Portland’s near-constant wintertime drizzle rarely keeps local residents from hitting the sidewalks in search of adventure. However, Grandma and Grandpa may not be so keen on tromping around with rainboots and umbrellas to explore the city. The good news is that there is plenty of fun to be had close to ample parking or convenient public transportation. Here’s our list of grandparent-friendly things to do over the holidays.

1. Spend an afternoon browsing in Powell’s.
Nestled in the Pearl District, Powell’s City of Books spans an entire city block, stocks more than a million books and dedicates an entire room to children’s books, giving a grandparent plenty of opportunity to pick up a few after-Christmas presents for the grandkids. There are plenty of parking garages in the Pearl District close to Powell’s, and once you get there, it will be hard to find a good reason to leave. There’s even a cafe in the store for snacks and warm drinks in case anyone gets hungry.

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What are you planning to do with your visting grandparents this holiday season?

— Tamara Miller