Nothing says spring events for kids in Oregon, Oregon kids activities, Oregon Tulip Festivallike colorful flower blossoms, and Oregon’s 2011 Tulip Fest is currently underway to usher in the vibrant season. Take your family on a quick jaunt to Woodburn to enjoy breathtaking views of over 40 acres of tulip and daffodil fields!

Go: Now through May 8, 2011, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. While weekdays boast a great deal of entertainment (and a lower admission fee), weekends are the best time to take the kiddos. On Saturdays and Sundays, there are even more family-fun activities offered, including: pony rides ($5 for kids under 80 pounds), wooden shoe making, face painting, steam tractors, rescue birds and a bungee trampoline.

Approximate travel time: The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is located 45 minutes from Portland. Click here for directions. Exact address: 33814 S. Meridian Road, Woodburn, OR 97071


Possible lunch spots: There are plenty of food options to choose from at the Tulip Fest, from quesadillas and curly fries, Dutch sausage sandwiches and burgers to kettle corn and espresso drinks. Click here for an extensive listing of the variety of foods available.

How to dress: Casual; closed-toed shoes are probably best for the kids.

Need to know: Download the online guide to this year’s Tulip Fest to make the most of your visit. Take cash, because credit cards are not accepted for food, kids activities, etc., and be sure to grab a bunch of fresh cut tulips on sale for great prices! You may also check the Tulip Fest website for a daily farm field report before heading out.


Bonus: If you’re coming from the north to attend the Tulip Fest, take the Canby Ferry route. Kids will love going over the river on the ferry on the way there.

Cost of trip: Weekends: $10 per carload. Monday through Friday: $5 per carload. Take cash for food, activities, etc.



—Beth Shea