Oregon’s cold, rainy mid-winter can leave moms and kids with cabin fever. The playground equipment is covered in water and daytime temperatures are not yet warm enough to make playing outside fun. Here are five indoor field trips that are fun and educational.
The Pittock Mansion, completed in 1914, was commissioned by Oregonian newspaper founder Henry Louis Pittock. In addition to the stunning architecture, the house highlights historical artifacts and furniture of the era. It is an exciting chance to step back in time. Located at 3229 NW Pittock Drive, the mansion is 11 to 4 P.M. daily. Admission is $9.50 for adults and $6.50 for students.
A delight for small children, the Portland Children’s Museum offers a rubber play pit, a dress-up stage, a clay studio and a water area for hands-on fun. There is also a separate room designed for children under age two. Open 9 to 5 P.M. and closed on Mondays, admission is $9 per person.
Children who have outgrown the Children’s Museum will find OMSI full of interactive, hands-on science activities. Open chemistry and physics labs allow children to effortlessly explore science concepts in a safe environment. Located at 1942 SE Water Avenue, OMSI is open 9:30 to 5:30 P.M., Tuesday through Sunday.
Oregon Historical Society Museum is located in the park blocks of downtown Portland. The museum is a showcase for many areas of Oregon history including geological, wagon trains, Native Americans and technology. Admission is $11 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 18. The museum is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland.
Powell’s Books claims to be the largest used bookstore in the world. Spanning several floors and housing hundreds of thousands of books, the claim is likely true. Powell’s has been a Portland staple since it opened in the 1970s. Their children’s book area is expansive and the cafe is a great place to relax and watch people. Open daily 9 to 11 P.M. and located at 1005 W. Burnside, Powell’s offers validated parking.