company and has a fun pioneer theme. Outdoors.
Oaks Park
Portland, OR
Golf Course just off the midway.  Decorated with nature, rocks and waterfalls.  Sorry, no windmills or clown faces here. Outdoors.
Safari Sam's 
Sherwood, OR
Safari Sam's is a huge play place with obstacle courses, games and glow mini golf!  Indoors.
Ski Bowl Adventure Park
Mount Hood, OR
Literally TONS of activities here during the summer with limited weekend hours in late Spring and early Fall. Outdoors.
Sunset Golf Center
Beaverton, OR
18 hole course connected with a regular golf course.  Recently refurbished, according to the website.   Outdoors.
Ten Tiny Tees
Seaside, OR
Ten tiny tees is located on the main drag in Seaside.  Yes, at the beach, and a fun course to visit when you are there.  It's around $4 and typically busy in the summer.  Brightly painted course with a rocket ship, clowns and more!  Indoors.
Tualatin Island Greens
Tualatin, OR
Course looks like a real course.  There are water hazards, sand traps and three acres of course.
Outdoors.
Movies
There is lots of opportunity for you to enjoy movies as a family. Go to FREE Movies in parks all over the Portland and outer areas, listed below, with a picnic.Go to the FREE movies provided by Regal Cinemas. Check out a movie for free from the library. Or, go to the Drive - In Movies in Newberg on highway 99W, which is a perfect time to talk to your kids about your fond childhood memories.
Drive In Theaters 99W Drive-In - The nearest local Drive In is in Newberg on 99W! This is a great family activity. Bring your lawn chairs and sit out in front of the car. Bring snacks, the kids in PJs and have a blast.
 
