We all have our favorite places in the city to explore with our kids, but once you know you can walk around those places with your eyes closed, it’s probably time to switch things up. Here’s a fresh idea for a rainy day outing – check out the Museum of Contemporary Craft. It’s a little gem tucked in the North Park Blocks of the Pearl District and it’s a fantastic way to discover new types of art with your kiddos.

What You’ll Find:
If you get nervous at the thought of bringing kids to a museum, relax. The MoCC is wide-open space that encourages visitors to get up close to each model, picture, and piece of pottery. Plus, the museum offers hands-on activities tying into featured exhibits that will really make an impression on your little ones. Past activities include constructing paper bridges and using clay and stones to make pottery.

The exhibit Design with the Other 90%: CITIES is a cool look at how design can be more sustainable and can work better for the vast majority of people who live in cities around the world. Older kids will love the scale models of buildings and pictures of innovative construction in communities here and abroad. The museum is planning a hands-on lab for their object exhibition on bowls in March that will be perfect for busy little hands of all ages. An interactive sound exhibition is coming in May.

Leave plenty of time to look at every object in the gift shop! Seriously, this section is like an extension of the museum. It’s filled with sculptures, jewelry, and textiles, and features Northwest artisans. Think ahead and stock up on one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for discerning family and friends.

Know Before You Go:
– The current featured ceramic exhibit located upstairs has some nude images. If this is not your thing, you may want to skip that section.

– Check out the Museum of Contemporary Craft calendar for specific dates on the super cool, kid-friendly events and installations coming down the pipeline.

– There’s a playground right across the street, where you can let your little ones blow off some steam after your museum visit. If you go around noon, kids from the nearby school are having recess.

– Reenergize after all that exploration over at Pearl Bakery. Just walk two blocks west and one block south where you can find some of the tastiest treats in the city, or go for the PB&J on Pearl Bakery’s famous bread.

Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 NW Davis Street, Portland
Admission: $4 for adults, kids under 12 free
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Online: museumofcontemporarycraft.org

Share your favorite things about MoCC in the comment section below.

–Jane Gauger

Picture provided by the MoCC Facebook page and the Pearl Bakery Facebook page!