11 Ways to Liven Up Your Spring Break

A week off school with nothing to do gets kids all excited until spring break begins and they are bored out of their minds. If you’re looking for ideas and places to keep those creative juices running until school starts again check out these 11 activities for last-minute boredom busters.

1.Get your art on and create sand paintings and mandalas at Spark Art Center. From March 24-26, kids ages 5-8 can build their own castle, or explore their wild side by crafting cardboard jeeps and animal pillows. Camp is $45/day, and registration is required, so remember book online.

2. Saddle Up from some specially priced rides with Oregon Beach Rides. Kids 6 and up will enjoy this hour long trot along the sandy shores of Nehalem Bay. It’s $65/child and $75/adult, and don’t forget to call before you drive on over!

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3. Rain or shine, playing at The Craft Factory will bring a smile to your kid’s face. From March 24-29, budding artists can make anything from butterflies to robots. Don’t forget on March 28, there’s free story time!

4. Let Karl Johnson snip a silhouette portrait of your little one on March 24 and 25. Even the squirmiest little ones are welcome. It’s $25/portrait and the spots go fast, so remember to make an appointment.

5. Drop in for some story time yoga at the Inner Elements Yoga Studio. Yogis age 2-6 will have fun playing games and exploring yoga techniques for $5/ class.

6. Go back in time with the little ones to Stumptown’s answer to Downton Abbey — the Pittock Mansion! For $25/member; $35/non-members, young ladies and gentlemen ages 8-12 will get to travel back in time and even cook up a 1914 snack!

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7. Go on a nature walk and discover what’s blooming around the bees at the Leach Botanical Gardens. Little buzzers ages 2-6 must be accompanied by an adult ($2/walker), but be sure to check the site before you leave the house! The March 26 walk may be cancelled due to unforeseen weather.

8. Dance to the beat of the drum with Neindow Mashud and friends at Rain City Coffee. On March 26, kids of all ages will love playing with handmade African drums. $5/person.

9.Cook up a storm in The Merry Kitchen with Julie Merry. During Spring Break, she hosts two day baking camps that kids ages 6-13 will love. Classes are $75, and fill up fast, so remember to reserve your spot here.

the-merry-kitchenPhoto courtesy of The Merry Kitchen

10. Stop and smell the flowers at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn on March 28. This is 40+ acres of sweet tulips and daffodils, which includes  a kids’ play area, as well. It’s $10/car, so bring some friends along for the ride!

11. Stretch those legs around the rink and spin around the Oaks Park Skating Rink. At $6/person, kids of all ages can get a chance to become mini rolling derbies.

What do you have planned for this Spring Break? Which of these options looks like it’d be a hit with your kids?

—Stephanie Booth

Photos courtesy of Trackers Earth, PeaklightStudio.com, Portland Reign Photography, and The Merry Kitchen.