First Run Theaters Cinemark - Mega theaters with pretty high ticket prices. Cheaper before 6pm.
CINETOPIA - Two locations in Beaverton and Vancouver.  These theaters have restaurants, and special theaters with BIG comfy chairs and pillow piles so it feels like you are watching a movie in your own living room.  Nice, but pricey!  They even serve drinks and food in some theaters.
Columbia Theatre - St. Helens historic theater built in 1928 but fully restored with top of the line digital and 3D technology.
Lake Twin Cinema - 106 N. State Street, Lake Oswego OR 97034
First run, usually not the block busters.   Only two screens.
Living Room® Theaters   - Art Films and General Release films.  Environmental and sustainable.  Smaller theaters with cushy chairs.
Oak Grove Cinemas - First run movies at cheaper prices!!!  $5 before 6pm and $7 after for adults.  Kids always $5.  The regular price is cheaper than the matinee price at Regal or Cinemark.  Nice theater and the popcorn is cheaper too and tastes better!
Regal Cinemas - These are all over town, general prices run from $6-$9. All shows that begin before 6 are at a reduced price. Sign up for the regal card and earn points towards free popcorn, soda, and movie tickets.  Tuesdays are $5.
I-Max Theaters Evergreen IMAX® Theater - Located at the Evergreen Aviation Museum
OMSI Imax Theater - With a five-story domed screen and 30-degree, stadium seating, the OMNIMAX® Dome Theater is a cinematic experience unlike any other. .Located at OMSI.
Independent Films 5th Avenue Cinema - Portland State University student run theater.  Open weekends only.  Free for PSU students.  $2 for other students and seniors. $3 everyone else. They show classics, independents and art films.
The Academy Theater - No Minors after 8pm. $3 Adults $2 Kids. Second Run and Art/Independent Films. Babysitting available on some nights.
Cinema 21 - Special Events, classics, and indies.
Clinton Street Theater- Rocky Horror every Sat at Midnight
Hollywood Theater - Art/Independent films, special features, festivals, and more in a very ornanate theater.
nwFilmCenter  - Local Filmschool.  Plays local filmakers, festival movies, independents and more.
Laurelhurst Theater - $3 for all movies, vintage, second run and art films.
Pizza and beer too! 21 or over after 3pm.
Living Room Theaters - Art and Independent Films with fine dining. Mondays & Tuesdays $5, otherwise $9.
Second Run Discount Theaters Second Run are movies that are not in current runs at big theaters, or classic movies that haven't been shown in years.
5th Avenue Cinema - Portland State University student run theater.  Open weekends only.  Free for PSU students.  $2 for other students and seniors. $3 everyone else. They show classics, independents and art films. FREE POPCORN!!!
The Academy Theater - No Minors after 8pm. $3 Adults $2 Kids. Second Run and Art/Independent Films
This is a fatastically restored theater that opened re opened recently after 35 years.
Laurelhurst Theater - $3 for all movies, vintage, second run and art films.
Pizza and beer too! 21 or over after 3pm.
Cine Magic Theater - Small theater that shows second run films. Real melted butter!
McMenamin's Theaters - These theaters are second run films in McMenamin's restaurants and pubs.  Pizza and beer during your movie.
Moreland Theater - Neighborhood theater from 1926. Single Screen.
6712 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, OR 97202
Mt. Hood Theatre - DOUBLE FEATURE theater for $4.  Pick your own double feature of the 4 movies they play.
Portlander Cinema - $3, located at Jubitz Truck Stop.  Actually a nice new theater with stadium seating and comfortable seats.  
Valley Theater - Second Run for around $3
9360 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. Telephone is 503-296-6843.
Wunderland Cinemas - The Avalon Theater, Gresham Theater and Milwaukie Cinemas are super cheap second run movies. $2-$3. Along with the Nickel Arcade!
Museums
There are tons of museums in this area that are lots of fun.  The Kidd's Toy Museum, and the Washington County Museum are fun for kids. The latter has an exhibit of "Doing Time Throughout History". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame has a great exhibit about Steve Prefontaine. The Mount Hood Cultural Center has ever changing exhibits about the mountain, skiing, forestry and other interesting topics.
Oregon Museums Association has a list of all museums in Oregon.
Hidden Portland Lots of information on little known museums.
3D Center of Art & Photography
1928 NW Lovejoy St. | NW PORTLAND | 503-227-6667
The only museum in the US dedicated to antique and contemporary 3D Art. Interactive exhibits change monthly. On First Thursdays admission is free. Thurs - Sat 11 - 5 pm, Sun 1 - 5, First Thursday 6 - 9 pm, Adults ($15 and older) $5/ Youth (14 & Under) Free.
The Historic Belmont Firehouse
 900 SE 35th Ave.
 PORTLAND | 503-823-3615
Tours are easily self-guided or, for a $1 donation, take the Audio Tour, which lasts 30 minutes and employs wonderful sound effects to supplement your tour.  As always, firehouse staff will be on hand to assist in your tour or answer any questions.
Visits are free, but donations to the Jeff Morris Fire & Life Safety Foundation are always accepted.  Pay a visit and enjoy the history and heritage of the fire service in Portland, Oregon.  Find the menu link under "Fire Museum" to enjoy photos and to learn how to schedule a tour.
Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery Admission to the Museum is always free.
End Of The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center 1726 Washington St., Oregon City, 503-657-9336
Covered wagon shaped buildings off of the freeway.
Evergreen Aviation Museum 500 NE Capt. Michael King Way (Hwy. 18)
Home of Howard Hughes giant wood plane, The Spruce Goose.  They have a water park now too!
Kidd's Toy Museum Toys from as far back as the 1840's.)
1300 SE Grand Ave 503-233-7807 9am-5pm,
FREE admission.
The Hat Museum
 Located in Ladd's Addition | SE PORTLAND | 503-232-0433
800+ Hats
The Museum is by Appointment Only
$15 for a 75 minute tour
McLoughlin House
Oregon Trail, old Oregon Territory Museum
713 Center Street  Oregon City, Oregon  97045   U.S.A.  503-656-5146    
FREE admission.
Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mount Hood Cultural Center 88900 E Hwy 26 Government Camp503-272-3301 (Thu-Sun 10-5, $donation)
Museum of Contemporary Craft 724 NW Davis Street, Portland, Oregon 97209
tel. 503 223 2654
Drop In Crafts for kids on the Second Saturday of the month.
OMSI 1945 SE Water, 503-797-OMSI (6674)
OmniMaz Theater, Planetarium, Blueback Submarine
Oregon Historical Society 1200 SW Park, Downtown Portland, 503-222-1741
The Oregon Maritime Center & Museum The Museum is located at the foot of Pine St., at the Seawall in Tom McCall waterfront park. This museum is particially in a boat!
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame 321 SW Salmon 503-227-7466 $10 for the family
Pearson Air Museum 1115 E 5th, Vancouver, WA, 360-694-7026
Oldest air museum in the West. Highlights the development in aviation in 1920's and 30's. FREE
Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park Ave. 503-226-2811
Portland Children's Museum 4015 SW Canyon Rd., 503-223-6500
Portland Police Museum Portland Police Historical Society & Museum 1111 SW 2nd Avenue - 16th Floor Portland, Oregon (503) 823-0019
Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals Wed - Sun 1 - 5 pm, $5-7
Washington County Museum 17677 NW Springville Rd 503-645-5353 (Mon-Sat. 10-4:30, FREE Mondays.)
World Forestry Center Located in Washington Park next to the Zoo. (Daily 10-5) $8 Adults, $5 Kids)
Yamhill County Museum - Lafayette Historic Site 605 Market Street, Lafayette, OR 97127
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am - 4 pm
Yamhill County Museum - Yamhill Valley Heritage Center 11275 SW Durham Lane, McMinnville, OR 97128
Fridays - Saturdays 10am-4pm
Picnicking
Any nice day is a great time to go on a picnic.
Work together to make a nice lunch, or snacks, grab a Frisbee or ball,
and head out to your nearest park or green space.
 
