FREE Ideas
  • One of my favorite free activities is going to the library and checking out a cultural pass. The cultural passes are offered at most public libraries and can be checked out from the front desk. You may reserve a specific pass for a future date, too. This is a great way to explore new attractions without paying an arm and a leg. Each library has different passes available but some of the attractions that have cultural passes include the A.C. Gilbert Discovery Center, Portland Children’s Museum, Oregon Rose Gardens, Portland Art Museum, and many more. The libraries also offer story time for children. Check their websites for their calendars!
  • Portland Area Parks and Recreation departments have some fun events that are free such as movies or concerts in local parks. Click Here to jump over to the Parks page and look at your local parks and recreation department to see what free events they are offering!
  • Some restaurants have kids-eat-free promotions or cheap meals for kids. Click here for a list of the weekly specials offered at some local restaurants.
  • Home Depot and Lowes offer fun classes for kids on the weekends. They teach kids how to build small projects and provide all of the materials. This is a lot of fun for the kids and a great thing to do if you need to shop at one of the stores. You can call each store or visit the stores to find the schedule. Class schedules are not posted online.
  • Some of the shopping malls in the area have little play areas. These are great play structures for children in kindergarten or younger but sometimes they can be very crowded. It is highly recommended that you are extra cautious of spreading germs so make sure to give your kids a quick squirt of hand sanitizer after you play. The malls with play areas are Washington Square and Clackamas Town Center. Admission to these structures are free.