1. Bend, Oregon – No shortage of breweries, plenty of outdoor activities (Bend is typically drier than the Portland area), Smith Rock is close by in Terrebonne and there  is vast amount of parks and biking.
  2. OMSI Lego exhibit–  “The Art of the Brick” – fascinating sculptures made from Legos. Prices: Youth – $13.50 / Senior – $15 / Adult – $19.75
  3. Seaside, Oregon – Fascination Arcade is fun for the whole family, carousel inside the main mall, the turnaround allows a beach view from your car and there are plenty of shops and dining options.
  4. Oregon Zoo – Spring Break day camps, the zoo railway, new additions like penguin chicks or otter pups.
  5. Trail hikes – Oregon has hiking trails aplenty within Portland city limits, on Mt. Hood, in the Cascades, along the Oregon Coast. Check before you go: Is parking at the trailhead free or have a $5 day-use fee? What is the trail difficulty level? Easy hikes are fairly level and have wider trails. If you want to bring your dog, is it allowed? 
  6. Local library – reading is utterly educational and a library is a great place for all ages.
  7. Wine tasting – Willamette Valley is one of the top wine regions in the world. Find a winery or tasting room in Carlton, McMinnville, or Newberg. A small fee is usually required in addition to the 21+ age requirement.
  8. Escape rooms – A fun group activity trending lately are escape rooms. Portland Metro has many different such venues and require a group to solve puzzles together in order to make it out before a time limit expires. Usually, these are geared toward teenagers and older.
  9. Historic Columbia River Highway – If you would like to take a day road trip but don’t necessarily want to get in and out of your car, this highway has scenic views the entire route from Troutdale east. For those who want to, there are plenty of short hikes offered along the way too.
  10. Pacific City, Oregon – The dunes at Pacific City are incredibly fun to run down. But first you have to make the hike up!

Have fun!

Owner, CPM