Reading
What a great way to bond with your child!
Either reading together, or reading the same book and sharing thoughts.
Spaghetti Factory has brought back their reading program. Print out the bookmark,
read 5 books and bring it in with you for a free kids meal.
Roadside Attractions
www.RoadsideAmerica.com
Oregon Tourist Attractions and Oddities Index Oregon has a lot of really odd stuff, check out the site and take a day trip to see something truly weird and cool! You can see Paul Bunyan, A Giant Rabbit, Living Rock Studios, Ship Wrecks and MUCH MORE!
Washington Tourist Attractions and Oddities Index Washington has some great Roadside Attractions too! A tree with a bicycle growing out of it, Big Foot Statues, Space Needle replicas, Giant Yard Birds, and MUCH MORE!
Rodeo
St. Paul Rodeo Saint Paul Rodeo is held the week of Fourth of July each year in St. Paul, Oregon.
Scenic Drives
Canby Ferry The Canby Ferry crosses the Willamette River between Canby and Wilsonville seven days a week from 6:45 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.
The drive to the ferry is very nice, and there are picnic areas near by.
Skating
Ice Skating
A great way to cool down in the summer is to ice skate!
Lloyd Center Skating Rink In the center of Lloyd Center Mall.
Sherwood Skating Center  
Roller Skating
Fun and great exercise! There are several roller rinks still around. Mt. Scott Park (my favorite),
Oaks Park, and Skate World has 2 area locations in Gresham, and another on the West side.
 
 
 
Skateboard Parks
OregonSkateBoarding.com
Holly Farm Park Includes paths – paved, picnic tables, playground, and skatepark.
Lake Oswego Skate Park (Open through Mid- October)
5520 Willow Lane (M-F 3-7 Sat & Sun 12-7)
Oregon City Skate Park Located in Clackamette Park West of Hwy 99E.
Special "Slow Skate" hours for inexperienced and kids under age 10. These time slots are M,W,F,SAT 9-11.
Pier Park Skate Park New Skate park in St. Johns
Tualtin Hills Skate Park NW 158th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97006-4105
503-629-6330
West Linn Online | Skate Park Skate Park at Tanner Creek Park  l 3456 Parker Road l West Linn, OR  97068 l
Skate Park Hours: Opens - 9:00 a.m. Closes - Dusk or 8:00 p.m., whichever is first.
Skiing
Mt Hood Meadows  
Ski Bowl  
Sporting Events
Portland has a wide range of sports events to go to. Portland Trailblazers Basketball is the best known, but don't forget Portland Beavers Baseball, Lumberjax La Crosse,
Portland Winter Hawks Hockey, Timbers Soccer, Portland Wrestling, Scottish Highland Games, Roller Derby and MORE!
Portland Winter Hawks  
Train
Take a train trip!
Mount Hood Railroad Travel aboard the Mount Hood railroad. They have 3-4 hour fun family adventures all year round. In summer witness an old west train robbery. During the holidays travel aboard the Polar Express in your PJ's, or travel to Parkdale Oregon and cut down your own Christmas Tree.
Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Coastal Excursions between Rockaway and Garibaldi.  Steam or Diesel engines.  Open air and closed cabins. Specials excursions at Fourth of July, Christmas and Halloween.
Thrift Stores
Go to Goodwill and get a board game, which can give hours of entertainment to the family.  Check to see if all of the pieces are there before you buy.There are some super thrifts stores around: Goodwill, Value Village, Red White and Blue, and Desert Industries.
 
Walking Tours
Northwest Ghost Tours Walk with the Spirits tours are around the Oregon City area in the evenings. The tour guides take you through history and legend about the first city in Oregon. $12 or less.
Portland Walking Tours They offer several different Portland tours.$30 or less.
Order a Portland Bike/Walk Map Portland Transportation Bureau offer a variety of walking and biking maps, as well as other literature and resources to help you walk, bike, and use transit in Portland and surrounding areas. 


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