Portland Children's Museum
Portland Children's Museum
Southwest Portlandview website
4015 Sw Canyon Rd
Portland, OR 97221
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Portland Children's Museum Description
Devoted to little ones' interests and imaginations, the Portland Children's Museum is the kid-friendliest museum in an already kid-friendly city. Kids can put on a show using real make-up, costumes, lights, and the sounds of an actual theater; craft real clay treasures (firing in the studio's kiln overnight is optional); drill, draw, and glue with recycled materials in the Garage studio; explore a mini-ambulance, examine hair and bugs through a microscope, and operate a dispatch center at the Kids Care Clinic.
Babies: The Baby Garden, a multi-sensory exhibit designed just for babies, provides a safe, soothing place for little ones (and a quiet place for mom and dad to relax and breathe).
Toddlers & Pre-K: Pre-schoolers will love slapping on a hard hat and exploring the 17-foot, two-story Building Bridgetown house. Other favorites: shopping for groceries at the KidCity market, hauling rubber "gravel" in the Dig Pit, and numerous hands-on activities at the Wonder Corner studio.
School-Age Kids: It's all about the Water Works Exhibit. Do kids ever get too old to enjoy shooting water? Kids of all ages love this wet, wet exhibit, even the big ones.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Older kids who feel "too cool" for little kid stuff may enjoy the all-ages Clay Studio best.
- Eat before you go. There is no restaurant, only vending machines. So fill up before you go and/or bring snacks.
- Go on a weekday to avoid crowds. The museum's busiest times are weekends and school holidays; weekday visits may work best if you can swing it.
- Activity hours vary. Although the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., each studio has its own hours of operation. Call ahead or check the website for hours if you're looking to visit one specific studio.
- Check out the special events. The website events page lists information about story times, special hours, and upcoming concerts and events: http://www.portlandcm.org/events.php
- Bring a change of clothes. The Water Works Exhibit (see below) is a huge favorite. Kids may get wet, and you don't want to cut the visit short because sopping wet clothes are uncomfortable. Bring some dry clothes in a plastic bag and swap them for the wet ones.
- Allow time for extended fun. This venue is especially friendly to young children, who may tire within a couple of hours. But there is plenty here to keep hardy, active kids busy for a half-day or even more.
Just the Facts
Hours: Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays opne until 8 p.m. Open Mondays during the summer.
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: 2 to 4 hours