Portland Children's Museum - Portland, Oregon - Activities for Children of All Ages


The Portland Children's Museum is located in Washington Park at 4015 SW Canyon Road in Portland, Oregon. The museum offers a variety of art studios and hands-on exhibits for children.

Playopolis is an indoor park that has an Astroturf field for playing ballgames and large Lincoln logs for building. In addition, Playopolis has games like checkers and an area for building forts. Each week, there is a featured guest. Previous guests have included steel-drum bands, soccer teams, and animals from the zoo.

The Baby's Garden is for children age 0-3. Children are able to nap or relax on a lily pad waterbed, see fish in an aquarium, explore a stream, or climb a tree.

The Vroom Room includes a train set that is popular with the children. In addition, they can "drive'' a bus or build things with soft building blocks.

The Grasshopper Grocery is designed to be a store where children can use carts to shop for items. Once they finish their shopping, they can ring up their "purchases'' at a cash register that beeps as each item is scanned. They can also make sandwiches at the Butterfly Bistro.

The Clay Studio is for children of all ages, and they can use clay to make anything from boxes to animals. For a fee, children can take their creation home with them when they leave.

The Garage is a recycled art studio. Its purpose is to engage children by making earth-friendly projects. The Garage is only open to children 5 years of age or older and is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00am-4:00pm. It is also open on school holidays. There is also a Garage Junior for ages 2-5.

Water Works includes a waterfall that is twelve feet high. It uses a conveyor belt that moves the water. There is an array of instruments that children can play with by spraying a water cannon.

The Dig Pit welcomes children to play in an area filled with rubber gravel. Shovels, buckets, and dump trucks are available for the children to play with in this area.

The Portland Children's Museum also has a theater called The Dorothea Lensch Play It Again Theater. Children can spend their time staging plays, singing, or watching performances by puppeteers, storytellers, and musicians. With carpeted risers that seat 110, the theater is comfortable and even includes a ticket booth, costumes, and a variety of props.

Wonder Corner is a studio space where activities vary. They can include things like painting, stamping, or even making instruments.

Kids Care allows kids to put themselves in the role of medical personnel by enabling them to run an emergency dispatch center. They can even use a mini-ambulance, put on scrubs, or use the operation table puzzle.

Storytime takes place at Treehouse Adventure, where stories are read at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Children can also work on their construction skills at Building Bridgetown. Building Bridgetown features a two-story house that is seventeen feet tall. Kids can take measurements, work on paneling a wall, or use building blocks at the building table.

Twilight Trail is a trail that leads through a forest of trees. Puppet animals, shadow walls, and light tables are found along the trail. In addition, forest sounds are heard throughout the walk. The trail can lead to the Face Painting Station or to the Orientation Hall.

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