Imagine a morning, afternoon or even a whole day spent with your best mom friend and your kids, with something fun enough for all of you to get excited about. Sound like a dream? Think again. Read on for mom date ideas around Portland that you can spend with your besties.

Lan Su Chinese Garden and Tea, Too

The Chinese Garden has enough beauty in it to captivate any age, sure, but there are sensory, tactile and active aspects, too. Take off your shoes to feel the massage of the stones as you walk in—that’s why they were placed there. Make a stop in the covered bridge to find your fortune. And, of course, stop to watch the fish swim in the pond. While you’re there, don’t miss out on tea in the teahouse for a special treat. Sweet and savory snacks are available for purchase alongside tasty tea. Need a stronger enticement for elementary-age kids or older? The epic Ground Kontrol arcade is just a few blocks away, and minors are allowed in until 5 p.m.

239 NW Everett St.
Portland, Or

photo: Jordan Justen via flickr

What’s your favorite all-ages mom date? Let us know in the comments!

—Kelley Gardiner