50 Ideas for Fall Fun in Portland
Fall is here, and while Portlanders are currently enjoying the pleasant weather, it won’t be long before the Northwest gloom settles over Portland. But don’t let that fall weather get you down–bust out the raincoats, boots and hats and venture out for some fun, family-friendly activities! Between pumpkin patches, u-pick farms, and family day trips, we’ve got you covered with 50 things to do with your kiddos this fall. Now get out there and have fun! 1. Visit Bauman’s Farm to pick up some pumpkins, take a hay ride or get lost in a corn maze. 2. Book tickets on the Amtrak Cascades for a little day-trip fun via the train. 3. Relish the last few days of sun with a pint and some grub at an outdoor pub. 4. Go bowling with the fam and enjoy a night out together. 5. Celebrate Oktoberfest, family-style at Oakes Park Amusement Park. 6. Visit your favorite local book store and find a good read to share with your little ones. 7. Experience some zen before the rush of the holiday season with a yoga class. 8. Head to the Oregon Coast to go clam digging. 9. On those rare sunny days, head out to any of these destination playgrounds for a fun-filled day of play. 10. Plan a movie night with popcorn and a cozy fire to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. 11. Visit a floating museum that will delight you little ones. 12. Grab your tackle boxes, rods, and reels and settle in for a day of fishing. 13. Take a walk through the Halloween Trail at Fantasy Trail, which includes a 40-foot castle, suspension bridge and maze. 14. Go on a sweet factory tour and take a closer look at a kid-favorite snack. 15. Ditch the apples and go find some pears along the Hood River Fruit Loop. 16. Drop the kids off and have yourself a date night. 17. Grab a quick bite to eat in Park Slope. 18. Visit the family-friendly Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival in Canby. 19. Enroll your little thespian in a drama class and watch them soak up the spotlight. 20. Spend the day doing pumpkin activities on Sauvie Island. 21. Feeling brave? Go to Portland’s most popular haunted house experience – Scream Haunted Houses (don’t forget to ride the carousel while you’re there!). 22. Go grocery shopping with your kiddos at a supermarket that’s anything but ordinary. 23. Check out any of Portland’s awesome toy stores for hours of fun. 24. Older kids (ages 10 and up) will scream with delight at the super fun Halloween Scavenger Hunt – all done by flashlight! 25. Visit a working farm and spend a day in the country going apple picking and shopping for homemade goodies. 26. Don’t miss the Fall Kite Festival on the Oregon Coast. 27. Drop-in to create fab art that your little ones will display proudly on the refrigerator. 28. Go on a camping trip that’s perfect for even the most jaded city kids. 29. Welcome the fall season by catching all the changing colors in Portland and beyond. 30. Put on your helmets and take the kids out for an easy bike ride. 31. Have a morning play date at Open Space Café where your little ones can entertain themselves while you sip on some Stumptown. 32. Pamper your little princess (and yourself!) with a mommy and me spa day. 33. Go apple picking! 34. Rock out with your kids at a seriously cool museum. 35. See what’s on the event calendar at A Children’s Place Bookstore – from author readings to story times to kid’s book clubs. 36. Bundle up on those breezy fall days and visit a local park for some high flying adventures. 37. Plan a trip to the awesome indoor water park. 39. Warm up on a hot chocolate tasting tour of Portland. 40. On those nice fall days, take the kids out for a family hike. 41. See the most adorable baby animals on the big screen at the OMSI viewing of Born to be Wild. 42. If your little one is going to have a birthday soon, why not plan a party that’s out of this world. 43. Hunt down the best parks for tromping through the fall leaves and making piles to jump in. Try the Portland Japanese Garden. 44. Pick up some warmer duds for your kiddos without spending a fortune. 45. Make a trip to the French Prairie Gardens & Family Farm for their amazing month long Harvest Festival. 46. Catch a flick at a kid-friendly theater. 47. Hit the wall and go rock climbing. 48. Just because the weather is cooling off doesn’t mean you still can splash around indoors. 49. Spend the day in a cool neighborhood that maintains a “village” feel. 50. Visit the Portland Saturday Market for some yummy fall vegetables. What’s on your must-do Fall list this year? Share your family’s traditions and favorite activities in a comment below. — Katie Kavulla photo credit: Beth Rankin, anjanettew, Derek Arnold, & Donovan Henneberg-Verity
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